13 Underrated FLASH Covers

Even one of comics’ greatest cover heroes had his share of the unsung…

I didn’t realize until yesterday that we haven’t done a 13 UNDERRATED COVERS feature yet in 2021. Oh, no!

Well, let’s fix that quickly with 13 UNDERRATED FLASH COVERS from the Silver and Bronze Ages. This was a little harder than you’d think because The Flash has such a great history of eye-grabbing covers. But never let it be said that we shy away from the tough challenges.

Dig? Dig.

In no particular order:

The Flash #341. In the ’60s, The Flash was a gleefully silly series, with bright adventures and bright villains. By the ’80s, Barry Allen had become one of DC’s more troubled figures, a relatively early signal that mainstream comics were headed toward darker times. This cover conveys that perfectly and I like that Carmine Infantino worked it at both ends.

Carmine Infantino pencils, Klaus Janson inks

The Flash #111. As I was saying…

Infantino pencils, Giella inks

The Flash 194, DC. I’m not sure what Freudian message was hiding here but man, DC was obsessed in the late ’60s and early ’70s with superheroes facing terrifying marriage prospects. It really was a thing. Bonus points for Neal Adams’ stereotypical Devil ready to perform the profane ceremony.

Neal Adams

The Flash #182. Have you ever noticed that when superheroes lose their boots or shoes, they’re almost never wearing socks? That’s weird — especially when you’re talking about the Flash. Imagine the blisters! And the smell! (Sorry.)

Ross Andru pencils, Mike Esposito inks

The Flash #125. LOVE the tricolor logo. But I gotta say one of the smartest things DC ever did was update Kid Flash’s costume 10 issues later.

Infantino and Giella

The Flash #232, DC. The thing about the 100-pagers is that they were all about the layout because there wasn’t enough room for a single dominant image. I think this is an example that really works, because you still get a solid horizontal image that’s suitable for the Scarlet Speedster’s adventures. That and the purple really works as an unexpected contrast color. This is one of the few Flash comics I had as a kid and I really dug it. That lead story by Cary Bates and Irv Novick was creepy and cool. (Bonus: Big Flash Head sighting!)

Nick Cardy

The Flash #349. See the first cover above. This even predated Miller and Mazzucchelli’s Daredevil: Born Again by a few months.

Infantino and Janson

The Flash #162. There was this boardwalk ride when I was a kid in New Jersey called the Wacky Shack. It was one of those “haunted houses” you ride through. Scared the bejeezus out of me. So, I’m with you, Flash! I’m with you!

Infantino and Giella

The Flash #312. It’s an old Flash cover trope to have our hero besieged by two villains with opposite powers. Think Heat Wave and Captain Cold. Here’s it’s two Heat Waves — however will Barry survive?

Gil Kane and Dick Giordano

The Flash #186. DC really did enjoy injecting horror in their superhero titles as much as they could as the Silver Age crossed into the Bronze Age.

Andru and Esposito

The Flash #262. Rich Buckler doing his best Gil Kane. Watch out for superheroes flying through the air!

Rich Buckler pencils, Giordano inks

The Flash #207. See The Flash #186, above.


The Flash #212. So, the kid’s watching Filmation re-runs? Groovy.



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Author: Dan Greenfield

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  1. That first cover… sheesh. I think that trial went on for so long, that everyone was losing their damn minds.

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  2. Already hoping for another 13 Flash covers (maybe one themed on startling transformations that Flash has gone through [Puppet, Sidewalk, Big Head, Sharing his legs with Kid Flash]), or maybe some other covers from the late 60s (a Joe Kubert cover comes to mind, or the Samurai cover).

    Can you tell I’m a big Flash fan?

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  3. A fantastic bunch of covers… and I’m glad to see the Ringmaster storyline getting a little attention. That whole thing was HIGH DRAMA to 8-year-old me!

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  4. One man’s “gleefully silly” is another man’s “fun that superhero comic books are missing today”.

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