1. What was the Crisis?
Crisis on Infinite Earths was a 12 issue mini-series released in 1985 by DC Comics. The series was written by Marv Wolfman and drawn by George Perez, inked by Dick Giordano and Jerry Ordway. The purpose of the series was to showcase the breadth and depth of the DC Universe while at the same time streamlining it.
2. Why did it need streamlining?
At that time DC’s titles showcased a “Multiverse” of Parallel Earths, with some Earths featuring doppelgangers of heroes. Editorial considered this to be too confusing and needed simplifying.
3. What were the different Earths?
Though not all were featured in Crisis, the list of Earths that existed at the time were:
A further Earth was added by Marv Wolfman in the Adventures of the DCU Special (Crisis 4.5), Earth D, which was the home of a multicultural Justice League.
- Earth-One: Home of the Silver-Age DC heroes, including Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Justice League.
- Earth-Two: Home of the Golden-Age DC Heroes, including the Justice Society, All-Star Squadron and Infinity Inc.
- Earth-Three: Home of the Crime Syndicate.
- Earth-Four: Home of the Charlton heroes, including Blue Beetle, Captain Atom and the Question.
- Earth-Six: Home of Lady Quark.
- Earth-S: Home of the Fawcett heroes, including the Shazam family.
- Earth-X: Home of the Quality heroes, including the Freedom Fighters and Plastic Man.
- Earth-12: The home of the Inferior Five.
- Earth C: Home of Captain Carrot and the Zoo Crew.
- Earth-C-Minus: Home of the Justa Lotta Animals
- Earth-Prime: Originally “our” Earth until the appearance of Ultraa and Superboy.
As well there are a few other Earths posited to exist. Among them Earth- B (Stories with inconsistent continuity that appeared in The Brave and the Bold and World’s Finest. The stories were primarily written by Bob Haney.), Crossover-Earth (Home of the DC/Marvel crossovers) and Earth-Quality (Where the Freedom Fighters never formed and WWII was won in 1945).