Updated on 16 October, 2021
The Flash is an iconic super hero who pops up regularly in comics written by DC comics. The Flash is a fast-paced hero who moves faster than normal people can, and he uses his super speed to fly. The Flash's secret identity is that of James Gordon, a district attorney. The Flash's alter ego is Cisco Peacock, who uses his speed to aid in solving crimes and stopping villains.
The Flash first appeared in the comics during the late 1940s, and he was created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger. The Flash's comic book debut was a special comic issued just before the World War II hit America. The comic book series chronicled the adventures of the famed superhero known as The Flash. The Flash had a starring role in one of the most popular early DC comic titles, and later in the following decades the character became a favorite recurring feature in the comic books.
In the late nineteen sixties the legendary Flash, along with other DC comic book characters were brought together for what would become the crossover event known as the Justice League. The Flash, with his sidekick, Booster Gold, were assigned to help the Justice League combat villains like the villain Vandal Savage, and Booster became a member of the team. The crossover event, titled "Flash and the Riddler", featured many guest stars from the various teams. One of those was Mark Waid, who portrayed the late Speedy Gonzales, a Justice League member who was killed in the line of duty. Waid would go on to star as many DC Universe characters that have fallen from the sky, including Steel, Atom, and some lesser known heroes.
Waid later went onto write and assist the acclaimed writers Green Lantern, Hal Jordan, and The Flash in writing a feature film titled Dark Tomorrow. The film, which was much like the original comic book, starred Tom Hardy, Jessica Alba, and directed by none other than Henry Cavill. While the film did not do well at the box office, it was critically praised and eventually earned an impressive number of Oscar Awards. One of the more amazing things about Dark Tomorrow is that the Waid wrote the entire screenplay. Yes, it was his screenwriting debut.
The silver age of comic books was ushered in the year twentieth century by two iconic writers. Frank Miller and Bill Finger were each a true fan of Batman. When they decided to create their own take on the Caped Crusader, they chose the aged version of Batman and put him in a very aged, yet very heroic setting. The two Batman eras, the dark age and the silver age, can be seen through the works of Miller and Finger. Both men are quite popular among Batman fans, due to their distinct take on the character, both past and present.
After Dark Tomorrow, there was the introduction of the new "Flash" characters. This series featured Tom Welling as the young hero, Cisco Ramone, andished the adventures of Barry Allen, who was also recruited into the team by The Flash. The Flash's appearances in The Flash: Rebirth and the new series premier were spectacular. The Flash is one of the few comic book series that has managed to keep its audience reading. This is largely due to the colorful art style that was introduced by artist Todd McFarlane, as well as the musical score by Thomas Newman.
The new series featured a ragtag bunch of new rogues, which became known as the Rogues. The Rogues made their comic book debut in the following comics: New Super-Man, Secret Wars, Last Stand, and Civil War. The rogues were an interesting addition to the comics universe, especially after their debut in New Super-Man, which helped to establish the Rogues as a unique group.
The Flash: Rebirth, however, introduced a new member of the Rogues, Cisco Ramone. This was a great way to introduce another member of the Rogues, without wasting valuable time developing another character that didn't fit into the already established timeline. The Flash: Rebirth featured Cisco Ramone on a different team, which had an even more dynamic member; actress Summer Glauberman was cast as Iris West, the first African American female superhero that the comic book world has ever seen. This was a wonderful choice, as this was a ground breaking TV show, and I'm looking forward to the new television series starring Cisco Ramone as the original Flash.