THE FLASH: THE DEATH OF IRIS WEST to Get Hardcover Collection

A Flash story for the ages will be reprinted in 2021…

The death of Iris West (aka Iris Allen) was a big deal to us ’70s readers, adding a dimension to The Flash that few would have expected.

Now, DC plans its first collection of the landmark storyline in 2021, according to an Amazon listing.

Check out the official description of The Flash: The Death of Iris West, including placeholder art from the cover of 1979’s classic The Flash #275:

Can the fastest man alive outrun his worst nightmare?

The fastest man alive can’t outrun the loss of his wife, but nothing will stop him from hunting down her killer. Follow along as Barry races to find out who is responsible for the death of his wife, Iris…and hold them responsible.

The Flash: The Death of Iris West collects stories from The Flash #270-284.

A few thoughts:

— I’ve always been a big fan of that Dick Giordano cover, though it’s interesting that Iris dressing up as Batgirl makes her look exactly like Batgirl.

— Iris was known as Iris Allen at the time, so I wonder why they decided to call it The Death of Iris West. I’m guessing it’s because she’s better known that way today, between the TV show and modern comics.

— The main creators on the storyline were writer Cary Bates and penciller Alex Saviuk, but others included Irv Novick, Rich Buckler and Don Heck, among others.

— The 280-page hardcover is due June 1, 2021. It lists for $39.99.

— Standard caveat: This has not been solicited by DC yet, so nothing is official until it’s official. Even then, things can change. Just keep coming to 13th Dimension for updates.


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Author: Dan Greenfield

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  1. The Flash has always been my favorite character- and I am looking forward to this- but I REALLY wish it was Deluxe side. I think DC really did a good job with the recent Deluxe Aquaman books- they told complete stories and felt like European comic albums. In addition, the target market on these bronze age books could really use the larger type size!

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  2. That cover for #275 has always gripped me with its sense of mystery & intensity. I remember as a child seeing the ad for it, and always wondered about it. It wasn’t until many years later i was able to track it down & boy i wasn’t let down! Can’t wait for this to be released!

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    • There’s always been those stories that only existed as covers in a back issue’s advertising. For me, many were from the Silver and very early Bronze Age. Always a thrill when you finally found a copy.

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  3. This is great news, but why does DC insist on using these deadly dull fonts for these hardcovers? All those classic logos going to waste.

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  4. FLASH #275 was the first Flash comic I ever bought because I thought Batgirl was in the story.

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