1. There are four DC Comics super-heroes who have sped around like crazy under the name “The Flash,” namely Jay Garrick (often called the Golden Age Flash), Barry Allen (the Silver Age Flash), Wally West (who started out as Kid Flash) and Bart Allen (who started out as Impulse and then became Kid Flash before becoming Flash).
2. But wait, there’s more! Others have taken the name Flash on a more limited basis, including Jesse Quick (daughter of another super-fast dude, Johnny Quick) and several Barry Allen descendants in various far-flung futures.
3. The Barry Allen version of the Flash is credited with jump-starting the Silver Age of comics. (That’s roughly 1956 to 1970.)
4. Sheldon Cooper of The Big Bang Theory seems to be especially partial to Flash (with Green Lantern a close second). But based on one Halloween episode, all four of the main male characters of that show would seem to be Flash-anatics.
5. The first Flash (that’s Jay Garrick, for those of you who need a scorecard) obtained his powers by breathing in the fumes of hard water after a failed experiment. Hey, it was the 1940s!
6. The costume for Kid Flash (Wally West) was originally the same as that of Flash (Barry Allen); however, while handling an alien machine one day and thinking about a new costume design, the machine somehow took the idea in Barry’s mind and created a new uniform for Wally. Which shows that multi-tasking CAN have positive effects. Sometimes.
7. Fortunately, the Flash (in all his incarnations) transmits a very thin, invisible aura around his body which protects him (and his clothing, as well as people he may pick up and carry at super-speed) from the destructive forces of excessive air friction.
8. Superman and the Flash competed in a number of races to determine which was truly The Fastest Man Alive; after several attempts, Flash was deemed worthy of the title.
9. For entirely too much of his career, Barry Allen sported a particularly unbecoming crewcut. Trust me, it didn’t work.
10. In Flash #197 (1970), Barry Allen takes to the stage in a community theatre production of Hamlet – and ends up having to play ALL the parts (courtesy of his be-in-two-places-at-one-time super-speed) when the cast comes down sick with the flu.