The Flash television show is a series that has celebrated the long history of the Scarlet Speedster at every turn. In fact, throughout its six seasons, The CW series has often honored all eras of the comic books that serve as inspiration for Barry Allen’s adventures in the Arrowverse. Whether it’s old school villains like Captain Cold, Rainbow Raider, and the Trickster or the arrival of Godspeed and the Black Hole organization, The Flash has covered everything from the character’s Golden Age roots to DC’s modern age.
And this is all without mentioning all the fun Easter eggs that further widen the series’ homages to the source material. Such is the case in “Pay the Piper.” In Season 6’s penultimate episode, The Flash features an Easter egg that references a deep cut from the Bronze Age.
In “Pay the Piper,” the threat of Godspeed comes back to Central City. A robotic double of the villainous speedster appeared in the Season 6 premiere and was promptly defeated and now, another one arrives. However, this one is more powerful and proves to be infinitely more troublesome given that Barry’s own abilities are weakened due to the death of the Speed Force. The Scarlet Speedster and Godspeed engage in an epic battle across Central City and, eventually, the supervillain gets the upper hand, knocking Barry off his feet and crashing into a parked van. And it’s here that the series’ latest Easter egg can be found. On the back of the van, a sign indicates that it belongs to a comic book store owned by Barney Sands called “Central City Crossover Comix & Collectibles.”
Barney Sands first appeared in 1977’s The Flash #248 as a young boy who lived next door to Barry Allen and was a talented artist. In fact, his superhero drawings were so great that an alien villain eventually gave life to one of Barney’s illustrations to become a new enemy of the Flash. What’s more, Barney would eventually become the official artist of the Justice League of America comic book in the DC Universe. Although Barney wasn’t a big addition to the wider mythology, he still became part of the Flash’s extended cast.
Barney Sands isn’t exactly a big name when it comes to the DC Universe, so comic fans probably never expected him to become a part of The Flash. And yet, through the means of a clever Easter egg, the character is confirmed to exist in the Arrowverse. Here, he owns a comic book store, which honors the character’s roots as a comic book artist. And who knows, since Barry Allen helped found the Justice League at the end of “Crisis on Infinite Earths,” Barney could always end up illustrating an in-universe comic book series based on the world’s greatest superheroes.
Airing Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW, The Flash stars Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Carlos Valdes, Danielle Panabaker, Tom Cavanagh, Jesse L. Martin, Danielle Nicolet and Hartley Sawyer.
In the penultimate episode of The Flash Season 6, The CW series featured an Easter egg that is a deep cut from the DC Comics' Bronze Age.