Fans of the hit CW TV series The Flash may want to check out DC Comics' The Flash: A Celebration Of 75 Years, now available in our YA Graphic Novel section. New fans of the super fast character may be surprised to discover that the Flash first appeared in 1940 wearing a very different costume and was really Jay Garrick (who recently appeared on this season's TV episodes). That version had his own series (Flash Comics & All Flash Quarterly) which ran until 1949. Jay hung on for another two years as a member of the Justice Society of America in All-Star Comics, until that series ended in 1951.
In 1956, the Flash concept was revived, but rebooted, with a new alter ego (Barry Allen) and costume. This version ran (sorry!) until 1985's dopey Crisis On Infinite Earths miniseries, when Barry/Flash was killed by... Well, I'm not sure, actually. That story is included in the collection. Judge for yourselves.
Before meeting his demise, Barry did team up with Jay Garrick for several adventures. (It was explained that Jay's stories took place in an alternative universe on "Earth-2". Barry & Jay would visit each other & often team up against various foes.) Along the way, Barry's young friend & nephew of his girl friend (later wife) Iris, Wally West, became Kid Flash. When Barry passed away, Wally took over as the new Flash.
THEN in 2009, Barry got better. Subsequently, Jay & Wally were eventually written out, Barry got a new, more darker, back story... And The Flash is still being published today by DC.
The stories in this collection are mostly well chosen. The more recent stories from 1979 on suffer from the serial format most comics now employ (you know, multi-part stories that eventually get collected in a graphic novel format). But this is still a lot of fun to read. Plus you get to see how the character (and the writing and artwork) evolved over the decades. One complaint: I wished the editors had included at least one of the several Flash/Green Lantern team ups that ran in the 60s & 70s.
Check out The Flash: A Celebration Of 75 Years now.