Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Onomatopoeia: WHROOO

WHROOO: When we refer to the exploits of the fastest man alive as whirlwind adventures, we're not always speaking metaphorically! Here, the Flash attempts to counteract a threatening tornado with his own crimson cyclone, creating an incomparable cacophony in the process. In the evocative verbiage of John Broome, "The roar of a thousand freight-trains slashing across broken rails is but a whisper compared to the roar of the tornado." (Sound familiar? That'd be because this particular effect seems to be something of a trademark of the era, the sort of sound Mr. Broome associated with the scarlet speedster's superpowers. It's the same distinctive device discussed in our very first installment of Onomatopoeia, from The Flash #182!)

Issue: The Flash #190 (August 1969)

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