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EXCL. PREVIEW: Meet the Fastest Murderer Alive in "The Flash" #37

13 hours ago
By CBR News Team

Is The Flash the world's deadliest killer? Find out Dec. 24 in DC Comics' "The Flash" #37 by Robert Venditti, Van Jensen and Brett Booth.

Can "The Flash" Be a Pacesetter?

Sun, December 14th
By Tom Bondurant

ROBOT 6 examines how the new CW drama has found success by not just embracing its comic book roots, but giving them a great big bear hug.

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"Flash" & "Arrow" Crossover Cast Go Behind-the-Scenes

Mon, December 8th
By Steve Sunu

Rivalries Heat Up in "Flash Vs. Arrow" Extended Trailer

Mon, December 1st
By Steve Sunu

With the Release of "Flash" #36, News Spreads of André Coelho’s Death

Wed, November 26th
By Tim O'Shea

It's Super Speed Vs Archery Skills in First "Flash Vs Arrow" Trailer

Wed, November 26th
By Stephen Gerding

Greg Finley's Girder Attempts to Terminate The CW's "Flash"

Tue, November 18th
By Kiel Phegley

Venditti & Jensen Form "The Flash" Fight Club with Four Flashes

Mon, November 10th
By Jeffrey Renaud

Barry Scales a Building in New "The Flash" Clip

Fri, November 7th
By Steve Sunu

FANTASY DRAFT: "The Flash" Villains Ready for Prime Time

Wed, October 29th
By Marc Buxton

Miller Enjoys "Shades of Grey" as "The Flash's" Captain Cold

Tue, October 28th
By Albert Ching

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Witness the Birth of "The Flash's" Captain Cold

Tue, October 28th
By Stephen Gerding

"The Flash" Pilot is the CW's Most-Watched Telecast

Mon, October 27th
By Steve Sunu

Firestorm, Cyborg and Corporate Synergy

Sun, October 19th
By Tom Bondurant

A Foil Flash Cover and More Gimmick Covers From the '90s

Sat, October 18th
By Mark Ginocchio

EXCLUSIVE: Templeton, Sienkiewicz & More Craft Flash 75th Variants

Fri, October 17th
By Steve Sunu

"The Flash" Star Candice Patton Says Iris West will Soon See Her Own Action

Tue, October 14th
By Scott Huver

COMIC REEL: "Daredevil" Shows No Fear At NYCC; The "Guardians" Get Animated

Mon, October 13th
By Brett White

"The Flash" Casts Victor Garber as Firestorm's Dr. Stein

Thu, October 9th
By CBR News Team

Reverse-Flash Pics from "The Flash" Zoom Online

Thu, October 9th
By Kevin Melrose

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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