JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA

Chronology

Part 3: End of an Era, Crisis on Infinite Earths (#207-261)

7 Years Ago
After the Titans are ejected into space, the are brought aboard the JLA Satellite and rescued by Superman. Aboard the JLA satellite, Superman introduces the Titans to the Omega Men. NOTE: This occurs concurrently with Justice League of America #207. New Teen Titans #23-24 (Sept.–Oct. 1982)
JLA/JSA 20. Time traveling team-up with the All-Star Squadron vs. Per Degaton. NOTE: In post-Crisis continuity, the Crime Syndicate (who also appeared in this tale) do not debut until JLA: Earth 2. NOTE: Issue #208 contains a preview of the Masters of the Universe series. Justice League of America #207-209 (Nov. 1982–Jan. 1983), All-Star Squadron #14-15 (Oct.–Nov. 1982)
PRE-CRISIS ONLY: The JLA and Titans attend the wedding of Wonder Woman and Steve Trevor, which is canceled when Steve Trevor changes his mind. NOTE: Though many of Wonder Woman's pre-Crisis adventures have been reinserted into continuity, this one seems most unlikely. Originally, the couple went on to marry in Wonder Woman #329. Wonder Woman v.1 #300 (Feb. 1983)
When the Atom suffers a nervous breakdown, the JLA must pursue him into a sub-atomic world. Justice League of America #213-216 (Apr.–July 1983)
Garn Daanuth releases elemental forces in an attempt to resurrect ancient Atlantis. Justice League of America #217 (Aug. 1983)
Aquaman and Zatanna face Captain Squidd and Whaleboy. POST-CRISIS: As the JLA's members gradually begin drifting away from the team, the alien race called the Debris begin planning a massive invasion of Earth. Batman leaves a meeting in anger. NOTES: Black Canary says that her mother recently died, which is hard to reconcile with Secret Origins #50 (1990). It's not clear if this was a retcon or an error. This story needn't be considered a retcon to Batman's actual resignation (next entry). JLA: Incarnations #4 (Sept. 2001)
When the JLA refuses to help him settle an international dispute, Batman resigns from the JLA to form the Outsiders. NOTE: The Outsiders first appeared in a preview in Brave and the Bold #200 (1983), which takes place after Batman and the Outsiders #1–2. Batman and Outsiders #1 (Aug. 1983)
PRE-CRISIS ONLY: Superman recruits the JLA and the Teen Titans to defend New York from the android villain Brainiac. NOTE: This story, which could not have taken place in post-Crisis continuity, was the JLA's first encounter with the new, more visibly robotic Brainiac, whose new form (designed by artist Ed Hannigan) debuted in Action Comics #544 (June 1983). Starfire mentions in this story that Brainiac (in his original, green-skinned form) had previously been routed after launching an unsuccessful attack on the Vega system. Those events were not depicted in any comic book story, but were mentioned in History of the DC Universe #2 (Nov. 1986), although that reference may have been apocryphal considering the substantial differences in Brainiac's post-Crisis history. (Brainiac's history was again revised after Infinite Crisis, beginning with Action #866 [Aug. 2008].) Action Comics #546 (Aug. 1983)
John Stewart aids the League as Green Lantern against Doctor Destiny. The Sandman II (Garrett Sanford) is invited to join the League, but declines. Justice League of America Annual #1 (1983)
Professor Ivo begins to take on a monstrous appearance from having ingested an immortality serum in Brave and Bold #30. Justice League of America #218 (Sept. 1983)
The Guardians of the Universe allow Hal Jordan to end his exile in space and return to Earth. NOTE: An editorial caption in Justice League #219 indicates timing of this event. Green Lantern v.2 #172 (Feb. 1984)
JLA/JSA 21: PRE-CRISIS ONLY: This crossover revealed the true pre-Crisis origin of Black Canary—she was not the original Canary of Earth-Two, but her daughter, who magically received her mother's memories. Johnny Thunder of Earth-One and the Crime Champions were the villains in this story. This event no longer exists in post-Crisis continuity. Justice League of America #219-220 (Oct.–Nov. 1983)
The Flash kills Professor Zoom to stop him from murdering Barry Allen's fiancée, Fiona Webb, at their wedding. Afterward, the Flash is arrested by Central City police and charged with manslaughter. NOTE: In Flash #323, Firestorm, on monitor duty in the JLA satellite, tells Wonder Woman he's hurt at not being invited to the wedding. Flash v.1 #323–325 (July–Sept. 1983)
The JLA votes on whether the Flash should be expelled from the League for killing Professor Zoom. They vote that he can remain "on a strictly probationary basis." Flash v.1 #327-329 (Nov. 1983–Jan. 1984)
The Atom divorces from his wife Jean, and dons a modified costume. Sword of Atom #1-4 (Sept.–Dec. 1983)
Wally West and Dick Grayson give up their costumed identities as Kid Flash and Robin. New Teen Titans #38 (Feb. 1984)
The JLA and Outsiders team up to stop a Cosmic Tree from destroying Earth, while other Leaguers travel to the planet Olda to save it from a similar fate. Their foes are the aliens from Olda, who are attempting to invade Earth, led by the Pantheon, a group of humans transformed by the tree, whose leader is a man named Zeta. NOTES: Guest appearance by the Teen Titans. The JLA uses a Thanagarian starship. Batman also encounters the pre-Crisis Superboy in his journeys through time. World's Finest #300 (Feb. 1984)
Versus Rex Maximus and the Ani-Men. Justice League of America #221-223 (Dec. 1983–Feb.. 1984)
Versus Paragon! Justice League of America #224 (Mar. 1984)
First chronological app. of Infinity, Inc., including Nuklon, Obsidian, Jade, Brainwave Jr., Silver Scarab, Northwind and Fury II. NOTE: Their first appearance in print was actually All-Star Squadron #25 (1983). Nuklon and Obsidian would one day become JLA members. Infinity Inc. #1 (Mar. 1984)
Lord Gravesend unleashes the demon Hellrazer! Justice League of America #225-227 (Apr.–June 1984)
Swamp Thing defeats the Floronic Man. Superman and Green Lantern find Woodrue and take him to Arkham Asylum. Sage of the Swamp Thing #24 (May 1984)
1st app. of the Blue Devil (Daniel Cassidy). Fury of Firestorm #24 (June 1984)
Dick Grayson returns to adventuring as Nightwing. Tales of the Teen Titans #44 (July 1984)
APOCRYPHAL: Batman and the original JLA unravel Intergang's attempt to frame Superman for murder. NOTES: This story is the all-time worst continuity mess; it cannot be reconciled with any other events. In this story, Batman says he's already been entrusted with the kryptonite sample following Superman's execution of the Kryptonian criminals (Action #654, 1990). Clearly, however, this story took place on the JLA satellite HQ and features an appearance by the 5 original JLAers. These events occurred years apart. To sum it up: Before the Crisis: Impossible because Batman didn't yet have the Kryptonite. After the Crisis: Impossible because the HQ was destroyed in Justice League of America #228 and the Flash died in the Crisis. Superman Secret Files #1 correctly places the kryptonite episode "4 Years Ago." JLA 80-Page Giant #1 (July 1998)
Superman takes Blue Devil to visit the JLA satellite, where he meets Elongated Man and Zatanna. Zatanna attempts to remove BD's costume, but fails. The two travel to an island where they accidentally release the demon, Nebiros. (#4) After briefly returning to the JLA satellite to locate Nebiros, Zatanna and Blue Devil track the demon to Mexico. (#5) Blue Devil #4-5 (Sept.–Oct. 1984)
POST-CRISIS ONLY: The alien Debris' first strike destroys the JLA satellite. J'onn and Zatanna escape to warn Aquaman and Elongated Man. All other heroes are disabled by "mind mines." The free heroes eventually free the others' minds and overthrow the evil Debris leader, Koll. The Green Lantern Corps finds a new homeworld for the remaining Debris refugees. NOTE: Warlord Koll and the Debris, described as the survivors of multiple lost alien civilizations, seem inspired by the story in Action Comics #544–546 (1983), in which the survivors of destroyed worlds are conscripted to fight for the robotic Brainiac (whom Koll somewhat resembles). This story could be regarded as a post-Crisis version of that story and the Martian invasion in the pre-Crisis Justice League of America #228–230. JLA: Incarnations #4 (Sept. 2001)
PRE-CRISIS ONLY: The League's satellite headquarters is destroyed by a Martian invasion which draws the Martian Manhunter back to Earth. At the conclusion, he rejoins the JLA. NOTE: J'onn's post-Crisis origin was established in the 1988 Martian Manhunter mini-series. In it, he never left Earth and his people died decades before. Justice League of America #228-230 (July–Sept. 1984)
Hal Jordan quits the Green Lantern Corps. NOTE: John Stewart succeeds him in the next issue. Green Lantern v.2 #181 (Oct. 1984)
JLA/JSA 22: Superman, Wonder Woman and the Flash vs. the Commander. NOTE: This story also originally included Supergirl. It occurs concurrently with issues #228-230. Written by Kurt Busiek. Includes an early appearance of the Monitor and Harbinger. The Monitor first appeared (in shadow) in New Teen Titans #21 (1982); his face was first shown in G.I. Combat #275. Harbinger's 1st app. was New Teen Titans Annual #2 (1983). Justice League of America #231-232 (Oct.–Nov. 1984)
6 Years Ago
Wally West learns that his powers are killing him. Although he can still use his super-speed, it causes him debilitating pain. Tales of the Teen Titans #49 (Dec. 1984)
After determining that the JLA satellite is beyond repair, Aquaman calls a JLA meeting at the abandoned JSA headquarters. He disbands the League and calls for a new JLA whose members are willing to devote themselves 100% to the League. Black Canary, Firestorm, Green Arrow, Hawkman, Hawkwoman, and Red Tornado resign. Remaining members Aquaman, Elongated Man, J'onn J'onzz, and Zatanna recruit Vixen, Steel (grandson of Commander Steel) and Vibe to join the new League. The JLA moves to a new headquarters, the Bunker, in Detroit, built for them by Dale Gunn, their new handyman/caretaker. The local residents, including Mother Windom, throw a block party to welcome the League. First appearance of Gypsy. NOTE: In the original telling, Aquaman made the announcement in public at the U.N. JLA: Incarnations #4 (Sept. 2001), Justice League of America Annual #2 (1984)
PRE-CRISIS and POST-INFINITE CRISIS: Diana Prince is maid of honor at the wedding of her adoptive sister, Donna Troy (Wonder Girl). Clark Kent and Bruce Wayne are among the wedding guests. POST-CRISIS: Wonder Woman has not yet appeared in Man's World at this time. It is unlikely that Clark Kent attends the wedding. Note: Wonder Woman's recanonization as a JLA founder began with the 2003's Trinity by Matt Wagner, though it was uncertain whether that series was in continuity. After Infinite Crisis in 2006, DCU stories specifically addressed the matter. Tales of the Teen Titans v.1 #50 (Dec. 1988), Justice League of America v.2 #0 (Sept. 2006)
REBIRTH
Part 1: The JLA is caught in a battle of local street gangs and learns more about the history of Vibe, a former gang member. Crowbar, former leader of one of the gangs, is transformed by the mysterious Overmaster. NOTE: The covers of issues #233-236 form a panorama. Justice League of America #233 (Dec. 1984)
Part 2: Vixen and the JLA battle Red Dawn, a terrorist group led by General Mustapha Maksai, who murdered Vixen's father. The newly transformed Crowbar joins the Overmaster's Cadre: Black Mass, Fastball, Nightfall, and Shatterfist. NOTE: This story describes Gypsy as being 14 years old. Justice League of America #234 (Jan. 1985)
Part 3: Vixen battles General Maksai for control of her Tantu Totem while the rest of the JLA learns how Steel's grandfather (the original Commander Steel), transformed him into a cyborg. The JLA is transported to a mountain in the Arctic Circle, where they confront the Overmaster and the Cadre. Justice League of America #235 (Feb. 1985)
Part 4: The JLA battles the Cadre and the Overmaster, who claims to be a 580 million year-old alien who wants to determine humanity's fitness to survive. The League defeats the Cadre with the help of Gypsy and discovers that the Overmaster is apparently a parasitic creature with delusions of grandeur. The true Overmaster, an alien giant, disappears, taking his mountain, the false Overmaster, and the Cadre with him. Gypsy joins the JLA. Justice League of America #236 (Mar. 1985)
Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman meet at Challengers Mountain to discuss the new Detroit-based JLA. Batman is perturbed that "their baby" isn't the same anymore. Justice League of America v.2 #0 (Sept. 2006)
J'onn takes the new team into the wilderness of Ontario for team-building exercises. They are ambushed by the original Royal Flush Gang (Clubs). The battle results in a resulting rockfall that crushes Ten and Queen to death; King and Jack escape. NOTE: This is the first time the original Gang's names were revealed: King/Kerry, Queen/Queenie, Jack/Jack, Ten/Tom Dillon. JLA: Classified #22 (Early July 2006)
Aquaman hears word of danger and sets out to help his friends. Jack and King run into their old friend, Amos Fortune, who is now working with the second Royal Flush Gang (Spades), as their Ace. Fortune lets them go, then both Gangs attack the JLA. In the fracas, a fire is started that quickly envelops the forest. JLA: Classified #23 (Late July 2006)
With J'onn out from the fire, the new JLAers fend for themselves. Meanwhile, Fortune sets out to finishing off his old Gang, killing King the of Clubs. The Jack of Clubs escapes once again. Aquaman arrives in the forest, but succumbs to the heat as well. To survive, he smothers himself in the blood of dead animals, which effects the effect of salt water. JLA: Classified #24 (Aug. 2006)
The JLA find sanctuary in a cave that happens to be the same as the Gang's hideout. Fortune transforms the Gang into avatars of the Tarot, but they fall when King's health fails him. They Gang is rounded up and Aquaman arrives as the battle is ended. Gypsy senses a dire future for Steel and Vibe. JLA: Classified #25 (Sept. 2006)
The JLA (Steel, Aquaman, Elongated Man and J'onn) and other heroes are immobilized by Trigon. NOTES: Reprinted in Tales of the Teen Titans #63 (1986). New Teen Titans v.2 #4 (Dec. 1984)
Superman, Wonder Woman, and the Flash return from their battle with the Commander to find the JLA satellite in ruins. They are captured by the Maestro IV, armed with the mind-controlling keyboard of their old enemy Anton Allegro. Justice League of America #237 (Apr. 1985)
The new JLA flies to Russia to rescue Superman, Wonder Woman, and the Flash. The Maestro is defeated after Anton Allegro sacrifices his life to smash his keyboard. Justice League of America #238 (Apr. 1985)
Superman retrieves the inert body of Amazo from Earth orbit, and stores it in his Fortress of Solitude. Professor Ivo retrieves the android with a teleportation device, reverses his creation's hatred of him, and sends Amazo to capture Superman (hoping to use Superman's life force to reverse his disfigurement). Superman overcomes Amazo and leaves it the android in the Fortress. Superman Special v.1 #3 (1985)
During an open house at the Bunker for students, the League is blindsided by Felix Faust. They fight among themselves in front of civilians, whom they must protect. Gypsy saves the day by breaking Faust's magical tablet. Reprints the story from Justice League of America #239. DC Retroactive: JLA—The ’80s #1 (Oct. 2011)
Vixen confronts General Maksai, who takes her Tantu Totem and becomes the Ox, only to be accidentally slain in the ensuing battle. Superman, Wonder Woman, and the Flash learn of the changes in the JLA during their absence. All three leave the Justice League, using the Flash's Cosmic Treadmill to return to their point of departure three weeks earlier. Justice League of America #239 (June 1985)
Batman and the Outsiders use the equipment of the deserted JLA satellite to investigate the origins of their comrade, Halo. Batman reveals that because he designed the JLA's security system, he left himself "back doors" into the system that allow him to bypass the system despite no longer being a member. NOTE: First DC work by artist Alan Davis. Batman and Outsiders #22 (June 1985)
When Blue Devil is possessed by an evil entity at the premiere of his movie, Norm Paxton, BD's cameraman calls the JLA HQ, asking for Zatanna's help. Vibe answers and Zatanna responds to the call. NOTES: Norm Paxton makes a remark about calling the JLA Satellite and possibly obtaining assistance from Superman or Wonder Woman. However, it is clear from the story that this is an error on the character's part and not the writer's. Blue Devil #13 (June 1985)
Believing that the Red Tornado is responsible for a series of freak storms, several of his former JLA comrades demand that he end his heroic career. Despite this discouragement, the android hero succeeds in saving the world from a revived Construct. Red Tornado #1-4 (July–Oct. 1985)
Aquaman leaves Detroit in search of Mera, and J'onn takes over as leader. The JLA travels to the Yukon to battle a newly revived Amazo. Vibe gets a new costume. NOTE: Aquaman's resignation retold in JLA: Incarnations #5. How Amazo escaped from the Fortress of Solitude is explained. Justice League of America #241 (Aug. 1985), JLA: Incarnations #5 (Nov. 2001)
Aquaman is reunited with Mera, while the JLA is badly beaten by Amazo. Justice League of America #242 (Sept. 1985)
The JLA defeats Amazo. Aquaman, deciding his marriage is more important than his League membership, resigns. Back in Detroit, Commander Steel decides that the JLA is not a suitable place for his grandson and retrieves his old costume. Justice League of America #243 (Oct. 1985)

CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS
The Anti-Monitor begins destroying the parallel Earths of the positive-matter universe with waves of anti-matter. As Pariah watches helplessly, the Crime Syndicate of America perishes in a futile attempt to defend their homeworld, Earth-3. Earth-3's Lex Luthor and Lois Lane send their infant son, Alex Luthor, to Earth-One, where he appears aboard the now-abandoned JLA satellite. The five surviving Earths (One, Two, 4, S and X) experience mysterious red skies and bizarre weather. The Monitor's servant, Harbinger, gathers an army of super-heroes and -villains. POST-CRISIS: The positive-matter universe is besieged by waves of anti-matter which manifest as red skies; no alternate Earths. NOTES: First DC Comics app. of Blue Beetle, who debuted in Charlton Comics' Captain Atom #83 (Nov.66), and the first costumed appearance of Harbinger. Her first appearance, as Lyla was in New Teen Titans v.1 Annual #2 (1983). Her first chronological appearance as Harbinger was Tales of the Teen Titans #58 (Oct. 1985). First full-panel appearance of the Monitor, whose 1st app. in print (hidden) was New Teen Titans #21 (1984). Crisis #1 (Apr. 1985)
The Anti-Monitor attacks the Guardians of the Universe through the main Power Battery. A splinter group of Guardians revives Guy Gardner from his coma and transports him and Hal Jordan to Oa. Green Lantern v.2 #193-194 (Nov.–Dec. 1985)
The Monitor sends his army of heroes to various points throughout time to defend his vibrational tuning forks, which are intended to protect the universe from the Anti-Monitor's assaults. Alex Luthor begins to age rapidly. In Gotham City, Batman sees an image of the Flash, moving backwards in time. Crisis #2 (May 1985)
As the heroes battle the Anti-Monitor's Shadow Demons, Batman, Superman, the Outsiders, and the Teen Titans see the Flash, still lost in time. He abruptly vanishes, snatched away by the Anti-Monitor. NOTE: This story incorrectly depicts Blue Beetle II as having the magical Scarab of Kha-ef-re. Crisis #3 (June 1985)
Commander Steel activates Mekanique, dormant since the 1940s. Together, they manipulate Infinity, Inc. into battling the new JLA. Infinity Inc. #19 (June 1985)
Amid the time fluctuations, Gypsy encounters her older self who advises the younger: trust in J'onn, and take nothing for granted. Gypsy then helps Vibe bolster the vibrational tuning forks. NOTE: In this post-Crisis story, Harbinger explains that the Anti-Monitor is destroying alternate futures (not alternate Earths) and causing different eras to bleed into each other in hopes of "reducing everything to a single point of time" that can be destroyed by his antimatter cannon. The different eras are said to be separated by "vibrational walls." JLA: Incarnations #5 (Nov. 2001)
JLA/JSA 23: The JLA takes refuge in their former satellite headquarters. Steel is captured and tortured by his grandfather and Mekanique, but he is rescued by Infinity, Inc., the Justice Society, and his fellow JLA members. Steel defeats his grandfather, who admits that he transformed Hank into a cyborg to spare him the "weakness" that killed Hank's father in Vietnam. Mekanique vanishes. NOTE: Final pre-Crisis team-up of the JLA and JSA. Justice League of America #244 (Nov. 1985)
Pariah saves Lady Quark from the destruction of Earth-6. The Anti-Monitor kidnaps the Red Tornado while the Monitor brings about the creation of Doctor Light IV. Harbinger, under the mental domination of the Anti-Monitor, kills the Monitor. Upon the Monitor's death, Earths 1 and 2 are drawn into a mysterious netherverse. POST-CRISIS: No alternate Earths. Crisis #4 (July 1985)
Traveling back in time to find the JLA, the Flash is transported to Earth-D. With the help of Pariah and Lady Quark, he brings members of Earth-One to help Earth-D's Justice Alliance of America in a vain attempt to save their world from destruction. POST-CRISIS: No alternate Earths. NOTES: This story is concurrent to events in Crisis #3 and #4, but before the end of Crisis #4. Legends of the DCU Crisis Special (Feb. 1999)
Earths-One and -Two (protected from oblivion by the Monitor) partially merge, causing time and space to overlap. On Oa, the Green Lantern Corps finds that the Guardians have been decimated by the Anti-Monitor's forces. The JLA, Outsiders, Infinity, Inc., All-Star Squadron, and Legion join forces to battle the Red Tornado, who is being used by the Anti-Monitor to cause chaos across the surviving Earths. In the anti-matter universe, the Flash and the Psycho-Pirate come face-to-face with the Anti-Monitor. POST-CRISIS:: No alternate Earths. NOTES: This was the first actual appearance of the Anti-Monitor. Crisis #5 (Aug. 1985)
POST-CRISIS: Harbinger links Earths 4, S and X to Earths-One and -Two, protecting them from annihilation, but causing them to slowly merge. The Psycho-Pirate uses his powers to cause chaos on the surviving Earths. On Earth-Two, Yolanda Montez becomes Wildcat II. POST-CRISIS: No alternate Earths. Harbinger protects the Earth from annihilation, but causes widespread temporal paradoxes. NOTES: First DC Comics appearances of the former Charlton Comics characters Captain Atom, Judomaster, Nightshade, Peacemaker, Peter Cannon — Thunderbolt, and the Question. Captain Atom first appeared in Space Adventures #33 (1960); Judomaster in Special War Series #4 (1965); Nightshade in Captain Atom #82 (1966); Peacemaker in Fightin' 5 #40 (1966); Peter Cannon in Thunderbolt #1 (1966); and the Question in Blue Beetle #1 (1967). Peter Cannon, Thunderbolt, is no longer owned by DC Comics, but by Pete A. Morisi. Crisis #6 (Sept. 1985)
Harbinger explains the birth of the multiverse and the roots of the Crisis, including the origins of the Guardians of the Universe and the Monitor and Anti-Monitor, and reveals how Pariah inadvertently awakened the Anti-Monitor. An army of the most powerful surviving heroes takes the battle to the anti-matter universe, where Supergirl perishes destroying the Anti-Monitor's body, saving the five surviving Earths from destruction. POST-CRISIS: No Supergirl. Crisis #7 (Oct. 1985)
PRE-CRISIS ONLY: Wonder Woman leads the Amazons of Paradise Island to victory against the undead armies of Hades, who has allied himself with the Anti-Monitor. Sensing that the end is near, she marries her long-time love, Steve Trevor. Wonder Woman #329 (Feb. 1986)
The Atom, Firestorm, Firehawk, and Vixen recruit T.O. Morrow to attempt to repair the Red Tornado. In the anti-matter universe, the Anti-Monitor constructs a new body for himself and prepares to use a massive anti-matter cannon. On Qward, Flash II (Barry Allen) manages to destroy the cannon at the cost of his own life. Straining his speed to its limits, he ricochets backwards through time before he dies. NOTE: Because of this, Allen is seen by this friends repeatedly in the years to come. Crisis #8 (Nov. 1985)
The Red Tornado's android body explodes, destroying what remains of the satellite headquarters. Firestorm, Black Canary, and Green Arrow are forced to battle their old comrade after he takes on a new, malevolent elemental form. POST-CRISIS: The satellite is badly damaged, but not actually destroyed. NOTES: The precise circumstances of the JLA satellite's destruction as shown in this issue do not correspond to the events shown simultaneously in Crisis #8. It is unclear which is correct. The survival of the satellite in post-Crisis continuity was revealed in Justice League of America #251 (1986). Justice League of America Annual #3 (1985)
The Guardian splinter group gives Guy Gardner a power ring, making him the fourth Green Lantern of Earth. Green Lantern v.2 #195 (Dec. 1985)
A vast army of super-villains, led by Earth-One's Lex Luthor and Brainiac, attempts to seize power on the five partially merged surviving Earths. Hawkman I is severely wounded by Doctor Phosphorus. POST-CRISIS: No Brainiac on Earth at this time; Lex Luthor's involvement in these events is unknown. Crisis #9 (Dec. 1985)
Steel is flung into the far future, where he encounters the Lord of Time. Justice League of America #245 (Dec. 1985)
The villain war is ended by the Spectre, who unites all of the surviving heroes and villains in a last-ditch effort to stop the Anti-Monitor from changing history to eliminate the positive-matter universe from existence. The Spectre and the Anti-Monitor clash at the Dawn of Time, apparently destroying all of creation. The universe fades to white. This originally was intended to be the end of the Crisis storyline. NOTES: The Anti-Montitor's hand in these events is actually the power source of several DCU characters including Obsidian, Ian Karkull, the Shade, Shadow Thief, Eclipso and others. The giant shadow hand in Swamp Thing #50 is called "the Shadowlands" and "the Primordial Darkness." Morpheus trapped Brute and Glob in "The Darkness" to punish them for empowering Garrett Sanford and Hector Hall (Sandman #12). Crisis #10 (Jan. 1986)
The survivors of the battle at the Dawn of Time awaken on Earth, which has been unified to include aspects of Earth-One, -Two, -4, -S, and -X (only those who were present at the Dawn of Time remember the multiverse). Earth-Two heroes including Superman, Robin and the Huntress, discover that they were never born in the reformed universe. Earth is then drawn into the anti-matter universe, where the Anti-Monitor prepares to destroy the Earth once and for all. NOTES: This issue began an "interregnum" period in which the previous multiverse had been united into a single world, but during which most of the changes later attributed to the Crisis (such as the extensively revised histories of Superman and Wonder Woman) had not yet appeared and those who were present at the Dawn of Time still remembered the multiverse. Crisis #11 (Feb. 1986)
Guy Gardner leads Hal Jordan, once again given a power ring, and an army of intergalactic menaces on a mission to destroy the Anti-Monitor's base on Qward's moon. The surviving Guardians, realizing that this action would result in the destruction of the positive-matter universe, send an army of Green Lanterns to stop Guy. Guy is ultimately defeated by Hal Jordan, although several Green Lanterns perish in the battle, including Tomar-Re of Xudar. Tomar-Re gives his ring to John Stewart, who returns his ring to Hal. Hal Jordan is reinstated as a member of the Green Lantern Corps. Green Lantern v.2 #197–198 (Feb.–Mar. 1986)
The Earth is drawn into the anti-matter universe for a final confrontation with the Anti-Monitor, whose shadow demons ravage the Earth. Earth-Two's Green Arrow, Huntress, and Robin are slain and Earth-One's Wonder Woman is reverted to clay. Dove, Sunburst, and the Ten-Eyed Man perish. The Anti-Monitor is staggered by an attack by Darkseid (recruited by the Forgotten Heroes and Brainiac) and finally destroyed by the Earth-Two Superman. Earth is returned to the positive matter universe. the Earth-Two Superman, Lois Lane Kent, and Earth-Prime's Superboy and Alex Luthor are left in the rapidly disintegrating Anti-Matter Universe, where the Earth-Two Superman finally destroys the Anti-Monitor once and for all. Alex Luthor then transports them to an extra-dimensional paradise. Earth-Two's Wonder Woman and her mortal husband, Steve Trevor, are taken to Olympus to dwell with the gods. Kid Flash (Wally West) discovers that his terminal disease has gone into remission and becomes Flash III. Psycho-Pirate II, now the only person to remember the full history of the Crisis and the pre-Crisis universe, is committed to Arkham Asylum. NOTE: The rebirth of the Universe spawns "Hypertime," a system of divergent timelines (Elseworlds) with alternate events. The DC heroes do not discover it's existence until years hence. The Earth-Two Superman appears again, struggling against an impenetrable barrier in The Kingdom (1999). This barrier is first mentioned in DC One Million #2. Crisis #12 (Mar. 1986)
The Guardians formally reinstate Hal Jordan to the Green Lantern Corps. Green Lantern v.2 #199 (Apr. 1986)
Commander Steel evicts the JLA from the Bunker. The members take up residence in New York City, where J'onn J'onzz joins Burt Biloxi's private detective agency in his human identity of John Jones. Justice League of America #246 (Jan. 1986)
Michael Jon Carter arrives in the 20th century after traveling back in time from the year 2462 with equipment stolen from the Space Museum. Although Carter intends to call himself "Goldstar," he stumbles when introducing himself to the President and becomes known as Booster Gold. NOTES: His first appearance in print was in Booster Gold #1, but his arrival and heroic beginnings were not revealed until these issues. Booster Gold #8-9 (Sept.–Oct. 1986)
Booster Gold establishes himself as a major hero in Metropolis, parlaying his fame into a vast fortune by doing personal endorsements and using his knowledge of the future to invest in the stock market. NOTES: Booster Gold is generally considered to be the first post-Crisis hero. His debut takes place in the "interregnum" period following the end of the Crisis itself; the early issues of his comic book contain a number of references to what is now considered pre-Crisis continuity (e.g., Jimmy Olsen is shown as a reporter for WGBS rather than the Daily Planet). Booster Gold #1 (Feb. 1986)
A monstrous shadow-creature is unleashed by the Brujeria to threaten heaven and hell. John Constantine recruits an army of mystics, including Doctor Fate, Sargon, the Spectre, Zatanna and Zatara to join the battle. Zatara forces Zatanna to end her romance with John Constantine (but they kiss again several years later). Sargon and Zatara are slain. Doctor Fate kills Abnegazar of the Demons Three, who had joined the battle. The shadow-creature is eventually persuaded to change its course by the Swamp Thing. It strikes an accord with Heaven and disappears. Steve Dayton (Mento) is driven mad. NOTE: Shortly after his death, Sargon is revived in another man's body (revealed Swamp Thing #143) but is later killed again (#150). Swamp Thing #49-50 (6-7. 1986)
The JLA reclaims its original headquarters, the Secret Sanctuary, but discover that it is now inhabited by a hostile alien. Across the galaxy, Despero escapes from the prison planet Takron-Galtos. NOTE: This is the first chronological (and post-Crisis) appearance of Takron-Galtos. The prison planet's first appearance in print, in the 30th century, was in Adventure Comics #359 (1967). Justice League of America #247 (Feb. 1986)
While tracking a runaway in his guise as detective John Jones, J'onn J'onzz is implicated in a murder. On the planet Kalanor, Despero returns, worshiped as a god by the planet's inhabitants. Justice League of America #248 (Mar. 1986)
The JLA members are severely aged by the alien in the Secret Sanctuary, which they discover is an alien spore inadvertently carried to Earth by Superman. On Kalanor, Despero enters the Flame of Py'tar, vastly increasing his powers. Justice League of America #249 (Apr. 1986)
After an angry dispute about the team's priorities, Batman quits the Outsiders. Batman and Outsiders #32 (Apr. 1986)
Hector Hammond creates an illusion to make Hal Jordan think he sees Barry Allen (who is time-hopping during the Crisis). The Guardians announce they are departing for another dimension with the Zamarons to begin the next immortal race, leaving the Green Lantern Corps to operate on their own. Appa Ali Apsa, who returns to Oa to manage the central battery, decides to let Guy Gardner remain a Green Lantern despite his recent actions. NOTE: This story foreshadows the Millennium event, by the same creative team. Green Lantern v.2 #200 (May 1986)
A JLA alert signal summons Batman, Black Canary, Green Arrow, Green Lantern (Hal Jordan), and Superman to the Secret Sanctuary, where they discover their comrades severely aged by their encounter with the alien. They manage to defeat the creature and return the energy it stole from the other JLAers. Batman is reluctantly persuaded to rejoin the JLA as its new chairman, on a short-term basis. Meanwhile, Zatanna is kidnapped by the sinister cult leader Adam, and Despero plots revenge on the Justice League. NOTES: This story gives Gypsy's real name for the first time: Cindy Reynolds. She is described as being 12 years old. Adam first appeared in Superman Family #192 (Nov./Dec. 1978). Justice League of America #250 (May 1986)
After a brief period of retirement during which he develops his corporation, Kord, Inc., Ted Kord returns to action as the Blue Beetle II. NOTE: First post-Crisis appearance of Blue Beetle II. Blue Beetle #1 (May 1986)
Billy Batson becomes Captain Marvel (first post-Crisis appearance). NOTES: This story supposedly occurs four years before the start of the Power of Shazam! series, and precedes Cap's membership in the JLA. It retroactively eliminated his previous post-Crisis origin (in Shazam: A New Beginning) and appearances in Action Comics Weekly. Captain Marvel's first historical app. was in Whiz Comics #2, published by Fawcett Comics. Power of Shazam! Graphic Novel (1994)
Hal Jordan and John Stewart return to Earth. Along with Kilowog, Katma Tui, Arisia, Ch'p, and Salaak, they establish a new headquarters in a citadel outside Los Angeles. NOTE: Kilowog's first appearance was in Green Lantern v.2 #149 (1982). Green Lantern Corps #201 (June 1986)
DESPERO RETURNS
Batman clashes with Vibe while J'onn J'onzz shows Gypsy that he has partially reconstructed the JLA teleportation system, with tubes in New York, Metropolis, and Gotham City. Adam reveals that he plans to use Zatanna's DNA to increase his own superhuman powers of persuasion. Meanwhile, a significantly more powerful Despero arrives in Earth orbit, where he rams the JLA satellite and rides its wreckage to the surface. NOTES: This story reveals that in the post-Crisis universe the JLA satellite was damaged but not actually destroyed by the explosion of the Red Tornado, as originally shown in Crisis on Infinite Earths #8 and Justice League of America Annual #3. Justice League of America #251 (June 1986)
Despero attacks Gotham City, incapacitating Batman and Vixen. NOTES: This story indicates that Vixen knows that Batman is Bruce Wayne, which is not consistent with later modern accounts that indicate that only a handful of JLA members know Batman's true identity. Justice League of America #252 (July 1986)
A triumphant Despero recreates the Flame of Py'tar in Gotham City. He tells his origin to the captive JLA, leading Batman to realize the Flame is the key to defeating Despero. Justice League of America #253 (Aug. 1986)
Batman is tortured by Despero, giving the rest of the JLA the chance to act. Gypsy assaults Despero with her illusion power while Vibe extinguishes the Flame of Py'tar, depriving Despero of his power. Despero and his creations vanish completely, apparently destroyed. Justice League of America #254 (Sept. 1986)
The surviving JSA members are sent to Asgard, the home of the Norse gods, where they must repeat the Ragnarok cycle for all eternity in order to prevent the Earth from being destroyed. Only Doctor Fate, Power Girl, and the Star-Spangled Kid are freed, released by the Spectre. NOTES Black Canary also survived. Writer Roy Thomas has admitted he'd forgotten to mention her in this story, probably because in pre-Crisis continuity, she had been dead for some time. Secret Origins v.2 #50 (1990) later said Dinah was too sick to attend the JSA's final meeting. Last Days of the JSA (1986)
Doctor Fate, Power Girl, and the Star-Spangled Kid return to Earth. They and the members of Infinity, Inc. mourn the loss of the JSA. NOTES: This story contained the last references to the Earth-Two Superman, Robin, and Huntress in a post-Crisis story. Despite the publication date, this story may be assumed to take place just before the events of Legends of Wonder Woman #4 and All-Star Squadron #60. Infinity, Inc. #30 (Sept. 1986)
Mekanique and the goddess Aphrodite, who have been using their powers to hold back the full effects of the Crisis for their own purposes, allow the Crisis's reality-changing effects to take hold. Everyone except the Psycho-Pirate loses their memories of the pre-Crisis history. The Earth-Two Aquaman, Batman, Green Arrow, Huntress, Robin, Speedy, and Wonder Woman, the Golden Age Captain Marvel and Marvel Family, and Earth-One's Hawkman, Hawkwoman, Supergirl, and Wonder Woman cease to exist, along with all memory of their existence. All-Star Squadron #60 (July 1986), Legend of Wonder Woman #4 (Aug. 1986)
Harbinger compiles a complete history of the heroic figures of the universe from the beginning to the End of Time. History of the DCU #1-2 (Sept.–Oct. 1986)
Harbinger's chronicle of the history of the universe is intercepted by the Manhunters, enabling them to uncover many of the secrets of Earth's heroes. Millennium #2 (Jan. 1988)
J'onn J'onzz encounters a mysterious new Hawkman and Hawkwoman (II) operating in Midway City. When J'onn confronts them, Hawkman claims to be the son of Carter Hall, the Golden Age Hawkman. Unbeknown to J'onn, Hawkman is actually a Thanagarian spy named Fel Andar and Hawkwoman, his human wife Sharon, is Andar's unwitting dupe. NOTES: The bogus Hawkman and Hawkwoman were invented to explain the previous post-Crisis appearance of Katar and Shayera Hol, whose history was belatedly changed by the Hawkworld series. Fel Andar was the post-Crisis version of a character previously introduced in the 1985 Shadow War of Hawkman miniseries. His name was originally spelled "Fell Andar."

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While J'onn J'onzz solves a murder with the help of Gypsy, Adam uses Zatanna's power to raise himself to godhood. Justice League of America #255 (Oct. 1986)
Attempting to call the JLA to her aid, a delirious Zatanna subjects J'onn J'onzz and Gypsy to frightening magically created hallucinations. They break free and confront Adam, who is losing his link to reality. J'onn convinces Zatanna to help him, but they are attacked by demons created by Adam's mind. NOTES: J'onn's hallucinations in this story contain the first appearance of H'Ronmeer, the Martian god of death. Justice League of America #256 (Nov. 1986)
Frustrated by the federal ban on superhero activity, Infinity accepts the same assignment as the Global Guardians (Green Flame, Icemaiden, Rising Sun, Tasmanian Devil): to protect a Canadian trade conference. NOTE: This is the first post-Crisis appearance of the Global Guardians; Doctor Mist is also mentioned. Many of their members debuted pre-Crisis in the Super Friends comic book series. Their first mainstream appearance was DC Comics Presents #46 (1982); it is uncertain if that story remains valid in post-Crisis continuity. Icemaiden first appeared in Super Friends #9 (1977), Green Fury in #25 (1979). Presumably, Beatriz' name was changed from Green Fury to avoid confusion with the Infinitor, Fury. Infinity, Inc. #32 (Nov. 1986)
Guy Gardner returns to Earth, where he immediately clashes with the other Green Lanterns, demanding to be in charge. Green Lantern Corps #207 (Nov. 1986)
The Green Lantern Kilowog helps the Russians create the armored Rocket Red Brigade. When the Russians decide the Green Lantern Corps represents a security risk, the ensuing conflict nearly starts World War 3 and results in the death of Rocket Red #1, Joseph Denisovich. Green Lantern v.2 #208–210 (Dec. 1986–Feb. 1987)
Zatanna defeats Adam with the help of Gypsy, in the process briefly touching the "Godhead," the collected consciousness of all humanity. Afterward, Zatanna opts to resign from the League. NOTE: This story leads directly into the events of Legends #1 (Nov. 1986). Zatanna's story continues in Spectre v.2 #7-8, where Adam dies at the hands of Wotan, and Zatara's spirit reaches its final rest. Zatanna's contact with the Godhead is revealed to be an illusion. Justice League of America #257 (Dec. 1986)
LEGENDS
Darkseid begins a campaign to destroy Earth's superheroes. While the JLA and a time-traveling Cosmic Boy battle the monstrous Brimstone, Darkseid causes Captain Marvel to believe that he has slain the villain Macroman. Meanwhile, Amanda Waller organizes a covert government strike force called Task Force X. Legends #1 (Nov. 1986)
Following Captain Marvel's apparent killing of Macroman, Darkseid's servant Glorious Godfrey, masquerading as psychologist G. Gordon Godfrey, condemns America's superheroes. After Robin is badly beaten by an angry anti-hero mob, the President orders all heroes to cease their activities. NOTE: Glorious Godfrey first appeared in Forever People #3 (6-1971). Legends #2 (Dec. 1986)
Chapter 5: Following the presidential order, J'onn J'onzz formally disbands the Justice League. Returning home to the south Bronx, Vibe is murdered by one of Professor Ivo's robots. NOTE: The cover logo changes this issue. Justice League of America #258 (Jan. 1987)
Brimstone is destroyed by the Suicide Squad, a secret government force employing costumed villains as operatives. Blockbuster perishes. Legends #3 (Jan. 1987)
In Calgary, Infinity and the Global Guardians battle the Wizard's new Injustice, Unlimited with the help of the Global Guardians. NOTES: Bushmaster, Doctor Mist, Fleur-de-lis, Godiva, Olympian and Seraph are introduced in a group image only. First appearance of the Wizard's team, with Artemis II, Hazard and Icicle II. These were not official Legends crossover issues. Infinity, Inc. #34-36 (Jan.–Mar. 1987)
The super-heroes continue their activities despite the presidential ban, while G. Gordon Godfrey inflames public opinion against them. Legends #4 (Feb. 1987)
Chapter 9: The JLA discovers Vibe's murder and J'onn J'onzz deduces that Professor Ivo is responsible. Gypsy narrowly escapes death at the hands of another of Ivo's androids and returns to her family. Justice League of America #259 (Feb. 1987)
The badly injured Booster Gold returns to the 25th century with Rip Hunter and Jack Soo, where he finds that he is now a wanted criminal. He returns to the 20th century with his sister Michele. NOTE: First post-Crisis appearance of Rip Hunter. Booster Gold #13-15 (2-4. 1987)
Captain Nathaniel Adam reappears 20 years after apparently being disintegrated, now imbued with formidable powers. He becomes a government operative, reporting to General Wade Eiling, while operating publicly as Captain Atom. NOTE: Captain Atom's historical first appearance was in Charlton Comics' Space Adventures #33 (Mar. 1960). Captain Atom #1-3 (Feb.–May 1987)
Doctor Fate summons Captain Marvel, Black Canary, Guy Gardner, Blue Beetle, Batman, the Flash, Changeling, and Superman to combat Godfrey. Legends #5 (Mar. 1987)
Legends Chapter 14: While pursuing Professor Ivo, Steel is mortally wounded in a battle with one of Ivo's androids. His grandfather, realizing that Hank's injuries are too severe for him to ever recover, pulls the plug on his life support. Justice League of America #260 (Mar. 1987)
Legends Chapter 21: Vixen and J'onn J'onzz defeat Professor Ivo. J'onn decides that the League must continue, presidential order or no, but Vixen resigns, leaving J'onn as the last member of the original Justice League of America. Justice League of America #261 (Apr. 1987)
Following Vibe and Steel's death, a grief-stricken Tully Reed (editor of Meta magazine) is nearly tricked by Glorious Godfrey into running an anti-metahuman article. Reed remains faithful to the JLA however. JLA: Incarnations #5 (Nov. 2001)
Doctor Fate's assembled group of heroes, joined by J'onn J'onzz and Wonder Woman, battle G. Gordon Godfrey, who is now backed by a squad of Darkseid's Parademons. Godfrey's mind is virtually destroyed when he attempts to don Doctor Fate's captured helmet. Fate calls on the heroes to form a new Justice League. Batman, Black Canary, Blue Beetle, Captain Marvel, Guy Gardner, and J'onn J'onzz agree to join. The Flash and Superman decline, although they promise to be available if really needed. Wonder Woman slips away without answering. NOTE: In the initial post-Crisis timeline, Wonder Woman had just arrived in Man's World at this time, first appearing in Wonder Woman v.2 #1 (Feb. 1987). Legends #6 (Apr. 1987)

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