"Presented in this hardcover edition are the adventures of the first super-hero to ever be called "The Fastest Man Alive." The basis for later versions of the Scarlet Speedster, scientist Jay Garrick was the original physics-defying Flash. Reprinting these classic tales from the beginning of Jay's career, we learn how the inhalation of hard water fumes results in his ability to move faster than the speed of sound. With his newfound capabilities, the Flash dons a "flashy" costume and a silver helmet and begins a life of fighting monstrous creatures, crooked politicians, underworld thugs, and loathsome kidnappers." [per solicitation] Series design by Alex Jay/Studio J. Publication design by Jason Lyons. Black-and-white reconstruction by Rick Keene.
Takes place in New York city.
The Archive credits Sheldon Moldoff for the cover art, however art experts agree the cover art was by Everett E. Hibbard, which DC confirms at http://www.dccomics.com/dccomics/errata/?action=archive.
Biographies for Gardner Fox, M. C. Gaines, E. E. Hibbard, Harry Lampert and Sheldon Moldoff. Biographical material written and researched by Mark Waid and KC Carlson, with special thanks to Craig Delich.
Back cover. Reprints covers from Flash Comics #11, 12, 14 & 16.