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Timeline of Earth-12

Please note that Earth-12 typically contains contradictory histories and timelines, so any of the events below may be ignored or revised in other stories, and should be considered as placeholders. This timeline began as Mikel Midnight's Earth-12 timeline and will be expanded and revised in time to more closely fit within the Five Earths Project.

Earth-12 contains many humor characters from DC Comics, Quality Comics, Fawcett Comics, Charlton Comics, and Fox Features. While it is possible that these characters exist in different humor-based dimensions, it's still worthwhile to place them all on the same timeline.

Not all humor characters exist on Earth-12, however, since several humor series are more or less based in a realistic setting. Humor characters who live in fantastical settings, interact with fantasy characters, and/or use parodies of existing characters or people probably exist in the Earth-12 universe, rather than in one of the more realistic universes such as Earth-1 or Earth-2. We have done our best to categorize characters based on the above criteria.

59,600 B.C.

  • Superman and Aquaman travel to Atlantis, according to their approximation, fifty thousand years before it is destined to sink. [Super Friends #18]

48,000 B.C.

  • The continent of Atlantis sinks, leaving only a few island remains of its once great cultures, including Cerdia, Poseidonis, Therna Na Oge, and Tritonis. A surviving colony takes the name of Oompah. [Inferior 5 #3]

c. 30 B.C.

  • Prince Algon of the city of Ma-Phoor (somewhere south of Ethiopia) becomes the first Metamorph. He is the betrothed of Queen Jezeba (a dead ringer for Sapphire Stagg). [Metamorpho #16-17]

1649

  • Wonder Woman and Robin travel to Madrigal, Spain, where they aid Princess Isabella of Castile. [Super Friends #18]

1790's

  • Sir Chauncey Berkeley, also known as the Crimson Chrysanthemum, helps aristocrats escape from France during the Reign of Terror. The Inferior Five time-travel from November 1967 to the French Revolution where they help the Crimson Chrysanthemum save Charles Darnit, rightful Marquis St. EvrŽman, from Madame Defarce. [Inferior 5 #5]

1860

  • Batman travels to Michigan in 1860, where he meets a young Tom Edison. [Super Friends #18]

1880's

  • Chubblock Homes has first public case as consulting detective. [Comic Cuts, 16 June 1894]

1913

  • Sir Daines Neighland Smythe first encounters Doctor Fyu-men Chew. [ref. Weird Heroes #1]

1920's

  • Reed Victor becomes the masked lawman known as Yellowjacket, adventuring with his chauffeur-aide Plato who drives the automobile named the Gold Bug. [Inferior 5 #1]

1925

  • Famed Chinese detective Charlie Chum has first public case. He later teaches the daughter of his best friend Prof. Theo O'Day all he knows about detective work. [ref. Angel & the Ape v2#2]

1929

  • Allergy Queen has first public case as detective. [Inferior 5 #7]

1931

  • Ken Tallard has first public case as the Shadow. [ref. Weird Heroes #1]

1933

  • Doc Ravage, and his assistants Porkchop and Chimp, have first public case. [ref. Weird Heroes #1]

1936

  • The archeologist Maryland Smith has adventures. [Adventures of the Rifle Brigade #1-3]

1938

  • Mr. Brent, strong enough to shatter concrete or turn boulders into sand with his bare hands, becomes Mr. Might. He was born Barb-Ell of the planet Neon, son of Dumb-Ell. After the citizens of Neon ignored his warnings of their planet's pending destruction, Dumb-Ell sent his son Barb-Ell in a rocket to Earth. However, Dumb-Ell really was a crackpot, and Neon never did explode. [Inferior 5 #1]

1939

  • Richard Bendsome becomes the Punisher, armed with a peculiar weapon, a combination gun and knife. [ref. Weird Heroes #1]
  • John Claypool, Lord Gravestone has first public case as Darwin of the Apes. He eventually marries and settles down with his wife, Jayne. [Inferior 5 #3]
  • Prince Nabob has first public case as the Sub-Moron/Sunk Mariner. [Inferior 5 #7]

1940

  • Jason Cramer, who can run and fly at fantastic speeds, becomes Captain Swift.
  • Ellen Pasken comes from an unknown land under the sea to become the Mermaid.
  • Victor Victor, the son of Yellowjacket who gathers his great stamina from the people who still believe in the American dream, becomes the Patriot.
  • Lady Berkeley, a descendent of the Crimson Chrysanthemum and an expert in judo and karate who also carries the “Torch of Freedom” which serves her as an offensive weapon and the “Book of Justice” as her defensive weapon, becomes Lady Liberty.
  • Abigail Mathilda Hunkle becomes the Red Tornado I [Sheldon Mayer]
  • Joseph Jones becomes General Glory. He is soon acompanied by Ernest E. Earnest, as Ernie, the Battling Boy. [Justice League America #46]

May, 1940

  • After the stork delivers the strongest baby in the world to a destitute family, Poison Ivy the Mighty Mite decides to strike out on his own. A crook tries to kidnap him for the ransom money, but Poison Ivy instead captures him and sends a note to the police to double the reward money for his capture. The police try to bust into the empty house where Poison Ivy is keeping the crook, but after they realize a super-baby is holding them off with one hand, they decide to pay double the ransom. Poison Ivy returns to his family with a dump-truck full of pennies, the currency he requested. [Poison Ivy the Mighty Mite, Feature Comics #32 (May, 1940)]

June, 1940

  • Poison Ivy the Mighty Mite visits a recruiting office and quickly proves, through a series of increasingly difficult tests, that he's worth 100,000 recruits and ends up filling the quota himself by joining the U.S. Army. [Poison Ivy the Mighty Mite, Feature Comics #33 (June, 1940)]

1941

  • Artemis (?) emigrates to America from a race of Amazons to court Steve Tremor and become Power Princess. [The Amazons are revealed to be subterranean in the Angel & the Ape mini-series. This may be a reference to the 19th century novel “The Coming Race” by Edward Bulwer “dark and stormy night” Lytton. The novel is the story of the protagonist's exploration of a matriarchal subterranean civilization. The people of this world are call the “Vrilya”, and have power over a force call the “Vril”]
  • Mortimer King becomes the Bowman.
  • Theodore Knight becomes Starman I. [Adventure #61]
  • Eels O'Brien becomes Plastic Man. [Police #1, ref. Inferior 5 #2]
  • In Germany, the Masked Swastika has first public case.

July, 1941

  • Tired of being just plain Cupid, the cherubic winged Cyclone Cupid goes to Earth and tries to be a crime-fighter like the ones from the comic-books. In his first adventure, Cyclone Cupid stops a union racketeer trying to start a fight with a police officer on the picket line, using his arrows to make the crook love the cop, then another arrow to pin him to the wall. But when he goes to get his reward, he's so disgusted by how small the reward is that he pickets the police station, petitioning for bigger rewards. [Cyclone Cupid, He Ain't Stupid, National Comics #13 (July, 1941)]

October, 1941

  • When America is invaded by the Germans, who starve the nation to force a surrender, General Alarm announces from a dirigible above that he has enough food for all if they surrender. Cyclone Cupid punctures the dirigible with arrows, causing not gas but soup to pour down onto the streets, allowing everyone to get their fill. [Cyclone Cupid, He Ain't Stupid, National Comics #16 (October, 1941)]

1942

  • Thomas N. Thomas & Daniel Dunbar become TNT & Dan the Dyna-Mite. [Star-Spangled #7, ref. Super Friends #12, Superman Family #190]
  • Theodore Grant becomes Wildcat. [Sensation #1]

1943

October, 1943

  • When Vaudeville magician Professor Zomby is drafted into the U.S. Army, his French assistant is ordered to take over his act, despite his inexperience. When the amateur magician asks for a volunteer for a disappearing act, a bespectacled schoolboy called Perky volunteers and gets in the box. But when the amateur magician says the magic word “floozle” and operates the hidden lever, Perky isn't merely hidden from audience view in a secret compartment in the box, but is sent whirling into another dimension. In his first adventure, Perky finds himself in the Land o' Lugs, where he convinces two princes to run a race in order to pick who should be the next king. From this point on, each time the amateur magician pulls the lever to try to bring the boy back, Perky is instead sent into a series of fanciful dimensions, where he uses common sense to help out everyone he meets. [Perky, Feature Comics #75 (February, 1944); Perky, Crack Comics #10 (October, 1943)]

1944

  • The British Commando Unit Captain Darcy and his Rifle Brigade travel to the Middle Eastern country of Sidi Boomboom, where they compete with the American adventurer known as Maryland Smith in “Operation Bollock.” [Adventures of the Rifle Brigade #1-3]

1941-1945

  • The Bowman, Captain Swift, Lady Liberty, Mr. Might, the Mermaid, the Patriot, and Power Princess gather together as The Freedom Brigade; the Red Tornado sneaks into the meeting.
  • The Masked Swastika, Speed Demon, the Silver Sorceress and the Sparrow gather together as Vendetta.
  • Death of Ernie, the Battling Boy. General Glory asks [a timelost Supergirl / a time-and dimension-lost Power Girl of Earth-2] to become his new sidekick. She reluctantly agrees. [Justice League Europe Annual #2]

1945 - 1946

  • Clark Kent/Kal-El, one of the last survivors of the exploded planet Krypton, begins his career as Superboy.
  • Freedom Brigade disbands.

1947

  • Dinah Drake becomes Black Canary in Park City (later Gotham) [Robert Khaniger & Carmine Infantino] [Flash #86]

late 1940's - early 1950's

  • Tur-Tel, the last survivor of the planet Galapagon, begins his career as Super Turtle. [Adventure #304/Silver Age 80-Page Giant #1] [Henry Boltinoff]
  • On an alternate possible Earth, Prof. Theo O'Day marries Princess Power, believing he can handle living with a woman with super-powers, but he discovers that he can't and leaves her after his daughter, Athena, is born. Prof. O'Day supports his daughter, but needs a more normal relationship. He marries another woman, but she dies soon after giving birth to his second daughter, Angel. Princess Power returns and takes the two of them in. The couple soon re-marries.

1950

  • Bob Hope begins over a decade of adventures. [Adventures of Bob Hope]

1951

  • Terrance Thirteen becomes Dr. 13, the Multiple Man. [cf. Doom Patrol #53]

1952

  • The Phantom Stranger has first public case. [cf. Doom Patrol #53]
  • Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis begin over five years of adventures together (they are not Hollywood stars in their comic book, but Jerry Lewis is clearly depicted as such on Earth-1 in Jimmy Olsen #64). [Adventures of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis #1]
  • On an alternate possible Earth, Prof. Theodore O'Day and his daughter Angel discover and adopt Sam, an intelligent gorilla. [Showcase #77]

1954

  • Clark Kent/Kal-El begins his career as Superman. [ref. Showcase #63]

1955

  • Bruce Wayne begins his career as Batman. He is soon accompanied by Dick Grayson as Robin, the Boy Wonder. [ref. Showcase #62]

1956

  • Barry Allen becomes the Flash in Central City. [Showcase #4, ref. Showcase #62]
  • Bart Hawk, an American living in Poland, survives a Russian bombing raid which kills his family; he gathers together allies from a variety of NATO countries to battle communists under the name Blackhawk. [Blackhawk #108 (extrapolation based on first DC issue); ref. Inferior 5 #2]
  • Ace Morgan, Prof Haley, Red Ryan and Rocky Davis, narrowly escaping a plane crash, decide to make the most of their borrowed time as the Challengers of the Unknown. [Showcase #6, ref. Inferior 5 #2]

1957

  • Dean Martin, perhaps fearing for his safety and/or sanity, ceases to accompany Jerry Lewis on his adventures. [Adventures of Jerry Lewis #41]

1958

  • Oliver Queen & Roy Harper become Green Arrow & Speedy in Star City. [Adventure #250, ref. Showcase #62]

1959

  • Abin Sur crash-lands on Earth and in his dying moments enlists test pilot Hal Jordan into the Green Lantern Corps in Coast City. [Showcase #22] Shortly before this, on a previous visit to Earth, he had enlisted unemployed student Jeremy Baxter into the Green Lantern Reserves. [“The Few, The Proud”]

1960

  • Mr. E, the Malleable Mystic, has first public case. [cf. Doom Patrol #53]
  • Dane Dorrance, John Payton, Biff Bailey, and Judy Walton meet when, individually, they all go searching for the same sunken treasure, and remain together as the Sea Devils. [ref. Inferior 5 #2]
  • Superman, Batman, Flash and other heroes form the Justice League of America. [ref. Showcase #63] [see Appendix I]

1961

  • Ray Palmer becomes the Atom in Ivy Town. [Showcase #34, ref. Inferior 5 #2]

1962

  • Cobweb Kid has first public case. [Inferior 5 #7]
  • Dr. Will Magnus creates Iron, Lead, Gold, Mercury, Platinum, and Tin who band together as the Metal Men. [Showcase #37, ref. Showcase #65]

1963

  • Iron Pants has first public case. [Inferior 5 #7]
  • Niles Caulder (the Chief), Cliff Steele (Automaton), Larry Trainor (Negative Man) and Kay Challis (Elastiwoman) form the Doom Patrol/Legion of the Strange [My Greatest Adventure #80, ref. Showcase #63, cf. Doom Patrol #53]

1964

  • Jerry Lewis dons spring-equipped shoes and briefly assumes the costumed identity of the Tarantula. [Arnold Drake & Bob Oskner] [Adventures of Jerry Lewis #84]
  • Robin and other heroes form the Teen Titans. [Brave & Bold #54, ref. Showcase #63] [see Appendix I]

1965

  • Rex Mason becomes Metamorpho. [Brave & Bold #57, ref. Showcase #65]

mid- to late-1960's

  • Dr. 13, Phantom Stranger, Mr. E, and John Constantine (Hellblazer) form the Mighty Mystics, operating from their orbital headquarters the Hand of Warning. [cf. Doom Patrol #53]

1966

  • The son of Eels O'Brien becomes Plastic Man II. [ref. Inferior 5 #2]
  • Stanley & his Monster have first adventure. [Fox & Crow #95, ref. Inferior 5 #7] [Arnold Drake & Winslow Mortimer]
  • Myron Victor (Merryman, the son of Patriot & Lady Liberty), Athena Tremor (Dumb Bunny, daughter of Princess Power and Steve Tremor), Leander Brent (Awkwardman, son of Mr. Might & Mermaid), Herman Cramer (Blimp, son of Captain Speed) and William King (White Feather, son of the Bowman) become the Inferior 5. [Showcase #62] [E. Nelson Bridwell & Joe Orlando]
  • “Brute” Brainard briefly becomes the Man-Mountain. [Showcase #63]
  • Dean Egghead's Academy for Superheroes sponsors the Egg's-Men, teen-age evolutionary throwbacks, consisting of Harry McElhinney (the Ape), Irish Autumns (Basilisk), Melvin Murgatroyd XIV (Icarus), Billy Gander (Winter Wonderlad), and Penelope Pink (Levitation Lass).
  • The popularity of a documentary television series which recounts some of Batman & Robin's greatest cases leads to a rash of imitators, including Catman & Kitten, Fatman & Tubbin, Flatman and Ribbon (the Taped Crusaders), Ratman and Rotten the Boy Blunder, Sadman and Sobbin' (the Crying Crimefighters), and so on and so on. [The Adventures of Jerry Lewis #97]
  • [speculated] Billy Baxton becomes Captain Marvel. [Power of Shazam #27]

1967

  • The Inferior Five hook up with Caesar Single and Kwitcha Belliakin of Competent Organization Utilizing Scientific Investigation for National Fiend, Ruffian, and Evildoer Defense (C.O.U.S.I.N.F.R.E.D.) to thwart the plans a group of Heinous, Unscrupulous Rats and Rogues Initiating Criminal Anarchy and Nefarious Evil (H.U.R.R.I.C.A.N.E. Agents). H.U.R.R.I.C.A.N.E.'s main agents are Powerhouse, the Missing Fink, Mr. Mental, the Yellow Streak, Blackbird, “Tabby” Katz, “Nitro” Gleason, and “Crabgrass” Wilde. [Inferior 5 #1]
  • Rod Rickard (Mr. Manplastic), Jerry Drizzle (the Matchstick Kid), Sophie Rickard (Vanishing Queen), and Bjorn Andersen (Whatchamaycallit) form the Kookie Quartet. [Inferior 5 #2]
  • Hector Prynne (King-Size) and Janice Prynne (The Terrible Tse-Tse Fly) begin their criminal careers. [Inferior 5 #2]
  • Thor, red-bearded god of thunder hailing from Asgard, comes to Earth as crimefighter, taking the secret identity Don R. Blitz. [Inferior 5 #4]

1968

  • The Fox & The Crow travel from Earth-C. [Inferior 5 #7]
  • Merryman, Dumb Bunny, Awkwardman, the Blimp, White Feather attempt to rename themselves The Fearless Five (with limited success). [Inferior 5 #9]
  • Calvin Trillin briefly joins the Egg's-Men as Mimic, eventually traveling to Earth-616 to join the crosstime organisation known as The Exiles.
  • On an alternate possible Earth, Angel & the Ape (Angel O'Day and Sam Simeon) have first public case as detective agency. [Showcase #77]

1972

  • Prez Rickard becomes the first 18-year-old to win a Congressional election; an amendment to the Constitution is voted in which lowers the required age of the President from 35 to 18. [Prez #1]

1975

  • Greatheart Silver has first public case as adventurer. [Weird Heroes #1] [see Appendix II]

1976

  • Senator Prez Rickard, running on the new Flower Party ticket, is elected President. During his term he assigns Eagle Free to be the new F.B.I. Chief, renames Air Force One “The Free Bee”, and encounters Supergirl (Linda Lee Danvers/Kara Zor-El). [Prez #1-4, Supergirl V3#10]

1977

  • Joshua Clay joins the Doom Patrol/Legion of the Strange as Tempest [note: date from Showcase #94; actual Earth-12 affiliation may not occur until later]
  • On an alternate Earth-12, the universe is destroyed by a visiting Mr. Mxyzptlk and Bat-Mite of Earth-1. [World's Funnest]

1978

  • Earth-1 is dragged out of its orbit and is transported through space at faster-than-light speed, causing weird temporal side-effects. The heroes of Earth meet to figure out a way to stop the menace. The Justice League head off into space, while the Teen Titans, Metal Men, and others tend to Earth. A number of reality-displaced heroes, including the Inferior Five, congregate at the office of Angel O'Day and Sam Simeon. The heroes finally defeat the alien menace, Earth-1 is returned safely to it's proper orbit around the Sun, and the reality-displaced heroes are returned to their home. [Showcase #100]

1983

  • Dorothy Spinner joins the Doom Patrol/Legion of the Strange as Spinner.

1986

  • Sigfried Horatio Hunch III becomes 'mazing man. ['mazing man #1] [Bob Rozakis & Stephen DeStefano]
  • A polytechnic fashion student, his sense of style destroyed by exposure to 1980s pop, becomes Captain Bad Costume. But he more than makes up for this with his super strength and kickass clown shoes that can drop a villain at twenty meters. Sadly, neither of these powers saved him from being crushed by Captain Wales at the 12th Captains Reunion Dinner… [John Freeman]
  • The Inferior 5 briefly visit Earth C and encounter Captain Carrot and the Zoo Crew. They may still be attempting to return home from the events of 1978. [Oz-Wonderland Wars #3]

1988

  • Baitman has adventures. [When DC published the November 4, 1988 edition of The Daily Planet, page 13 showed various parodic DCU comic strips, including Captain Carrot and Baitman. The Baitman strip by Bill Hinds has in an alley behind Generic National Bank, the Embezzler making his get away. Baitman shows up-just some guy in fisherman clothing with a cape, confronts the Embezzler, tells him that he switched the bag so that is filled with leeches not money (Embezzler was holding a bag with what he thought was money in it).]

1989

  • Roxanne “Roxy” Davis (daughter of Rocky Davis), Paul Haley (son of Prof Haley), and the son of Ace Morgan & June Robbins battle the Phantom of the Fair. [Challengers of the Unknown #39]

early 1990's

  • The Head (formerly Nile Caulder, the Chief), organises Crying Boy (Kenneth Most), the Australian heroine known as Flux (Danii Melvin), the Scratch (Morgan Morgan), Spinner (Dorothy Spinner) and Shasta the Living Mountain into the Doom Force. [Doom Force #1]

1994

  • Jack Knight takes on the mantle of Starman. [Starman v2 #0]

1995

  • The alien known as Mikaal Tomas is rescued from circus owner Bliss's sideshow by Jack Knight and subsequently accompanies him as Mikky the Nova Boy.

late 1990's

  • Plastic Man Red & Plastic Man Blue battle the Hall-Monitor in the Onslaught of the Secret Genesis Wars Agenda. [Plastic Man Special #1]

2060

  • Ra'Gan (as leader), with Tor, and Xeo comprise the Blackhawks. They encounter the original Blackhawk, time-traveling from April, 1960. [Blackhawk #147] [Dick Dillin]

2152

  • A time-traveling Jack Knight & Mikky visit here and rescue post-Glasnost Russian hero Leonid Kovar (Starfire) of their own era, from space tyrant Jarko the Jovian; they also encounter Tommy Tomorrow & the Planeteers.

30th century

  • Start the Legion of Superheroes [ref. Inferior 5 #2]
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