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The 'Flash'
The Flash
Real name: Barry Allen[1]
AKA: The Scarlett Speedster
Species: Metahuman
Homeworld: Earth
Universe: Earth-1A
Hair: blond
Eyes: blue
Height: 6'0
Weight: 195 lbs
Relatives: Iris West / Allen (wife)
Wally West (nephew)
Dexter Myles (curator of Flash Museum)
Occupation: Police Forensic Scientist
Base: Central City
Affiliations: SuperFriends
Justice League of America
Central City Police Department
Rogue of: Gorilla Grodd
Captain Cold
Mirror Master
Abilities: Super Speed
Voiced/Played: Cliff Owens[2]
Ted Knight[3]
Jack Angel[4]
Rod Haase[5]
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SuperFriends / Justice League of America Team Member

Flash (Adventures Comics 462)

Barry Allen as he appeared in the late 70's
Image from Adventure Comics, #462 (April, 1979)


The Flash is the fastest man alive. He comes from Central City and he's a member of the Justice League of America. His powers are his speed. Flash can run so fast he can break the time barrier, vibrate through solid objects, run on top of bodies of water and up the side of buildings, and actually travel through time.

Background Information

Origin of Flash

Barry Allen, just before he is struck by lightning and bathed in chemicals.[6]

On the parallel-universe of Earth-One, Barry Allen and a twin brother were born on May 13, two weeks late, to Henry and Nora Allen in the small midwestern town of Fallville, Iowa. The brother was pronounced stillborn by Dr. Gilmore. However, in actuality, he had been born healthy, but given to another family, the Thawnes, whose child had died during birth. When Barry was a child, his mother was killed and his father was convicted of her murder. The drive to prove his father was innocent gave Barry a strong belief in justice.



As an adult, Barry Allen is a forensic scientist working for the Central City Police Department. He has a reputation for being very slow, deliberate, and frequently late, which frustrates his fiancee, Iris West.

One night, as he is preparing to leave work, a lightning bolt shatters a case full of chemicals and spills them all over Allen. As a result, Allen finds that he can run extremely fast and has matching reflexes. He dons a set of red tights sporting a lightning bolt, dubs himself The Flash, and becomes Central City's resident costumed crimefighter. Central City University professor Ira West (Iris's adoptive father) designed Allen's uniform and the ring which stores it while Allen is in his civilian identity.

The ring can eject the compressed clothing when Allen needs it and suck it back in with the aid of a special gas that shrinks the suit. In addition, Allen invented the cosmic treadmill, a device that allows for precise time-travel.[8]

Continuity from Filmation's DC Superheroes Adventures (1967-1968)

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Powers and Abilities


Barry's super speed allows him to:

  • Speed Distribution: "Lend" velocity to objects or people already in motion. This only works temporarily.
  • Speed Absorption: He can neutralize (steal) speed and/or momentum from anyone or anything, essentially absorbing their speed.
  • Speed Force Aura: This aura protects him and anyone who is running with him or carried by him, from the effects of using his speed. It can even protect him from the vacuum of space.
  • Superhuman Endurance
  • Infinite Mass Punch: When fighting hand to hand, his speed allows him to impart punches which could hit with a force greater than that of "a white dwarf star." This makes it possible for him to hurt supervillains far stronger than him, such as Solomon Grundy.
  • Energy Construct Creation: Speed Force conduits can use the matter generated by their speed to create solid objects such as walls or bridges. This power requires constant concentration and reapplication of the construct for it to remain stable. Flash's after images are also construct creations.
  • Increased Perception: Speed Force conduits traveling at the speed of sound may miss important events as they run by. The Speed Force grants them enhanced senses that allow them to see, hear, smell, touch and/or taste at an increased speed and understand it as it is processed.
  • Self-Sustenance: Speed Force conduits travel at incredible speeds, which cause their bodies to work overtime. In situations where their bodies may be too fast for them to breathe, they are able to use the Speed Force for sustenance. However, this almost always results in the conduits having an increased metabolism at all times, requiring them to constantly refill their energy supplies.
  • Teleportation: He can run so fast that he can open up space warps that lead to other dimensions, and he can even penetrate the time barrier, allowing him to time travel.
  • Accelerated Healing
  • Supercharged Brain Activity: This power is sometimes neglected by Speedsters who only operate at superhuman speeds and never slow down enough to understand their full potential. Speedsters can access superhuman levels in their brains beyond simply processing information. They can test theories, understand difficult equations, and run trial and error in their brains at superhuman speeds. Different conduits access this activity in different ways.
  • Phasing: He is able to vibrate his molecules so fast that he can pass through solid objects.
  • Limited Flight: By spinning like a helicopter or doing other aerodynamic movements, he can even perform a limited kind of flight. He has even been seen flying as high as outer space.[9]
  • Vortex Creation: By running in a circle at a certain speed, Flash is able to create a vortex with a variety of effects.
  • Ultra-Sonic Vibrations: He is able to vibrate so quickly that he can project powerful ultrasonic waves.



Justice League Team Members

Members of the Justice League of America

Aquaman (founding member) • Batman (founding member) • Superman (founding member) • Flash (founding member)
Green Lantern (founding member) • Martian Manhunter (founding member) • Wonder Woman (founding member)

Comic Book JLA Team Members:
Black CanaryElongated ManRed TornadoZatanna Zatara
Phantom Stranger (part-time Leaguer) • Sargon, The Sorcerer (honorary Leaguer)

Other Known Justice Leaguers:
The HuntressBlack OrchidCaptain MarvelSupergirlGreen FuryPlastic ManAtomGreen Arrow

SuperFriends Founding Members:
SupermanBatmanWonder WomanAquaman
HawkmanSamuraiGreen LanternFlashBlack Vulcan

Other Known SuperFriends Members:
HawkgirlApache ChiefEl DoradoRima

Junior SuperFriends:
Marvin WhiteWendy Harris

GleekWonder Dog

Episode Appearances

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  • Barry Allen / The Flash first appeared in Showcase vol.1 #4[10] (Oct. 1956).
  • Created by writers Robert Kanigher and John Broome and penciler Carmine Infantino.
  • Around the time the last season aired in 1985, Wally West had replaced his uncle, Barry Allen becoming the third Flash.[11]

External Links

Appearances in Other Media


  1. Flash's real name was never revealed on the series, but it was revealed in the Filmation cartoons.
  2. Cliff Owens did the voice of the Flash in The Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure.
  3. Ted Knight did the voice of the Flash in the episode Too Hot to Handle.
  4. Jack Angel did the voice of the Flash for the remainder of the series, starting with Season 2.
  5. Rod Haase played the Flash in both Super Friends live action specials that aired as episodes of Legends of the Superheroes.
  6. As seen in DC Comics Super Heroes - My First Dictionary (2014).
  7. As seen in The Challenge.
  8. Background Information is from Silver Age continuity.
  9. As seen in the Superfriends season seven episode Space Racers (1983).
  10. Go to the DC Database for more on Showcase, Vol.1 #4
  11. This story line occurred in Flash Vol 1, #350 (October, 1985)
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