View Poll Results: Who was the 1rst DC Comics version of "The Flash" you ever read in a comic book?

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  • Jay Garrick (Golden Age Flash) - 1st appeared in Flash Comics #1 (1940).

    7 4.35%
  • Barry Allen (Silver Age Flash) - 1st appeared Showcase #4 (1956) / died in CoIE

    75 46.58%
  • Wally West (post-CoIE Flash) - became The Flash at the end of Crisis on Infinite Earths

    73 45.34%
  • Bart Allen (post-Infinte Crisis Flash) - Became The Flash after Wally vanished / Bart suddenly aged

    0 0%
  • TV/the CW version of The Flash (Barry) - from The Flash: Season Zero (based on TV continuity)

    1 0.62%
  • other (please specify in a separate post)

    5 3.11%
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    My earliest Flash memories are of Barry, exposed to him in Challenge of the Superfriends and read some book to learn about Barry & the other heroes
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bogotazo View Post
    Picked this up in the mall at a temporary stand, after being a fan of the JL cartoon and renting Alex Ross's "Mythology" from the local library. I was 13. I loved the smell of the paper.



    After that it was lots of Wally in trades.
    , love that cover!

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    Barry Allen was the first for Flash I read about.

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    Technically Barry Allen, as I read Crisis on Infinite Earths pretty early.

    But when I actually read monthly comics Wally.

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    The New 52 Manapul run, so Barry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Buried Alien View Post
    VERY historically significant issue of THE FLASH, whose consequences reverberate even now, almost forty years later. You picked quite a time to get aboard.

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    I just remember seeing it as a kid in advertisements for other comics along with things like those plastic green soldiers they sold in ads at the back of the comic, so of course I had to start reading it. I was in grade school at the time. I think a lot of writers were also influenced by that time because it's right around the time that the JLA switched bodies with some supervillains, and that storyline was later re-visited in Identity Crisis.

    A lot of interesting things were happening at that time like the "World of Krypton" mini-series. Marvel was hopping as well with Thor, the Eternals, and the Celestials. DC Comics Presents had a great run around that time as did The Brave and the Bold. I even got away with reading The Warlord and Conan (scantily clad women). Things were never more magical for me as a comic book reader, but then it was all so new. It got even better when I discovered a used comic book store and got to read back issues. THAT'S when I really got interested in reading and learning new words.

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    Wally is the first I read in Morrison's JLA but Barry is the first I saw on TV with the Superfriends.

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    The first Flash I saw on TV was Wally in the Justice League pilot and the first comic was Wally during the Geoff Johns and Scott Kolins run. I think it was the issue he fought the Top with a broken hand.

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    The first Flash comic I read was with Wally.



    The issue opens with Wally and Dick fighting Grodd for a few pages. It was actually a pretty good and intense fight.

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    Got the first two issues of the early-90s Justice Society miniseries, focusing on Jay Garrick & Alan Scott. First time I'd ever read a Flash or GL book.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flash Fan#1 View Post
    The first Flash comic I read was with Wally.



    The issue opens with Wally and Dick fighting Grodd for a few pages. It was actually a pretty good and intense fight.
    Dude, this was my first issue reading Wally! I was about to move and went to a local comic book store with my friends on my last day in town. I got this very issue. I have vivid memories of that day and the issue itself. It was a great opening scene. I instantly thought, woah, this stuff is way better than the cartoon.

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    Geoff johns Wally West run, which is what got me hooked on the flash, which then had me reading all messner-loebs and waid stories that came before it,,,up until that point I'd only really read Barry in COIE and it wasn't until I read Waid's 'Return of Barry Allen' arc that my curiosity was piqued and that got me reading Carey Bates run on Barry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Calvinr View Post
    Geoff johns Wally West run, which is what got me hooked on the flash, which then had me reading all messner-loebs and waid stories that came before it,,,up until that point I'd only really read Barry in COIE and it wasn't until I read Waid's 'Return of Barry Allen' arc that my curiosity was piqued and that got me reading Carey Bates run on Barry.
    That's such a great way to get into both heroes! Carey Bates run in my opinion is really underrated and helped establish a lot of the Barry Allen tropes we take for granted today.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZoomZolomonZoom View Post
    That's such a great way to get into both heroes! Carey Bates run in my opinion is really underrated and helped establish a lot of the Barry Allen tropes we take for granted today.
    Yeah it's soo good right?, it's so underrated I mean Gardner Fox has to get some big credit too, but imo the majority of what makes Barry who he is today came from Bates.
    I think some of them stories still stand strong today, I love Barry but I'll always have that extra soft spot for Wally lol, through him getting me hooked on the flash and the JL cartoon growing up haha.

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    Barry Allen, The Flash: Rebirth.
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