The Flash

RETIRED - This is no longer in my collection.

Once nicknamed the Scarlet Speedster, The Flash possesses "super-speed", which includes the ability to run and move extremely fast, use superhuman reflexes and violate certain laws of physics. Thus far, three different characters, each of which somehow gained the power of "super-speed," have assumed the identity of the Flash: Jay Garrick (1940-present), Barry Allen (1956-86), and Wally West (1987-present).

The second incarnation of the Flash 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 either the Justice Society of America or the Justice League, DC’s all-star teams.
The Barry Allen version of the character was featured in a live action television series in 1990, starring John Wesley Shipp. The Flash is also featured in the animated series Justice League.

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, as Atlas Comics, the 1950s precursor of Marvel Comics, unsuccessfully tried to do, 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. 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. A new superhero team, the Justice League of America, was also created, with the Flash as a charter member.

Modern Age
The third Flash is Wally West, who was introduced in Flash #110 (1959) as Kid Flash. West, Allen's nephew by marriage, gained the Flash's powers through an accident identical to Allen's. Adopting the Kid Flash identity, 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. Many issues began Flash with the simultaneously glad and rueful catchphrase: "My name is Wally West, and I'm the fastest man alive".

Coinciding with the Infinite Crisis miniseries and the consequent One Year Later jump in time in storytelling in the DC Universe, DC Comics canceled The Flash Vol. 2 in January 2006 at #230. A new series, to be called The Flash: The Fastest Man Alive, was announced to begin in the summer of 2006, written by Danny Bilson and Paul De Meo and drawn by Ken Lashley. It was not made clear who would be behind the mask at that time, but DC's Executive Editor Dan DiDio stated, "The costume will be very familiar". It has been rumored that Jay Garrik will be the new flash (because he is one of the only speedseters left and because Bart Allen gave him the costume) or Bart Allen himself (out of retirement) or an entirely new flash.


A variety of "The Flash" comic books. As you can see they share a similiar costume which mine is based off of.

The eye area of my Flash costume is a bit larger than what I wanted but I am happy with how this costume turned out.


Even the Flash must rest. Here I am in the Flash outfit.