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Crisis on Infinite Earths (1985) - #1
"The Summoning!"
DC Comics


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  Writer(s):
Marv Wolfman

Penciller(s):
George Pérez

Inker(s):
Dick Giordano

Colorist(s):
Anthony Tollin

Letterer(s):
John Costanza

Editor(s):
Robert 'Bob' Greenberger
Len Wein
Marv Wolfman

Cover Artist(s):
George Pérez
Gaspar Saladino - 'Gaspar'
 

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Cover Date: April 1985
Cover Price: US $ 0.75

Issue Tagline: 1st Issue Spectacular!

Format: Color; Standard Comic Issue; 32 pages

There are other versions of this issue in the database:
Crisis on Infinite Earths (1985) #1 UPC

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Crisis on Infinite Earths

Synopsis:
The anti-matter wave destroys all but five worlds. Pariah tries to warn all the Earths, no one listens. The Monitor summons several B characters to combat the Anti-Moniter. Harbinger is introduced.

Reprinted/Collected in:
Crisis on Infinite Earths (1985) Absolute Edition
Crisis on Infinite Earths (1985) HC
Crisis on Infinite Earths (1985) TPB
Crisis on Infinite Earths (1985) TPB (7th Printing)
Crisis on Infinite Earths (1999) HC
JLA - Die neue Gerechtigkeitsliga Sonderband (1997) #12
Millennium Edition:... (2000) Crisis on Infinite Earths 1
Millennium Edition:... (2000) Crisis on Infinite Earths 1 (Chromium Cover)

Notes:
Not only was this issue the beginning of the end of the DCU as readers had known it, it was also the very end of DC's short-lived experiment with the "Flexographic process". This printing method involved the use of rubber plates and water-based ink. While one result was exceptionally bright colors, another was the loss of fine detail, especially on pages printed at the end of runs. Fans were outraged that Pérez' intricate pencil work lacked the clarity they felt it should have had. Pérez himself was distraught over the issue, and so the experiment, which had been hailed as the beginning of a new era of rich color just five months earlier, abruptly came to an end.

For an indepth discussion on this issue:
Comic Geek Speak - Crisis Tapes 1

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