Chris and Reggie’s Cosmic Treadmill, Episode 51 – Crisis on Infinite Earths, Part Two

Chris and Reggie’s Cosmic Treadmill, Episode #51


Crisis on Infinite Earths, Part Two (of Five)

  • Crisis on Infinite Earths #3 (June, 1985)
  • Crisis on Infinite Earths #4 (July, 1985)
  • Crisis on Infinite Earths #5 (August, 1985)
    • Marv Wolfman & George Perez
This is one of those episodes that we in the biz would call “a doozy”… technical term, of course.  We’re covering three issues of Crisis on Infinite Earths, including… the fifth one.

What’s so special about the fifth one?  That’s not the “big issue”, right?  Well… if you’re following along, or know anything about Reggie and my process, you’ll know that we’re giving bios and histories for every single character to show up in CrisisThat fifth issue… features that scene (included below), where like skatey-eight hundred major and minor DC characters all show up and meet up.  We covered them all.  It’s nearly a three-hour endeavor, I hope you packed a lunch… or have an especially long commute.



Also: I neglected to mention this yesterday, but we prefaced our Crisis coverage in Episode 50 with an overview on the JLA/JSA crossovers of the Silver and Bronze Ages.  This episode continues that tour, taking those crossovers right up to Crisis on Infinite Earths.  We were eventually going to do complete Cosmic Treadmill episodes for each of the JLA/JSA crossovers… however, we only ever got around to doing one… but that’s a story for another day.



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That page… hoo boy.
We spent many hours (and 118 pages of script) on this page alone!

I still can’t believe we ever thought this would (or could) be a single episode!  That’s just not the sort of coverage we were gonna give.  Sadly, we’re living in a world right now where… if you Google “Crisis on Infinite Earths“, the actual Crisis on Infinite Earths isn’t anywhere near the top of the list of results.  Instead you’re going to get some awful CW stuff wearing Crisis‘ clothes.  No offense to anyone who digs the CW shows… I just feel like it’s a matter of “subtraction by addition”.  By adding more (or really, just hijacking the concept), Crisis becomes far less.


I can only hope people who might have a passing interest in the actual Crisis on Infinite Earths, who may not feel like reading an entire (confusing) collected edition might give this series of episodes a try.  Granted, our combined Crisis script has more pages than the actual Crisis event… and might be just as confusing.


If you are a “passerby” who was Googling expecting to find some CW stuff (ya know, lousy acting, bad writing, and even worse costumes)… maybe give these shows a few minutes of your day.  Then, perhaps you’ll begin to realize why this title was (and is) so important.

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One thought on “Chris and Reggie’s Cosmic Treadmill, Episode 51 – Crisis on Infinite Earths, Part Two

  • August 8, 2020 at 12:52 am
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    This was virtually a reading of Crisis' companion series Who's Who?. That was a lot of work there. Excellent job again.

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