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Infinity, Inc. #1

This business about both Bruce and Dick being Batman (or “Batmen,” I guess) got me thinking about Earth-Two.

At the risk of being remedial — and some of you may want to skip to the next paragraph — Earth-Two was the home of DC’s original-formula superheroes, whose adventures took place roughly in real time. Superman first appeared in 1938, Batman in 1939, Robin in 1940, Wonder Woman in 1941, etc. It was the Justice Society’s Earth, where the Jay Garrick Flash had been around since 1940 before being “discovered” by Barry Allen decades later. Because the Golden Agers had all pretty much gone into semi-retirement, they had time to get married and raise kids. These children then became superheroes themselves. Earth-Two was retired itself in Crisis On Infinite Earths, but DC’s current Multiverse has its own Earth-2 (note the subtle change to numerals) which is very similar to the old one in most respects.

Anyway, I’m sure you’ll remember that on Earth-Two, Bruce Wayne retired as Batman around 1976 or so. His penultimate costumed appearance was in the 1976 Justice League/Justice Society crossover (JLA #s 135-37, October-December 1976). Considering that this was the original Batman, whose adventures dated back to Detective Comics #27, and who (among other things) apparently went through a “goofy ‘50s sci-fi” period with no trace of postmodern hipster repurposing, it was a rather blasé appearance. For one thing, he spent a good bit of time grunting through a jaw that had been turned to stone. On the plus side, he got to fight alongside the adult Robin (Dick Grayson, of course) one last time. He also got to drive what I suppose was the last Earth-Two Batmobile — not the classic “Batmobile of 1950″ with the big Bat-head, bubble-canopy, and giant single Bat-fin, but something closer to the ‘60s/TV show model. It wasn’t all bad, is what I’m saying.

Bruce next appeared as Gotham City police commissioner in the revived All-Star Comics, most notably in a 1977 storyline where the Psycho-Pirate brainwashed him into hunting down the Justice Society. Re-reading that arc, I was reminded of the “civilian” Bruce Wayne in the first couple of acts of Kingdom Come. In both cases I kept waiting for Bruce to stop scowling his way through scenes and put on the Bat-suit — but where Kingdom Come eventually delivered, All-Star didn’t.

Instead, the legend of the original Batman came to an end in the pages of Adventure Comics (February 1979’s #462), when an obscure criminal named Bill Jensen mysteriously gained enough super-power to take out not just Doctor Fate, but the rest of the JSA. Knowing that, once again, he was Gotham City’s only hope, Commissioner Wayne donned the cape and cowl of the Dark Knight Detective and sacrificed his life to stop Jensen.

(And that, too, always seemed like something of a cheat to me. More particularly, it never seemed quite appropriate that a relative nobody would end up killing the World’s Greatest Detective. Of course, since a small-time crook helped create Batman, in one sense it is eminently appropriate that another small-timer bookend his career.)

Anyway, the Earth-Two Batman died rather publicly, and in such a way that his secret identity was at last revealed. Not to worry — Doctor Fate cast a spell removing that knowledge from anyone who didn’t previously have it. This still left two graves in Gotham’s cemeteries, one for Bruce Wayne (next to his wife Selina, murdered by yet another petty thug) and another for the city’s eternally unknown avenger.

Purple prose aside, my point is that on Earth-Two Batman was dead with a capital EAD, and (Alfred’s imagination notwithstanding) with no “Batman II” waiting in the wings. Dick Grayson continued to fight crime as Robin, and Bruce and Selina’s daughter Helena (whose dad, in a nice bit of irony, never learned her secret) had already become the Huntress.

I say all that to note that this was nothing new for Earth-Two. DC introduced a number of second-generation superheroes in the ‘70s and ‘80s, almost all of whom adopted code names and costumes different from their “parents.” Dick didn’t take up Bruce’s mantle. Helena didn’t become Batwoman, Bat-Girl or Catwoman. Superman’s cousin Kara wasn’t Supergirl, but Power Girl. Wonder Woman’s daughter took the code name Fury, Hawkman’s sons were Silver Scarab and Northwind, and Green Lantern fathered Jade and Obsidian.

Now, it would be a bit disingenuous to suggest that we can compare Earth-Two to the current DC-Earth, because Earth-Two, like any number of rogue cops with good intentions, played by its own rules. Chief among them, I imagine, was the dictum that Earth-Two not be simply an “older” version of Earth-One. There were already characters unique to each Earth — for example, Earth-Two’s Doctor Mid-Nite and Doctor Fate, and Earth-One’s Martian Manhunter and Elongated Man. Similarly, although both Supermen had blonde cousins named Kara, DC already had a Supergirl.

This pattern of significant distinction (if not outright uniqueness) continued until the mid-‘80s and the debut of Infinity, Inc. Although the initial Infinitor lineup included one real legacy character, Brainwave Jr., the rest of the group was made up of “significantly distinct” members, including many named above. During Crisis On Infinite Earths, the team gained three new legacies, Doctor Midnight, Hourman II and Wildcat II. (The Crisis also took the Earth-Two Huntress and Robin out of the greater DC picture.)

Over on Earth-One, main-line legacy characters like Robin II (Jason Todd) and Black Canary II (Dinah Laurel Lance) were similarly rare. There had been a couple of varieties of Manhunter, as well as two Mad Hatters, two Killer Frosts, and (I think) two Two-Faces, but good-guy legacies weren’t often developed. Instead, multiversal counterparts took the place of straight-line successors.

With all that in mind, it’s a bit odd to see the ex-Earth-Two characters incorporated into various lineages. Silver Scarab went on to become both a Sandman and a Doctor Fate. Nuklon, godson of the original Atom, is now Atom-Smasher. Jesse Quick, daughter of Johnny Quick and Liberty Belle, briefly adopted her mother’s code name and costume; and Jade has been a Green Lantern, albeit in the Oan mode (once unique to the universe of Earth-One). Still, just as their uniqueness wasn’t unusual in the pre-Crisis days, so their legacy status has become common today.

I did like DC’s management of Earth-Two, though. Batman’s death-without-succession was a good illustration of the way time’s inexorable march affected Earth-Two’s development. None of the Golden Agers were getting any younger, and even Superman and Wonder Woman were going gray. If Batman could die, and if Robin was pushing 50, what would Earth-Two look like even in another ten years? Maybe it would end up being something familiar, even self-sustaining — let’s say the Huntress has a son, who first emulates Uncle Dick and then Grandpa Bruce — but maybe it wouldn’t … and that second possibility is, honestly, more exciting. It would be a world of superheroes inspired by DC’s Golden Agers without feeling any slavish obligation to imitate them. Eventually, names like the Flash, Hawkman and Green Lantern might only refer to myths and legends, honored in spirit by their children and grandchildren. I’m not sure that the old Earth-Two was moving in that direction, mostly because I think the real-time thing was starting to catch up, especially to the Infinitors. In fact, if 2008’s Justice Society Annual was any indication, the current Earth-2 seems to have adopted the more flexible timeline of the main DC-Earth.

That’s too bad, because I think DC needs at least one Earth where not everything is shaped and manicured into a form mutually acceptable to pros and fans. I wouldn’t have wanted Earth-Two to grow into an impenetrable copse of weeds and brambles, but it might have been nice to see where (absent the Crisis) the years could have taken it — even guided by Roy Thomas, a writer whose love for the Golden Age is unequaled. It’s perfectly reasonable for DC to focus on Silver Age characters with decades of proven track records, but I’d be thrilled to see some real experimentation too.  Not every Earth has to look so familiar.

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I’ll take Earth-Two, The Justice Society and Infinity, Inc. in their respective time periods any day.

As a Pre-Crisis DC fan, I loved Earth-Two – well, everything except the gray Rob-Bat costume.

funkygreenjerusalem

September 2, 2010 at 11:00 pm

There were five different Two-Faces!
http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/2009/08/27/comic-book-legends-revealed-222/

Good point though – it is odd that in an industry which has started getting big sales on licensing characters, that they seem to be doing all they can to shrink, rather than expand, the amount of characters they have.

Many fans claim they want to see characters really change in real time, and Earth-Two came close to doing that. I don’t think DC has any plans for doing much with their new multiverse, other than holding it for Morrison to play with some day.

I always liked Earth-Two books like All-Star Squadron and Infinity Inc. All-Star Squadron is one of the few complete runs I have.

The original point of DC’s Parallel Earths was to preserve their earlier (or tacked on) continuities without having to rewrite or cancel them. While I liked that the DC Universe was now set in a single, straight continuity after the first Crisis, I felt kinda bad that the Golden Age Superman, Batman etc. now “never existed” and could never be used again (until Infinite Crisis anyway.)

I never understood the need to do away with Earth Two or all the other Earths… they claimed that it was “too confusing” for readers, but a) we’re talking about a genre in which we accept that everything from magic to time travel happens and b) those Earths were rarely if ever seen (outside of specific series like All-Star Squadron.) How could that confuse anybody? I just guess Marv Wolfman or whomever idea it was just hated the Multiverse and wanted to get rid of it and the supposed reader confusion was just a lame excuse.

Ironically, the *concept* of alternate realities -under names like “pocket universes” “Hypertime” etc.- just kept popping back in DC over the decades anyway, proving people still had interest in them, until finally they gave up and brought back a (strangely limited) version of the Multiverse. Too bad they brought back the original Superman just so they could beat him to death. Says a lot about DC’s philosophy these days… -_-

Sshhhhhh…There’s a DC character who hasn’t been resurrected yet. Don’t tell Dan Didio!

Sijo: I agree that the multiverse wasn’t all that complicated. I was reading multiverse stories and keeping them all straight when I was in elementary school. In fact, all those different versions of the characters made me *more* interested in DC’s comics.

Alternate realities are part of the superhero genre. All characters that stick around for very long have alternate versions. It’s a shame that DC’s vast library of alternates got tagged with those bad perceptions, then written off.

just one thing people bitch about Crisis, but DC has had a LONG time to bring back the multiverse and done a lame job of it so I think u have to blame more recent people than Marv Wolfman

I’ve always liked the idea of super heroes falling in love, marrying, having and raising families growing older and eventually dying. Its a normal part of life which almost everyone does, although everyone ages and dies. When I was a kid, many heroes didn’t live in real time which meant that they didn’t have to worry about getting old, kind of like what happens in Archie comics where they’ve been in high school since the 1940s. Now of course they live in the same year we do, with Reed Richards and Ben Grimm being WWII vets at first, their beginnings have to be frequently modified to keep them young. At least Savage Dragon is bucking the trend.

I really liked Earth-2. I liked the fact that characters could change and develop, whereas on Earth-1, characters pretty much stay the same so the comic companies can sell underoos with Superman’s image on it. I actually liked Batman’s death, and this is from someone who has gotten tired of heroes’ deaths. I liked the irony that he died saving some woman named Huntress, not realizing he saved his own daughter’s life. My favorite story was how Superman and Lois Lane finally married, that he got amnesia and forgot he was Superman and Clark Kent became a much more agressive reporter, and Lois fell in love with the more agressive Clark Kent, and discovered after that he was Superman and helped cure his amnesia. And, I always liked the idea that when Wonder Woman married Steve Trevor, she lost her immortality but said, “I would rather be mortal with him than immortal without him.”

Earth-2 was a great idea for the time. We had some neat ideas on the legacies of characters, and saw a comic book universe evolve past the icons that were being presented in the mainstream comics. Speaking back at Earth-1/Prime/Mainstream (or whatever its being called this month), this sense of Legacy combined with the evolution of character is something I enjoyed about the original Titans … Robin I to Nightwing, Speedy to Arsenal, Wonder Girl to Troia, Aqualad to Tempest … and it made sense that Wally West would become the new Flash after his uncle died tragically in The Crisis.
But, like Earth-2 being clouded for so long, we’re loosing some of the evolution of these characters. Nightwing is to remain Batman, Arsenal became Red Arrow became a different, drug-induced Arsenal, Aqualad died, etc. But now we have Robin III becoming Red Robin … is this a sign for a new evolution?
Personally, I think the story of the “Death” of Batman would’ve been more interesting with Dick remaining as Nightwing and having to build up his reputation in Gotham to match “The Bat”. Perhaps Bruce would’ve came back to a different Gotham … or maybe an Arsenal that returned because Roy felt the injustice to the world needed to be checked, and a striving to become what his daughter saw him as idealistically rather than turning to a habit that was unnecessary … or perhaps a place for Tempest that not only gave him purpose, but also solidified his role within the DC Universe, one where he was just as important as his mentor, but for different reasons.
Just my two panels … take what you will ….

I don’t care about characters agin in ‘real time’. If Peanuts, Archie and the Simpsons don’t need to age, neither do Superman and Batman. But I DO love Earth-2!

There was no need to merge the earths. Multiple earths were only confusing to continuity obsessed superhero readers of the 80s. No one questions how Seinfeld could exist on the earth as LOST, yet they’re both broadcast by NBC. Confusing !?! Not to most people.

DC should erase the Crisis, set everything back to Earth 1, and let Earth 2 exist only in Justice Society and Infinity Inc. comics.

Then, put Captain Marvel in an all-ages book. back on Earth-S (but no explanation is needed–except for continuity obsessed superhero readers).

Put Captain Atom and Blue Beetle back on Earth-4, since they were created as competition anyway.

Put Uncle Sam back on Earth-X, or Earth Q, or whatever.

So much less confusing to let these characters exist on their own, and not LIMIT their story potential by every stupid Blackest Night/Joker’s Last Laugh crossover that DC throws their way.

-Mike-EL
http://www.comicbooksyndicate.com

“he spent a good bit of time grunting through a jaw that had been turned to stone”
What does that statement mean exactly? Figure of speech?

Times changing, priorities shifting and loss were what made the “5 year gap” Legion my favorite storyline. I had graduated from high school, attended the first funeral of a friend, broken up with my girlfriend and said goodbye to friends I’d never see again. After graduating from college a decade or more ago, i still identify with it. It was a bold step by giffen and not appreciated enough by comic fans.

thank you very much for this, i maintain the earth-two was the best, now i prety much had read if not all then most of thomas’s run on infinity INC and the books set on earth two up untill what could be called the last earth two stories, a one shot you might have forgotten to mention “the last days of the justice society of america” but thanks for the deteals on earth two batman i’d always wondered how exactly did he die since that was a little before my time

I think with these new Earth-1s DC is putting out, they have an opportunity to try a real time aging system again, though I don’t think they will.

Nice article, but one correction. Northwind was Hawkman’s godson.

I always liked the cross-overs between the JSA and JLA. It was interesting to see how the characters interacted with each other. Also, that Earth-2 Batman actually stayed dead, gave it a greater impact. The recent spate of resurrections trivialize the great stories wherein the character supposedly “died”.

When Marv Wolfman streamlined the DC universe in “Crisis On Infinite Earths”, I was all for it (being a “Marvel” guy for so long). Now, I think it’s great that the multi-verse is back. It opens story-telling opportunities that are only limited by the imaginations of artists and writers.

Nice column, Grumpy Old Fan. It makes me long for the days when history and continuity were a plus to storytelling — before continuity began eating itself. Central to all of this, of course, is the business motivation of the Big Two publishers. During the Bronze Age, editorial decisions were made to sell comic books; because of this, these decisions tended to be story and character driven. Today, they’re made with an eye to the commercial well being of various intellectual properties across a range of media and products. When applied to this goal, continuity becomes an odd sort of amber, encapsulating said properties in an illusion of change. I think this might be why modern comics from the Big Two just don’t connect with me the way they once did.

Cheers,
Andrew
ComicsBronzeAge.com

Great article, but it reminds me how frustrated I am that DC has a mulitverse again, yet is not doing anything with it. I am so sick of their pandering to Morrison that I can hardly stand it.

“I am so sick of their pandering to Morrison that I can hardly stand it.”

Make it stick in the mud fans who don’t like any idea they didn’t grow up with—and I don’t mean Silver Age fans.

Earth-2 had its charm, but the pre-crisis multiverse had to go. It’s not that Earth 2 was too complicated, it’s that after Earth 2 came Earth 3, Earth 4, Earth S, Earth X, Earth Prime, etc. In the pre-crisis universe, you wouldn’t have Blue Beetle joining the JLI and hanging with Booster Gold. You wouldn’t have Luthor using Captain Marvel as his pawn in Kingdom Come. Alternate earths are good for a story or two, not for entirely separate continuities to track.

I’ve always believed that, had Earth Two continued on, Kyle Rayner would have been “born there” instead of on the main DCU Earth/Earth One/New Earth/whatever we’re calling it this month. He was more the inheritor of the “single Lantern” legacy, not Oa and the Corps, and seemed more like Alan Scott’s successor when written by Ron Marz and Judd Winnick. Of course, Infinite Crisis established he “would have been from Earth 8″, so here ends the fan theory…

Oh, and…

I grew up reading black-and-white reprints of the Earth Two stories. I must have been the only kid in the 80s to see the Silver Age cast and say: “Who are those guys? Where’s Alan and Jay?” :D

Clearly a grumpy old fan. ;)

Older readers had their time. Let the new fans have theirs. Morrison playing with the Multiverse does not really comfort me though. I dread whether he can do justice to worlds he did not create or appreciate.

“I’ll take Earth-Two, The Justice Society and Infinity, Inc. in their respective time periods any day.” -quote from post by AirDave

Ditto.

I believe the person that was actually responsible for E2’s Batman’s death was a sorceror named Fredric Vaux. Still, again, a nobody. I don’t think he ever appeared anywhere else and I don’t think there was even an explaination as to what he was up to. I wrote Paul Levitz a couple years back about this. I asked why Batman was killed by someone who really was a nobody. He replied that he really couldn’t say anything except that if he had to do it again he would have done something different.

Always a big fan of Earth-Two — and all of the parallel earths.

@Sijo The order to “clean up” the earths came from DC’s higher-up — not initially from Wolfman. However, it coincided with the idea to create a mega crossover event to celebrate the company’s 50th anniversary. Wolfman was the logical guy to write it, since he and Perez had turned Teen Titans into the only DC hit to compete with X-men.

Upon hindsight, it’s very clear that DC made a mistake Crisis on Infinite Earths (regardless of how well Wolfman/Perez executed it (that they ended up spawning all these company-wide crossovers that shouldn’t be blamed on them). Parallel earths/alternate timelines are a staple of the science-fiction genre out of which superhero books helped spring (no wonder Julius Schwartz helped invent Earth-Two). I would prefer a cleaner Multiverse without an uber-Earthe where the JLA, JSA, Freedom Fighters, Marvel Family aren’t all on the same planet. It would be, somehow, more logical — and make for more special events when the heroes crossover.

Funny thing is, Marvel now uses the alternate Earth thing more than DC does and does the crossovers (Squadron Supreme/ Ultimate Marvel), Zombieverse/616 and so on.

I really like Crisis as a story, and I think that Wolfman and Perez pulled off quite an accomplishment. It’s not so much the collapse of the multiverse into a single universe that people seem to dislike as it is the lack of change over time. I think that the later crossovers, like Zero Hour and Infinite Crisis, bear more responsibility for this.

DC has had a post-crisis history of setting up “legacies,” and the Flash is an example of this. Basically, there are four generations of heroes (Jay, Barry, Wally, and Bart), and the mantle keeps getting passed down, with older generations filling in support roles. That idea was great and could even be extended to the Batman titles. It seems like something similar may happen with the Batman Family idea.

Two things, though, are getting in the way of this. 1) DC just cannot help but try to bring back the Silver age guys. I could understand a return for the Hal Jordan GL because he had a post-crisis history, but the return of Barry Allen? Where people really calling for it? Any readers from the 80’s onward would know the Flash as Wally West. 2) The characters have become much more valuable as merchandising tools and possible movies. This fosters a conservatism about the characters that will make changes over time less likely to happen.

i want DC to buy ULTRAVERSE and actually do those guys justice

(sorry off topic i know, but you have NO IDEA how pissed I am those guys are gone)

Nice article!

I just wanted to chime in that the Earth-2’s adult Robin’s costume has got to be the ugliest of all time, especially with regards to the chest insignia. Bleuch!

>>Two things, though, are getting in the way of this. 1) DC just cannot help but try to bring back the Silver age guys. I could understand a return for the Hal Jordan GL because he had a post-crisis history, but the return of Barry Allen? Where people really calling for it? Any readers from the 80′s onward would know the Flash as Wally West. 2) The characters have become much more valuable as merchandising tools and possible movies. This fosters a conservatism about the characters that will make changes over time less likely to happen.<<

Agreed on all counts PJC!

@Michael…

“he spent a good bit of time grunting through a jaw that had been turned to stone”
‘What does that statement mean exactly? Figure of speech?’

That’s actually what happened to Earth-2 Batman in the JLA /JSA crossover. His jaw was turned to stone and he was having a hard time speaking. It’s a fun crossover.

I was hoping to see a bit of a continuation of Eath-2 back when Johns did the Powergirl Earth-2 story, but nope… nothing. I’d do anything to see a book as good as the original Infinity Inc. or All-Star Squadron… Instead we have the current JA & JSA All Stars Books which are total let downs. DC seems to love destroying team books lately… Hopefully Guggenheim will make JSA readable this fall… We’ll see.

I have to say that I most definately miss the original Earth-2 of the DCU that housed the JSA and Infinity, Inc and the Seven Soldiers of Victory and so on.

It was different from Earth 1, as noted in the article.

The notion that Superman, Flash, Batman, etc had grown older, had children and that the kids were now becoming heroes were a lot of fun.

I wish that COIE had ended with the retention of just those two seperate Earths.

>sigh<

Michael,

You asked:

“he spent a good bit of time grunting through a jaw that had been turned to stone”
What does that statement mean exactly? Figure of speech?

No, that was part of the actual story. I have the issue at home, and haven’t read it in a while, but essentially the villian had set up a scheme that caused any hero who came in contact with the opposing flunky to transform into an element. Batman was punched, I think, and his jaw started to turn to stone. Hawkman’s arm turned to wood, etc.

In regard to Earth-2 Robin’s costume, Ozymandas, I thought it was fantastic. I first became “aware” of Earth-2 in that crazy Cary Bates JLA/JSA crossover, which I bought off a spinner rack in 1975 when I was 7 years old.

Mike-El wrote: “Then, put Captain Marvel in an all-ages book. back on Earth-S (but no explanation is needed–except for continuity obsessed superhero readers).”

This has already been done: Billy Batson and the Magic of Shazam! is an all-ages book, and is a damn good read.

I think DC is missing the opportunity to publish a series of Earth 2 comics that could explore all those things where people do eventually take over from their successors and even start new identiteis and new adventures. If you think about it, decades ago, thats how the DCU and even Marvel was born, and look how successful it’s been.
Earth 2 comics for the win.

Just a thought regarding Earth-Two and real time: The original Robin would now be over 80 (assuming he was about 12 in 1940) and Helena Wayne, the Huntress, would be in her fifties (born 1957, according to her 1977 origin story).
Most of the original members of Infinity, Inc. would be 45 or older and any original JSA-er without some metahuman justification for an extended lifespan would be past 90. This last bit has been acknowledged somewhat in the current DCU, as you’ll notice that we’re left with Jay (some speed-force-related thing), Alan (whose whole body is made of ring energy), Carter (reincarnated again and again and again) and Ted (always has nine lives). Oh, and Rex Tyler (Hourman), who’s displaced in time and has retired.

Brian from Canada

September 7, 2010 at 1:14 pm

I’m disappointed this article fails to mention one crucial point about Earth-Two that hasn’t come up in the responses either: crossovers with Earth-One for all the other Earths were rare or annual events that made them stand out just for how special they were. I have fond memories of a crossover between Earths One, Two and Three, and the way they introduced me to three very clear and very distinct universes.

Because as much as Oswin says one led to another, each Earth WAS clear and distinct while still feeling like it was compatible with the other Earths by the overall tones.

To me, the original multiverse also made the DC Universe seem both bigger and still smaller. You didn’t need to strangle the one universe with team after team after team and generation after generation. The post-Crisis Earth is actually more confusing because you have multiples of pretty much every character, rather than one on Earth-One, the earlier-still-going Earth-Two, and the villainous Earth-Three and that’s it. And those three were MUCH clearer to delineate than some of the other generations.

(I have a friend who got into the DCU because of the JL cartoon and abandoned it when he got too confused by all these multiple versions.)

DC felt a singular universe would help them compete against Marvel. That just eliminated what made them special.

Anyone remember Blackwing from Wonder Woman 297? He was an African-American lawyer inspired by the Earth-2 Batman that met his daughter, Huntress, in her WW back up tales. Definitely not “Batman II” but obscure for sure.

I have very found memories of Earth 2 as well.

Yet even in the Post-Crisis D.C. Universe they Never really gave up on alternate universes. It’s Elseworld titles and most especially the Elseworld Annuals where fun reads. The current First Wave titles with Doc Savage, The Spirit and The Batman is yet another attempt at an Alternate Earth. D.C. Is also launching Earth-One Superman and Batman this Fall so they are beginning to explore the new multiverse. Will any of these efforts match our experiences with the JLA/JSA Earth 2 crossovers …. I doubt it. Parallel Earths had been a relatively new idea then. But a new generation of D.C. Fans who haven’t read the Earth 2 Silver Age stuff will be introduced to the concept … Let’s hope they execute some memorable stories.

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