The CW Reveals Jay Garrick in Homage Promo for ‘The Flash’ Season 2

By August 11, 2015

At the end of the first season of the CW’s “The Flash,” a very distinctive helmet appeared that seemed to hint at the arrival of a very familiar character to fans of the Scarlet Speedster’s legacy. Now, in a new promo image, the network and the show is paying tribute to a key DC Comics issue as it gets ready to tread into similar territory.

In a new promotional image released by the network (via Variety), the now iconic cover of 1961’s The Flash #123 is recreated featuring Grant Gustin’s Barry Allen on the left, and new addition Teddy Sears on the right as Golden Age Flash Jay Garrick. In the issue, Barry is transported to the parallel Earth-2, which was inhabited by the 1940’s incarnations of DC Comics’ iconic characters, including Alan Scott as Green Lantern, Garrick as the Flash, and the Justice Society of America. Flash #123 actually innovated the concept of parallel universes in DC Comics, a device that has become a core component of the comic book storytelling for the publisher.

See the image below (click to enlarge).


It was through this issue that Barry became something of an authority among the DC heroes for the transportation between universes, and Barry and Jay would grow to become very strong friends and partners. That relationship endured even after the DC Universe did away with alternate universes for a time after 1985’s Crisis on Infinite Earths, with the publisher retconning the fact that the two came from different worlds, and instead maintained that they had a bond of friendship up until Barry’s death in that event series.

With the upcoming second season of “The Flash” preparing to introduce the wider concept of alternate universes into the canon of the CW’s DC Comics-based shared universe, a lot of storytelling possibilities can be opened up. One other Justice Society member, Hawkman, has already been cast in “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow,” but it’s not yet known if he’ll hail from Barry’s world, or Jay’s. With the wider introduction of alternate universes now in play, though, does that mean that the characters of the upcoming DC Comics-based movies — like Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice or Suicide Squad — could interact with the various TV series? There’s been no indication whatsoever that this would be the case, but for DC Comics fans who enjoy some crazy universe-hopping, it’s really fun to think about.

“The Flash” will return for its second season on Tuesday, October 6th. For more on these shows as they develop further, keep your eyes on GeekNation!

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Chris Clow
As a former comics retailer at a store in the Pacific Northwest, Chris Clow is an enormous sci-fi, comics, and film geek. He is a freelance contributor, reviewer, podcaster, and overall geek to GeekNation,, The Huffington Post, and He also hosts the monthly Comics on Consoles broadcast and podcast. Check out his blog, and follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.