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TV Flash vs TV Flash in the Xum 52

Flash TV JWS Xum

This week’s The Line it is Drawn is all about TV superheroes meeting. The entry by Xum Yukinori features a Flash (1990)/Flash (2014) mashup with the John Wesley Shipp incarnations of Barry Allen and Jay Garrick in an homage to the classic Infantino/Anderson cover for Flash #137, “Vengeance of the Immortal Villain.”

Flash 137

Head over to CSBG to see crossovers with 1970s Wonder Woman and Captain America, Batman ’66 and Gotham, and more!

Watch the 1990s Flash TV Show FREE on CW Seed

The Flash Classic

While we wait for season two of the new Flash TV series, WB has released all of the 1990 TV show to view for free on CW Seed!

The series ran for one year and starred John Wesley Shipp as Barry Allen, Amanda Pays as S.T.A.R. Labs scientist Dr. Tina McGee, and Alex D├ęsert as fellow CSI Julio Mendez. The network wasn’t too keen on the Rogues, though the show runners managed to get versions of Mirror Master, Captain Cold and the Trickster (Mark Hamill) onto the show. And yes, some of those names should sound familiar!

The whole series is up for streaming right now, so you can binge-watch the whole thing or pick and choose.

Be aware that the tone is vastly different. Aside from just being an early 1990s TV show, it’s an interesting blend of camp and “this is serious” not unlike the Tim Burton Batman movies, and Central City has a very 1930s Art Deco look despite being set in what was then the present day.

It’s been a while since I watched it, but I’d recommend “Watching the Detectives,” the two “Trickster” episodes, “Ghost in the Machine” and “Deadly Nightshade.” Crimson Lightning reviewed the whole series when it came out on DVD, and you can check out their choices for best — and worst — episodes as well.

Mark Hamill Returns as the Trickster!

Mark Hamill as the 1990s TricskterMark Hamill, known worldwide as Luke Skywalker but to Flash fans as the live-action Trickster from the 1990s Flash TV show, will be back to reprise the role in the 17th episode of the new Flash TV series, as reported by HitFix.

Hamill joins John Wesley Shipp, the original series’ Barry Allen, who plays Barry’s father on the new show, and Amanda Pays, who returns as Dr. Tina McGee. Like Pays, he’ll be playing a different version of the character this time around:

In this new iteration, The Trickster is an anarchist terrorist con man serving a life sentence in Iron Heights who helps Barry (Grant Gustin) and Det. West (Jesse L. Martin) to foil the city-wide attacks of a wannabe Trickster eagerly following in the original’s deadly footsteps. The episode will reunite him with John Wesley Shipp who went up against him as the original ‘Flash’ on the CBS version.

It sounds like they’re bringing in both James Jesse and Axel Walker, which I think is a great move. The New 52 Trickster lost something when they tried to make Axel the original rather than someone who stole the identity and gadgets. I like that they’re incorporating the con man aspect as well, since that’s one of my favorites versions of the character.

So what do you think of bringing back Mark Hamill as the Trickster? Great idea, or best idea?

Amanda Pays Returns as Dr. Tina McGee on THE FLASH

Some surprise casting news: the Flash TV Show has officially added the role of Dr. Tina McGee, a regular from the early days of Wally West’s solo Flash comic and co-star of the 1990 TV Flash series…and they’ve got Amanda Pays back to play the character! (via CBR.)

Rather than a scientist at S.T.A.R. Labs, this version of Dr. McGee works for a rival firm.

“When we decided to bring Tina onto our version of ‘The Flash,’ who better to get than the amazing actress who originated the part?” “Flash” executive producer Andrew Kreisberg is quoted by Variety. “Like with John Wesley Shipp, we are so proud and excited to have another actor from the original series join us on our new adventures for Barry Allen.”

No word yet on which episode she’ll appear in, or whether the role is intended to be recurring.

The Flash Casts….John Wesley Shipp!

John Wesley Shipp as Barry Allen back in 1990In a surprise announcement, the CW has cast John Wesley Shipp, who played Barry Allen in the 1990 Flash TV series, in the pilot for the new series starring Grant Gustin. Producers are keeping quiet about his role, though if the series is picked up, it’ll be a recurring one.

Fans of the old series have been hoping to get Shipp into the new series at some point, though I don’t think any of us expected him to appear in the first episode. I think it would be great if he played Jay Garrick, but it seems a bit early to introduce another speedster (especially with “Eddie” Thawne already on board). Alternatively, he might be playing Barry’s father, Henry Allen, wrongfully convicted and imprisoned for the murder of his wife.

Photo: John Wesley Shipp as Barry Allen back in the 1990-1991 TV show.