The Flash is one of our favorites around here at Gossip & Gab. After first becoming a successful comic book character, the ridiculously popular Barry Allen, a.k.a., The Flash, was exposed to an entire new group of fans through the television show. Some of the proof? There’s a deluge of new fan art online, heaps of new merchandise and even (get this) Flash-themed slots for iGaming fans. The appeal of The Flash is spreading far and wide across cyberspace.
Some of the hardcore Flash comic book fans aren’t overly thrilled by the TV show because it is somewhat guilty of straying from the storyline and feel of the original comic books, but this is arguably inevitable with any kind of adaptation. What gets some people’s goat is that new adherents of the TV adaptation didn’t even realize that The Flash came from a comic book in the first place. Other fans had heard of The Flash, but didn’t know the entire story. The silver lining is that many viewers have now been inspired to cross over to enjoy the comic books, and wow, there’s nothing like reading those original stories! It’s pretty helpful and captivating to see how the whole concept started.
There’s no better form of flattery than a fan creating fan art. Murals, like the one above, other paintings, drawings, and other forms of expressing devotion have been created all over the internet and elsewhere for all to appreciate. Some of this art is truly incredible.
Another entertaining way fans express their loyalty is by dressing up as The Flash. It doesn’t take a lot of raking to find countless photos of people dressed up as the superhero, and although some appear to have store-bought costumes, there is an impressive number of devotees who appear to have created their own. Comic-Con is, of course, the best place to people watch, and there is no shortage of Flash followers hanging around there.
You can find numerous websites that devoted fans have created for The Flash. Some are strictly for comic book fans. Some only cover the television show. There are also crossover sites that include both comic book information, as well as television show information and show gossip. These websites have thousands of fans, they have countless photos, discussion boards covering just about any subject you can think of, interviews with the cast and crew, previews of upcoming episodes, and reviews of every episode of the television series.
There are all kinds of products you can find to purchase: figurines, pillows, lunch boxes, novelty booties for your shelf (why not) and much more. The list is literally endless.
There’ve always been Flash comic book fans creating art, wearing costumes, purchasing items, and showing their dedication in other ways. But, as mentioned earlier, there is a whole new group of fans coming from the television show, and the fan base continues to grow. So the television show has really gained the entire The Flash brand even more popularity than it had before.