Justice League of America: Crisis on Multiple Earths Vol. 1 (1963—1966) – Review
By Ricardo ‘Rease’ Butler
There are several single issues that complete Crisis on Multiple Earths Vol. 1. These issues are composed of …
- Crisis on Earth One!
- Crisis on Earth Two!
- Crisis on Earth Three!
- The Most Dangerous Earth of All!
- Earth without a Justice League!
- Crisis on Earth-A!
- Crisis Between Earth One and Earth Two!
- The Bride Between Earths!
I’m not going to give my review of each individual issue because I am covering Volume 1 as a whole.
To start off, this whole idea that writer Gardner Fox came up with by mixing up all the characters from all these earths together was genius. I believe, correct me if I am wrong, that though the birth of the multi-verse (multiple earths) started with The Flash of Two Earths, it’s somewhat safe to say that Gardner Fox is the father who fleshed out a bit the concept of the multi-verse.
We got to see Ultraman from Earth Three, Black Canary from Earth Two, and even the two Green Lanterns (Alan Scott & Hal Jordan) and the two Flashes (Jay Garrick & Barry Allen), (again I might add) throughout the covers of these collections of books. I’ve been reading the New 52 and other modern versions of these characters and meetings in the multi-verse. It’s another thing to go back to where it all started.
My Thoughts on this Story
I mean the stories aren’t as serious or dark as they are today, but they are still very fun and lighthearted tales to read, especially to my younger of four kids, which are 9 and 8. It’s also great to see the silver age version of these characters that look completely different from the way they are drawn today. I gotta give thanks to Mike Sekowsky and inker Sid Greene for their classic work.
All the stories in this volume were awesome. Again, as I said in another blog, I’m still too much of a Superman and Batman fan so to not see them in every story was a bummer but the stories and the action is still great.
Favorite Panel of the Issue
Of course my favorite panel is where the Crime Syndicate of America captured the Justice League of America from Earth One unto Earth Three in their preparation to go take out the Justice Society of America on Earth Two. It’s just a classic meet, because they intentionally picked the members of each team that were their equals to fight. So it was Superman vs. Ultraman, Batman vs. Owlman, Wonder Woman vs. Superwoman, Flash vs. Johnny Quick, and Green Lantern vs. Power Ring.
For all of you fans of this mix up, DC actually did an animated movie that plays out these classic meet up fights together in the direct to DVD release Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths.
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Ricardo Butler aka Rease Val Zod (Black Superman from Earth 2)