The Infinite Atlas
Minor Pre-Crisis Universes

Alternate Earth-1

The universe in which DC's media-tie-in comic The Super Friends took place. A rough variant of Earth-1.

Alternate Earth-2

A universe created to account for inconsistencies in some Superman stories. In this Earth, Clark Kent worked for the Daily Planet during the late 40s and early 50s. On Earth-2, Kent worked for the Daily Star. On Earth-1, Kent's reporting career didn't start until years later. First mentioned by E. Nelson Bridwell in the lettercol of Superman Family.


In the course of the Crisis, we see both Earth-4 and Earth-6, but no Earth-5. The actual reason 5 was skipped was the fact that "5" and "S" are difficult to distinguish when hand-lettered. I, however, propose that the name Earth-5 be given to the world seen (and destroyed) on pages 2-3 of Crisis #1.


An unusual world with no counterparts to the other Earths. Home to Lady Quark, Lord Volt, and Princess Fern. Lady Quark is the only survivor.


(Proposed.) A very early example of an Earth separated from Earth-1 by a small gap in time.

Earth-17 (I)

The world where all pre-Crisis Fourth World stories not told by Kirby took place. Most of these stories were considered more-or-less below par, and when Kirby created new material to finish off the New Gods epic, they were shuffled off to an alternate Earth. Named in passing by Mark Evanier in the text piece of New Gods #1. In The Kingdom #2 we briefly see New God Orion in the costume he wore in several Earth-17 (I) stories.


This Earth was created when the evil Earth-1 counterpart to Johnny Thunder acquired control of the Thunderbolt. He used its power to rewrite Earth-1's history, such that criminals were present for the origins of the Justice League superheroes. For example, instead of it being Barry Allen who was struck by a lightning bolt and doused in chemicals, it was a shifty-eyed mustached criminal called Race Morrison. (The logic of this breaks down rapidly when you think about the origins of Superman or even Batman, but the Thunderbolt is capable of anything.) Eventually, the Thunderbolt undid the changes, and Earth-1 was restored. The evil Johnny Thunder returned in JLA 219-220, but Earth-A has not been seen again. (Note: Earth-1 also had a 19th Century western character named Johnny Thunder who is not connected to this story.)


This Earth is a resting ground for stories that contradict known fact. "Fact" in this case mostly means "editorial decree". For example, the above issue of The Brave and the Bold has Catwoman committing murder, which the "official" Catwomen of Earths 1 and 2 would never do. The continuity-shattering and extremely silly maxiseries DC Challenge! probably took place on Earth-B. This earth is named "B" because most of the stories relegated to it were either edited by Murray Boltinoff, written by Bob Haney or E. Nelson Bridwell, or appeared in The Brave and the Bold.


Skartaris is a magic realm that supposedly lies deep inside the Earth. It actually is a parallel dimension, and the only way to reach it is through underground caves. Prior to the Crisis, there was some debate about which Earth Skartaris was "inside". Most evidence indicates Earth-1, but some hold that it is a different Earth, named Earth-G. ("G" for "Grell", the creator of the Warlord and Skartaris.) I personally believe it was Earth-1; the Warlord, ruler of Skartaris, was present during the big meeting in Crisis #5, and only characters from Earths 1 and 2 were there. Regardless, after the Crisis, Skartaris was clearly "inside" Earth-Sigma, and later Earth-0.


Mark Waid refers to this Earth in his editorial in Amazing Heroes #91, 1986 as the home of the Quality Comics heroes. He presumably meant either Earth-X or Earth-Quality, which are the official names for the two pre-Crisis Earths that had Quality Comics characters.


(Proposed.) This universe is the home of Pariah, and is only seen in flashback when he describes his origins.


On Earth-X, WW2 did not end until the 1970s. However, many comics published by Quality in the late 1940s were clearly post-war comics. They took place on Earth-Quality, which is largely identical to Earth-X, except WW2 ended on schedule.


The actual real world, the one outside your window. DC Comics eventually had to admit that Earth-Prime was not the real world, and they named the actual real world Earth-Reality. This Earth has not appeared in any work of fiction, by definition.

Crossover Earth

On this Earth, DC and Marvel characters exists side by side. It only appeared in the four DC/Marvel crossovers of the late 70s and early 80s. There have been several DC/Marvel crossovers recently which seem to occur on an Earth where the characters all exist together, but it has also been suggested that these "convergences" are temporary.

Mirror Earth

An Earth where Flash (Barry Allen) is a villain and his Rogues Gallery are heroes.


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