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XSECRET ORIGINS OF THE SUPER-SPEEDSTERS
PART TWO: THE WHIZZER


DC's Flash Family supposedly got their powers from things like hard water and lightning mixing with chemicals -- but ultimately it's supposed to come from something called the "Speed Force." Totally absurd! But at least semi-scientific, in a sci-fi-ish way.

But one member of the legion of Flash imitators wasn't so lucky. He got his powers in a particularly embarrassing manner.

He's Robert Frank, aka THE WHIZZER. His superhero name is silly, considering it sounds like he has the power to urinate, but his secret origin is worse. In a nutshell, he was injected with the blood of a mongoose!

Get it? They're fast. But ugh.

Here's how it happened, in USA Comics #1 (cover pictured right)...
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XHe'll need a costume! Something to strike FEAR into the hearts of superstitious, cowardly criminals.

Something like... an all-yellow outfit with a helmet that has on it A GOLDEN MONGOOSE!

This one-of-a-kind gem is pictured on the right.

Whizzer didn't wear it for very long. Gee, I wonder why not! It's quite becoming, and must have been quite useful when fighting crime.

The golden mongoose, actually more of an eagle, is definitely something that would strike fear into the heart of every criminal... because they assume the person wearing it must be a dangerous psychopath.

In the image on the right, he looks positively deranged!

Bored? Whiz away the time with a few Whizzer splash pages!
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The Whizzer was a member of a superhero team called the ALL WINNERS SQUAD, the Timely (aka Marvel) Comics version of DC's Justice League of America...
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ABOVE: All Winners Comics, featuring the Whizzer!
BELOW: All Winners #4, and modern reprint with "new" cover.
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Like the JLA, the All Winners Squad sometimes delegated their members to different missions, so each hero could star in his own chapter. Pictured below is a "Whizzer" chapter from All Winners Comics.
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The Silver Age Whizzer

Like Jay Garrick, the Whizzer also managed to make it through from the Golden Age to the Silver Age, sort of. With a yellow and blue costume and a name he "took from an old comic book hero," the new Whizzer fought Giant Man of the Avengers, as seen below in panels from Avengers.

Mind you, even in the midst of a deadly battle, Whizzer finds the time to defend his own ridiculous name! It's not silly, says he, because he can kill you and that is not comical. Uh, OK. But still, it is.
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The Whiz kid turned up again as the cover subject of Avengers #153... but he was going crazy at the time. The Avengers had to stop him FAST, or he would have killed them all.
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Actually, the story was pretty good. When you have John Buscema penciling and Joe Sinnott inking, how bad can it be? Well, it WAS written by Gerry Conway. Anyway, here are a few pages from the story...
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The Whizzer also appeared as an antagonist for The Invaders. Below, the British Edition and the American edition of Invaders #35. Can you spot TWO differences?
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Finally, you're not going to believe this, but Whizzer has appeared on TV -- in animated form! As some alternate Whizzer version from Earth TM123. Oh lord. Remember when TWO earths were considered confusing?
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We close with Whizzer's entry in the "Guide to the Marvel Universe."
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That's all folks!
Now, Robby has to go take a whiz!


(Oh come on, I just had to say it.)

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(3X2(9YZ)4A)!
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