DC pre-crisis timeline art, featuring a scene from Crisis on Infinite Earths.

What is on the DC Pre-crisis Timeline?

It’s extremely difficult to assemble a comprehensive list of all the old Golden, Silver, and Bronze Age comics. This is due to the fact that DC reprinted them in multiple formats over the years. That said, we’ve done our best to assemble all the important stories in these ages. All the stories that lead up to DC’s big event: Crisis on Infinite Earths. These comics cover all of the recommended stories from before that event.

We still consider most of these stories to be part of the pre-modern age, and doesn’t have much to do with current continuity. However, several elements here and there do related to current continuity, and the storyline of Crisis on Infinite Earths explains how the new continuity works and how all of the separate continuities fit together. There are probably still a lot of Golden and Silver age comics that are not included in this part of the timeline, but that is because they are less relevant to current stories.

Note: Additionally, release dates are of the release of the paperback, not the original comics. Though many of these stories happened before 1985, the trade paperbacks were only released more recently, and so the release calendar can be quite confusing. Original dates are hard to come by.

The Pre-crisis Timeline 2.0

#SeriesBuyTitleTypeWritersReleased
1The Golden AgeBuyTor Vol. 12001-07-01
2The Golden AgeBuyTor Vol. 22002-10-01
3The Golden AgeBuyTor Vol. 32004-09-01
4The Golden AgeBuyShowcase Presents: Jonah Hex Vol. 1, , , , , 2005-11-02
5The Golden AgeBuyJonah Hex: Welcome To Paradise, 2010-05-11
6The Golden AgeBuyShowcase Presents: Bat Lash, 2009-07-14
7The Golden AgeBuyJonah Hex: Origins, , , , 2007-11-07
8The Golden AgeBuyThe Enemy Ace Archives Vol. 12002-12-01
9The Golden AgeBuyThe Enemy Ace Archives Vol. 22006-09-06
10The Golden AgeBuyShowcase Presents: Enemy Ace2008-02-13
11The Golden AgeBuyDoc Savage: The Man Of Bronze2010-06-01
12The Golden AgeBuyThe Superman Chronicles Vol. 12006-01-04
13The Golden AgeBuySuperman: The Action Comics Archives Vol. 11998-05-04
14The Golden AgeBuyThe Superman Chronicles Vol. 22007-02-07
15The Golden AgeBuySuperman Archives Vol. 12005-02-01
16The Golden AgeBuyThe Batman Chronicles Vol. 12005-04-01
17The Golden AgeBuyThe Superman Chronicles Vol. 32007-08-01
18The Golden AgeBuyThe Shield2004-01-21
19The Golden AgeBuyAll Star Comics Archives Vol. 02006-03-15
20The Golden AgeBuyBatman: The Dark Knight Archives Vol. 12005-01-03
21The Golden AgeBuyThe Batman Chronicles Vol. 22006-09-06
22The Golden AgeBuyThe Spirit Archives Vol. 12000-06-01
23The Golden AgeBuySuperman: The Dailies 1939-19401999-09-01
24The Golden AgeBuyThe Superman Chronicles Vol. 42008-02-06
25The Golden AgeBuySuperman Archives Vol. 21997-11-14
26The Golden AgeBuyThe Golden Age Sandman Archives Vol. 12005-01-19
27The Golden AgeBuyThe Shazam! Archives Vol. 11999-02-10
28The Golden AgeBuyBatman Archives Vol. 11997-11-14
29The Golden AgeBuyThe Batman Chronicles Vol. 32007-05-02
30The Golden AgeBuyThe Golden Age Flash Archives Vol. 11999-09-01
31The Golden AgeBuySuperman: The Action Comics Archives Vol. 21998-12-01
32The Golden AgeBuyThe Superman Chronicles Vol. 52008-08-26
33The Golden AgeBuyThe Spirit Archives Vol. 22000-09-01
34The Golden AgeBuyThe Golden Age Spectre Archives Vol. 12003-04-01
35The Golden AgeBuyThe Shazam! Archives Vol. 21999-07-01
36The Golden AgeBuyThe Golden Age Green Lantern Archives Vol. 11999-05-01
37The Golden AgeBuyAll Star Comics Archives Vol. 11997-11-14
38The Golden AgeBuyThe Superman Chronicles Vol. 62009-02-24
39The Golden AgeBuyThe Golden Age Hawkman Archives Vol. 12006-02-01
40The Golden AgeBuySuperman Archives Vol. 31997-11-14
41The Golden AgeBuyThe Batman Chronicles Vol. 42007-10-03
42The Golden AgeBuyThe Shazam! Archives Vol. 32002-12-01
43The Golden AgeBuyThe Golden Age Flash Archives Vol. 22006-02-15
44The Golden AgeBuyThe Spirit Archives Vol. 32001-01-01
45The Golden AgeBuySuperman: The Dailies 1940-19411999-09-01
46The Golden AgeBuyThe Superman Chronicles Vol. 72009-07-28
47The Golden AgeBuyThe Shazam! Archives Vol. 42004-08-04
48The Golden AgeBuyBatman: The Dark Knight Archives Vol. 21997-11-14
49The Golden AgeBuyThe Batman Chronicles Vol. 52008-04-29
50The Golden AgeBuyThe Superman Chronicles Vol. 82010-04-20
51The Golden AgeBuyThe JSA All Stars Archives Vol. 12007-10-24
52The Golden AgeBuyThe Golden Age Green Lantern Archives Vol. 22002-02-01
53The Golden AgeBuyAll Star Comics Archives Vol. 21997-11-14
54The Golden AgeBuySuperman Archives Vol. 41997-11-14
55The Golden AgeBuyThe Spirit Archives Vol. 42001-05-01
56The Golden AgeBuyThe Golden Age Starman Archives Vol. 12000-05-01
57The Golden AgeBuyThe Batman Chronicles Vol. 62008-10-21
58The Golden AgeBuySuperman: The Action Comics Archives Vol. 32001-08-01
59The Golden AgeBuyThe Wonder Woman Chronicles Vol. 12010-03-23
60The Golden AgeBuyBatman: The Dark Knight Archives Vol. 32000-06-01
61The Golden AgeBuyThe Seven Soldiers of Victory Archives Vol. 12005-03-01
62The Golden AgeBuyThe Shazam! Family Archives Vol. 1, 2006-09-27
63The Golden AgeBuySuperman: The Dailies 1941-19421999-09-01
64The Golden AgeBuySuperman: The Dailies 1939-19422006-05-04
65The Golden AgeBuyWonder Woman Archives Vol. 1, 1998-05-04
66The Golden AgeBuyBatman Archives Vol. 21997-11-14
67The Golden AgeBuyThe Spirit Archives Vol. 52001-09-01
68The Golden AgeBuyThe Batman Chronicles Vol. 72009-03-24
69The Golden AgeBuyEnemy Ace: War In Heaven2003-08-01
70The Golden AgeBuyAll Star Comics Archives Vol. 31997-11-14
71The Golden AgeBuySuperman Archives Vol. 52000-03-01
72The Golden AgeBuyThe Blackhawk Archives Vol. 1, , 2001-10-01
73The Golden AgeBuyThe Boy Commandos By Joe Simon and Jack Kirby Vol. 12010-11-30
74The Golden AgeBuyThe Sgt. Rock Archives Vol. 1, , 2002-05-01
75The Golden AgeBuyThe Sgt. Rock Archives Vol. 22003-12-01
76The Golden AgeBuyShowcase Presents: Sgt. Rock Vol. 12007-11-14
77The Golden AgeBuyThe Sgt. Rock Archives Vol. 32005-08-01
78The Golden AgeBuyShowcase Presents: Sgt. Rock Vol. 22008-12-02
79The Golden AgeBuyShowcase Presents: Haunted Tank Vol. 1, , 2006-05-01
80The Golden AgeBuyThe Batman Chronicles Vol. 82009-10-20
81The Golden AgeBuyWonder Woman Archives Vol. 22000-02-01
82The Golden AgeBuyBatman: The Dark Knight Archives Vol. 42003-08-01
83The Golden AgeBuyThe Plastic Man Archives Vol. 11999-02-10
84The Golden AgeBuyThe Spirit Archives Vol. 62002-01-01
85The Golden AgeBuyThe Batman Chronicles Vol. 92010-03-02
86The Golden AgeBuyThe Comic Cavalcade Archives Vol. 12005-06-03
87The Golden AgeBuyThe Seven Soldiers of Victory Archives Vol. 22007-07-25
88The Golden AgeBuyAll Star Comics Archives Vol. 41998-12-01
89The Golden AgeBuySuperman Archives Vol. 62003-07-01
90The Golden AgeBuySuperman: Sunday Classics 1939-19432006-05-04
91The Golden AgeBuyThe Batman Chronicles Vol. 102010-12-14
92The Golden AgeBuyWonder Woman Archives Vol. 32002-06-01
93The Golden AgeBuyThe Spirit Archives Vol. 72002-05-01
94The Golden AgeBuyBatman: The Dark Knight Archives Vol. 5, , , 2006-11-08
95The Golden AgeBuySuperman: The Action Comics Archives Vol. 4, 2005-06-01
96The Golden AgeBuyBatman Archives Vol. 31997-11-14
97The Golden AgeBuyThe Newsboy Legion By Joe Simon and Jack Kirby2010-03-30
98The Golden AgeBuyThe Plastic Man Archives Vol. 22000-12-01
99The Golden AgeBuyThe Golden Age Doctor Fate Archives Vol. 12007-06-06
100The Golden AgeBuySuperman Archives Vol. 72006-04-26
101The Golden AgeBuyThe Spirit Archives Vol. 82002-09-01
102The Golden AgeBuyWonder Woman Archives Vol. 42004-03-01
103The Golden AgeBuyBatman: The Dailies 1943-1944, 1990-10-01
104The Golden AgeBuyBatman: The Dark Knight Archives Vol. 62009-12-22
105The Golden AgeBuySuperman: The World’s Finest Comics Archives Vol. 12004-09-01
106The Golden AgeBuyBatman: The World’s Finest Comics Archives Vol. 12002-10-01
107The Golden AgeBuyAll Star Comics Archives Vol. 51999-12-01
108The Golden AgeBuyThe DC Comics Rarities Archives Vol. 1, , , , , , , , , , , , , 2005-01-19
109The Golden AgeBuyThe Spirit Archives Vol. 92003-01-01
110The Golden AgeBuyThe Monster Society of Evil1989-01-01
111The Golden AgeBuyThe Plastic Man Archives Vol. 32001-12-01
112The Golden AgeBuyWonder Woman Archives Vol. 52007-09-26
113The Golden AgeBuyThe Seven Soldiers of Victory Archives Vol. 32008-07-29
114The Golden AgeBuySuperman: The Action Comics Archives Vol. 52007-03-28
115The Golden AgeBuyThe Spirit Archives Vol. 102003-05-01
116The Golden AgeBuyBatman Archives Vol. 41998-12-01
117The Golden AgeBuySuperman Archives Vol. 82010-10-26
118The Golden AgeBuySgt. Rock’s Combat Tales2005-01-01
119The Golden AgeBuyViking Prince by Joe Kubert2010-07-20
120The Golden AgeBuyShowcase Presents: Sgt. Rock Vol. 32010-08-03
121The Golden AgeBuyShowcase Presents: Haunted Tank Vol. 22008-06-17
122The Golden AgeBuyAmerica At War: The Best of DC War Comics1979-06-21
123The Golden AgeBuyShowcase Presents: The Unknown Soldier, , , , , 2006-11-15
124The Golden AgeBuyJack Kirby’s The Losers Omnibus2009-03-17
125The Golden AgeBuyBatman: The Dailies 1944-19451991-09-01
126The Golden AgeBuyBatman: The Dark Knight Archives Vol. 7, , , , , 2010-12-28
127The Golden AgeBuyWonder Woman Archives Vol. 62010-07-06
128The Golden AgeBuyThe Spirit Archives Vol. 112003-09-01
129The Golden AgeBuyThe Sandman By Joe Simon and Jack Kirby2009-08-18
130The Golden AgeBuyThe Golden Age Starman Archives Vol. 22009-07-07
131The Golden AgeBuyThe Plastic Man Archives Vol. 42002-11-01
132The Golden AgeBuyAll Star Comics Archives Vol. 62000-10-01
133The Golden AgeBuyThe Spirit Archives Vol. 122003-12-01
134The Golden AgeBuyThe Plastic Man Archives Vol. 52003-10-01
135The Golden AgeBuyBatman: The Dailies 1945-19461991-01-01
136The Golden AgeBuyBatman: The Dailies 1943-19462007-04-12
137The Golden AgeBuyBatman: The Sunday Classics 1943-19462007-04-12
138The Golden AgeBuyThe Spirit Archives Vol. 132004-08-04
139The Golden AgeBuyBatman Archives Vol. 52001-04-01
140The Golden AgeBuyAll Star Comics Archives Vol. 72001-07-01
141The Golden AgeBuyThe Plastic Man Archives Vol. 62004-11-01
142The Golden AgeBuyThe Spirit Archives Vol. 142004-11-01
143The Golden AgeBuyAdventures of Superboy2010-08-17
144The Golden AgeBuyThe Plastic Man Archives Vol. 72006-01-01
145The Golden AgeBuyThe Spirit Archives Vol. 152005-02-01
146The Golden AgeBuyAll Star Comics Archives Vol. 8, , 2002-08-01
147The Golden AgeBuySuperman: The World’s Finest Comics Archives Vol. 22009-11-03
148The Golden AgeBuyBatman: The World’s Finest Comics Archives Vol. 2, , , , 2005-01-20
149The Golden AgeBuyThe Plastic Man Archives Vol. 82006-08-02
150The Golden AgeBuyBatman Archives Vol. 62005-08-01
151The Golden AgeBuyThe Spirit Archives Vol. 162005-06-01
152The Golden AgeBuyThe Robin Archives Vol. 12005-10-01
153The Golden AgeBuyBatman In The Forties, 2004-05-01
154The Golden AgeBuyAll Star Comics Archives Vol. 92004-08-06
155The Golden AgeBuyThe Spirit Archives Vol. 172006-02-01
156The Golden AgeBuyThe Spirit Archives Vol. 182006-04-12
157The Golden AgeBuyThe Spirit: Femmes Fatale2008-10-28
158The Golden AgeBuyAll Star Comics Archives Vol. 102004-08-01
159The Golden AgeBuySuperman in The Forties2005-11-01
160The Golden AgeBuyBatman Archives Vol. 72007-11-14
161The Golden AgeBuyThe Spirit Archives Vol. 192006-08-02
162The Golden AgeBuyThe Greatest Golden Age Stories Ever Told, , , , , , , , , , 1990-01-01
163The Golden AgeBuyThe Robin Archives Vol. 22010-04-06
164The Golden AgeBuyBest Of The Spirit2005-11-01
165The Golden AgeBuyThe Spirit: A Pop-Up Graphic Novel2008-10-14
166The Golden AgeBuyThe Spirit Archives Vol. 202006-12-06
167The Golden AgeBuyThe Spirit Archives Vol. 212007-04-25
168The Golden AgeBuyAll Star Comics Archives Vol. 11, 2005-03-01
169The Golden AgeBuyThe Spirit Archives Vol. 222007-08-29
170The Golden AgeBuyThe Spirit Archives Vol. 232007-12-26
171The Golden AgeBuyThe Christmas Spirit1995-10-01
172The Golden AgeBuyThe Spirit Archives Vol. 242008-06-17
173The Golden AgeBuyThe Spirit Archives Vol. 252008-10-21
174The Golden AgeBuyThe Spirit Archives Vol. 262009-06-23
175The Golden AgeBuySpirit Jam1998-08-01
176The Golden AgeBuyShowcase Presents: Our Army At War Vol. 12010-12-21
177The Golden AgeBuyShowcase Presents: Strange Adventures, , , 2009-01-13
178The Golden AgeBuyWorld’s Finest Comics Archives Vol. 1, , 1999-03-01
179The Golden AgeBuyShowcase Presents: Superman Family Vol. 1, 2006-03-15
180The Golden AgeBuyChallengers Of The Unknown Archives Vol. 12003-08-01
181The Golden AgeBuyShowcase Presents: Blackhawk2008-10-14
182The Golden AgeBuyThe Essential Showcase 1956-19591972-12-01
183The Golden AgeBuySuperman: The Man Of Tomorrow Archives Vol. 12005-05-01
184The Golden AgeBuyShowcase Presents: Superman Family Vol. 2, 2008-02-27
185The Silver AgeBuyThe Flash Chronicles Vol. 1, 2009-09-29
186The Silver AgeBuyWorld’s Finest Comics Archives Vol. 2, , 2002-01-01
187The Silver AgeBuyThe Green Arrow By Jack Kirby2001-01-01
188The Silver AgeBuyChallengers Of The Unknown Archives Vol. 22004-11-15
189The Silver AgeBuySuperman in The Fifties2002-10-01
190The Silver AgeBuySuperman: The Man Of Tomorrow Archives Vol. 2, , , , 2006-03-28
191The Silver AgeBuyThe Flash Archives Vol. 1, 1998-05-04
192The Silver AgeBuyShowcase Presents: Superman Vol. 1, , , , , 2005-10-01
193The Silver AgeBuyBatman in The Fifties, , , , , 2002-05-01
194The Silver AgeBuyThe Greatest 1950s Stories Ever Told, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , 1997-10-01
195The Silver AgeBuyShowcase Presents: Challengers Of The Unknown Vol. 1, 2006-09-27
196The Silver AgeBuyAdventures Of The Fly2004-10-19
197The Silver AgeBuyThe Green Lantern Chronicles Vol. 12009-05-05
198The Silver AgeBuySecret Origins (Of The World’s Greatest Super-Heroes)1991-09-01
199The Silver AgeBuyShowcase Presents: Superman Family Vol. 3, , 2009-03-03
200The Silver AgeBuyThe Flash Chronicles Vol. 22010-10-05