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Continuity Porn and the Sliding Timescale

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In my post about the Howling Commandos, I noted one of the quirks of the comic book "sliding timescale" (as implemented by Marvel and DC Comics) is that there's a large batch of characters who are assumed to have been active in the "Golden Age" era of WWII; a larger batch of "modern age" characters who are assumed to have been active for the past 10-15 years; and an ever-widening gap between the two.

Now hardcore nerds, we worry about this stuff. Some years ago, CT and I both suffered through "Marvel: The Lost Generation," a Roger Stern / John Byrne attempt to fill that gap with a huge cast of ill-conceived, underdeveloped characters who were forgotten the minute the series ended and have basically gone unmentioned ever since. Good idea, lousy execution.

Now DC Comics has it a bit easier, because they have acquired the rights to a variety of characters from other companies (like the Charleton heroes and the Mighty Crusaders) and they have a variety of properties which just scream "Silver Age" like Challengers of the Unknown, Doom Patrol, Metal Men, etc.

So if I were running things at DC, I'd take all this Silver Age stuff and sort of leave it in the Silver Age. For continuity purposes, assume that these adventures took place sometime between the end of the WWII Golden Age and the beginning of the modern age.

I'm actually a big enough geek that I'd even put the second generation of the Justice Society somewhere in this period --- around the time of their late 70s revival and early 80s incarnation as Infinity, Inc.

Because I worry about this kind of thing.

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