Johnny Quick is an evil counterpart of The Flash from the parallel universe of Earth-Three. He was once an ordinary man but through unknown means gained ownership of a helmet that allowed him to run at fantastic levels. With such power, he banded with four other like-minded superbeings who together formed the Crime Syndicate of America and set out to conquer their world.
The Earth-Three Johnny Quick was created by Gardner Fox and Mike Sekowsky.
Johnny Quick was recreated by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely in their 2000 story JLA: Earth-2.
The third version of Johnny Quick was created by the writing and art teams of the 2006 maxiseries 52.
Johnny Quick is from Earth-Three, and most of his history and real name is unknown. What is known is he took the alias of Johnny Quick and he was born with super speed powers, and later found a helmet that allowed him to focus his considerable speed into far greater levels. Johnny Quick began his lifelong career of criminal conquest and became a member Crime Syndicate of America, where he fought the Earth-Two Justice Society of America and the Earth-One Justice League of America. They were defeated and imprisoned between Earth-One and Earth-Two by Green Lantern Hal Jordan. Captain Comet and the Secret Society of Super-Villains would later pass through the dimensions and accidentally free him, along with Power Ring and Super-Woman. Johnny Quick possessed super-speed with the helmet; it enhances his natural speed to far greater levels, but he is much slower then the Earth-One Flash.
This version of Johnny Quick appeared only in a flashback in Justice League Quarterly #8 (1992). He has same history as Silver Age Johnny Quick, but he is from the anti-matter universe of Qward and is a Qwardian being.
Johnny Quick is from Earth-2, in the anti-matter universe of Qward. He is the counterpart of New Earth Flash, and most of his history and real name is unknown. What is known he killed his predecessor (the previous Johnny Quick) who was a Thunderer. He assumed the identity of Johnny Quick and extracted his blood to create a super-speed drug "Speed Juice" that he has to inject on regularly basis. He is part of Earth-2's "Ruling Elite" as a member of the Crime Syndicate of Amerika, in which the Syndicate supplies fresh batches of his drug, which sometimes is altered to be more euphoric. He was recently beaten by Owlman who slipped a inhibition chemical compound into Quick's "Speed Juice" which resulted in Quick having a small heart attack. It is unknown if this heart attack has impacted his speed and other abilities. When Quick faces Jesse Chambers, she says that "This Johnny Quick has my father's face", implying he alternate version of New Earth Johnny Quick and not Barry Allen or Wally West.
After 52, a recreated Earth-3 which had a Johnny Quick emerged. He is a member of the Crime Society of America, an alternate version of the new Earth-2 Justice Society of America. He has similar powers of the Silver Age Johnny Quick, super speed and wearing a helmet which enhances speed. Johnny Quick and his team fought against the Challengers from Beyond, who were traveling from dimension to dimension in search of Ray Palmer. They escaped, but later the Society were given an offer to join Monarch's army, in which they agreed to. He was also drafted into Monarch's Arena battles in his search for a strike team composed of Flashes. Johnny was pitted against Earth-2's Jay Garrick and Earth-9's Lia Nelson, in which he eventually won the fight and made it into Monarch's superpower army. Johnny Quick's fate remains unknown when Monarch’s armor ruptured and destroys everything on Earth-51.
The New 52
Following the DC Multiverse's restructure during Flashpoint, Johnny Quick and the Crime Syndicate have had their entire history rewritten. No longer do they hail from the Antimatter Universe; instead, they are once again native to Earth 3, a universe where villains, not heroes, are the dominant force. It was revealed in Justice League #23 that the Crime Syndicate of America has been behind the Secret Society of Super Villains' plot, and have been preparing since Darkseid's invasion to take Earth Prime for themselves. Following the success of their plan, Johnny Quick and his compatriots cross the barrier between the universes and step foot on Earth Prime. Johnny's costume has been altered, looking like a fusion of all his previous versions.
Major Story Arcs
The Silver Age version of Johnny Quick was killed by the antimatter wave while trying save his world in Crisis On Infinite Earths . The Modern Age version of Johnny Quick appeared in JLA: Earth-2, and reappeared in "Syndicate Rules" with the rest of the Syndicate. During Infinite Crisis, Alexander Luthor Jr. tried to recreate his Earth: Johnny appeared on post-Crisis Earth-3 with CSA and JLA members. In Countdown, Earth-3 Johnny battles against the Challengers from Beyond, and later with his team joins Monarch. In Countdown: Arena, Johnny is in battle with three other Flashes from other realities, and wins against Jay Garrick from the new Earth-2. Johnny and the Crime Society of America, as members of Monarch's army, travels to Earth-51, where his eventual fate is unknown. Antimatter Johnny reappeared in "Omega" where he fights Jesse Chambers.
Powers & Abilities
The Earth-Three Johnny Quick uses a special helmet to concentrate his speed powers and increase them. The Antimatter Johnny Quick possesses super-speed which come from a drug "Speed Juice". The extent of his super speed limits are not known though he seems able to hold his own in direct combat with Wally West, the third Flash. Johnny Quick is not able to break the light speed barrier or the dimensional barrier between the matter and anti-matter realities on his own power levels.
At super speed he is able to walk on water by stamping on the water so fast and riding on the air current by moving at such high speeds.
Strength level unknown but obviously superhuman.
Quick wears a helmet that enhances his super speed
Weight: 170 lbs.
Justice League Crisis on Two Earths
Johnny Quick is one of the main members of the Crime Syndicate, and is voiced by James Patrick Stuart. He has an Australian accent and is very greedy. His speed has been shown to rival the Flash's. Near the end of the movie Johnny Quick was able move quickly enough to allow Batman to follow Owlman to Earth Prime, by vibrating his body so quickly he was able to open a portal that would piggy back from Owlman's way of transport. Johnny did this because if all the universes would be destroyed he would have nothing. Unfortunately for him, he vibrated so quickly his body rapidly aged. When he was allowed to stop his body appeared in be in his mid 80's. Johnny Quick died of old age shortly after.