Professor Zoom (Eobard Thawne) is a fictional character, a comic book supervillain in the . He is primarily associated with the superhero Barry Allen, the second Flash, and is the second of the Reverse-Flash. He is also a maternal forefather of Bart Allen (the superhero Impulse, the second Kid Flash, and the fourth Flash), and a descendant of the villain Cobalt Blue, Barry Allen's long-lost twin brother. He first appeared in The Flash (vol. 1) #139 (September 1963).
In 2009, Professor Zoom was ranked as IGN's 31st greatest comic book villain of all time.
Professor Zoom returned in The Flash: Rebirth #3 (June 2009).
Originally, Eobard Thawne was a criminal from the 25th century, who found a time capsule containing the Silver Age Flash's costume. He was able to use a machine to amplify the suit's speed energy, giving himself the abilities of the Flash as long as he wore it. In the process, the colors of the costume reversed, the suit becoming yellow, the boots and lightning bolt highlights red, and the chest symbol's white circle becoming black. He used his speed powers to commit crimes, but was stopped by the Flash, who had travelled forwards in time to witness the time capsule being opened because it also contained an atomic clock which threatened to explode like an atomic bomb. The Flash, assuming his counterpart might know where the clock was, pursued Professor Zoom. After a destructive battle, the villain was finally defeated when he boasted how he used a chemical coating to protect himself from air friction. Betting that the invisible aura around his body would be superior protection, the Flash seized Zoom and began to push him forward so fast that the intense air friction overwhelmed the coating and the resulting burns forced Zoom to surrender. However, it all proved a waste of time, as Zoom knew nothing about the clock and the Flash was just barely able to find and remove it to an isolated area before it exploded.
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