Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Onomatopoeia: SSSCREEE

SSSCREEE: The outcast magician Abra Kadabra makes his escape from the distant year 6363 A.D. in "The Case of the Real-Gone Flash" by John Broome and Carmine Infantino. It's not magic that provides the means for his travel across centuries, of course, but science. Launching a stolen rocket through a time portal developed by the enterprising scientists of his era, Kadabra must first endure a harrowing plunge through the screaming torrents of the time stream, visually represented for us in beautiful flowing style by Infantino's use of an appropriate onomatopoeia. This is one of those ideal instances in which the sound effect itself is artistically integrated with the composition of the panel--which is, perhaps, more than we can say for the timeship's subsequent "PLOP!"

Issue: The Flash #128 (May 1962)

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