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How did the Flash become Flash, the superhero?

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The lateness of Barry's birth only foreshadowed his bad habit of always being late. Barry grew up reading the adventures of his favorite superhero, Jay Garrick, the original Flash and acted many of his hero's adventures out with his friend and future actress, Daphne Dean. read more

As a boy, Jay Garrick used to read pulp magazine stories of the turn-of-the-century super-hero, Whip Whirlwind. Little did he know that he would be granted the same powers of super speed. Jay would go to Midwestern University in Keystone City where he would double-major in chemistry and physics. read more

Jay Garrick was a popular character in the 1940s, supporting both Flash Comics and All-Flash Quarterly (later published bi-monthly as simply All-Flash); co-starring in Comic Cavalcade; and being a charter member of the Justice Society of America, the first superhero team, whose adventures ran in All Star Comics. read more

They show Flash's orgins, but it's kind of like "OO, I got superpowers! Gonna make mah custume and gonna go stop crime!" From the older series, I can see that Barry Allen, was a big fan of Jay Garrick as the Flash in the old comic books, having the similar powers, he took up his own mantle of that hero. read more

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