Joe Giella is an American comic book artist best known as a DC Comics inker during the late 1950s and 1960s period which historians and fans call the Silver Age of comic books. Giella attended the School of Industrial Art in Manhattan, he studied at the Art Students League in Manhattan, alongside future comics professionals Mike Sekowsky and Joe Kubert, took commercial art courses at Hunter College. He began working in art at 17, he said in a 2002 interview, explaining that "when your parents are struggling to keep the house going, the first son in the family in an Italian family, had to go to work." He described his first professional job as the humor feature "Captain Codfish", which the interviewer described as "a less-eccentric 1940s ancestor of SpongeBob SquarePants". A standard reference, the Grand Comics Database, lists one "Captain Codfish" feature, running six pages with the art signed by Giella, in Hillman Periodicals' Punch and Judy Comics #11. Giella freelanced for Fawcett Comics, commuting by bus to C. C. Beck's and Pete Costanza's studio in Englewood, New Jersey, to ink Captain Marvel stories.
In either 1946 or 1947, he began freelancing for Timely Comics, the 1940s precursor of Marvel Comics, shortly afterwards joined the staff. His start was rocky, however. Stan Lee rewarded his persistence with a tryout inking a strip that cartoonist Mike Sekowsky had penciled. Giella's elation on his trip home soon turned to panic. "The first job he gave me I lost on the train. No one slept at my house that night," Giella jokes. "I went in the next morning and thought that's the end of my job." He was nearly right. As a frantic Lee screamed at Giella for his carelessness, Sekowsky came to his defense. "Mike repenciled the whole job that I lost on the train and I did the inking," he says. "Stan liked what I did and I got the staff position. I never left anything on the train again." "I would do any work that they offered," Giella had recalled in a 2005 interview. "I started out doing a little touch-up work, a little background work, a little inking, redraw this, fix this head, do something with this panel".
He assisted Syd Shores on Captain America Comics, finishing backgrounds, making pencil corrections and inking occasional pages. Giella did similar duty on Human Torch, Sub-Mariner, humor stories. Inking soon became his specialty. In 1948, he joined the Naval Reserves, his friend Frank Giacoia began drawing for DC Comics in the late 1940s, convinced Giella to join him at that better-paying company. Starting circa 1948, Giella inked stories featuring the Flash, Green Lantern, Black Canary and other characters under editor Julius Schwartz. During the early-1950s lull in superheroes, Giella inked Westerns penciled by Alex Toth and Gene Colan; when the era called the Silver Age of comic books began with the resurgence of superheroes in 1956, Giella began inking science-fiction stories, including the feature "Adam Strange" in Strange Adventures, Batman stories pencilled by the likes of Sheldon Moldoff, Carmine Infantino. In the 1960s, he prominently inked Gil Kane on the series Green Lantern. Giella assisted on such King Features syndicated comic strips as Flash Gordon, The Phantom, on which he worked for 17 years.
In 1991, Giella succeeded Bill Ziegler as artist on Sunday newspaper strip. Giella retired from Mary Worth in 2016, with his last strip appearing on July 23, 2016. Outside comics, Giella did commercial art for advertising agencies such as McCann Erickson and Saatchi & Saatchi, publishers such as Doubleday and Simon & Schuster; as of 2010, Giella lives in New York, on Long Island. His son Frank is an art history and cartooning instructor at Forest Hills High School, a colorist for the comic strip Mary Worth, which Giella penciled and inked until 2016. Giella received the Inkpot Award in 1996. In 2017, Giella was the Guest of Honor at the 2017 Inkwell Awards ceremony at HeroesCon in Charlotte, NC. In 2018, Giella was award the Inkwell Awards Joe Sinnott Hall of Fame Award for his many years of inking. "Joe Giella". National Cartoonists Society. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved November 6, 2016. Leiffer, Paul. "Giella, Joe". The Comic Strip Project, "Who's Who of Comic Strip Producers", G-Part 1.
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Michael Lance Wieringo, who sometimes signed his work under the name Ringo, was an American comics artist best known for his work on DC Comics' The Flash, Marvel Comics' Spider-Man, his own creator-owned series, Tellos. In 2017, the Ringo Award was created in honor of Wieringo, it is presented at the Baltimore Comic-Con to recognize achievement in the comics industry. Michael Lance Wieringo was born in Vicenza, Italy, on June 24, 1963 to Cecil E. and Shirley Dean Wieringo, who live in Lynchburg, Virginia. He has a brother named Matt. Wieringo became interested in comics through his father, an avid reader. Wieringo began drawing comics when he was 11, he studied fashion illustration at Virginia Commonwealth University, though he began to consider drawing comics as a profession, showed his artwork at comics convention during his college years. Soon after graduating, he determined that that field was "dying out". Realizing that he did not possess the fortitude for commercial illustration, he decided to draw comic books.
Wieringo's first professionally published work was Doc Savage: Doom Dynasty #1, published by Millennium Publications in 1991. Editor Mark Ellis had to overrule his partner to give the fledgling artist his first assignment. Wieringo took his samples to the 1992 San Diego Comic Con, where he met DC Comics group editor of creative services Neil Pozner, who showed Wieringo's art to other DC editors, he was given his first work, a story in Justice League Quarterly #11. That was followed by a second JLQ in issue #12; the Flash editor Brian Augustyn asked Wieringo to try out for The Flash. After submitting some sample pages of the Flash running, Wieringo was offered the penciling duties on Volume 2 of that series, on which he was paired with writer Mark Waid, on which he rose to prominence in the industry, drawing all but two issues from #80–92, plus #0, he additionally penciled covers through #100, #118–124, 128–129, for The Flash 80-Page Giant #2. Wieringo and Waid co-created the young speedster a.k.a..
Impulse, in The Flash vol. 2 #91 and #92. Wieringo followed this with a short run on Robin, another DC title, with writer Chuck Dixon, while concurrently penciling Marvel Comics' Rogue #1–4, a miniseries starring that X-Men superheroine. During this period, he penciled occasional covers and small miscellaneous jobs for Marvel Comics. Other work around this time included penciling the cover and co-penciling the lead story of Firearm #0 and penciling the back cover and one story in Godwheel #2 for Malibu Comics, he penciled the cover of Explorers #2 for Explorer Press. After having penciled the Spider-Boy #1 one-shot, which combined Spider-Man and Superboy as part of the Marvel Comics–DC Comics intercompany crossover series of one-shots Amalgam Comics, Wieringo became the regular artist on Marvel's The Sensational Spider-Man, beginning with issue #8. Teaming with writer Todd Dezago, Wieringo penciled all but eight issues from #8–31, some covers on issues he did not pencil. Additionally, Wieringo co-plotted several issues and penciled the quirkily numbered flashback issue, # −1.
During his run he signed a two–year contract with Marvel, beginning December 1997. After Spider-Man, Wieringo's next major project was at Image Comics, where he reteamed with Dezago on their creator-owned fantasy series Tellos; the comic, a coming-of-age adventure set in a magical, piratical world, ran 10 issues. The last three issues were released by Gorilla Comics, a short-lived Image imprint co-founded by Wieringo and several other creators in 2000. Following the demise of the series, Wieringo penciled one 13–page story in a post-series one-shot, Tellos: Maiden Voyage #1. Wieringo returned to DC Comics for all but one issue of The Adventures of Superman #592–600, with writer Joe Casey, he returned to Marvel and reunited with writer Mark Waid on Fantastic Four. Beginning with #60, Wieringo drew 27 issues of Waid's 36 issues, wrapping up their run with #524, by which time the relaunched series had returned to its original numbering; the comics-hobbyist webzine Newsarama commented that the Waid–Wieringo run "was best known for fan outcry when Marvel announced that going to replace the team.
Marvel reversed decision, the two completed their run on the series". Wieringo penciled the interior art on issues #1–5 and #8–10 of Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man and was the cover artist of #1–19, he and writer Jeff Parker began work on the miniseries Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four in April 2007. Wieringo explained the philosophy behind his drawing style thus: "I just try to keep things fun. I like to do fun comics, it doesn't have to be realistic to be believable. In fact, I sometimes think that funny might add something to certain books." When he began illustrating the Rogue miniseries, he was intimidated by the dark tone of that book's story, but once he finished the first issue, the editors decided to light up the "grim and gritty" tone of the story. On August 12, 2007, Wieringo died of an aortic dissection at his home in Durham, North Carolina, at age 44, he was survived by his parents and Shirley Dean Wieringo, his brother Matt. Mirage Comics' Tales Of TMNT #40, Image Comics' Elephantmen #11 and The Walking Dead #42, Marvel Comics' Spider-Man: Family #7 were dedicated to his memory.
At the time of his death, Wieringo had completed seven pages of a What If? Story featuring the temporary "replaceme
Thinker (DC Comics)
The Thinker is the name of four fictional characters, all supervillains appearing in comic books published by DC Comics. The first version, Clifford DeVoe, appeared as the main antagonist of the fourth season of the live-action television series The Flash, portrayed by Neil Sandilands; the Clifford DeVoe version of Thinker first appeared in All-Flash #12 and was created by Gardner Fox and E. E. Hibbard; the Cliff Carmichael version of Thinker first appeared in Firestorm #11 and was created by Gerry Conway and Al Milgrom. Conway recounted, "My original notion on Firestorm was to do a book that would be DC's complement to Spider-Man, in a sense. We would have a young adolescent male who gets superpowers and doesn't know quite what to do with them. My flip on it was that rather than being the science geek, being picked upon by the jock, my hero would be the jock, picked on by the geek, and, going to be Cliff Carmichael's role."In The Fury of Firestorm the Nuclear Man #50, the strap on Ronnie Raymond's football helmet is cut, in the following issues the cast members come to suspect Carmichael of the crime.
Though Conway said that he must have intended to reveal someone else as the culprit, John Ostrander took over as the series' writer and had Carmichael confess to cutting the strap. In Firestorm, the Nuclear Man #99 Carmichael was transformed into the Thinker as part of the genre-wide trend in which civilian cast members were completely eliminated from superhero comics. Clifford DeVoe was a failed lawyer who bitterly ended his career in 1933. Realizing that many of the criminals he had encountered had the skills but not the brains to rule Gotham City's underworld, he started a new career as the brain behind small-time villains; as the Thinker, he was defeated by his most recurrent foe. He always sought out new scientific devices to use and his most important was the "Thinking Cap", a metal hat that could project mental force; the Thinker would use this device over the years. The Thinker was a member of the Injustice Society, leading an army of prison escapees like the other members. In Plateau City, the police nab a shabbily dressed man, trying to shoot the governor.
They discover that this man is a dead ringer for the governor and claims to be the real governor. The Flash arrives on the scene to overhear this, but moves on to confront the hoodlums attacking the city; the Thinker appears on the scene, firing a ray at the Crimson Comet, causing him to gain weight and crash through a roof. Recovering, the Flash speeds over to the governor's mansion, only to overhear the governor ordering all police forces to surrender. Flash enters his office and discovers the governor to be a dummy/machine, which flees through an open door. Flash attempts to warn the police that a phony governor put out the message, but the Thinker shows up and tells the Fastest Man Alive that he is speaking into a dead mic snares him with invisible wires; the Thinker appeared as a judge in the'trial' of the JSA, but was revealed as the Green Lantern in disguise, having captured the real Thinker after escaping Brain Wave. This led to the Injustice Society's defeat. Together with the Fiddler and the Shade, the Thinker was the man behind the decades-long "abduction" of Keystone City and the original Flash, after which he was defeated by the Flashes of two eras.
His "suspended animation-time" in Keystone kept the Thinker young over the years, he continued his criminal career in modern times. In recent years, DeVoe accepted a mission with Task Force X in exchange for a full pardon. Although he was killed by the Weasel during this mission, he turned up alive soon after, only to be dying from cancer due to the cap, his former foe, the original Flash, attempted to save him with the Thinking Cap but DeVoe refused, preferring to rest in peace. In The New 52 reboot, during the "Forever Evil" storyline, the Thinker used his intellect to predict the arrival of the Crime Syndicate of America and got incarcerated in Belle Reve. Thinker's brain came at the price of draining energy from the rest of his body, while prematurely aging him; when the Crime Syndicate of America arrived, Thinker was among the villains who swore their allegiance to them, where his motives are to secure a new body for himself...namely the body of OMAC. Clifford "Cliff" Carmichael was an intellectual bully and the rival of Ronnie Raymond at Bradley High and at Vandemeer University.
Cliff viewed Ronnie as a rival due to Ronnie's instant popularity. Cliff tormented Ronnie throughout his high school career and at Vandemeer University, it was at Vandemeer that Cliff's pranks turned sinister, as he cut the helmet strap on Ronnie's football helmet, hoping to get him injured. Hugo Hammer, Cliff's cousin, accidentally took Ronnie's helmet and during a football game, his neck was broken. Wracked with guilt after accidentally paralyzing his cousin, he was admitted into a mental institution. For some reason, scientists started an experiment with the now-abandoned "Thinking Cap" of the original Thinker and used Carmichael as a guinea pig. Cliff used the cap to improve on its design. Implanting microchip versions of the helmet into his own brain, Cliff became a "cyberpunk maniac" with metahuman powers; as the new Thinker, he was drafted into the Suicide Squad after he tried to kill Oracle and Amanda Waller. After several missions, he betrayed them for the villainous Cabal, he has since resurfaced as a foe of the new Firestorm.
When Killer Frost discovered that the consciousness of Raymond, the previous Firestorm, existed within Rusch, Thinker exploited a new
Murphy C. Anderson, Jr. was an American comics artist, known as one of the premier inkers of his era, who worked for companies such as DC Comics for over fifty years, starting in the Golden Age of Comic Books in the 1940s. He worked on such characters as Hawkman, Zatanna, the Spectre, Superman, as well as on the Buck Rogers daily syndicated newspaper comic strip. Anderson contributed for many years to PS, the preventive maintenance comics magazine of the U. S. Army. Murphy Anderson was born on July 9, 1926, in Asheville, North Carolina, while in grade school moved with his family to Greensboro, North Carolina. After graduating high school in 1943, he attended the University of North Carolina before moving to New York City seeking work in the comics industry, was hired by Jack Byrne as a staff artist at the comic-book publisher Fiction House, his first confirmed credit is the two-and-two-thirds-page nonfiction aviation featurette "Jet Propulsion" in Wings Comics #48, his first fiction feature was an eight-page "Suicide Smith and the Air Commanders" story in Wings Comics #50.
By the following month he was the regular artist on the Planet Comics features "Life on Other Worlds" and "Star Pirate". Anderson continued doing comics work, as well as illustrations for science-fiction pulp magazines, during his stateside postings while serving in the United States Navy from 1944 to 1945. From 1947 to 1949, Anderson was the artist on the Buck Rogers comic-book series. During the 1950s, Anderson worked for several publishers including Pines Comics, St. John Publications, Ziff Davis, DC Comics, Atlas Comics, that decade's predecessor of Marvel Comics. Anderson succeeded artist and co-creator Carmine Infantino on the superhero feature "Captain Comet" beginning with the story "The Girl from the Diamond Planet" in Strange Adventures #12. Years Anderson and writer John Broome created the feature "Atomic Knights" in Strange Adventures #117, which Anderson described as his favorite assignment. Anderson and writer Gardner Fox launched the Hawkman series in May 1964 and introduced the Zatanna character in issue #4.
Comics historian Les Daniels noted that "Hawkman took off when artist Murphy Anderson took over... Anderson came into his own with his elegantly ornamental version of the Winged Wonder." The Spectre was revived by Fox and Anderson in Showcase #60 and was given his own series in December 1967. In the 1960s Anderson proposed that comics pages be drawn at 10x15 inches rather than the prevailing standard of 12x18 inches, which allowed two pages to be photographed at the same time, this subsequently became the industry standard. Anderson designed the costume of Adam Strange. With his frequent collaborator, penciler Curt Swan, the pair's artwork on Superman and Action Comics in the 1970s came to be called "Swanderson" by fans, he hid his initials somewhere within the stories he inked. In the early 1970s, DC assigned Anderson, among other artists, to redraw the heads of Jack Kirby's renditions of Superman and Jimmy Olsen, fearing Kirby's versions were too different from the established images of the characters.
In 1972, he drew Wonder Woman for the cover of the first issue of Ms. Magazine. In 1973, he established Murphy Anderson Visual Concepts, which provided color separations and lettering for comic books. Anderson contributed for many years to PS, the preventive maintenance comics magazine of the U. S. Army. Anderson and his wife of 67 years, had two daughters and Mary, a son, Murphy III. Anderson died in New Jersey on October 22, 2015, at the age of 89, of heart failure. Anderson's accolades include the 1962 Alley Award for "Best Inker". Anderson received an Inkpot Award in 1984 and was inducted into the Jack Kirby Hall of Fame in 1998 the Will Eisner Hall of Fame in 1999, the Inkwell Awards Joe Sinnott Hall of Fame in 2013. Comics work as full artist includes: Cerebus Jam #1 Aida-Zee #1 Jonny Quest #9 Notes Shadowhawk #9 Suspense #7 Murphy Anderson at the Comic Book DB Murphy Anderson at Mike's Amazing World of Comics Showcase #55: The Glory of Murphy Anderson Evanier, Mark. "Murphy Anderson, R. I.
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Justice Guild of America
The Justice Guild of America is a superhero team featured in the Justice League animated series two-part episode "Legends", a homage to the Golden Age Justice Society of America, to a degree the Silver Age Justice League of America. At the climax of a fight between the Justice League and a giant robot remote-controlled by Lex Luthor, it falls over, threatening to crush Flash, Green Lantern, J'onn J'onzz; the Flash tries to stop the damaged robot falling onto the other Leaguers by running so fast that he creates a tornado-like vortex just as the robot's energy core explodes. This causes them to accidentally end up on a parallel Earth existing in a different vibrational frequency from the Justice League's own, they end up in Seaboard City, an idyllic 1950s locale that evokes the traits of Pleasantville or other such havens. It bears more than a passing resemblance to The Village of The Prisoner and features an ice cream van which plays "Pop Goes the Weasel", a tune employed on that show. There they meet the Justice Guild of America members - Tom Turbine, The Streak, the Green Guardsman, Black Siren and their sidekick / mascot Ray Thompson.
They first fight when Green Lantern and Flash stop a robbery by Justice Guild enemy Music Master and the Guild mistakes them for the thieves. However, after the Streak sees Flash save Ray from pieces of a falling building, he realizes the League aren't criminals and stops the fight; the Justice Guild were comic book characters on the Justice League's Earth about whom Green Lantern read as a child. He claims without the comics, he may not have the ring today. J'onn J'onzz hypothesizes that the JGA writers were psychically tuned in to their Earth during flashes of "inspiration", they help the JGA fight a group of their enemies called the Injustice Guild of America, who are based on Golden Age DC supervillains, which consists of Music Master, Sir Swami, Dr. Blizzard; the IGA engage in a scheme to pull off a series of crimes based on the four elements of earth, air and fire as part of a contest to see who can pull off the best crime related to those elements. Dr. Blizzard won when he took Flash and Black Siren as hostages where he led the IGA in their next criminal activity: robbing the Seaboard City Mint and escaping by blimp.
The IGA are handed over to the police. Probing deeper into inconsistencies found in the "perfect" Seaboard City, such as an ice cream truck that never stops, dangers that just happen to spring up out of nowhere, graves of the Guild which Hawkgirl finds and Lantern find an old newspaper in a battle-scarred subway underneath a library that contains books with blank pages; the newspaper reveals that the JGA world's version of the Cuban Missile Crisis escalated into World War III, the heroes perished in the resultant U. S.-Soviet nuclear exchange, Seaboard City was destroyed in the ensuing nuclear holocaust, thus resulting in the Justice Guild comic book being cancelled in the Justice League’s world. The JL question the ice cream man to which he can only tell them that "he'll hear them" before driving off; the JL confront the JGA with this knowledge. J'onn suspects. Ray denies knowing anything, but J'onn makes a telepathic link with him, causing him to reveal his true form: a disfigured mutant with the ability to warp reality and create psychic illusions.
Ray's abilities were activated by the holocaust, he created the false time warp as a consequence of their manifestation. With a distorted and nostalgic view of the past, he recreated the world of his childhood and resurrected the heroes he worshipped as a child. Angrily, Ray goes on a rampage and tries to kill the JL, while distracting the JGA with a giant red robot; the Guild heroes are unsure of what to do because they know that if they defeat Ray, it will undo the illusion and everything in it, including themselves, but decide that they can forfeit their false lives to save the JL, reasoning that if they could sacrifice themselves to save their world once, they can do so again. They all attack Ray, shattering the illusion. Lantern watches in dismay as the JGA fade away with smiles on their faces; the inhabitants are freed from the illusion, begin to rebuild their shattered world starting with Seaboard City, thanking the League for giving them a future. The Justice League members return to their own Earth using a space-time machine Tom Turbine was working on before his death, powered by Green Lantern's ring.
On his own Earth, John Stewart ponders on how much the JGA comics meant to him when he was young and the impact the comics' cancellation in 1962 had on him. He remarks to Hawkgirl that the JGA taught him the meaning of the word hero, a commentary on the bright, optimistic Golden and Silver Age's contrast to the Modern Age's grittiness and angst. Among the members of the Justice Guild are: Streak — The leader of the Guild who possesses super-speed. Cat Man — A cat-themed member of the Guild, a master martial artist, he is paired up on missions with Black Siren
Howard Joel Wolowitz, M. Eng. is a fictional character on the CBS television series The Big Bang Theory, portrayed by actor Simon Helberg. Among the main male characters in the show, Howard is distinctive for being an engineer rather than a physicist and lacking a doctoral degree. Howard is based on a computer programmer known by the show's co-creator Bill Prady. Howard is the only starring character, to the International Space Station. Along with Sheldon Cooper, Leonard Hofstadter, Raj Koothrappali, Howard is one of the only characters to appear in every episode of The Big Bang Theory. Howard is an Aerospace Engineer at Caltech's Department of Applied Physics, seen at the apartment of Leonard Hofstadter and Sheldon Cooper, he is best friends with Rajesh Koothrappali. He was born in 1981 as specified in season one's episode "The Pancake Batter Anomaly" and is a native of Pasadena. Howard received his degree in Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Howard sports a mod haircut and tends to wear loud 1960s-era outfits, such as a V-neck T-shirt or flashy button-down shirt over a turtleneck or dickey which sport a variety of lapel pins with slim-fit pants and vintage Vans sneakers with a leather windbreaker.
He is fond of decorative belt buckles, but wears only one belt. Although Jewish, Howard rebels against the religion and goes as far as mocking Judaism, he is an interpreter of sign language. Like his friends, Howard is an avid fan of comic superheroes, he lived with his mother for several seasons before moving in with his wife Bernadette Rostenkowski. Until he returned from space in season six, his personal transportation was a Vespa motor scooter, which he traded for a Mini Countryman. Besides English, Howard can speak seven languages including French, Russian, Persian and the constructed language Klingon from the Star Trek franchise, he knows some words in Sindarin, one of the elvish dialects invented by J. R. R. Tolkien for The Lord of the Rings. Although in the show, Howard has been mentioned as speaking these languages, the writers have not explored his proficiency much; the episode "The Wiggly Finger Catalyst" reveals that he knows American Sign Language. Until his marriage, Howard fancied himself a "ladies' man" and he provided outrageous and sexist pick-up lines whenever there was a woman present, resulting in humiliating rejections.
Howard describes himself as a romantic, although he comes across as overtly sexual, in the words of Penny, disgusting. However, Penny's dislike of Howard has mellowed somewhat since Howard started dating Penny's colleague Bernadette, to whom he is now married; when Howard found an ALF doll and revealed that it filled a void for him when his father left, Penny felt sympathy for him and began to empathize more when she understood his behavior a little bit better. Like the rest of the group, Howard dislikes many of Sheldon's antics. Once Penny asked how Sheldon had gotten any friends and Howard replied, "We liked Leonard."Howard is allergic to nuts peanuts and pistachios. He once deliberately caused this reaction by eating a granola bar to keep Leonard busy at the hospital when they were planning a surprise birthday party for him. Another time, when he was depressed about Leslie Winkle dumping him in season 2, while he was in Las Vegas with Raj and Leonard, he tweeted that he was considering suicide by consuming a can of peanuts due to loneliness and not having his desires met.
He has mentioned having transient idiopathic arrhythmia. Howard is proud of the fact that he has only three percent body fat, which Raj declares makes him look like a human chicken wing. Although Jewish, Howard is not serious about his religion, does not keep kosher. For instance, he eats pork, when the price of pork went up at the group's favorite Chinese restaurant, he remarked "it's getting tougher and tougher to be a bad Jew". On another occasion, when Howard tried to date Sheldon's sister, Missy, he said he would kill his rabbi with a pork chop if his religion was an impediment, one of the reasons he was happy to continue dating Bernadette was that it gave him the chance to annoy his mother. Despite this, Howard has shown some belief in his faith; when he and Raj posed as goths to pick up women, he wore fake-tattoo sleeves and refused to get real ones. It is noted in "The Bath Item Gift Hypothesis", he apparently attends High Holy Day services, as Sheldon once critically commented that he was not available to compete in Halo during those times.
However, in "The Financial Permeability" he made the sign of the cross — a Catholic practice — during an encounter with Kurt, Penny's former boyfriend. In the episode "The Herb Garden Germination", he became engaged to Bernadette when she accepted his marriage proposal, they married in the season 5 finale, "The Countdown Reflection", which featured a small reception. They had planned to have a bigger, "official" reception. Unlike Leonard, Sh
The Flash is the name of several superheroes appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. Created by writer Gardner Fox and artist Harry Lampert, the original Flash first appeared in Flash Comics #1. Nicknamed the "Scarlet Speedster", all incarnations of the Flash possess "super speed", which includes the ability to run and think fast, use superhuman reflexes, violate certain laws of physics, thus far, at least four different characters—each of whom somehow gained the power of "the speed force"—have assumed the mantle of the Flash in DC's history: college athlete Jay Garrick, forensic scientist Barry Allen, Barry's nephew Wally West, Barry's grandson Bart Allen. Each incarnation of the Flash has been a key member of at least one of DC's premier teams: the Justice Society of America, the Justice League, the Teen Titans; the Flash is one of DC Comics' most popular characters and has been integral to the publisher's many reality-changing "crisis" storylines over the years. The original meeting of the Golden Age Flash Jay Garrick and Silver Age Flash Barry Allen in "Flash of Two Worlds" introduced the Multiverse storytelling concept to DC readers, which would become the basis for many DC stories in the years to come.
Like his Justice League colleagues Wonder Woman and Batman, the Flash has a distinctive cast of adversaries, including the various Rogues and the various psychopathic "speedsters" who go by the names Reverse-Flash or Zoom. Other supporting characters in Flash stories include Barry's wife Iris West, Wally's wife Linda Park, Bart's girlfriend Valerie Perez, friendly fellow speedster Max Mercury, Central City police department members David Singh and Patty Spivot. A staple of the comic book DC Universe, the Flash has been adapted to numerous DC films, video games, animated series, live-action television shows. In live action, Barry Allen has been portrayed by Rod Haase for the 1979 television special Legends of the Superheroes, John Wesley Shipp in the 1990 The Flash series and Grant Gustin in the 2014 The Flash series, by Ezra Miller in the DC Extended Universe series of films, beginning with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Shipp portrays a version of Jay Garrick in the 2014 The Flash series.
The various incarnations of the Flash feature in animated series such as Superman: The Animated Series, Justice League, Batman: The Brave and the Bold and Young Justice, as well as the DC Universe Animated Original Movies series. The Flash first appeared in the Golden Age Flash Comics #1, from All-American Publications, one of three companies that would merge to form DC Comics. Created by writer Gardner Fox and artist Harry Lampert, this Flash was Jay Garrick, a college student who gained his speed through the inhalation of hard water vapors; when re-introduced in the 1960s Garrick's origin was modified gaining his powers through exposure to heavy water. Jay Garrick was a popular character in the 1940s, supporting both Flash Comics and All-Flash Quarterly. With superheroes' post-war decline in popularity, Flash Comics was canceled with issue #104 which featured an evil version of the Flash called the Rival; the Justice Society's final Golden Age story ran in All Star Comics #57. In 1956, DC Comics revived superheroes, ushering in what became known as the Silver Age of comic books.
Rather than bringing back the same Golden Age heroes, DC rethought them as new characters for the modern age. The Flash was the first revival, in the tryout comic book Showcase #4; this new Flash was, a police scientist who gained super-speed when bathed by chemicals after a shelf of them was struck by lightning. He adopted the name The Scarlet Speedster after reading a comic book featuring the Golden Age Flash. After several more appearances in Showcase, Allen's character was given his own title, The Flash, the first issue of, #105. Barry Allen and the new Flash were created by writers Robert Kanigher and John Broome and cartoonist Carmine Infantino; the Silver Age Flash proved popular enough that several other Golden Age heroes were revived in new incarnations. A new superhero team, the Justice League of America, was created, with the Flash as a main, charter member. Barry Allen's title introduced a much-imitated plot device into superhero comics when it was revealed that Garrick and Allen existed on fictional parallel worlds.
Their powers allowed them to cross the dimensional boundary between worlds, the men became good friends. Flash of Two Worlds was the first crossover in which a Golden Age character met a Silver Age character. Soon, there were crossovers between the Justice Society. Allen's adventures continued in his own title until the event of Crisis on Infinite Earths; the Flash ended as a series with issue #350. Allen's life had become confused in the early 1980s, DC elected to end his adventures and pass the mantle on to another character. Allen died heroically in Crisis on Infinite Earths #8. Thanks to his ability to travel through time, he would continue to appear oc