Jason Garrick (DC Comics)

Publication information

Publisher: DC Comics
First appearance: Flash Comics #1 (January 1940)
Created by: Gardner Fox, Harry Lampert

In-story information

Alter ego: Jason Peter "Jay" Garrick 
Phonetic: dʒésən gɛ́rɪk
Translation:
Notable aliases: Flash, Jay Garrick, The Flash, Jason Peter Garrick
Relatives: Joseph Garrick (father), Joan Williams (wife), Arthur Williams (father-in-law), unnamed adopted son (deceased), Bart Allen (ward)

Affiliations: Air Wave, Lawrence Jordan, Helen Jordan, Alan Scott, Alexander The Great (Earth-Two), The Atom, Amazing-Man, William Everett III, Aquaman, Aquaman (Earth-Two), Atom, The Flash, Kid Flash, Black Canary, Black Canary (Earth-Two), Black Lightning, Brenda Forest, Charles McNider, Citizen Steel, Damage, Dexter Myles, Doctor Fate, Kent Nelson, Inza Cramer, Eric Strauss, Linda Strauss, Hector Hall, Doctor Mid-Nite, Doctor Occult, Geo-Force, Hawkman, Jai West, Jesse Quick, Johnny Quick, Johnny Thunder, Superman (Earth-Two), King Chimera, Lightning, Linda Park, Ma Hunkel, Matthew Tyler, Max Mercury, Rex Tyler, Sandman, Spectre, Robert Sterling, Theodore Knight, Terrence Sloane, The King, The Shield, Tomcat, Wally West, Wesley Dodds, Wildcat, Wonder Woman, Wonder Woman (Earth-Two), Worry Wart

Team affiliations: Justice Society of America, All-Star Squadron, Justice League, Flash Family, Justice League International

Enemies: Anti-Monitor (Antimatter Universe), Arrakhat, Blitzkrieg, Baron Gestapo, Otto von Belzig, Black Adam, Blue Moon, Captain Nazi, Lester Abernathy, Changeling (Earth-Two), Crypt, Despero. Doctor Alchemy, Doctor Chaos, Dragonfly II, The Fiddler, Morgan, Gog, Griffin, Icicle, The Icicle, James Christie, Doyle Christie, Trickster, Johnny Sorrow, Scott Lowe, Kid Karnevil, King Of Tears, Krona, The Loreli, Manfred Mota, Mordru, Nyola (Earth-Two), Parallax, Pied Piper, Pied Piper (Earth-Two), Pied Piper II (Earth-Two), Professor Zoom, Prometheus, Chad Graham, Curtis Calhoun, Rag Doll, Peter Merkel, Colby Zag, Rose Canton, Scythe, The Shade, The Shade (Earth-Two), Shadow of War, Sonar, Spin, Sportsmaster, Superboy-Prime (Earth-Prime), The Rival, Thinker, Tiger Moth, Turtle (Earth-Two), The Ultra-Humanite, Vandal Savage, William Matthews, Zoom

Abilities: Ability to run at the speed of light Augmented by the extra-dimensional Speed Force
Base Of Operations: Keystone City

Status

Alignment: Good
Identity Secret: Secret until late in Barry Allen’s career, now public knowledge (Flash Spectacular 1978).
Race: Metahuman
Citizenship: American
Marital Status: Married
Occupation: Adventurer; Scientist; Director of Garrick Laboratories Inc.

Characteristics

Gender: Male
Height: 180,34 cm
Weight: 81 kg
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Brown (white at temples)
Unusual Features:

Origin

http://img4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20120506214513/marvel_dc/images/3/3a/Flash_Jay_Garrick_0051.jpgOrigin: Metahuman
Universe: Earth-Two, New Earth
Place of Birth: Hibbardsville, Kansas

History

Origin

As a boy, Jay Garrick used to read pulp magazine stories of the turn-of-the-century super-hero, Whip Whirlwind. Little did he know that he would be granted the same powers of super speed.
Jay would go to Midwestern University in Keystone City. He was double-majoring in chemistry and physics. An experiment he was working on during his junior year was to purify hard water without any residual radiation in a cyclotron. When a test tube of the hard water was accidentally spilled, the fumes knocked him out. His friend Elliot Shapiro dragged him from the lab. After a week of unconsciousness, during which Jay's metabolism increased and his body rejected nutrients, he discovered that he had been given superhuman speed by the accident (retcons imply the inhalation simply activated a latent metagene). After a brief career as a college football star, he dons a red shirt with a lightning bolt and a stylized metal helmet with wings (based on images of the Roman god Mercury) and begins to fight crime as the Flash.

World War II


http://static.comicvine.com/uploads/original/3/31666/935036-jay_2.jpgJay was an active member of the Justice Society of America. Like the rest of his comrades, certain spells kept him from aging much as the years went by.
Jay also remained a prominent scientist. He worked at Chemical Research Incorporated[2] before founding the Keystone-based Garrick Laboratories.

Three of Jay's enemies, the Fiddler, the Thinker, and the Shade, built a resonator that vibrated Keystone City out of real space, putting its citizens in suspended animation, and causing the rest of the world to forget the city's existence. However, much later, Barry Allen discovered the lost city when he vibrated at a certain frequency. After waking up Jay, the two Flashes were able to beat the villains and save the city. After this event, Jay retired, leaving Barry to continue the mantle.[3] However, Jay would fluctuate in and out of retirement, helping out Barry or Wally West if needed. He also continued to work as a scientist. When the very life on Earth was threatened by solar flare radiation, Jay was put in charge of the situation by the government.[4] Jay eventually disappeared, along with the rest of the JSA, and Joan believed him to be dead. He returned, however, and soon was back in action with Wally.

When Professor Zoom arrived at Jay's doorstep on Christmas Eve, genuinely believing to be Barry Allen and convincing everyone else, Jay and Joan let him stay with them. Soon, however, it became obvious of this Barry's malevolent intent. After it was falsely revealed that Wally had died in a Combine trap, Jay rounded up his old cronies Johnny Quick and Max Mercury, and together they went after "Barry". They were defeated quite handily. In a subsequent fight with "Barry", whose identity had been revealed by Wally as Professor Zoom, at the state penitentiary, Jay's leg was broken.

Zero Hour

During Zero Hour, all the members of the JSA were aged to their chronological ages by the villain Extant, including Jay. He stripped himself of his Flash symbol, giving up. Soon, however, he was back in action with Wally West.
Wally brought in Jay to help teach Bart the ways of super-speed, an adventure that soon transformed into a fight against Kobra. Jay was unable to participate for long, however, because of sheer fatigue.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/2/22/Flash_Pack.jpgRecent Years

A few years ago, the Justice Society of America reformed to help the JLA against an imminent threat rising from the 5th Dimension. While fighting the mad imp, Lkz, Jay and his JSA teammates helped to free the Spectre. This, in addition to the untimely death of longtime ally, Wesley Dodds (the Sandman), prompted the remaining JSA members to fully come out of retirement. Flash worked alongside contemporaries Alan Scott and Ted Grant to train a new era of heroes upholding the legacies of veterans such as Mister Terrific, the Star-Spangled Kid and Hawkgirl.[5]
One of the adventures of the revitalized JSA included a battle with an old foe named Johnny Sorrow. During this incident, Jay had his first true brush with the Speed Force. He used his super-speed to trap Johnny Sorrow inside the Speed Force, but the battle propelled Jay 3,000 years into Earth's past. He arrived in ancient Egypt, where he met Teth-Adam, the sorcerer Nabu and Prince Khufu Kha-Taar (all three of whom were analogs to Jay's future-teammates, Black Adam, Doctor Fate and Hawkman). With the aid of a device known as the Claw of Horus, Jay was able to return to his normal time period. [6]

A short time later, Jay and his wife, Joan, took young Jakeem Thunder under their wing. Longing for the child they never had, the Garricks invited Jakeem to stay in their home in Keystone City.

One of Jay's most harrowing battles in recent history involved an old war-time foe, the Dragon King. The Dragon King gained possession of the legendary Spear of Destiny, and used it to take control of Jay's mind. He forced Jay to engage in a brutal fight with his close ally, Wildcat – a fight that cost Wildcat nearly all of his nine lives. [7]

http://static.comicvine.com/uploads/original/11113/111130781/3837272-9867912641-Flash.jpgRecently, a major battle with the Gentleman Ghost, as well as the aftershocks of the Infinite Crisis event destabilized the ranks of the Justice Society. Jay Garrick has joined with charter members Alan Scott and Ted Grant in an effort to reform the Justice Society of America. [8] He has also devoted a portion of his time towards aiding Bart Allen – the latest inheritor to the legacy of the Flash, with protecting his home town Keystone City. [9]

http://www.wordsandpictures.org/theflash/images/jay_garrick.jpgRecently, Jay has been helping Bart Allen against the crazed efforts of his former friend, Griffin Grey. Griffin stole a device from S.T.A.R. Labs designed to steal the Speed Force from Jay’s body. The intense radiation produced by the machine weakened Garrick to the point of death. However, Bart Allen found him moments later and channeled lightning from the Speed Force to restart Garrick’s heart.

The Kingdom

With the coming of Gog, Jay, along with the rest of the higher ups of the JSA are very apprehensive of the deities' motivations. When it appears that Gog's actions are becoming highly questionable, an argument ensues between the JSA members who thinks he is a good and benevolent being sent to help the Earth, and those who don't. The team becomes fractured as they decide to learn more about Gog.
When the rebellious half of the JSA shows up to tell the other half what Gog is doing to the planet, a battle ensues. For the JSA's defying of Gog and his will, he undoes all the "miracles" he has done for them. Gog decides to punish the JSA starting with turning Jay into lightning, so that he could power an entire continent. While he was saved from the effects by Superman's intervention, the process had already started to take place, causing him to move at high speeds and turning his body into pure Speed Force. Dr. Mid-Nite suggests they slow him down before his body disperses.

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-_hVVZ8_BsNU/T1U8lvjobHI/AAAAAAAABwQ/SO8AgSM0R1M/s1600/oldjay.jpgPowers and Abilities

Powers

  • Speed Force Conduit: Speed Force is a vaguely defined extra-dimensional energy force from which most superspeed-powered heroes draw their powers. The Speed Force serves as the ultimate measure of velocity in the DCU. They are often referred to in terms of barriers: Sound barrier, Light barrier, Time Barrier, Dimensional Barrier, and finally the Speed Force Barrier. While all speedsters are powered by the force, Garrick mainlines the power from the force itself and cannot be cut off from the source, unlike the others. Wally has, on several occasions, sped faster than light and been pulled into and exited the Speed Force by his own volition.
    • Accelerated Healing - Speed Force conduits are not invulnerable nor durable enough to sustain damage however if they are harmed they will heal at high speeds. Any normal wear and tear damage to their bodies are almost instantly healed.
    • Energy Construct Creation - Speed Force conduits can use the matter generated by their speed to create solid objects such as walls or bridges. This power requires constant concentration and reapplication of the construct for it to remain stable. Flash's after images are also construct creations.
    • Flight - Speed Force conduits can rotate their arms and spin their bodies like tops to achieve something of a kind of helicopter flight. However, with practice conduits can even achieve controllable flight if launched at high speeds. Despite their flight abilities they are always faster on their feet.
    • Infinite Mass Punch - Speed Force conduits have an increased level of strength added to their bodies which they can impart in different ways. Certain speedsters can strength each and every move they make however this requires attention and stress for each movement and therefore is almost never used. In most cases conduits can focus the Speed Force's extra-dimensional energies into one massive punch; when used in practiced this punch pushed a metahuman from one continent to another.
    • Self-Sustenance - Speed Force conduits travel at incredible speeds which cause their bodies to work overtime. In situations where their bodies may be too fast for them to breathe they may impart on the Speed Force for sustenance. However, this almost always results in the conduits having an increased metabolism at all times requiring them to constantly refill their energy supplies.
    • Speed Force Conduit - People who, for whatever reason, are connected to the Speed Force are sometimes called Speed Force Conduits. This means that they are connected to the Speed Force and are tethered to it. Some characters may control their Speed Force imparted powers in different ways such as only Superhuman Strength or even directed through Lighting but no matter their adaptions they are still connected to the Force.
  • Superhuman Endurance: Speed Force conduits have to access the Speed Force for a number of different tasks. Most Speedsters use their superhuman speed and react at superhuman speeds; therefore, they must run for extended periods or operate for a large amount of time. Their bodies can handle the stresses of superhuman racing without noticeable distress.
  • Superhuman Speed: Jay was born with a Metagene allowing him these abilities. The first Flash was able to speed at multiples of the speed of light. He can run and move their limbs at superhuman speeds. Jay is able to run across the surface of large bodies of water such as oceans. Jay can create wind vortexes by running in circles or rotating his arms and legs. At the height of his abilities, he could time-travel and dimensionally transport unaided, by speeding up and controlling the vibration speed of his molecules. As Jay aged, he began to slow, so now he can only time travel with mechanical aids or with another higher powered speedster. Without the Speed Force, Jay's top speed is around the speed of sound 770 mph. While not as fast as Wally West, with the speed force supplementing him, Jay can top speeds just short of light. After Wally West's return and the speed force Jay can move at these once again. His power allow him to run along the surface of bodies of water and up the sides of buildings.
    • Speed Force Aura: The Flash's body is surrounded by what he calls his "speed force aura". This aura protects him and anyone who is running with him or carried by him, from the effects of using his speed. This includes friction and airborne particulate matter. It may also protect him from injury from high speed impacts such as punches he delivers and receives from his opponents. He does seem to possess some level of superhuman resistance to injury but this does not extend far past normal physical interactions, as received from normal combat.
    • Phasing: The Flash's powers allow him to perform a number of speed-related feats. The Flash has always possessed the ability to control his speed and angular momentum at the molecular level, and control his molecular interactions to allow his body to pass through any substance. There have been only a few superdense materials that the Flash has not been able to penetrate with this power. Certain forcefields also seem to negate this power.
    • Increased Perceptions: The Flash possesses the ability to alter his perceptions so that falling objects can appear to be standing still and can be caught and moved back to their normal position. He can do this so quickly as to have it happen invisibly to the normal human eye. The Flash's reaction time is so increased as to perform feats of speed such as removing the momentum from bullets and fast moving objects thrown at him or at others.
    • Supercharged Brain Activity: The Flash's mental abilities are also increased in speed, simple computations can be done at lightning speeds, and his ability to perform normal feats at increased speeds has allow him to build hundreds of force field generators in a matter of hours, move sandbags to cover a beach or search an entire area for something as small as a paper clip. Jay Garrick has done so and has become a jack of all trades in several disciplines and languages.
    • Sharing the Force: Since his interaction with the Speed Force, he may also lend his speed and angular momentum to another object or person. This may allow others to run alongside with the Flash. He may still allow his molecular structure to pass through object but now after he passes through an object, the object is now supercharged with a chaotic energy, and explodes seconds after his passing through it. If he shares the Speed Force with another meta with superspeed capabilities such as Superman, that metahuman can now exceed the speed of light but does not become aware of the Speed Dimension.
    • Steal the Force: Since his interaction with the Speed Force, he may also lend his speed and angular momentum to another object or person. Now with his control of inertia, he can probably reduce the speed of a falling object directly by applying the speed force in reverse, to leech momentum from the object.
    • Vortex Creations: By running in a circle at a certain speed, Flash is able to create a vortex with a variety of affects. One effect is pulling the air away from the center in order to suffocate an enemy. Another effect is levitating whoever and whatever was in the center. Also, able to send anyone or anything into another dimension when running around them. Some other effects are acting as barriers to movement or funnels for toxic gas's. The Flash also can spin his arms to create directed funnels of hurricane speed air that can knock down barriers or reduce the speed of a falling object. When putting out forest fires, what flash does when he runs around the perimeter is create a pocket tornado. The updraft lowers the temperature inside the funnel and raises the fire off the ground which takes away it's fuel source.
  • Decelerated Aging: his absorption of coronal energies early in his career, decreased the effectiveness of time and age on his body slightly.

http://img3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20120227012238/marvel_dc/images/3/35/Flash_Jay_Garrick_0006.jpgAbilities

  • Science: Jay Garrick is a expert in the fields of chemistry and physics.
    • Chemistry
    • Physics
  • Business Management

http://i.stack.imgur.com/zediS.jpgStrength level

Jay possesses the strength level of a man his age, size and weight who engages in intensive regular exercise, and can at least press lift his own bodyweight.

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Paraphernalia

http://www.writeups.org/img/inset/Flash_Garrick_h2.jpgEquipment

  • Winged Helmet

Transportation

Weapons

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