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The Flash was a member of the Justice Society of America.

Jay Garrick was a research scientist. One day, Jay was struck by lightning and gained superhuman speed. Eventually, he assumed the identity of "the Flash" and began operating as a costumed crime fighter. This led to him joining the Justice Society of America. However, his identity was exposed by Checkmate, which wanted Jay and the other members of the JSA to work for them. When Jay refused, they framed him and the others for crimes and had him arrested. Breaking his leg, to prevent him from moving at super speed. But, the charges against Jay didn't hold up and he was released.[1][2]

For over a decade, Jay became a hermit in Utah and let his leg stay broken. In 2010, he was contacted by Carter Hall, who wanted to reform the JSA, but Jay turned him down. A year later, Jay was approached by Bart Allen and Superman, concerning an entity that had been haunting Bart (who, like Jay, was connected to the Speed Force). Jay revealed that he had let his leg stay broken, to shield himself from the entity, who preyed on those connected to the Speed Force. However, unlike Jay, Bart chose to confront the entity, resulting in the death of both.[3][4] Inspired by the boy's actions, Jay decided to take some of the younger members of the Watchtower Network, to San Francisco and train them. These teenagers later formed the group known as the Titans. Meanwhile, Jay finally allowed his leg to heal, allowing him to super speed again.[5]


  • Speed Force Conduit: Speed force conduits possess a connection to the Speed Force, a cosmic force that allows its users to push the boundaries that keep time and space. As a conduit of the Speed Force, all aspects of their physiology are accelerated and enhanced.[6]
    • Accelerated Healing: By having a connection to the speed force, every speed force conduit has an incredibly fast healing factor and can heal from most injuries in seconds and devastating injuries in minutes.[7]
    • Enhanced Senses: The Speed Force enhances the speedster's senses, allowing them to perceive and process thoughts faster than the normal person.[8]
    • Phasing: Speed Force conduits can tap into the Speed Force to vibrate their molecules in a way to achieve intangibility for short bursts, allowing them to phase through objects.[9]
    • Speed Force Aura: The Speed Force manifests an aura around the speedster and whatever they are carrying, protecting them from adverse effects of their speed, such as friction with the air.[10]
      • Superhuman Durability: The Speed Force Aura also protects speedsters from kinetic impacts, which in turn, makes them much more durable and resistant to injury than any normal human.[11]
    • Superhuman Stamina: The Speed Force grants its conduits with a great increase of stamina, allowing them to fight or run much longer than the average person. Although a great increase, it is not unlimited.[8]
    • Superhuman Speed: The universal factor of being a Speed Force conduit grants its user with imperceptible amounts of speed. All powers that conduits possess derives from their speed.[8]. This also confers:
      • Superhuman Agility: The speedster's agility, balance, and bodily coordination are enhanced to superhuman levels. This allows them to easily maneuver while moving at superhuman speed.[8]
      • Superhuman Reflexes: In conjunction with their enhanced senses, The speedster's reflexes are heightened immesurably, allowing them to dodge or react faster than normal.[8]
    • Vortex Creations: Speed Force conduits are able to create vortices of air by running in circles or rotating their extremities at super-speed. These vortices can be used for a number of effects.[12]

  • At the time of his arrest, Jay was 43 years old.[13] As the JSA ceased their activities around 1997,[14] this would place his year of birth around 1954.



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