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Flash Facts: S01E06 "The Flash is Born"

Written by Christian on Wednesday, November 19 2014 and posted in Features

Flash Facts: S01E06

A look back at the comic references from last night's episode.

Welcome to Flash Facts, a new weekly column dedicated to discussing the various comic book references, Easter Eggs and other cool facts about The Flash, CW's new superhero show. While I'll attempt to be as thorough as possible, I'll definitely miss a reference here and there. If I miss something, feel free to comment or shoot me a Tweet at @OH_IGW, and I'll gladly add it in and credit you. If you enjoy this column, be sure to check out Arrow Annotations, which discusses similar references over on Arrow.

[Note: Sorry if I missed anything, I had to write this in a hurry today!]

Man of Steel - Dr. Wells refers to Girder as a "man of steel".  That's a clever little nod to one of Superman's nicknames.

Girder - This week's villain is a relatively recent addition to the Flash's rogue gallery.  Created in 2001 by Geoff Johns and Ethan Van Sciver, Tony Woodward was a steel worker who was tossed into a vat of molten steel during a riot after he assaulted a female co-worker. Instead of dying a gruesome, fiery death, Woodward's body was transformed into living steel as the vat contained scraps used in STAR Labs experiments.  While Woodward gained super strength and limited invulnerability, his body would rust when exposed to air. 

Girder became a recurring foe of the Flash and appeared in a new group of Rogues led by the villain Blacksmith. He made several passes at Magenta, a Rogue with magnetic powers, who responded by ripping his body in half.  He reappeared in the New 52 in a slimmed down, less rusty body.  Girder was quickly defeated by Grodd at the beginning of the gorilla's takeover of Central City.

Girder is played by Greg Finley.  Finley is best known for his starring roles in the canceled CW series Star-Crossed and the ABC Family show Secret Life of an American Teenager.

Rusty Iron Brewing - Tony steals several kegs from Rusty Iron Brewery.  During his first several appearances, Girder was depicted as having a body that constantly rusted.

Keystone - The site of Tony's accident that transformed him into Girder is located in Keystone.  As mentioned in previous columns, Keystone City was the home of Jay Garrick, the first Flash, and Wally West, the third Flash. Keystone City and Central City neighbor each other and are separated by a river.

Garrick's Wharf - There's a faded sign for Garrick's Wharf that's on the alley way near Rusty Iron Brewing. In the comics, Jay Garrick was the original "Golden Age" Flash.  Created by Gardner Fox and Harry Lampert, Garrick gained his super speed by inhaling hard water vapors.  Putting on a metal helmet that resembled the helmet of Mercury, Garrick became the superhero known as the Flash.  He was a founding member of the Justice Society of America and served as its chairman several times.  

Garrick and Barry have a long history together, which I'll cover in a later column, since it features multiversal shenanigans.  Currently, Jay Garrick appears in the Earth-2 series as one of that book's main characters. 

Stacy Conwell - Iris's co-worker at Jitters is named Stacy Conwell. In the comics, Stacy Conwell was the daughter of a friend of Barry and Iris Allen.  After her father was killed, Stacy lived with the Allens while attending Central State University.  Conwell went on to open a chain of pizza delivery restaurants. 

Iron Fist - At one point, Iris refers to Girder's "iron fist".  Iron Fist is a Marvel superhero with the ability to channel his chi energy into his hands. 

The Burning Man - At the end of the episode, Iris mentions a "man on fire" that has been spotted around the city several times.  That's probably a reference to Firestorm, whose head is constantly aflame, but I'm guessing we'll find out in future episodes. 

"Something Tells Me It's Going to Catch On" - At the end of the episode, Iris writes that she thinks "the Flash" nickname is going to catch on with her readership.  Barry said the same thing about the Flash name at the end of the first episode.  

And here's one I originally missed:

Warriors - Detective West and Harrison meet at a bar called Warriors for "a friendly drink".  In the comics,Warriors is a superhero themed bar owned by Green Lantern Guy Gardner. 

And that's it for this week.  Thanks for reading! 


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