There are vast and varied super-powers in the various fictional universes we love, but few of them are as common or as widely differentiated as super-speed.  Jay Garrick’s debut led to hundreds of knockoffs, tributes and homages, from Marvel’s Whizzer all the way through the Tornado Twins of the 31st Century.  Heck, even the lackluster live-action X-Men franchise has a couple of truly amazing sequences featuring Quicksilver in action, scenes that are seemingly cut from much better movies.  When it comes to the question of who is the greatest speedster of them all, though, even mega-Flash fan Stephen isn’t sure whether it’s Max Mercury or Chromium Age Wally West, leading to today’s high velocity query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) notes that there’s no wrong answer, but the right answer is Fastback of The Zoo Crew, asking: Of all the myriad runners of pop culture, which is the greatest speedster of all?

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Matthew Peterson

Matthew Peterson

Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

And a nice red uniform.

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7 Comments

  1. Hannah
    November 24, 2016 at 3:51 pm — Reply

    I have an enduring fondness for the old Sonic the Hedgehog Saturday morning cartoons. Even if the games themselves have turned to crap in the most comical way possible.

  2. November 24, 2016 at 5:20 pm — Reply

    Jay for me. Founding member of my favorite DC team.

  3. November 25, 2016 at 9:00 am — Reply

    Road Runner. Hands down.

  4. Randy
    November 25, 2016 at 2:03 pm — Reply

    I believe you’ll find this was answered in Quasar issue 17. I’ll wait while you dig it out of a back issue non.

  5. November 25, 2016 at 10:48 pm — Reply

    Wallace Rudolph West, the GREATEST Flash of All-Time.
    He is the man all T.V. and movie Flashes are based upon with the transplanted name of Barry Allen.

  6. November 26, 2016 at 9:54 pm — Reply

    Wally.

  7. Ian
    November 27, 2016 at 4:09 am — Reply

    The original Quality Quicksilver (pre-Max Mercury)

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