Earth-Two (DC Comics)


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, are merged into one in the 1985 miniseries Crisis on Infinite Earths.


Publication information

Publisher: DC Comics
First appearance: Flash #123 (1961)
Last appearance: Crisis on Infinite Earths #10 (January, 1986)
Created by: Gardner Fox

In story information

Official Name: Earth-Two
Aliases:
 Earth, Earth-2
Status: Destroyed

History

Pre-Crisis

Earth-Two was the reality designation attributed to the planet Earth, and the Universe it inhabited, that existed prior to the Crisis on Infinite Earths.
Earth-Two itself was populated by various individuals who resembled those of its primary Multiversal counterpart, Earth-One. Some were direct parallels to their predecessors (ex. Superman (Earth-One) and Superman (Earth-Two)), some less so (ex. Atom (Al Pratt) and Atom (Ray Palmer)). The two Earths were closely linked in terms of parallel development, although Earth-Two individuals usually predated their Earth-One counterparts by a few decades.
Prior to the events of the Crisis on Infinite Earths, the reality termed as Earth-Two was populated by heroes who emerged during the Golden Age, including the Justice Society of America and the native incarnations of Superman (Kal-L), Batman (Police Commisioner Bruce Wayne), Robin (Ambassador Richard "Dick" Grayson) and Wonder Woman (Princess Diana Trevor, wife of U.S Army General Steve Trevor) to this reality all emerged prior to the start of World War II.
For a complete list of Earth-Two inhabitants, see List of Earth-Two Characters.

Post-Crisis

During the Crisis on Infinite Earths, Earth-Two was eliminated though aspects of it was effectively merged with Earth-One, Earth-Four, Earth-S, and Earth-X to form one composite universe. Its most noted merger was many of the non duplicate heroes including members of the Justice Society such as Jay Garrick, Alan Scott and Ted Grant were all recreated to be native to the New Earth reality.
Though by yet some unexplained occurence both Kara Zor-L (known as Power Girl) and Per Degaton both survived the historical elimination of Earth-Two and retain their original multiverse Earth-Two origin basis.
After the Crisis on Infinite Earths, the designation of Earth-Two was given to the anti-matter Earth populated by the Third incarnation of the Crime Syndicate as at the time it was the only reliable "other" Earth known to the DC Primary Earth. Many readers still refer to the antimatter reality as "Earth-Two" while others now address it as "antimatter Earth-Two" and "Crime Syndicate Earth" now.

Infinite Crisis

A copy of the Pre-Crisis Earth-Two was briefly made, along with other divergent realities, during an event called "Infinite Crisis". This incident saw the return of two Earth-Two's original denizens Kal-L (Superman) and his wife Lois Lane-Kent, both of whom had disappeared into a paradise dimension following the events of the first Crisis. Accompanying them was Alexander Luthor - the sole survivor of Earth-Three and architect behind Earth-Two's re-creation and Superboy-Prime. This duplicate Earth-Two was barren and unpopulated and was ultimately recombined into New Earth at the end of Infinite Crisis.

Points of Interest

  • Capitol City
  • Perisphere
  • Trylon

Continents


Countries


Cities

Unique features

In the universe of which Earth-Two resides, Quebec was an independent nation autonomous from Canada, 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. Contrasting with Earth-One's 30th century, there is no superheroic organization such as the Legion of Super-Heroes in existence during that time period. 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.

Residents

The following is a list of Earth-Two superheroes1 that have an Earth-One counterpart.
  • Aquaman
  • The Atom
  • Batman
  • Black Canary
  • Catwoman
  • Crimson Avenger
  • Doctor Fate
  • The Flash
  • Green Arrow
  • Green Lantern
  • Guardian
  • Harlequin
  • Hawkgirl
  • Hawkman
  • Johnny Quick
  • Johnny Thunder
  • Manhunter
  • Plastic Man
  • Power Girl
  • Red Tornado
  • Robin
  • Robotman
  • Sandman
  • Speedy
  • Superman
  • Vigilante
  • Wildcat
  • Wonder Woman
  • Zatara
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