Getting into reading and collecting comics can seem difficult to the newcomer. What are the different universes and why are there so many?
After introduction of self-regulation via The Comic Code, superhero comics became one of the only viable genres and a completely new version of The Flash was introduced in 1956’s Showcase #4. In it, Barry Allen, the new Flash named himself on his comic book hero, Jay Garrick. Other older hero names were reused and the Silver Age was born. And thus was born the Silver Age DC Universe.
The Silver Age – Earth-Two
1961 – 1986
Eventually, in 1961, in The Flash #123’s “The Flash of Two Worlds”, Barry discovered a way to travel between worlds and discovered the universe of the old Flash and named that world “Earth-Two” (and his own “Earth One”). Earth-Two features now older versions of the Golden Age characters. Superman had gone grey around the temples and married Lois, Batman had married Catwoman and had a daughter Helena Wayne (The Huntress) and been killed. The children of many of the heroes became Infinity Inc and even an Earth-Two version of Supergirl, called Power Girl was created. Coming into the 80s, the Justice Society of America would annually team up with their Earth-One counterparts the Justice League of America. During one of these, Black Canary’s husband was killed and she moved to Earth-One.