Flash, The

The alter ego of as Barry Allen (John Wesley Shipp), a police chemist living in Central City who was in reality the Flash, the fastest man in the world on the sci-fi adventure THE FLASH/CBS/1990-91.

The Flash character was born when a lightning bolt from a freak electrical storm zapped his police lab. The resulting explosion and exposure to a combination of exotic chemicals enabled Barry Allen to run at the speed of sound (620 mph).

With the assistance of scientist Tina McGee (Amanda Pays) who helped design the red pressure suit worn by the Flash, Barry Allen fought the sinister forces that roamed the streets of his hometown.

His costume consisted of a red body suit, cowl with small wings on either side, yellow boots, lightning streaks on his wrists and waist and white circle with yellow streak on his chest.

Note: The Flash originally debuted in the October 1956 Showcase No. 4 DC comic book. A few years earlier, police scientist Jay Garrick of Keystone City was also known as the Flash. His character appeared in the 1940 comic book Flash Comics No. 1 also published by DC Comics.

In 2014, John Wesley Shipp played Barry Allen’s father, Henry on the reboot of The Flash franchise on the CW network. Grant Gustin portrayed Barry Allen, aka, “The Flash” in the series.


Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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