Johnny Quick

Johnny Quick is the name of two DC Comics characters, each with the power of superhuman speed. The first was a superhero who appeared mostly in More Fun Comics during the Golden Age. The other was a supervillain, an evil version of the Flash from Earth-Three, originally appearing during the Silver Age. The Golden Age hero has been mostly forgotten, apart from occasional flashback material, while versions of the Crime Syndicate Johnny Quick have continued to appear throughout the modern age.

Johnny Quick (Johnny Chambers)

He was a prominent member of the All-Star Squadron as well as husband to Liberty Belle. His daughter, Jesse Chambers, assumed his speed mantra and became Jesse Quick and served a short while with the Titans.

After World War II, he periodically was active as a superhero, having encountered Savitar.

He ultimately entered the Speed Force, saving his daughter from Lady Flash - then called Lady Savitar.

Later, he was "seemingly" reanimated during the 2009-10 DC comics "Blackest Night" story arc for a short time, but after his daughter Jesse Quick realized that the man in front of her was just an evil mockery of his former self and that his resurrection was a false one, he was forcibly laid to rest again.

Johnny Quick (Crime Syndicates)

Johnny Quick
Publication information
PublisherDC Comics
First appearance"Crisis on Earth Three!", Justice League of America Vol. 1, #29 (August 1964)
Created byGardner Fox (writer)
Mike Sekowsky (artist)
In-story information
Full nameJohnathan "Johnny" Chambers
Place of originEarth-Three (pre-Crisis),
Antimatter Earth (post-Crisis),
Earth-3 (post-52)
Team affiliationsCrime Syndicate of America
Crime Syndicate of Amerika
Crime Society of America
All-Star Squadron
Abilities(Crime Syndicates) superspeed, possibly others similar to the Flash (Johnny Chambers) Flight, superspeed, & able to vibrate through solid objects

Crime Syndicate of America

Johnny Quick was a supervillain on the alternate Earth designated as Earth-Three, but rather than being a counterpart of the Earth-Two Johnny Quick, he was a version of the Flash.[1] He and the other members of the Crime Syndicate of America (all of whom were villainous counterparts of Justice League of America members) were Earth-Three's only superpowered beings, and had never been defeated by Earth-Three's primary hero, Alexander Luthor (a heroic counterpart to Superman's nemesis Lex Luthor). They travelled to Earth-1 as they were out of shape from inactivity, but were defeated by the JLA, with Quick being defeated by Batman. They were also defeated by the JSA, on Earth-2, but using a trick they imprisoned the JSA and battled the JLA again, where the Flash defeated Quick by making him work up so much speed he couldn't control it and collapsed. The Crime Syndicate were then imprisoned by Green Lantern in the vibratory barriers between Earth-1 and Earth-2. Once they were released by time-traveling villain Per Degaton to help him change history and take over Earth-2, though they tried to overthrow him. They tried to get him, but he revealed he had made sure he and his Time Machine would vibrate at a different speed to them, meaning they couldn't touch him. They told him who they were, and he decided to use them. He then made them steal nuclear missiles from the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 on Earth-Prime and brought them back in time to Earth-Two's 1942 by towing them behind his time machine, not caring about the fact war would happen due to this. When they tried to defeat him, they were hurled into 1982 of Earth-1, as he had made sure this would happen if any of them touched him. They materialized on the JLA's satellite headquarters, and defeated the heroes. The JLA traveled to the past and teamed up with the JSA and All-Star Squadron to prevent Per Degaton's plan. When Per Degaton was defeated, these events were erased from existence. Like the rest of the Crime Syndicate, Johnny Quick perished during the Crisis at the hands of the Anti-Monitor when a wave of antimatter destroyed Earth-Three.

During the Convergence storyline, Johnny Quick was with the Crime Syndicate when they planned to free Superwoman from death row.[2]

Crime Syndicate of America

The character was revived in the 1990s as a villain from the "Anti-Matter Universe", rather than being from Earth-Three. Unlike the Flash, Johnny receives his powers by injecting himself with a drug called "Speed Juice" (whether this is a variation of the super-speed inducing drug "Velocity 9" from the regular Flash's Earth is not known). This Johnny Quick is the counterpart of the Wally West Flash. According to Grant Morrison, who created this version of the character, he had a predecessor (corresponding to Barry Allen), whose blood was used to create the Speed Juice. A flashback to the early days of the Crime Syndicate showed this character as resembling the Pre-Crisis version.[1] While Quick is part of that Earth's "Ruling Elite", he is hopelessly addicted to "Speed Juice" and goes into massive physical withdrawal without it. As part of the tribute the world's leaders present the Crime Syndicate with on a regular basis, they supply Quick with fresh supplies of his drug, sometimes altered to be more euphoric.

In Justice League of America #51, Jesse Chambers says "This Johnny Quick has my father's face", implying that the name is more than coincidence and that the New Earth Johnny Quick, and the "original" (Barry Allen counterpart) Antimatter Johnny Quick are genetically the same person.

Crime Society of America

In 52 Week 52, an alternate version of Earth-Three (called Earth-3) was shown as a part of the new Multiverse. In the depiction were characters that are altered versions of the original Justice League of America, including the Flash. The names of the characters and the team are not mentioned in the two panels in which they appear, but the altered Flash is visually similar to the Crime Syndicate Johnny Quick.[3]

Based on comments by Grant Morrison, this alternate universe is not the pre-Crisis Earth-Three, making this a new character unrelated to previous versions.[4] Earth-3 is a world populated by evil counterparts of Earth-2 heroes, where Johnny Quick is part of a "Golden Age" "Crime Society".

The New 52

In September 2011, The New 52 rebooted DC's continuity. In this new timeline, Johnny Quick is one of the members of the Crime Syndicate to arrive from Earth 3 at the conclusion of the "Trinity War" event.[5] Johnny Quick, known as Jonathan Allen on Earth 3, works with Rhonda Pineda as professional thieves and killers. One night after killing two cops, "Johnny and Rhonnie", as they are known, end up cornered on the roof of S.T.A.R. Labs during a storm. Lightning hits a satellite, electrocuting Johnny, causing him to gain his powers, while Rhonda also gains hers by falling into the lab near Ray Palmer's Atomico work.[6]

During the Forever Evil storyline, Johnny Quick invades Iron Heights Penitentiary and frees its inmates at the time when the Rogues were in the middle of freeing Trickster.[7] When Lex Luthor's team infiltrates the fallen Watchtower, Johnny Quick joins in the fight against them where Captain Cold uses his cold-gun to freeze Johnny Quick's leg and break it off. When Alexander Luthor of Earth-3 is freed and becomes Mazahs, he kills Johnny Quick and steals his powers.[8]

Powers and abilities

Each of the characters that were named Johnny Quick possess super-speed.

The Crime Syndicate version of Johnny Quick possesses the same abilities as Flash.

In other media



  • The Crime Syndicate version of Johnny Quick appears in animated film Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, voiced by James Patrick Stuart. Unlike the comic books, this version's costume more closely resembles that of Reverse-Flash than the original version and is of Australian origin. A ruthless speedster, he repeatedly terrorizes his world's populace in order for the Crime Syndicate to rule through fear. He is opposed by the Flash. However, Johnny heroically sacrifices himself while transporting Batman to Earth Prime to stop Owlman's plot to destroy the multiverse. He ages rapidly from the strain and dies at an artificially advanced age, satisfied that he has saved innumerable lives, including that of the Flash (who was the only other person who could have transported Batman and almost certainly would have died in the same manner had he been the one to volunteer).
  • In the movie "My Hero Academia: Two Heroes", when Dave Shield remembers All Might's young age, he can briefly be seen fighting what looks like the Crime Syndicate version of Johnny Quick is his New 52 costume.

Video Games

  • The Crime Syndicate version of Johnny Quick appears as one of the central antagonists of Lego DC Super-Villains, voiced by Anthony Ingruber.[9] He and the Crime Syndicate pose as the Justice Syndicate at the time when the Justice League went missing.


  1. ^ a b Greenberger, Robert (2008). "Crime Syndicate". In Dougall, Alastair. The DC Comics Encyclopedia. New York: Dorling Kindersley. p. 89. ISBN 0-7566-4119-5. OCLC 213309017.
  2. ^ Convergence: Crime Syndicate #1
  3. ^ 52 52: 11/3 (May 2, 2007), DC Comics
  4. ^ Brady, Matt (2007-05-08). "THE 52 EXIT INTERVIEWS: GRANT MORRISON". Newsarama. Archived from the original on 2007-05-10. Retrieved 2007-05-12.
  5. ^ Justice League Vol. 2 #23
  6. ^ Johns, Geoff (w), Reis, Ivan (p), Prado, Joe, Eber Ferreira, Rob Hunter, Andy Lanning (i), Reis, Rod, Tomeu Morey, Tony Avina (col), Napolitano, Nick J. (let). "Forever Numb" Justice League v2, 26 (February 2013), DC Comics
  7. ^ Forever Evil #1
  8. ^ Johns, Geoff (w), Finch, David (p), Friend, Richard (i), Oback, Sonia (col), Leigh, Rob (let). "Forever Evil Chapter Six: The Power of Mazahs!" Forever Evil 6 (May 2014), DC Comics
  9. ^ [1]

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Crime Syndicate of America

The Crime Syndicate are teams of fictional supervillains from one of DC Comics' parallel universes where they are the evil counterparts of the Justice League. The original team was specifically known as Crime Syndicate of America and is sometimes abbreviated as CSA. This first superpowered Crime Syndicate team appeared in Justice League of America (vol. 1) #29 in August 1964. The primary successive incarnation, known as the Crime Syndicate of Amerika (with the variant spelling of America), first appeared in the 2000 JLA: Earth 2 graphic novel.

A related successive group on Earth-3 is known as the Crime Society of America and first appeared in 52 #52, and later featured in Countdown to Final Crisis. A "Golden Age" supervillain group, the Crime Society was to Earth-2 what the Anti-Matter Crime Syndicate of Amerika was to Earth-0, until it was removed from continuity following DC's 2011 Flashpoint storyline and The New 52 company-wide reboot. Following this, a singular Crime Syndicate is the Earth-3 counterpart of the Earth-0 Justice League, first appearing in Justice League #23 (October 2013), and the main focus of the company-wide crossover storyline Forever Evil. The events of that story have far-reaching consequences in the DC Universe, and the Crime Syndicate characters which survive remain on Earth-0 in one form or another after its events.


Earth-Three is a fictional alternate universe set in the DC Comics Universe. It is the Earth of an alternate reality in the DC Multiverse. It first appeared in Justice League of America #29 (1964).

Jesse Chambers

Jesse Chambers is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. Chambers, who first used the superhero name Jesse Quick and later Liberty Belle, is the daughter of Golden Age heroes Johnny Quick and Liberty Belle. She inherited both of her parents' powers.

A version of Jesse Chambers renamed Jesse Wells appeared as a recurring character on The CW television series The Flash played by Violett Beane. This version was the daughter of the Earth-2 counterpart of Harrison Wells. She was also the speedster of Earth-2 Jesse Quick.

John Quick

John Quick is the name of:

John Quick (divine) (1636–1706), English nonconformist divine

John Quick (actor) (1748–1831), English actor

Sir John Quick (politician) (1852–1932), Australian politician and author

John H. Quick (1870–1922), sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Spanish–American War

John Herbert Quick (1861–1925), American writer

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Johnny Quick (Johnny Chambers)

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