5 Comics You Need to Read Before Watching The Flash

October 7, 2014 12:48 AM

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When Grant Gustin speeds on to screens as the Flash in the new CW series of the same name, he’ll be filling some pretty big (bright yellow) boots. Barry Allen was the forerunner of a new generation of superheroes when he first appeared in 1956′s Showcase #4, presaging the creation of DC Comics’ Justice League of America, a comic so successful it led to the creation of the entire Marvel Universe.

The strange thing about the comic book incarnations of the character is that there are so many different versions—Jay Garrick, the original Flash; Barry Allen, the version in the current comics and TV show; Wally West, who took on the role for multiple decades after Barry’s assumed death (he got bet...

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