Real Name: Unrevealed, sort of

Identity/Class: Possibly extradimensional/alternate reality human mutate

Occupation: Racer;
    formerly unrevealed, possibly a costumed adventurer and police chemist (see comments)

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Makkari, Quasar (Wendell Vaughn), Runner (Gilpetperdon)

Enemies: Fooferah

Known Relatives: Unidentified wife

Aliases: "Buried Alien" (or something like that)

Base of Operations: Mobile

First Appearance: (as "Buried Alien") Quasar I#17 (December, 1990);
    (as Fastforward): Quasar I#58 (May, 1994)

Powers/Abilities: Fastforward possesses vast superhuman speed. He is capable of faster-than-light travel propelled by his own legs. His body and mind are adapted to survive these speeds.

Height: 6'0" (by approximation)
Weight: 165 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Blonde

History: (Quasar I#17 (fb) - BTS) - The man who would later become Fastforward was native to another world and possessed superhuman speed.

(Quasar I#58 (fb) - BTS) - In his native reality, the man had a wife.

(Quasar I#17 (fb) - BTS) - At some point, the man was running and ended up out of his home universe, losing his memory and even forgetting his name.

(Quasar I#17) - The man ended up in reality-616 during the midst of a marathon held by the Elder known as the Runner to determine the fastest man on Earth. He came to his senses and concluded that while he was definitely not in his home universe, he had no idea where he was. He also did not remember his name or any details of his life. The speedster noticed that he only remembered how he had been running and after that, he ran forward. The Eternal Makkari held the lead in the Earth marathon until the unidentified speedster suddenly appeared behind the racers and outran the remaining competitors. At the finish line, the man was met by the Runner. Despite not starting with everyone else, he was crowned the winner and qualified to compete in the Galactic Marathon. When Runner asked about his name, he replied that he was not sure but he recalled his name sounded like "Buried Alien." He then said that, instead of participating in the Galactic Marathon, he would like to return home but the Runner insisted that "speed is his home."

(Quasar I#58 (fb) - BTS) - After some time, having failed to remember his real name, the man took the alias of Fastforward and began actively preparing for the Galactic Marathon.



(Quasar I#58) - Fastforward was warming up for the Galactic Marathon when Makkari arrived. He watched Makkari talking with the Runner and then walked over to them himself. He congratulated Makkari on the Runner letting him participate in the race and befriended him. When asked by Makkari about his past, Fastforward replied that since he didn't remember anything, he had decided to leave everything behind for a while. He then admitted that he got joy out of running and that was all that he needed at that moment. When the Marathon began, Fastforward rushed forward. During the race, he was in the lead but he saw that the competitor known as Fooferah was cheating and attempting to take Makkari out of the competition. Fastforward sacrificed his position in the race to save Makkari and take out Fooferah. Makkari went on to win the race but the entire event was disqualified due to Fooferah's cheating. Fastforward met Makkari at the finish line, who at that moment was sitting in the stands. Makkari asked why he fell behind, to which Fastforward replied that he had stopped Fooferah, who was cheating, at the cost of his own victory. Fastforward explained that winning didn't meant anything to him: he took part in the Marathon only to share the joy of running with other speedsters. Makkari, having achieved "ultimate speed," found himself trapped at a rate of motion so rapid that he could no longer interact with normally moving beings. Fastforward and Makkari both relinquished their rights to compete in a repeat marathon in order to help Makkari readjust to normal speed and find a way to take Fastforward back to his home universe.

Comments: Created by Mark Gruenwald, Peter Sanderson, Mike Manley and John Heebink.

When Fastforward was originally created, he was an homage to Barry Allen, DC's second Flash, who had just died (at the time) by running himself out of existence during the Crisis on Infinite Earths. "Buried Alien"...Barry Allen. More info on this character.

Profile by Snood, slightly reformatted & given a new link by the Daevanator. Updated by Mike Castle.

Fastforward has no known connections to:

images: (without ads)
Quasar I#58, p13, pan1 (main image)
Quasar I#58, p6, pan6 (headshot)
Quasar I#17, p17, pan3 ("Buried Alien" first appearing in reality-616)
Quasar I#58, p6, pan4 (Fastforward standing)
Quasar I#58, p12, pan4-6 (Fastforward vs. Fooferah)
Quasar I#58, p22, pan5 (Fastforward & Makkari after the end of the Galactic Marathon)

Quasar I#17 (December, 1990) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Mike Manley (pencils, inks), Howard Mackie (editor)
Quasar I#58 (May, 1994) - Mark Gruenwald, Peter Sanderson (writers), John Heebink (pencils), Aaron McClellan (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)

First Posted: 09/01/2001
Last updated: 10/08/2021

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