Cool references to the original Crisis? (spoilers for various[?] books)
I vaguely recall Elijah Snow making reference to a partial multiversal collapse that occurred 'in 1986'--when asked where he was in 1986 by Jakita, Elijah responds 'somewhere I should not have been'. I just about geeked all over myself at the time I read that.
Marvel had their fun with 'Buried Alien', but I wonder what other references have been made to the original Crisis in other books? ANY books, even, by any company?
I love the concept of a multiverse and the idea of all these various universes existing under one massive umbrella. It would only make sense that an event as massive as the Crisis would've been noticed by, say, a Doctor Who, or even Marvel's own Watcher. I loved that Rip Hunter knew something big went down around 1985--it was only fitting that he would notice. What other references, however vague, have you seen concerning the Crisis?
Dark Knight Detective
I'm not sure if this is exactly the same thing, but in Stormwatch #0, they had that the Daemonites landing on Earth for the first time caused the sky to turn red--which was the first sign of something big going down in Crisis, along with all the other future Crisis stories.
Crusader of Justice
Grant Morrison's Animal Man brings back Psycho Pirate who still has full memory of the multiverse (there's loads more to it than that, but that's all I'll spoil here).
In Mark Waid's Flash run Wally fights The Anti-Monitor at one point.
In one of the 'Christmas with the Superheroes' books there's a Deadman story where he meets the pre-Crisis Supergirl who no longer exists.
And at a bit of a stretch - there's a brilliant 16 page Astro City story which deals with the aftermath of a COIE type event called The Nearness of You.
I LOVE that Astro City story, and have read all you've mentioned. The Astro City story annswered a nagging question I'd always had--what about the regular, working joe who got retconned after a Crisis? GREAT story.
I remember reading that there's a Sandman arc where a group of characters wait out the 'storm' that is Zero Hour, commenting on how reality at the time was undergoing a change. I think there was a brief mention of the Crisis in Alan Moore's '1963', there was a sort of nexus point where huge groups of retconned people were shuffled into new realities (if I recall correctly, it was in the issue that did the Fantastic Four homage).