Who Died? | The Earths
"Nothing's ever predictable like it used to be. These days, you just never know who's going to die, and who's going to live."
Crisis on Infinite Earths will stand as the first crossover to kill a large contingent of its cast. Although some of those who died have since come back in one form or another, the majority of these characters are, for now and forevermore, dead:
- Angle Man
- The Bug-Eyed Bandit
- Clayface II
- Crime Syndicate of Earth-3: Ultraman, Owlman, Superwoman, Johnny Quick II, and Power Ring
- Farmer Boy of Sgt. Rock's Easy Company
- Flash II (Barry Allen)
- Green Arrow of Earth-2
- Huntress of Earth-2
- Lex Luthor of Earth-2
- Lex Luthor of Earth-3
- Lois Lane-Luthor of Earth-3
- Lori Lemaris
- Lord Volt of Earth-6
- The Losers: Johnny Cloud, Gunner, Sarge, and Captain Storm
- Maaldor the Darklord
- Mirror Master
- Prince Ra-Man
- Princess Fern of Earth-6
- Robin of Earth-2
- Shaggy Man
- Starman II
- Superboy of Earth-Prime, Superman and Lois Lane of Earth-2, Alex Luthor of Earth-3 (They didn't die, but they left the universe to go to a place "where there will be no fear, only everlasting peace." Close enough.)
- The Ten-Eyed Man
- Wonder Woman (She was sent back through time to a point where she didn't exist.)
...and, of course, the uncountable billions lost to the Anti-Monitor's anti-matter wave, as well as all the beings in the anti-matter universe sacrificed to increase his power.
Before Crisis, the DC multiverse was filled with millions of universes. The following are the main pre-Crisis universes mentioned by name:
Earth-1 - the Silver Age Earth. Justice League, Superman II, Flash II (Barry Allen). First defined in Flash (vol. 1) #123, first named in JLA (vol.1) #21.
Earth-2 - the Golden Age Earth. Justice Society, All-Star Squadron, Infinity, Inc. First defined in Flash (vol. 1) #123, first named in JLA (vol.1) #21.
Earth-3 - "Reverse" Earth. Home of Crime Syndicate (criminal version of JLA), Lex Luthor is a hero. First suggested in JLA (vol. 1) #22, first appeared in JLA (vol. 1) #29.
Earth-4 - Charlton Comics Earth. Charlton was a separate comics company before DC bought the rights to its characters. Captain Atom, Blue Beetle, the Question. First appeared (in a DC comic) and named in Crisis #1.
Earth-5 - designation for world seen only briefly on pages 2 and 3 of Crisis #1.
Earth-6 - a "cosmic anomaly" because none of the DC heroes had duplicates there. Main heroes were from the planet's royal family: Lady Quark, Lord Volt, Princess Fern. First created and destroyed in Crisis #4.
Earth-S - the Fawcett Comics Earth. Home of the Marvel Family. First appeared (in a DC comic) in Shazam! #1, first named in JLA (vol. 1) #135.
Earth-X - Quality Comics Earth. Freedom Fighters, Uncle Sam, the Ray. World War II continues into the 1970s. First appeared (in a DC comic) and named in JLA (vol. 1) #107.
Earth-Prime - world in which few heroes exist, in theory the "real world" where you and I live. Most DC characters exist only as comic-book characters. First appearance in Flash (vol. 1) #179, named in JLA (vol. 1) #123.
Earth-C - world in which "funny animals" exist as dominant species. Captain Carrot and his Zoo Crew. First appeared in New Teen Titans #16.