Earth-12 Timeline

Yahoo! Clubs: Earth 12 - The Farce Continues is devoted to discussion of many of the 
characters and concepts discussed here.

As the Inferior Five series (which was, I believe, originally intended to take place
on Earth-1) involved many of the standard Silver Age DC characters in cameos, I have
used some Earth-1 stories to provide background information for the timeline.

(thanks to Ronald Byrd, Time Trust, John McDonagh for Baitman info, John Censullo for 
series summaries and Crazy Ivan for Books of Magic info) 

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]

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

 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. Evréman, from Madame Defarce.  [Inferior 5  #5]

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

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

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

 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]

 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]

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

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

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

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

 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]

 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]

 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]

 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.

 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]

 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]

 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]

1945 - 1946
 Clark Kent/Kal-El, one of the last survivors of the exploded planet Krypton, begins his 
career as Superboy.
 Freedom Brigade disbands.

 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.

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

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

 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]

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

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

 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]

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

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

 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"]

 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]

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

 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] 

 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]

 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]

 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]

 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 
 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]

 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]

 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]

 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]

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

 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]

 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]

 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]

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

 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]

 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).]

 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]

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

 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]

 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]

 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]

 Wonderfella is a comic character created by Myron Victor (Merryman).  I hesitate to 
even speculate about an Earth one level further removed from reality than Earth 12.  
At BZ Comics, 'mazing man's associate and Earth-C emigrant Denton Fixx worked on Zoot 
Sputnik (who appears in All-Fun Comics), Wonderful Woman, Splendidman, and others.  At 
DZ Comics, Sam Simeon created successful characters like Attilla Gorilla and The Deus 
Ex Machina Man.  There is also a newspaper strip, created by a cartoonist named Wendell 
and much beloved of Jerry Lewis, entitled Flame Farrell.

 Dennis Powers observes that a collection of Victor family portraits also revealed a 
masked cowboy, a masked cabellero with a sword and a whip, a man on horseback who was 
either a Bedouin or a Cossack and another man in an urban setting leaping or flying from 
the top of a building (he wore a skintight suit with cape, boots and a cowl with long 
ears or antenna). 

In the style of BZ and DZ Comics above: At DCPTK Comics, Mr. Mxyzptlk created successful 
characters such as Logjam of Super-Heroes, Just-Us League of America (Souperman, Gatman, 
Wondering Woman and The Martian Womanhunter), Aquamint Man, Young Heroes Unloved, Lobo's 
Nephews, Ziggy Starman, Zzzzandman, Captain Marvptk (In The Power of Shazapik), Sgt. Roktpk 
and Farce World (Originally Written By Jack Kirbptlk and Features Lightseid, Big Birda, 
Orioff, Mr. Miaculouse, Granny Goodgrief and Other Paro-Demons), as seen in New Year's Evil: 
Mr. Mxyzptlk One-Shot.  Thanks to Lenny Carslon for this information.

APPENDIX I: The Justice League

There is canonical support for the existence of Superman on Earth-12, as well as the 
presence of a Justice League.  What we have seen of Superman-12 suggests he is very 
similar to the Silver Age Superman, though his adventures appear to be more amusing and 
cartoony.  I therefore propose that the (comic book version) of The Super Friends takes 
place on Earth-12; this has a sense of appropriateness and would supply a lineup for the 
JLA.  However, I have opted not to include the SF series formally within the timeline, 
because it would bias it excessively towards events which parallel Earth-1, thus 
distracting from its uniqueness.  If the SF series is taken as canonical, other heroes 
active on Earth-12 include Aquaman, Aqualad, Batgirl, Black Canary, Black Orchid, 
Bushmaster, Dr. Mist, Elongated Man, the Freedom Fighters, Godiva, Green Fury, Hawkman, 
Hawkgirl, Icemaiden, Impala, Jack O'Lantern, Krypto, Little Mermaid, Lori Lemaris, Mera, 
Nubia, Olympian, Owlwoman, Rising Sun, Seraph, Tasmanian Devil, Thunderlord, Tuatara, 
Wild Huntsman, and Wonder Woman.  It did appear that some of the events which occured 
in the SF series had ramification on Earth-1, but it is not unusual for events on one 
Earth to be reflected with some variants on another.  I think it best to remain non-
commital regarding the origins of the Earth-12 Black Canary and Freedom Fighters. 

APPENDIX II: Greatheart Silver

The story by Philip Jose Farmer which appeared in Weird Heroes #1 from Byron Preiss 
Publications, features a great number of satiric characters based on pulp and literary
heroes.  I therefore propose that the story takes place on Earth-12; it even accounts for 
Greatheart Silver as a "second generation" pulp hero which would be consistent with the
Inferior 5 theme.  However, I have opted not to include the Greatheart Silver stories 
formally within the timeline, because it would bias it excessively towards events which
parallel a history of pulp magazines, thus distracting from its uniqueness (I have 
however included included those characters who have canonical counterparts elsewhere in
the DC Multiverse:  Fu Manchu, Doc Savage, the Shadow, and the Avenger).  If the Greatheart 
Silver series is taken as canonical, other heroes active on Earth-12 include Pete Ruse 
(Pete Rice), The Mad Fokker/8-ball and The Blimp Kernal/Dr Krogers (G-8 and Dr Kreuger), 
The Long Ranger and Pronto (The Lone Ranger and Tonto), Scorpio/Kraken and Geoffery 
Justkid/Dr Headbone/Headbone Slayer (The Scorpion/The Octopus and Jeffery Fairchild/Dr Skull/
The Skull Killer), Dr Sen Sen (Dr Yen Sen), Dr Terminal (Dr Death), Dr Negative and Jim 
Binde (Dr No and James Bond), Won Fang and Valiant Kilgore (Wu Fang and Val Kildare), Dan 
Fooler (Dan Fowler), Secret Agent Ecks (Secret Agent X), Dick Windworthy/The Arachnid 
(Richard Wentworth/The Spider), Doc Barker (Doc Harker), Dude Onley/The Silver Simoleon 
(Dade Solo/The Silver Buck), Jed O'Hill/The Green Llama (Jethro Dumont/The Green Lama), 
Gary Adieu/Captain Lucifer (Cary Adair/Captain Satan), The Red Masquer (The Crimson Mask),
Donald Diablo/The Vermillion Mage (Don Diavolo/The Scarlet Wizard), Esteban Hatcher/Luna 
Head (Steve Hatcher/The Moon Man), Richman Curtwell Van Debt/The Phantom Dick (Richard 
Curtis Von Loan/The Phantom Detective), James "Bearcat" Guerdon/The Gurgler (James 
"Wildcat" Gordon/The Whisperer), Operator no. 4+1 (Operator #5), Tony Winn/The Black
Night Owl (Tony Quinn/The Black Bat), The Green Sheet (The Green Ghost), and Dirk Alone/
Captain Nothing (Kirk Allyn/Captain Zero).