Tag Archives: Covers

Flash #11 Solicitation & Cover

Art and cover by FRANCIS MANAPUL
1:25 B&W Variant cover by FRANCIS MANAPUL
On sale JULY 25 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

• The New 52 debut of HEAT WAVE!

• THE FLASH is on a crash course with THE ROGUES!

The image above is new and is included in the cover gallery for the solicits, but a caption does state it is not the final cover.

DC’s July Justice League solicitations are up at The Source.  Flash fans looking for more Jay Garrick should check out the solicit for EARTH TWO #3 after the jump…

Continue reading

Flash #7 Solicitation and Cover

Variant cover by DALE KEOWN
1:200 B&W Variant cover by FRANCIS MANAPUL
On sale MARCH 28 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Captain Cold is back – and he’s more dangerous than ever! Seeking revenge on The Flash, he must convince the rest of the Rogues to reunite one last time. But what tore them apart before? And what did The Flash do to earn their deadly scorn? Find out here!

DC released their March Justice League group solicits today.  Check them out over at The Source!

Help Wanted: Golden-Age Flash Collectors!

The Grand Comics Database needs better scans of the original Flash Comics. In particular, the following two covers are marked as needing replacement:

That said, there are quite a few others that are either low-quality scans or scans of badly deteriorated comics. If you have any copies of Flash Comics or All-Flash in decent condition, I’m sure they’d appreciate it if you’d help them out by improving their cover database!

Most of my own Golden Age collection is coverless, or in poor enough condition that it wouldn’t be worth contributing, though I was able to submit a few of the later All-Flash covers.

I actually have a copy of that Flash Comics Miniature Edition, and considered sending a scan, until I pulled it out of the box and saw what condition it was in:

As you can see, it’s in worse shape than the one they’ve got! This isn’t terribly surprising. One of the previous owners of this copy wrote a note on the back of the board:

Wheaties giveaway, 1946. All known copies were taped to Wheaties boxes and are never found in mint condition.

Yeah, that might cause a problem…

It makes me wonder what the print run was on books like this. How many copies were taped to cereal boxes and shipped to markets nationwide? How many were removed carefully, and how many were summarily ripped from the packaging? How many were treasured, and how many discarded?

Oh, yeah, you’re probably wondering: Who’s that pointy-headed guy on the cover? That’s Dmane, a one-shot villain (as so many of them were those days) billed as “The Criminal From Tomorrow,” who used futuristic technology to perform miraculous feats in the present day. (Sound familiar?) It’s also an early case in which Jay Garrick travels through time under his own power with perfect accuracy.

Weekend Updates: Cover Variants and Urtumi

One of the things I wanted to do this weekend was finish going through the brief Adventure Comics run of The Flash (more about that tomorrow). In the process I decided I just had to write up the sheer weirdness that is Urtumi the Image Eater.

I also started tracking the variant covers from the new ongoing Flash series.

Well, I’d hoped to get more done this weekend, but other stuff has kept me busy…and now the Lost finale awaits!

Milestones: 300, 500, 1,000…4,000?

Speed Force has reached three milestones over the last few weeks:

  • 1,000 blog posts.
  • 500 followers on Twitter.
  • 300 Facebook fans.


It seems like just a few months since I hit the 500th post, but it really was almost a year ago. For this post, I figured Ken Lashley’s cover to Flash: The Fastest Man Alive #5 would be appropriate, because documenting the Flash is what this site is all about. (Thanks, GCD!)

The 1,000th blog post was last week’s post on action figure updates by Devin “The Flash” Johnson. The 500th Twitter follower was @ImpulseDesigner, though I seem to have lost a few since then — it’s down to 498 now. I’m not sure who the 300th Facebook fan was, though.

Thanks to all the readers, and thanks especially to Devin for stepping in as Speed Force’s second major contributor!

Oh, and there are two more milestones coming up soon: We’re closing in on 4,000 comments sometime in the next few weeks…and two full years online in mid-June!

Site Updates: Shade & Variant Covers

This weekend I updated a few pages on Flash: Those Who Ride the Lightning:

The Shade gets some notes about his early appearances, plus images from the Golden Age and Silver Age. (This is, of course, because I finally tracked down his first appearance!)

I’ve broken up the variant covers into three pages, soon to be four once DC releases the variants for Flash vol.3 #1 & #2:

I’ve also updated some minor items around the site, including the TPB list and Silver Age Reprints.

My next goal is to get all of the major changes from Flash: Rebirth — Barry Allen’s current status and a new picture, Iris “Irey” West’s new identity, Jesse Quick’s new costume, Eobard Thawne’s resurrection — before the new series starts. And update appearance lists.