Jay Garrick is my favorite Flash. The first comic I remember reading was a Justice Society comic, and the more I saw of Jay Garrick, the more I liked him. He’s the quintessential Cool Old Guy. He’s kind, polite, generally cheerful . . . and more than capable of knocking someone’s teeth in if they threaten lives. He inspired the other Flashes, and is a father figure to many young superheroes. He has one of the most loving and sweet marriages in all of comics.
He also has a really cool hat.
Let’s look at his origin from January 1940: Flash Comics #1.