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The Greatest "Flash" Writers of All Time

posted Jan 7, 2015, 5:59 PM by Vu Nguyen

CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS #8 (Nov 1985)
DC Comics
FLASH FACT: The Greatest "Flash" Writers of All Time
Posted: 01/07/2015 Marc Buxton


"The Flash" is a bona fide hit for The CW, with millions of fans thrilling to the adventures of Barry Allen as the Fastest Man Alive. The live-action series manages to bring a fresh take to the DC Comics character while paying tribute to his rich and diverse history. But that history didn't simply appear out of thin air -- some of the finest writers in comics have lent their talents to telling the adventures of several different iterations of the Scarlet Speedster.

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8. Marv Wolfman

At first glance, Marv Wolfman might seem a very strange pick for one of the top Flash writers; after all, he never actually wrote an issue of "The Flash" solo series. However, he did write the respectful and heart-wrenching death of Barry Allen in "Crisis on Infinite Earths" #8. In the pages of DC's first mega-event, Wolfman crafted a suitable farewell for Allen, a moment that solidified Barry's status as a true hero and a legend.

Wolfman took Barry from the DC Universe, but in the years preceding Barry's death, Wolfman also created a suitable replacement for the classic hero. In the pages of his legendary run on "New Teen Titans," Wolfman, along with artist George Perez, took Wally West and crafted him into a rich and deep character. By the time Barry Allen was gone, DC had a replacement ready and waiting thanks to Wolfman's deft characterization of the Flash's former sidekick.


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