|My gallery. Quite some fanart, but mostly only of other deviants work.|
- There are only universes that originated in comic books. So no DCAU, no Super-Friends, No Dark Knight Trilogy, No DC-movie verse (Man of Steel), No Arrow/The Flash-verse... Come to think of it, there's so many unrelated media adaptions of DC Characters, you could actually make an entirely new multiverse using nothing but... Hmm...
- This list takes inspiration from three iterations of DC's Multiverse. Specifically the nigh limitless Pre-Crisis one, the Post-Infinte Crisis one and the one currently in use in the New 52 and being explored in Grant Morrison's Multiversity. Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_…
- Warning! This list requires a bit of knowledge in DC Comics lore!
Earth-Prime: The real world, where all the other Earths are just stories in comic books and you and I live. What happens on the other Earths has no effect on this world other than a highly emotional one.
The Outer Edges
- These worlds exist outside and above the rest and are not bound by the same rules as the "other 53".
Earth-Square: Bizarro-World. A universe filled with odd-looking and reverse-thinking duplicates of inhabitants of the other 53 Earths, founded by Bizarro, the twisted duplicate of Superman.
Anti-Matter Universe: A universe of evil, destruction and anti-matter. Home to the Anti-Monitor (The Big Bad of Crisis of Infinite Earths) Crime Syndicate of Amerika (Yeah, like Earth-3, but this universe has NO good in it, so they're even more dangerous), the Weaponers of Qward...
Limbo: Home of forgotten and discarded characters. A concept fully realized by Grant Morrison. If a character is not currently having any adventures, he's stuck here until he gets a new series or a guest spot somewhere else.
The Fourth World: (Fourth World, get it? ) Home of Highfather, Darkseid, New Genesis, Apokolips, the New Gods... Taking a cue from Unicron of Transformers media, I kind of like the idea of Jack Kirby's New Gods being "multiversal constants", a group that can exist and travel freely between universes. Just imagine Darkseid going from world to world for shits and giggles.
"The New 53", Earth-0 to Earth-52
Earth-0: Whenever the next reboot hits, this would be the mainstream continuity. Because let's face it, sooner or later, some idiot from Sweden is going to come down upon DC and rewrite everything with no regard to previously established continuity... Hey! Anyways, yeah, a freely available mix of characters from any of DC's staple, both the ones they've always been connected to like Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and imports from Fawcett Comics (Captain Marvel/Shazam), Charlton Comics (Blue Beetle, Captain Atom, The Question), Quality Comics (Uncle Sam, Doll Man, Phantom Lady, Plastic Man), Milestone Comics (Static, Icon, Hardware), Wildstorm Comics (The Authority, Wildcats, Gen 13). Whichever one a writer wants to use.
Earth-1: Silver/Bronze Age Earth (1955-1986). The home of DC's Silver Age and Bronze Age output. I mean, the original Earth-1 stood for about 30 years, while each new reboot seem to stick around for a few years before the next one hits. Surely it must have had something worth keeping around if it managed to last that long? This Earth holds a special place for me, as it was the one I grew up with. No, I'm not THAT old, but it was the setting of the comic books I read in my mom's basement.
Earth-2: Golden Age Earth-2 + New 52 Earth-2. You know, with a light retcon, you could have both the classic and the current version of Earth-2 inhabit the same world. Imagine the JSA fighting crime in the WW2 era like they started out, do a few team-ups with the Justice League of Earth-1 and then retiring, leaving room for the next generation, eventually culminating in the setting of the current Earth-2 in New 52 continuity.
Earth-3: This one is a classic. The dark mirror universe and home of the Crime Syndicate of America, the evil counterpart to the Justice League. Luckily, there's also heroic counterparts to DC villains keeping them in check.
Earth-4: Home of Charlton Comics heroes (Blue Beetle, Captain Atom, The Question etc)
Earth-5: Home of Fawcett Comics heroes (Captain Marvel, Spy-Smasher, Mr. Scarlet etc)
Earth-8: Angor. I've always found this one amusing, as it's a very deliberate pastiche of the setting in Marvel Comics. It's a bit of a friendly jab at the competition on DC's side. And whether if you're a DC fan, a Marvel fan or both like me, the two of them will always be there. So keep Angor around.
Earth-10: Home of the Quality Comics characters (Freedom Fighters, Plastic Man, Blackhawks etc) fighting against a Nazi iteration of the JLA.
Earth-11: Gender reversed Earth, home to Superwoman, Batwoman, Wonder Warrior, Black Condor... Well, you get the idea.
Earth-12: Home of the comedic heroes of the Inferior Five and possibly other comedic superheroes.
Earth-16: The Just, young ”me-obsessed” heroes. I read the original pre-Crisis "Super-Sons" and the current version of Earth-16 does focus on young, slightly jerkish successors to Superman and Batman. Making them Chris and Damian is much more creative than Clark Kent Jr and Bruce Wayne Jr.
Earth-18: Home of the DC heroes reimagined as Wild West heroes, based on the Justice Riders one-shot.
Earth-20: Doc Fate and the Society of Super-Heroes, pulp-styled heroes from the Multiversity thought up by Grant Morrison.
Earth-23: Home to Calvin Ellis, Superman AND President of the United States. Another Morrison creation... Moving on.
Earth-26: Captain Carrot and the Zoo Crew, anthropomorphic super-heroes.
Earth-30: Home to a Superman that grew up in the Soviet Union. Heavily based on Superman: Red Son
Earth-31: Home to Frank Miller's Batman (Year One, Dark Knight Returns, Dark Knight Strikes Again)
Earth-37: The setting of Batgirl and Robin: Thrillkiller
Earth-41: Introduced by Grant Morrison, this setting is a pastiche of characters owned by Image Comics, Dino-Cop standing in for Savage Dragon, Spore for Spawn, etc.
Earth-42: Small chibi superheroes in a bright and optimistic universe where no-one ever dies... Including the entire population of Krypton and Thomas and Martha Wayne. (The parents of the "Gosh-Darned Batman")
Earth-43: Home to a vampire Batman and a vampire Justice League. Heavily based on the Batman: Vampire trilogy.
Earth-50: Home to the Wildstorm Comics heroes. (The Authority, Gen 13, Planetary, Stormwatch, Sleeper)
Earth-51: This was a near-utopian world... Then the Great Distaster happened, leading to a post-apocalyptic setting. Home of Jack Kirby's Kamandi, OMAC and as an extra bonus, the Atomic Knights!
Earth-52: The New 52 Continuity. I will not bash New 52, as even I will admit that there are some good stories told in this new iteration. So yes, when the next reboot comes, keep it around.
Version 3.0 coming in January, so expect some changes!