> The conversation below made me think that the only thing that Crisis on the Infinite Earths gave us was the notion of legacies. Before Crisis, most of the heroes were their own men. Barry Allen read comics, but he didn't really take on the GA Flash's legacy...he took a name from what he thought was a fictional character. It would be like Batman taking on the name Sherlock Holmes because he admired the character.
Granted, the first members of II weren't actual legacies in name, but they were the next generation of the original heroes - carrying on the legacy of superheroes. Of course, that was because most of those original heroes were still active on Earth 2 so there was no need to have a legacy for the character have the same name.
Unlike their Earth 1 counterparts, the Earth 2 heroes were allowed to age, marry, have children, and at least semi-retire. Because of that, there would be the opportunity for and the eventual need for legacy heroes. Without that factor, I doubt if there would be near the number of legacy heroes that there are today.
Since we only had one Earth, wasn't the steam taken out of Infinity Inc? I mean, the JLA is considered the inheritors of the JSA's legacy post-crisis, so it makes the Infinity Inc stories seems a bit dated. In the original story, the JSA was the only team that these kids could join. Post-Crisis, many of these kids could've just joined the JLA (which would make an awesome story, btw) or formed their own group right away rather than joining the JSA.
I'd actually like to see a story where J'onn breaks up the JLA after the alien invasion, but then decides to sign up the JSA kids to be the new JLA. That would've made an awesome story.
- little kon-el