Under mysterious events during the middle 1940s to the year 1950, several superheroes and their young sidekicks disappeared from their native Earth-Two, and later became the first wave of costumed crusaders of their new world of Earth-One.
As each of their entries in DC's Who's Who attested to, the golden age mystery men who operated as members of Earth-Two's All-Star Squadron eventually ended up on Earth-One to meet that world's Superman and his Justice League allies on numerous occasions. But how did they end up there?
As a previous entry on this blog revealed, there was a connection between Hank "Commander Steel" Heywood... originally of Earth-Two and the first All-Star to migrate to Earth-One... and Per Degaton, the time travelling tyrant.
During one of Degaton's time trips, he succeeded in conquering his Earth-Two with the aid of Earth-Three's Crime Syndicate, who would in one timeline overpower the All-Star Squadron, Justice Society and visiting six members of the Justice League. These Leaguers and the five Syndicate villains remained on Per's planet. While that world had a new future timeline, Earth-One remained unchanged.
And at a certain point in the mid-1940's, the remaining All-Stars joined forces to track down Degaton's time vessel. Unfortunately, the time lord was prepared for this contingency, just as when the Syndicate attempted to attack him while on board his temporal vessel, sending them instead to Earth-One.
Air Wave, the Guardian and his Newsboy Legion as well as their ally in the Guardian's little brother Will, Manhunter, TNT and sidekick Dan the Dyna-Mite, Robotman and Zatara... these All-Stars teamed up to steal Degaton's device. Per used his craft's trans-dimensional safeguards to send these heroes to another world. Since both the Leaguers and Syndicators had last left from Earth-One and migrated to Earth-Two, and this was the default Earth that Degaton had originally sent the Syndicatora to, this is also where the All-Stars ended up... in the same time period they left. This no doubt was due to the chrono-magnetic forces that Degaton's time craft had encountered initially. Thus the two universes were balanced between both universes.
There, these twelve would reunite with Hank Heywood, who would use his now considerable business and political influence on his new world to set up these individuals with new lives since they could not return to their native universe. There they continued to operate as mystery men, if only briefly.
When Earth-Two's history reverted to how it originally was with Degaton defeated, that timeline's version of these twelve faded from existence since they now existed in the primary universe of Earth-One which as mentioned previously had a history that remained unchanged by Degaton's manipulations. So what became of these twelve?
- Air Wave and Zatara sired their counterparts in a son and daughter respectively, with Air Wave perishing in the prime of his life and Zatara journeying throughout the Multiverse before reunited with Zatanna
- The Guardian aka Jim Harper and his little brother Will pursued civilian lives as had the four Newsboy Legionnaires. Eventually, Jim and the Newsboys were each cloned for a new generation, while Will perished shortly after having a son of his own in Roy "Speedy" Harper, counterpart to his native world's Speedy!
- Paul Kirk retired his Manhunter alter ego, and during a big game hunt ended up in a coma for decades. When he awoke, he learned he had become the template for an army of clones of the Council. This Council attempted to rule the world, which Kirk would help defeat at the cost of his life, just as his surviving clone would do when facing Darkseid.
- TNT and Dyna-Mite were kept in an underground bunker when their powers got out of control and ultimately moved to the cities of Kandor and Atlantis to live out their lives after meeting Earth-One's Super Friends..
- Robotman made a single appearance on Earth-One alongside the Justice League of America during their first case. When he returned to Earth-Two shortly thereafter, during the invasion of the Anti-Matter Man, he was trapped in suspended animation in a cave in for two decades, and later had his mind transplanted into the body of his colleague Chuck Grayson.
- In 1950, Sargon had himself traveled from Earth-Two to Earth-One for unspecified reasons, no doubt becoming reacquainted with these heroes and Hank Heywood.
As a now rich industrialist, Heywood would have the resources once he heard from the All-Stars about the dimension warping technology of Per Degaton who inadvertently exiled them there. Degaton journeyed to Earth-One with the aid of Mekanique's head mechanism, spurred on by his ally Brain Wave's contact with Heywood while visiting there, Hank would sponsor Degaton in rebuilding Mekanique's cybernetic body so that she could bring Steel back to Earth-Two to recruit Infinity, Inc. to attack the newest incarnation of the Justice League which he disapproved of.
And thus, the second stringer superheroes of Earth-Two's golden age became the progenitors of Earth-One's own superhero population.