Flash. Jay Garrick, a chemistry student, is separating the elements in hard water when he accidentally spills a vial of the elements. This causes a spew of gases which overwhelms him. He is comatose for weeks, but eventually recovers. He gains, from this experience, overwhelming super-speed, and he uses this power to fight crime. He is a member of the Justice Society of America. He fights the Circe-like Black Widow, the brilliant crime-lord Norman Empire, the music-wielding Fiddler, the Mayan demon Kiua, the two-headed, intelligent plant Maldita Toxicohedron, the Spider Men of Mars, and the genius criminal the Thinker. He appears in stories with titles like “You Can’t Get Away With It,” “The Metal Disintegrator,” and “Trouble in Kurtavia.”

First Appearance: Flash Comics #1 (DC), Jan 1940. 100+ appearances, 1940-1951. Created by Gardner F. Fox and Harry Lampert.










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