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Wally West — The Fastest Man Alive!

Part Two: Acceleration Flash 73 ended with a huge surprise for Wally and his friends. On Christmas Eve, he opened the door and came face-to-face with Barry Allen, understandably thought dead following the Crisis on Infinite Earths, was back. Barry … Continue reading

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Wally West — The Fastest Man Alive!

Part One: Fleet Feet Who was Wally West? Let’s start at the beginning, and then skip a lot of inconvenient stuff. Barry Allen, the second Flash, debuted in DC’s Showcase 4 in 1956. A brilliant but slow-moving Central City “police … Continue reading

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Suit Up! 5

Part Five: The Present, the Past, the Future 2014: “You’re gonna fight a war, you’ve gotta have a uniform.” Captain America: The Winter Soldier didn’t just tone down the stars and stripes. It went from the vaguely gaudy to the … Continue reading

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Suit Up! 4

Part Four: Putting Together the Pieces 2012 – A Dialogue S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Phil Coulson: We made some modifications to the uniform. I had a little design input. Steve Rogers: The uniform? Aren’t the stars and stripes a little old-fashioned? Coulson: … Continue reading

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Suit Up! 3

Part 3: The First Avenger 2011 — “I Had Some Ideas About the Uniform.” Twenty-one years later, the embarrassment of the Albert Pyun cheapie erased from the memories of all but the hardest core of comics fandom, Captain America finally … Continue reading

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Suit Up! 2

Part Two: Super Soldiers 1979 (I) – “Sensational!” Somewhere around 1975, Marvel started pushing its characters hard to the CBS television network. In 1977, The Incredible Hulk and Spider-Man aired well-received pilots that led to regular series for both characters. … Continue reading

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Suit Up! 1

Captain America: You got a suit? Hawkeye: Yeah. [he nods] Captain America: Then suit up. (The Avengers, 2012) Let’s talk about tights and boots and gloves – and helmets! – in those Old Glory colors and patterns. Be prepared for … Continue reading

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