Harry Lampert, creator of The Flash, dead at 88

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.

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