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Cover Date: June 1962
Cover Price: US $0.12
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Format: Color; Standard Comic Issue; 32 pages
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Crisis on Multiple Earths: The Team-Ups (2005) TPB vol. 01
DC Comics Classics Library (2009) HC vol. 05
Flash (1979) #23/24
Flash Archives (1998) HC vol. 04
The Flash (1959) #178
Showcase Presents: The Flash (2007) TPB vol. 02
After giving us the first subtle taste of the multiverse in Showcase #4, and following up with a before-dinner soup with The Flash #123, we're now on to the appetizer course in our special "Dawn of the Multiverse" banquet. Here we have the return of Jay Garrick, who's slowly working himself into a regular guest-starring role in the title--but this time he brings us some stories for the dinner table. Now we learn, for the first time, that all the stories of All-Star Comics are probably "true", from his perspective. We get a little bit of a flashback in this issue that suggests that the JSA was "real" to him, and that the events of All-Star #57, at least, really did happen.
It is significant that he recounts the events of "The Mystery of the Vanishing Detectives" (Feb/Mar 1951), because that was the final issue of All-Star published in the Golden Age. Thus, if that story is "true", the chances are that all the earlier ones are, too. It's a neat way of saying to readers that DC intended to pick up the Earth 2 history from the last time we saw our heroes.
Still, Flash #129 leaves us slightly hanging, in that it's not explicit whether heroes other than Jay Garrick have survived to the present day on Earth 2. We won't know for sure what DC's intentions are for the rest of the JSA until Flash #137.
[The second Earth does not get its name, "Earth 2", here, but will have to wait until its fourth appearance, in JLA, v. 1, #21 for its "official" designation.]
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