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COMIC LEGEND: In the original version of “The Return of Barry Allen,” “Barry Allen” was going to be revealed to be Bart Allen!
“The Return of Barry Allen” was an epic storyline by Mark Waid where he had “Barry Allen” return to show how Wally West truly belonged to be THE Flash…
After everyone is thrilled to have Barry back, Barry begins to act more and more erratically. Eventually, Wally figures out the truth…
Wally ends up winning the day and solidifying his place as the Flash, and fans all realized how awesome Mark Waid was.
However, as reader Duggy noted, originally the “Barry Allen” in the story was going to be someone else entirely – BART ALLEN!
Bart Allen, the hero known as Impulse, debuted in Flash #92 by Mark Waid and Mike Weiringo…
That is true, however, in a sort of circuitous way.
I asked Mark Waid about it, and he explained that originally the idea for “The Return of Barry Allen” was an idea he had for his stint as the main writer on Justice League International Quarterly. If you haven’t read Waid’s JLIQ stories, you really should hunt them down. They’re excellent. Especially his first one from #5, “Be Careful What You Wish For.”
And yes, in this original idea for the story, which would have been just one long story in JLIQ, Barry would turn out to be Bart Allen. However, soon after the idea came to Waid, he was given the chance to take on the Flash ongoing series, so he dropped the idea for JLIQ and it morphed into his first epic storyline on the Flash ongoing series.
And we’re all the better for it!
Thanks to Duggy for the suggestion and thanks to Mark Waid for the information – and for just writing a kick ass Flash and JLIQ, in general.
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