Sorting out the Crisis history/timeline and a followup about Pandora merging Earths in Flashpoint.

On September 1st, 2014, /u/DrManhattan16 asked the following on /r/DCcomics:

Can someone please explain to me how the infinite crisis books started in the 1985, but the entire plot up till the new 52 reboot happened in 2011, but comic books for each character still continued in the 90s and 00s? Shouldn’t the reboot have either occurred in the 80s or in 2011, but without all the time inbetween?

Infinite Crisis affected the Multiverse but it wasn’t what caused the New 52, that was the Flashpoint event in 2011. Also, infinite Crisis didn’t start in 1985, that was Crisis on Infinite Earths which while confusing is a different story.

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When did Sue and Ralph Dibny become so entangled with the League and so beloved?

On August 17th, 2014, /u/WW4O asked the following on /r/DCcomics:

I’ve read almost all of the core storyline stuff from the DiDio days on, and from Identity Crisis forward you never stop hearing about how Ralph and Sue Dibny were, like, the most beloved and pivotal members of the Justice League…

When did that happen? I’ve never been aware of a time when Elongated Man and his wife were a really big deal, except for Identity Crisis and 52.

Oh, you’ve got my nose twitching!

Certainly it was well before Identity Crisis as after that, well, lets just say Sue… wasn’t a very useful detective. In fact, as he got a bunch of solo appearances, to look at them as a couple it’s easier to look at her history and appearances. To paraphrase the Wikipedia entry for Sue first:

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