Updated on 16 October, 2021
In the late 70s, DC comic had one of the best kept secrets in history. That hero was named "Wally West." Many fans don't even know that the character started out as an everyday teenager in Kansas City. He was a bright, intelligent, and energetic teen with a strong sense of right and wrong. There was just something about this young man that made him a classic hero of our time, and his comic book journey was a major influence on future Batman and Robin stories.
It wasn't long before the world learned of the tragic death of the young man. An unfortunate plane crash had killed his parents and left him with no life. Raised by his grandmother, who believed in the powers of fairies, he had been studying the mysterious energy known as "Willy," which he thought could help him harness his abilities. When word got back that Wally was in fact "Wally West," his popularity soared. He soon became an iconic super hero.
It's funny how life works. One day a bright young boy is walking down the street and gets struck by lightning. Two days later he is an international superstar. All thanks to one comic book.
The early comics were more focused on adventure and less on the hero himself. It was in the middle years of the decade that Wally West earned his first comic book title. The adventures of this young hero quickly gained him the admiration of his devoted fan base. He quickly became the star of his own series.
There are many different versions of the origin of the infamous superhero. Most versions place him in Kansas City, Missouri. But not so! He can be found in several places including: Paris, Japan, and even Russia. Some versions even suggest that he was raised by the Russian Mafia. But in truth, the truth lies somewhere in between.
Any Joe Lee or Howard Hughes fan will recognize the look on their favorite hero's face after receiving a dose of "Wally's" tranquilizing drug from Jokey Morris (a reference to the popular TV show). After being injected with this deadly concoction, the normally mild-mannered super hero suddenly transforms into the world's greatest hero. In fact, his alter ego seems to jump out of the screen. He rises above the rooftops, fights crime on the streets, and takes on supervising super hero's without a hint of fear. He even engages in some controversial activities, such as flying into a building (killing six birds), but he always returns to his ol' blue top.
The original comic lasted for thirty issues, but after one issue was abandoned, it was revived for a limited series of comic books. It was then picked up again for a second series, called "The Untold Story." The success of the second series led to an animated movie, featuring the character as the star of the starring role.
In addition to the vast number of memorable supporting cast members, the voice of Wally West is among the most recognizable in the history of comic book and cartoon creation. Mark Fisher took over the voice of the character in 1997, and his performance remains among the best ever provided by any actor in this medium. Fisher's portrayal of this beloved icon has been featured in countless television shows, cartoons, video games, and numerous video game adaptations. His many achievements include winning a Golden Globe for his work as a writer on the film adaptation of the comic, as well as an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Comedy Role. Other recent accolades include an additional five Academy Awards for his work on the animated feature and for his live action appearances in the feature.