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Cover Date: June 1963
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 Archives (1998) HC vol. 05
The Flash (1959) #213
The Greatest Flash Stories Ever Told (1991) HC vol. 01
The Greatest Flash Stories Ever Told (1991) TPB vol. 01
Justice Society of America 100-Page Super Spectacular (2000) #1
Showcase Presents: The Flash (2007) TPB vol. 02
This is a huge issue. While Showcase #4 is DC putting one tentative toe in the water of the multiverse, and The Flash #123 is rightly seen as the first actual appearance of the multiverse in any form, this is the beginning of the "full concept". That is, this is where it stops being a gimmick for the cover of The Flash and starts being something that DC is really committing to.
After a very brief, all-in-flashback reference to the JSA in issue #129, here we see them for the first time in the flesh, still alive, and still super-powered. When the issue's main story ends with the JSA members deciding to reform the team, we know that DC is really saying, "We mean it. There really are two Earths."
[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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