The Flash


TITLE: "Flash: Year One Born to Run! Chapter 1: Thunderstruck"
COVER BLURB: "Year One. Born to Run!"
DATE: Early May 1992


WRITER: Mark Waid
PENCILLER: Greg LaRocque
INKER: Jos Marzan Jr.

LETTERER: Tim Harkins
COLORIST: Glenn Whitmore
EDITOR: Brian Augustyn
COVER: Greg LaRocque & Jos Marzan Jr.




QUOTE: "Ha ha. Sorry, Wally! What happened that day was a billion-to-one chance! You know what they say... Lightning never strikes twice in the same place!" The Flash

SUMMARY:  At Central City Airport, after speedily disposing of a terrorist bomb, Wally West unexpectedly bumps into his grandfather, Professor Ira West, and accepts an invitation to follow him home for lunch. There, at his grandfather's home, he spends time searching through a collection of scrapbooks and photo albums chronicling the family history. At the bottom of a storage box Wally discovers a special album emblazoned with a lightning bolt that was prepared specifically for him. The photos contained therein prompt a flood of memories. Wally recalls that he spent the fateful summer that he turned ten-years-old with his beloved aunt, Iris. During his first day visiting Central City he happened to witness his hero, the Flash, in action! What's more, his quick thinking helped the fastest man alive to foil an attempted robbery. This excitement was but a prelude to the adventures to come. After being introduced to slowpoke police scientist Barry Allen, an astonished Wally found himself face-to-face with the scarlet speedster for a personal meeting in Allen's police laboratory. The Flash told his young fan of the thrilling origin of his superpowers. Just as he finished explaining the unlikelihood of the accident that blessed him with superspeed, however, a nearby window exploded as lightning struck Wally West!