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Here Are Your Favorite NFL Players as Your Favorite Superheroes

2 days ago
By Ben Kaye

Professional athletes are like real world superheroes, but what if your favorite NFL stars actually donned the personas of comic book heroes?

"The Flash's" Robbie Amell Talks Firestorm's Powers, Superhero Future

Tue, February 17th
By Bryan Cairns

The actor spoke with us about Firestorm's nuclear meltdown, the Ronnie Raymond/Martin Stein split and whether Caitlin Snow has a Killer Frost future.

Articles

"The Flash" Trailer Promises Time-Travel Twists for Barry Allen

Wed, February 11th
By Stephen Gerding

Bedard Flashes Wally West into "Convergence: Speed Force"

Wed, February 11th
By Jeffrey Renaud

"The Flash" Recap: Firestorm Explodes Into The Spotlight With "The Nuclear Man"

Wed, February 11th
By Marc Buxton

"The Flash's" Cisco Talks Firestorm's Arrival, Atom Armor & More

Tue, February 10th
By Bryan Cairns

RUMOR: "Walking Dead's" Beth Finds New Life as "The Flash" Villain

Mon, February 9th
By Stephen Gerding

TV's Original Barry Allen Takes his "Flash" Character to the Next Level

Tue, February 3rd
By Albert Ching

Barry Can't Catch What He Can't See in New "The Flash" Trailer

Mon, February 2nd
By Meagan Damore

Kreisberg Goes Inside "The Sound and The Fury" as "The Flash" Races Toward the Future

Wed, January 28th
By Scott Huver

Mientus Sounds Off on Bringing the Pied Piper to "The Flash"

Tue, January 27th
By Bryan Cairns

EXCLUSIVE CLIP: Green Lantern & Flash Scout Atlantis in "Justice League: Throne of Atlantis"

Fri, January 23rd
By CBR News Team

Amell & Garber Prepare for Banter, Conflicts as "The Flash's" Firestorm

Tue, January 20th
By Albert Ching

Fans Petition White House for 'Flash Appreciation Day’

Thu, January 15th
By Kevin Melrose

How The Flash Has One of the Silliest Superhero Origins of All-Time

Wed, January 14th
By Brian Cronin

The Hard to Believe "Real" Origin of The Flash

Tue, January 13th
By Brian Cronin

"The Flash" Speeds Away With People's Choice Award For Best New TV Drama

Thu, January 8th
By Kevin Melrose

FLASH FACT: The Greatest "Flash" Writers of All Time

Wed, January 7th
By Marc Buxton

The Line It Is Drawn: Flash Team-Ups

Fri, January 2nd
By Brian Cronin

EXCLUSIVE: Francis Manapul's Speedy Take On DC's Essentials

Mon, December 22nd
By Kiel Phegley

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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