In 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.
Jason writes in with word of a documentary about character actor Dick Miller. Who’s Dick Miller, you ask? This guy:
Or rather, “That guy” as in the title of the film, or “Hey, it’s that guy!” which was probably your reaction on seeing that photo. Miller has an impressive 175 acting credits on IMDB in a career spanning 1955-2009. You may recognize him from such movies as Terminator and Gremlins, or TV series like Fame and The Flash.
What’s that? The Flash, you say?
Miller had a recurring role on the 1990 Flash TV series as Fosnight, a small-time con man who acted as an informant for Barry Allen. And his signed copy of the shooting script for “Deadly Nightshade” is one of the incentive rewards for backers on the Kickstarter funding project.
Funding is at $18K of $40K, with 12 days to go.
When it comes to the 1990 Flash TV series, true Cobalt Blue fans usually list the “Twin Streaks” episode at the top of their playlist.
Predating Blue’s first appearance by eight years, “Twin Streaks” introduced Pollux, a clone of the Flash created from a sample of his blood.
Grown in a lab, Pollux was a prototype for what his creators hoped would be a line of super-soldiers. He also held some of the traits that would become associated with the Cobalt Blue character. While Rogues like Captain Cold, Trickster and Mirror Master appeared in modified versions of their comic book counterparts, Pollux mixed “reverse Flash” with evil-clone/twin and was driven by jealous rage.
While it would be a stretch to suggest that Pollux inspired writers Mark Waid and Brian Augustyn when creating Cobalt Blue, the raging jealousy and evil-twinness are something that both characters hold in common. Upon reaching a certain level of self-awareness, Pollux set out to annex aspects of Barry’s life, real and percieved, leading up to a super-speed showdown at the lab where he was weaned.
Pollux hit close to home for a lot of CB fans, and even inspired this loving tribute.
For more information on Pollux (TV’s Cobalt Blue!), check out this bio, and a review of the episode (from Crimson Lightning).
As reported earlier on Fastest Fan Alive, a vintage Flash TV Show Prototype Action Figure has been found on eBay:
From the seller’s description:
Awesome and ultra rare early 1990s Toy Biz The Flash 9″ prototype action figure. The figure, which was based on The Flash TV show, was never produced making this one of the rarest figures or prototypes around. The figure is in excellent condition (I would call it VF+) with some minor paint wear, probably due to the fact that as a prototype, it was not handled very carefully in transit. The shoulder and hip joints are just a metal peg inserted into a hole in the limb and tend to be loose, but hold together well making it display beautifully. It appears to be made of some type of resin. This has been in my collection for over 15 years and has been kept in a smoke free environment.
Wow! As a nut for anything from the old Flash TV Show this just takes the cake. I’d seen an uncolored version of it on the Action Figure Insider Forums a few years back but I never imagined I’d see a fully colored piece. Yet alone for sale. Unfortunately for me the bidding starts at $1,999.99, which is a bit out of my price range. It would be nice though. In any case the auction ends in 1 day and 11 hours, so good luck to anyone trying to bid. In case you missed the link above you can find the auction HERE.
Thanks for reading,
–Devin “Flash” Johnson
Amanda Pays, who played scientist Tina McGee on the 1990 Flash TV series, and Joyce Hyser, who played recurring character Megan Lockhart on the show, will be appearing at the next Hollywood Show on February 12-13 at the Burbank Airport Marriott Hotel in Burbank, California.
Tina McGee was one of several elements from the then-current Wally West series to be incorporated into the TV series, and she became Barry Allen’s support crew and one-woman research team. Megan Lockhart was an original character, a detective hired to discover the Flash’s identity. She later found herself mixed up in the Trickster’s origin. More info: Flash TV Series supporting cast.
(Via Scott Ray)
Every collector has one. That one item, that really rare piece that if they could just attain it your collection could almost be complete (almost). It could be something that you’ve only seen in magazines, or an item that was almost within your grasp before it was snatched out from under your nose. Eobard Thawne even has one as you can see above . By the way I’m not encouraging any violence in the pursuit of collectibles, it just seemed like the most appropriate picture. 😀