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The Flash (Barry Allen)
"Crisis on Infinite Earths" #8 (1985) by Marv Wolfman and George Perez
Supergirl wasn't the only legendary hero lost during "Crisis on Infinite Earths" -- the hero who kicked off the Silver Age, the Flash, was the next to die. One of DC's central characters since his debut in the late '50s, Barry Allen was a long standing member of the Justice League, a hero who carried a very important legacy and whose death left fans in utter shock. Barry's death was an act of pure sacrifice, a moment where he needed to run faster than ever before to save the reality he had worked so hard to protect. When Barry was reduced to a burned out skeleton, fans knew the DCU would never be the same. DC was missing a major character, and his death stood as the ultimate testament to a hero's duty. Allen's legacy fueled decades of Wally West stories and some of the greatest runs of "The Flash" ever. Writers like Mike Baron, William Messner-Loebs, Mark Waid and Geoff Johns used Barry Allen as the ultimate legacy character, a man that served as an inspiration for not only Wally but every DC hero. Barry's death lasted for decades, and he became almost a messianic figure in the annals of DC history. Like most comic book heroes, Barry did eventually return from the dead, but the amount of stories he inspired during his absence is stunning.