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The powers and look of the original Golden Age Flash were inspired by MERCURY, the sup-fast messenger of the ancient gods...
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The Flash was first seen in the 1940 DC house ad below:
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...and he made his debut in FLASH COMICS #1, January 1940.
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Here's how Jay Garrick acquired his super-speed...
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That's basically it! All he had to do was inhale some fumes. And with that, the Golden Age Flash was off and running. Pictured below, a DC house ad for Flash Comics #2...
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In no time, The Flash was one of the "Big Six."
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GOLDEN AGE FLASH GALLERY
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BELOW: Splash page from FLASH #38.
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Flash Comics also featured a superstar supporting cast, including Hawkman and Hawkgirl, the Golden Age Atom, and Black Canary, who made her big debut in FLASH #92!
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The Flash became so popular, he was given a second title, ALL FLASH, which was devoted exclusively to HIS super-speed adventures.
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And, of course, The Flash was a founding member of the Justice Society of America, the original all-star super-team group. But he only stayed with the team until the debut of "All Flash" comics, because the JSA was built to showcase NEW heroes. Every hero who got their own exclusive book automatically became an "honorary member" in the JSA.
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Poster shot of our hero, by E.E. Hibbard.
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Robby's mock-up fake comic cover featuring Jay Garrick.
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After the Golden Age ended, Jay Garrick lay dormant for a while, then reappeared in the Silver Age Flash's book in a history-making story titled "Flash of Two Worlds." This story introduced the concept of "Earth Two," populated by Golden Age versions of DC's Silver Age heroes.
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As "Flash of Two Worlds" explained, there are two earths occupying the same space, but "vibrating differently." When Barry Allen Flash broke through to what was called "Earth 2," he encountered his Golden Age predecessor, Jay Garrick Flash!
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The Flash/Flash crossovers continued for years. Below, Carmine Infantino and Murphy Anderson's original art for Flash # 137, showing the two speedsters duking it out while under the evil influence of immortal villain Vandal Savage.
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In the Silver Age and beyond, Jay Garrick occasionally got his OWN stories, including the one seen below by Robert Kanigher and Murphy Anderson.
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Here's to Jay Garrick! He isn't the Fastest Man Alive anymore, but he IS something even better -- the one and only, very first, true ORIGINAL Flash! A Flash among Flashes!
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MEET THE WHIZZER!
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BELOW: Original Creeper ad, side by side with Robby's Whizzer mash-up.
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