|First appearance||The Flash #123 (September 1961)|
|Created by||Gardner Fox|
|In story information|
|Notable people||Justice Society of America
Seven Soldiers of Victory
Earth-Two is a fictional universe appearing in American comic book stories published by DC Comics. First appearing in The Flash #123 (1961), Earth-Two was created to explain how Silver-Age (Earth-One) versions of characters such as the Flash could appear in stories with their Golden Age counterparts. This Earth-Two continuity includes DC Golden Age heroes, including the Justice Society of America, whose careers began at the dawn of World War II, concurrently with their first appearances in comics. Earth-Two, along with the four other surviving Earths of the DC Multiverse, were merged into one in the 1985 miniseries Crisis on Infinite Earths. However, following the events of Infinite Crisis, the Multiverse was reborn, although the subsequent Earth-Two was not the same as its pre-Crisis equivalent.
Following the events of Flashpoint, Earth-2 underwent an additional reiteration. While it still houses a team of superheroes, its membership is younger than before. Earth 2 also has a tragic backstory, having been invaded by a horde of alien invaders from Apokolips five years prior to the reboot, ahead of Darkseid's attempted invasion of Prime Earth. In the process, this reality's Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman all died, while its Supergirl and Robin were swept through a dimensional warp to Prime Earth where they became known as Power Girl and Huntress.
- 1 History
- 2 Earth 2 History
- 3 Unique features
- 4 Characters
- 5 Other media
- 6 Notes
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Flash of Two Worlds
Characters from DC Comics were originally suggestive of each existing in their own world, as superheroes never encountered each other. This was soon changed with alliances being formed between certain protagonists. Several publications, including All Star Comics (publishing tales of the Justice Society of America), Leading Comics (publishing tales of the Seven Soldiers of Victory) and other comic books introduced a "shared universe" among several characters during the 1940s. By the 1950s, as the popularity of superheros was waning, comics shifted to horror, westerns and war. BAtman, Superman and Wonder Woman were among the few DC continued to publish.
Beginning in the early 1960s, the popularity of superheros began to grow. DC introduced more modern versions of its heroes, for example, Hawkman was not an alien policeman instead of an reincarnated Egyptian prince. An idea to reintroduce the older heroes, with the older heroes being assigned to an alternative reality earth.
Alternative-reality Earths had been used in DC stories before, but were usually not referred to after that particular story. Most of these alternative Earths were usually so vastly different that no one would confuse that Earth and its history with the so-called real Earth. That would change when the existence of another reliable Earth was established in a story titled "Flash of Two Worlds" in which Barry Allen, the modern Flash later referred to as Earth-One (the setting of the Silver Age stories) first travels to another Earth, accidentally vibrating at just the right speed to appear on Earth-Two, where he meets Jay Garrick, his Earth-Two counterpart. He claims Gardner Fox's dreams were tuned into Earth-Two.
Earth 2 History
1940s DC Superhero Publications
Superman "Kal-L" is the first major reliable costumed superhero to surface on Earth-Two, discounting earlier part-time heroes such as Dr. Occult. Most of the following costumed mystery-men history is based on the Earth-Two Superman's initial appearance, where these previously independent operating heroes begin to reliably interact. In order to distinguish him from the later 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 of operating publicly, while wearing distinctive costuming and interacting in a largely shared universe. The primary characters of Superman and Batman still largely worked independent of team environments.
All Star Comics
In the 1970s, as the now annual team up between the Justice League 0f America and the Justice Society of America had proven popular, DC published the then present day adventures of the Justice Society in the revived All-Star Comics with issue 58, resuming the numbering from the series original run. The story continued in Adventure Comics 460- 465, which featured the death of the Earth 2 Batman.
Mr. and Mrs. Superman
All Star Squadron
In the 1980s, DC publish All-Star Squadron which covered the war time history of various superheros during World War II.
Infinity, Inc., a group made up of the children and heirs of the Justice Society, was introduced in All-Star Squadron #25 (September 1983). There was an eponymous comics series starring the group, which ran from March 1984 through June 1988.
Destruction: Crisis on Infinite Earths
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 Alan Scott. Superman and Lois Lane from Earth-Two (along with Superboy from Earth Prime, and Alexander Luthor, Jr. from Earth-Three) were transported into a ghost-like "paradise dimension" tangential to the new universe.
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") developed in the antimatter universe of Qward, which was very different in background and power base from the pre-Crisis Earth-Three group, though same in the number of members. After the Kingdom event, Hypertime and divergent realities were revealed, but never supposed to be accessed, as stated in the Zero Hour event. They were 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.
Kal-L, Lois Lane-Kent, Superboy-Prime, and Alexander Luthor returned during Infinite Crisis. Unknown to Kal-L, Luthor's plan was to resurrect the pre-Crisis 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 an Earth-Two copy and the deaths of Kal-L, Lois Lane-Kent and Luthor Jr. of Earth-Three. It is unclear what happened to the aged Diana Trevor, the Earth-Two Wonder Woman, though she faded from her ghostly existence. Inexplicably, Earth-Two was the only returning world that was devoid of most people, except the Justice Society, Kal-L, and his wife Lois Kent. This world was a copy, new and recently manufactured by Alexander Luthor, Jr. of pre-Crisis Earth-Three, instead of resurrected. This copy Earth-Two was recombined with the primary Earth to form the primary DC reality termed as "New Earth".
At the end of the Infinite Crisis limited series, the realigned world is called "New Earth". In the final issue of the 52 weekly series, it is revealed that fifty-two duplicate worlds have been created and all but New Earth have been altered from the original incarnation. The post-Crisis Earth-2 made its first appearance in a single panel of 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. The Flashes of New Earth (Jay Garrick and Wally West) briefly glimpsed this world with Robin and Huntress in action (during their travel with the Cosmic Treadmill as shown in Justice Society (vol. 3) #11) and Monarch selected Jay Garrick of this Earth (amongst others) in a Multiversal arena tournament. Based on comments by 52 co-writer Grant Morrison, this alternate universe is not the pre-Crisis Earth-Two.
This separation between the pre-Crisis Earth-Two and post-Crisis Earth-2 is formally established in Justice Society of America Annual #1 (2008) with a story titled "Earth 2, Chapter One: Golden Age", where the New Earth Power Girl arrives on post-Crisis Earth-2. Thinking that she has had her most longing desire fulfilled of "returning home" to her long destroyed source reality of pre-Crisis Earth-Two somehow by Gog, Power Girl crash lands unconscious on the closest parallel of the 52 Multiverse, post-Crisis Earth-2, which appears similar to the pre-Crisis Earth-Two. She is found by the post-Crisis Earth-2 Huntress, who thinks her to be her long-missing best friend, the Power Girl native to this world. In this new reality, the Justice Society of America has merged with Infinity, Inc. and is now known as Justice Society Infinity. Initially, Power Girl believes she has returned home, until the missing post-Crisis Earth-2 Power Girl reappears and declares that the other Power Girl is an impostor and has caused the disappearance of the post-Crisis Earth-2 Superman which results in the post-Crisis Earth-2 Power Girl and the Justice Society Infinity to go after the New Earth Power Girl.
The Power Girl of New Earth recruits the post-Crisis Earth-2 Michael Holt, who is a physics professor and father and has never become a costumed hero, to help her return to her source Earth. Holt constructs a device similar to the Cosmic treadmill used by Barry Allen to open a portal to New Earth. The Power Girl of New Earth returns home, followed by the Justice Society Infinity, who kidnap her and take her back to post-Crisis Earth-2. During the confrontation, Green Lantern and Jade are initially confused when they see each other, as the post-Crisis Earth-2 Jade's father, Alan Scott, is dead, and New Earth's Jade is dead as well. The JSI interrogate Power Girl for information on the post-Crisis Earth-2 Superman's whereabouts. The post-Crisis Earth-2 Power Girl assumes that the Superman the New Earth Power Girl said was dead was the post-Crisis Earth-2 Superman (rather than Kal-L who was killed by Superboy-Prime) and that the New Earth Power Girl had killed him. The Justice Society of New Earth arrives to stop her torture. Starman reveals that the re-creation of the Multiverse led to the creation of a Power Girl and Superman native to this new universe, post-Crisis Earth-2 and that the post-Crisis Earth-2 Superman is still alive. The Power Girl of New Earth then returns home along with her Justice Society but with no apology from her counterpart nor from the post-Crisis Earth-2 Huntress for their actions against her.
The New 52
Cover to Earth 2 #1 (July 2012).
Art by Ivan Reis, Joe Prado and Rod Reis.
|Publication date||July 2012 – present|
|Number of issues||35 (#1–30 plus issues numbered 0, 15.1, 15.2 and 2 Annuals) (as of March 2015 cover date)|
|Writer(s)||James Robinson, Tom Taylor|
|Penciller(s)||Yıldıray Çınar, Tomas Giorello, Eduardo Pansica, Nicola Scott|
|Inker(s)||Tomas Giorello, Rob Hunter, Ruy Jose, Sean Parsons, Trevor Scott, Ryan Winn|
The Earth-2 concept has been revived as part of the publisher's The New 52 event, following another reboot of the DC Multiverse. The universe is covered in two series; Worlds' Finest, which focuses on the adventures of the Huntress and Power Girl on New Earth written by Paul Levitz, and Earth 2, originally written by James Robinson and then by Tom Taylor, which features the formation of the Justice Society. James Robinson, the original writer of Earth 2, describes the new Earth 2 as a complete reboot of the concept, with superheroes only just now appearing, similar to the "young hero" concept for the New 52 continuity, and with revamped costume designs.
In Earth 2, Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman seemingly gave their lives in order to repel the Apokoliptan invasion, leaving behind a world with no heroes. Supergirl and Robin (Helena Wayne) end up stranded in the mainstream universe towards the end of the invasion. When the Earth-2 Solomon Grundy threatens the world, three new heroes team up to defeat him: the Flash (Jay Garrick), Hawkgirl (Kendra Saunders), and Green Lantern (Alan Scott). In later issues, Mister Terrific (Michael Holt) from the mainstream universe joins the team. Other heroes who have made appearances include Dr. Fate (Khalid Ben-Hassin), the Atom (Al Pratt), now nuclear-powered, the Sandman (Wesley Dodds), Mister Miracle, and Big Barda. Villains include Solomon Grundy, a now-villainous Terry Sloane, Wotan, Steppenwolf and what was thought to be a surviving, Darkseid-brainwashed Superman, which turned out to be a very powerful but genetically unstable Bizarro-type clone. Writer James Robinson left the series with issue #16 and Tom Taylor became the new writer at #17. Other new characters introduced as the series progresses include a female Red Tornado (with the consciousness of Lois Lane), a hyper-intelligent knowledge-assimilator known as Accountable (Jimmy Olsen), a new Batman (Thomas Wayne using Miraclo), a new version of Aquawoman (Marella), and a new Superman (Val-Zod, a Kryptonian and a childhood friend of Power Girl's who had been imprisoned by Terry Sloane).
In Earth 2: World's End #11, it is revealed that Highfather made a deal with Darkseid that he would not interfere with Darkseid's plans for conquest so long as Darkseid only preyed upon one Earth of the Multiverse, which was Earth 2, explaining the recurrent tragedies faced by this world in comparison to others in the Multiverse.
In classic Earth-Two stories, by the 1970s Quebec is shown to be an independent nation autonomous from Canada. Among other deviations from real world history, South Africa had abolished apartheid sooner, and the Atlantean countries of Poseidonis and Tritonis were ruled by a queen, not a king (along with its inhabitants displaying surface dweller features and no capacity for underwater survival, as the Atlantis continent had been raised).
In addition, masked crimefighters are introduced decades earlier than in other universes later identified within DC Comics, and these participated in such historic conflicts as World War II. Franklin Delano Roosevelt founded both the Justice Society of America and the All-Star Squadron. Other events taking place decades earlier include the destruction of Krypton and the advent of advanced technology including interstellar transportation and time travel.
Thousands of years ago, the Guardians of Earth-One's Universe expelled the vast majority of magic from their universe, sending it to Earth-Two's. This resulted in a predominance of magic and a weakening of scientific laws within Earth-Two's universe.
The following is a list of Earth-Two superheroes1 that have other earthly counterparts (most often Earth-One) or who immigrated from Earth-Two.
The New 52
|Notes||New Earth / Prime Earth
|Kal-L/Clark Kent||Kal-El/Clark Kent
|Superman was born on the planet Krypton, and arrived on Earth as a baby near the start of Earth's First World War. As Clark Kent, he was a reporter for the Daily Star, eventually becoming editor-in-chief and marrying its star reporter Lois Lane. Although he was retconned out of existence by the events of Crisis on Infinite Earths and All-Star Squadron #60, he was restored to continuity in The Kingdom #2. He was killed by hero-turned-villain Superboy-Prime in Infinite Crisis #7, but later resurrected as a Black Lantern, along with his wife Lois.
In the New 52, Kal-El is far younger than the original Earth-Two version and only a little older than the mainstream Superman. His aged foster parents both survive to the present unlike that of the current mainstream Superman. He was also married to Lois Lane but she was killed. Superman was seemingly killed alongside Batman and Wonder Woman while fighting off an invasion from the planet Apokolips led by Steppenwolf. A supposedly resurrected Superman later appeared, having allied himself with Darkseid's forces. He is defeated by the remaining heroes of this world. While he was dying, it was revealed he was not the actual Superman, who was still dead, but a Bizzaro-like creation.
Val-Zod, a nubian Kryptonian and the son of scientist Zod is a pacifist refusing to openly fight against the forces of Darkseid occupying his source Earth. Batman blames Val's pacifist attitude for the death of Red Arrow. Val is protected by Red Tornado (who has the memories and personality of deceased Lois Lane) from the brainwashed Superman. Val reveals he wears a silver S shield underneath his hoodie/sweatshirt to Jimmy Olsen.
|Bruce Wayne||Bruce Wayne
|Bruce was raised by his paternal uncle, Philip, following the murder of his parents. Along with his close friend Superman (Kal-L), Batman participated in the Justice Society and the war-time All-Star Squadron. Eventually, he retired and became the police commissioner of Gotham City. Wayne married Selina Kyle (Catwoman), and had a daughter named Helena Wayne, who became a costumed adventurer known as the Huntress. In 1979, he died battling the escaped-convict Bill Jensen (Adventure Comics #462), who had been granted powerful magical abilities by Fredric Vaux (Adventure Comics #463) as part of a failed plot to remove all superheroes, and memory of them, from the world. Although this Batman was retconned out of existence by the events of Crisis on Infinite Earths and All-Star Squadron #60, he was restored to continuity (still deceased) in JSA #85, as a result of the events of Infinite Crisis.
In the New 52, Batman is still married to Catwoman, and they have a daughter together, Helena Wayne, who became his sidekick, Robin. At some point, his wife, Selina was killed on action. Batman sacrifices himself alongside Superman and Wonder Woman against the invasion forces of Apokolips. His father Thomas Wayne, who is revealed as being still alive, has succeeded his late son as the new Batman.
|Diana Prince Trevor||Diana of Amazon Island||Princess Diana Trevor of Paradise Island, served as a member of the All-Star Squadron and soon after became secretary (later full-fledged member) of the Justice Society of America. As Diana Prince, she worked in the U.S. War Department as an assistant to intelligence officer Steve Trevor. Decades later, she and Trevor were married and had a daughter named Lyta, later known as Fury. Although Diana was retconned out of existence by the events of Crisis on Infinite Earths and All-Star Squadron #60, she was briefly restored to continuity in Infinite Crisis #5.
In the New 52, Wonder Woman is the last of the Amazons, and is violent and bitter as a result. Princess Diana is revealed to have a daughter, Fury, with whom she has a dysfactional relationship. She is killed by Steppenwolf in the battle for Earth with Apokolips, when she tries to buy time for Batman.
|Jay Garrick||The Flash of Earth-Two is Jason Peter Garrick. As a college student, Garrick accidentally inhaled hard water vapors, (later stories would change this to heavy water vapors), after falling asleep in his laboratory where he had been smoking. As a result, he discovered that he can run at superhuman speed and had similarly fast reflexes. Decades later, Garrick became the first Justice Society member to learn of Earth-One's existence when he met his counterpart, Barry Allen.
In the New 52, a 21 year-old recent college graduate, Jay is spurned by his girlfriend, Joan Williams, and possesses very little in terms of career prospects. He receives his "superspeed" from Mercury, a dying Olympian god who sees bravery in Jay, and is also the last god to fall following a war with Apokolips. He claims he has been held for the past 10 years by a greater threat than Apokolips. Jay escapes a World Army Helicopter that sees the event as Mercury dies and tells Jay to run. He saves a couple from Apokorats, saying he will do it in 'a Flash', the man then mentions he heard the hero say something.
|Alan Scott||Green Lantern of Earth-Two is engineer Alan Scott. The source of Scott's power is the mystical "Starheart", the magical characteristics of the Earth-One universe gathered by the Guardians of the Universe. This collective force was hidden in the heart of a star and eventually became sentient. It helped to retard Scott's aging process. Scott marries the woman with the dual identity Rose and Thorn. The two have a pair of children who would grow up to become the superheroes Jade and Obsidian of the team Infinity, Inc.
In the New 52, Alan is the young dynamic head of GBC productions. Scott is revealed to have a boyfriend named Sam, to whom he intends to propose while on vacation in China. Before he can do so, however, the train on which the couple is travelling is suddenly wrecked. A mysterious green flame protects Scott and heals him; a disembodied voice informs him that the crash was caused by a force that threatens the whole world, and that Sam did not survive. The grief-stricken Scott is then told that he will be given the power to avenge his love and protect the world. The flame creates a costume for him, and molds Sam's engagement ring into a power ring with which Scott can harness his power. Reborn as the Green Lantern, Scott proceeds to help the other survivors and swears vengeance for Sam. Green Lantern is associated with "The Green", a mystical realm/force that connects all plant life on Earth.
|Al Pratt||The Atom of Earth-Two was college-student-turned-physicist Al Pratt. Pratt's tenure as the Atom was particularly notable, inasmuch as he was barely five feet (1.5 m) in height, and had no superpowers for much of his career. Through intense training, he achieved peak physical condition and became a fierce brawler. Among Golden Age members of the Justice Society, only Wildcat and Batman were considered more formidable in hand-to-hand combat.
In the New 52, Al is a U.S. Sergeant in charge of a squad carrying an atomic bomb meant to neutralize an Apokoliptian tower responsible for transporting Parademons to Earth. His squad however is attacked while en route to the tower and the bomb is detonated. Al is later found unharmed in the center of a giant hand print in the ground. Five years later, Al has become a captain in the World Army and is operating as a superhero codenamed "the Atom", possessing the atomic energy powers of his original counterpart and size-changing powers. Al is deployed as the Atom to take down Grundy who is rampaging across Washington DC. After dropping mid air from his transport, Al enlarges and lands on Grundy, ordering the Flash, Green Lantern and Hawkgirl to stand down.
|Wesley Dodds||The Sandman was one of DC's early "Mystery Men," and DC has used the name for several different characters (See Sandman (DC Comics)). He was a member of the Justice Society. His schtick was to run around in a gasmask with a sleeping gas gun. Originally the character has no special abilities, but he was retroactively given the ability to have prophetic dreams. This tied him to DC's third version of the Sandman Dream (comics).
In the New 52, Dodds works for the World Army. In Washington DC is attacked by Solomon Grundy, Commander Wesley Dodds, along with his Sandmen paramilitary force, is sent to retrieve and save President Lightfoot. They are later assigned by Commander Khan in a special and unofficial mission to infiltrate Terry Sloane's secret facility, where confront and subdue a mind-controlled Michael Holt.
|Shiera Saunders Hall||Kendra Munoz-Saunders||Hawkgirl of Earth-Two was Shiera Saunders, companion of Carter Hall (Hawkman). Saunders and Hall were eventually married and had a son named Hector Hall, who became a costumed adventurer known as the Silver Scarab.
In the New 52, Kendra is a professional treasure hunter, and was hired by the World Army before an unrevealed event occurred in Egypt that resulted in the grafting of wings to Kendra's back, the same time Khalid Ben-Hassin found the Helmet of Fate. Her full origin has not been revealed other than some insinuation of her background as part of a secret program that included Al Pratt. She alongside the Flash, Green Lantern and Doctor Fate form the Wonders of the World.
|Kent Nelson||Khalid Ben-Hassin||Doctor Fate was Kent Nelson, who was orphaned as a child after his archaeologist father was killed for opening the tomb of the wizard Nabu. The wizard raised Nelson and taught him the ways of magic, eventually giving him a mystical amulet and the Helmet of Fate, which contained Nabu's essence. Whenever Nelson wore the helmet, his personality melded with that of Nabu. Doctor Fate's Earth-One counterpart was the supervillain Doctor Chaos, who possessed a college research assistant named Burt Belker after acquiring a helmet containing a Lord of Chaos. He was soon confronted by Earth-One's teenage Superboy, who removed Belker's helmet and jettisoned it into space.
In the New 52, the current Doctor Fate is Khalid Ben-Hassin. He is an associate of Kendra Saunders who discovers the Helmet of Nabu in a tomb in Egypt, but is reluctant to use its power due to the increasing presence of Nabu's spirit affecting his thoughts and sanity. After Superman mercilessly attacks him, Khalid becomes traumatized and psychologically damaged by the ordeal.
|Unknown||Marella||Aquaman of Earth-Two was a member of the All-Star Squadron. He was retconned out of existence by the events of Crisis on Infinite Earths and All-Star Squadron #60 (the only visual differences from his Earth-One counterpart, initially, were yellow gloves instead of green, and yellow fins on the backs of his boots).
In the New 52, the rightful ruler of Atlantis is Queen Marella, who became an ally of the Wonders of the World after she was freed by Thomas Wayne aka Batman. She is called "Aquawoman" by Jimmy Olsen, who is a hackactivist operating under the alias of Accountable.
|Dinah Drake Lance||N/A||The Black Canary of Earth-Two was Dinah Drake. One of the few female members of the Justice Society's World War II roster, she was mistakenly believed to have migrated to Earth-One to become a member of the Justice League of America. Eventually, it was revealed that Drake died from radiation poisoning, and that the Black Canary who journeyed to Earth-One was her daughter—Dinah Lance.2 Following the events of Crisis on Infinite Earths and All-Star Squadron #60, history records that Drake served as the original Black Canary, and that her daughter Dinah Lance succeeded her and joined the Justice League (with membership in the Justice Society to follow years later).||Black Canary|
|Selina Kyle-Wayne||The Catwoman of Earth-Two was Selina Kyle. She was originally a criminal in Gotham City, and was initially one of the primary foes of Batman and Robin. Selina reformed in the 1950s (after the events of Batman #69) and married Bruce Wayne. Soon afterwards, the couple gave birth to their only child, Helena Wayne (the Huntress). Selina eventually died in 1976 after being blackmailed by a criminal into going into action again as Catwoman (as shown in DC Super-Stars #17). She was retconned out of existence by the events of Crisis on Infinite Earths and All-Star Squadron #60.
In the New 52 she was married to Bruce Wayne and gave birth to Helena Wayne, but died at some point in the past.
|Henry "Hank" Haywood||Henry Heywood Jr.||Commander Steel of Earth-Two was Hank Haywood, an injured marine whose body was rebuilt with mechanical components turning him into a cyborg hero with great strength and speed. A member of the All-Star Squadron, he immigrated to Earth-One and had an Earth-One counterpart in his own grandson, Henry Haywood III, who became a member of the Justice League of America. Post-crisis, another grandson, Nathan Haywood, joined the Justice Society as Citizen Steel.||Commander Steel/Captain Steel|
|Lee Walter Travis||Lee Travis||The Crimson Avenger of Earth-Two was wealthly newsman Lee Walter Travis. He and his partner Wing were among the first "mystery men", beginning their crimefighting careers in 1938. They were both members of the All-Star Squadron and the Seven Soldiers of Victory. Wing sacrificed his life to defeat the Nebula Man, while a terminally ill Crimson Avenger died piloting a ship away from the docks before it could explode (DC Comics Presents #38).
A rebooted version of Lee Travis appears in The New 52 continuity as a female African American reporter, borrowing features from the original Crimson Avenger's successor, Jill Carlyle.
|Oliver Queen||N/A||Green Arrow of Earth-Two was a member of the All-Star Squadron and the Seven Soldiers of Victory. He died in 1985 during Crisis on Infinite Earths, and was retconned out of existence by the events of that series and All-Star Squadron #60.||Green Arrow|
|Jim Harper||N/A||The Guardian of Earth-Two was police officer Jim Harper. He was the uncle of Roy Harper, who was better known as Green Arrow's teen sidekick, Speedy. Decades later, Earth-One produced two counterparts: the first was another version of Jim Harper. The second was Mal Duncan, a nonpowered Teen Titan who discovered the original costume of the Earth-One Harper, and, with a strength-augmenting exoskeleton, briefly assumed the Guardian identity.||Guardian|
|Molly Mayne||N/A||The Harlequin of Earth-Two is former criminal Molly Mayne. In 1948, Mayne betrayed her Injustice Society teammates in order to save the lives of the Justice Society. A subsequent deal with the U.S. government allowed her to work as an undercover agent for the FBI in return for amnesty for her past crimes. During the events of Crisis on Infinite Earths, Mayne and Alan Scott (Green Lantern) were married.||Harlequin|
|Carter Hall||N/A||Hawkman of Earth-Two was archaeologist Carter Hall. He and his companion Shiera Saunders (Hawkgirl) were eventually married and had a son named Hector Hall, who became a costumed adventurer known as the Silver Scarab.||Hawkman|
|Johnny Chambers||N/A||Johnny Quick of Earth-Two was a newsreel photographer who mastered the power of superspeed by reciting a mathematical formula: "3X2(9YZ)4A". During World War II, he was drafted into service as a member of the All-Star Squadron. While Johnny Quick had no counterpart on Earth-One, the Earth-Three version of the speedster was a supervillain and a member of the Crime Syndicate of America. The Johnny Quick who remains following Crisis on Infinite Earths is the one from Earth-Two, while the villain from Earth-Three was retconned as being from that anti-matter universe.|
|Johnny Thunder||N/A||Johnny Thunder of Earth-Two—the seventh son of a seventh son—was born at 7 AM on the seventh day of the seventh month in 1917. As an infant, he was kidnapped by a group of men from the country of Badhnesia. He was given possession of the genie-like Thunderbolt during a mystic ritual performed on his seventh birthday. Thunder's Earth-One counterpart was a petty criminal who was capable of controlling the Thunderbolt (who apparently has no counterpart). The Johnny Thunder who remains following Crisis on Infinite Earths is the one from Earth-Two.|
|N/A||During World War II, Earth-Two had two costumed vigilantes who assumed the name Manhunter: Dan Richards and Paul Kirk. Richards was a member of the Freedom Fighters, while Kirk joined the All-Star Squadron.||Manhunter|
|Patrick "Eel" O'Brian||N/A||Plastic Man was a Quality Comics character, the rights to which were later acquired by DC Comics. Initially, DC stated that he hailed from Earth-X, along with all the Quality characters. Later, an Earth-One Plastic Man was introduced, and the original version was depicted as a native of Earth-Two who joined the All-Star Squadron during World War II and subsequently moved to Earth-X. The Earth-Two/Earth-X Plastic Man was retconned out of existence by the events of Crisis on Infinite Earths and All-Star Squadron #60.||Plastic Man|
|Kara Zor-L/Karen Starr||Kara Zor-El/Karen Starr||Power Girl is the cousin of Superman, and the counterpart of Kara Zor-El, Earth-One's Supergirl. She arrived on Earth(-Two) late in Superman's career, and assumed the name Karen Starr as her secret identity. She is the only person from the Earth-Two universe still alive and active on New Earth.
In the New 52, Kara is the cousin and adopted daughter of Clark Kent and Lois Lane. Huntress (Helena Wayne) and Power Girl was flung out of their universe and into Prime Earth. The duo have now returned to Earth 2.
|Abigail Mathilda "Ma" Hunkel||Lois Lane||The original Red Tornado of Earth-Two is a widow known as "Ma" Hunkel. While her children were in their youth, Hunkel ran a small Manhattan grocery store. One of the first superhero parodies, her costume consisted of longjohns and a cooking pot which she wore on her head. Because of her roly-poly build, she was able to successfully masquerade as a man. Although a costume mishap prevented her from attending the first meeting of the Justice Society of America, she eventually became an honorary member. Many years later, an android calling himself the Red Tornado joined the Justice Society, but he eventually migrated to Earth-One and joined the Justice League of America.
In the New 52, Lois Lane became the Red Tornado of Earth 2, after her consciousness was downloaded into the androids body, by her father Same Lane.
|Richard "Dick" Grayson||The Golden Age version of Dick Grayson was born in the late 1920s, and continued to be Robin even as an adult, having no successors even after Batman's death. His allies included the All-Star Squadron along with Batwoman and Bat-Girl. He eventually became a member of the Justice Society of America. During his later years, he adopted a more Batman-like look for a time, and by the 1960s had become a lawyer and the ambassador to South Africa. He died in 1985 during Crisis on Infinite Earths, and was retconned out of existence by the events of that series and All-Star Squadron #60. This Robin's exploits were re-acknowledged in JSA Classified #4.
Earth 2: World's End series reveals Dick Grayson never became Robin or Nightwing but he is actually a journalist, and married to Barbara Gordon, with whom he has a son, Johnny. Their family flee for their lives during Darkseid's invasion and they live in a refugee camp.
|Helena Wayne||Helena was born in 1957 to Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle Wayne, and grew up enjoying the benefits of being in a wealthy household. As a youth, she enjoyed a thorough education, as well as being trained by her parents, Batman and Catwoman, to become a superb athlete. After finishing school, she joined the law firm of Cranston and Grayson. In 1976, criminal Silky Cernak blackmailed his old boss Selina Kyle into resuming action once again as Catwoman, an act which eventually led to her death. Helena, deciding to bring Cernak to justice, created a costume for herself, fashioned some weapons from her parents' equipment (including her eventual trademark, a crossbow), and set out to bring him in. After accomplishing this, Helena decided to continue to fight crime, under the code name "the Huntress."
In The New 52 continuity, Helena Wayne served as Robin before being stranded on Prime Earth during Darkseid's invasion, after which she served as Huntress. She returns to Earth-2 ahead of the Earth 2: World's End series and is killed during Darkseid's second invasion.
|Lois Lane-Kent||see Red Tornado*||Lois was an aggressive, career-minded reporter for the Daily Star. She begun dating her colleague, Clark Kent, with whom she had an antagonistic relationship at first, and they later get married. Lois finds out on their honeymoon that Clark is Superman, after she tried to cut his hair as he slept. When Kent succeeded Tom Taylor as Editor-in-Chief of the Daily Star, Lois became its lead investigative reporter. Lois shared with her husband's biological cousin, Power Girl, a mother-daughter kind of relationship. During the Crisis on Infinite Earths, Lois chose to accompany her husband who along with Superboy-Prime and Alexander Luthor, Jr. into a paradise-like dimension as her native Earth and family and friends had all been erased from existence in favor of just one surviving Earth. Ultimately dying from a mysterious illness, she was taken from that artificial Earth and buried alongside her husband on New Earth.||Lois Lane|
|Robert Crane||The Robotman of Earth-Two was scientist Robert Crane. He was a member of the All-Star Squadron during World War II. His Earth-One counterpart, Cliff Steele, was a member of the Doom Patrol.
Robert Crane was one of the scientists working on the Red Tornado project for the World Army. Crane was apparently killed with Sam Lane when Superman's fight with Doctor Fate caused a cave-in at the World Army Arkham Base. Crane would end up surviving the cave-in, but only by having his brain placed in a robotic body created by Terry Sloan.
|Roy Harper||N/A||Speedy of Earth-Two was a member of the All-Star Squadron and the Seven Soldiers of Victory. He was retconned out of existence by the events of Crisis on Infinite Earths and All-Star Squadron #60.||Speedy|
|Greg Sanders||N/A||The Vigilante of Earth-Two is Greg Sanders, a country singer who became a western-themed "mystery man" in the 1940s. He was a member of the All-Star Squadron and the Seven Soldiers of Victory. Decades later, Earth-One produced two counterparts: the first was another version of Sanders, while the second was former New York City district attorney Adrian Chase.||Vigilante|
|Ted Grant||Wildcat of Earth-Two is former heavyweight boxer Ted Grant. The Wildcat who remains following Crisis on Infinite Earths is the one from Earth-Two.3
On Earth-2, Ted Grant appears as a boxer who is living in the same in the World Army refugee camp that Richard & Barbara Grayson are in.
|Giovanni "John" Zatara||N/A||Zatara of Earth-Two was introduced in Action Comics #1, and was a member of the All-Star Squadron.|
|Hippolyta "Lyta" Trevor||Unknown||The daughter of Wonder Woman and Steve Trevor; as a result of this lineage, Lyta had all her mother's powers. Lyta later adopted the identity of the Fury, named after the Furies of mythology, and was one of the founding members of Infinity Inc. She also began a relationship with her teammate Hector Hall, the Silver Scarab, who she had met as a child, and now shared classes with at UCLA, which led to their engagement. Shortly after their decision to marry, Hector was possessed by an enemy of his father, Hawkman, and killed. It turned out that Fury was pregnant with Hector's child, and it was instrumental in the Silver Scarab's defeat.
In the New 52, she is the daughter of the late Wonder Woman and Steppenwolf of Apokolips. She is the last Amazon, as the other Amazons had perished five years earlier during the Apokoliptian invasion of Earth 2. She is shown to be working with Steppenwolf. As mentioned in the Earth 2 comic "Fury and Big Barda are evenly matched in strength, as well as skill". It is also mentioned that Big Barda trained her, along with her father Steppenwolf.
|Terry Sloane||Terry Sloane was a rich man whose photographic memory, Olympic-level athletic skills, and mastery of the martial arts made him a virtual Renaissance man. After graduating college at age thirteen, he eventually became a renowned business leader in the community. Having accomplished all of his goals by the time he was in his early 20s, Terry felt there were no challenges left for him to pursue, leading him towards suicidal tendencies. However, upon seeing a young woman jump from a bridge, Sloane reacted quickly and saved her. He learned her name was Wanda Wilson. Sloane assisted her brother, who had been caught up in a gang, by adopting his Mister Terrific persona. He then created the "Fair Play Club" to stymie growing juvenile delinquency.
In the New 52, Terry Sloan, a government research scientist before his planet was attacked by Steppenwolf, found himself on the front lines of the war, using the identity Mister 08, the Eighth Wonder of the World. However, while researching avenues of counter-attack, he received visions of the future. Acting to prevent these visions during his final mission, he blew up an alien device, destroying four nations. Going AWOL, nothing is known of his actions from then on, except that he was apparently preparing for the onset of a new age of wonders. When Mister Terrific, a superhero from another world, landed in Manhattan, Sloan was there to kidnap him to prevent his vision from coming through.
|James "Jimmy" Olsen||James Olsen was originally a junior reporter paired to learn from the Lead Investigative Reporters of the Daily Star, Clark Kent and his often competing partner Lois Lane-Kent. It was through this pairing by then Managing editor George Taylor that then young Olsen would learn the skills and established the deep friendship that would serve him throughout his long life namely his deep friendship with Clark Kent who would ultimately advance his one-time junior partner to the position of Managing Editor of the Daily Star in Olsen's later years.
In the New 52, Jimmy Olsen was a hacktivist who went by the web-name Accountable. The scale and effectiveness of his activities led the public to assume he was an entire organization. He was eventually captured by the World Army and imprisoned at their Arkham Base. Jimmy would be freed by the new Batman, Red Tornado, and Sonia Sato along with fellow prisoner Aquawoman.
|N/A||Connor Hawke||Connor Hawke is an operative of the World Army under the codename Red Arrow. He was sent to Dherain along with Atom, the Sandmen to stop Steppenwolf, but they had to deal with Green Lantern, Flash, and Doctor Fate who also launched an attack against Steppenwolf. The group was then attacked by the Hunger Dogs, while they tried to reach common ground. Red Arrow along with the other heroes are quickly subdued by the Hunger Dogs, however and left unconscious on the battle field. He later awoke after being healed by Doctor Fate and went along with the other Wonders to aid the World Army's forces. Connor is seemingly killed by monsters unleashed by the invading forces of the planet Apokolips. It is later revealed that he actually survived as he reappears five years later on Prime Earth, having teamed up with Green Arrow.
Originally, it was intended for Red Arrow to be called Roy McQueen, a mix of Roy Harper and Oliver Queen but the name never appeared in the comics and the character was eventually named Connor Hawke.
|N/A||Sonia Sato||Sonia Sato is a member of the World Army. Originally she worked with them to apprehend the new Wonders of the World as they started to emerge prior to the second Apokolips invasion, but when the invasion took place, Sonia ended up working alongside the Wonders to help protect the Earth.|
|N/A||Jason "Stormy" Foster||Jason Foster is a member of the World Army. He along with Commander Amar Khan plan their attack on Steppenwolf, and he announces his intention to bring the criminal before the Courts of the Free World for his crimes. Foster is later killed during a battle by Apokolips' forces.|
|Cyrus Gold||Solomon Grundy||In the late 19th century, a wealthy merchant named Cyrus Gold is murdered and his body disposed of in Slaughter Swamp, near Gotham City. Fifty years later, the corpse is reanimated as a huge shambling figure with almost no memory of its past life. He shows up in a hobo camp and, when asked about his name, one of the few things he can recall is that he was "born on a Monday". One of the men at the camp mentions the nursery rhyme character Solomon Grundy (who was born on a Monday), and Gold adopts the moniker. Solomon Grundy falls into a life of crime—or, perhaps returns to one as his scattered residual memories may indicate—attracting the attention of the Green Lantern, Alan Scott. Grundy proves to be a difficult opponent, with an inherent resistance to Scott's powers. He apparently kills Green Lantern, who gives off a green flash. Liking this flash, Grundy commits murders hoping to see the flash again. However the first fight ends when Grundy is hurled under a train by Green Lantern.
In the New 52, Grundy personifies "The Grey" life-destroying forces and opposes the "The Green" forces that choose Alan Scott as their champion. Originally, a slaughterhouse worker in 1898, his wife was raped by his callous foreman, and she killed herself on the job. When the foreman made the workers feed the body to the crocodiles, Grundy snapped, killed his foreman and everyone else in the slaughterhouse, then committed suicide, but apparently something happened immediately afterwards. He later attacks Washington DC to get Alan's attention. Flash, Hawkgirl, and Green Lantern fight him, but Atom brings him down temporarily by jumping onto him at giant size. The battle continues until Scott once again exiles Grundy to the moon where neither he nor the "Grey" can do any damage.
|N/A||Barbara Grayson||Barbara is a police officer and married with a journalist, Dick Grayson. Together they have a son, Johnny Grayson. Their family flee for their lives during Darkseid's invasion and currently live in a World Army refugee camp.||Barbara Gordon|
|N/A||Sam Zhao||Sam Zhao was Alan Scott's fiancee. About five years after the first Apokoliptian invasion of Earth, Alan was about to propose to Sam when the train they were on was derailed by an explosion, killing Sam and injuring Alan. After Alan became Green Lantern and dealt with the Solomon Grundy known as Grundy, he went to China to talk about Sam's father about his death, fearing that he was the one responsible for Sam's death, only to be told that Sam himself may have been the target of the explosion. As the war between Earth 2 and Apokolips gained in momentum, Sam reappeared to Alan and Grundy, now forced to join forces, announcing that he was the Avatar of "The White", the elemental force of the air, and that their time was running out.||White Lantern|
|N/A||Karel Wotan||An ancient sorcerer who started life as a female Viking and later mastered the arts of sorcery having lived several lifetimes with altered genders. She came to Egypt and tried to take the power of Nabu, the wizard of Fate, but he defeated her. Realizing that she would strike at him and his successors, he marked her, so that her skin would always be grey, and immediately killed her. Over the centuries Wotan continued to reincarnate in both male and female bodies in till present day. Five years after the Apokolip's War, Wotan discovered that a Nabu's successor had finally appeared so he would kidnap the successor know as Khalid Ben-Hassin. Wotan's plan would backfire however after Khalid put on the Helmet and began to fight Wotan. The two would fight over the city of Boston after Wotan transported them there. Wotan would eventually lose the fight and be sent to an unknown dimension.||Wotan|
|N/A||James Lockhart||The World Army, under the Red Files program, in which super-humans were created with the intention of deterring any future conflicts, contracted an inventor named Jim Lockhart to build a Red Torpedo that will be able to withstand the heat of one of the flaming pits in Rio as it is the only place where life has been able to flourish near one. Captain Steel meets with Lockhart and then he gets in the Red Torpedo, plummeting deep into the fire pit. 35 hours later, a panicked Jim Lockhart reports to Amar Khan that someone is emerging from the fire pit, but it takes some time before he can identify the figure. It is Captain Steel, but he has been separated from the Red Torpedo, and clearly injured and shaken.|
|N/A||Jaime Encana||Encana was a regular human until the Apokolips Wars where he was empowered by the Apokolips assassin Kanto. After the war ended, Jaime began working as a dangerous criminal in Spain, known as Mister Icicle. Jaime's life of crime would come to an end when the new Batman came after him, looking for information on the location of Kanto. Jaime told him that he didn't know where Kanto was, but he did say that he was warned to be on the lookout for Hawkgirl. After learning the information about Hawkgirl, the new Batman killed Jaime by shooting him in the chest.||Icicle/Mister Freeze|
|N/A||Yolanda Montez||Yolanda is a Mexican student, who becomes the Avatar of "The Red", the force of nature connected to animal life. She is shown to have acquired the role by intercepting the messenger of the Red as it came to claim her, appearing as a horrible animal hybrid, to claim her ailing brother as the Red's Avatar. Pleading with it to take her instead, she is instantly transformed into a large red demon with horns. She united with the other Avatars of the Parliament of Earth to face off against the New Gods, demonstrating an ability to shapeshift. Later, she is captured by the evil New God Desaad and transformed into an enormous, ferocious shapeshifting red monster loyal to Darkseid.||Wildcat II/Red Lantern|
|N/A||Amar Khan||Khan is the Commander of a segment of the World Army dedicated to dealing with the Wonders of the World, the first line of defense after the Apokolips invasion.|
|N/A||Azathoth||An ancient creature of the sea, which is the Avatar of the "Blue", locked away for centuries deep below Atlantis, in the Tomb of the Old Ones, but released by Aquawoman to combat Apokolips.||Blue Lantern|
|N/A||John Constantine||Constantine was a Liverpool native who spent his youth in a rock band alongside his life long friends. Eventually, he settled down, marrying Maureen and retired to Liverpool. On his 30th birthday, John and his friends decided to brave through the invasion of their world by the aliens of Apokolips to celebrate at the local pub. During their celebration, however, John accidentally met the Prime Earth version of himself. The Prime Earth version agreed to show to John how to use magic and help him in order for him and his family to escape Earth 2 to a safer world. Finally John decided to sacrifice himself during a ritual, performed by the Prime Earth version, so his loved ones could live to see another day on Prime Earth.||John Constantine|
An Earth 2 skin pack was released as downloadable content for Injustice: Gods Among Us. It included alternate skins for the Flash, Hawkgirl, and Solomon Grundy based on the appearances of Jay Garrick, Kendra Saunders and Grundy in New 52.
A pre-order skin pack for Batman: Arkham Origins video game will include two Earth 2 skins for Batman, both based on the New 52. One depicts the original Batman Bruce Wayne and the other depicting the new black-and-red Batman.
- ^1 Jim Corrigan of Earth-Two was a murdered police detective who served as the human host for the Spectre. His Earth-One counterpart was a Metropolis police officer who often assisted Daily Planet cub reporter Jimmy Olsen and superhero Black Lightning.
- ^2 As Dinah Drake was about to die, Johnny Thunder's Thunderbolt transferred her memories into the mind of her daughter Dinah Lance—who had grown up in suspended animation in the Thunderbolt's magical dimension. After the memory transfer and Drake's death, the Earth-One Superman brought Lance to his world, where she joined the Justice League of America. Because the Thunderbolt erased the fact that Drake had a daughter from everyone's memory, Lance did not discover her true origin or identity until years later.
- ^3 During the 1970s and 1980s, the series The Brave and the Bold published a number of stories in which Wildcat teamed up with a character who appeared to be the Batman of Earth-One. In each of these stories, it was apparent that the two characters were from the same Earth. Since the JSA's Wildcat was clearly from Earth-Two, it was suggested that these stories took place on "Earth-B", in a reality separate from DC's mainstream continuity. Subsequent appearances in other titles verified that the Wildcat from The Brave and the Bold was indeed from Earth-One, and that his appearances in B&B took place on Earth-One as well.
- ^4 A number of villains had counterparts on Earth-One, including the Joker, the Penguin, Two-Face, the Toyman, the Prankster, Mr. Mxyzptlk, etc. Generally speaking, the older Earth-Two versions were phased-out or incorporated into their younger, Earth-One versions following Crisis on Infinite Earths.
- ^5 Larry Jordan, the first Air Wave and native of Earth-Two, sometime after World War II, traveled to Earth-One under yet-unexplained circumstances, married Helen (the second Air Wave) and raised a son, Hal (the third Air Wave).
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