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On Earth-Two, Atlantis was a continent inhabited between
10,000 and 20,000 B.C. in the central
Atlantic Ocean. The origins of the
Atlantean people are not well known but it is said that the diaspora of
Atlantis colonized Egypt and Greece, or at least contributed to the
establishment of their civilization (Action #18). The
people of Atlantis were highly advanced, with extensive knowledge of magic as
well as science more advanced than other nation on Earth by thousands of
years. Whether this technology was the
product of Atlantean ingenuity or derived contact with alien or
extradimensional agents via Atlantean magic is unclear. At some point, the bulk of the sorcerous
knowledge of Atlantis was inscribed in a series of texts, one of which was the
Book of Thoth, which was entrusted to Atlantean agents in Egypt, who hid in the
Koptos river, guarded by a magical serpent (More Fun #58). Whether other texts exist has not be
established and how much of Atlantis’s history and knowledge is truly known is
Near the end of its intact existence, Atlantis was ruled by
Queen Atlantea. In 9638, B.C., a gun appeared, dropped through time by 20th
century murderer Eric Pomar who had slain the inventor of a “time chute” that
he had used to dispose of the murder weapon.
Pursing the weapon through time to acquit the falsely accused Ted
Weldon, Green Lantern arrived and was immediately accosted by gun-wielding
soldiers. Confused as to his location,
Green Lantern played along until he was taken before Queen Atlantea who
revealed her attention to declare war on all of civilization and conquer the
planet. She insisted Green Lantern join
her cause but before she could coerce his cooperation, earthquakes shook the
capitol, ultimately sinking it into the sea along with the rest of the
Atlantis. Green Lantern, retrieving the
murder weapon, return to the 20th century (All-Star Comics #53).
Gath of Atlantis claimed that in the past, Earth had two moons and the loss of
one precipitated the earthquakes the destroyed Atlantis (Action #18). The existence of a second moon in Earth-Two’s
history has not been confirmed, tho it has been documented that Earth-One had a
second moon in a similar time frame (Justice League of America #155) so such is
not beyond the realm of possibility.
Millions perished in the destruction of Atlantis but several
pockets of inhabitants survived in a number of encapsulated environments,
hidden from human contact for centuries.
The first contact with descendents of the original Atlantis occurred in
the 17th century with Jon Valor, known as the Black Pirate. During a violent storm, Valor and his son
Justin are washed overboard and land on a volcanic island. Seeing light, the follow it to discover an
underground ruled by a cruel Seagrim, intent on wedding his son to the
designated regent, Princess Undine. Seagrim
and his cohorts are huighly mutated, with fin-like facial features and green
skin, the nature of which is unclear. Condemned to death for interfering in
Atlantean affairs, Valor and Justin are aided by a lad named Enidnu, who
ultimately unmasks as the Princess. When
an oracle fails to confirm a marriage between Undine and Seagrim’s son, the
villains are undone and Undine send the Valors back to their ship with the gift
of Poseidon’s ring, a connection to summon Atlantis to his aide if he ever
needed them (Sensation #20). Whether he
ever used the ring or the its final deposition is unknown.
Sometime around 1920, an unnamed oceanographer
stumbled upon some of the ruins of an Atlantean laboratory. He studied it for years, eventually using the
biotechnology he adopted from the ruins
to conduct experiments on his young son, allow him to survive underwater and
engage in feats of great strength and speed. He also educated his son extensive
on the zoology of the ocean, allowing him to communicate, if not command, a
variety of different kinds of sea life.
The fate of the oceanographer is unknown. The son grew up to become the hero known as
Aquaman (More Fun Comics #73).
The first known encounter with the descendants of Atlantis
in modern history occurred in 1940 when the Ophirean regent Setap contacted
Zatara the magician, claiming to have a map to the ancient realm of
Atlantis. Chartering a boat, the two
sailed into the middle of the Atlantic and Zatara was lowered to the sea floor
in a bathysphere. There he indeed found an outpost of ancient Atlantis, guarded
by underworld species of humanoids and sea serpents. Evading them, he meets Gath, the leaders of
this colony of Atlanteans and learns much of the continent’s history. As he
communes with the Atlantean, Setap is accosted by one of the sailors, Barnacle
Will, who sees the prospect of Atlantean gold too enticing to resist. The group converge on the colony and disturb
Roor, an ancient mystical octopus who is a sworn for of Atlantis. Roor kills Barnacle Will but is eventually
defeated by Zatara, who departs the Atlantean colony while Setap chooses to
remain (Action #18). No further record
of this colony exists.
In August of 1940, the Book of Thoth was found by an unnamed
wizard, who used its spells to fleece wealthy men in London before being
stopped by Doctor Fate. Rather than risk
it’s re-discovery, Fate reduced the book to dust and scattered the dust into
the sea. Whether that was the end of it is unrevealed (More Fun #58).
In 1942, Zatara encountered another colony of former Atlanteans off the coast of Florida. This group had developed an underwater city, though the lacked the ability to breathe underwater unaided. This city recaptured much of the architecture of the original Atlantis and was ruled by Nargo, an evolved mutant Atlantean with enormous mental powers housed in a larger than normal brain. The aging Nargo followed affairs in the surface world and identified a surgeon who could help him resolve a condition that was killing him. Kidnapping sailors as ransom, Nargo convinced the surgeon to come but Zatara also tagged along. After eventually overcoming Zatara, the surgical anesthesia allowed Zatara to gain the upper hand and in the battle for supremacy, the city was destroyed and Nargo seemingly killed in the process. Nothing more of this colony is known (Action Comics #47).
In 1943, Batman and Robin were investigating the disappearance of ships in the North Atlantic and found a whirlpool that pulled them into another underwater colony of Atlantis. Ruled by Emperor Taro and Empress Lanya, the government of the colony has been deceived by Nazi Admiral Von Buritz into believing that the Nazis are in a righteous war against the Allies. The whirlpool is how the colony refreshes its air supply and the Nazis were using the outpost as a military base and the whirlpool to damage ships. Batman and Robin reveal the Nazis are the true aggressors and obtain guarantees of protection of ships from the whirlpool from the Atlanteans (Batman #19). Whether this remained the case and whether the Nazis used this knowledge of Atlantis further has not been revealed.
In early 1944, espionage work by Major Steve Trevor led to the discovery of largest part of Atlantis that survived the Cataclysm. A large women intercepts Trevor while he seeking to collect pieces of a document that contained a top-secret formula for a weaponized gas that weakened whoever was exposed. The woman offers the document in exchange for a flight home, which turns out to be a vent in the ocean leading to Venturia and Aurania, the two largest remnants of the Atlantean continent. Venturia was ruled by the autocratic Clea while Aurania was ruled by the more benevolent Eeras. Eeras is revealed to be Trevor’s passenger who was seeking the formula to aid a war between Venturia and Aurania. Upon landing, Trevor and Eeras are swarmed by Clea’s forces who take them captive. Wonder Woman pursues the missing Trevor and arrives in Atlantis herself, also being captured by Clea. Wonder Woman escapes and rescues Trevor for a gladiatorial pit where he is condemned to fight to his death and as the two fight their way out, Eeras forces have used the formula for the devitamizing gas to subdue the Venturians, capturing clear and sending the captives home.
Clea was wily, however and had her daughter Ptra switch
places with her. Believing Clea
captured, the Auranins lowered the guard and were caught by surprise when Clea
raised an army of captured sailors from the seas nearby. Aurania is over run but the capture of
American sailors alerts Wonder Woman to the situation and she arrives to once
more aid Eeras to hold the throne. She
takes Clear and Ptra to Transformation Island in hopes of reform. Clea eventually escapes when Wonder Woman
brings Eeras daughter Octavia to the island but the Atlantean women and Wonder
Woman are captured by the males of Atlantis (or manlings) who, while physically
much weaker than the females, have ceased control. Clea aligns herself with them males but is
again defeated by arriving forces led by Trevor and the Holiday girls .
Princess Octavia was installed as ruled of Venturia and her mother retained
regency of Aurania. (Wonder Woman #8). Clea is returned to transformation
island and the fate of Ptra is unknown.
Description of the geography of Venturia and Aurania as provided by Queen Eeras to Steve Trevor in 1944 (Wonder Woman #8)
In November of 1944, the Venturians,
tired of serial monarchies, overthrew Octavia and installed anarchists, at
alliance of manlings and lower tier Atlantean women. These leaders proved no better than the
monarchies and the intervention of Wonder Woman established a true democracy
with Octavia as president (Sensation #35). In 1946, a manling scientist named Manilus develop a process
to vastly increase is intellect and overthrew President Octavia and luring
Wonder Woman to Atlantis, coerced her as a captive bound with her magic lasso
to aid in the capture of Queen
Eeras. Manilus is then crowned Emperor
of Atlantis until the Wonder Woman’s captor inadvertently cause the loss of one
her bracelets, causing to go berserk.
Her full power unleashed, the Amazon quickly dethrones Manilus and only
the timely arrival of the Holliday Girls subdues her long enough to restore her
bracelets before she kills Manilus’ forces.
The rulers of Atlantis are then restored to their offices (Comic Cavalcade
An additional two survivors were identified later – one in 1946 by Hawkman and Hawkgirl, who discovered Atlantean descendants on a tiny volcanic island. Unlike other Atlantean colonies, this one had degenerated into primitivism in which two groups, one in the dry heart of the volcanic island and one near the sea, were constantly at war with each other. Believing the Hawks to be an ancient legend, each declared war on each other until the two heroes taught them they are better served living in peace. In the second, Wonder Woman discovered a colony of highly advanced Atlantean men who had fled Atlantis before the cataclysm and set up an undersea colony with a paranoid government. Believing advancement in the modern world to be a threat, they attacked a submarine launched by the U.S. Navy in 1953, leading Wonder Woman to engage them and ultimately convince them to trust the other governments of the world in exchange for promises of protection should things go awry (Wonder Woman #57).
Little is known of the fates of most of the Atlantean colonies. In the 1970’s, through events as yet undescribed, the nations of Aurania and Venturia returned to the surface world and Clea, escaped from Transformation Island, had returned there to seek the throne. In this instance, she was also allied with King Kull from Earth-S and his Earth-One agents the Penguin and the Blockbuster, drawing the attention of Superman of Earth-One and Wonder Woman of Earth-Two, who defeated the assembled villains (Justice League of America #135).
The further history of Atlantis on Earth-Two remains unrecorded.
All- Star Comics #53
Green Lantern visits pre-Cataclysm Atlantis following the gun that dropped through time
All-Star Comics Archives Vol. 11
Action Comics #18
Zatara, discovers a colony, battles Roor, Setap joins the colony
More Fun #58
Doctor Fate discovers an tome of Atlanteam knowledge
Doctor Fate Archives Vol. 1
Black Pirate finds an Atlantean colony during the 17th century
During the 1920's, an oceangrapher finds Atlantean ruins and uses the knowledge to create his son as Aquaman
Secret Origins Vol 1 #7, Millenium Edition More Fun Comics #73, Aquaman :A Celebration of 75 Years
Action Comics #47
Zatara discovers a second Atlantean colony off the cost of Florida
Batman and Robin relieve an Atlantean colony being deceived by Nazis
Dark Knight Archives #5, Batman Chronicles #10, Golden Age Batman Omnibus Vol. 3 HC, Batman: The Golden Age #5, Batman the War Years 1939-1945
Wonder Woman and Steve Trevor discover a large section of Atlantis in two kingdoms, Venturia and Aurania
Wonder Woman Archives #4, Wonder Woman: The Golden Age Omnibus Vol. 2
Venturia chooses to become a democracy with Wonder Woman's assistance
Wonder Woman Archives #5, Wonder Woman: The Golden Age Omnibus Vol. 2
Comic Cavalcade #18
Wonder Woman thwarts Manilus, a male usurper who takes over Atlantis
Wonder Woman: The Golden Age Omnibus Vol. 3
Flash Comics #78
Hawkman and Hawkgirl resolve a dispute between two primitive tribes of Atlantean descendent
Wonder Woman #57
A very early breakaway colony of Atlantis is discovered and brough to peace by Wonder Woman
Atlantis of Earth-Two revealed as having returned to the surface.
Crisis on Multiple Earths (2002) #4, Crisis on Multiple Earths (2022) #2, Justice League of Am