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Crisis on Two Earths

20 years later and the legendary JLA/AVENGERS crossover is finally here

By Arnold T. Blumberg     December 01, 2003

Imagine a cosmic threat so powerful that only the premiere super-teams of two Earths could hope to defeat it. Now imagine that fans have been waiting for 20 years to read this epic saga and you're ready for the monumental impact of JLA/Avengers, a four-issue miniseries debuting this month from Marvel and DC Comics. Scripted by Kurt Busiek and illustrated by George Perez, this is a project that became a legend long before it was published.

"JLA/Avengers was begun 20 years ago but fell apart over editorial disputes between Marvel and DC," says Busiek. "George had drawn a bunch of pages back then, and the lost opportunity of getting that project with that artist became something of a legend over the years."

With memorable runs on JLA and Avengers as well as the "lost" crossover, there was never any question that Perez would draw this saga whenever it finally happened. But once Marvel's editor-in-chief, Joe Quesada, gave the go-ahead, who would write it?


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