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[Fiona Webb - Flash (first series) 290]
Original Name: Beverly Lewis
Base of Operations: Central City, Missouri
Occupation: Secretary
First Appearance: Flash v.1 #285, May 1980

Beverly Lewis was a woman with bad luck in employers and men. Working for Ross Malverk, a financial tycoon who, unbeknownst to her, was also a major crime syndicate boss, she inadvertently witnessed her boss “terminating” an associate. She escaped, testified at the trial that put Malverk away, and entered into the Witness Protection Program. She was given a new life as Fiona Webb of Central City.

Her life took another turn for the worse when, as near as she could tell, Malverk took the apartment next to her own! She reported Barry Allen to the police, but was not believed—for the Barry Allen they knew had worked for the Central City Police Department for years! In his guise as the Flash, Barry uncovered the confusion: Ross Malverk and Barry Allen looked exactly alike. Once Malverk and the assassin he had sent after Fiona were both in custody, Fiona’s life settled down for a while, and she even dated Barry on and off.

Then she started working for Senator Creed Phillips on his re-election campaign. Their working relationship blossomed into a romance which ended abruptly. Central City’s criminals were being stalked by a ruthless vigilante called the Eradicator, who dissolved his victims into protoplasm. In a particularly stressful news conference, it was revealed that Phillips had a split personality—and the other personality was the Eradicator!

After Creed’s death, Fiona and Barry decided they actually loved each other, and planned a hasty wedding—in the midst of several attempts on Barry’s life. On the day of the wedding, Barry never showed up. The Reverse-Flash, however, did, intent on killing Fiona, and was stopped—and killed—at the last second by the Flash (Flash #324, 1983). Losing her husband-to-be and nearly being killed triggered a nevous breakdown, one from which she slowly recovered during the months leading up to the Flash’s trial. However, merely the suggestion that Barry might be present in the courtroom one day was enough to cause a relapse.

Fiona has not been seen since the last days of the Flash’s trial, but she was recovering well. With any luck, she is living a normal life somewhere.

Text by Kelson Vibber. Do not copy without permission.

Top of Page Primary Sources

  • “Will You Believe Me When I’m Dead?” - The Flash (first series) #290 (October 1980), Cary Bates
  • “End of the Flash” - The Greatest Flash Stories Ever Told (1991), Cary Bates
  • The Life Story of the Flash (1997), Mark Waid and Brian Augustyn


  • Flash (first series) #290 (October 1980) - Don Heck and F. Chiaramonte

Significant Silver-Age Appearances

  • Regular in The Flash from #285–330 (1980–1984)
  • Flash #333 (May 1984): “Down With The Flash,” Cary Bates
  • Flash #341 (January 1985): “Trial and Tribulation,” Cary Bates
  • Flash #346 (June 1985): “Dead Man’s Bluff,” Cary Bates

Significant Legacy-Era Appearances

  • The Life Story of the Flash (1997), Mark Waid and Brian Augustyn
  • Flash #164 (September 2000): “Lightning in a Bottle,” Geoff Johns (alternate reality, last name not given, could be someone else)

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