Flash Barry Allen
Real name: Bartholomew Henry "Barry" Allen
Gender: Male
First Appearance: Showcase # 4

Created by:

Robert Kanigher
John Broome
Carmine Infantino

Team affiliations:

Flash Family
Justice League of America


Super-speed (Speed Force)
Self-molecular control
Time travel

Bartholomew Henry "Barry" Allen is a superhero in the DC Comics universe and the second character to become the Flash. He is the protector of Central City and the creator of the Speed Force. Barry was just a police scientist working for the Central City Police Department who had a reputation of always being late to work. One night durng a storm, Barry was working on an experiment in the police station when a lightning bolt struck through a window and shattered a chemical cabinent. The electrified chemicals covered Barry, granting him superspeed. Deciding to use his new powers to fight injustice, Barry became the second Flash.

In his adventures, Barry has gained many allies, such as his love interest and eventual wife, Iris West, and his nephew Wally West, who would become his crimefighting partner Kid Flash. The Flash has also obtained several enemies, who would form the villain group known as the Rogues.

Barry heroically sacrificed his life during the Crisis on Infinite Earths, but returned to life during the Final Crisis. Since then, he has returned to his duties as the Flash.

Barry was created by Robert Kanigher, John Broome and Carmine Infantino and first appeared in Showcase #4. He is also considered to be the first superhero of the Silver Age of Comic Books.