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Jay Garrick, Bart Allen, and Wally West on the cover to The Flash (vol. 2) #208.
Art by Michael Turner.
Publisher DC Comics
First appearance Flash Comics #1 (January 1940)
Created by Gardner Fox
Harry Lampert
Characters Jay Garrick
Barry Allen
Wally West
Bart Allen
The Flash or Flash
The Flash vol. 1, #105 (Feb-Mar, 1959).
Featuring the Barry Allen version of the character and the original Mirror Master.
Art by Carmine Infantino.
Series publication information
Publisher DC Comics
Schedule (vol 1)
Bi-monthly (105[1] -113, 217-232)
8 times a year (114-157, 233-246)
9 times a year (158-216)
Monthly (247-350)
(vol 2 & ...: The Fastest Man Alive)
Format Ongoing series
Genre Superhero
Publication date (vol 1)
February-March 1959 — October 1985
(vol 2)
June 1987 — March 2006; October 2007 — February 2009[2]
(...: The Fastest Man Alive)
August 2006 — August 2007
Number of issues (vol 1)
246 and 1 Annual
(vol 2)
249 (including #0 and #1/2) and 13 Annuals
(...: The Fastest Man Alive)
Main character(s) (vol 1)
Barry Allen
(vol 2)
Wally West
(...: The Fastest Man Alive)
Bart Allen

The Flash is a name shared by several fictional comic book superheroes from the DC Comics universe. Created by writer Gardner Fox and artist Harry Lampert, the original Flash first appeared in Flash Comics #1 (January 1940).[3]

Nicknamed the Scarlet Speedster, all incarnations of the Flash possess "super-speed", which includes the ability to run and move extremely fast, use superhuman reflexes and seemingly violate certain laws of physics. Thus far, four different characters—each of whom somehow gained the power of "super-speed"—have assumed the identity of the Flash: Jay Garrick (1940–present), Barry Allen (1956–1985, 2008–present), Wally West (1986–2006, 2007–present), and Bart Allen (2006–2007). Before Wally and Bart's ascension to the mantle of the Flash, they were both Flash proteges under the same name Kid Flash.

The second incarnation of the Flash, Barry Allen, is generally considered the first hero of the Silver Age of comic books and the superhero has remained one of DC's most popular ever since. Each version of the Flash has been a key member of at least one of DC's three premier teams: the Justice Society of America, the Justice League, and the Teen Titans. Wally West has recently rejoined the Justice League, and Barry Allen recently returned to life in the pages of Final Crisis.

The Barry Allen version of the character (with Wally West elements) was featured in a live action television series in 1990, starring John Wesley Shipp. The Wally West version of the Flash (but with many elements of Barry Allen's story) is featured in the animated series Justice League.


Publication history

Golden Age

The Flash first appeared in the Golden Age Flash Comics #1 (Jan. 1940), from All-American Publications, one of three companies that would eventually merge to form DC Comics. Created by writer Gardner Fox and artist Harry Lampert, this Flash was Jay Garrick, a college student who gained his speed through the inhalation of hard water vapors (later retconned into heavy water vapors), and who wore a winged metal helmet reminiscent of the mythological Greek god Hermes.[3] He is notable as the first super-speedster in comics, and one of the first to have a single super-power as opposed to multi-powered heroes such as Superman.

Jay Garrick was a popular character in the 1940s, supporting both Flash Comics and All-Flash Quarterly (later published bi-monthly as simply All-Flash); co-starring in Comic Cavalcade; and being a charter member of the Justice Society of America, the first superhero team, whose adventures ran in All Star Comics. With superheroes' post-war decline in popularity, Flash Comics was canceled with issue #104 (1949). The Justice Society's final Golden Age story ran in All Star Comics #57 (1951; the title itself continued, as All Star Western).

Silver Age

In 1956, DC Comics successfully revived superheroes, ushering in what became known as the Silver Age of comic books. Rather than bringing back the same Golden Age heroes, DC reimagined them as new characters for the modern age. The Flash was the first revival, in the aptly named tryout comic book Showcase #4 (Oct. 1956).

This new Flash was Barry Allen, a police scientist who gained super-speed when bathed by chemicals after a shelf of them was struck by lightning. He adopted the name The Flash after reading a comic book featuring the Golden Age Flash.[3] After several more appearances in Showcase, Allen's character was given his own title, The Flash, the first issue of which was #105 (resuming where Flash Comics had left off).

The Silver Age Flash proved popular enough that several other Golden Age heroes were revived in new incarnations (see: Green Lantern). A new superhero team, the Justice League of America, was also created, with the Flash as a main, charter member.

"The Flashes of Two Worlds"

The Flash also introduced a much-imitated plot device into superhero comics when it was revealed that Garrick and Allen existed on fictional parallel worlds. Their powers allowed them to cross the dimensional boundary between worlds, and the men became good friends. Flash of Two Worlds (The Flash (vol. 1) #123) was the first crossover in which a Golden Age character met a Silver Age character. Soon, there were crossovers between the entire Justice League and the Justice Society; their respective teams began an annual get-together which endured from the early 1960s until the mid-1980s.

Allen's adventures continued in his own title until the advent of Crisis on Infinite Earths. The Flash ended as a series with issue #350. Allen's life had become considerably confused in the early 1980s, and DC elected to end his adventures and pass the mantle on to another character. Allen died heroically in Crisis on Infinite Earths #8 (1985). Thanks to his ability to travel through time, he would continue to appear occasionally in the years to come.

Modern Age

The third Flash was Wally West, introduced in The Flash (vol. 1) #110 (Dec. 1959) as Kid Flash. West, Allen's nephew by marriage, gained the Flash's powers through an accident identical to Allen's. Adopting the identity of Kid Flash, he maintained membership in the Teen Titans for years. Following Allen's death, West adopted the Flash identity in Crisis on Infinite Earths #12 and was given his own series, beginning with The Flash (vol. 2) #1 in 1987.[3] Many issues began with the catchphrase: "My name is Wally West. I'm the fastest man alive."

Due to the Infinite Crisis miniseries and the "One Year Later" jump in time in the DC Universe, DC canceled The Flash (vol. 2) in January 2006 at #230. A new series, The Flash: The Fastest Man Alive, began on June 21, 2006. The initial story arc of this series, written by Danny Bilson and Paul De Meo with art by Ken Lashley, focused on Bart Allen's acceptance of the role of the Flash.

Flash: Fastest Man Alive was canceled with issue #13. In its place The Flash (vol. 2) was revived with issue #231, with Mark Waid as the initial writer. Waid also wrote All-Flash #1, which acted as a bridge between the two series.[4] DC had solicited Flash: Fastest Man Alive through issue #15. All Flash #1 replaced issue #14 and The Flash (vol. 2) #231 replaced issue #15 in title and interior creative team only. The covers and cover artists were as solicited by DC, and the information text released was devoid of any plot information.[5][6]

In 2009, Barry Allen made a full fledged return to the DCU-proper in The Flash: Rebirth, a six-issue miniseries by Geoff Johns and Ethan Van Sciver.[7]

Fictional biographies

While several other individuals have used the name Flash, these have lived either on other parallel worlds, or in the future. Garrick, Allen and West are the best-known exemplars of the identity.

Jay Garrick

Jason Peter "Jay" Garrick was a college student in January 1940 who accidentally inhaled heavy water vapors after falling asleep in his laboratory where he had been smoking. As a result, he found that he could run at superhuman speed and had similarly fast reflexes. After a brief career as a college football star, he donned a red shirt with a lightning bolt and a stylized metal helmet with wings (based on images of the Greek deity Hermes), and began to fight crime as the Flash. His first case involved battling the "Faultless Four", a group of blackmailers. Jay kept his identity secret for years without a mask by continually vibrating his body while in public so that any photograph of his face would be blurred. Although originally from Earth-Two, he was incorporated into the history of New Earth following the Crisis on Infinite Earths and is still active as the Flash operating out of Keystone City. He is a member of the Justice Society.

Barry Allen

Bartholomew Henry "Barry" Allen was a police scientist who had a reputation for being very slow, deliberate, and frequently late, which frustrated his fiancée, Iris West. One night, as he was preparing to leave work, a lightning bolt shattered a case full of chemicals and spilled them all over Allen. As a result, Allen found that he could run extremely fast and had matching reflexes. He donned a set of red tights sporting a lightning bolt (reminiscent of the original), dubbed himself the Flash (after his childhood hero in the comic books, Jay Garrick), and became a crimefighter active in Central City. In his civilian identity, he stores the costume compressed in a special ring via the use of a special gas that could compress cloth fibers to a very small fraction of their normal size.

Allen sacrificed his life for the universe in the 1985 maxi-series Crisis on Infinite Earths, and remained dead for over twenty years after that story's publication. With the 2008 series Final Crisis, Allen returned to the DC Universe and will return to full prominence as the Flash in the 2009 series The Flash: Rebirth.[8] He also plays a large role in the DC's 2009-2010 crossover Blackest Night.

Wally West

Wallace Rudolph West is the nephew of Iris West and Barry Allen by marriage, and was introduced in The Flash (vol. 1) #110 (1959). When West was about ten years old, he was visiting his uncle's police laboratory, and the freak accident that gave Allen his powers repeated itself, bathing West in electrically charged chemicals. Now possessing the same powers as his uncle, West donned a copy of his uncle's outfit and became the young crime fighter Kid Flash. After the events of Crisis on Infinite Earths, where Barry Allen was killed, Wally took over as the fastest man alive. Following the events of Infinite Crisis, Wally, his wife Linda, and their twins left Earth for an unknown dimension.

Wally, his wife and twins were pulled back from the Speed Force by the Legion of Super-Heroes at the conclusion of The Lightning Saga.[9] This set the stage for Wally West's return as the Flash after the events of The Flash: Fastest Man Alive #13 (see Bart Allen), in All Flash #1, and with The Flash (vol. 2) series, which resumed with issue #231 in August 2007. It subsequently ended with issue #247, and West, along with all the other Flash characters, will play a large role in 2009's The Flash: Rebirth[8]

Bart Allen

Bartholomew Henry "Bart" Allen II is the grandson of Barry Allen and his wife Iris. Bart suffered from accelerated aging and, as a result, was raised in a virtual reality machine until Iris took him back in time to get help from the then-current Flash, Wally West. With Wally's help, Bart's aging slowed, and he took the name Impulse. After he was shot in the kneecap by Deathstroke, Bart changed both his attitude and his costume, taking the mantle of Kid Flash. During the events of Infinite Crisis, the Speed Force vanished, taking with it all the speedsters save Jay Garrick. Bart returned, four years older, and for a year claimed that he was depowered from the event. However, the Speed Force had not disappeared completely, but had been absorbed into Bart's body; essentially, he now contained all of the Speed Force.

Bart's costume as the Flash was a clone of his grandfather's, similarly stylized to Wally West's. Not long after taking the mantle of the Flash, Bart was killed by the Rogues in the 13th (and final) issue of The Flash: The Fastest Man Alive. However, he was later resurrected in the 31st century in Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds #3 by Brainiac 5 to combat Superboy-Prime and the Legion of Super-Villains. Writer Geoff Johns confirmed that Bart will return to the past and play a large role in The Flash: Rebirth.[10]

Others to carry the mantle of the Flash

Jesse Chambers

Daughter of the speedster Johnny Quick, Jesse Chambers becomes a speeding superhero like her father. She later meets Wally West, the Flash, who asks her to be his replacement if something were to happen to him (as part of an elaborate plan on his part, trying to force Bart Allen to take his role in the legacy of the Flash more seriously). She briefly assumes the mantle of the Flash, after Wally enters the Speed Force.[11]

Unnamed Allen of the 23rd century

The father of Sela Allen, his wife and daughter were captured by Cobalt Blue. He is forced to watch his wife die and his daughter become crippled. As he and Max Mercury kill Cobalt Blue, a child takes the gem and kills Allen. This Flash is one of the two destined Flashes to be killed by Cobalt Blue.

Sela Allen

Sela Allen as the Flash of the 23rd century.

Sela Allen is an ordinary human in the 23rd century until Cobalt Blue steals electrical impulses away from her, causing her to become as slow to the world as the world is to the Flash. Hoping to restore her, her father takes her into the Speed Force. When her father is killed, she appears as a living manifestation of the Speed Force, able to lend speed to various people and objects, but unable to physically interact with the world.[3]

John Fox

John Fox as the Flash

When Manfred Mota resurfaces in the 27th century, John Fox, a tachyon scientist, travels back in time to gain aid from the three Flashes who had defeated Manfred before. Fox fails to make contact, but the time travel leaves him with super speed.[3] He uses a combination of various previous Flash costumes to create his own costume. After defeating Mota, he is sidelined by the invention of Speed Metal. He began searching the timestream for a time where he could belong, briefly replacing a time-displaced Wally West in the 20th century before finally settling in the year 85,265, where he joined the Justice Legion. In issue #2 of the 2007 Booster Gold series, there is a panel depicting Dr. Thirteen's group breaking the fourth wall by complaining about the Architects' only using popular "fellows" in new comics; John Fox was mentioned by name.

Blaine Allen

Blaine Allen as the Flash of the 28th century.

Blaine Allen and his son live on the colony world of Petrus in the 28th century. In an attempt to end the Allen blood line, Cobalt Blue injects Allen's son Jace with a virus. Lacking super speed, Jace was unable to shake off the virus. In despair, Blaine takes his son to the Speed Force in the hopes that it would accept him. It takes Blaine instead and grants super speed to Jace so that he can shake off the sickness.

Jace Allen

Jace Allen gains super speed when his father brings him into the Speed Force to attempt to cure him of a virus injected into his body by Cobalt Blue in an attempt to end the Allen bloodline. In memory of his father, Jace assumes the mantle of the Flash and continues the feud against Cobalt Blue.


After an alien creature invaded Earth, a history buff named Kryad travels back in time from the 98th century to acquire a Green Lantern power ring. He fails, so he tries to capture the Flash's speed instead. After being beaten by Barry Allen (The Flash (vol. 1) #309, May 1982), he travels back further in time and uses the chemicals from the clothes Barry Allen was wearing when he gained his powers. Kryad sacrifices his life to defeat the alien creature.

Powers and abilities

All incarnations of the Flash can move, think, react at superhuman speeds, vibrate so fast that they can walk through walls, travel through time and can also lend and borrow speed. Furthermore, all members have an invisible aura around their bodies that prevents themselves and their clothes from being affected by air friction as they move at high speed.

On several occasions, the Flash has been shown in various races against Superman to determine which one is faster (or as part of a mutual effort to thwart some type of threat); these races, however, often resulted in ties because of outside circumstances. However, after the DC Universe revision after Crisis on Infinite Earths, The Flash does successfully beat Superman in a race in Adventures of Superman #463 with the explanation that Superman is unused to running at high speed for extended periods of time since flying is more versatile and less strenuous, which means the far more practiced Flash has the advantage. After Final Crisis in Flash: Rebirth #3 the Flash is shown as being much faster than Superman, easily outstripping him as Superman tries to keep up with him. He claims that those times that the races between them were close were "for charity".

Flash wears a bright red, skin tight, spandex unitard which conforms to his body like a second skin. His costume has no powers or abilities but presumably allows him greater freedom of movement and less wind resistance. It is understood that Flash wears no underwear as it is impractical and uncomfortable at high speeds. The tight fitting spandex provides him all the support necessary throughout his rigorous movements.

Speedsters may at times use the ability to speed-read at incredible rates and in doing so, process vast amounts of information. Whatever knowledge they acquire in this manner is usually temporary (Bart Allen seems to be the exception, though in earlier years, Max Mercury believed that Bart's speed learning would not stick).

Flashes and other super-speedsters also have the ability to speak to one another at a highly accelerated rate. This is often done to have private conversations in front of non-fast people (as when Flash speaks to Superman about his ability to serve both the Titans and the JLA in The Titans #2). Speed-talking is also sometimes used for comedic effect where Flash becomes so excited that he begins talking faster and faster until his words become a jumble of noise (Wally West once became so surprised that he generated a small sonic boom with his voice).

Other versions

Tanaka Rei from Legends of the DC Universe: Crisis on Infinite Earths. Art by Paul Ryan and Bob McLeod.

In the final issue of 52, a new Multiverse is revealed, originally consisting of 52 identical realities. Among the parallel realities shown is one designated "Earth-2". As a result of Mister Mind "eating" aspects of this reality, it takes on visual aspects similar to the pre-Crisis Earth-2, including the Flash among other Justice Society of America characters. The names of the characters and the team are not mentioned in the panel in which they appear, but the Flash is visually similar to the Jay Garrick Flash.[12] Based on comments by Grant Morrison, this alternate universe is not the pre-Crisis Earth-2.[13]

A variant of the Flash - a superfast college student named Mary Maxwell - was seen in the Elseworld book Just Imagine Stan Lee Creating The Flash.

Tanaka Rei

The Flash of Earth-D, Rei was a Japanese man who idolized Barry Allen, whose stories only existed in comic books on this world. Rei was inspired by Allen to become the Flash, much like Allen was inspired to become the Flash by his idol, Jay Garrick. Allen and Rei met during the "Crisis on Infinite Earths" when Barry was coming back from the 30th century and arrived in the wrong universe. As Earth-D was under attack by the shadow demons, Barry called on the Justice League and Tanaka called on the Justice Alliance, his world's version of the Justice League. They built a cosmic treadmill and were able to evacuate much of Earth-D's population. The Justice League left, but 39 seconds later, Earth-D perished.

Rei made his only appearance in Legends of the DC Universe: Crisis on Infinite Earths (February 1999). The story was written by Marv Wolfman, with art by Paul Ryan (pencils) and Bob McLeod (ink).

Lia Nelson

Lia Nelson, the Tangent reality's Flash

The young, female Flash of the Tangent Universe is not a speedster, but instead "the first child born in space" and a being made up of and able to control light. As a side effect, she can move at the speed of light, which actually makes her faster than most of the other Post-Crisis Flashes, as only Wally West has ever survived a light-speed run without becoming trapped in the Speed Force.[14] She recently reappeared in Justice League of America #16, somehow summoned out of the paper 'green lantern' of her universe - an artifact that survived the Crisis that erased the Tangent Universe from existence.[15] Lia Nelson also appeared in Countdown: Arena battling two versions of the Flash from other Earths within the Multiverse.[16] In the 52-Earth Multiverse, the Tangent Universe is designated Earth-9.

Superman & Batman: Generations 2

In Superman & Batman: Generations 2, three different Flashes appear: Wally West as Kid Flash in 1964, Wally's cousin Carrie as Kid Flash in 1986, and Jay West, the son of Wally and his wife Magda as the fifth Flash in 2008. Barry Allen makes a cameo appearance out of costume in 1964.


The comics and characters have been nominated for and won several awards over the years, including:

  • 1961 Alley Award for Best Cover (The Flash (vol. 1) #123)
  • 1961 Alley Award for Best Single Comic (The Flash (vol. 1) #123 by Gardner Fox and Carmine Infantino)
  • 1963 Alley Award for Cross-Over of DC Heroes for The Brave and the Bold (with Hawkman)
  • 1964 Alley Award for Best Short Story ("Doorway to the Unknown" in The Flash (vol. 1) #148 by John Broome and Carmine Infantino).
  • 2008 Salou Award for Best Super Hero (Flash - Danny Holmes by BUAFC)

In other media

Throughout his 60 year history, the Flash has appeared in numerous media. The Flash has been included in multiple animated features, such as Superfriends and Justice League, as well as his own live action television series and some guest star appearances on Smallville. There are numerous video games that feature the character.

In the Challenge of the Superfriends series which ran from 1978-1979, he appears in every episode and has spoken lines in only twelve out of the sixteen episodes of the series. He also had two arch enemies from the Legion of Doom, Captain Cold and Gorilla Grodd.

The Flash also appeared for one season (1990-1991) on the CBS network starring double-Emmy Award winner John Wesley Shipp as Barry Allen. Produced by Danny Bilson and Paul DeMeo, the series was a mild amalgamation of the Barry Allen and Wally West versions of the comics in that the female lead was Tina McGee (portrayed by Amanda Pays) and Wally's need for large amounts of food after expending so much energy running all over Central City was transferred to Barry. After his lightning-induced chemical accident, Barry got into crime fighting after the death of his police officer brother, Jay; it is presumed that Jay was named for the original comic book Flash, Jay Garrick. A handful of the Scarlet Speedster's rogues gallery made guest appearances throughout the series: Captain Cold (Michael Champion) ("Captain Cold"), Mirror Master (David Cassidy) ("Done With Mirrors"), and the Trickster (Mark Hamill) ("The Trickster" and "Trial of the Trickster"). The Flash also fought a clone of himself who wore a blue costume.

A few episodes were written by comics legend Howard Chaykin and the TV costume was designed by Dave Stevens (The Rocketeer). While a critical success and vigorously backed by the network, the series had the dubious distinction of being aired against ratings powerhouses The Cosby Show on NBC and Fox's The Simpsons. The Flash was preempted by Christmas specials and the Desert Storm war in Iraq, and constantly moved all over the schedule[citation needed], and was cancelled after its first and only season. Warner Brothers released the series in a 6-disc DVD box set on January 10, 2006.

The series' main musical theme was composed by Danny Elfman, with the remainder of the episodes' music being composed by Shirley Walker (this collaboration would also occur on Batman: The Animated Series). When the Flash made a guest appearance in the Superman: The Animated Series episode 'Speed Demons', Walker incorporated some of the themes from the live-action series into the episode.

In the music scene, the band Jim's Big Ego released a song called "The Ballad of Barry Allen" on their album "They're Everywhere". The song portrays Barry as a tragic character, whose perception of the world is so accelerated that all of reality appears to proceed at a snail's pace, causing him to gradually slip into depression. The band's frontman, Jim Infantino, is the nephew of Flash co-creator Carmine Infantino, who provided the cover art for the same album.

The Flash is a playable character in the Mortal Kombat and DC Comics crossover game Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe. The first official render for The Flash was released to the public on Monday July 7, 2008. From his bio we know that Flash in MK vs DC is Barry Allen.

Flash is set to appear in the upcoming video game DC Universe Online.[citation needed]

In popular culture

Numerous references to the Flash are presented on the television show The Big Bang Theory.

The MegaMan character QuickMan happens to look a lot like the Flash due to his red and yellow color scheme.


Like Batman, the Flash has a reputation for having fought a distinctive and memorable rogues gallery of supervillains. In the Flash's case, some of these villains have adopted the term "Flash's Rogues Gallery" as an official title, and insist on being called "Rogues" rather than "supervillains" or similar names. At times, various combinations of the Rogues have banded together to commit crimes or take revenge on the Flash, usually under the leadership of Captain Cold.

The Rogues are known for their communal style relationship, hanging out together and operating under a pretty strict moral code, sometimes brutally enforced by Captain Cold. Such "rules" include "no drugs" and, except in very dire situations or on unique occasions, "no killing".

Considering the blue collar nature of the Flash's Rogues, more than a few have protested the inclusion of Professor Zoom and Abra Kadabra, often labeling them psychotic, as time travel generally works against their crimes and, at least in the original Zoom's case, they found him dangerous and too willing to kill.

In contrast, several new Flash villains have been considered Rogues, including Murmur, Double Down, and Peek-A-Boo, but they play second fiddle to new incarnations of Captain Boomerang, Zoom, Mirror Master, and Inertia (a variation on Reverse-Flash, clone of Impulse).


  1. ^ The numbering was continued from Flash Comics which had ceased publication in 1949.
  2. ^ This volume was canceled in 2006 and replaced with a third volume, sub-titled "The Fastest Man Alive. When that volume was canceled after 13 issues, the title was again revived, but picked up the numbering from the second volume.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Jimenez, Phil (2008), "The Flash", in Dougall, Alastair, The DC Comics Encyclopedia, New York: Dorling Kindersley, pp. 124–127, ISBN 0-7566-4119-5, OCLC 213309017 
  4. ^ Rogers, Vaneta (2007-07-15). ""Mark Waid Returns to The Flash"". Newsarama. Retrieved 2007-07-15. 
  5. ^ "DC Universe". Previews 17 (5): 82. May 2007. 
  6. ^ "DC Universe". Previews 17 (6): 86. June 2007. 
  7. ^
  8. ^ a b SDCC '08 - Johns & Van Sciver Talk Flash: Rebirth
  9. ^ Justice League of America (vol. 2) #10
  10. ^ NYCC - DC Universe Panel - CBR
  11. ^ Flash (vol. 2) #97–99.
  12. ^ 52 (52): 13/3 (May 2, 2007), DC Comics
  13. ^ Brady, Matt (2007-05-08). ""THE 52 EXIT INTERVIEWS: GRANT MORRISON"". Newsarama. Retrieved 2007-05-12. 
  14. ^ The Flash (1) (December 1997), Tangent Comics
  15. ^ Infinite Crisis (7) (2006), DC Comics
  16. ^ Countdown: Arena (3) (2007), DC Comics


  • Replacement Heroes: The Flash, Newsarama, March 30, 2009
  • Flash: Re-Birth (2009 mini-series)
  • Flash
  • "How Do You Kill A Legend?" The Flash (vol. 1) #309 (May 1982) - Cary Bates
  • "Chain Lightning Part 2: Time Like a River..." - The Flash (vol. 2) #146 (March 1999), Mark Waid and Brian Augustyn
  • "Chain Lightning Part 3: Shooting the Rapids..." - The Flash (vol. 2) #147 (April 1999), Mark Waid and Brian Augustyn
  • "Generations" - Flash 50th Anniversary Special (1990), Mark Waid
  • "Race Against Time Part 3: Speed Metal" - The Flash (vol. 2) #115 (July 1996), Mark Waid
  • DC One Million #1 (November 85,271/1998) - Grant Morrison
  • "The Sacrifice" - Speed Force #1 (November 1997), Mark Waid and Brian Augustyn

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From Wikiquote

The Flash is the name shared by several fictional superheroes from the DC Comics Universe. Created by writer Gardner Fox and artist Harry Lampert, the original Flash first appeared in Flash Comics #1 (1940).


Wally West

  • My name is Wally West. I'm the fastest man alive. I'm The Flash.
  • My name is Wally West and by age fourteen I know I'm trapped...locked into a future that's one dark tunnel of sorrow and despair. A life sentence waiting to be served. But then the impossible happens. Thanks my Aunt Iris, I meet my hero, The Flash. And in one split-second my tomorrows, every last one of them, are transformed from a single bolt of lightning. Now and forever I'm fast...I'm free...and nothing will ever hold me back. - Born to Run
  • [Regarding defeating Professor Zoom] That thought you said you had...that I might not be able to stop him on my own? Put it out of your head. - The Return of Barry Allen
  • Through the years, being able to think at the speed of sound has taught me a lot of patience. - The Secret of Barry Allen
  • In terms of raw speed, Superman and I used to be evenly matched. I'd even say he might've been a tad faster. But that was before I got over my fear of replacing Barry. Before I discovered where my speed actually comes from. And before I learned how to tap into the speed force and take complete control of my abilities. - The Secret of Barry Allen
  • [While being chased by Superman] I could steal all of Superman's kinetic energy and stop him cold, but it'd be like throwing him out of a moving at over two thousand miles a second. That combined with Superman's strength, he'd create a path of total destruction from here to Moscow. - The Secret of Barry Allen
  • [As Kid Flash talking to Robin] Flash says Batman's kinda off. And he knows it. That's why he gets so many lunatics runnin' at him. 'Cause he's a lunatic himsel--[Batman appears] Holy crap. - The Secret of Barry Allen
  • Pain. It's the oddest thing when you're able to live between the ticks of a second. When you're in speed mode your perception is so fast, you have time to think about how much you're going to hurt before you hurt. [...] But my pain impulses haven't reached my brain. I can feel them traveling up my spine. [...] Fact is, once in awhile I get dizzy from loss of blood before I even know I'm bleeding. - The Secret of Barry Allen
  • [After being 'snuck up' on by Batman] Are you finished? I want you know. You touched me because I let you touch me. - The Secret of Barry Allen
  • It's kind of like an internal clock with us. When we run, we just, well, we just know how fast we're going. - The Secret of Barry Allen
  • The Flash isn't just me. It isn't about Wally West. Or even Barry Allen or Jay Garrick anymore. It is a symbol. An image for Keystone that helps these people fight to be something better. I'm proud to be a part of this. And I always have been. - The Secret of Barry Allen
  • Putting on the scarlet and the lightning is usually instinctive. I can do it in less than a millisecond. - The Secret of Barry Allen
  • Some heroes I interact with get frustrated with me because I don't like to debate. I don't for two reasons. One, I've already thought whatever it is through thousands of times. I've looked at it from every angle. My mind is made up. And I don't change it often. And two, I think it's important that we all have different opinions. It's what's great about America. - The Secret of Barry Allen
  • Superman has kryptonite. Martian Manhunter has fire. Me? I have a temper. - The Secret of Barry Allen
  • [Switching between Wally West and The Flash clothing] I used to do this all the time. Moving so fast, changing clothes and being in two places at once. An old secret identity trick for us speedsters. - The Secret of Barry Allen


  • My name is Hunter Zolomon. Despite what the public believes, I am the fastest man alive. I am Zoom. - Rogue War
  • I've been given a gift. A gift I can pass on to The Flash. In order for him to become stronger he must have the ultimate tragedy. He must face his ultimate opposite. A man who has lost his pride, confidence and identity to tragedy. A man who will run him down a hellish road and feel no guilt in bringing him there. Destiny has brought us here, Flash. From friend to foe. There is only one type of man who can make you a better hero. One type of man who can reverse your twisted thinking. One man. Who fits the profile? I fit the profile. - Blitz
  • Wallyismyfriend. Iiiii'mmm helpingggghimmmmmm face fear. - Blitz
  • [Speaking to Linda] You're a target. You need to go away. - Blitz
  • You are not fast enough. With all the speed you've absorbed from you 'allies' you are still not fast enough to stop me. - Blitz
  • Ineedtomakeyou you into a hero that willtakeany riskneeded. You must learn. To see what it's like to live with loss. So that you will do anything in your power to help people. Peoplelikeme. I'm making you a better hero, Flash. - Blitz
  • You made it into my world. We're locked between the ticks of a second. In a place where we are immortal. - Blitz
  • I will do anything to make The Flash a better hero. - Rogue War
  • Therehasn't been enough tragedyyy. - Rogue War

The Rogues

Captain Cold

  • My name' I hate it. My name's Leonard Snart. It's a bad name, I know. But my parents were bad people. I've got another tag now. Cold. Captain Cold. - Wonderland
  • [After being mistaken for Mr. Freeze] Mr. Freeze? That lovesick freak? He has an ice pistol. Shoots snow. The name's Captain Cold and this is a cold gun. I've achieved what Joule and Thomson only dreamed of. My gun negates thermal motion. Stops protons and electrons dead in their tracks. People too. - Wonderland
  • [In an alternate reality] A world without The Flash. I spent every day of my life dreamin' of what that would be like. But ain't pretty, West. - Wonderland
  • Fact is only thing worse than offin' cops is killin' a cape. - Ignition
  • My fingerprints, DNA, all found at the crime scenes, though I was never even there. I didn't kill anyone...wait. Let me rephrase that. I didn't kill anyone lately. - Ignition
  • [Discovers Mirror Master doing cocaine] Dammit, McCulloch. You wanna make your nose bleed? Let's do it the old-fashioned way. [punches Mirror Master in the nose] You know we don't have a lot of rules here. But I've said it before and I'll say it again. No drugs. - The Secret of Barry Allen
  • They say a hero is only as strong as his villains. Meaning The Flash is more powerful than the whole Justice League of America combined. Go ahead and pick the era, don't matter. - Rogue War
  • The Rogues have an unspoken code, a bond stronger than death itself. We watch one another's backs. To the end. - Rogue War
  • [After freezing and killing The Top] Forgot one of the rules, Top. Rogues shouldn't fight each other. 'Cause when they do...bad things happen. - Rogue War

Heat Wave

  • My name is Mick Rory. But I like to go by Heat Wave. - Rogue War
  • I'm not like those other Rogues. I know I have problems. I've known since I was a kid. I'm sick. - Rogue War
  • I'm a man who's seen hell. A man who's been surrounded by hell. And a man who raises hell. It's what I do. It's what I've always done. Because I don't have a choice. - Rogue War
  • I've spent half of the money I stole in my career on therapists. Trying to forgive myself, to come to grips with my disease. - Rogue War
  • They labeled me an arsonist. But that's wrong. An arsonist is conscious of his actions, he can stop himself. Me? I'm a pyromaniac. - Rogue War
  • For years, I managed to bury my desires. To ignore my lust. But one evening for no reason at all, I turned everything back on. - Rogue War
  • After all this. You understand don't you? I'm not a bad person. I'm not a villain. I'm just sick. - Rogue War

Weather Wizard

  • Quite the weather we're having. - Blood Will Run
  • God, I hate sunshine. - Blood Will Run
  • There's nothing like the power of nature. - Blood Will Run
  • Amazing how much you can do with the weather. The real power behind it. - Blood Will Run
  • I've learned some things, Flash. With the help of a new friend. She's shown me how to better use my weather wand. The climate protects me now. I've learned all kinds of wonderful secrets. - Blood Will Run
  • The sky looks dark for you, girl. Now give me my SON. - Blood Will Run
  • The last girl that tried to hurt me had a thunderstorm grow inside her belly like a baby. - Rogue War
  • Runners. I hate runners. - Rogue War

Mirror Master

  • When something travels ta another world via the mirror lands, it leaves a kinda' soot behind. - Wonderland
  • Name is Evan McCulloch. But I spend most days callin' m'self The Mirror Master. - Rogue War
  • I can use a mirror a thousand diff'rent ways. Can turn a man inside out. Cut a hole through a seven-foot concrete wall. Make ye see things from yer fantasies...or from yer nightmares. - Rogue War

The Trickster

  • Guess what kid? My conscience is clear. - Rogue War
  • [After defeating the 2nd Trickster] I ever see you calling yourself The Trickster, I catch you wearing that costume, we'll play patty-cake again. - Rogue War

Pied Piper

  • Wally, I'm hardly an expert on relationships. I mean, in all truth I'm a pretty awful musician, too. That's part of the reason I originally became a crook. Frustrated artist, I guess. - Blood Will Run
  • It's time to pay the piper. - Rogue War
  • My heart is dead. - Rogue War

The Top

  • Ready to be on TOP of the world! - Blitz
  • Spinning and spinning and spinning. - The Secret of Barry Allen
  • No one tops The Top, Flash. - The Secret of Barry Allen
  • [Talking about using his powers to reform certain Rogues] Remember what I told you, Flash? 'One day I'll take it all back.' Well, is unfortunately that day. - Rogue War

Other Villains

Gorilla Grodd

  • Do you know why I wish to feast on your flesh? You are everything I hate, Flash. A symbol to humanity that makes them believ they are worth something. That they can make a difference. - The Secret of Barry Allen
  • That's the trouble with you humans. Your emotions make you weak. - The Secret of Barry Allen


  • Aren't you going to say hi to Magenta? - Blood Will Run

Double Down

  • Must be my lucky day. I was getting tired of playing solitaire. - Blood Will Run


  • Do you know what it's like, Flash? To feel yourself rust away? - Blood Will Run

Tar Pit

  • The name's Tar Pit, not "Guy." Now bring it on, dudes. - Blood Will Run

Simple English

The Flash is the name of several popular comic book characters from the DC Comics universe. All versions of the Flash have the ability to travel at a very high speed and defy the laws of physics.

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