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stupid baby




can anyone tell me in what issue was Wally West Identity made public?
so, everyone knew Wally and the Flash were the same guy...


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Daveym 

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This is a deceptively tough question as when he took over the role in 1987 his identity was obviously public knowledge, yet just months earlier in The Trial of the Flash he was still with a secret identity. I would have to assume that in the interim, and off-panel, he had (for whatever reason) revealed his identity to the public, given he was retired from super-heroing by this point perhaps that is the reason why he chose to go public with his now done double life....



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stupid baby




oh wow, thank you


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swmcbf


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Maybe it was in the Teen Titans that it was revealed. My other thought was he said something about that at the end of COIE. However I am not offering fact but just going on memory of stories not read by me in a VERY long time.


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Daveym 

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Yes, Maybe something was mentioned in Crisis on Infinite Earths, I tend to think that unlikely though as it would be an odd place to mention it, but I am sure it wasn't Teen Titans as Wally left in issue #39 thereabouts along with Robin, he reappears in #49 I think but I'm sure this is before The Trial of the Flash....

 In fact upon doing a quick check of cover dates I can see that  Flash #344 was out the same month as Crisis #1, while Teen Titans #49 was two or three months before. It therefore seems almost certain Wally's identity became public after Barry dies. Possibly in the time between Crisis #12 and The Flash #1. Thinking back I wonder if upon his death the Flash's secret became public knowledge, Barry Allen was missing presumed dead during the length of the Trial, did his actual real death make the secrecy then pointless and someone (i.e. his lawyer) revealed all? Or perhaps someone just put two and two together which then triggered Wally's dual life being revealed...?  

There is definitely an untold story to be had between Crisis #12 and Wally debut as the Flash proper.



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Gernot 

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For some reason, I always thought Wally was the one who revealed Barry was the Flash, perhaps hoping to let the public know beyond ANY doubt that there was a new Flash in town. That way, Barry's legacy wouldn't be marred by anything bad Wally may have done in his relative inexperience.



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Daveym 

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Yeah, that makes sense. I'm working purely off memory, so while the world knew The Flash had died I am not completely clear whether they knew he was also Barry Allen initially. But the evidence does point to it becoming public knowledge between Crisis #8 and Flash #1.
There's an awful lot left unsaid about that transitional phase, presumably Barry's parents were still alive, or were they? It says something that they were never seen again after Flash #350, so If you accepted that they died shortly after Barry did then really there would be no direct relatives left alive for his secret to matter anymore. Wally as you say would logically want it made transparent to the public what happened to the original Flash and what his own relationship with him was, the better to honour Barry's memory and draw a firm line between the two.




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The Anti-Life Equation




I remember in the 1980's Mini-Series Legends, which I think predates Wally's Flash series, he was trying to figure out if he should pretend to be Barry or let the world know he was the new Flash and if he should have a secret identity or not.


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Isn't there a story in print that shows Wally in Barry's uniform having a villain cause the costume to rot with him in it? The loss of his mask revealing his identity? (I think he was even left standing in public in his underwear.)

I seem to recall Jay being there with Superman, and Jay giving Wally a verbal brow-beating over it. 'You let him reveal your identity! You've failed as a costumed hero!'

Something was also said about him failing Barry's memory, or something.

I know I've seen the panels. Have NO idea what story or book they were in.



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little kon-el




Wally West was fighting Dr. Alchemy after Barry's Death as Kid Flash when Dr. Alchemy turned his suit into vapor, making him naked and revealing that he was Wally West to the world. Both Superman and Jay grilled him on making his identity public in such a foolish/amateurish way. Wally had been reckless because he was angry about Barry's death and was afraid to take on the mantle of the Flash. Wally tries to convince Jay to take it back but Jay just goes after Dr. Alchemy alone. Wally ends up saving the day using one of Barry's old Flash Costumes (because his Kid Flash costume was already torn to bits).

It was okay for the public to know Wally's identity because there was no one that would be hurt by it. Barry's parents died from shock when they found out that Barry had died and Iris was "dead", so Wally and Jay revealed Barry's identity to the world. Jay's identity was already known to the public when he retired in the 1960s. Wally's immediate parents might have been harmed with his identity made public, but I think Rudolph's connection to the Manhunters might have kept the Flash Rogues from going after them (also, going after family is against the Rogues' code).

- l.k.



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