The Golden Age
A designation for comic books of the 1930s and 1940s. The term has been in use among fans, collectors and dealers for several decades.
THE Golden Age FLASH was created by writer Gardner Fox and artist Harry Lampert in 1940 for National Comics (now DC Comics) and ran until 1949.
"Faster than the streak of lightning in the sky, swifter than the speed of light itself, fleeter than the rapidity of thought is ...THE FLASH, reincarnation of the winged Mercury!" Thus, inspired by the legendary god of speed, Mercury, began the adventures of the fastest man alive.
College student Jay Garrick was investigating an experimental form of "heavy water", when an accident released hazardous fumes, knocking him unconscious. After accidentally inhaling the deadly fumes, he awoke in the hospital to discover he could move and react at superhuman speed. The first thing he did with his newfound power was to join the football team to impress his girlfriend Joan Williams. Later he became a superhero and crime fighter, participating in World War II and eventually retiring to be with his lovely wife.
The Flash was cancelled as a series and left comics for the first time in 1949.