LC writes, Harry Lampert, who invented The Flash, based on the Greek god Hermes (the messenger of the gods, who possessed winged shoes), died at the age of 88.

He was also a leading authority on bridge and his books are still classics today.

He and writer Gardner Fox created The Flash (Jay Garrick) in the 1940s, as part of the new All-American line, and though he didn’t stay with the character very long, Flash captured the comics world’s imagination and became a vital part of DC’s superhero comics. When DC decided to revive its superhero line in 1956, it began with a new version of The Flash. This success helped revive the entire superhero genre.

Lampert also contributed to Wonder Woman as well as some lesser-known DC series such as The King.