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Real Identity: Jason Peter "Jay" Garrick
Affiliation(s): Justice Society of America
Appearances: Downtime, Humanity, Bloodlines, and Endgame
Appearances (Comics): What's The Story? and The Pit...
Powers/Skills: Enhanced Speed and Unarmed Combat
Voiced By: Geoff Pierson
In 1940, Jay Garrick was in a freak lab accident. He soon discovered he was granted enhanced speed by the accident. He decided to fight crime with his gift. Garrick became the Flash and adopted a costume that paid homage to Mercury, the Roman messanger god. As the Flash, he didn't conceal his civilian identity. The Flash helped found the Justice Society of America in the 1940s. In 1945, at the site of the 1939 New York World's Fair, he witnessed Firebrand getting shot by the Dragon King. Flash was present when Red Tornado was inducted to the Justice Society. He continued to fight crime into the 1950s while in various stages of retirement.
In 2000, Garrick met a huge fan of his, Barry Allen, and told him about his adventures and the accident. Allen recreated the accident under laboratory conditions and gained powers, becoming even faster than Garrcik. Garrick fully endorsed Allen as his successor. Some time after that, Garrick officially retired. After Wally West became Kid Flash, he was introduced to Jay Garrick and learned of the similarities of each Flash's origin.
On August 21st, 2010, Garrick attended the funeral of his former colleague Kent Nelson. On August 27th, Garrick celebrated his 92nd birthday in Central City at the home of Rudy, Mary, and Wally West alongside Barry Allen, Iris West, and wife, Joan Garrick. He was not quite ready to admit Barry Allen was faster than him when Joan Garrick brought up the issue. Over five years later, on February 28th, Jay and Joan Garrick celebrated their 70th anniversary at the Allen home. The party was put on hold after the sudden appearance of Impulse, Allen's grandson from the future, and a new supervillain named Neutron. Garrick donned his Flash costume once more and joined Kid Flash in pulling Flash and Impulse to safety before Neutron detonated again. Impulse managed to slip away and reverted Neutron back to a normal human with a spherical device. Garrick accompanied them back to Mount Justice where Impulse's claims were verified. On June 20th, Garrick was assigned to Lambda Squad with Red Tornado to take out one of the Magnetic Field Disrupters.