First Appearance: Young Men #21 (October 1953).
Appearances: Young Men #21-23.
Years Active: 1950s.
"Flash" Foster, Jr. is a plucky teen racer who can rig up, chop and channel
nearly any "jalopy" so that it will outrace anyone. He hangs out with his
"High-Gear Hot-Shots" and has any number of wacky and zany adventures,
fighting crime and racing city and country streets.
The High-Gear Hot Shots are:
Naturally, when crime beckons, Flash and the Hot-Shots are there to foil
it and catch the criminals.
Flash, who is a somewhat mischievous blond teenager who wears a buzz-cut
and a red sweater with the letter "H" on the front. (Perhaps he belongs
to the same fraternity that Bob
Brant does?) He's given to proclaiming "popping pistons!"
when excited. He loves fixing up cars, and is quite good at it,
having an intimate knowledge of mechanics as well as a good style sense;
he completely redoes a 1926 Model "T" so that it can outrace any car in
the county and do 100 mph on a straightaway. He's also a good racer. Flash
is a dutiful son, however, and when his father forbids him to souping up
the family car Flash reluctantly goes along. Although he loves street racing,
Flash is at heart a good boy, well-liked by everyone in his neighborhood,
and when there's an emergency, like a sick boy who needs medicine, Flash
can be relied upon to deliver the medicine through a "slashing thunderstorm."
(This is what endears him to the otherwise irascible Officer O'Malley.)
Randall, aka "Rod," who wears a brown plaid jacket and whose father
is wealthy--wealthy enough to send Rod to the "International Sports Show
in New York" and wealthy enough to buy Rod a new jalopy, if that's what
"Drag," a chunky boy who doesn't seem good for much but tagging along with
Flash and eating. That's Drag on the right in the picture, with Flash in
the middle and "Rod" on the left.
and the nameless kid who wears glasses, who is mostly in the gang to say
things like "Say, Flash, that'd be terrific!"
Sandra, the lovely red-haired girl who is Flash's girlfriend and whose
family is well-connected and well-to-do.