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Major Williams, sassing the screws src

Retired United States Army major, and inventor,[2] Arthur Williams[3] was the father of Joan Williams, the girlfriend and eventual wife of the original Flash (Jay Garrick).

In 1940 retired Major Arthur Williams, ex-U.S. Army, invented a new neutronic bombardment of uranium. Hoping to obtain this invention, a cell of foreign secret agents arranged for Major Williams to be framed for treason and put on trial.

Williams' daughter's boyfriend and future husband was the Flash, who intervened, resulting in the arrest of the foreign spies and the exoneration of Major Williams. At one point in these events, Jay Garrick's superhero identity was revealed, by Major Williams, to one County Jail guard Soon this news was relayed to the City Editor of the Town Cackle, who reported it to his real boss, Mr. Berstoff, a foreign spy. It is not clear whether the Cackle ever published this information. As the front for an espionage organization, the tabloid may have been shut down; the chronicles do not say.


  • Although this character was originally introduced during DC's Earth-Two era of publication, their existence following the events of the 1985–86 limited series Crisis on Infinite Earths remains intact. However, some elements of the character's Pre-Crisis history may have been altered or removed for Post-Crisis New Earth continuity, and no longer apply.



  1. All-Flash #25
  2. Flash Comics #3
  3. The Flash Annual (Volume 2) #3 (Jay Garrick and Joan Garrick Who's Who pages)