Earth-8, the parallel universe previously know as the extradimesional world of Angor is the reality inside the DC Multiverse, where most of the Marvel characters homages and doppelgangers live. This world can be considered as the answer to the Marvel' Squadron Supreme, an analog concept. The creators of the original characters were Dick Dillin and Mike Friedrich.
At first, only know by their representatives, the Champions of Angor, who debuted the same year and month than the Squadron Supreme (February, 1971), the world of Angor would not be fully explored until after the Crisis on Infinite Earths by JLI creatives Keith Giffen, J.M. DeMatteis and Kevin Maguire. Later Giffen, DeMatteis and Bart Sears would expand the world of Angor and their characters, mainly their villians. The team team along with Mike Mckone later they would introduce the world itself and several others characters always under a parodic light.
After Infinite Crisis and during Countdown, Angor was officially designed as an alternate earth, and assigned number (earth-8). It was more explored during the Countdown tie-in Lord Havok mini-series.
After Flashpoint, the concept would be rescued by Grant Morrison for his Multiversity series, under a totally different visual and conceptual reinvention.
The first encounter between the characters of Angor and the Justice League was on Cam-Nam-Lao, an alien dead world. Before beign wasted, the ruling corporations of Cam-Nam-Lao send automatons to gather minerals, and other resources, from other worlds. As the Justice League of America were attacked on Earth by once such automaton, so, too, were the heroes of the planet, Angor. Their superheroes, the Champions of Angor attacked and went to search to whoever had sent the robots. Who they found was the Justice league, victims of the same predicament. Now, said heroes arrive on Cam-Nam-Lao, immediately mistaking the Justice League of America, and Zatanna, to be responsible for launching the attack on Angor. The Justice League of America, and Zatanna, assume the same about the heroes of Angor. An epic battle ensues. While deflecting Jack. B. Quick's debris attack, the Flash propels a chunk of rubble at the Blue Jay. Zatanna urges the Green Lantern to throw up a protective energy shield, around the badly injured Blue Jay. The Green Lantern is forced to drop the shield, so that he can bring the full power of his ring to bear, to heal the Blue Jay. The Justice League of America make peace with the Heroes of Angor, who depart for their own world.
The debut of the Champions of Angor coincided with the Squadron Supreme, mostly because it was an "unofficial crossover" agreed between both the creators from both books. Curiously, depiste there was already stablished existence of the multiverse, Angor wasn't catalogued as a parallel earth, but as an ambigous "other-dimensional planet" populated by human-like looking aliens with the same marvelous level of technological development and cultural tendencies than earth. Only silver age logic can explain such coincidences.
The final destiny of Angor would be revealed after the Crisis of the Infinite Crisis, by the suddenly appearance of Wandjina, Silver Sorceress and Blue Jay on earth, with a radical anti-nuclear weapons agenda. This because their own world ended in a nuclear war, leaving nothing more than a radioctive wasteland behind with very few survivors. The last superheroes spend their time trying to help the dying human race but their good intentions were not enough. The world has become so radioactive than even superbeings couldn't endure the high toxic levels too much. Captain Speed, one of the original members of the Champions of Angor, died of radiation poisonig, depiste the efforts of Silver Sorceress for helping him with her hexes.
After concede defeat, , the last Champions, abandoned their home using the magical abilities of Silver Sorceress. They arrived earth with a more agressive agenda than included the eradication of all the nuclear arsenal and would lead them with clashings against the Justice League and the Rocket Red Brigade. But their anti-nuclear weapons crusade would end tragically. It would be on earth where the angorian Wandjina would meet his demise.
Sometime later, Silver Sorceress returned alone to Angor and a new aspect of the end of this world would be revealed through Blue Jay words: meanwhile the Assemblers possed for the cameras, a group of supervillians, the Extremists, under the leadership of Lord Havok convinced all the supervillians of Angor to work together. With alll the villians under his guide, Havok took control of all the nuclear arsenal of the world and blackmailed their leaders, demanding total surrender. But the world governments rejected their demands and the villians just drop the bombs. Apparentely, only the main conspirators, the Extremist, were the only survivors of that event. After discover than the Sorceress also was alive, they followed her path to earth, hungry for new worlds to conquer.
When they tried to repeat their previous scheme on earth, they were opposed by Captain Atom and the JLE. However the JLE was defeated and send to Angor, where they were under the custody of Carny, another extremist and ruler of Wacky world, an amusement park totally run by humanoids automatons. The fact was than even the original Extremists had died by radiation poisoning, all but Dreamslayer and robotic replicas were the ones threatening Earth. The following battle against Carny woke up Mitch Wacky, creator of Wackyworld and the robot technology, from his cryogenic sleep. Depiste their amazing development in cybernetic tech, Angor was very underdevelopted in health treatment and a common cold was a deadly disease. After overcame the shock to discover than his world was gone, he returned with the JLE to earth and helped them to stop his own crazy creations.
A deeper exploration of Angor would be seen in JLQ # 3. Mitch Wacky and Kilowog, then the repair man from the JLI, in a risky move, traveled back in time to change history and save Angor from destruction by undoing the origin of the Extremists. However, it was the intervention of Mitch Wacky what caused the explosion than created the Extremists, in a paradox event. This revelation send Uncle Mitch in a deep depression.
In this travel, Mitch, Kilowog and the JLE also meet the Assemblers, in their prime glory. Following the comedic spirit of the JLI of that time, spoofing on the style and dramatic performances of the Marvel characters, including their inner conflicts, which include from the anti mutant segregation problems of Captain Speed to the psychological traumas of the several members, specially Bowman and his black widow type of woman obssession and the physical pains of the Massive Man. Also the origin of the Extremist parodied on the reapeted trope of the nuclear induced origin of the Marvel characters, a pretty used concept in the Silver Age, among the most famous characters of the house of ideas.
This incarnation of Angor don't would be seen again until Convergence, when it was revealed than Angor's New York (circa 1994) was one of the cities from extint realities collected by Brainiac. Apochryphally, some new inhabitants were added via retcon, including the New Extremists characters, originally from the mainstream earth and an alternate version of Spider-Man.
When the multiverse was resurrected and rebuilt after Infinite Crisis and 52 (the weekly), Angor was recognized at last as an official parallel earth. Reintroduced in the weekly maxi-series Countdown and more explored in Lord Havok and the extremist, the new earth-8 had now a more darker tone echoing similar concepts seen into the Ultimates/Civil War arcs comics, subjects which were happening in the Marvel comics at the time.
Angor as Earth-8 had various differences from the main DC earth, including the existence of other countries, different buildings (the White Tower instead the White House), religion (the Deity instead God), the name of the country (United States of Angor) or his geopolitical reality (Angor's USA had a bigger territory, including parts of Mexico and Canada). It must also noted than the planet isn't called "Earth" but "Angor". New characters as Americommando and Barracuda, were inspired in the Crusaders, old enemies from (DC) earth-X's Uncle Sam and the Freedom Fighters. Others like the Zen-Men were new additons to the angorian landscape.
Now, the superhumans of earth-8 after a violent fight between two opposed different factions, were under martial law and assembled in a military institution, the Meta Militia, resembling the Initiative concept, but reaching a more facistic extreme, including concentration camps and death penalty for the unregistered metas. Opposed to them stands Havok and his extremists, who where against the militaristic attitude borned of Angor's own civil war. Havok's rebel actions included the invasion of Slovekia and the assassination of Tin-Man, who was the acting president. Americommando, Tin-Man sucessor, was less tolerant to the Extremists actions and ordened sevaral armed reprises against them.The tensions between Americommando and Havok would escalate and were accelerated with the intervention of Monarch until a full war between both factions and the Meta Militia invaded which ended with Blue Jay taking control of the United States of Angor after a coup d'etat.
Post Flashpoint & New52:
A new vision of earth-8 is explored in Multiversity, but still keeping their trademarked similarity to Marvel comics characters. In the comic universe, they are characters from the publisher Major comics, readed in several other universes, including earths 4, 10, 16, 23 and 36. Curiously there are no publications of Major comics in earth-33. The same characters of Major Comics also leads severals franchises of sucessful movies.
Earth-8 is now the home of the Retaliators, which include characters similar to their previous incarnations, some rebranded (i.e. Wandjina is now called Wundajin) but different, or totally reinvented like American CrUSAder, Machinehead, Bug, Ladybug & Behemoth, Deadeye, Major Max. Others characters from that universe include the Future Family, the G-Men, Stuntmaster and Lord Havok & the Extremists. Also has been confirmed Captain Speed and Silver Sorceress indeed live in earth-8.
(Must be observed prior to Flashpoint, the Multiversity iteration of earth-8 was hinted in Superman Beyond as being earth-6, but this must be considered apocryphal or an editorial mistake. Post Flashpoint, the designation of earth-6 has been given to the "Just Imagine" Stan Lee's Universe. Still conserve the Marvel motive).
Also must be add than a doppelganger of earth-8, earth-7, was also introduced in Multiversity. Thunderer, the doppelganger of Wundajin, recogniced some of the characters of earth-8 as "they looks like his friends but they are not them". It was stablished than Earth-7 is pretty much similar to Earth-8 in history and inhabitants, but with subtle differences. In some way, Earth-7 was an "Essential" (Ultimate) version of "616" (classic) Earth-8.)
Recently earth-8 was attacked by forces from beyond the universe, the same forces than destroyed its twin universe. The earth was invaded by their own alternate doppelgangers from earth 7, gentrified (somekind of zombies). All the heroes from earth-8 were assembled to stop the invasion, with little success. Depiste the combined efforts of the crew from the Ultima Thule and the other teams from earth 8 (from the G-men to the Future Family) the Retaliators were almost defeated. However, with the help of the heroes from other earths who arrived as an extradimensional calvary, earth 8 survived and averted the danger.
One last task was still pending: they traveled to earth 7 to discover who was the dark force behind the attack. After confront the Empty Hand, the heroes were returned to earth 8, warned about the danger than represents for them the inhabitants of earth 33. Machinehead, the armored member of the Retaliators joined the extradimensional heroes as a guardian of the multiverse.
During the events of Convergence, The pre-Infinite Crisis Angor characters returned briefly as defenders of their version of New York. The Extremists fought against the pre Flashpoint Titans; Both Atoms (Ray Palmer & Ryan Choi) fought against Barracuda; Batman, Robin & Red Hood stood against the New Extremists leaded by Carny; Ambush Bug briefly share a friendly talk with the Louse-Man. In all the engagements the angorians were defeated. Later, the main Extremists team joined Deimos army, but their battle was interrupted by Telos intervention, who along with Brainiac returned them to their cities and to their proper timelines/universes. As aftermath, it was implied than the modern multiverse (seen in Multiversity) and their earths are a continuation/evolution from the previous original one, including the relation Angor/earth 8.
Justice League of America: Re-Death & Rebirth
The presence of Earth-8 is felt again when the Extremists reappear in the prime earth in the DC Rebirth series Justice League of America. The Extremists are again bearers of bad news, when they announce than their world, (which they again call Angor) has been destroyed, again because of the manipulations of Havok. Being the last survivors, the extremists tried to conquer earth-0, but Batman and his Justice League defeated them.
However trying to found a way to bring back to life to Angor, Batman, Black Canary and Dreamslayer were opposed to the Adjudicator, who was judging if Angor deserved the right to be resurrected. Meanwhile Batman tried to convince the Adjudicator, Havok returned to earth-8 and tried to revive Angor under his rule again. But in the end, he and Dreamslayer offrered their lives in exchange of the resurection of their world, just as the same as it was before they destroyed it. The Adjudicator agreed and Angor was restored to a full living world, as it was before. If Havok and Dreamslayer were also revived along with the resurrection of their world, along with the deceased Extremists, it is unknown. Meanwhile, the surviving Extremists, surviving Extremists still are prisioners on earth-0.
An inmediate effect seems to be than the G-men returned to their pre-Flashpoint identity, becoming the Zen-Men again.
Recently, earth 8 was under siege of an invasion of dark matter creatures from the dark multiverse. tracing the surce,the retaliators, along with their allies, the Zen-Men, travelled to earth 23, a place victim of the same invasion. Both teams found a confused Wally West also trying to stop the darkness. Believing him to be part of the problem, both teams went against Flash,but the speedester could deal with both teams and used an instrument given to him by the Tempus Fuginaut to push back the invading darkness. As the darkness left earth 23, the angorians heroes received communications than in their home earth, the darkness had retreated in their world too. They left for their home not before express their gratitude to the fastest man alive, even if he was not able to hear them in that moment.
Comparative Characters/Teams table.
|Angor Characters/Teams||Multiversity Earth-8||Marvel Characters/Teams|
Champions of Angor/ Justifiers/
|Not applicable||Avengers Initiative/SHRA|
|Americommando||American Crusader||Captain America|
|Unnamed red "Hulk"||Behemoth||Hulk|
|Not revealed.||Major Max||Captain Marvel|
|Captain Speed/Jack B. Quick||Captain Speed.||Quicksilver|
|Blue Jay||Not revealed||Yellow Jacket/Hank Pym|
|Not revealed.||Red Dragon||Black Widow|
|Silver Sorceress||Silver Sorceress.||Scarlet Witch|
|Not revealed||Janus, the Everyway Man*||Adam Warlock (?)/Dr. Strange(?)|
|Extremists||Extremists||Masters of Evil/Cabal|
|Dr Diehard||Dr. Diehard||Magneto|
|Lord Havok||Lord Havok||Dr Doom|
|Brute (Not native)||Brute||Abomination/Hulk|
|Not revealed.||Death Bat||Green Goblin|
|Not revealed.||Future Family||Fantastic Four|
|Robert||Doc Frank Future||Mr. Fantastic|
|Not revealed||Unknown name||Human Torch|
|Not revealed||Blue Boarder||Silver Surfer|
- * Janus, the Everyway Man is mentioned in Pax Americana (earth 4) as a character of Major comics who has meet Major Max (Captain Mar-Vell analog). Considering the reference (the psychodelic 60s-70's cosmic comics from Marvel), the possibility than Janus was the Adam Warlock analog seems the most plausible.
- **Louse-man, the Angor's Spider-man analog was revealed via retcon in Convergence Supergirl: Matrix 2 issue. In a relaxed talk with Ambush Bug, he revealed his secret origin: he obtained his powers from being bitten by radioactive lice. Depiste there was the appearance of a different looking Spider-man analog in JLQ 3, he was never named.
- There existed another earth-8 just before the outwritting of the multiverse in Crisis on infinite earths without any relationship with Angor: visited by Alan Scott from earth-two and Captain Marvel from earth-S, it was a world without heroes but it have its own replica of the Starheart in China, still undiscovered. This earth-8 appeared in All Star Squadron... number 52. Later, during Infinite Crisis, Alex Luthor would affirm than pre-crisis earth-8 would had been the home of Helena Bertinelli, Kyle Rayner, Jason Rusch and Timothy Zanetti if the Crisis had not happened.
- Even if Angor/earth-8 have most of the DC's Marvel inspired characters, there are also a lot of others parodies/homages unrelated to this world. Among them it can be count: the already mentioned Crusaders (Freedom Fighters enemies), the Maximums,(Superman/Batman enemies), General Glory (Guy Gardner's hero), the Hybrids (Teen Titans foes), the Knight-Shift (Legion of Superheroes enemies), Mr Nebula & the Scarlett Skier (JLI "troublemakers") among others.
- Also in Wildstorm's The Authority, there were presented, The Americans, a more darker and twisted parody to the Avengers. These characters debuted in 2000, when Wildstorm was already a property of DC comics. The tone of the series made some similarities played down.