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cover:  George Perez
Date: Aug 1985
Cover Price: $0.75

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Cover originally designed to only show three heads.
Translated and reprinted in CRISIS NAS INFINITAS TERRAS #2 (Brazil) (1989) , CRISIS EN TIERRAS INFINITAS TOMO #2 (Argentina) (2000),  and CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS #2 (French)
Cover reprinted on SUPER STAR COMICS #3 (French).

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    Crisis on Infinite Earths #5 Cover

    posted Feb 2, 2020, 12:22 AM by Vu Nguyen

    From Vu

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    Writer Marv Wolfman suggested a nice simple cover of two earths merging with three faces for Crisis on Infinite Earths #5 (after hearing that George Perez's wife thought he was overworking).

    Instead, George turned in this cover with nearly 100 heads: "Once the artist got started, he simply couldn’t stop drawing; if he saw sufficient open space, he added another character’s head. He was having too much fun to stop."*
    Appearing on the cover:
    1. Red Tornado
    2. Scalphunter
    3. Wildfire
    4. Halo
    5. Flash
    6. Flash of Earth 2
    7. Jonni Thunder
    8. Amazing-Man
    9. Cheetah of Earth 2
    10. Solomon Grundy
    11. Dr Mid-Nite
    12. Dawnstar
    13. Martian Manhunter
    14. Batman
    15. Firestorm
    16. Superman
    17. Superman of Earth 2
    18. Psycho Pirate II
    19. Spectre
    20. Brainwave Jr.
    21. Johnny Quick of Earth 2
    22. Manhunter of Earth 2 (Paul Kirk)
    23. Firebrand II
    24. Fog
    25. Robotman of Earth 2
    26. Sgt Rock
    27. Dr Light II
    28. Warlord
    29. Kamandi
    30. Blackhawk
    31. Lead
    32. Hawkman
    33. Hawkman of Earth 2
    34. Rag Doll
    35. Star Spangled Kid
    36. Fury
    37. Dr Fate
    38. Ultra-Humanite
    39. Nightwing
    40. Blue Devil
    41. Wonder Woman
    42. Wonder Woman of Earth 2
    43. Obsidian
    44. Huntress
    45. Wildcat
    46. Supergirl
    47. Deathstroke
    48. Phantom Stranger
    49. Cyborg
    50. Dream Girl
    51. Atom
    52. Atom of Earth 2
    53. Zatara
    54. Sandman of Earth 2
    55. Monocle
    56. Shining Knight
    57. Liberty Belle
    58. Neptune Perkins
    59. Swamp Thing
    60. Dr Polaris
    61. Amethyst
    62. Red Star
    63. Joker
    64. Green Lantern (John Stewart)
    65. Green Lantern of Earth 2
    66. Nuklon
    67. Tsunami
    68. Guardian
    69. Sargon the Sorcerer
    70. Tarantula
    71. Chameleon Boy
    72. Steel
    73. Solovar
    74. Jonah Hex
    75. Starfire
    76. Green Arrow
    77. Green Arrow of Earth 2
    78. Robin of Earth 2
    79. Power Girl
    80. Northwind
    81. Vigilante of Earth 2
    82. Thunderbolt of Earth 2
    83. Ultra-Humanite as Dolores Winters
    84. Dane Dorrance
    85. Killer Frost II
    86. Arion
    87. Geo-Force
    88. Lex Luthor
    89. Alexei Luthor of Earth 2
    90. Jade
    91. Commander Steel
    92. Hourman
    93. Silver Scarab
    94. Per Degaton
    95. Plastic Man
    96. Starman of Earth of 2
    List of characters from Crisis on Infinite Earths Index #1.

    * Information taken from

    DC Universe: Ask...The Question: How Many Characters Are in CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS?
    posted Dec 19, 2019, 8:29 PM 


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    DeSade-acolyte asks:

    “Hi Q, With CW’s [Crisis on Infinite Earths] having started and DC Daily having gone through each issue [of the original comic], I reread it again. So I’ve got a two part question for you. How many “named” characters are in COIE? Given the large number does that make George Pérez the artist who has drawn the most DC characters? (If not [Pérez], then who holds that title?)”

    You’re really living up to your name, acolyte, because this question was downright sadistic. Nevertheless, for my hungry readers, I endeavored to identify and tally every single named character in the entire 12 issue Crisis on Infinite Earths epic, from Abra Kadabra to Zirral of the Omega Men. Throughout its myriad crowds and costumes, I counted 518 characters in total. I will not list them here. (Curiously absent, though? Hal Jordan. Interesting, that. True, he was retired at the time, but you’d think he’d have at least made a small appearance somewhere.)


    Crisis on Infinite Earths poster, featuring a key identifying all 562 characters. Painted by Alex Ross over pencils by original Crisis artist George Pérez, the 65" w x 28" h poster features a 1/2" solid black border "framing" the image, which otherwise appears without any additional graphic elements or logos.

    Crisis #2-9 on the DC Comics App store
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    Reinventing the pencil: 21 artists who changed mainstream comics (for better or worse)
    by Sam Adams, Noel Murray, Keith Phipps, Leonard Pierce July 20, 2009


    George Pérez3. George Pérez
    The 1980s ushered in a new Golden Age of superhero comics, and no one did more to define their look and style than George Pérez. After a wobbly start (his early work bore a too-obvious debt to Jack Kirby), he fully came into his own when he became the regular artist for Marvel’s The Avengers. An industry star at 26, he accepted an offer from DC to work with Marv Wolfman on The New Teen Titans, and from there, they paired for the first big “event” comic, Crisis On Infinite Earths. In these two books, the elements that made Pérez such a fan favorite became clearest to the eye: His was a vivid world, with detailed costume work, glittering metal, elaborate technology, and dynamic musculature—but with the rough edges of his idol Kirby polished into ultra-clean lines, fresh and colorful surroundings, and a penchant for group shots. He had his flaws—in particular, the tendency to draw everyone with the same face, as Crisis #5 shows. He was so technically flawless as to seem somewhat soulless. But Pérez did more than anyone to formalize what modern superheroes were “supposed” to look like.

    News: Storyteller Already "Best Seller"? Plus Excerpt From Book

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    #4 BEST SELLER (27 Sep 2006)
    I was surprised to find that Storyteller is #4 on today's "Best Sellers" list from, especially since Bret confirmed that they are not at print yet.

    In the meantime, I suggest those that's already pre-paid for the book to ask for their money back if you haven't already.

    I have personally had problems with certain vaporware books that I will not buy until I actually see it in print.

    The best solution is to wait until this website announced when it is available to buy.

    Looking around DF's website, I stumbled upon this excerpt from the book:

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    "No one else could have done what George did," Wolfman exclaims. "His basic storytelling was so superior to anyone’s at the time... no one else could have come close to doing what he did."

    Since there were relatively few places within the issues for Perez to, as Wolfman says, "do what George does best, which is draw big pictures of incredible stuff," the artist brought his "wow-able" abilities to bear on Crisis’ covers.

    Based on a request from Perez’s wife, who felt her husband was pushing himself too hard on the series, Wolfman suggested his artist draw a simple cover for Crisis’ fifth issue, an uncomplicated image featuring only three faces and two merging Earths.

    The cover Perez submitted did contain two merging Earths—along with 96 faces. Once the artist got started, he simply couldn’t stop drawing; if he saw sufficient open space, he added another character’s head. He was having too much fun to stop.

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    Geoff Johns D-I-Y [Do It Yourself] Q&A: Part Two, Page 2
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    Q: Crisis #5 is almost solely responsible for hooking me on comic books at the age of 10. While I love the series I see some things I'd change with my now grown up 20-20 hindsight.

    GJ: Marv and George deserve all the accolades they get.

    Q: Will Infinite Crisis involve DC icons that don't have super cosmic abilities (i.e. Batman, Aquaman, Hawkman) more than their limited involvement in the original Crisis?

    GJ: It’s funny, Phil and I were talking about how little Batman is in the first Crisis. Wonder Woman is barely in it too. So, yes, there will be a lot more focus on some of the less comic ability characters. Batman’s all over this.

     November 3, 2003 | CBG's Retroview: Crisis
    From COMICS BUYER'S GUIDE #1565 (14 Dec 2003)

    COMICS BUYER'S GUIDE #1565 (14 Dec 2003)
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    written by Jim Johnson
    published in COMICS BUYER'S GUIDE #1565 (14 Dec 2003)

    DC editors bestowed four-color godhood upon Marv Wolfman, when they OK'd his proposal to revamp the company's incomprehensible 50-year history in the early 1980s. and, like an angry deity come judgment day, Wolfman waved his hand and wiped countless redundant universes from existence, making the DC universe a more accessible place for new readers.

    Of course, fandom would have settled for no one other than George Pérez to illustrate such an epic, and Pérez superceded all expectations by turning in one of the finest efforts of his career.

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    Wolfman wastes no time getting started, beginning the culling of the multiverse on the second page. With the ironically heroic demise of Earth-3's Crime Syndicate immediately thereafter, Wolfman also kicks off the first of many emotionally intense and beautifully constructed death sequences.

    It's a bit unfortunate that the remainder of the issue is little more than exposition for the rest of the series, but riding along while various heroes and villains from different Earths and eras are brought together is, nonetheless, a fanboy's delight.

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    It's another fairly slow issue, action-wise. But that's barely noticed amid the excitement generated from the intermingling of such characters from different Earths and time periods as Kamandi and Earth-2's Superman, for example.

    Amazingly, among the dozen of characters utilized (so far), Wolfman still manages to squeeze in panel time for individual characters, like The Flash and Psycho Pirate, who eventually play important roles. And, as if that weren't enough, he jams a few intriguing plot developments into an already-packed issue. Astonishing.

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    It would be easy to criticize the fact that all Wolfman does here is fill another issue with unlikely, ragtag alliances plopped into random time periods.

    Except it's just too doggone cool not to like, and this is what we all paid 75¢ to see, after all.

    This is fun, plain and simple. But it's obviously none are having as much fun as Wolfman and Pérez themselves, who are making the most of the limited playtime allotted to them In comicdom's biggest sandbox.

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    Not to worry. It is a 12-issue series, remember?

    Recognizing the need for a breather, Wolfman shifts from the razzle-dazzle of the previous issue's mix'n'match team-ups to the relatively quiet introduction of new characters. Although neither the new Doctor Light nor Lady Quark made any kind of long-term impression on the DC universe, their importance to this story helped keep it from becoming nothing more than a year-long slugfest. Not that there would have been anything wrong with that, of course…

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    No longer content with just sampling characters from the DC universe, Wolfman brings aboard just about every significant player of the day and manages to cram them all into one scene, no less. Hundreds of worlds have been destroyed, and the focus now narrows to a mere handful of dimensions and paltry few hundred characters.

    The villain behind the Crisis is finally revealed, and he also calls himself the Monitor; fancy that. Future references wisely referred to him as - what else? The Anti-Monitor.

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    Who says all the action has to belong to the "main" earths? Wolfman turns the wow-factor up yet another notch by bringing the former Charlton, Fawcett, and Quality heroes into the conflict.

    As with all renovations, half the work is cleaning house first. With this issue, Wolfman has done just that.

    It's been a multiversal rollercoaster ride so far, and, with the surviving worlds and heroes now gathered, it's clear that the best is yet to come. And it does.

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    The grandest and most heart-wrenching issue so far. Having helplessly watched countless worlds die, the heroes finally get to go on the offensive in the most epic and grandiose battle yet. If Pérez' instantly classic cover didn't foreshadow the outcome, world of mouth among fandom certainly did. But, for all its lack of surprise, Kara's death has no less an emotional impact.

    Speaking of the cover, Pérez took some heat for a rather, er, uncanny similarity to John Byrne's Uncanny X-Men #136 cover from five years earlier.

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    A month prior, no one would have thought Wolfman could top Supergirl's heroic death, but with this issue he does just that. Only this time, it is one of the DC universe's founding fathers who bravely gives his life for that very same universe.

    And, seniority notwithstanding, his death is all the more tragic because he dies alone, not among his allies, as Kara did, and therefore, his sacrifice goes unknown, at least initially. To this day, this remains probably one of the best written death scenes in comics.

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    With the surviving worlds momentarily out of danger, Wolfman takes a break from bumping off major characters and focuses on many of the previously neglected super-villains of the DC universe. Actually, it's not so much a break as it is a detour, for this villainous coup has nothing to do with the events of past issues; it's just about bad guys doing what that guy thing.

    But one has to forgive Wolfman for his fanboyish diversionary indulgence, because, well, it's a really, really fun issue to read.

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    Oddly enough, Wolfman aborts the villain's multi-world takeover as unexpectedly as it began, and it's mildly disappointing, because it's suddenly truncated rather than truly resolved. This would have been a neat idea to revisit, were the entire multiverse not seemingly destroyed at the end of this issue.

    In fact, that destruction was originally intended to be the end of the series, leaving the DC universe wide open for future revamps, but Wolfman was ultimately given two more issues to give this series a true conclusion and tie up the many loose ends in more fitting fashion.

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    As Doc Brown would say, one has to think fourth-dimensionally to understand what's just happened.

    Or one could just pay close attention to Wolfman's explanation, which actually makes sense, considering that hundreds of universe have been retroactively wiped from existence.

    Which is different from being destroyed, according to Wolfman. When criticized for writing the deaths of hundreds of billions, Marv said that, technically, these universe didn't die; they never existed in the first place. So the first 50 years of continuity could now classify as Elseworlds stories!

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    The multiverse problem has been fixed, so Wolfman basically uses this issue as a lengthy denouement to address the fates of the now-redundant Earth-2 heroes.

    But Wolfman appropriately gives special treatment to the Golden Age Superman, in an incredibly heroic battle in which, for once, the hero doesn't lose his life but is, instead, given a blissful retirement.

    Wolfman did exactly what he intended: he left the DC universe a much cleaner, simpler place. Unfortunately, it didn't take long for it to become mucked-up again.

     November 30, 2002 | Site Update
    [ Homages ] Added
  • CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS #5 page 7-8, art by George Pérez and Jerry Ordway.
  • LEGENDS OF THE DC UNIVERSE: CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS #1, page 54. Written by Marv Wolfman, art by Paul Ryan/Bob McLeod.
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