2

What is the fastest that we have Wally West travel in any continuity?

I'm not interested in characters talking about potentially how fast they could travel. I'm only interested in them actually traveling at their top speed and the issue number that they do it in.

I'd like to know the issue number and page (image if possible) with the speed that he is travelling.

NB: This has been edited to be broken out into different questions per Flash.

  • How can you think they are duplicate questions??? I'm looking for issue number of the top speed of 4 different flashes and the other question asks if the flash can travel faster than light. – opticyclic Aug 13 at 20:06
  • 1
    I've decided to leave this open, for now, because the question which has been flagged as a duplicate is really just relative to the speed of light. It doesn't actually give us an absolute range of speed... – Voldemort's Wrath Aug 13 at 20:14
  • 1
    what-if.xkcd.com/1 – Voldemort's Wrath Aug 14 at 15:04
  • Should this perhaps be a different question for each Flash? – Ben Barden Aug 14 at 16:49
  • This question needs to be reopened, it's definitely not a duplicate – motoDrizzt Aug 14 at 16:53
9

Wally West did it one time by running 13 trillion times the speed of light


In JLA (1997): Issue # 89, Wally West saves half a million people from an exploding nuclear warhead. Below is the image:

enter image description here
JLA (1997) #89

According to the comic, Wally carries 500,000 people 35 miles away from the blast within 0.0001 microseconds.

Although the issue doesn't specify his exact speed, it is evident that we can calculate it from the data in the image above. Also, there have been several calculations on the internet about his speed using these values; one of which is here.

However, almost all of them arrive to the same conclusion:

Wally ran about 13 trillion times the speed of light.

And that, is the fastest one I've seen/read about in the comics.


EDIT: Another feat by Wally was when he outran teleportation in The Flash (1987), Issue #138

Flash [Wally] managed to go the end of the universe and back in under a plank time, which is the time it takes for light to travel a plank length which is 1.6 x 10-35 m or 10-20 times the size of a proton. This is the shortest distance possible, and light can do that in plank time, the smallest measurement of time that has any meaning, and is equal to 10-43 seconds. This is the time it takes for teleportation, Flash beat teleportation and went past trans-time velocity, he traveled to the end of the universe and back under Plank time, i.e., he beat instantaneuos teleportation. He went at at least 23 tretacillion times the speed of light (or 23,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000). However,

Wally gets all 5 billion people on the planet to agree to run so that he can borrow their kinetic energy and beats the space overlords in record time. Also, he is helped by a fourth-dimension alien species that are pure kinetic energy.

So, you could consider this cheating, from a certain point of view. Nevertheless, Wally did run faster than teleportation.


Couldn't find (as of now) any comic book that specifies Jay Garrick's top speed. However I remember reading somwhere that his maximum speed is 99.99999% the speed of light.


Speaking about the Allens (Barry and Bart), once again I couldn't find any reliable source that mentions their top speed [like it does for Wally].

Sidenote: In the Flash CW series, episode Flashtime enter Flashtime, we see Barry go into flash time just before a nuclear bomb is about to explode. A quick calcuation here says he went at 99.99999999999999982775% the speed of light.

  • Do you have info for the other 3 too? – opticyclic Aug 13 at 21:44
  • 1
    @opticyclic as I understood, your question was about the fastest among the Flashes.. if you wanted their individual top speeds, you could specify it in the question. And I will add the info accordingly – Shreedhar Aug 14 at 7:39
  • 1
    what-if.xkcd.com/1 – Voldemort's Wrath Aug 14 at 15:04
  • OK. I'm breaking it out into 4 separate questions as per the comments. – opticyclic Aug 14 at 17:05

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.