FLASH (1ST SERIES), THE

Dates: 105 Feb/Mar 1959-108 Aug/Sep 1959 (Non Distributed); 109 Oct/Nov 1959-350 Oct 1985
Issues: CLICK HERE to view issues, super-size cover images and values in 9 grades

The first officially distributed in the UK issue of The Flash across Britain was #109 cover-dated Nov 1959. The four issues before this (#105-108) that signalled the start of the Silver Age Flash character in his own series are always going to be unstamped cents copies. However the UK variants (as they have come to be called) are exactly the same in every way - printed at the same time on the same paper. The only difference is the cover stamp and some additional distributor information inside. The UK copy is in no way 'inferior' in quality to the US copy.

What distinguishes the early distributed variant UK issues of The Flash is their scarcity - #111 and #112 are particularly hard to find - and also the great array of villains that were introduced, right up there with the foes of Superman and Batman. Plus of course the great Carmine Infantino artwork.

The big key issue is #123 that introduced Earth-Two, the home of the Golden Age DC heroes and gave DC editors and scripters the chance to revisit all these great characters and team them up with their Silver Age, Earth-One counterparts. #123 is a massively important issue in the DC universe and in my opinion is under-valued by American price guides.

#110 is also a biggie as the 1st appearance of Kid Flash. And #139 has recently shot up in value as the 1st appearance of The Reverse Flash.

Later issues to watch out for are the 80 page Giants #160, #178, #187 and #196 stuffed full of great reprints. There's also the Neal Adams artwork on Green Lantern back-up stories in issues #217-219.

The last issues in the run leading up to the double size issue #350 are more difficult to find. There is a great multi-part story around this time called The Trial of the Flash.

See also:

FLASH (1ST SERIES) ANNUAL / FLASH (2ND SERIES), THE / FLASH (4TH SERIES) (THE) / FLASH COMICS / SUPERMAN VS. THE FLASH / ALL FLASH / BLACKEST NIGHT: THE FLASH / COUNTDOWN SPECIAL: THE FLASH / FLASH (3RD SERIES), THE / FLASH ANNUAL, THE / FLASH (3RD SERIES): THE DASTARDLY DEATH OF THE ROGUES, THE / FLASH (3RD SERIES): THE ROAD TO FLASHPOINT, THE / FLASH AND GREEN LANTERN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD / FLASH AND GREEN LANTERN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD TRADE PAPER BACK / FLASH 80-PAGE GIANT, THE / FLASH ANNUAL REPLICA EDITION / FLASH ARCHIVES, THE / FLASH (2ND SERIES): BORN TO RUN, THE / FLASH (2ND SERIES): THE RETURN OF BARRY ALLEN / FLASH (2ND SERIES): TERMINAL VELOCITY / FLASH (2ND SERIES): DEAD HEAT, THE / FLASH (2ND SERIES): RACE AGAINST TIME, THE / FLASH (2ND SERIES): EMERGENCY STOP, THE / FLASH (2ND SERIES): THE HUMAN RACE, THE / FLASH (2ND SERIES): WONDERLAND, THE / FLASH (2ND SERIES): BLOOD WILL RUN, THE / FLASH (2ND SERIES): ROGUES / FLASH (2ND SERIES): CROSSFIRE, THE / FLASH (2ND SERIES): BLITZ, THE / FLASH (2ND SERIES): IGNITION, THE / FLASH (2ND SERIES): THE SECRET OF BARRY ALLEN, THE / FLASH (2ND SERIES): ROGUE WAR, THE / FLASH OMNIBUS BY GEOFF JOHNS, THE / FLASH (2ND SERIES) ANNUAL / FLASH CHRONICLES (THE) / FLASH SECRET FILES AND ORIGINS, THE / FLASH VS. THE ROGUES, THE / FLASH SPECTACULAR, THE / FLASH PLUS, THE / FLASH S.P.E.C.I.A.L / FLASH TV SPECIAL, THE / FLASH SECRET FILES AND ORIGINS 2010, THE / FLASH GORDON / GOLDEN AGE FLASH ARCHIVES, THE / FLASH AND HIS FRIENDS, THE / GREATEST FLASH STORIES EVER TOLD, THE / FLASH (4TH SERIES) ANNUAL (THE) / FLASH (4TH SERIES): MOVE FORWARD (THE) / FLASH (4TH SERIES): ROGUES REVOLUTION (THE) / FLASH (4TH SERIES): GORILLA WARFARE (THE) / FLASH (2ND SERIES): BLOOD WILL RUN (NEW EDITION), THE / FLASH (4TH SERIES): REVERSE (THE) / FLASH (4TH SERIES): FUTURES END, THE / FLASH OMNIBUS (THE) / FLASH (4TH SERIES): HISTORY LESSONS (THE) / CONVERGENCE: THE FLASH / SHOWCASE PRESENTS: THE FLASH / SHOWCASE PRESENTS: THE TRIAL OF THE FLASH / TEEN TITANS (4TH SERIES): THE TRIAL OF KID FLASH / FLASH GORDON / FLASH A CELEBRATION OF 75 YEARS, THE / FLASH (4TH SERIES): OUT OF TIME (THE) / JUSTICE LEAGUE: THE DARKSEID WAR: FLASH / FLASH BY GEOFF JOHNS (THE) / FLASH (4TH SERIES): SAVAGE WORLD (THE) / FLASH (5TH SERIES): REBIRTH / FLASH (5TH SERIES) (THE) / FLASH (4TH SERIES): ZOOM (THE) / FLASH BY GRANT MORRISON AND MARK MILLAR (THE) / FLASH OMNIBUS BY FRANCIS MANAPUL AND BRIAN BUCCELLATO (THE) / FLASH BY MARK WAID (THE) / FLASH (4TH SERIES): FULL STOP (THE) / FLASH (5TH SERIES): LIGHTNING STRIKES TWICE / FLASH (5TH SERIES): SPEED OF DARKNESS / FLASH (5TH SERIES): ROGUES RELOADED / FLASH (5TH SERIES): RUNNING SCARED / FLASH (5TH SERIES): REBIRTH DELUXE EDITION / FLASH (5TH SERIES) ANNUAL (THE) / FLASH (5TH SERIES): NEGATIVE / FLASH (5TH SERIES): COLD DAY IN HELL / FLASH (5TH SERIES): PERFECT STORM / FLASH (5TH SERIES): FLASH WAR / TEEN TITANS (6TH SERIES): THE RETURN OF KID FLASH / FLASH SPEED BUGGY SPECIAL / FLASH ROGUES: CAPTAIN COLD

Total value for all issues of this title listed:

Condition

PR
1.0
FR
1.5
GD
2.0
VG
4.0
FN
6.0
VF
8.0
VF/NM
9.0
NM-
9.2
NM
9.4
MINT
10.0
Issues 246 246 246 246 246 246 246 246 246
Total £ 625.41 1,250 1,870 3,780 7,340 17,750 39,490 57,040 69,760 Total title value in pounds in UK markets
Total $ 1,120.00 2,240 3,350 6,780 13,100 30,370 66,240 93,740 114,150 Total title value in dollars in US markets

Note: some PR issues may have no value. Selected issues in FN, VF or VF/NM may not exist in some titles.