The Barry Allen Flash got his powers from chemicals splashing on him after they were hit by lightning in a freak accident. However, The Flash #167 begged to differ. It claimed Mopee, a member of the "Initiate 10th Class of the Heavenly Help-Mates", had sent the bolt on purpose. However, Mopee was suppose to use something that belonged to Barry to give him his power. Since the chemicals were owned by the police station Barry worked at, Mopee had to replace them.
Fans hated the idea of Mopee. The reason was why because he contradicted the basic concept of the Flash's origin being an accident. Mopee appeared in Ambush Bug # 3, which talked about the worst characters in the DC Universe. Here he also claimed to cause the origins of other characters such as the Hulk, the Fantastic Four and Superman. One retelling of Flash's origin showed Barry analzying a drug called Mopee.
My sources are:
- Showcase Presents Ambush Bug Vol. 1
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