Real Name: Jack Flash
Identity/Class: Extra-terrestrial (Mercurian)
Occupation: School boy
Known Relatives: "Pa" Flash (father, scientist), "Ma" Flash, Jet Flash (brother), Jane Flash (sister)
Aliases: The Flying Boy
Base of Operations: U.K.
First Appearance: Beano #355 (D.C.Thomson, 19 February 1949-58); Nutty (1980)
Powers/Abilities: Able to fly, apparently at great speed. His power seems to originate from wings on his ankles.
History: The son of the leading scientist on Mercury, Jack Flash is desperate for adventure, so he "borrows" his father's latest rocket ship and heads for Earth, crash landing in the sea off the south coast of England. He proceeds to spend several years rescuing people and catching criminals, initially in and around the Cornish village of Colbay and then further afield. After returning home and being forgiven by his father, his family even vacation on Earth on at least one occasion, though Jack's younger siblings, the "Terrible Twins," cause chaos that he has to clean up.
Comments: Created by Dudley Watkins.
After a lengthy run in the Beano, Jack vanished from comics for a time, but returned for new adventures in Nutty in 1980. His original outfit is the one with a large lightning symbol running across his entire chest, while his Nutty one has the smaller motif. He retained his Nutty costume he reappeared for cameos in Beano anniversary issues.
Jack Flash was reworked as Jackie Flash, a female version, for girls' comic Mandy. In spite of the similar name and powers the two characters are quite distinct from one another.
Ma Flash - yes, it's a tiny image and its a picture of her back, but it's also the only image I could find of her.
The forties version of this character was illustrated by Dudley Watkins. Thanks to Jim Croasdale for additional information on the artist for this character.
CLARIFICATIONS: Not to be confused with
Jackie Flash, his female counterpart
Any Additions/Corrections? Please let me know.
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