Professor Zoom
Professor Zoom
Personal Info:
Real Name: Eobard Thawne
Also Known As:
Place Of Birth: 25th Century Earth
First Appearance: The Flash Vol.1 139
Known Associates:
Group Affiliation: Former member of the Secret Society Of Super-Villains I
Base Of Operations: Central City of the 25th Century
Grudges: Flash and Kid Flash
Creators: John Broome and Carmine Infantino
Gallery: Click
Super Speed: Professor Zoom is able to move and travel at super human speeds. Professor Zoom can travel up to speeds of 7,500,000 m/ph, deliver 100ís of blows a second, walk on water create cyclones, phase and become invisible.
Negative Speed Force: Professor Zoom has created Negative Speed Force by duplicating the incident that granted the Barry Allen his powers. He can tap into it as normal speedsters can with the normal Speed Force and can apparently shut off their connection to the latter by "contaminating" it with negative energy. He can also travel through and alter time.
There are several conflicting accounts of how Eobard Thawne of the 25th Century became the Reverse-Flash. Since his origin lies in the future, the "true" events may still happen differently.
According to one account, Thawne was a criminal with a fixation on the second Flash who stumbled across a time capsule with his chosen enemy's costume. He amplified residual speed energy in the costume, granting him super speed when he wore it. He embarked on a crime spree only to be stopped by the coincidence of his nemesis travelling ahead to find the time capsule when it was opened.
Another account explains why he was drawn to Barry Allen in particular: The Thawne-Allen feud, five hundred years running by Eobard's lifetime, had its roots in the separation of twins Barry Allen and Malcom Thawne.
A third account has it that Thawne was fascinated by superheroes (who did not exist in his era), especially Barry Allen, the second Flash. He went to great lengths to make himself look like his idol and even duplicate his powers. Finally, he found the Flash's cosmic treadmill. He used it to travel back in time to meet his idol, bringing along a copy of his biography. The calibration, however, was off, and he was deposited, disoriented, in Central City years after Barry had died. Wandering toward the Flash Museum, and discovering that he was destined to be the most evil of the Flash's enemies, he went into psychological shock, convincing himself he was himself Barry Allen.
Taking on the identity of Professor Zoom, the Reverse-Flash, he began to travel to the 20th century to battle the Flash.