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SECRET ORIGINS OF THE SUPER-SPEEDSTERS
PART FOUR: THE SILVER AGE FLASH


The Silver Age Flash made his debut in SHOWCASE #4, Sept-Oct 1956, with a cover penciled by Carmine Infantino and inked by Joe Kubert. This relatively static cover carried only a small hint of the super-speed artistry to come! THIS Flash was infinitely faster then his Golden Age predecessor, and had powers Jay Garrick only dreamed of. Preeeeesenting,,, THE FLASH!
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In his debut story, the Silver Age Flash -- Barry Allen -- is seen reading an issue of the Golden Age FLASH COMICS (pictured below left). It's numbered JAN NO. 13, but the REAL 13th issue of Flash comics (pictured below right) didn't even feature Jay on the cover! So the cover of the issue Barry's reading is really a representative image, not an actual Flash Comics cover.

Nevertheless, Barry exclaims, with good reason, "What a character Flash was!"
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Jay Garrick Flash inhaled fumes from "hard water," but Barry got his powers when a bolt of lightning struck his chemical rack, bathing him in electrified chemicals! Not all that different from taking an accidental bath in "hard water."
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Barry's powers were far superior to Jay's. Jay basically ran fast, and that was about it. And when he DID run fast, the depictions of him in super-speed motion were shockingly static.

There were none of the after-images and trailing lightning bolts introduced by Carmine Infantino.

Barry, on the other hand, was said to have "control of every molecule in his body."

Barry could vibrate fast enough to pass through solid objects. He could literally run faster than lightning -- faster than 186, 234 miles per second!

The man behind the psuedo-science was none other than Julie Schwartz, the science-fiction loving editor who DC hired to modernize the Flash.

Pictured below is a FLASH pin-up by Carmine Infantino and Murphy Anderson.
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And a rare treat! Here's the original art for the pin-up above!
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One of the coolest things about the Silver Age Flash was the fact that he kept his uniform in a ring! Panels from Showcase #4...
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BELOW: The original art for the cover of Flash #197. This may have been the Flash uniform ring's finest moment! Courtesy of Gil Kane, who drew this cover many years after Carmine Infantino left the book...
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Barry can travel to other worlds and dimensions using his famous Cosmic Treadmill. Velow, he is seen on a forerunner of theCosmic Treadmill -- a "regular" treadmill. Still, it can measure 100,000 miles per hour. It's Flash #108, by Carmine Infantino, in ani-motion!
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Speaking of Carmine Infantino, he revealed his
secrets of drawing the Flash in this special feature...
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