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CBR TV: Super Composer Finds "Flash" & "Arrow" Inspiration for "Legends," Makes "Supergirl" Fun

1 hour ago
By Kevin Mahadeo

Composer Blake Neely spoke with CBR TV about working on The CW's DC Comics-based shows, "Supergirl" and giving Aquaman "swagger."

DC Collectibles Debuts Capullo's Survival Suit Batman And Flash Figures

Sat, August 29th
By Kevin Melrose

DC Collectibles has released the first look at The Flash and Survival Suit Batman figures from the DC Comics Greg Capullo Designer Series.

Articles

"Flash" EP Addresses Season 2's Multiple Speedster "Problem"

Fri, August 21st
By Stephen Gerding

"Flash" Promo Debuts Edge's Atom Smasher, Promises "Bigger, Badder, Faster" Season 2

Wed, August 19th
By Stephen Gerding

"The Flash" Unveils First Look at Teddy Sears as Jay Garrick

Tue, August 11th
By Albert Ching

"The Flash" Casts Wally West

Wed, August 5th
By Albert Ching

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Grant Gustin on Growing With "The Flash"

Tue, July 28th
By Stephen Gerding

EXCL. PREVIEW: Zoom Forms His Own Rogues Gallery in DC's "The Flash Annual" #4

Mon, July 27th
By CBR News Team

SDCC INTERVIEW: Cast, Crew Divulge Secrets of "The Flash" Season 2

Thu, July 16th
By Erik Amaya

SDCC: Jay Garrick, Patty Spivot Cast for "The Flash" Season Two

Sat, July 11th
By Albert Ching

CBR TV @ SDCC: Morrison Talks Hindu Myths, His "Final" Batman Story & More "Multiversity"

Sat, July 11th
By Jonah Weiland

SDCC: DC Comics Declares "Justice For All"

Fri, July 10th
By Kiel Phegley

"The Final Fate Of The Flash," 30 Years Later

Sat, July 4th
By Tom Bondurant

Photo Reveals "The Flash" Season 2 Premiere Title

Fri, June 26th
By Stephen Gerding

Batgirl Meets the New Batman, the Robins Make Their Move & More in "DC You" Week 4

Thu, June 25th
By CBR News Team

"The Flash" Green Lantern Variant Has an Unexpected, Giant-size Cameo

Fri, June 12th
By Kevin Melrose

Hyundai Calls In The Justice League For New Grandeur TV Spot

Fri, June 5th
By Kevin Melrose

When We First Met: The Comic Book Debuts of Flash's Rogues

Fri, May 29th
By Brian Cronin

The Flash and Reverse-Flash Zoom Into "Grand Theft Auto V"

Thu, May 28th
By Kevin Melrose

How CW's "The Flash" Did Justice to Each Version of the DC Hero

Sat, May 23rd
By Dave Richards

Biography

Flash

In recent years, the Flash has become an even larger star in the DC Comics firmament – no small feat for someone who was already considered one of the top five characters in DC's roster. In the hands of writer Geoff Johns, the character - specifically, the Barry Allen incarnation - has experienced a second wind as seen in the recent "Flash: Rebirth" miniseries and the newly relaunched ongoing series that carries his name as well as a live action movie reportedly being developed.

The Flash first raced into comics pages in 1940 with his own series, "Flash Comics," and the distinction of being the first super-speeder in comics history. Writer Gardner Fox and artist Harry Lampert conceived the scarlet speedster as Jay Garrick, a college student who received his powers from an accidental exposure to toxic vapors. This first iteration of the Flash wore a winged helmet reminiscent of the Greek god Hermes, and though later incarnations of the Flash carried a more streamlined superhero suit, Garrick's story and outfit set the tone for what was to come.

With the dawn of the Silver Age of comics in the mid-1950s, DC Comics saw in the Flash a chance to break new ground in the superhero genre. In the publisher's subsequent relaunch of the character, a police forensic scientist named Barry Allen gains the powers of super-speed, having been doused with chemicals after they were struck by lightning. Allen, a comics reader himself who read the original 1940s "Flash Comics" in his youth, takes up the name Flash for his own adventures in this new age of comics. The publisher soon realized that in the case of the Flash, lightning can strike twice, and the successful relaunch of the character pushed the publisher to revive several other Golden Age characters and to formulate a new team of superheroes called the Justice League of America.

Over the course of the character's history, the Flash has proven to be one of comics most viable concepts, giving rise to numerous variations as well as different men underneath the red and yellow mask. Barry Allen acquired a junior associates named Kid Flash, who eventually took up the mantle upon Allen's heroic death during DC's epic "Crisis on Infinite Earths" maxiseries from the mid 1980s. Since then, an informal Flash family has developed in the DC Universe, comprised of several heroes operating under the moniker of the Flash, as well as associated heroes such as Kid Flash, Impulse, Jesse Quick and even a Flash from the 27th century named John Fox. Their powers all stem from their connection to a extradimensional energy called the Speed Force, which fuels their power and acts as a highway for even more mind-bending antics including time travel or even returning from the dead. - Chris Arrant

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