The new Flash TV show on the CW, brings up characters that were first created back in the 50s and 60s. So I thought I would do this brief history. It is kind of an artwork of information
(it is a colleague of actual covers found doing internet searches)
I heard someone say that they should have followed Wally West flash instead of Barry, but many of Wally's villains were first introduced in the Barry Allen Comics. So it makes for good story telling to do Barry's story. I know there must have been some Wally West villains introduced in the The Flash Volume 2, but you have to admit he did fight many of his Uncle Barry's villains (villains like Reverse-Flash, Gorilla Grodd, Captain Boomerang, and the Trickster).
Another thing that makes these comic books of importance is their value. A good quality Issue #123, is worth $8,000 for example, because it introduces the DC Multiverse. The issue was also mentioned on an episode of Big Bang Theory as being in Sheldon's collection.
Note: I included issue 8 of "Crisis On Infinite Earths" because it is so pivotal in the story of the Flash.