AMALGAM UNIVERSE CHRONOLOGY

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PAGE VI: Appendices 7 - 9

LAST UPDATE: 20 September 2002

APPENDIX 7: AMALGAMATED PRESS

APPENDIX 8: DC & MARVEL PRESENT

APPENDIX 9: TIME-CRUNCHING

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APPENDIX 7: AMALGAMATED PRESS

Concepts by Ivan Schablotski & Mikel Midnight

Was there ever a real Amalgam Comics company?  Of course not!  Don't be silly! But there WAS the Amalgamated Press, which began publishing comics in the 1890s.   They continued until 1960, when they became Fleetway.   During this time, the AP did dabble a little in the superhero genre, but mostly dealt with school adventures aimed at adolescent girls and boys.  There is no genuine connection between Amalgamated Press and Amalgam Comics, save the obvious similarity in names.  It is because of this reason, and the lack of canonical material for the Amalgam Universe, that certain characters and events published by Amalgamated Press are considered for inclusion within this timeline.

Please note that after Fleetway became IPC, a CRISIS-type story was published claiming several of the superheroes mentioned here are residents of Earth-88.  Casual analysis reveals that the versions shown in that story are not consistent with the original 'AP' versions.  It is the latter, not the former, that are referred to in this appendix.  If the AP characters are considered acceptable entries within the Amalgam Universe, then Earth-88 would be best thought of as a Hypertime of the AU.  A brief write-up on Earth-88 can be found on Mikel Midnight's Earth-238 timeline.

Though they are not amalgams, these comparisons to characters published by DC and Marvel could allow them to be considered for inclusion in the Amalgam Universe.

Ace Eagle [Blackhawk / Phantom Eagle]

The Falcon [Batman, Unknown Soldier / Nighthawk (Defenders member)]

Fu Manchu [Fu Manchu / Fu Manchu] – Fu Manchu has also appeared in comics by DC & Marvel.

Robot Archie [Bozo the Iron Robot / Human Torch]

Sherlock Holmes [Sherlock Holmes / Sherlock Holmes] – Sherlock Holmes has also appeared in comics by Marvel & DC. 

Thunderbolt Jackson [Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt / Thunderstrike]

The following timeline covers nothing but the tiniest fraction of the publishing history of Amalgamated Press, dealing only with the characters being considered for inclusion in the Amalgam Universe.

 

1886 - Consulting Detective Sherlock Holmes has his first recorded case in London, England.  [SUPER DETECTIVE LIBRARY #65, 1955]

 

1913 - Dr. Fu Manchu is established in the Limehouse district of London.  [SUPER-DETECTIVE LIBRARY #9, c. 1950]

 
1937 - Ace Eagle, an aerial adventurer with a sidekick and "Wonder Plane" has first public adventure.  [GOLDEN #1, 23 OCT 1937]
 
1940 - The Island of Fu Manchu. [SUPER-DETECTIVE LIBRARY #9, c. 1950]
 
1947 - The Falcon, the so-called "Robin Hood of Crime" and master of many disguises, has his first public adventure.  [RADIO FUN, 25 MAR 1947]
 
1949 - Young Jack Jaxon straps on a belt of ancient and curious design, not suspecting it is Megingjardir, the magic belt of Thor.  In a flash it transforms him into Thunderbolt Jaxon, a giant endowed with all the might and magic of Thor himself!  [THE COMET #76, 13 AUG 1949]
 
1957 - The Falcon assumes the roll of a super-hero in a bat-winged flying suit.  [RADIO FUN, 01 JUN 1957]
 
1959 - Robot Archie, the invention of Professor Ritchie, is the world's most powerful mechanical man.  Placed in the care of the Professor's nephew Ted and his friend Ken Dale, the three set out to find the fabled treasure of Kaal, which lay beyond the Crouching Lion Hills in M'Lassa, Africa.  [LION #1, 23 FEB 1959]
  

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APPENDIX 8: DC & MARVEL PRESENT

Several characters and materials have been published by both Marvel and DC Comics.  Other than Access and the Amalgam Comics, none of these have ever been jointly owned.  There are, however, a number of licensed properties that have been handled by both companies.  It is reasonable to assume that any licensed characters that have shown up in comics by DC as well as Marvel would also have shown up in comics published by Amalgam, were Amalgam Comics a real company.  However, unless a character or event has appeared in-continuity by both companies (such as Frankenstein's Monster), it would be reckless to postulate a presence in the Amalgam Universe.

SIGURD / SIEGFRIED (THE VÖLSUNGA SAGA / THE NIBELUNGENLIED)

First Appearances

·         The Völsunga Saga, author unknown (circa 400)

·         THE RING OF THE NEBELUNG #1 (DC, 1989)

·         MIGHTY THOR #300 (MARVEL) – In-continuity with MU

 

BEOWULF

First Appearances

·         Beowulf, author unknown (circa 700)

·         BEOWULF #1 (DC, 1975)

·         CAPTAIN MARVEL (vol III) #20 (MARVEL, 2001) – In-continuity

 

ROBIN HOOD

First Appearances

·         ROBIN HOOD TALES #1 (QUALITY, 1956)

·         ROBIN HOOD TALES #7 (DC, 1957)

·         YOUNG ALLIES #7 (TIMELY, 1943)

 

FRANKENSTEIN'S MONSTER

First Appearances

·         FRANKENSTEIN by Mary Shelley (1818)

·         PHANTOM STRANGER #23 (DC, 1969) – In-continuity with DCU

·         BLONDE PHANTOM #14 (TIMELY, 1947)

·         SILVER SURFER (volume I) #7 (MARVEL, 1969) – In-continuity with MU

 

CAPTAIN NEMO

First Appearances

·         TWENTY THOUSAND LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA by Jules Verne (1870)

·         MARVEL CLASSIC COMICS #4 (MARVEL, 1973)

·         YOUNG ALL-STARS #16 (DC, 1988) – In-continuity with DCU

 

SHERLOCK HOLMES

First Appearances

·         A Study In Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, BEETON'S CHRISTMAS ANNUAL (1887)

·         SUPER DETECTIVE LIBRARY #65 (AMALGAMATED PRESS, 1955)

·         SHERLOCK HOLMES #1 (DC, 1975)

·         MARVEL PREVIEW #5 (MARVEL, 1976)

 

DRACULA

First Appearances

·         DRACULA by Bram Stoker (1897)

·         TOMB OF DRACULA #1 (MARVEL, 1972) – In-continuity with MU

·         SUPERMAN #344 (DC) – In-continuity with DCU

 

WAR OF THE WORLDS

First Appearances

·         THE WAR OF THE WORLDS by H. G. Wells (1898)

·         AMAZING ADVENTURES #18 (MARVEL, 1973) – In-continuity with KILLRAVEN

·         SUPERMAN: WAR OF THE WORLDS (DC, 1998) – Elseworld

 

THE WIZARD OF OZ

First Appearance

·         THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ by L. Frank Baum (1900)

·         MGM'S THE MARVELOUS WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ (MARVEL & DC, 1973)

·         THE MARVELOUS LAND OF OZ (MARVEL, 1973)

·         THE OZ-WONDERLAND WARS (DC, 1986) – In-continuity with Earth-C

 

MASTER OF THE WORLD

First Appearances

·         MASTER OF THE WORLD by Jules Verne (1904)

·         MARVEL CLASSICS COMCIS SERIES #21 (MARVEL, 1977)

·         BATMAN: MASTER OF THE WORLD (DC, 1991) – Elseworld

 

JOHN CARTER: WARLORD OF MARS

First Appearances

·         "Under the Moons of Mars" by Edgar Rice Burroughs, THE ALL-STORY (1912)

·         TARZAN OF THE APES #207 (DC, 1972)

·         JOHN CARTER, WARLORD OF MARS #1 (MARVEL, 1977)

 

FU MANCHU

First Appearances

·         The Mystery of Dr. Fu-ManchU by Sax Rohmer (1913)

·         DETECTIVE COMICS #18 (DC, 1938)

·         SUPER DETECTIVE LIBRARY #9 (AMALGAMATED PRESS, 1950)

·         SPECIAL MARVEL EDITION #15 (MARVEL, 1973)

 

TARZAN

First Appearances

·         TARZAN OF THE APES by Edgar Rice Burroughs (1914)

·         TARZAN OF THE APES #207 (DC, 1972)

·         MARVEL COMICS SUPER SPECIAL #29 (MARVEL, 1977)

 

HUGO DANNER

First Appearances

·         GLADIATOR by Philip Wylie (1929)

·         MARVEL PREVIEW #9 (MARVEL, 1976)

·         YOUNG ALL-STARS #10 (DC, 1988) – In-continuity with DCU

 

THE SHADOW

First Appearances

·         The Shadow radio program (1930)

·         THE SHADOW #1 (DC, 1987)

·         BATMAN #253 (DC, 1987) – In-continuity with DCU

·         THE SHADOW: HITLER'S ASTROLOGER (MARVEL, 1988)

 

DOC SAVAGE

First Appearances

 

FLASH GORDON

First Appearances

·         FLASH GORDON by Alex Raymond (KING FEATURES SYNDICATE, 1934)

·         DEFENDERS OF THE EARTH #1 (MARVEL/STAR, 1987)

·         FLASH GORDON #1 (DC, 1988)

 

THE PHANTOM

First Appearances

·         THE PHANTOM by Lee Falk (KING FEATURES SYNDICATE, 1936)

·         DEFENDERS OF THE EARTH #1 (MARVEL/STAR, 1987)

·         THE PHANTOM #1 (DC, 1988)

 

JAMES BOND

First Appearances

·         CASINO ROYALE by Ian Fleming (1953)

·         "DR. NO", SHOWCASE #43 (DC, 1962)

·         FOR YOUR EYES ONLY #1 (MARVEL, 1981)

 

SPACE GHOST

First Appearances

·         SPACE GHOST AND DINO BOY on CBS (1966)

·         FUNTASTIC WORLD OF HANNA-BARBERA #3 (MARVEL, 1977)

·         CARTOON NETWORK PRESENTS #2 (DC, 1997)

 

STAR TREK

First Appearances

·         STAR TREK on NBC (1966)

·         STAR TREK #1 (MARVEL, 1980)

·         STAR TREK #1 (DC, 1984)

·         STAR TREK / X-MEN #1 (MARVEL, 1996) – In-continuity with MU

 

SCOOBY-DOO

First Appearances

·         SCOOBY DOO on ABC (1969)

·         SCOOBY-DOO #1 (MARVEL, 1977)

·         SCOOBY-DOO #1 (DC, 1997)

 

HE-MAN & THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE

First Appearances

·         "He-Man & the Masters of the Universe" line of toys by Mattel (1982)

·         DC COMICS PRESENTS #47 (DC, 1982) – In-continuity with DCU

·         HE-MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE #1 (MARVEL/STAR)

 

ELVIRA: MISTRESS OF THE DARK

First Appearances

·         ELVIRA'S MOVIE MACABRE on KJH-TV in Los Angeles (1981)

·         ELVIRA'S HOUSE OF MYSTERY #1 (DC, 1986)

·         ELVIRA, MISTRESS OF THE DARK #1 (MARVEL, 1988)

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APPENDIX 9: TIME-CRUNCHING

A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME-CRUNCHING  by Ron Schablotski

The timelines presented here follow the time-honored and fan-aggravating method of time crunching the 'modern age' into an approximately 10-year period. Both Marvel Comics and DC Comics utilize time-crunches to justify their continuities. Comics published in 1960 at the dawn of the Silver Age are now considered to depict events that occurred in the 1990s. Some professionals assume a 13-year stretch for their current continuity, while others believe a time frame of only 7 years is more appropriate for the difference in age the characters can be expected to show.  My own approximation works on an 11-year formula.

Amalgam Comics present an interesting situation, in that they have no true Silver Age to crunch. The only real Amalgam Comics so far were published in the late 1990s. This should have eliminated the need for time-crunching, but, alas, the amalgamated reality of Amalgam Comics includes a fictitious history dating back 1938, complete with a Silver Age that has Spider-Boy, Doctor Strange, and the Judgment League: Avengers making their debuts in the 1960s. Super Soldier's personal history is further convoluted by the events of the Secret Crisis of the Infinity Hour, which rebooted his modern appearances, but did not seem to affect anyone else (much like DC's Crisis on Infinite Earths undid the Silver Age Wonder Woman's earlier continuity).

I have made every effort to preserve the feel of the Amalgam Universe as a fully realized comic-book continuum. To that end, I have utilized time crunching, remaining consistent with both DC and Marvel comics. Some characters do not crunch well, such as Dark Claw, who "first appeared" in 1939. I have attempted to reconcile as many discrepancies as possible without taking too many liberties with continuity. The specific cases of Super Soldier and Dark Claw are dealt with in Appendix 3.

What follows is a very simplified table for converting forty years worth of continuity into a manageable length of time. Although this is my own formula, I deviated from it frequently in favor of common sense.

TIME-TABLE

Real Time Publication

Comic Book Time Crunch

1956 - 1962

11 Years Ago

1963 - 1967

10 Years Ago

1968 - 1972

9 Years Ago

1973 - 1976

8 Years Ago

1977 - 1980

7 Years Ago

1981 - 1984

6 Years Ago

1985 - 1987

5 Years Ago

1988 - 1990

4 Years Ago

1991 - 1993

3 Years Ago

1994 - 1996

2 Years Ago

1997 - 1998

1 Year Ago

1999 - 2000

6 Months Ago

2001 - 2002

Currently

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END OF PART VI


AMALGAM CHRONOLOGY CENTER

TIMELINE

APPENDIX

WHO'S WHO HANDBOOK

PAGE I: PreHistory - 1900

Big Bang

New Asgard & Apokolips

Malformed West

PAGE IV: Appendices 1 – 3

1: Future

2: Hypertime

3: Super-Soldier & Dark Claw

… TO THE AMALGAM UNIVERSE

All 24 Amalgam Comics, plus ALL ACCESS #4 and UNLIMITED ACCESS #4

Created by Jon Woodward

PAGE II: 1900 - 1975

Golden Age

Atomic Age

Silver Age

PAGE V: Appendices 4 – 6

4: Other Realities

5: Same Continuum

6: Comic / Fiction Amalgams

… TO THE AMALGAM UNIVERSE ADDENDUM

Amalgam Trading Card information not found in the original Who's Who Handbook

Created by Mikel Midnight

PAGE III: 25 Years Ago - Now

Recent Past

Modern Age

Currently

PAGE VI: Appendices 7 – 9

7: Amalgamated Press

8: DC & Marvel Present

9: Time-Crunching

… TO THE ALMOST AMALGAM UNIVERSE

Comics by Marvel and/or DC that may take place in the Amalgam Universe

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