History + Continuity

Chronology Introduction

In 2010, with the New 52, Cosmic Teams ceased covering the Justice League. This section is archival only.

About DC Universe Continuity

For a better understanding of DC universe continuity, please see the History of the Multiverse. Continuity means, essentially, the logical sequence of events. After the publication of Crisis on Infinite Earths and Infinite Crisis, the events of many characters' lives were altered.


  1. The history gives weight to post-Crisis continuity.
  2. "Current continuity" shall be defined by the most recently published DC Comics story (like Superman & Batman again being Silver Age members). Exceptions are taken, however, where the most recent story is outweighed by a mountain of other evidence.
  3. Color Codes:
    Major story arcs (usually 3 issues or more).
    A new member joins the JLA.
    Major events which are pre-Crisis or otherwise out-of-continuity (like JLA/JSA team-ups and membership) are included.
    A hero dies
  4. Characters' first appearance IN PRINT is bolded. These instances refer to the first appearance a character in post-Crisis continuity. (For example, Superman's 1st app. is listed as Man of Steel #1, not Action Comics #1.)
  5. When the placement of a tale within continuity is in question, the event is usually placed in the most recent possible time.
  6. The "XX Years ago" information is adapted from the information given in DC's Secret Files comics. Secret Files timelines are highly contradictory.
  7. Only the inheritors to a title display the level of succession. Example: "Green Lantern II" (for Hal Jordan), but just "Green Lantern" (no "I" for Alan Scott).
  8. Consideration for inclusion is based on an event's relevancy to the JLA, its members, and their legacy. This includes major JLA series and key issues from other DCU series.


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