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Watch the language. You're a superhero.
~ Jay Garrick.
Here what I figure. The people out there on the streets - the people who really matter - they look up to teams like the Titans and the League. But the Titans and the League... They look up to us.
~ Garrick on how the Justice League and Teen Titans look up for the JSA.
I could give in to the fear and run away...But that's just it...fear is easy. Hope is hard...and I'm always up for a challenge!
~ Prime Earth Jay Garrick.

The Flash (real name Jason Peter "Jay" Garrick) is a fictional hero in the DC Comics and Universe, and is the first Flash. Known for being an excellent scientist and prominent member of the Justice Society and the Flash Family, Garrick would later become an on and off mentor for his successors, such as Barry Allen and Wally West.

He was created by Gardner Fox and Harry Lampert, and first appeared in Flash Comics # 1 in January of 1940.

Biography

Origin

Early Life

When Jay Garrick was a young boy, he used to read pulp magazine stories of the superhero Whip Whirlwind. A college student in 1939 Keystone City, Jay Garrick was a bright young man who had two loves: science, and Joan Allen. Unfortunately for Jay, Joan was the type of girl who preferred jocks over nerds, and was rebuffed for not being a football player.

Becoming the Flash

One night, while working with hard water molecules, Jay accidentally knocked the vials over, and inhaled the fumes of the chemicals. Said molecules accelerated Jay's reflexes and metabolism to superhuman levels, granting him superhuman speed which he used to become a player on his school's football team.

But such a life was not for him, as he botched a drive-by shooting meant for Joan, conducted by a quartet of criminals in order to force her father to reveal the location of a research base. Deciding to use his power for good, Jay put together a uniform consisting of a scarlet sweater and boots, blue tights, and his father's WWI helmet with golden wings attached to it. Foiling the criminals's plans, and causing them to commit accidental suicide (it was the Golden Age, heroes were allowed to kill bad guys or at the least drive them to their deaths).

Jay continued as the Flash, battling such odd villains as the Thinker, the Fiddler, and the Shade before calling it quits in 1949 and marrying Joan. Years later, Jay came out of retirement after meeting his successor, Barry Allen, and continues to fight crime both alone and as a member of the Justice Society of America.

New 52

In the New 52, Jay's powers are now the result of a meeting with Mercury, the Roman counterpart of Hermes, and he is much younger due to now being part of a restored Earth-2.

Rebirth

Prime Earth Jay is revealed to have been trapped in the Speed Force. He briefly escapes to save Batman and Barry, but they don't remember him and he is pulled back in.

Powers

  • Super Speed
  • Molecular Vibration
  • Speed Touch: Jay has the Speed Force talent to either give or take speed to/from other people or objects in motion.
  • Superhuman endurance, agility, reflexes, dexterity, healing process, and perceptions
  • Time/Dimension Travel
  • Frictionless Aura

Quotes

If you let me, I can help you.
~ Jay Garrick
There is no order without loyalty.
~ Jay Garrick
There is no better revenge than forgiveness.
~ Jay Garrick
A hero shouldn't take extreme measures, without limits we become villains.
~ Jay Garrick Injustice 2

Gallery

Trivia

  • He's the only Flash that doesn't wear a mask, as he can vibrate his face at super speed so that his features appear as a blur.

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