Are we going ahead with Earth-Forty? It's a similar concept to Earth-85, basically a lot of stories that can't be canon. --Tupka217 10:28, July 30, 2014 (UTC)

No. Absolutely not. First, these Alfred-written future Batman stories were "imaginary stories" which differed from the Superman imaginary tales in that they were actually written as "tales within a tale". Whole different animal. Second, it was the Earth-One Alfred who wrote them and commented in dialogue with Bruce and Dick on these whimsies. There is no need for an Earth-Whatever distinction.
Is this from AbsCOIE, again? If so, somebody goofed there in a major way. --Lucien61 (talk) 11:14, July 30, 2014 (UTC)
Nobody "goofed" as The Compendium stated it was controversially including pre-Crisis imaginary tales "omitting only those that could pass as alternate future timelines".
More over it is expressly stated in Crisis on Infinite Earths: The Compendium that Earth-Forty "was revealed as a distinct parallel world in The Kingdom #2 (February, 1999)". This makes it canon as a separate reality.
Finally The Flash #123 stated that the reason the Earth-Two Flash was known as a comic book character on Earth-One was due to Gardner Fox 'tuning into' events on Earth-Two. This exact same reasoning was used to explain why the Justice Guild of America (DCAU: Legends) existed as comic book characters in the 'main' DCAU.
Alfred simply tapped into events of Earth-Forty when writing his stories.--BruceGrubb (talk) 19:45, November 18, 2016 (UTC)
All of that sounds just like a very concocted way to justify the severe nitpicking of The Compendium. No need to create an Earth-Forty designation. For indexing purposes, a note should suffice. - S.S. (talk) 21:11, November 18, 2016 (UTC)

Given that The Compendium is an official DC product its "severe nitpicking" is irrelevant. Heck, we have had a page on Earth-116 which as presented in The Compendium comes off about as nitpicky as you can get (a possible colorization mess up? That all that is needed to make another Earth?!?) since September 16, 2010‎ and was improved (rather then eliminated) by Tupka217 on March 28, 2011‎.

There are some sites that have most of the back issues The Compendium uses as appearances and you go through some of the issues you will see that the "severe nitpicking" is largely due to space and time limitations. Also, in cases like "Earth-295", The Compendium gets the details wrong (see Superman #295 for more on that) though to be fair comic book writers don't seem to understand the different between divergent and parallels realities (see James P. Hogan's 1985 The Proteus Operation chapter 20 regarding the nuances on that if you are interested)--BruceGrubb (talk) 15:23, November 19, 2016 (UTC)

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