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DC First: Flash/Superman v1 #1
You guys remember that time Jay Garrick was turned into a big ass turtle?
Good times.


DC First: Flash/Superman v1 #1

You guys remember that time Jay Garrick was turned into a big ass turtle?

Good times.



Soooo another confusingly common headcanon: Wally West’s abusive dad. Is there canon to back this up, and if so, why did Artemis cry on the front porch with *both* Wally’s parents in Endgame? I’m thoroughly befuddled.

In the comics, in Earth One/New Earth, Wally’s parents are pretty crappy, they don’t really care about him and his dad is abusive and tried to kill him and his mum once or twice (if memory serves me right). Wally is/was very close to his aunt Iris in the comics.

Young Justice is Earth-16 and Wally is lucky to have excellent parents in that canon. :)

Just as a little extra context to this very correct answer:

Originally in the comics Wally had very normal, loving parents, just like in Young Justice. In fact, one of the most famous issues of New Teen Titans involves the Disruptor, a young villain who committed his crimes under pressure from his father but never received an ounce of love or validation from him, and his father disowned him completely once the Titans captured him. The issue is narrated by Wally, who is telling the story to his parents via a letter and comes to realize over the course of the letter/adventure how great his parents are and how much he loves them.

After Crisis on Infinite Earth happened and Wally became the Flash, things changed.  I believe Baron’s run established Wally’s mother as a bit of a shrew and his father was eventually revealed to be some sort of double agent for an evil alien race (it was during a crossover where every DC book on the stand had to reveal that one of their cast was working for the Dominators no matter how far-fetched the choice), but even besides the double-agent bit, he was still a huge dick.  Both were used extensively during Baron and Messner-Loebs runs, but once Mark Waid took over he basically retired the characters (as well as pretty much Wally’s entire supporting cast except Linda and Piper).  Waid and Johns both make references to his parents from time to time, mostly to the fact that they were very strict and discouraging and made Wally feel like he had no future because they dismissed all his dreams, even if they were doing so to try to “keep his feet on the ground.”  I believe Waid portrays Wally’s father hitting him once in the Zero Issue, but other than that, they were mostly borderline verbally-abusive, at least during Wally’s childhood (as mentioned, his dad kind of goes off the rails during Wally’s adulthood).

I haven’t had the fortune of finding the issues with Wally’s wedding yet, but I know there was absolutely no mention of Wally’s parents once his twins were born or even when they announced Linda’s pregnancy, meaning Wally basically pushed them out of his life after a while.  Post-Crisis, he basically considers Barry and Iris his parents.

Again, this isn’t the case at all in Young Justice — his parents in Young Justice stick with the original interpretation of “normal”, loving parents — but that’s why people have that interpretation in fics and stuff.



If our weekly Ask Chris column isn’t enough of definitive comic book (and pro wrestling) opinions for you, good news: ComicsAlliance is proud to present Here’s The Thing, a series of videos where you can join our own extremely opinionated senior writer, Chris Sims, as he dives into comics history to explain why you’re wrong and he’s right.

This week, a reader wants to know just what the big deal is about Mark Waid’s run on Flash in the ’90s, and, as tends to happen with this sort of things, that simple question sends Chris into a lecture about the history of the DC Universe and the underlying themes, with an argument that Flash is the third most important character in DC History.

Show Notes:

  • A good chunk of Mark Waid’s run on Flash is available digitally through Comixology. Start here to kick off with “The Return of Barry Allen”!
  • If you prefer physical comics, TheReturn of Barry Allen book is currently out of print, but still available to purchase.
  • “The Trial Of The Flash” is an infamously long and dragged out story, but if you want an interesting take on it, check out the archives of Tom Katers’ Tom vs. the Flash, where he went through every single issue of the Silver Age Flash, culminating here.
  • Mark Waid would, of course, go on to continue making great comics, including Fantastic Four with Mike Wieringo, Daredevil with Chris Samnee, Empire with Barry Kitson, and others. Dude has a solid track record.