4:18pm PT by Graeme McMillan
Flashback Through 75 Years of DC's 'The Flash' (Video)
Barry Allen has had a pretty good year, thanks to the success of the CW series The Flash — but the party is just getting started for DC Entertainment's Fastest Man Alive, with the publisher celebrating the character's 75th anniversary with a video remembering the many looks of the Scarlet Speedster from 1940 through 2015.
Barry isn't the only Flash represented in the video; almost all of the characters who have held the name throughout the decades — from original speedster Jay Garrick to former sidekicks made good like Wally West and Bart Allen, with appearances from alternate versions of the character from stories like Kingdom Come and The Justice Riders — show up as this speedy history of one of DC's longest-lived characters.
The Flash debuted in Flash Comics No. 1 — cover dated Jan. 1940 but believed to have been released at some point in Nov. 1939 — as the creation of Gardner Fox and Harry Lampert. Fox also wrote for the Barry Allen incarnation of the character, who debuted in 1956's Showcase No. 4, created by Robert Kanigher, John Broome and artist Carmine Infantino. Throughout the years, the character has played major roles in DC storylines and series including Crisis on Infinite Earths, Flashpoint and the regular Justice League series, no matter who was underneath the cowl.
This video is just part of DC's celebrations for the character's anniversary; later this month, the publisher will release a hardcover collection titled The Flash: A Celebration of 75 Years, collecting some of the most popular Flash stories from his long run.