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Jay Garrick, the original Flash
Art by Alex Ross Image File history File links File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Rosss rendition of the Golden Age Batman and Robin. ...

Publisher DC Comics
First appearance Flash Comics #1 (January 1940)
Created by Gardner Fox
Harry Lampert
Statistics
Real name Jason Peter "Jay" Garrick
Status Active
Affiliations Justice Society of America
Previous affiliations All-Star Squadron, Justice League of America
Notable aliases The Fastest Man Alive
Notable relatives Joan Garrick (wife), unnamed son (deceased), Major Williams (father-in-law, deceased)
Notable powers Super speed (Speed of sound is his maximum) ,
decelerated aging.

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Character History

The Flash

Jay Garrick was a college student in 1940 (suggesting he was born around 1922) who accidentally inhaled hard water vapors after falling asleep in his laboratory where he had been smoking. (Later stories would change this to refer to heavy water vapors.) As a result, he found that he could run at superhuman speed and had similarly fast reflexes. After a brief career as a college football star, he donned a red shirt with a lightning bolt and a stylized metal helmet with wings (based on images of the Roman god Mercury) and began to fight crime as the Flash. Hard water is water that has a high mineral content (water with a low mineral content being known as soft water). ... Heavy water is dideuterium oxide, or D2O or 2H2O. It is chemically the same as normal water, H2O, but the hydrogen atoms are of the heavy isotope deuterium, in which the nucleus contains a neutron in addition to the proton found in the nucleus of any hydrogen atom. ... A college football game between Colorado State University and the Air Force Academy. ... This article treats Mercury in cult practice and in archaic Rome. ...


It was explained decades later that the helmet belonged to Jay's father, Joseph, who died in World War I when Jay was only ten. His first case involved battling the Faultless Four, a group of blackmailers. In the early stories, it seemed to be widely known that Garrick was the Flash. It was later explained that Jay kept his identity secret without a mask by continually vibrating his body while in public so that any photograph of his face would be blurred. Combatants Allies: Serbia, Russia, France, Romania, Belgium, British Empire, United States, Italy, and others Central Powers: Germany, Austria-Hungary, Bulgaria, Ottoman Empire Casualties Military dead:5 million Civilian dead:3 million Total dead:8 million Military dead:4 million Civilian dead:3 million Total dead:7 million The First World...


Justice Society of America

The Flash soon became one of the best-known of the Golden Age of superheroes. He was a founding member of the Justice Society of America and served as its first chairman beginning with All Star Comics #3 (Winter 1940). He was always based in the fictional Keystone City. He left the JSA after issue #6, but returned several years later and had a distinguished career as a crimefighter during the 1940s. Superman, the catalyst of the Golden Age, from Superman #14, January-February 1942. ... The Justice Society of America, or JSA, is a team of superheroes whose adventures have been published by DC Comics. ... This article is about the 1940s comic book series. ... Keystone City is a fictional city featured in stories of the Flash published by DC Comics. ...


(Several pieces of retroactive continuity fill out early Garrick history. A story explaining the retirement of the JSA members, including the Flash, explained that in 1951 the JSA was investigated by the House Un-American Activities Committee for possible Communist sympathies and asked to reveal their identities. The JSA declined, and Garrick, who had recently married his longtime girlfriend Joan, retired. A trained scientist, he ran an experimental laboratory for several decades. All-Star Squadron Annual #3 states that the JSA fought a being named Ian Karkull who imbued them with energy that retarded their aging, allowing Garrick and many others - as well as their girlfriends and sidekicks - to remain active into the late 20th century without infirmity. The 1990s Starman series notes that the Shade prompted Garrick to come out of retirement in the 1950s, but the details of his activities during this time are hazy at best.) Retroactive continuity – commonly contracted to the blend retcon – is the adding of new information to historical material, or deliberately changing previously established facts in a work of serial fiction. ... HUAC hearings House Committee on Un-American Activities or HUAC (or, rarely, HCUA) (1945-1975) was an investigating committee of the United States House of Representatives. ... Communism - Wikipedia /**/ @import /w/skins-1. ... The All-Star Squadron, featuring Doctor Mid-Nite, Star-Spangled Kid, Robotman, Uncle Sam, Phantom Lady, Commander Steel, Plastic Man, Starman, Sandman, Green Lantern, Atom, Flash, Liberty Belle, Hourman and Amazing-Man The All-Star Squadron was an American comic book (1981-1987) created by Roy Thomas and published by... Starman VII is Jack Knight, a comic book superhero in the DC Comics universe, and a member of the Justice Society of America. ... The Shade, as painted by Tony Harris on the cover of Starman #6 (1995) The Shade is a DC Comics character, a villain created in the 1940s who would fight against two generations of superheroes, most notably the Golden Age and Silver Age Flashes. ...

Flash Comics #1 (January 1940), first appearance of the Golden Age Flash. Art by Harry Lampert, cover art by Sheldon Moldoff.
Flash Comics #1 (January 1940), first appearance of the Golden Age Flash. Art by Harry Lampert, cover art by Sheldon Moldoff.

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Earth-Two

Garrick emerged from retirement in 1961 to meet the Silver Age Flash, Barry Allen, from a parallel world. Garrick's world was dubbed Earth-Two, while Allen's was Earth-One. The rest of the JSA soon joined the Flash, although their activities during the 1960s (other than their annual meeting with Earth-One's Justice League of America) are unrecorded. That he and Green Lantern (Alan Scott) are good friends is clear, however. Showcase #4 (Oct. ... Barry Allen is a fictional superhero in the DC Comics Universe and the second Flash. ... Parallel universe (fiction) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... In DC Comics, the Multiverse is a continuity construct in which multiple fictional versions of the universe exist in the same space, separated from each other by their vibrational resonances. ... In DC Comics, the Multiverse is a continuity construct in which multiple fictional versions of the universe exist in the same space, separated from each other by their vibrational resonances. ... The Justice League, sometimes called the Justice League of America or JLA for short, is a DC Comics superhero team. ... Alan Scott is a fictional hero from the DC Comics universe and the first superhero to bear the name Green Lantern. ...


Garrick was a key member of the JSA's 1970s adventures (as chronicled in All-Star Comics and Adventure Comics), as well as helping to launch the careers of Infinity Inc. Following the Crisis on Infinite Earths, all the parallel worlds were merged into one, and Keystone City became the twin city across the river from Allen's Central City. (One story suggested that Keystone in this merged world had been rendered invisible and wiped from the memories of the world for many years through the actions of several supervillains.) Adventure Comics was a comic book published by DC Comics from 1935 to 1983. ... Infinity Inc. ... Crisis on Infinite Earths was a twelve-issue comic book limited series (identified as a 12 part maxi-series) and crossover event, produced by DC Comics in 1985 in order to simplify their fifty-year-old continuity. ... Central City is a fictional city that appears in stories published by DC Comics, and is the home of the Silver Age version of the Flash, Barry Allen. ... Doctor Doom, one of the most archetypal supervillains and his arch-enemies The Fantastic Four (in background). ...


21st Century

In the early 21st century, many of Garrick's JSA cohorts have retired or passed away, but Garrick remains active with the latest incarnation of the group. He is physically about 50 years old thanks to the effects of several accidental anti-aging treatments, but his chronological age is closer to 80. Out of the three original JSA members still on the team (along with Alan Scott and Wildcat), Jay takes a more fatherly approach with his teammates and with the DC superhero community in general. After eating lunch with Wally West and Nightwing (Dick Grayson) in one issue of The Flash, Grayson remarked that he "wants to be like [Garrick] when he grows up". Alan Scott is a fictional hero from the DC Comics universe and the first superhero to bear the name Green Lantern. ... Wildcat is the name of four DC Comics characters, three of them superheroes. ... In comic books published by DC Comics, Richard John Dick Grayson is Batmans first ward (later adopted son), and the first person to fight crime with him using the superheroic identity of Robin, becoming one of comicdoms most important and popular characters. ... Richard John Dick Grayson is a superhero in the DC Comics Universe. ...


Jay and his wife Joan currently have guardianship of Bart Allen after Max Mercury's disappearance. During the Infinite Crisis Jay stated that the Speed Force is gone following a battle with Superboy-Prime, possibly taking Wally and Bart with it. Their immediate fate is unknown, although Robin mentions One Year Later that Bart is 'kind of retired' indicating that he has returned (as seen in Infinite Crisis #7). Jay Garrick confirms that the Speed Force is gone forever, but he is still the fastest man alive since he is a metahuman[1]. Bartholemew Henry Bart Allen II is a fictional character in the DC Comics universe. ... Max Mercury is the name of a superhero in the DC Comics universe. ... Cover to Infinite Crisis #1. ... The Speed Force is a concept presented in various issues of The Flash published by DC Comics. ... Superboy-Prime is a fictional superhero turned supervillain in the DC Universe. ... Timothy Tim Drake, is a DC Comics superhero who, as Robin, is Batmans sidekick but also a young hero in his own right. ... One Year Later event logo. ... Metahuman is a term, coined by the fictitious alien Dominators (in DC Comics Invasion! miniseries), used to describe any human being with what are commonly described as super powers. The justification for this alternate phrase is that super implies a value judgement—is super-strength somehow better than normal strength...


Other re-imaginings of Jay Garrick

  • In the Elseworlds book JSA: The Unholy Three, Jay Garrick was portrayed as a post-WW2 United States intelligence agent stationed in Turkey, working under the code-name Mercury. He was instrumental in bringing down the story's rogue Superman.
  • In the Justice League episode "Legends", the creators chose to use an analog called The Streak rather than Garrick, who wore a football-style helmet rather than a WWI helmet.

Elseworlds logo. ... Justice League is an American animated television series about a team of superheroes which ran from 2001 to 2004 on Cartoon Network. ...

External Links

  • Alan Kistler's Profile On: The Flash - An analysis of the history of the Flash by comic book historian Alan Kistler.
  • Golden Age Flash Toonopedia entry
  • The Flash: Those Who Ride The Lightning - Fan site with information about the super-speed characters of the DC Universe.
  • The Unofficial Flash Biography
Preceded by:
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Flash
(Jay Garrick)
Succeeded by:
Barry Allen

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Jay Garrick - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (932 words)
Jay Garrick is a fictional character in the DC Comics Universe and the first Flash.
Jay Garrick was a college student in 1940 (suggesting he was born around 1922) who accidentally inhaled hard water vapors after falling asleep in his laboratory where he had been smoking.
Garrick emerged from retirement in 1961 to meet the Silver Age Flash, Barry Allen, from a parallel world.
Flash (comics) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (3350 words)
Garrick, Allen and West are the best-known exemplars of the identity.
Jay Garrick was a college student in 1940 (suggesting he was born around 1922) who accidentally inhaled hard water vapors after falling asleep in his laboratory where he had been smoking (years later Garrick's origin story was retconned so that he inhaled vapor from heavy water, which was slightly more believable than the original version).
Jay Garrick also possesses this ability to some degree; he stole speed from Black Adam in order to defeat the villainous Johnny Sorrow, and he has threatened to steal Bart Allen's (formerly Impulse, currently the new Kid Flash) speed on at least one occasion when he was misbehaving.
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