Bizarro is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. The character was created by writer Otto Binder and artist George Papp as a "mirror image" of Superman and first appeared in Superboy #68. Debuting in the Silver Age of Comic Books, the character has been portrayed as an antagonist to Superman, though on occasion he takes on an anti-hero role, appeared in both comic books and graphic novels as well as other DC Comics-related products such as animated and live-action television series, trading cards and video games. Bizarro debuted in Superboy #68, writer Otto Binder casting the character as a Frankenstein's monster pastiche that possessed all the powers of Superboy. Shunned for his unenviable appearance, the teen version of Bizarro only appeared in a single comic book story. An adult version appeared around the same time in the Superman daily newspaper comic strip written by Alvin Schwartz, debuting in Episode 105: "The Battle With Bizarro". According to comics historian Mark Evanier, Schwartz long claimed that he originated the Bizarro concept prior to the character's appearance in Superboy.
The newspaper storyline introduced the strange speech patterns that became synonymous with the character, with all of Bizarro's comments meaning the opposite. The newspaper version wore a "B" on his chest, as opposed to Superman's distinctive "S". Schwartz stated: I was striving, you might say, for that opposite, and out of a machine which would reveal the negative Superman, came the mirror image — always remembering that in a mirror everything is reversed... The times were such that one-dimensional characters, your standard superheroes in comics, seemed rather simplistic, like paper cut-outs. What was demanded was the full dimensional personality — a figure that carried a shadow, if you like. I was inspired to some degree by C. G. Jung's archetype of "the shadow" — and Bizarro reflected that, as well. Binder introduced the adult version of the character into the Superman comic book, this time wearing an "S," in Action Comics #254. Bizarro proved popular, starred in a Bizarro World feature in Adventure Comics for fifteen issues, running from issue #285-299, as well as in a special all-Bizarro 80-Page Giant.
The character made forty appearances in the Superman family of titles — Action Comics, Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen, Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane, Adventure Comics, Secret Society of Super Villains, DC Comics Presents – from 1959 to 1984, prior to a reboot of the DC Universe as a result of the limited series Crisis on Infinite Earths #1 – 12. Bizarro was reintroduced into the DC Universe in a one-off appearance with characterization similar to his original Superboy appearance in The Man of Steel #5, he was revived in the "Bizarro's World" serial that ran through the Superman titles in March and April 1994, in Action Comics Annual #8 in 1996. An unrelated four-issue limited series titled A. Bizarro was published in 1999, yet another version was introduced during the "Emperor Joker" storyline in September–October 2000. Remaining in DC Comics continuity, this Bizarro continued to make semi-regular guest appearances that established the character as part of the Superman mythos. General Dru-Zod had created bizarro duplicates of himself to dominate the planet Krypton.
The bizarros had no power because they were not under a yellow sun, but they were soldiers ready to kill and die without hesitation. This was the reason; some 12 years totally oblivious to these facts, a scientist on the Earth is demonstrating his newly invented "duplicating ray" to Superboy, an accident causes the ray to duplicate the superhero. The copy labeled "Bizarro", is a flawed imitation as it possesses chalky white skin and childlike erratic behavior. Shunned by the people of Smallville, Bizarro befriends a blind girl, loses all hope when he realizes that the girl did not shun or flee from him because she was blind. Superboy is forced to "kill" the "less than perfect" clone, using the remains of the duplicating machine, which acts like blue kryptonite on the copy; the whole business proved unexpectedly easy as Bizarro deliberately destroyed himself by colliding with the duplicating machine's fragment. The ensuing explosion miraculously restores the girl's eyesight. Years afterward, Superman's arch-foe Lex Luthor recreates the "duplicating ray" and uses it on the hero, hoping to control the duplicate.
The Bizarro, created, however, is confused, stating: "Me not human... me not creature... me not animal! Me unhappy! Me don't belong in world of living people! Me don't know difference between right and wrong — good and evil!" Luthor is arrested by Bizarro for re-creating him, but forgotten as Bizarro attempts to emulate Superman, creating havoc in the city of Metropolis and exposing Superman's secret identity as Clark Kent. When Bizarro falls in love with reporter Lois Lane, she uses the duplicating ray on herself to create a "Bizarro Lois", attracted to Bizarro; the Bizarros leave. Superman encounters the couple once again, discovering that Bizarro – now called Bizarro #1 – has used a version of the duplication ray to create an entire world of Bizarros, who now reside on a cube-shaped planet called "Htrae" (Eart
DC Comics, Inc. is an American comic book publisher. It is the publishing unit of DC Entertainment, a subsidiary of Warner Bros. since 1967. DC Comics is one of the largest and oldest American comic book companies, produces material featuring numerous culturally iconic heroic characters including: Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern,Aquaman,Martian Manhunter, Green Arrow, Hawkman and Supergirl. Most of their material takes place in the fictional DC Universe, which features teams such as the Justice League, the Justice Society of America, the Suicide Squad, the Teen Titans, well-known villains such as The Joker, Lex Luthor, Darkseid, Brainiac, Black Adam, Ra's al Ghul and Deathstroke; the company has published non-DC Universe-related material, including Watchmen, V for Vendetta, many titles under their alternative imprint Vertigo. The initials "DC" came from the company's popular series Detective Comics, which featured Batman's debut and subsequently became part of the company's name.
In Manhattan at 432 Fourth Avenue, the DC Comics offices have been located at 480 and 575 Lexington Avenue. DC had its headquarters at 1700 Broadway, Midtown Manhattan, New York City, but it was announced in October 2013 that DC Entertainment would relocate its headquarters from New York to Burbank, California in April 2015. Random House distributes DC Comics' books to the bookstore market, while Diamond Comic Distributors supplies the comics shop specialty market. DC Comics and its longtime major competitor Marvel Comics together shared 70% of the American comic book market in 2017. Entrepreneur Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson founded National Allied Publications in autumn 1934; the company debuted with the tabloid-sized New Fun: The Big Comic Magazine #1 with a cover date of February 1935. The company's second title, New Comics #1, appeared in a size close to what would become comic books' standard during the period fans and historians call the Golden Age of Comic Books, with larger dimensions than today's.
That title evolved into Adventure Comics, which continued through issue #503 in 1983, becoming one of the longest-running comic-book series. In 2009 DC revived Adventure Comics with its original numbering. In 1935, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, the future creators of Superman, created Doctor Occult, the earliest DC Comics character to still be in the DC Universe. Wheeler-Nicholson's third and final title, Detective Comics, advertised with a cover illustration dated December 1936 premiered three months late with a March 1937 cover date; the themed anthology series would become a sensation with the introduction of Batman in issue #27. By however, Wheeler-Nicholson had gone. In 1937, in debt to printing-plant owner and magazine distributor Harry Donenfeld—who published pulp magazines and operated as a principal in the magazine distributorship Independent News—Wheeler-Nicholson had to take Donenfeld on as a partner in order to publish Detective Comics #1. Detective Comics, Inc. was formed, with Wheeler-Nicholson and Jack S. Liebowitz, Donenfeld's accountant, listed as owners.
Major Wheeler-Nicholson remained for a year, but cash-flow problems continued, he was forced out. Shortly afterwards, Detective Comics, Inc. purchased the remains of National Allied known as Nicholson Publishing, at a bankruptcy auction. Detective Comics, Inc. soon launched a fourth title, Action Comics, the premiere of which introduced Superman. Action Comics #1, the first comic book to feature the new character archetype—soon known as "superheroes"—proved a sales hit; the company introduced such other popular characters as the Sandman and Batman. On February 22, 2010, a copy of Action Comics #1 sold at an auction from an anonymous seller to an anonymous buyer for $1 million, besting the $317,000 record for a comic book set by a different copy, in lesser condition, the previous year. National Allied Publications soon merged with Detective Comics, Inc. forming National Comics Publications on September 30, 1946. National Comics Publications absorbed an affiliated concern, Max Gaines' and Liebowitz' All-American Publications.
In the same year Gaines let Liebowitz buy him out, kept only Picture Stories from the Bible as the foundation of his own new company, EC Comics. At that point, "Liebowitz promptly orchestrated the merger of All-American and Detective Comics into National Comics... Next he took charge of organizing National Comics, Independent News, their affiliated firms into a single corporate entity, National Periodical Publications". National Periodical Publications became publicly traded on the stock market in 1961. Despite the official names "National Comics" and "National Periodical Publications", the company began branding itself as "Superman-DC" as early as 1940, the company became known colloquially as DC Comics for years before the official adoption of that name in 1977; the company began to move aggressively against what it saw as copyright-violating imitations from other companies, such as Fox Comics' Wonder Man, which Fox started as a copy of Superman. This extended to DC suing Fawcett Comics over Captain Marvel, at the time comics' top-selling character.
Faced with declining sales and the prospect of bankruptcy if it lost, Fawcett capitulated in 1953 and ceased publishing comics. Years Fawcett sold the rights for Captain Marvel to DC—which in 1972 revived Captain Marvel in the new title Shazam
Teen Titans Go!
Teen Titans Go! is a comic book series, published by DC Comics. It is based on the 2003 animated TV series Teen Titans, itself loosely based on the team that starred in the popular 1980s comic The New Teen Titans; the series was written by J. Torres with Larry Stucker as the regular illustrators; the series focuses on Robin, Starfire, Beast Boy, Cyborg who are the main cast members of the TV series. The show is circled around other characters from other DC comics. Most issues were self-contained stories, included a number of characters outside the core group of Robin, Starfire, Beast Boy, Cyborg. Given that character licensing restrictions in DC comics are different from those on the show, J. Torres was able to include characters such as Wonder Girl who were not licensed for the TV show; each issue contained riddles, sight gags, jokes played out by super deformed characters outside the page margins. The series was written to appeal to an all-ages audience that included pre-teen children, the primary audience of the TV series.
However, regarding the target audience for the comic, J. Torres notes that: "As with the show, started out skewed a lot younger... but along the way, I think the producers discovered it was reaching a wider audience.... got into some darker storyline, they introduced a lot more characters, so they expanded on it, they let the show evolve with the audience, what we tried to do with the comic book, as well." While the comic's stories stand independently, its issues were done so as not to contradict events established in the animated series' episodes. Teen Titans Go! referenced episodes of the show, as well as expanding on parts of the series. In # 5, Raven has a pimple. Issues #11 and #12 occur during Terra's time with the group, expanding on a flashback from "Aftershock Part 2." In #26 and #40, the issues shows Jinx's time with both HIVE Five teams. Another instance is with Wonder Girl's appearance in the comics, her appearance will refer to cameos. Terra, or a schoolgirl who looks like her, appears in a cameo in #34.
She makes a cameo in #39 as a Roblox bloxer and in a joke as the schoolgirl. In many issues the writers have placed the goth boy from the dance club that talked with Raven in the episode "Sisters." Although in issue # 16 a chibi version of Goth is shown with no eyebrows and long eyelashes on the left eye only. Issue #19 as the drummer of Johnny Rancid's band, his official name is never stated but he is referred to as Goth by most fans. In issue #19 he wears a shirt with the word "GOTH" printed on it. In issue #42 it is revealed that he works in an arcade, where wears a name tag marked "GOTH BOY." It's not clear whether, his real name, with "Goth" being his first name and "Boy" as his last name, or if it is his nickname. In Teen Titans Go!, his design has been changed: he no longer has elongated eyelashes on his left eye like he did in the cartoon. He has thick eyebrows as opposed to no eyebrows as seen in the show, he has thicker hair with hair on the sides and grayish purple eyes. In issue #42 when Raven's emoticlones run loose on the city the purple emoticlone which represents love/lust flirts with Goth while he is working at the arcade, embarrassing him in front of the other "cast members."
Issue #39 takes place after the movie Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo where Robin and Starfire have admitted their feelings for each other and have become a romantic couple. Torres mentioned in the letter pages of #34 that not all stories would be set in the present time; some were placed during season 1. An example of this was the first story in #40, which showed Jinx as part of the HIVE; the series has been collected in trade paperbacks: Wonder Girl Made a cameo in issue #34. She appears with their chibi-selves dress in their original costumes, she makes an appearance in #39 helping Cupid get his wings and arrows back from Larry, who has stolen them to make various Titans hook up with each other. Wildfire He made an appearance in issue #46 and was revealed to be the long-lost younger brother of Blackfire and Starfire, he had been sent away from home by his parents to protect him from the Gordanians and to preserve the royal family line. Everyone except Blackfire was heartbroken by this decision to send him away from home, preserved the big secret to keep him safe.
Blackfire was motivated into being a villain by jealousy of her younger siblings because Starfire was the favorite daughter for being prettier and kinder, Wildfire was next in line for the throne after her father despite his absence. He returned to visit Starfire on Earth, but in the end he turned out to be Madame Rogue in disguise, it remains unclear how this was set up in the first place; when Starfire learns the truth that her brother hadn't returned, she figured that it was Blackfire behind the evil scheme. Starfire was so livid that her big sister would resort to pulling such a cruel stunt just to get rid of her and her friends, she cuts all family and sisterly ties with her and swears to find her little brother one day because "he is the only family she has left". Blackfire the
Irving "Irv" Novick was an American comics artist who worked continuously from 1939 until the 1990s A graduate of the National Academy of Design, Irv Novick got his start in the workshop of Harry "A" Chesler. From about 1939 to 1946, Novick was working for MLJ Comics, the company that would be known as Archie Comics, he became the primary artist for their superhero comics, including the characters the Shield, Bob Phantom, the Hangman, Steel Sterling, until MLJ cut back on these titles to focus more on their Archie comics. From 1946 to 1951, Novick worked in advertising and for the unsuccessful comic strips Cynthia and The Scarlet Avenger, his long association with DC Comics began when he was hired by editor Robert Kanigher, who had written Novick-illustrated comics for MLJ. Novick and Kanigher would be colleagues for many years. Novick was an artist on war comics such as Our Army at War and romance comics. Kanigher and Novick introduced the Silent Knight character in The Brave and the Bold #1.
Novick left DC for the Johnstone and Cushing advertising agency in the 1960s, but was unhappy in advertising and was lured back to DC by Kanigher with a freelance contract, a guarantee of steady work and certain perks, at the time unprecedented. After editorial and management changes in 1968, Novick began drawing superhero titles such as Batman, Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane, The Flash. Novick and writer Frank Robbins crafted the story which revealed the last name of Batman's butler Alfred Pennyworth in Batman #216; the Robbins and Novick team was instrumental in returning Batman to the character's gothic roots, such as in the story "One Bullet Too Many". Robbins and Novick created the Ten-Eyed Man in Batman #226 and the Spook in Detective Comics #434, he and Dennis O'Neil launched The Joker series in May 1975. Novick drew the introductions of Duela Dent in Batman Family #6 and the Electrocutioner in Batman #331. Novick continued to work, still under contract, until failing eyesight prompted his retirement in the 1990s.
A panel Novick drew in All-American Men of War #89 of a U. S. Air Force plane shooting down an enemy plane with the onomatopoeia "WHAAM!" was the basis of Roy Lichtenstein's painting of that name. Irv Novick received an Inkpot Award in 1995. Interview, Comic Book Marketplace #77, pp. 46–52. Gemstone Publishing. Reprinted in Alter Ego #82. TwoMorrows Publishing. "DC Profiles #59: Irv Novick" at the Grand Comics Database Irv Novick at Mike's Amazing World of Comics Tales from The Bible at "Professor H's Wayback Machine"
Superman is a fictional character, a superhero appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. Created by writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster, the character first appeared in Action Comics #1 on April 18, 1938 which marked the rise of the Golden Age of Comic Books. Since his inception, Superman has been depicted as an hero that that originated the planet Krypton and named Kal-El; as a baby, he was sent to Earth in a small spaceship by his biological family, Jor-El and Lara, moments before Krypton was destroyed in a natural cataclysm. His ship landed in the American countryside. Clark displayed various superhuman abilities from the start as a young boy, such as incredible strength and impervious skin, his foster parents advised him to use his abilities for the benefit of humanity, he decided to fight crime as a vigilante. To protect his privacy, he changes into a colorful costume and uses the alias "Superman" when fighting crime. Clark Kent resides in the fictional American city of Metropolis in his adult life, where he works as a journalist for the Daily Planet disguising himself among the people there.
Depicted supporting characters of Superman are depicted as residing in Metropolis such as prominent love interest of Superman, Lois Lane, good friend of Superman, Jimmy Olsen, Daily Planet chief editor Perry White. He has many foes such as the genius inventor Lex Luthor, he is a friend of many other superheroes such as Batman and Wonder Woman. Although Superman was not the first superhero character, he popularized the superhero genre and defined its conventions, he remains the best selling superhero in comic books of all time and endured as one of the most lucrative franchises outside of comic books. He is regarded as the greatest superhero / comic book character of all time. Superman was created by Joe Shuster. A duo who met met in 1932 in a high school in Cleveland and bonded over their mutual love of fiction. Siegel aspired to become a writer and Shuster aspired to become an illustrator. Siegel wrote amateur science fiction stories, which he self-published a magazine called Science Fiction: The Advance Guard of Future Civilization.
His friend Shuster provided illustrations for his work. In January 1933, Siegel published a short story in his magazine titled "The Reign of the Superman"; the titular character is a vagrant named Bill Dunn, tricked by an evil scientist into consuming an experimental drug. The drug gives Dunn the powers of mind-reading, mind-control, clairvoyance, he uses these powers maliciously for profit and amusement, but the drug wears off, leaving him a powerless vagrant again. Shuster provided illustrations. Siegel and Shuster shifted with a focus on adventure and comedy, they wanted to become syndicated newspaper strip authors, so they showed their ideas to various newspaper editors. However, the newspaper editors told them. If they wanted to make a successful comic strip, it had to be something more sensational than anything else on the market; this prompted Siegel to revisit Superman as a comic strip character. Siegel modified Superman's powers to make him more sensational: Like Bill Dunn, the second prototype of Superman is given powers against his will by an unscrupulous scientist, but instead of psychic abilities, he acquires superhuman strength and bullet-proof skin.
Additionally, this new Superman was a crime-fighting hero instead of a villain, because Siegel noted that comic strips with heroic protagonists tended to be more successful. In years, Siegel once recalled that this Superman wore a "bat-like" cape in some panels, but he and Shuster agreed there was no costume yet, there is none apparent in the surviving artwork. Siegel and Shuster showed this second concept of Superman to Consolidated Book Publishers, based in Chicago. In May 1933, Consolidated had published a comic book titled Detective Dan: Secret Operative 48, it contained all-original stories as opposed to reprints of newspaper strips, a novelty at the time. Siegel and Shuster put together a comic book in similar format called The Superman. A delegation from Consolidated visited Cleveland that summer on a business trip, Siegel and Shuster took the opportunity to present their work in person. Although Consolidated expressed interest, they pulled out of the comics business without offering a book deal because the sales of Detective Dan were disappointing.
Siegel believed publishers kept rejecting them because he and Shuster were young and unknown, so he looked for an established artist to replace Shuster. When Siegel told Shuster what he was doing, Shuster reacted by burning their rejected Superman comic, sparing only the cover, they continued collaborating on other projects, but for the time being Shuster was through with Superman. Siegel wrote to numerous artists; the first response came in July 1933 from Leo O'Mealia, who drew the Fu Manchu strip for the Bell Syndicate. In the script that Siegel sent O'Mealia, Superman's origin story changes: He is a "scientist-adventurer" from the far future, when humanity has evolved "super powers". Just before the Earth explodes, he escapes in a time-machine to the modern era, whereupon he begins using his super powers to fight crime. O'Mealia produced a few strips and showed them to his newspaper syndicate. Nothing of Siegel and O'Mealia's collaboration survives, except in Siegel's memoir. In June 1934, Siegel found another partner: an artist in Chicago named Russell Keaton.
Keaton drew the Buck R
Iron Heights Penitentiary
Iron Heights Penitentiary is a fictional setting in the DC Comics Universe, a maximum-security prison which houses the many Flash rogues and superhuman criminals of Keystone City and Central City when captured. Iron Heights first appeared in Flash: Iron Heights. Located about three miles north of Keystone City, Iron Heights Penitentiary is known for its vicious and brutal treatment of its prisoners. Under the ruthless authority of the current Warden, Gregory Wolfe, a former prosecutor of St. Louis, Iron Heights has become a living "hell-hole" to those in the prison. Possessing a personal hatred for the supervillains, Wolfe instituted a lockdown system in the building, guards were ordered to shoot any prisoner on sight if they were trying to escape or caught outside the prison; the prisoners were beaten on a daily basis. Wolfe has the superhuman ability to tense up others' muscles, which he uses on the prisoners and the Flash, making them suffer cramps or discomfort that force them to halt until his power dissipates.
The supervillain prisoners are jailed in an area known as "the Pipeline." The Pipeline is the dark, dank basement of Iron Heights where the prisoners are treated under awful living conditions with little food or water. The prisoners are kept in their costumes. Guards have orders to shoot any "mask" spotted outside the Pipeline. Despite these harsh conditions and the ruthless warden, breakouts have occurred in Iron Heights. A riot occurred when a virus was released in the prison with Blacksmith's help; the viral outbreak ended up killing prisoners. Murmur and Pipeline prisoners Weather Wizard and Girder escaped. Gorilla Grodd escaped when he controlled gorillas to break him loose from his confinement, the subsequent attack triggering a mass breakout as all the other cells in the Pipeline were opened as well; the Outsiders once broke into Iron Heights. Everything did not go as planned, the prisoners were able to use their abilities again. Massive riots broke out and Wolfe led the riot squad in trying to round everyone up.
As Wolfe tried to apprehend the Outsiders using his powers, Shift released gases into the air to counteract it. As a result, Wolfe increased the intensity of his power. In doing so, he killed 44 people, not including the Outsiders. During the Blackest Night event, Iron Heights becomes a battleground between the Rogues and their deceased members, who are reanimated as undead members of the Black Lantern Corps. Here are the known inmates of Iron Heights: Black Lightning Blacksmith Brie Larvan Captain Boomerang Captain Cold Clay Parker Cicada Doctor Alchemy Dr. Michael Christian Amar Double Down Eobard Thawne Fallout Girder Godspeed Gorilla Grodd Trickster Murmur Peek-a-Boo Pied Piper Tar Pit Top Weather Wizard Iron Heights appears in the Batman: The Brave and the Bold animated series; some of its inmates include Gorilla Grodd, Black Manta, Clock King, False-Face, Felix Faust, Kite Man, Mad Hatter, Jarvis Kord, Clock King's henchmen Tick and Tock, characters from the 1960s Batman series. The Arrowverse shows Arrow and The Flash use Iron Heights as the state prison that both Green Arrow and The Flash use to house criminals from Starling City and Central City.
Iron Heights has been shown housing Moira Queen while she was awaiting her trial, Henry Allen as Central City police believe him to be the one who killed his wife/Barry's mother, the Count, Werner Zytle, Bronze Tiger, The Dollmaker, China White, the Demolition Team, Clock King, Damien Darhk, Peek-a-Boo, Tar Pit, Mirror Master, Double Down, Kilg%re, Black Bison, Big Sir, Spin. As revealed in Arrow, the prison is closer to Starling than Central as it was affected by Malcolm Merlyn's earthquake device from season 1 of Arrow and was completely rebuilt in season 2 of Arrow. Aside from the earthquake, Iron Heights is described as being poorly managed as guards have once been observed taking bribes and aiding an assassination within the prison and escapes and riots seem to happen, as not only has Bronze Tiger escaped without the aid of the earthquake but an ordinary prisoner attacked Quentin Lance when he was incarcerated due to his support for The Arrow. Laurel Lance stated that there is no such thing as protective custody in Iron Heights, although it did have a secure wing set aside for the Trickster as he was considered too dangerous for regular containment.
As revealed in The Flash, Iron Heights was incapable of housing metahumans, as described by S. T. A. R. Labs founder Dr. Harrison Wells, the remnant of the Labs' particle accelerator served as a makeshift prison for metahuman criminals while S. T. A. R. Labs work on reversing their mutations. Peek-a-Boo was seen using her powers to help her boyfriend escape from Iron Heights and Barry Allen and Detective Joe West was seen observing the scene inside the prison; as well, the Mist attempted to kill Joe during a visit to Henry Allen in the prison, but Joe was saved by The Flash, Henry himself was attacked inside the prison for helping his son and Joe on a case by giving them information about an inmate's boss. By Season Two, the public'acceptance' of metahumans has resulted in a new wing being established for metahuman prisoners, with Barry and Joe speculating that they should arrange for Leonard Snart to be transferred there due to his knowledge of the Flash's identity despite him not having any powers himself.
Mark Mardon breaks into Iron Heights to recruit Snart and James Jesse to help him attack the Flash, but Snart rejects the offer
The Flash (comic book)
The Flash is an ongoing American comic book series featuring the DC Comics superhero of the same name. The character's first incarnation, Jay Garrick, first appeared in Flash Comics #1; when the Silver Age Flash Barry Allen was introduced, that character took over Flash Comics numbering and the series was retitled as The Flash. Although the Flash is a mainstay in the DC Comics stable, the series has been canceled and rebooted eight times; the first series featuring Barry Allen was canceled at issue #350 in the event of the character's death in the universe altering event Crisis on Infinite Earths. When Wally West succeeded Allen as the Flash, a new series began with new numbering in June 1987; that series was canceled in 2006 in the wake of the Infinite Crisis event, but was restarted with its original numbering in 2007, only to be canceled again in 2008 in the wake of Barry Allen's return in Final Crisis and The Flash: Rebirth. The series was revived for a third volume by writer Geoff Johns and artist Francis Manapul after the completion of the Blackest Night event in 2010.
A fourth volume was launched in 2011 as part of The New 52. A fifth volume was launched in 2016 as part of DC Rebirth. Volume 1 starred Barry Allen as the Flash and the series assumed the numbering of the original Flash Comics with issue #105 written by John Broome and drawn by Carmine Infantino. Comics historian Les Daniels noted that "The Flash" was a streamlined, modernized version of much that had gone before, but done with such care and flair that the character seemed new to a new generation of fans; the Broome and Infantino collaboration saw the introduction of several supervillains many of whom became part of the Rogues. The Mirror Master first appeared in issue #105 and the following issue saw the debuts of Gorilla Grodd and the Pied Piper. Captain Boomerang first challenged the Flash in issue #117 and the 64th century villain Abra Kadabra was introduced in issue #128. Another villain from the future, Professor Zoom first appeared in issue #139. Kid Flash and the Elongated Man were introduced in issues #110 and 112 as allies of the Flash.
One of the most notable issues of this era was issue #123, which featured the story titled "Flash of Two Worlds". In it, Allen meets his inspiration Jay Garrick, after accidentally being transported to a parallel universe where Garrick existed. In this previous continuity and the other characters of the Golden Age only existed as comics characters in the mainline shared universe; this brought about a new concept in the formative stage of what would become the DC Universe, gave birth to the current conceptualization featuring it as a multiverse. Barry Allen married his longtime love interest Iris West in issue #165. Infantino's last issue was #174 and the next issue saw Ross Andru become the new artist of the series as well as featuring the second race between the Flash and Superman, two characters known for their super-speed powers; the series presented metafictional stories featuring comics creators appearing within the Flash's adventures such as the "Flash — Fact Or Fiction" in issue #179 in which the Flash finds himself on "Earth Prime".
He contacts the "one man on Earth who might believe his fantastic story and give him the money he needs. The editor of that Flash comic mag!" Julius Schwartz helps the Flash build a cosmic treadmill. Several years the series' longtime writer Cary Bates wrote himself into the story in issue #228. Four months after the cancellation of his own title, Green Lantern began a backup feature in The Flash #217 and appeared in most issues through The Flash #246 until his own solo series was revived. Schwartz, who had edited the title since 1959, left the series as of issue #269. Bates wrote The Flash #275 wherein the title character's wife, Iris West Allen was killed. Don Heck became the artist of the series with issue #280 and drew it until #295; the Flash # 300 featured a story by Bates and Infantino. Doctor Fate was featured in a series of back-up stories in The Flash from #306 to #313 written by Martin Pasko and Steve Gerber and drawn by Keith Giffen. A major shakeup occurred in the title in the mid-1980s.
The Flash inadvertently kills his wife's murderer, the Reverse-Flash, in The Flash #324. This led to an extended storyline titled "The Trial of the Flash" in which the hero must face the repercussions of his actions. Bates became the editor as well as the writer of The Flash title during this time and oversaw it until its cancellation in 1985. "The Trial of the Flash" was collected in a volume of the Showcase Presents series in 2011. Shortly before Barry Allen's death in Crisis on Infinite Earths, the series was cancelled with issue #350. In the final issue of Crisis on Infinite Earths, Wally West known as Allen's sidekick Kid Flash, stated his intent to take up his uncle's mantle as the Flash. Featuring Wally West as the main character, the Flash operated out of Keystone City; the second series was launched by writer Mike Baron and artist Jackson Guice in June 1987. Featuring long runs most notably by writers Mark Waid and Geoff Johns, the second volume went in a different direction from the series starring Barry Allen by making Wally West more flawed.
This Flash could not maintain his super-speed because of his hypermetabolism, would consume gargantuan amounts of food in order to continue operating at top speed. This metabolic limitation would be continued into Barry Allen's character for the brief television series The Flash broadcast in 19