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COMMENTS: classic Crisis on Earth-One; 1st Silver Age Doctor Fate, Hourman; re-intro Justice Society
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classic Crisis on Earth-One; 1st Silver Age Doctor Fate, Hourman; re-intro Justice Society
In Flash #123, DC established a plot device that would have far-reaching implications to the publisher’s universe (or universes, to be more accurate) and what began as a simple idea to unite a Golden Age hero with a Silver Age hero would evolve into one of DC’s central concepts, that of a Multiverse, separate worlds, coexisting simultaneously and accessible to both heroes and villains from the various locations. The idea was fleshed out with much greater depth in the pages of JLA, starting in the historically significant issue #21. The central plot of this issue is overly complex, as a team of bad guys from Earth One and Earth Two commit crimes and then flee to one another’s realms of existence to avoid culpability for their crimes. What ensues is a dizzying cat and mouse game that jumps back and forth between worlds as the regional hero teams attempt to bring the criminals to justice. Starring a jam-packed cornucopia of DC characters, the implications of the alternate universes would go on to bear plenty of fruit, the “Crisis” device would be revisited annually by DC for decades, eventually culminating in the Crisis on Infinite Earths series that would span several titles and storylines within the DC continuity, and the device continues to be employed into the modern era, but this is really where the concept began, making JLA #21 a popular collectible for serious DC mavens. The subject matter is ripe for the picking as the DCEU continues to develop and grow.

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Mike Sekowsky was an American comics artist known as the penciler for DC Comics' Justice League of America during most of the 1960s (including their initial appearance in Brave and the Bold #28), and as the regular writer and artist on Wonder Woman during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Sekowsky's long career began in the early 40s for Timely Comics drawing the adventures of Captain America, and Sub-Mariner among others in titles such as All Winners Comics, Daring Comics, Marvel Mystery Comics, and Young Allies Comics. He would transition to DC Comics in the 1950s where we would work on Romance and Science Fiction stories including drawing the first appearance of Adam Strange in Showcase #17. He would co-create the Justice League of America with Gardner Fox and continue as it's artist for over 60 issues. Sekowsky would go on to have memorable runs as artist and writer on Metal Men, Wonder Woman, and the Supergirl feature in Adventure Comics.

Inker, started out in the 1940s, ended up at DC Comics working with Gil Kane, Mike Sekowsky, and Carmine Infantino on titles including Wonder Woman, All Star Comics, Justice League of America, and Our Army at War.