Getting into reading and collecting comics can seem difficult to the newcomer. What are the different universes and why are there so many?
The Silver & Bronze Aged – Earth-One
1956 – 1986
Comics sales dropped during the 50s and DC was left with only three ongoing Superheroes, Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman. This lead DC to revamp some of their older character creating an all-new version of The Flash in Showcase #4 in 1956, and heralding the beginning of the Silver Age. Eventually Barry Allen, the new Flash got his own comic and The Flash #123 (the number continued from the previous Flash’s numbering) Barry Allen travelled to a parallel universe and met Jay Garrick, the original Flash. Barry named Jay’s world “Earth-Two” and his own “Earth-One” and the DC Multiverse was born.
The Multiverse continued to expand, but DC felt the need to reduce everything back to a single universe and in 1985 released Crisis on Infinite Earths, a comic book series which did just that, naking Earth-One the only Earth and combining in some of the characters from other Earths (including Earth-Two).
Characters from this era include:
- Superman & Supergirl
- Batman & Robin
- Wonder Woman
- Green Arrow & Speedy
- The Atom (Ray Palmer)
- The Spectre
- The Flash (Barry Allen) & Kid Flash (Wally West)
- Hawkman (Katar Hol) & Hawkgirl (Shiera)
- Green Lantern (Hal Jordan) & the Green Lantern Corps
- Martian Manhunter