Inside the DC Comics mythology, the sci-fi concept of alternate realities existing as parallel earths has been one of the main characteristics of their superhero universe since the silver age. With an infinite number of similar looking universes than resemble the main universe, the idea of Multiverse is a foundation concept not only in DC Comics but for the whole superhero genre.
DC Multiverse was created by Gardner Fox and Carmine Infantino.
Pre-Crisis / The Multiverse (1961-1986)
Before the Crisis on Infinite Earths, there were many (hence "infinite") versions of the Earth scattered throughout the Multiverse. The DC Multiverse officially first appeared in The Flash #123 when Barry Allen (Flash) found himself in another universe that was separated from his own by being on a different vibration frequency.
This world came to be known as Earth-Two and was populated by the heroes of the "Golden Age" of comics (the 40's and 50's). After this, more worlds were found, and then even more, until finally DC decided it was time to put an end to the expansion of the Multiverse. As was mentioned before, the other worlds were destroyed during the Crisis, but here is a list of the known Earth's before they were lost.
|Mainstream earth, Home of the Silver Age heroes, such as the Justice League of America.|
|Home to the Justice Society of America and the Golden Age heroes.|
|A world where the only super-powered beings were five villains called the Crime Syndicate of America. Later, a man named Alexander Luthor, Sr. rose as the world's only hero to combat the villains. Also the birthplace of Alex Luthor.|
|Home to characters originally from Charlton Comics, such as the Blue Beetle, Captain Atom, Nightshade and Question.|
|Home to characters originally from Fawcett Publications, such as Captain Marvel.|
|Home to characters originally from Quality Comics, such as Plastic Man and Uncle Sam. The Nazis won World War II and were opposed by the heroes on this Earth.|
|A world with no superheroes. The Phantom Stranger transported Earth-1's Batman to this earth, where he inspired the Bruce Wayne of Earth-5 to become Batman.|
|A world where the Americans lost the Revolutionary War. Home to Lady Quark.|
|Home to Dark Angel.|
|Earth visited by Captain Marvel (earth-S) and Green Lantern (earth-two). Depiste have no superheroes still it have a replica of the Starheart, green Lantern power battery, buried in China. Appeared in All Star Squadron 52.|
A world home to a man named Tin, possibly Tintin.
|A humorous world home to the Inferior Five and various Marvel parodies as the Eggsmen, .|
|Home to purple butterflies. Nothing else is known about this Earth.|
|Home to a race of stone giants.|
|Two versions of this Earth existed. One was home to pre-Crisis stories of the New Gods after Jack Kirby left the title. The second was home to Overman and parodies of grim and gritty heroes. Overman killed this Earth after being infected with an STD.|
|An almost identical Earth to Earth-1. Earth-1's Hal Jordan shifted into this world and eventually named it Earth-32.|
|A world where the world was ravaged by nuclear war in the year 1986. Home to the Atomic Knights, OMAC and Hercules.|
|An artificial world created by Earth-1's Johnny Thunder where the heroes were replaced by his friends.|
|A fan name for a world where stories by Bob Haney in Brave and the Bold that don't fit into regular continuity take place.|
|Home to the Zoo Crew.|
|Home to the Just'A Lotta Animals.|
|Home of the Justice Alliance of America, a racially diverse versions of the Justice League. Created for a Legends of DC Universe special.|
|Fan name given to the Pariah's unnamed home world.|
Home of the antimatter world of Qward, home base of the Qwardians weaponeers and birth world of the Anti-Monitor.
Post-Crisis / DC Universe (1986-2006)
During the period than the DC was reduced to one clustered universe, embers of the previous reality popped once and again in different titles by different writers, always searching a way to bring back the old multiverse in some fashion, but never calling them as parallel earths. Such is the case of the Second Crisis from Grant Morrison in Animal Man, Mark Waid in Kingdom, Jeph Loeb in Superman/Batman. During this age, the alternative stories were dubbed Elseworlds, such as Batman: Gotham by Gaslight and Superman: Red Son, with some of them becoming official alternate universes.
|Post-crisis Earth/Cluster Earth/Earth Sigma|
|The fused earth with elements of mostly pre-crisis earths 1, 2, 4,X & S.|
|Antimatter Universe/AntiMatter Earth|
|The antimatter universe, home of the Qwardians. In Earth-2 it was discovered the existence of a Antimatter earth, with the characteristics of Earth-3.|
|Created by the Time Trapper to explain the discrepancies in the Legion of Superheroes continuity with Superman reboot after the Crisis on Infinity Earths.|
|Home of New Genesis and Apokolips, they are at the same time inside but outside of the conventional universe.|
|Home of Icon, Static, Hardware an the other Milestone universe. Believed to be a dreamed world by Superman, Superboy and Steel. (See Worlds Collide).|
|Red Son Earth|
|Elseworld, visited by Bizarro in Superman/Batman. Appeared during "With a Vengeance" arc in Superman/Batman.|
|Home of the Maximums, pastiche of Marvel's Ultimates. A fictional world created by Mxyzptlk. Appeared during "With a Vengeance" arc in Superman/Batman.|
|Earth reversed genders|
|Home of Superwoman, Batwoman and Superlad. Appeared during "With a Vengeance" arc in Superman/Batman. It would serve of basis for earth 11.|
|Home of Overman. Created as a military project, he went crazy after catch a STD. Appeared during the Second Crisis in Animal man.|
|Home of the Love Syndicate of Dreamworld. Appeared during the Second Crisis in Animal man.|
|Marvel like world than mimics characters of Marvel Comics. Only defined as other dimensional, their earth was an unofficial parallel universe.|
|Where all the forgotten characters go when they are not trendy.|
|Dark Flash Earth|
|World of origin of Walter West, an alternative Wally West whose wife died.|
|Superboy Hypertime worlds.|
Differents worlds visited by Superboy during the Hyper-tension arc they were mostly elseworlds, explained as alternative hypertimelines, including: Justice Riders, Supergirl/Batgirl: Elseworld Finest, Superman: Kal, DC One Million, a Silver Age like world, among others.
Home of Wildstorm Characters. Wildstorm Comics was acquired by DC in 1999. As previous editorials (Quality, Fawcett, Charlton) their character ended integrated to the main universe. Mr Majestic traveled to the mainstream DC universe in 2004 and previously it was established the parallels in the JLA/WILDcats crossover.
Infinite Crisis / The Multiverse (2006)
During the epic Infinite Crisis, Alexander Luthor, one of the few survivals of the original multiverse briefly recreated some of the previous existing worlds, trying to find the "perfect earth". Although his schemes were thwarted and this multiverse was brief in existence (two issues), it would be the first step for the return of the parallel earths.
|The mainstream earth, decomposed during Infinite Crisis and clustered again as New Earth.|
|Bizarro World. First time of Bizarro World as their own universe. It would be the base for earth 29.|
|Recreated home of the JSA and the golden age characters related characters. During Infinite Crisis the members of the JSA were transported to that world.|
Implied universe. A world home to Post-Crisis versions of heroes, such as Jason Rusch, Kyle Rayner, Helena Bertinelli and Breach.
|Home of the Tangent comics characters. Numbered after their publishing year.|
|Home of the supersons of Batman and Superman and the Joker, Riddleer and Lex Luthor. It was destroyed when it was fused with Earth-462.|
|Home of the Post Zero Hour Legion of Super-Heroes who survived its destruction. The number was stablished in Infinite Crisis. In Final Crisis: Legion of Three Worlds it was revealed than the legionnaires survived the destruction of their universe and became the New Wanderers, exploring the multiverse.|
|Home of WW2 Titans and tv versions of Wonder Woman(Kathy Lee Crosby) and Wonder Girl (Drusilla). It was destroyed when it was fused with Earth-154|
|Created of the fusion of earths 154 and 462. Mayan looking superheroes are in permanent civil war among them. (Not coincidence). Destroyed inmediately by Alexander Luthor because it was not "perfect".|
|Home of the wild west characters (Jonah Hex, Scalphunter, Batlash)|
|Home of Captain marvel and the Fawcett characters. Captain Marvel and the other Marvel Family characters were transported briefly to this world during Infinite Crisis.|
Implied. The real world of the readers. It was searched by Alexander Luthor but he had not time to reach that world.
Post-52 Weeks / The Multiverse (2007-2011 )
Born after 52 (the weekly) and modified by Mr Mind, this multiverse resemble previous incarnations. Various Elseworlds were part of this multiverse. It would be explored more in Countdown (main series and parallel spin off as Lord Havok, Crime Society, Wildstorm, Red Rain, GaslIght, Red Son, Arena).
|EARTH-0 (New Earth)|
|The main and central DC Universe.|
|Mentioned several times, but never seen.|
(Please note the Earth One graphic novels do not take place on this Earth, or any currently numbered Earth.)
|The world of a new and unique Justice Society Infinity. The Kal-L of this world is missing. Visited by the New Earth Power Girl.|
|Based on the Pre-Crisis Earth-Three, this Earth is home to the Crime Society of America, a team of evil counterparts of the Justice Society of America. In this universe, all DC heroes are villains, and all DC villains are heroes. The existence of this earth at the same time as the Crime Syndicate from the Antimatter earth, lead to several editorial confusions.|
|This world appears to house classic Charlton brand comic characters, including Dan Garrett (the original Blue Beetle), and Captain Allen Adam, with added inspiration from Watchmen.|
|Home to a version of the Marvel Family more similar to the Golden Age incarnation. Similar to the Pre-Crisis Earth-S.|
|Ray Palmer is the Ray.|
|Home of a Courtney Whitmore is Starwoman.|
|Home of Lord Havok and the Extremists and their enemies. Very similar to the Marvel Universe. Similar to the pre-Crisis world of Angor.|
|Home of the Tangent heroes. This Earth's history is radically different- the Atom accidentally causes a nuclear war in 1961, and Superman takes over the world later.|
|Home to Uncle Sam and his Freedom Fighters, who fight against the Nazis after the Nazis win World War II and take over the world. Also home to a Nazi Superman. Similar to the Pre-Crisis Earth-X.|
|Home of heroes with reversed genders. For example, Superwoman. Batwoman and Wonderman. The Superwoman and Batwoman of this Earth first appeared before the creation of the 52 in Superman/Batman. Its history reflects New Earth's, with only slight differences because of genders being reversed.|
|The setting of the DC Animated Universe, which currently continues in the Batman Beyond Universe comic book series.|
|World of dark and arcane heroes. Monarch destroyed this reality's United States of America.|
|Perhaps a perfect Earth with Zod as Superman and Jason Todd as Batman. Destroyed by Superboy-Prime.|
|Home of the characters from the Young Justice animated series and comic books.|
|A devastated world home to the Atomic Knights. Similar to the original Atomic Knights stories.|
A world where superheroes began in the Old West.
|A world where superheroes such as Batman and the Blue Beetle fought crime in the Victoria era as seen in Gotham by Gaslight.|
|A world influenced by early 20th century pulp fiction. Home to a Doc Savage/ Dr. Fate pastiche named Doc Fate, as well as a version of the Bat-Man.|
|A world where superheroes where around in the 1950s. Vigilantism was outlawed in the 1950s before the heroes banded together to fight a sentient island, as seen in The New Frontier.|
|A world where Superman was exiled after Magog killed the Joker, leading a generation of violent anti-heroes to take over, as seen in Kingdom Come.|
|Home of Captain Carrot and the Amazing Zoo Crew.|
|EARTH-27, EARTH-28, EARTH-29|
|A world where Superman landed in the USSR instead of America, eventually becoming the premier of the USSR, as seen in Red Son.|
|Home to a violent Batman, a subservient Superman and more, as seen in the Dark Knight Returns and related titles. Frank Miller is the writer of pieces of work in this Earth. Batman: Year One also is the origin story for batman in Earth-0 (New Earth).|
|The Batman: Darkest Knight earth. Batman receives a Green Lantern Ring.|
|All the heroes are magic; including Oracle, Kal-El and Bat-Mage, and some heroic versions of villains, such as Weather Wizard and Shade.|
|A world where Wonder Woman was active in the Victorian Era and fought Jack the Ripper, as seen in Amazonia.|
|EARTH-35 & EARTH-36|
|A world where Barbara Gordon became Batgirl in the 1960s and fought corrupt cops and a female Joker alongside Robin, as seen in Batman: Thrillkiller.|
|Home of an armored Captain Atom and the Atomic Knights.|
|Home of a Dan Garrett who has the Blue Beetle Scarab armor.|
|A world where superheroes are active in the 1940s worked for the US government and were active against the Nazis, as seen in JSA: The Liberty Files, JSA: The unholy three and The whistling skull.|
|EARTH-41 & EARTH-42|
|A world where Batman became a vampire and fought against them, as seen in the Red Rain series.|
Doc Tornado and the Metal Men.
|EARTH-45 to EARTH-47|
|Forerunner's homeworld, Warworld. Home of Viza Aziv and a blue skined Starman.|
|Firestorm has turned the sun red. Superman and Supergirl have to wear Superboy-Prime style armor to keep powers.|
|The Wildstorm Universe.|
|The Utopian society. This world was protected by Nix Uotan and destroyed in the battle between Monarch and Superman Prime . The New Gods immigrated here following the Final Crisis.|
|Home of Superboy Prime . Revealed in Final Crisis: Legion of Three Worlds #5. Unlike Earth-2 that created duplicates of its lost inhabitants Earth Prime was missing Superboy Prime. May be part of the 52 but unrevealed so far. The numbering of this earth goes against the 52 canon.|
|Home to the planet of Qward, the Anti-Monitor and the Crime Syndicate of Amerika. On the Antimatter Earth, the Crime Syndicate rules with an iron fist, killing or imprisoning all those who endanger their rule. In the Antimatter Universe, evil will always triumph over good, as opposed to the positive-matter DC universe, in which the heroes usually win.|
HOT PURSUIT EARTH (Unknown)
Home of Hot Pursuit, an alternate Barry Allen, who rides a super-fast cosmic motorcycle instead have his own powers. The number of his origin earth it was never revealed.
Post-Flashpoint / The Multiverse (2011-forward)
The New 52 Multiverse is being explored in Multiversity. Although works similar to previous incarnations (by the earths occupying the same space but vibrating differently), there is a map showing the nature of the multiverse with worlds occupying specific zones divided by axis Order-Chaos & Pinnacle&Pit , which describes the nature of each earth.
|Classic, optimist basic style universes: earth-5 (Captain Marvel), earth-8 (Classic Marvel Comics), earth-34 (Astro City inspired world)||Wacky, crazy funny and weird worlds: Earth-26 (Zoo Crew), earth-42 (Chibi JLA), earth-11 (gender reversed universe)|
|Grim 'n gritty, "adult" style worlds: earth-4 (Charlton like watchmen), earth-35 (Liefeldlikeverse), earth-41( 90's Image)||Dark, dystopic, deppresive, devilish worlds: earth-3 (Crime Syndicate), earth-10 (Nazi dominated earth), earth-43 (nightmare world of superpowered vampires).|
Another characteristic of this multiverse is that every earth works as a physical and thematic opposition to the other located in the reverse position. Using the order/chaos & Pinnacle/Pit as overlapping coordinates and the house of heroes as axis, earth-0 is opposed to earth-33, earth-1 is opposed to earth-13, earth-2 is opposed to earth-3 , earth-4 is opposed to earth-42 and so.
The nature of the oppositions can vary: from the obvious (as in earth-20/earth-40, heroes and villains from pulp worlds) to the meta-textual (earth-6/earth-51, Stan Lee created world and Jack Kirby created world); similarities (earth 15/earth 17, both destroyed earths); differences (earth-4, a mature serious inspired take on superheroes and earth-42, a kid friendly and funny take on the characters); common origin (earth-12/earth-50, both alternate universes from the DCAU); subtle (earth-23/earth-41, both based in different kind of diversities); or not to be clear enough (earth-8/earth-44).
The new structure include several orbits and axis, including zones unofficial known as the Other worlds, the Cartoon Rim, the M***** Binary, the Brightlands, the Gloaming, the totalitarian Pairing and others areas still to be determinate.
Orrery of Worlds
|Prime Earth AKA New Earth. The mainstream DC earth, keep the characteristic of previous earth-0, New earth and earth-1, but including characters from Wildstorm and Vertigo lines. In this new iteration, the heroes are still young and starting in their carrers. This world is the keystone to the multiverse. Opposed to earth-33|
OGN Universe. Home of beginning heroes. A world still forming and in flux where nothing is yet settled. This is the world where the line EARTH ONE of OGN is published, including the vol of Superman: Earth One, Batman: Earth One, Teen Titans: Earth One and soon Wonder Woman: Earth One, Flash: Earth One, and Aquaman: Earth One. Opposed to earth-13
|A rebooted version of Golden age characters, now updated as a younger generations of heroes after an invasion of Apokolips and the destruction of the original heroic "ternion". Opposed to earth-3|
|The home world of the Crime Syndicate, evil versions of the JLA members. Now a scorched earth after being attacked by the Anti-monitor. Opposed to earth-2|
|"Pax Americana". Home of the action heroes of Charlton Comics (the same ones that inspired Watchmen), were they must confront political intrigues in a post 9-11 world. Main characters include: Captain Atom, Blue Beetle (Garret & Kord), Nightshade, Question (Vic Sage), Tiger, Sarge Steel and Peacemaker. Opposed to earth-42|
|Earth-S aka "Thunderworld". Home of Captain Marvel and Fawcett characters from the Captain Marvel family (Mary Marvel, Captain Marvel Jr. Uncle Marvel, Lieutenant Marvels, Talky Tawny) and their enemies the Sivana Family. A more gentle and bright world. Opposed to earth-10|
Stan Lee's Just Imagine Universe. DC Characters reinvented by Stan Lee, where Superman is Salden, a stranded cop from Krypton, Wonder Woman wield the staff of Inca god Manco Capac and Batman is an ex-con turned crimefigther. Opposed to earth-51.
|"Essential Major comics" universe: A universe pretty much similar to earth-8 but with some differences and the promise of a better tomorrow. Now only chaos and madness reside there, after the attack of the Gentry. Home of the Thunderer. This universe reflects Ultimate Marvel comics. Other characters include Crusader, Walküre, Microbot and Devilfist. Opposed to earth-22|
Major Comics, previously know as "Angor": Home of erzatz characters to Marvel Comics. In another universe they are published by a editorial by the name of Major Comics. Home of the teams of the Retaliators, the G-men and the Future Family, their inhabitants include: American CrUSAder, Behemoth, Ladybug, Wundajin, Machinehead, Deadeye, Lord Havok, Bug, Kite, Stuntmaster, Red Dragon, Major Max and Hyperius, among others. Opposed to earth-44
"Tangent Comics Universe" Home of the Tangent version of earth-0 characters, the names are the same but the characters are different: Superman is a man of high intellect and mental power, Flash is a being of living light, Green Lantern is a magic item than resurrects the dead, Batman is an spirit animated armor and Atom is the most prominent hero of the world. Opposed to earth-18
Aka Earth-X, home of the "Mastermen". Where the Nazis won WW2 and influenced the world. Lead by Overman, the Master men (Leatherwing, Brunhilde, Blitzen and Underwaterman) are opposed by the terrorist Freedom Fighters from Uncle Sam, a ragtag team composed by survivors from the persecuted minories. This world includes the characters from Quality Comics. opposed to earth-5
Genderswaped. Shares a similar story with earth-0, but here genders are reversed. the superheroes works as the Justice Guild and include Superwoman, Batwoman, Aquawoman, Wonderous Man, Jesse Quick, Star Sapphire, Zatara, and Power Man. In this world, amazons of Paradise Island didn't recluse themselves and shared his culture with the rest of the world. Opposed to earth-46
Batman Beyond universe. A world technologically more advanced in a few decades, were Batman retires and a new Batman (Terry McGuinness) rises to join the Justice League Unlimited. Among their members includes Warhawk, Green Lantern Kai-Ro, Micron, Aquagirl, Big Barda and a older Superman. Based in the DCAU series from the same name. Opposed to earth-50
A Vertigo like universe, where Superdemon (Superman/Etrigan amalgam) leads the League of Shadows, a dark version of the Justice League than includes Hellblazer (John Constantine/Batman amalgam), Fate (Jared Stevens), Klarion, Ragman, Enchantress, Annataz, Deadman and Swamp Man. Note: Published as Alternative cover Multiversity: The Society of Super-Heroes #1. More info in Final Crisis: Secret Files #1. Opposed to earth-1.
One of the seven "Unknown earths". (In interviews, Morrison said that these earths are free for be created by other authors). Superman #15 - Multiplicity Part 2 shows for the first time this earth, being the home of the Justice League of Assassins. Opposed to earth-29.
A destroyed Utopia. With their physical laws destroyed, only the Cosmic Grial survived this universe. Opposed to earth-17.
Earth-Me: Home of the Just, sons and daughters of heroes and villains who live in a utopic, crimeless world, acting as super-celebrities. Inhabitants include the Supersons (Chris Kent and Damian Wayne), Alexis Luthor, Sister Miracle, Menta, Bloodwynd, Gypsy, Offspring, Kyle Rayner, Wally West, Connor Hawke. Opposed to earth-45
Atomic earth. Home of the Atomic Knights of Justice, a mash-up of the Atomic Knights and the Justice League. They live in a post atomic holocaust earth where radioactivity and hope still burns. Lead by Captain Adam Strange, they fight for rebuilt their world. Opposed to earth-15
Wild west world. A world permanently frozen in the late 19th century technology and culture from the meddling of the Time Trapper, the Justice Riders protect this world. The characters are DC western characters mixed with DC main superheroes: Superchief, El Diablo, Madame 44, Bat-Lash, Cinnamon, Strongbow, Tomahawkman, Johnny Thunder. Opposed to earth-9
Gaslight Universe. A steampunk universe where the superhumans start to appear in the early Victorian England. Home of the Gaslight Bat Man, Amazonia Wonder Woman, the Accelerated Man and the Shrinking Man. Opposed to earth-34
Pulp-Earth. Home of Doc Fate and the SoS (Society of Superheroes). A pulp-like world just coming out of a world war. A decopunk technology earth, the most notable heroes include Inmortal Man, Lady Blackhawk, Mighty Atom and Green Lantern Abin Sur. Opposed to earth-40
New Frontier World. A world where JFK wasn't assassinated and stands to lead the pioneers and young science heroes of the Justice League against the threats of this world. Opposed to earth-48
Kingdom Come world. A world where after the reclusion of Superman, the new breed of Superhumans put the world in almost chaos until the return of the Man of Steel. Opposed to earth-7
|Home of Calvin Ellis, Superman and President of the USA. Here, major superheroes are also predominately African-Americans (Nubia, Manhattan Guardian, Green Lantern John Stewart, Black Lightning, Cyborg, Steel, Vixen). Opposed to earth-41|
One of the seven "Unknown earths". (In interviews, Morrison said that these earths are free to be created by other authors). Opposed to earth-30
One of the seven "Unknown earths". (In interviews, Morrison said that these earths are free to be created by other authors). Opposed to earth-31
|Earth-C. Home of Captain Carrot and the Amazing Zoo Crew. Anthropomorphic super animals with characteristics similar to cartoon funny animals. The Just'a Lot of Animals also have a connection to this universe. Opposed to earth-39|
|One of the seven "Unknown earths". (In interviews, Morrison said that these earths are free to be created by other authors). Opposed to earth-32|
|One of the seven "Unknown earths". (In interviews, Morrison said that these earths are free to be created by other authors). Opposed to earth-37|
|Bizarro World. The underverse populated by Bizarro copies of the Justice League. (Alternate cover to The Multiversity: The Just #1) Opposed to earth-14|
Red Son world. A world where Superman rocket fall in Ukraine and he became the champion of Communism. To oppose him, Lex Luthor built super weapons such as the American Bizarro and the Green Lantern Marine Corps. Also opposing him are Batman, a russian insurgent and Atom, an american spy. Opposed to earth-24
Pirate world. Based on the elseworlds of Detective Comics Annual #7, this is a pirate dominated world of Captain Leatherwing set in a post Global Warming earth. Opposed to earth-25
|"Amalgam world" Home of In Darkest Knight Green Lantern Bruce Wayne, but includes other mash-up characters in the same line of Amalgam Comics but using only DC characters: Supermartian (Superman plus Martian Manhunter), Aquaflash (Flash plus Aquaman), Wonderhawk (Wonder Woman plus Hawkgirl), Black Arrow (Black Canary plus Green Arrow). Opposed to earth-27|
Earth-Prime,"Ultra Comics". Home of Ultra Comics. A world without superheroes, where all the other worlds are fiction only existing in movies, tv series or comic books. The real world or a close erzats world. The world where you live. opposed to earth-0
"Cosmoville" Astro City doppelganger world. Home of the Light Brigade, than includes: Goodfellow, Herculina, Stingray, White Ghostman, Cutie, Formula-1, Radman, Master Motley and Savior last survival of the supercivilization of Mu. Opposed to earth-19
"Rob Liefeld Universe". Also known as the Pseudoverse Built by Monitors ideominers, this world houses Supremo and the Super-Americans, among them Majesty, Queen of Venus, Mercury-Man, the Owl, Starcop, Olympian, Morphing Man. Opposed to earth-47
|Home of Optiman, Flashlight, Iron Knight, Red Racer War-Woman, Blackbird, Mer-Man, Cyberion, and Bowboy, members of Justice 9. Optiman was killed by Superdoom. (Action Comics #9) Opposed to earth-38|
|Howard Chaykin world. Based on Thrillkiller and Twilight graphic novels. A futuristic world where lawless heroes and cynic savior run free. In the late 50s, early 60s, Batgirl and Robin were the protectors of Gotham. Opposed to earth-28|
|John Byrne World. Based on Generations. A world where Batman and Superman started in the late 30s and their careers followed the same rhythm than earth-33, with their respective legacies. Opposed to earth-36|
|Wally Wood world. Based on THUNDER Agents. World of Agents of WONDER. A UN division of superspies with artifact that inflict damage and are addictive. Created by Happy DaVinci, Cyclotron, Corvus, Dr. Nemo, Accelerator and Psi-man protect the world. Opposed to earth-26|
|Counter-World. Opposite world to earth 20, a dark pulp world, dieselpunk technology style. A world where the super beings join the Society of Supercriminals, including Vandal Savage, Lady Shiva, Doc Faust, Blockbuster, Count Sinestro. Opposed to earth-20|
|Erzats Image Comics Universe. Home of 90's Image comics characters doppelgangers: Dino-Cop (Savage Dragon),Spore (Spawn), Fletch (Shaft), Vague (Vogue), Flintstein (Badrock), Sepulchre (Chapel), Nightcracker (Diehard?),Scorpion (alternate Batman, possible Dr. Midnite or Shadowhawk erzats). The premier team of this universe is the Nimrod Squad (Youngblood). Opposed to earth-23|
|Home of the Lil' Leaguers. Their Superman was killed by Superdoom (Action Comics #9). Wonder Woman and Steel of this world are still in active. There is a terrible secret in this world that all the heroes are robot sleeper agents of Empty Hand. Opposed to earth-4|
Red Rain world. A world filled with darkness and death and ruled by a breed of super-powered vampires. Inspired by the Red Rain elseworlds saga. Home of the Blood League than Includes Red Rain Batman, Vampire Ultraman, vampire versions of Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Cyborg, Flash and Robin. (Alternate cover for Pax Americana) Opposed to earth-49
Home of the Metal League, a team of robots replicas of the Justice League, created by the unstable supergenius Doc Tornado. Opposed to earth-8
Home of Superdoom and its creators, Clark Kent, Lois Lane and James Olsen (Action Comics #9). This world is controled in every aspect by Overcorp, a multinational corporation. Opposed to earth-16
One of the seven "Unknown earths". (In interviews, Morrison said that these earths are free to be created by other authors). Opposed to earth-11
Dreamworld. Home of the Love Syndicate, financed by Prez and lead by Sunshine Superman, this is the home of Shooting Star, Brother Power, Speed Freak and Magic Lantern. Opposed to earth-35
"Warworld, the Super-Earth" . Home of the Foreruners race, this is a world where everybody (including all non human life) have superpowers, from pets to bacteria and billions more. Home of Lord Volt and Lady Quark, the Royal couple, they are part of the Royal Family than includes Viza Aziv, Brother Eyes, Liana, Kid Vicious, Danger Dog and Antarctic Monkey. Opposed to earth-21.
One of the seven "Unknown earths". (In interviews, Morrison said that these earths are free to be created by other authors). Opposed to earth-43
Justice Lords earth. Based in the DCAU alternate world of the Justice Lords. Pretty much similar to Squadron Supreme universe. Opposed to earth-12
|Jack Kirby's Earth AD (after disaster). World where the adventures of OMAC and Kamandi take place. Opposed to earth-6|
|The space between universes.|
Located at the heart of the Multiverse, origin of all magic. It being orbited by the House of Heroes.
|Beyond the Orrery|
|Contains Monitor-Mind The Over-Void|
|Contains the local multiverse.|
Contains the monitor World, Nil.
Sphere of the gods
Contains all the myths and fictional or imaginary creations from all the cultures.
Exists outside of the standard earths and have access to all of them. Darkseid was powerful enough to attack a lot of them simultanously. Their worlds stand in the Sphere of the Gods of the Multiverse.
Set in opposite extremes.
|Set in opposite extremes, connected to Dream and Nightmare respectively.|
|Where all the discarded and forgotten inhabitants of the universe end.|
Worlds of the border on the speedforce, Set in opposite extremes they orbit the external wall beyond. The bloodmoon had became the new earth-2.
|Separates the multiverse from the sphere of the gods.|
Radioland, home of Krakkl.
Major Story Arcs
Pre-Crisis / The Multiverse:
Flash of two worlds
It began with the team-up of the original Flash Jay Garrick and the Silver Age Flash Barry Allen in the now famous Flash of two worlds story. To explain the existence of both characters, Gardner Fox created the concept of Multiverse, as both characters were the Flash from different earths. Later the JSA and the JLA would work together in what would convert in a traditional reunion. Using this tool, DC recovered the previous incarnations o the characters.
The multiverse would be used (and abused) to introduce characters from different editorial acquired by DC (like Fawcett, Quality and Charlton characters) or just to try different stories outside the continuity (imaginary stories as the Superman red and Superman blue) and explain contradictions (Kamandi and Batman encounters, or the introduction of earth-2 Superman, among others).
Post-Crisis / DC Universe:
Crisis of Infinite Earths: the Cluster earth
The Multiverse concept would be abandoned after the celebrated Crisis on Infinite Earths for almost twenty years. The characters from different earths now lived together in a clustered earth and changed a lot of concepts (like Superman being the first Superhero of the world), but introduced others new (the legacy hero concept).
Despite that, the alternate universe continued popping in some fashion or other with Elseworlds tales, imaginary stories, alternate timelines or dreamed realities, with a lot of them resembling previous alternate worlds.
One prominent effort to do that was the creation of Hypertime by writers Grant Morrison and Mark Waid, whom wanted to use the successfully Elseworld Kingdom Come as an starting point to bring back the alternate earths and the multiverse but their efforts didn't thrive and the hypertime concept wasn't used beyond some efforts.
Post-52 Weeks / The Multiverse:
Infinite Crisis and 52 Weeks: The return of the multiple earths
It was Geoff Johns with Infinity Crisis who brought back a glimpse of the previous Multiverse before along with Waid, Morrison and Greg Rucka in the weekly 52 brought the concept back in proper fashion, with a multiverse of 52 unexplored universes than resembled strongly the original one from before the crisis but included others as the Kingdom Come earth, the Wildstorm universe and the Tangent line.
During this age multiple earths would be explored and would be used in different stories, as also was hinted the presence of people of other earths living among the characters of the main earth.
Post-Flashpoint / The Multiverse:
However, a new reboot caused after Flashpoint, dubbed the New52 changed the multiverse yet again: this time the main earth (re-branded as Prime Earth by Dan DiDio, DC co-publisher) included the characteristics of the Wildstorm Universe and Vertigo characters. Also Earth 2 was radically different, with some of the Golden Age characters transformed into a younger generation of heroes in a world in war against Apokolips. Also, now Apokolips and New Genesis exists outside the Orrery of Worlds which contains the 52 known universes
However the multiverse still has a stronger presence with characters from other universes making pivotal appearances as last seen in Forever Evil.
A more deep exploration of the multiverse has been provided by Grant Morrison in his series Multiversity. The 52 universes are pretty much similar to their previous incarnation but they have key differences (i.e. the previous version of earth-40 pre-Flashpoint, a worlds of ww2 super agents, is different from the New52 earth-40, a world of pulp super-villains).
During Convergence, several cities from previous multiverses appeared briefly before being send again to their proper realities. However is implied than the effects of this action in some way affected the multiverse, making it again infinite in the number of earths. However the status of the present existent earths was kept unchanged.
Dark Nights Metal
A new mystery related to the multiverse has been revealed with Dark Nights Metal. When the Justice League investigated the appearance of a mountain in Gotham City, the Blackhawk Squadron explained to the existence of a "dark multiverse", which is the origin of the mytic nth metal of Hawkman. The investigation is still undergoing.
CW's The Flash
In the second season of CW series The Flash, Jay Garrick made his debut revealing the existence of a parallel universe. The episode, inspired in the classic "Flash of two worlds" introduce the concept of multiverse to the series. The multiverse concept will be a pivotal plot point for the second season.
|CW' s MULTIVERSE|
|Mainstream earth home of Barry Allen (Flash) and Oliver Queen (Arrow).|
|Alternate universe home of Jay Garrick (the Flash), an alternate version of Harrison Wells and a race of intelligents gorillas located in Gorilla City. Several metahumans from this universe had invaded the main earth including: Dr. Light, Atom Smasher and Sand Demon.|
|Home of the real Jay Garrick|
|Home of an alternate Harrison Wells, nicknamed HR. At difference of his doppelgangers, he isn't a scientist.|
|Home universe of CW's Supergirl. In her universe there is also other superbeings included Superman, Martian Manhunter and Guardian.|
The multiverse was also used by the producers of the animated shows Superman:The animated series and expanded in the Justice League & Justice League Unlimited Animated series.
The main earth of the DC animated universe, where Batman and Superman debuted and joined forces in the Justice League along with Wonder Woman, Flash (Wally West), Green Lantern (John Stewart), Martian Manhunter, and Hawkgirl. Here Batman and Wonder Woman would developted a romance and later the League would expand their roster to several superbeings after a thanagarian invasion. In Dakota City a teenage Static would shock the world and beyond in the future a new Batman would rise to fight injustice in a cyberpunk Gotham city.
Earth: Brave New Metropolis
|A world were the death of Lois Lane make Superman join forces with Luthor.|
Earth: Justice Guild of America
|A world were the nuclear world happened and their heroes, the Justice Guild of America didn't could stopped and died. And a powerful mutant created mind projected replicas who started to think by themselves. They were inspired in the original Justice Society of America. Ray Thompson, mutant inspired in Brainwave, was a homage to comic writer and editor Roy Thomas.|
Earth: Justice Lords
|A darker world were the death of Flash caused by president Lex Luthor motivated to the members of the Justice League to take more radical and active action against injustice, transforming themselves into global dictators. This earth would serve as reference for the post-Flashpoint earth 50.|
Earth: Gods and Monsters
|Allegedly. Produced by Bruce Timm (one of the main architechs behind the DCAU and using the same characters design style), this is a world where the Trinity is radically different and darker: Superman is the son of Zod raised by illegal mexican immigrants as Hernan Guerra, Batman is a vampire Kirk Langstrom and Wonder Woman is new goddess Bekka, hidding on earth. If this story is tied to the DCUA, beyond its creator is still unknown.|
In the live action series Smallville, there was also a stablished multiverse with at least one parallel world explored. After the end of the tv series this multiverse would be expanded and explored in the series Smallville Season eleven and Smallville: Continuity. The nature of this universe was different as with the objetives of the Monitors, who where destroying parallel earths instead saving them.
The exact number of parallel worlds is unknown.
Earth, Earth-1 or Earth-?
|Where the main adventures of the Smallville universe happens. Their exact denomination is unknown, so is used the earth-1 name to difference from their counterparts.|
|A world were Kal-El was adopted by Lionel Luthor. His upbring would lead to became the evil Ultraman. Note: This was the only world which was explored in the live action series.|
|A destroyed parallel world when it collided with earth-37.|
|A world where Clark Kent was a normal human and wannabe hero and Bruce Wayne was a psychopathic killer. This world was destroyed but Clark and Bruce escaped.|
|A destroyed parallel world when it collided with earth-9.|
|Here, Clark Kent became the superhero know as Mister Majestic.|
|A world which was conquered by Darkseid during his original attack. (Smalville tv series, last season).|
Infinite Crisis: Fight for the multiverse
As part of promotion of the game Infinite Crisis, DC launched a digital first comic initiative based on the game and scripted by Andy Lanning. The story take the champions from different universes and put them together to fight an unknown menace. The description of some of the universe are similar yet not the same as the post-Flashpoint multiverse.
Earth-0: Prime Universe
|This is the equivalent to Prime earth in the actual DC comics, where its champions (mostly) resembles the new52 version of the characters. Exceptions are Robin, Harley Quinn and Doomsday.|
Earth-13: Arcane Universe
|The Shadow League, a cabal of twisted sorcerers, lusted for absolute rule over Earth. Blinded by ambition, they performed a ritual that extinguished the Sun. With eternal night blanketing the Earth, the world's most powerful magicians united to reignite the Sun, but its new arcane heart forever altered life on Earth. Heroes and villains have since adapted to their magically infused environment, developing strange new abilities. This world was only hinted in the pre-Flashpoint list, but was never developed.|
Earth-17: Atomic Universe
|As the Cold War was brewing between the world’s superpowers, a mysterious object from space crashed into Kansas. Mistaking the crash for a first strike, the United States unleashed its full nuclear arsenal against the Soviet Union, who retaliated. The ensuing nuclear war instantly vaporized 97% of all life Earth. The survivors hope the Earth can be healed, but the nuclear aftermath has left them with scars that never will. this world is based on earth-17 from pre Flashpoint list, the home of the Atomic Knights after the great disaster.|
Earth-19: Gaslight Universe
|The Victorian era has swept the Earth and a prosperous Age of Invention has revolutionized society through powerful steam technology, and this amazing progress is only the beginning. Heroes and villains have begun to emerge from all corners of society, and with them bring new sources of power and problems far stranger than steam and gas lights. This world is based in Batman: Gotham by Gaslight and earth-19 from pre Flashpoint list.|
Earth-43: Nightmare Universe
|Tales of horrors prowling the night were once just legends on this Earth - until the darkness returned. Ancient and terrible powers beyond comprehension awoke and brought with them an army of monsters. In fighting these creatures, some heroes have fallen, twisting into monsters themselves. Heroes and villains have set aside old rivalries and are united in fighting darkness that threatens to engulf their world forever. This world is based in the Batman: blood rain series, the earth-43 from pre Flashpoint list.|
|In this universe, there were no heroes, until a league of scientists known as the Justice Consortium created them. Technology had always been advanced on this Earth, but these new robotic creations were able to think and feel, and wielded powers beyond anything yet seen. They now defend the Earth from threats within and beyond, particularly the Doom Legion and their villainous assassin bots. This world is based in the one panel mention of the metal men from earth 44 as told in Final Crisis #7.|