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Cover Date: August 1964
Cover Price: US $ 0.12
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Format: Color; Standard Comic Issue; 24 pages
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Letters Column: The JLA Mail Room
On a parallel world, Johnny Quick, Power Ring, Superwoman, Owlman and Ultraman--together known as the Crime Syndicate of America--have discovered a way to get to a world very much like their own...but different.
On this "new" Earth, they discover that their alternate selves--Flash, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, Batman and Superman--are fighting for the "good" in others. Sensing weakness, they invade what these do-gooders arrogantly call "Earth 1". Unfortunately, they discover that their "good" counterparts are good fighters. The Crime Syndicate is very nearly destroyed. At the last moment, though, they utter a "safe" word that returns them instantly to their Earth.
Still thirsting for victory, the Crime Syndicate learns of yet another Earth, and they set out to tackle the Justice Society of America. Unbeknownst to them, however, the JLA manages to contact the JSA on Earth 2, and the two supergroups thus work together again to eliminate the "surprise" of an extra-dimensional threat.
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This issue introduces the Crime Syndicate, and at the same time gives us our third "major" Earth, henceforth known as, logically, Earth 3.
For those of you keeping score chronologically, that's four new Earths in three months (not to mention the official christening of Earth 2 a mere eight issues before).
1964 was a busy year for the fledgling multiverse.
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