The History of
Earth-Two and the Introduction to the New Earth 2
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||Most older comic fans
are well aware of
Earth-Two which was created to explain how the
original Golden Age versions of characters such as The
Flash could appear in stories with their Silver Age
counterparts. Its continuity includes DC Golden Age
heroes, including the Justice Society of America, whose
careers began at the dawn of World War II.
Justice Society had lost it's popularity over time
and by the 1950's was no more. By the 60's a newer
revamped set of characters had taken charge as is
evidenced by the cover to your left. In the story,
"Flash of Two Worlds"-The Flash #123 1961, the Silver
Age and Gold Age Flashes meet for the first time
establishing the existence of two parallel earths. In
this story Earth-One Flash, Barry Allen, accidentally
vibrates his body at the right speed to wind up on
Earth-Two where the original Flash, Jay Garrick lives.
Superman, Kal-L is the first
costumed superhero to surface on Earth-Two.
Most of his history is based on his
initial appearance, ignoring later Golden Age and early Silver
Age history. In order to distinguish him from the primary
version of the character, this Superman is called "Kal-L", using
the spelling of Superman's Kryptonian name in his early
appearances. He was specifically introduced as an Earth-Two
character in Justice League of America #73 (1969). Most
superheroes from the Golden Age later followed this trend.
Crisis on Infinite Earths (1985-1986) was an effort by DC
Comics to clean up their continuity, resulting in the multiple
universes combining into one. Since then, a handful of
characters originating from Earth-Two have consistently remained
part of the merged Earth, including Power Girl, Jay Garrick, and
and Lois Lane from Earth-Two,
Earth-Prime, and Alexander Luthor, Jr from Earth-Three were
transported into a ghost-like "paradise dimension" tangential to
the new universe. This wasn't revealed till years later,
as originally after the
Crisis, Earth-Two and One was merged which meant that the
Golden Age Superman,
Woman just ceased to exist.
Following the end of the known Multiverse, more alternate
realities were discovered. Even though Earth-Three was destroyed
in the Anti-Monitor's anti-matter wave attacks, a new Crime
Syndicate (called the Crime Syndicate of Amerika rather than the
old America) developed in the antimatter universe of Qward which
was far larger than the Earth-Three group. After the Kingdom
event, Hypertime and divergent realities were revealed but never
supposed to be accessed as stated in the Zero Hour event and
later revealed when a directly parallel Flash (Walter West aka
the "Dark Flash") entered the mainstream DC Universe and
threatened to destroy it. These alternate realities are usually
addressed as "Elsewhere" and "Elseworld" stories.
Lois Lane, Superboy-Prime, and Alexander Luthor returned
during Infinite Crisis. Unknown to Superman, Luthor's
plan was to resurrect the Multiverse. He wanted to mix
and match elements from each reality to create a
"perfect world." The fallout of the conflict brought the
short lived return of Earth-Two and the deaths of
Superman, Lois Lane and Luthor Jr. of Earth-Three. It is
unclear what happened to the Wonder Woman of Earth Two.
Inexplicably, Earth-Two was the only returning world
that was devoid of people, except the Justice Society,
Superman, and Lois. The world appeared to be new and
recently manufactured, instead of completely
resurrected. Before their "deaths," each felt they were
being pulled somewhere.
At the end of the comic book crossover series Infinite
Crisis, the realigned world created is called "New
Earth" (which is also known as "Earth-1") In the final
issue of the later series 52, it is revealed that 52
duplicate worlds have been created and all but New Earth
have been altered from the original incarnation.
It made its first appearance in a single
52 Week 52 where it resembled the pre-Crisis Earth-Two,
where a newspaper article says that this world's Superman and
Power Girl are missing. This reflects Earth-Two Superman's death
in Infinite Crisis, and the revelation during Infinite Crisis
that Power Girl came from Earth-Two.
In the Justice Society of America Annual
#1 (July 2008), by Geoff Johns and Jerry Ordway, Power Girl
travels to Earth-2, which appears similar to the pre-crisis
Earth-Two. However, in this world Batman only recently died,
while in the original Earth-Two story line he died in 1979. This
is, in fact, one of the multiple Earths created during the 52
story line in which Mr. Mind altered the multiple realities of
the DC universe, but from the perspective of its inhabitants it
was never destroyed in the original Crisis, and was the sole
Earth in existence until the Infinite Crisis. Power Girl
initially believes she is home at least (the history of the
modern and classic Earth-2 being nearly the same), but Earth-2's
native Power Girl arrives and declares her an impostor, making
the Power Girl, who emigrated from New Earth, not a part of this
But now the entire DC Universe has been
rebooted and it seems that Earth-Two's heroes will be revamped
New Earth 2
Earth 2 Heroes click for larger image
New Earth 2 Jay Garrick
|Facts outlined at
Newsarama.com from James Robinson who is launching
Earth 2 along with artist Nicola Scott.
The characters that you're going to
see in issue #1 will be Jay Garrick, Alan Scott, Batman,
Superman, Wonder Woman, and Al Pratt.
- Jay Garrick is the "everyman" through which readers
are introduced to the world of Earth 2. While the name
Jay Garrick may be familiar to older DC readers as the
elderly Golden Age Flash, in this comic, he's younger,
as seen in the cover of Earth 2 #2.
Earth 2's Superman is in the midst
of mourning the death of Lois Lane.
Wonder Woman is the last Amazon.
Batman has made a choice to kill
to save his daughter Helena Wayne who is the Earth 2
The first issue also includes
Helena Wayne as Robin, and Karen Starr as
Supergirl, before they somehow end up on the main
DCU Earth as Huntress and Power Girl (as seen in the
current Huntress mini-series and May's World's Finest).
Robinson: Well, this book is
definitely a reboot in the vein of Grant Morrison's
Action Comics or Geoff Johns with the new origin of the
Justice League. It's one of those books. It isn't a
soft reboot, like
Green Lantern or Batman.
Robinson: In the first issue, Al
Pratt is a solider who is also everything that you want
Al Pratt, this tough little fighter, to be. And yet he
is faced with an impossible task and rises to the
One thing that got my attention
was this quote from Robinson: But the point of this book
is that it isn't the Justice Society. It's Earth 2. So
it's going to be a whole world of different characters
with things going on in different parts of it, obviously
all coming together as the plots coalesce and these
Also there's some doubt as to the identity
of the person under the Batman mask. It's been said he's a
Wayne, but not Bruce Wayne specifically.
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What do you all think?
Post your comments here. This may be a final farewell to
those great heroes of yesteryear, at least as we knew them.