|Real name:||Jonathan Chambers|
|First Appearance:||More Fun Comics #71 (September 1941)|
|Created by:||Mort Weisinger|
|Affiliations:|| Black Lantern Corps|
Justice Society of America
The Flash Family
Discovering a supercomplex mathematical formula of supposedly higher dimension, Chambers was able to gain the abilities of superspeed. Inspired by the Flash of Earth-Two and fashioning himself a masked costume and code name, Chambers began his heroic career as impulsive Johnny Quick.
Originally born in the reality known as Earth-Two about the time of World War I, Johnny Chambers was an advanced mathematical student who discovered by using an exotic mathematical formula, termed as 3x2(9yz)4a his brain could tap into a higher dimension, which he usually thought of as the fourth dimension of time, and draw an unspecified speed-energy from that dimension and directly harness and use it. Inspired by the Flash of Earth-Two Jay Garrick, Chambers created a costume for himself and began calling himself Johnny Quick in obvious imitation of his hero. While the formula did indeed increase Chambers' speed to vastly superhuman levels, Chambers top speed was FAR below that of Jay Garrick's normal speed.
As Johnny Quick, Chambers engaged in many adventures against an assortment of villains and open spies prior to World War II on Earth-Two. It would during this time period that Johnny Quick would be recruited -- some say drafted by the United States government into service as was most every other known superhero -- in the United States government sponsored superhuman group, the All-Star Squadron. After World War 2 Quick would resume his mostly solo actions and joined the reconstituted Justice Society before it was officially disbanded in the early 1950s due to the United States government committee on Un-American Activities that forced all known masked superpowered beings to publically de-mask and reveal their true selves. Like most of the masked superpowered heroes, Quick refused and went into basically retirement where he would remain for the most part though he would occasionally engage in minor cases during the 1950s and 1960s.
Chambers in his original Earth-Two history, he remained single and childless into his early 60s where he returned and engaged in the battles of the Crisis on Infinite Earths in which Earth-Two was destroyed and completely eradicated from ever having existed at all. Despite Chambers' age he was spry enough to engage in the battle at the "Dawn of Time" and like the other heroes survived the destruction and eradication of his original Earth. After the Crisis, Chambers was reformated to have married Libby Lawrence who was the World War 2 super-heroine Liberty Belle, with whom Johnny had a daughter named Jesse who would follow in her father's footsteps even temporarily becoming the successor to the Flash. Chambers formula even slowed down Chambers' biological age so despite being chronologically in his mid to late 60s, he was physically in his early 40s. This age reduction and Chambers' immature attitude and continual desire to remain an active crime fighter would cause marital stress between him and his wife which would routinely lead to periods of estrangement between the two despite the fact that they obviously loved each other deeply and their daughter.
Johnny kept engaging in heroic activities such as fighting against the super-villain Savitar. Together with Max Mercury, he defeated Savitar. Johnny would rejoin the later reformed Justice Society as a reserve member much to the anger and frustration of his wife. Eventually, Johnny established Quickstart Enterprises, a company that made infomercials that helped people to get a new start on life and not be held back somewhat reflective of his fast paced life and its continual restarts with his wife and daughter. However, when Professor Zoom was masquerading as Barry Allen, Jay Garrick, the first recognized Flash, called Johnny to help him combat the higher speed and endurance of Zoom. But despite them being still superhuman in speed and endurance, and remarkably fit for men who are all chronologically in their late 70s -- practically all still in their early 40s -- the assembled speedsters were no match for Zoom who defeated them all, even breaking Jay's leg which completely healed good as new later on.
Despite being in his later years, Johnny continued to remain active as a crime fighter even helping Wally West who was the then current recognized Flash, and the other speedsters fight evil. Through it all, Max constantly tried to teach Johnny about the Speed Force that gave all the super-speedsters their speed, but it took a very long time for Johnny to finally accept this notion as Max usually explained the speed force in mystical terms when Johnny wanted to have it explained in specific mathematical terms that he was familiar with. Finding Max's teachings too "zen" for him, Chambers usually resisted Max's direct experiences with the speed force relying exclusively on his formula and its higher dimension energies access. At last, in their final battle with Savitar, Johnny realized that what Max was trying to say made sense and realized that instead of his "higher dimension" and the speed force being two separate power sources they were basically one and the same and that his accessing it was limited to his conscious demands and permissions. Right after this epiphany, however, Chambers gave his life saving his daughter from Savitar, by overwhelming Savitar with the sheer power of the speed force dimension as he embraced the Speed Force wholly, which in turn consumed Chambers completely and supposedly forever the same as Barry Allen and many other superspeed beings.
Powers and Abilities
Speed Force Connection: Johnny has a connection to the speed force which happens to be related to his visualization of the speed-formula he came up with.
- Super Speed: Johnny initially believed that his powers of flight and accelerated speed resulted from the state of mind achieved from the visualization of the speed-formula: 3x2(9YZ)4A. He can turn-off his speed by speaking “Z25Y(2AB)6.” These formulas function as mantras that connect Johnny with the Speed Force, and few other people can utilize them. Johnny is able to move at roughly half-light speed.
- Anti-Friction Aura: When endowed with super-speed Johnny also gains an aura of unknown energy that protects him from friction heat and other adverse effects of super-speed.
- Super-Speed Phasing: He can also vibrate his atoms at such high speeds that they can slip past the atoms of solid objects, enabling him to pass through such objects without harming them or himself.
- Flight: Johnny can fly by running at super-speed and then launching into flight. (however, all speedsters traveling faster than exit velocity exhibit "inverse flight").
- Metabolize Wounds: Accelerating his healing factor while using the Force to sustain his, he could heal from grievous injury.
- Specific strength level was unknown but was obviously superhuman to endure the wind sheer and using his body while in super speed.
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