Blame KC for Sliding Timelines

Last week, KC discussed the sliding timeline approach to continuity at his Westfield column; this week, he reveals how that approach might have been his fault. It’s a memory-filled visit back to the 1994 days of Zero Hour: Crisis in Time — with a picture of a shocked KC. He looks so young! You’ll also get to see the rarest-ever copy of Zero Hour #0, signed by the entire editorial staff of the time.

Zero Hour relative timeline

6 Responses to “Blame KC for Sliding Timelines”

  1. Dwight Williams Says:

    When I first read that version of the timeline…I think you were among the witnesses of me – and possibly a few thousand other readers – having birds over it. Right?

  2. Greg Manuel Says:

    This issue of time passage in comics isn’t as hard a thing to work with as people seem to think…if you simply allow 3 years’ comic time for every 10 years of real time, everything would fit into that pace fairly well.

  3. Dwight Williams Says:

    Depends on which fictional ‘verse we’re discussing, though.

  4. James Schee Says:

    My goodness KC, no wonder you got asked what day of the week a certain even happened in LSH lore. (those not knowing what that means, get with KC at a con and have him tell you weird fan stories) Its all your fault!:)

    DC timelines and ages are so screwy. Especially when you look at sidekicks now and their ages. It was odd enough to think that Dick Grayson had to be around 17 when he first became Robin to explain how he can just be a tad younger than Bruce. Now Tim Drake had to be close to that age too since he looks to be near 20 now.

    If you think on the stuff, it’ll drive you .. batty lol. Its nice to have a reference to know which events might have happened together (Superman & Batman beginning their careers nearly same time, the Titans forming as they all became sidekicks etc.)

    Yet putting a certain time constraint, or actual date or period is not going to work for long. I honestly kind of wonder how long before the JSA wasn’t even involved in WW2 or the like.

  5. Dwight Williams Says:

    And now with James Gordon Jr. back in the equation as a young adult, who remains “born during Bruce’s first year as the original Batman”, and recent revelations about Tony “Boss” Zucco’s family tree as well…well, at least Tim gets to go back to having been 13-14 when he became the third Robin, and Dick to 10-12 when he became the first one(and age 20 when he switched to the “Nightwing” alias)…

  6. Greg Manuel Says:

    @Dwight: Point taken, it does depend on the fictional ‘verse. Actually back when I used to write a column, I did a little something on this topic…I think this is the right one:




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