THE TELEVISION CROSSOVER CROSSOVER UNIVERSE LAUNCHED JANUARY 10, 2011 CELEBRATING FOUR YEARS
BATMAN I (BRUCE WAYNE)--To explain the long career of Batman, the TVCU takes a generational approach. The original Batman was Bruce Wayne, represented by the Golden Age/Earth-2 Batman comics, the Batman’s appearances in the Adventures of Superman radio drama, and the two serials. Bruce Wayne had a ward, Dick Grayson, who acted as the first Robin, and later the second Batman. He had a son, Bruce Wayne Junior, with Kathy Kane. This son became the second Robin and third Batman. He also had a daughter, Helena Wayne, with Selina (Catwoman) Kyle, who would become the Huntress. Some episodes of Batman the Animated Series, The Batman, Batman: the Brave and the Bold, and Beware the Batman could also fit during this time frame. Additionally, in a realistic time frame, where characters age normally, Dick would have gone off to college in 1949. This era was depicted in comics in the 1970s. Thus, many stories from the 1970s featuring a solo Bruce and college age Dick Grayson could have actually taken place in the 1950s. It can be reconciled with Bruce being a father during this era if we acknowledge that Bruce’s relationship with BJ (Bruce Junior)’s mother did not last, as depicted in John Byrne’s Generations, and likely the mother had custody of BJ during his younger years.
Batman II (Dick Grayson)--Dick Grayson was the second Batman. He began his heroic career in 1940 as the original Batman’s sidekick, Robin. After his parents were killed, he became the ward of Bruce Wayne, who also trained him. Dick went off to Hudson University in 1949, leaving Bruce to operate solo again. They both still lived close enough that Dick could still work with Bruce from time to time. Dick eventually turned over the Robin mantle to Tim Drake, and became Nightwing. Sometimes in the 1950s, though, Dick was also called upon to become a substitute Batman, even working with Tim Drake. By the late 1950s, both Bruce and Tim retired, and Dick permanently donned the cape and cowl of the Batman, taking on Bruce’s son, Bruce Wayne Junior as his new Robin. Dick had always been more lighthearted than Bruce, and this showed in how he operated as Batman compared to his mentor. Dick operated as Batman until the mid 1980s, when he turned over the mantle to Bruce Junior. This incarnation of Batman is represented in the TVCU by the Batman television series of the 1960s, the New Adventures of Batman animated series, and the Super Friends, as well as some comics from the silver age/Earth-1 era. His Robin/Nightwing era is depicted in golden age/Earth-2 comics, the serials, the Adventures of Superman radio drama, and Batman: the Animated Series and the New Batman Adventures.
Green Arrow II (Roy Harper)--Though Green Arrow followed a Robin Hood theme, in most ways, the character was a carbon copy of Batman. So for that reason, I’ve chosen to handle the generational situation with Green Arrow exactly the same way as I handled Batman. So Roy Harper was the Speedy seen in the 1940s. He is also the Green Arrow of the silver age. He also appeared in one episode of the Super Friends.
Robin III (Bruce Wayne Junior)--The son of the original Batman, this Robin began operating as sidekick in 1959 and continued in that role until 1986. He is the silver age Robin and the Robin of the Super Friends. He is also the Robin from Batman’66 and the animated spin-offs from Filmation. He will go on to be the Batman of the modern age starting in 1986.
Metamorpho (Rex Mason)--Formerly a member of Batman’s OUTSIDErs.
Huntress II (Helena Bertinelli)--Not the same character who was daughter of Batman. She is the daughter of a gangster who has declared war on organized crime.
NOTE THAT THE ABOVE INCARNATIONS AND ROSTERS ARE ONLY CREATED AS A LOOSE GUIDE TO HELP EXPLAIN HOW SEVERAL DIFFERENT VERSIONS OF DC CHARACTERS COULD ALL END UP BEING CONNECTED TO THE SAME SHARED REALITY VIA CROSSOVERS. I DO NOT FEEL THAT THIS BRINGS IN ALL STORIES. ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN CAN’T BE IN THE SAME REALITY AS SMALLVILLE IF WE ADHERE TO THE STRICTER METHODOLOGY THAT IT HAPPENED THE WAY WE SEE IT. BATMAN THE ANIMATED SERIES CAN’T BE PART OF THE SAME REALITY AS BATMAN BEGINS IF WE FOLLOW THE RULE TO “OBSERVE AND REPORT”. STORIES WHERE DC CHARACTERS INTERACT WITH TVCU CONNECTED CHARACTERS MUST BE EXPLAINED, AND THE ROSTER OF INCARNATIONS IS MY THEORY TO DO SO. FOR A PURER WAY TO VIEW THE SHOWS AND READ THE STORIES AS THEY WERE WRITTEN AND PORTRAYED, SEE THE ALTERNATE REALITIES SECTION AT THE END OF THIS CHRONOLOGY. THERE YOU WILL SEE A BREAKDOWN OF DC CHARACTERS THROUGHOUT THE TELEVISION CROSSOVER, CARTOON, AND DC MULTIVERSES. THERE YOU WILL SEE THAT THE FULL SERIES OF ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN TAKES PLACE IN TVCU-21 AND BATMAN BEGINS TAKES PLACE IN TVCU-4.
This chronology is an attempt to place as many of the adaptations of Batman into a cohesive timeline. Because of that, I have taken liberties with my usual methodology that it happened exactly as seen on the screen. However, for the versions of the shows and films that are exactly as seen on screen, see the alternate reality section at the end of the chronology.------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
1764—Batman #452-454—“Dark Knight, Dark City”; Peter Milligan, and Kieron Dwyer --Thomas Jefferson travels to Gotham City with a number of other Illuminati initiates. There they are to summon a demon who shall do whatsoever they command it; but the summoning demands a blood sacrifice, and the initiates balk at the murder of a young girl they are required to commit. Something goes terribly wrong during the attempted summoning, and Jefferson and the other initiates flee for their lives. The girl is left locked in the basement of a bell tower to die.
19th Century--ZORRO--"The Wizard"--Adam West's character here is named Professor Wayne after his own Bruce Wayne in "Batman" (1966). Also, the bass line from that series' theme is used as Wayne enters Zorro's cave.
January 1916--TALES OF THE SHADOWMEN VOLUME 1: THE MODERN BABYLON “PENUMBRA” (SHORT STORY BY JEAN-MARC AND RANDY LOFFICIER)--Crosses: The Vampires; Batman; Fantomas; Judex; Rouletabille; Nyctalope; the Shadow; Doctor Mystere; The Merry Widow. Dr. Thomas and Martha Wayne are on honeymoon in Paris where they become targets of the infamous Vampires gang, and are aided by the vigilante hero Judex. The Vampires are from the serial film Les Vampires. Batman’s inclusion here through his parents, based on the date of the setting, implies that this is the golden age version of Batman, and only his golden age tales, and other crossovers in this chronology, should be considered Television Crossover Universe canon. Clearly there is a place for the Dark Knight Detective in this world, especially with some of his darker adventures. Fantomas is a pulp vigilante of the era, as is Rouletabille, the Nyctalope, the Shadow, and Doctor Mystere. Judex is a vigilante from the film serial of the same name. Interestingly, this story implies that the Shadow may be the true father of Batman. Though that wouldn’t fly as canon in the DC Comics Universe, it certainly may be true in the Television Crossover Universe. The alias used by the Shadow of Col. Kentov is the same one used in Philip Jose Farmer’s Adventure of the Peerless Peer, thus I have an inclination to include that tale in Television Crossover Universe canon as well despite its lack of horror crossovers. The Merry Widow is a film that is placed in canon due to references in this story.
Summer 1929--BATMAN # 259--"The Night of the Shadow"--THE SHADOW saves the lives of Thomas Wayne and his son Bruce.
Early May 1936--DETECTIVE COMICS # 265/SECRET ORIGINS # 6--"Batman's First Case/The Golden Age Batman"--During his early adventures Batman captures a criminal named Slugsy Kyle.
1938--Adventure Comics #40 (July 1939), Sandman Mystery Theater #1-4 (Aug.–Nov. 1993)--SANDMAN MYSTERY THEATRE--Plagued by dreams, Wesley Dodds becomes the Sandman. In his first major case, he solves a series of murders committed by an unknown killer called the Tarantula. At the same time, he meets Dian Belmont. NOTES: Before the Sandman Mystery Theatre series, Secret Origins #7 (1986) established the date of the Sandman's debut as June 10, 1939. Since the Crisis on Infinite Earths, the debuts of several heroes (including the Sandman, the Flash and Hourman) have been moved earlier to fill the void left by the elimination of the Golden Age Superman and Batman. The Sandman's first published appearance was in New York World's Fair Comics #1, released April 30, 1939, although the story in Adventure Comics #40, which was published in early June 1939, preceded it chronologically (and was probably written first). Dian Belmont's first appearance was in Adventure Comics #47 (February 1940). The Tarantula in Sandman Mystery Theatre story bears little resemblance to the villain of Adventure Comics #40, which was reprinted in Justice League of America #94 (1972).
1939--BATMAN: THE ORDER OF BEASTS (DC COMICS)--Crosses: Hellblazer; Sherlock Holmes. Batman is in London investigating a murder. This story was part of DC Comics’ Elseworlds series, created to tell tales that don’t have to take place in the official DC Comics canon. This story fits neatly into DC Comics’ golden age canon, which has been incorporated into the Television Crossover Universe. Within the story, a newspaper compares Batman to Sherlock Holmes. Batman also works with Scotland Yard Inspector Frank Constantine, implied to be of the same family as John Constantine.
November 1939--BATMAN AND TARZAN: CLAWS OF THE CAT-WOMAN--Batman I (Bruce Wayne) and Tarzan meet and work together against a thief called the Cat-Woman. This is the first Catwoman, Khefretari. Note that inside the museum is what appears to be THE MALTESE FALCON.
November 1939--INDIANA JONES AND THE RELIC OF GOTHAM--Little known artist Bob Kane finds a relic that is sought after by Nazis and INDIANA JONES, bringing them all to Gotham, where Batman and the Joker get involved.
November 20, 1939--All-Star Squadron #41 (Jan. 1985)--Ted Knight seeks help from his cousin Sandra's colleague, Professor Davis, to harness cosmic energy with his "gravity rod." As Starman, he defeats Doctor Doog (first chron. appearance of both). NOTES: As described in All-Star Squadron #41, Ted became Starman in spring 1941, inspired by an encounter with Batman and Robin. Professor Davis invented the gravity rod, which Ted completed.
February 12, 1940 to March 1, 1951--ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN (RADIO)--Next, there's the old time radio program, "The Adventures of Superman". Now most of this show won't work, as there are too many contradictions. Most of this show takes place in the Old Time Radio Universe. But in the 1980s, Clark Jerome Kent has a discussion with Dick Grayson in which they recount having those adventures that were depicted in the Adventures of Superman storylines in which Batman and Robin had been guest-stars. So those team-ups are in the TVCU.
November 9, 1940--DC Special #29 (Sep. 1977)--At the behest of British Intelligence, President Roosevelt sends Batman, the Flash, and Green Lantern on a mission to Scotland to investigate rumors of a planned Nazi invasion of Great Britain. The three heroes are captured by Major Helmut Streicher (first chron. appearance ) and taken to Berlin, where Hitler nearly executes them with the Spear of Destiny before they are rescued by the arrival of Doctor Fate and Hourman. Hitler uses the power of the Spear to summon Valkyries to destroy the heroes and orders attacks on England and Washington, D.C. With the help of the Spectre, who single-handedly destroys the German invasion fleet in the English Channel, and Superman, who intercepts the German bomber bound for Washington, the heroes thwart the Nazi assault and prevent Hitler's Valkyries from slaying FDR. At FDR's suggestion, they form a team, using a name suggested by Superman: the Justice Society of America (first chron. appearance). NOTES: Some time after this story, Hitler uses the Spear to erect the "Sphere of Influence," which brings any metahuman under Hitler's mental control if they enter Axis territory. Helmut Streicher's first appearance in print, as the Red Panzer, was in Wonder Woman #228 (1976). first appearance (unnamed) of the Valkyrie, Gudra. Reprinted in Best of DC Digest #21 (1983).
November 22, 1940--All-Star Comics #3 (Winter 1940)--ALL-STAR COMICS--The Justice Society of America (first appearance in print) holds its first official meeting in Gotham City. Members present are the Atom, Doctor Fate, the Flash, Green Lantern, Hawkman, Hourman, the Sandman, and the Spectre. Johnny Thunder and the Red Tornado make brief appearances, although the Tornado flees after accidentally tearing out the seat of her pants. Superman and Batman are mentioned as honorary members. NOTES: Until the end of the war the unofficial real-world rule for JSA membership was that any character with his or her own title left the team to become an honorary member. Superman and Batman were honorary members from the outset because they already had their own books and because most of the characters in All-Star were published by All-American Comics, a separate company owned by DC. Although All-American books carried the DC logo, they were produced through separate editorial offices until the two companies fully merged in 1945. This story was reprinted in Famous First Editions F-7 (1975) and in a DC Millennium Edition (1999).
November 27, 1940 to July 20, 1973--DRAGON: THE BRUCE LEE STORY--Normally I wouldn't include any movie based on a true story. Those usually go to Earth-Prime. But I felt this was a good exception. In this film we see Bruce Lee played Kato on TV. Even though Kato and the Green Hornet were real, there was a television show in the 1960s called THE GREEN HORNET since Batman and Robin watched it. And we know that Bruce Lee existed in the TVCU thanks to the new film, where the latest Kato is a fan. So this movie actually fits well into this chronology.
June 28, 1941--All-Star Squadron Annual #3 (1984)--Ian Karkull, now a living shadow, returns from the Dark Dimension and gathers a group of super-villains (Doctor Doog, Catwoman, Sieur Satan, Alexander the Great, Wotan, Zor, Lightning Master & the Tarantula) to help him assassinate eight future U.S. presidents. The JSA, joined by their honorary members and Starman, thwarts all but the last murder. Doctor Fate & Nabu destroy Karkull, releasing a burst of "temporal energy" that enhances the longevity of everyone present (Atom, Batman, Doctor Fate, Flash, Green Lantern, Hawkman, Hourman, Johnny Thunder, Sandman, Spectre, Starman and non-members Hawkgirl, Joan Williams, Lois Lane and Robin). Doctor Fate realizes that Nabu is taking control of him whenever he dons the Helm of Nabu. Hourman leaves the JSA to refine his Miraclo pill, replaced by Starman. Green Lantern, shaken by his failure against Wotan, opts for honorary membership, naming Hawkman the new chairman. NOTES:This story explains the departure of Green Lantern and Hourman and the arrival of Doctor Mid-Nite and Starman, as mentioned in the final page of All-Star #7. George Pérez drew the Hourman chapter. first APPS: Doctor Doog, Adventure Comics #61; Catwoman, Batman #1; Sieur Satan, Flash #1; Alexander the Great, Flash #?; Wotan, More Fun Comics #55; Zor,More Fun Comics #55; Lightning Master, ??; & the Tarantula,Adventure Comics #40.
Late June 1941--All-Star Comics #8 (Dec. 1940/Jan. 1941)--Doctor Mid-Nite joins the JSA, which battles Professor Elba. During the course of the adventure, Shiera Sanders once again aids Hawkman as Hawkgirl. NOTES: Doctor Mid-Nite went on to appear in every subsequent Golden Age issue of All-Star. This was Doctor Fate's first JSA case with his new helmet. The JSA, including honorary members Superman, Batman, Flash and Green Lantern, also appear in the one-page Hop Harrigan text story in this issue.
1941--TO BATTLE BEYOND (NOVEL BY C.J. HENDERSON)--Series: Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos; Domino Lady; Ravenwood; the Black Bat. Crosses: Anton Zarnak; The Ghorl Nigral. During the early years of World War II, prior to the United States’ entry into the war or the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Japanese hatch a plan that summons the forces of occult and arcane evil to use in their goal of global domination. This leads Inspector Legrasse, the Domino Lady, Ravenwood, and the Black Bat to team-up to save the world. Legrasse is from the Call of Cthulhu. The Domino Lady is one of the few female pulp heroes. Ravenwood is from his own series of adventures as a psychic sleuth. And the Black Bat is another classic pulp hero, one who may have been one inspiration for Batman. This story also references Zarnak, the pulp supernatural sleuth who is mentioned often in the Television Crossover Universe. The Ghorl Nigral is a horror tale by Lin Carter, tied to the Lovecraft mythos, which gets referenced in this story.
December 9 to 10, 1941--ALL-STAR SQUADRON # 5 to 6--"Never Step on a Feathered Serpent/Mayhem in the Mile-High City"--Indiana Jones is mentioned, as are the events of RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK. The All-Star Squadron is in the TVCU because of the graphic novel THE GOLDEN AGE, which is connected to STARMAN, who has met BATMAN and HELLBOY. However, it needs to be said that in the TVCU, the general public was not aware of these "mystery men" who worked with the FBI.
January 1943--BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD--SEASON 1 EPISODE 4 “DAY OF THE DARK KNIGHT!”--Crosses: The Demon. Batman and Green Arrow are thrown back in time to the time of King Arthur where they must aid Merlin against Morgaine le Fey who has stolen Excalibur and controls the demon Etrigan. The Brave and the Bold takes place in a divergent reality where super-heroes didn’t debut for another 70 years later, and are more public, while horror elements are lesser. However, because the nature of divergent realities is that there are multiple timelines that originate from a singular timeline, I believe the Batman and Green Arrow of the B&B timeline traveled back to a point before the split, thus they arrived in the 6th century of the Television Crossover Universe.
1943--BATMAN--Prince Daka plots to turn American scientists into zombies. Prince Daka had previously fought the ALL-STAR SQUADRON. The All-Star Squadron has a crossover with Indiana Jones and Metropolis, thus it is in, and then that brings in the Batman serials. Note that even though the All-Stars were in, their existence was secret. These heroes operated more in line like other TV heroes as seen in shows like HEROES, GREATEST AMERICAN HERO, SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN, BIONIC WOMAN, CHARMED, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, SUPERNATURAL, etc.
March 1945--THE ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN--While working together, Superman learns the identities of Batman and Robin, but they don't learn his. (The Adventures of Superman radio show is in the TVCU because of a story in It's that Time Again, which features Superman fighting the Martians during 1938's War of the Worlds. Since the book's theme was old time radio characters, this means that it was indeed the version from the radio show. Since War of the Worlds is in the TVCU, then the Superman of the radio show is the Superman of the TVCU.)
September 1945--ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN--When Lois Lane is accused of murder, Superman turns to Batman and Robin for help.
Early December 1945--ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN--The Nazis create an Atom Man powered by Kryptonite. Meanwhile, the rest of the meteor has scattered around the world. Superman comes to Batman and Robin to help. He also reveals to them he knows their identities and comes clean with his own. Note in 1980, Superman and Dick Grayson will have a conversation that mentions this adventure.
January 1946--ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN--After exposure to Kryptonite, Superman begins suffering from blackouts. Shortly after, a series of bank robberies occur which look be be the work of Superman, so Superman seeks out Batman and Robin for assistance.
April 1, 1946--ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN--Batman helps Superman play a prank on his friends.
July 1946--ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN--Batman helps protect Superman's identity.
September 1946--ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN--When Dick's life is threatened, Superman comes to assist Batman.
November 1946--ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN--Once more, Batman helps keep Superman's secret identity.
December 1946--ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN--Batman and Superman work together to help an alien from the planet Utopia.
February 1947--ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN--While in Metropolis, Robin is arrested for crimes committed by the Monkey Burglar. Under the request of Superman, they don't remove his mask. Superman and Batman must find the Monkey Burglar to free Robin.
May 1947--ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN--Superman ends up missing due to a crooked politician with kryptonite. Batman and Robin search for him. They find him with amnesia pitching for a minor league baseball team.
September 1947--ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN--Batman comes to Superman's aid when an experimental ray robs him temporarily of his powers.
February 1948--ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN--Crooks learn the identities of Batman and Robin and blackmail them, until Superman comes to the rescue.
March 1948--ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN--Clark Kent's apartment is robbed, and one of his Superman costumes is stolen. It's up to Batman and Robin to help protect his secret.
May 1948--ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN--A case leads Superman out to California, so Batman assists by rounding up the remaining crooks in Metropolis.
May 1948--DETECTIVE COMICS # 135 “THE TRUE STORY OF FRANKENSTEIN” (DC COMICS)--Series: Batman (golden age). Crosses: Frankenstein (novel). Batman and Robin travel back in time via hypnosis as usual where they meet Mary Shelley and become involved in the events of Dr. Victor Frankenstein creating his monster. This is the original Batman and Robin, Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson. Back in those days, a scientist would help them travel back in time by hypnotizing them and having them go back astrally yet taking form in the past, costumes and all. They would then proceed to mess around in major historical events. Here, it seems they were present during the events of Frankenstein, though Mary Shelley left their involvement out of her story. This is clearly meant to be Mary Shelley’s version of Frankenstein, not the later Spawn of Frankenstein series from DC.
June 1948--ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN--Superman, Batman, and Robin travel to China on a case.
July 1948--Superman, Batman, and Robin team against the Scarlet Widow and Butcher Stark.
December 1948--ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN--Once more Batman helps protect Superman's identity, this time from Clark Kent's co-workers.
1949--BATMAN AND ROBIN--Batman takes on the Wizard, who is not the same foe who fought the JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA.
1949--BATMAN # 217--Dick Grayson (the first Robin and later the second Batman) attends Hudson University, which will appear often on LAW & ORDER. Professor Martin Stein (in via SUPER FRIENDS) also attended. Clark Kent had considered attending Hudson but chose Metropolis University instead. It should be noted that Batman has been referenced once in Criminal Intent and once in SVU, both times as a real person. Additionally, Spider-Man was a temporary suspect on one case in SVU.
Late 1940s--NEW BATMAN ADVENTURES--The Three Stooges have taken a job as the Joker's henchmen. Batman kicks their butts.
Club of Heroes (1951 - 1959)
- The Superman-Batman team began in World’s Finest Comics officially in 1954. Previously, Superman and Batman had teamed up on the Adventures of Superman radio drama and rarely as honorary members of the Justice Society of America. They had began appearing together on the covers of World’s Finest Comics, starting in 1940, but were in separate stories within the issues, until financial strains on the company caused DC to start featuring the two leading heroes in stories together.
- The Club of Heroes was the name of a team that appeared a couple of times in the 1950s in Batman stories. It was alternately called the Batmen of All Nations. It was retroactively said to be a precursor to the Global Guardians.
- The following roster is not the roster of the comic book version of the Club of Heroes. On his Inner Toob website, crossoverist Toby O’Brien proposed that in Toobworld, the Justice League may have started in the 1950s, with founding members being the three classic TV versions of DC heroes: Superman (played by George Reeves), Batman (played by Adam West), and Wonder Woman (played by Lynda Carter), along with the Scarlet Cyclone, a character that has only appeared in the 1970s Legends of the Super-Heroes specials. This team is included in this timeline as a tribute to Toby, whose website was an inspiration for my own work.
In 1951, due to the results of McCarthyism, the JSA was disbanded, but the government felt a need to continue the project in some form, and thus recruited four of the world’s finest heroes as a sort of club of heroes. This team was Superman II (Kal-El of Krypton I), Batman I (Bruce Wayne), Wonder Woman (Princess Diana) and the Scarlet Cyclone. This team was very short lived, and only occasionally was gathered together for very specific missions.
Spring 1951--Birth of Bruce Wayne Junior, the son of Bruce and Julie Wayne. BJ, as he would be called, would later become Robin II, then Batman III.
October 13, 1951--Adventure Comics #466 (Nov./Dec. 1979)--"The Man Who Defeated the Justice Society"--After nearly being killed by Eliminations, Inc., the JSA is called to appear before the House Committee on Un-American Activities on charges of consorting with a foreign agent. Rather than unmask themselves, Green Lantern dramatically whisks them away from the hearing. All these events were orchestrated by Per Degaton. NOTES: In the 1950s, only Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, and Robin, along with Aquaman, Green Arrow and Speedy, Johnny Quick, Robotman and the Vigilante continued to be published. It is unclear how many 1950s stories were part of TVCU continuity; most 1950s adventures of Aquaman, Green Arrow, and the Vigilante were attributable to the Earth-One characters.
Post-Superboy Era, pre-Barry Allen as Flash Era--World's Finest Comics #271--Perry White calls his reporters in for a meeting after reports of a strange "Batman" in Gotham start to proliferate.
Post-Superboy Era, pre-Barry Allen as Flash Era--World's Finest Comics #94--With Robin, Batman first meets Superman as an adult.
1950's--Toobworld Central--AQUA-SPLAININ--I believe the Batman started his crime-fighting career back in the 1950's, when the Justice League of America consisted of him, Superman, and Wonder Woman (with probably the Scarlet Cyclone as well).--Toby O'Brien
Summer 1953--BATMAN # 253--"Who Knows What Evil-?"--Batman teams with THE SHADOW. Batman considers the Shadow to be one of his role models, and the Shadow admits that he has been watching Batman's career from the beginning (likely because the Shadow is secretly Batman's real father.)
Winter 1954--BATMAN # 259--"The Night of the Shadow"--Remember when THE SHADOW saved Thomas and Bruce Wayne? That criminal escapes, and Batman joins the Shadow in hunting him down.
1956--BRAVE AND THE BOLD # 108--"The Night Batman Sold His Soul"--Batman and Sgt. Rock team up against a foe who Rock believes to be Hitler, while Batman thinks their foe is actually Lucifer.
late spring 1957--THOSE WHO LIVE LONG FORGOTTEN “IMPRISONED, HALF-DEAD: A SYLLOGISM” (SHORT STORY BY JAMES BOJACIUK)--Series: Sherlock Holmes. Crosses: The War of the Worlds; Sherlock Holmes of Baker Street, The Prisoner (see notes). A secret faction of what is presumably the British government fakes Sherlock Holmes' death and imprisons him on a faraway island. He plots his escape. Holmes mentions how his friend Peter would find his faked death to be deplorably acted. This is an invention of William S. Baring-Gould in Sherlock Holmes of Baker Street, who had Holmes trained in acting and disguise by an old friend, "Lord Peter." "Lord Peter" has no relation to Dorothy L. Sayer's Lord Peter Wimsey. The methods used in the capture of Sherlock Holmes are identical to those suffered by Number Six in The Prisoner (a kidnapping disguised as death). The site in the story is still under construction. Perhaps Holmes was one of the early prisoners held in the village, though his escape was much more successful. The story is intended to explain how Holmes could "die" in 1957, but be quite alive when he met the men from UNCLE in The Rainbow Affair and Batman in "The Doomsday Book." Initially, there is a second prisoner held on the island. Although he dies when one of Holmes' plans backfires. He begs for his life by crying "I told you where Ogilvy's papers were! I told you!" Ogilvy was the well-known astronomer who first sighted the bursts from Mars. It would seem that, before his death, he wrote at length on the curious explosions, then--possibly--wrote some further notes after the initial landing. The British government was proactive in covering up the Martian War, and by 1957 seems all too ready to lock up anyone who claims to remember the war, whether they bargain for their freedom or not.
July 1957--World's Finest #89--Formation of Club of Heroes (Batman, Gaucho, Legionary, Musketeer, Superman, Knight & Squire).
1957--Infinity, Inc. #34 (1.87)--Upon the creation of the European Economic Community, member nations also establish the Dome, a supra-national police organization. The Dome's main operative, Dr. Mist, later forms the Global Guardians. NOTE: In post-Infinite Crisis continuity, many of the original Dome operatives did not debut until after Batman. The history of the Dome is uncertain.
Spring 1959--Bruce Wayne retires as Batman I.
1959--TALES OF THE SHADOWMEN VOLUME 7: FEMME FATALES “FACES OF FEAR “ (SHORT STORY BY MATTHEW DENNION)--Crosses: A NIghtmare on Elm Street; Judex; Batman. In 1959, Dr. Jonathan Crane tests his fear toxin on a little girl. Her fear is so strong that it pulls Freddy Krueger from his future time period, allowing Krueger to possess the girl. Dr. Jonathan Crane will go on to become Batman’s foe, the Scarecrow. In the comics, the Scarecrow first appeared in the 1940s. In the Television Crossover Universe, there was a Batman in the 1940s, with his sidekick becoming the second Batman in the 1960s. Presumedly, Crane was younger in the Television Crossover Universe and went on to be an enemy of the second Batman. In Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash, Freddy dissipated at the end of the story, as he often does when he’s defeated. This time, he must have moved backward through time, being incorporeal within the timestream. This story isn’t the first instance of Freddy possessing someone. In the second Nightmare film, Freddy possesses Jesse, the boy who moves into Nancy’s house five years after Nancy defeated Freddy. His anxiety as the new kid allowed Freddy to slowly take over. The more control he gained, the more fear Jesse had of losing control. Thus, the fear of losing control gave Freddy more control. Then in Nightmare 5, Freddy tries to possess an unborn child still within the womb, this time by convincing the child in his dreams to willingly be a vessel. Judex is the hero of this story.
1959--Cedar and Willow Universe--Misses America and Wonder Women, the Silver Age and The Justice League (Part 3)--The actual Justice league as it started out in the Silver age was something different from what most readers were being led to believe.The Martian Manhunter was My Favorite Martian, acting in the capacity of a Psychic Private Detective (which is what the MM had been in the beginning). Superman was the Superman of the serials and TV series still, although no new episodes of the TV series were being produced, the show was in pretty continuous reruns. Batman was also most like the Batman of the serials in the 1940s, and basically he was a sort of a Ninja with a fondness for displaying his bat-mon as on all of his equipment. Ordinarily he wore his Batgear entirely on missions at night. Actually, the Cowboy Metamorph Crash Corrigan was Aquaman and his Atlantis was in an undersea cave that had trapped a large air bubble. He could transform himself into any number of "Monster" forms including different water-breathers, but on land most often into a gorilla (typical of comics at the time). The Flash in the comics was a replacement for the original character, The Wizard of Time and Speed, or The Wizard for short (misspelt in comics as The Whizzer and formerly paired with Miss America as a regular partner).
In 1960, a team was formed by the CIALD as the first Justice League of America. This team consisted of Superman II, Batman I, Wonder Woman (Mary Ann Mobley), the Wizard of Time and Speed, Crash Corrigan, and Exigius 12½. This team was a pilot program, and this roster only remained for one mission. A few months later, an alien invasion brought together seven heroes, who would become the founders of the more permanent roster of the Justice League of America. Those founders were Superman II, Batman II (Dick Grayson), Wonder Woman (Princess Diana), the Flash II (Barry Allen), Green Lantern Hal Jordan, Aquaman (Arthur Curry), and J’onn J’onzz.
1960--Dick Grayson returns to Gotham and takes over as Batman II. Bruce Wayne Junior becomes Robin II.
February 1960--Superman and Batman have been appearing in comics together since the Silver Age, and Wonder Woman joining in isn't rare, either. Generally they team up, though having them fight each other is always a good way to draw in readers.
Feb. 1960--Justice League of America #9 (Feb. 1962), Justice League of America #200 (Mar. 1982), Secret Origins v.2 #32 (11.88), 52 #51 (Apr. 2007)--JLA: Year One--Aquaman, Batman, Black Canary, Flash, Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter, Superman and Wonder Woman defeat the alien Appellax creatures. This is Black Canary II's public debut. NOTES: The JLA's post-Crisis origin was retold in Secret Origins #32, substituting Black Canary for Wonder Woman and omitting Batman; Superman did not join thereafter. In post-Infinite Crisis continuity, the Big Three were added back into this origin in Justice League of America v.2 #0 and 52 #51 (Apr. 2007). The latter story also confirmed Black Canary as an eighth founder. The JSA Sourcebook claims Canary's debut preceded Flash and Green Lantern, which seems unlikely.
October 1961 to May 1963--MAKE ROOM FOR DADDY--A character named Jose Jimenez is a recurring character on this show, appearing in six episodes. This character also appears on THE STEVE ALLEN SHOW, THE SPIKE JONES SHOW, HOLLYWOOD PALACE, a cartoon whose name I could not find, "a comedy album by Joey Forman (as the Mashuganishi Yogi) which spoofed the Indian mystic movement popular in the psychedelic sixties" (quoting Toby O'Brien), THE BILL DANA SHOW, BATMAN, SWINGING SPIKETACULARS, THE NEW STEVE ALLEN SHOW, I WANT MY MUMMY, THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW, THE SECOND ANNUAL COMEDY AWARDS, THE RED SKELTON HOUR, THE DANNY THOMAS SHOW, and THE STEVE ALLEN PLYMOUTH SHOW.
c. February 19, 1965--THE ADDAMS FAMILY (TELEVISION SERIES)--SEASON 1 EPISODE 22 “AMNESIA IN THE ADDAMS FAMILY”--Crosses: Batman. Gomez gets amnesia and acts normal. At one point, Gomez is bonked on the head and acts like the Riddler. That’s really interesting as John Astin, who plays Gomez, will play the Riddler in Batman, but that show hadn’t even started yet, nor had Astin been cast in the part yet. But from a metafictional perspective, it’s clear that Gomez was the second Riddler.
Spring 1965--BATMAN--The Joker Junior (actually Creed Bratton), the Penguin II (Oswald Cobblepot Junior), Catwoman III (Kitanya Irenya Tatyana Karenska Alisoff), and the Riddler I (Edward Nigma) join forces to take down the United Nations Security Force to hold for ransom.
Summer 1965 to Fall 1967--BATMAN (TELEVISION SERIES)--Batman and Robin protect Gotham City from various bizarre criminals. For Television Crossover Universe purposes, this dynamic duo is Dick Grayson as Batman and Bruce Wayne Junior as Robin.
Spring 1966--BATMAN--"The Spell of Tut"--Batman battles King Tut. THE GREEN HORNET briefly appears.
Spring 1966--BATMAN--"The Yegg Foes in Gotham"--The Dynamic Duo encounter Jose Jiminez of THE BILL DANA SHOW.
April 1966--BEWITCHED--"Follow that Witch"--Charlie asks Samantha if she travels like Batman.
June 1966--MUNSTER, GO HOME!--Herman calls for help from Batman.
Summer 1966--BATMAN--"It's How You Play the Game"--The Dynamic Duo encounter Col. Klink, former Nazi head of Stalag 13 (from HOGAN'S HEROES).
Summer 1966--BATMAN--SEASON 2 EPISODE 27 “THE PENGUIN’S NEST”--Crosses: Addams Family. The Penguin opens a restaurant where customers must write down their orders, so that he can then learn to forge their handwriting. The irony is that the restaurant was successful financially when legit. During their usual wall-climbing scene, the heroes often encounter some celebrity or character who pokes his head out a window. This time around, it is Lurch, the butler of the Addams Family. This makes a bit of sense considering that Gomez Addams was the Riddler! That’s right. In an episode of the Addams Family, Gomez gets a bonk on the head and suddenly acts like the Riddler. And indeed actor John Astin played Gomez and the Riddler. Incidentally, the Penguin of this episode is likely the son of the foe who fought the 1940s heroes.
Fall 1966--BATMAN--"A Piece of the Action/Batman's Satisfaction"--Batman II and Robin II team up with GREEN HORNET II and Kato II. (See my Green Hornet book post or an explanation for the similar legacy of the Green Hornet line.)
1966 to 1969--Events of TEEN TITANS SEGMENTS of the BATMAN/SUPERMAN/AQUAMAN SHOW.
1960s--BATMAN--At one point, the real Riddler, Edward Nigma, references the nation of Moldavia in one of his riddles. In the real world (our world), Moldavia was once its own nation, but since has been swallowed up by its neighbors. In the TVCU, it's still a nation of it's own, not only as seen in BATMAN, but also DYNASTY, BOTTOM, and ROSEANNE.
1966--THE WILD WORLD OF BATWOMAN--The central character is a 60s Batman knockoff that even does the Batusi like Adam West did in the show.
December 1966--BATMAN--"The Duo is Slumming"--Batman and Robin encounter Santa when climbing up the side of a wall in Gotham.
June 1967--HELLTOWN--This story occurs just after Charles Victor Szasz has begun operating as THE QUESTION. The Question, in a conversation with his mentor, brings up past mystery men, including THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL, THE GREEN HORNET, WILDCAT, THE SANDMAN, and BLACK CANARY. Later on, Batman II (Dick Grayson) has a conversation with his butler Alfred Pennyworth (who is not the same as Bruce's former butler Alfred Beagle) in which they mention THE SHADOW. RICHARD DRAGON and Lady Shiva are also involved in the tale, and ORACLE is mentioned. Oracle is the first Barbara Gordon, who once operated as Batgirl in the 1940s. After the Joker (the original) shot her, she was paralyzed, but became an information broker to the world's heroes. Barbara is the daughter of former Police Commissioner James W. Gordon (aka THE WHISPERER) and the sister of current Police Commissioner Tony Gordon. She is also the aunt of Tony's daughter Barbara, who is now the second Batgirl.
1967--MAD MONSTER PARTY?--Dracula says "Now, friends, you'll discover who was the original Batman."
1967--WONDER WOMAN: WHO'S AFRAID OF DIANA PRINCE?--At the height of the popularity of "Batman" (1966), producer William Dozier produced this short film in hopes of getting approval from Warner Brothers to produce a pilot episode for a "Wonder Woman" series, based on the comic book. Unlike "Batman," which was campy adventure, "Wonder Woman" was going to be a straight comedy series, along the lines of "Captain Nice." The resulting short written by several writers on the Batman series failed to win Dozier that approval.
March 1968--THE BATWOMAN--This movie intentionally copies the style of the Adam West Batman, complete with the same mask but adapted to a woman.
1968 to 1969--THE BATMAN/SUPERMAN HOUR--The Batman portion of this show is a direct spin-off of the TV series.
July 1969--SESAME STREET--"Pilot"--Batman II (Dick Grayson) appears.
1969--December - THE NOWHEN-MEN: BAT TO THE FUTURE - The NoWhere-Men (Ivan and Don, both 22 years old) arrive in New York City from 1300 AD and encounter the current Batman, Robin, and assorted villains. Ivan has a brief relapse into his Charlatan persona (due to the Anti-Logic) but Don helps him focus before he can be arrested for crimes committed by the Joker. Using the NoWhere-Van they depart 1969 and journey to the year 2078 AD. The 1960s Batman characters (Batman, Robin, and the Joker) are from the BATMAN television series (1966-1968), as adapted from the DC Comics stories, dating back to DETECTIVE COMICS #27 (1939). In the TVCU, this is the second Batman (Dick Grayson) and Robin II (Bruce Wayne Jr). Gotham City is a common nickname for New York City.
May 1970--DOCTOR WHO--"Inferno"--The Doctor references Batman. Certainly at some point in all his travels in time, he must have met the Batman. "What did you expect? Some kind of space rocket with Batman at the controls?"--THE DOCTOR, 'Doctor Who' - "Inferno".
1970--SABRINA AND THE GROOVIE GOOLIES--From James: Were you aware that Sabrina had a crossover tv cartoon where she joined a band with hip versions of Dracula, the Wolfman, Frankenstein's Monster, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and the Mummy. It was ever so creatively titled Sabrina and the Groovie Goolies (not to be confused with the much better band the Groovie Ghoulies). It aired for one season in 1970. For no obvious reason I'm inclined to think the Mummy is Klaris from Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy. Because of the date, I believe the Frankenstein's Monster in this series is the same Frankenstein's Monster that was created by a descendant of Victor Frankenstein during his duties at the insane New York power company called The Electric Company. This same Monster was also established to have fought a very drunk Dick Grayson--during the final days of his tenure as Batman--in Texas, as established by Robert.
November 1971--THE NEW SCOOBY-DOO MOVIES (ANIMATED SERIES)--SEASON 1 EPISODE 2 “THE DYNAMIC SCOOBY-DOO AFFAIR”--Crosses: Batman (The New Adventures of Batman). Mystery, Inc. teams-up with Batman and Robin to foil the counterfeiting ring run by the Joker and the Penguin. Using the Generations premise, this Batman would be Dick Grayson and this Robin would be Bruce Wayne Junior. The Penguin would be Oswald Cobblepot Junior based on Dennis Power’s contribution to the theory, and this is Creed Bratton, posing as “Joker Junior”. The New Adventures of Batman is an animated continuation of the 1960s live action Batman series. Later, the Batman: The Brave and the Bold animated series will conflate this Batman with that of Super Friends.
1971--James Craddock comes back to life as a ghost. The Martian Manhunter leaves Earth when Mars became desolate to help his people search for a new world. In late 1971, shortly after the Martian Manhunter had left Earth, a group of the Leaguers gathered together and decide to call themselves Super Friends. This is another significant departure from the parallel universe of Earth-One. The name stuck for years, and over time, the name Superfriends was used to describe all members of the Justice League of America. In the first issue of the Super Friends comic book, E. Nelson Bridwell makes it very clear that the Super Friends are sort of a volunteer organization, under the umbrella of the Justice League of America. The founding members of the Justice League's Super Friends organization consisted of Aquaman,Batman,Robin, Superman, Wonder Woman, Hawkman, the Flash, Green Lantern, Black Vulcan And Samurai. The formation of team and members depicted in the Season 3 episode, History of Doom.
Winter 1972--THE NEW SCOOBY-DOO MOVIES--SEASON 1 EPISODE 15 “THE CAPED CRUSADER CAPER”--Crosses: Batman (New Adventures of Batman). When a Professor is kidnapped by the Joker and Penguin in order to obtain his flying suit, Mystery, Inc. once more teams with Batman and Robin. The two teams will team-up a third time on Batman: the Brave and the Bold. Recently, they have teamed again in DC Comics’ Scooby-Doo Team-Up, but the series is too new at this writing for me to evaluate how it may fit into Television Crossover Universe canon.
Fall 1972--BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND BOLD--SEASON 2 EPISODE 25 “BAT-MITE PRESENTS: BATMAN’S STRANGEST CASES!”--Crosses: New Scooby-Doo Movies; Mad; Bat-Manga. Bat-Mite presents three tales from alternate realities. In this instance, the Television Crossover Universe is one of those alternate realities. As explained in a previous entry, the Brave and the Bold series is a divergent timeline to the Television Crossover Universe. But from their perspective, the Television Crossover Universe is the divergent timeline. The Television Crossover Universe story is a sequel to the Batman appearances in the New Scooby-Doo Movies in the 1970s. The other two stories take place in the world of Mad Magazine parodies and the world of Manga. It’s likely those are also divergent realities in the Television Crossover Multiverse.
1972--Superman and Wonder Woman return Gentleman Ghost to the grave. The team moves their headquarters from the secret cave to the Hall of Justice, located in Gotham City. The Hall was equipped with an advanced communications network and "Trouble Alert" system (TroubAlert). They maintained a relationship with important government officials such as Colonel Wilcox, who often alerted the Super Friends to various global threats, including alien invasions. In the parallel universe of Earth-One the Justice League's headquarters were an orbiting satellite. This was depicted in Justice League of America, Vol. 1 #78 (February, 1970) found at the DC Database. Early on, the weekly meetings only consisted of Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Batman and Robin.
1972--Sandman issue #54--From Loki Carbis: The Endless in Crossover Universes: Reading the "The Devil You Say" article got me thinking about the Sandman family of characters, and it occurred to me that a simple solution exists for their presence in many many stories without doing violence to any of them (or dragging too much universal baggage with them). In issue #54 of Sandman, the Sandman appears to Prez Rickard (a DC character) and offers him access to a range of "other Americas" - i.e. alternate timelines. This strongly implies that the Endless have the power to traverse the entire multiverse, allowing them to appear in the WNU, the TVCU, or anywhere else you care to name without needing to drag in all their crossovers from the DC Universe (e.g. Superman and Batman were both at a funeral held in the Dreaming in one issue, and so on). While some further work may be necessary to work out which particular universe a given appearance takes place in, this at least means that they can turn up anywhere and still have the crossover count. What do you guys think?
Super Friends/Super Powers Team (1973 - 1986)
- This was a cartoon that ran in various incarnations for 13 seasons.
- There was also a comic book tie-in that was for a time considered to be part of Earth-1 canon.
- According to the comic, the Super Friends was created as a youth training program. Marvin and Wendy were the first two candidates, later replaced by Zan and Jayna. Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, Robin and Aquaman were instructors due to their experience as teen heroes. The Super Friends were part of the Justice League of America.
- It makes sense that since the Teen Titans broke off affiliation with the League as an act of rebellion in 1973, a more structured and supervised youth training program would take its place.
- Below are all the heroes that appeared in the Super Friends cartoon and comic, as well as the Legends of the Super-Heroes specials.
September 1973--SNEEK PEEK--Superman, Batman, Bugs Bunny, Lassie...yeah, it's a crossover.
Summer 1974--DETECTIVE COMICS # 446--"Slaughter in Silver"--Batman poses as a janitor, an idea he got from THE SHADOW. This Batman is Dick Grayson. Though there were never any recorded meetings, it's safe to assume the Shadow was a constant part of his son Bruce's life, and thus must have met Dick Grayson, who would have been like a grandson to him.
c. December 1975--THE OCCULT FILES OF DOCTOR SPEKTOR # 18 “MASQUE MACABRE” (GOLD KEY COMICS)--Crosses: Donald F. Glut’s interconnected works; Dracula (novel); Frankenstein (Donald F. Glut); Count Wulfstein; The Lurker; Purple Zombie; Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde (novel); Simbar; Phantom Stranger; Deadman; Dr. 13 (See Notes); Batman; Justice League of America; Avengers (Marvel); Freedom Fighters; Thor (Marvel); Defenders; Beast; Thunderbunny; Animal Man; Generation X (See Notes). Spektor is in Rutland, Vermont for the annual Masque Macabre Halloween parade when the Dark Gods bring several statues to life. The statues brought to life are Dracula, Frankenstein’s Monster, Count Wulfstein, the Lurker, the Purple Zombie, Mr. Hyde, Simbar, and Ra-Ka-Tep. Though these are all statues brought to life, most are characters who met Spektor already, so the presumption is that the others are also in the same reality as Spektor. This parade is a real annual event, but it appears often in comics. It’s considered one of the first intercompany crossovers because multiple comic book companies use it as a setting. This was an intentional attempt by comics writers to get past legalities and present that all the comics co-exist in the same reality. Because of writer’s intent, I’m inclined to allow the crossovers, even though I really hate to make the Television Crossover Universe into a superhero universe. The compromise is to say that the above crosses are all in, but superheroes in the Television Crossover Universe were more or less not as public as in their main comic book universes, and their careers only lasted from the 1960s to the mid 1980s at most. It was a weird quirky phenomenon in the Television Crossover Universe and most people today have no recollection that super-heroes ever existed.
1976--Batman's 1976 Pro Wrestling Encounter With Jerry "The Super-King" Lawler Is Amazing (and Slightly Drunk).
Summer 1976--THE NEW ADVENTURES OF BATMAN--A continuation of the show. Batman is now bothered by Bat-Mite, a member of the 5th Dimensional Q Continuum of Zrff.
Spring 1977--BATMAN FAMILY # 18--"A Choice of Destinies"--Helena Wayne (aka the Huntress) graduates from Harvard Law School and works for Gotham's law firm Cranston, Grayson, and Wayne. (This provides pretty solid evidence that THE SHADOW did indeed remain a part of the Batman and Robin's lives for the past few decades.)
1977--BUGS BUNNY MEETS THE SUPER-HEROES--All the Looney Tunes characters show up for Porky's birthday party, but so do Batman, Robin, and Wonder Woman. A year later, the Tunes and heroes reunite for BUGS BUNNY IN SPACE, not to be confused with the clip show cartoon special of the same name and year.
1978--LUPIN THE THIRD: THE SECRET OF MAMO--Salvatore Cucinotta says: Well, here's a weird bit. In a "Batman vs. Lupin III" thread, someone linked an image of Lupin in a picture with Batman, Robin, Wonder Woman, Superman and Aquaman. It comes from the Lupin film "The Mystery of Mamo", 1 hour, 16 minutes, 40 seconds in. Currently available to watch on Hulu.
1978--SPECIAL SERIES # 8 “HELL IS FOR HEROES” (DC COMICS)--Series: Batman (Silver Age); Deadman; Sgt. Rock. Crosses: Sherlock Holmes. Batman finds himself involved in a supernatural adventure that requires the aid of Sgt. Rock, Deadman, and Sherlock Holmes. Batman’s golden age stories are in via Tales of the Shadowmen. His silver age incarnation is brought in here, and his modern age version is brought in via crosses with Alien and Predator. How can Batman have a career that spans from 1937 to the present? He can’t. I propose that there is an explanation. It’s not always the same Batman. In the 1960s, Bill Finger created a series of “imaginary stories” in which Dick Grayson (Robin) becomes the second Batman and Batman’s son, Bruce Wayne Junior became the second Robin. In the 1970s, World’s Finest Comics featured a series of stories with the Super-Sons, in which Bruce Wayne Junior eventually becomes Batman. John Byrne later wrote Generations, which supported the idea that Bruce Wayne was Batman I, Dick Grayson was Batman II, and Bruce Wayne Junior was Batman III. Based on those stories, I propose a similar scenario for the Television Crossover Universe. Bruce Wayne was the Batman of the golden age comics. Dick Grayson was the silver age version, which was from 1959 to 1986, and Bruce Junior has been Batman from 1986 to present. So the Batman of this story is Dick Grayson, despite what may be said in the story. Deadman was brought in via a cross with Doctor Spektor. Sgt. Rock is a DC war comic series, which is brought in via this story. And Holmes is Holmes, of course.
Summer 1978--LEGENDS OF THE SUPERHEROES--"Challenge of the Superheroes"--A birthday party is being held for retired hero the Scarlet Cyclone. Those who come to the Hall of Heroes (aka the Hall of Justice) are Justice League members Batman II, Robin II, Flash II, Green Lantern Hal Jordan, Hawkman, Captain Marvel I, Huntress II, and Black Canary II. However, they are challenged by the Legion of Doom (Riddler I, Weather Wizard, Sinestro, Mordru, Dr. Sivana, Giganta, and Solomon Grundy.) Some time after, there is a celebrity roast that is crashed by the Legion.
1978 to 1980--TARZAN AND THE SUPER 7--Only the Batman segments are relevant here, as a continuation of the television series and previous animated series.
March 1979--MARVEL TEAM-UP # 79 “SWORD OF THE SHE-DEVIL” (MARVEL COMICS)--Series: Spider-Man; Red Sonja. Crosses: Doctor Strange; Superman; Ms. Marvel; Conan the Barbarian. Kulan Gath possesses a security guard at a museum and draws the attention of Spider-Man. Mary Jane Watson also finds herself possessed, but by the heroic Red Sonja. Carol Danvers is mentioned, but not her alter ego Ms. Marvel. Based on the various crosses with Marvel heroes in the Television Crossover Universe, we can determine that many of the Marvel heroes must have had counterparts in the Television Crossover Universe. If this is the case, I still doubt that superheroes were as publically known as in the MU. Like with the alien invasions and zombie outbreaks, I’m sure the general public is in denial about vigilantes with super-powers. The super-hero phenomenon must have come in waves. The first started in the late 1930s and died down after World War II. The second would have occurred from the early 1960s to the mid 1980s. Since then, heroes would have still operated, but with less and less frequency. Red Sonja is a spin-off character from Conan the Barbarian, and Kulan Gath was a Conan foe. Doctor Strange is also mentioned in this story. Clark Kent also arrives to cover the story. Of course, this is a fun cameo of the type that DC and Marvel liked to do regarding their friendly competition. But from an in-story point of view, a few questions arise. Why didn’t Superman get involved? Why was he in New York? Shouldn’t he be old? Clark often got sent out of Metropolis on assignment. So that question is easy to answer. He might have been there for another story and stumbled upon this one. As for a young Clark Kent, several crosses in the Television Crossover Universe demonstrate that the golden age version of Superman existed in the Television Crossover Universe. And there are crosses with the modern age (post-Crisis) version. And of course this is a silver age era story. To explain the longevity and multiple versions, I have to look towards what DC would refer to as “imaginary stories” or “Elseworlds”. In the 1970s, DC had a series of “Super Sons” stories, in which Superman and Batman had sons. Clark Kent Junior would later become the next Superman. In another series, “Superman 2020”, Superman also had a son who became the next Superman. And finally, DC One Million followed the same premise. Based on those three story series, I can theorize that the same case exists in the Television Crossover Universe. Additionally, the Earth-2 stories and John Byrne’s Generations saga demonstrate the continued life of an aging Superman, which I can utilize. Pulling all that together, I believe that the golden age Superman follows pretty closely to the original stories. But then he retired, only occasionally going back into action. So in this story, he chooses to let the young heroes handle things. Besides which, being out of Metropolis, having Superman and Clark both seen there would risk his secret identity, something even more important to him now that he’s married and a father. Plus Superman has a weakness against magic, something that in the Television Crossover Universe couldn’t have been easy for him. The later appearances of a modern age version of Superman are likely to be Clark Kent Junior.
Mar./Apr. 1979--Adventure Comics #462--ONLY LEGENDS LIVE FOREVER: THE DEATH OF BATMAN--Part 2: The golden age Batman dies in combat with Bill Jensen, exposing his secret identity. He is buried with honors in Gotham City.
By the 1980s, the original Justice League of America and the Super Friends training program had merged, and was redesignated by the government as the Super Powers Team, with a more specific goal of protecting Earth (and the galaxy) against Darkseid. It was at this time that Aquaman left the team to form his own Justice League of America, privately funded by Henry Heywood. At the same time, the children of the Justice Society of America also formed their own team called Infinity, Inc., funded by Sylvester Pemberton. Also at this time, while still working with the Super Powers Team and the Justice League of America, Batman II (Grayson) was also training his own group of superpowered teens, the OUTSIDErs, a pilot for the later Bat Squad/Batman, Inc.
Spring 1980--BATMAN # 336--"While the Bat's Away"--Batman II (Dick Grayson) tells a crook that THE SHADOW has retired.
Fall 1980--BATMAN VS. THE INCREDIBLE HULK: THE MONSTER AND THE MADMAN--Batman II (Dick Grayson) must face off against the Hulk (who is Bruce's old friend David Banner). The set-up is created by the Joker and the Shaper of Worlds.
October 1980--SUPER COMICS PRESENTS # 2--"Super-Bob meets Batman"--Batman is in Orange working on a case that Super-Bob also happens to be working on. So they team up. Real Life Notes: This was the Batman of the 1960s television series, who is Dick Grayson for the purposes of the TVCU. In the TVCU, Dick Grayson didn't retire until 1986 (at the end of the Super Friends). [Super-Bob is a character I created when I was a child, featuring a fictional version of myself as a super-hero.]
September 1981--WORLD'S FINEST COMICS # 271--Superman (Kal-L/Clark Jerome Kent) and Robin I (Dick Grayson) help Superman (Kal-El/Clark Joseph Kent) and Batman III (Bruce Wayne Junior) defeat a revived Atom Man (spelled Atoman in this story). NOTES: THIS STORY IS A SEQUEL TO A STORY FROM THE OLD RADIO SHOW.
**APOCRYPHAL**--SEPTEMBER 1982--POWERKID POLICE # 1--"The Super-Trio"--A magical evil calling himself Doctor Deadly comes to Orange from outer space. He claims to have once ruled this world, and now wants to reclaim it. Arriving on the scene to battle this alien wizard is Powerkid, Zap, and a new speedster hero called Speedy. Together, the three are able to stop him where one would have failed. Doctor Deadly flees into outer space. Powerkid and Zap, who are cousins Bobby Wronski and Philip Sheridan, find that this new hero is also their cousin, Shon Ames. The three realize that only by working together were they able to defeat the villain, and that some threats only can be stopped by a team. And so they put the word out that they wish to form a team, and are calling on any new heroes (since there had been a recent explosion of new heroes) who would like to join. The team ends up consisting of initially: Powerkid, Zap, Speedy, the Unknown, Man-Killer, Space Hero, Waterman, Avenger, The Toy, Bird Boy and Bird Girl, Screamer, Witch Woman, Stretch, Vic-20, Tornado Man, and Fireman. Later members would be Kitten Girl, Powergirl, and mascot Chris Whaland. Real Life Notes: During the Super-Bob era, there had been another Super-Trio consisting of Super-Bob, Super-Len, and Witch Woman. Doctor Deadly will later be revealed to be Morgoth from the Lord of the Rings, who is possessing an alien scientist's body. The Powerkid Police is obviously my version of the Justice League of America. Phil Sheridan came up with the name. Powerkid is the PKP version of the JLA's Superman. Zap is the PKP's version of the JLA's Martian Manhunter. Speedy is the PKP's version of the JLA's Flash. Incidentally, a year later, Speedy, under the new name of the Speedster, gets his own series, where he becomes a janitor at a museum in CENTRAL CITY, because he just feels the city needs a speedster. In this reality, the Flash apparently doesn't exist, at least not in the early 80s. Of course, in the TVCU, he does exist in the early 1980s in the Super Friends. I guess there's more than one Central City. The Unknown is the PKP's version of Batman. Man-Killer fills in for Wonder Woman. Space Hero fills for Green Lantern. Waterman for Aquaman. The Toy for the Atom. Bird Boy and Bird Girl are the PKP's Hawkman and Hawkwoman. Interestingly, later, Bird Boy was found to be constantly hopping around in time due to the Crisis. He was the Bird Boy/Bird Man of the 1950s/1960s Wonder Woman stories, the Bird Man of the 1960s cartoon, and later, Harvey Birdman, Attorney-At-Law. Screamer is Black Canary, obviously. Witch Woman fills in for Zatanna. Stretch fills in for Elongated Man, but is actually Stretch Armstrong, as in the toy where you could grab his arms and stretch him out. Vic-20 and Tornado Man took the place of Red Tornado. Tornado Man here is an older hero among the group, formerly having been a member of the Mighty Heroes. Fireman is the replacement for Firestorm. Kitten Girl and Powergirl joined two years later, with no JLA counterpart. Chris Whaland was the Snapper Carr of the group. The PKP disbanded in 1985, but in 1987, I wrote a story from 1984 that retroactively added the character.--**APOCRYPHAL**
July 1985--THE CRISIS WITHIN--This mini-series took place concurrently with Crisis on Infinite Earths. It featured every Super Comics character that ever appeared thus far. The story reveals that the Crisis affected all realities, including those of Powerkid, the Heroes of Earth, and Animal Town. This story also takes place in many time periods, involving the present day characters, Super-Bob from 1982, Middle-Earth, the Space Patrol, etc. This also includes appearance of G-Force from Battle of the Planets, Zorro, the Lone Ranger, Star Trek, Buck Rogers, Star Wars, Mighty Mouse, the Super Friends, He-Man, Batman and Robin, the Greatest American Hero, Dial H for Hero, the Mighty Heroes, G.I. Joe, the Ghostbusters, and Madison Mermaid from Splash. (There may be more that I can't remember.) The story reveals that these realities (which would be the TVCU, Horror Universe, and Looniverse), were affected by the anti-matter wall and the time and space anomalies. The Super Comics heroes and villains were all on the Monitor's satellite, along with heroes from the Marvel Universe as well. (For the sake of the TVCU, these alternate realities were all divergent timelines with the exception of the Looniverse, which is a magical realm in the Void between realities). Powerkid and other Super Comics heroes were part of a second team that invade the anti-matter universe. But after that, the Powerkid Police and Heroes of Earth had to deal with a separate crisis within their own realities. Doctor Deadly has taken advantage of the weakening of time and space to attempt to destroy all reality. He's defeated, but a barrier is created that traps the Heroes of Earth in the TVCU, unable to return to their Horror Universe. Also during these events, the Anti-Monitor kills Powergirl, who Powerkid had a crush on. At the end of these events, the Powerkid Police disband and Powerkid retires. He also decides that he is no longer Bobby, and goes by Bob. Another effect of the Crisis is that Powerkid loses knowledge of the future, including his meetings with the Space Patrol. [Powerkid was a character I created as a child, as a fictional super-hero version of myself.]
1987--MARVELOUS, FANTASTIC TIMELINE--(Batman II) Richard Grayson is nearly killed by Two-Face and retires as the Batman. Bruce Wayne jr takes over the role.
Winter 1987--Dick Grayson hands over the Batman costume to Bruce Wayne Junior.
1988--SECRET ORIGINS # 27 “A SYMPHONY OF SHADOWS: THE SECRET ORIGINS OF ZATARA AND ZATANNA” (DC COMICS)--Crosses: Doctor Fate; Faust; Hellblazer; Doctor Occult; Sargon the Sorcerer; Spectre; Deadman; Phantom Stranger; She; Justice League of America; Super Friends; All-Star Squadron; Justice Society of America; Hawkman (silver age); Batman (silver age); Atom (silver age); Green Lantern (silver age); Elongated Man; Hawkman (golden age); Starman (golden age); Flash (golden age); Green Lantern (golden age); Atom (golden age); Sandman (golden age); Johnny Thunder (golden age); Superman (silver age); Flash (silver age); Green Arrow (silver age). Felix Faust captures Zatanna, and as they discuss his motivations, we are told not only the origins of Zatara and Zatanna, but also of Doctor Mist and Felix Faust. This was meant to be the post crisis revised origins of Zatara and Zatanna. However, from pre-crisis to post-crisis, the canon of those characters didn’t really change, and this story really just expands on the older origin without altering it. This story also features the origins of Doctor Mist and Felix Faust, tying the four’s histories together. In the original version of the story, proposed by Jean Marc Lofficier, Wotan was meant to be the main villain. Wotan is from mythology, but this was the version who was an enemy of Doctor Fate. DC had it changed to Felix Faust, an enemy of the Justice League of America. This story conflates Felix Faust with the original Faust. This story reveals that when Zatanna was young, she had an affair with John Constantine. The flashbacks show Zatara as a member of the All-Star Squadron. Zatanna is shown in flashbacks to have worked with many members of the (DC) supernatural community. Doctor Mist is a member of the Global Guardians, first appearing in the Super Friends comic book, but he is based on a character from H. Rider Haggard’s Wisdom’s Daughter. There is a flashback to Zatanna’s original quest storyline. The Justice Society are shown in flashback to the storyline in which they are brought before congress and forced to retire, leading to the end of the golden age of heroes. Zatanna is also shown in flashback as a member of the Justice League of America.
1987--JUL 28 - LIKE A SURGEON - Beauford "Ford" O'Donald, a classmate of Jack Kingsley from Belfry, New Jersey, turns up in Oldham Asylum in LeStrange KY, after a run-in with the Church of the Sleeping God. Jack and Peter Fitzhume Sr pose as psychiatrists to see him, with Ron tagging along, posing as their intern. Ford reveals to them that the Church was scouting areas around the country for a powerful ritual, under the guise of being roadies for Weird Al Yankovic and the Monkees (Peter Tork, Mickey Dolenz, and Davy Jones) on their concert tour (currently in Louisville). The cultists are exposed and flee. Jack claims to be Ford's personal doctor to have him transferred to the Dunwich Mental Institute, but instead O'Donald joins the Enigma Quorum to help track down the cult's chosen location, which he knows must be near by. Ron Schabloski is so impressed by Yankovic (of whom he was already a fan) that he adopts a most unfortunate hairstyle for a time, and will later use the nickname "Crazy Ivan" in homage to "Weird Al". Davy Jones of the Monkees and Weird Al Yankovic have both met Mystery Inc. in animated form; on a 1972 episode of THE NEW SCOOBY DOO MOVIES called "The Haunted Houseman of Hagglethorn Hall" and a 2011 episode of BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD titled "Bat-Mite Presents: Batman's Strangest Cases" respectively (the latter crossover also involving Batman, Robin, the Joker, the Penguin, and Bat-Mite). Additionally, The Monkees have met the Penguin, Dracula, and other fictional figures on various episodes of their own show, THE MONKEES (1966-1968). Dunwich Mental Institute is from a 2008 episode of FRINGE. Ford O'Donald, Belfry, Lestrange, Oldham Asylum, and the Church of the Sleeping God are [Kevin Heim’s] own inventions. Regrettably, Ron's new hairstyle actually happened.
November 1987--POWERKID # 63--"Possessed"--Bob's sister Michelle is possessed by Satan, and since that's not his area, he turns to the Monster Club, a team of teenagers that consist of a vampire, witch, werewolf, and ghost. They live in Hadenville, Ohio, which is also the location for the headquarters of the new Heroes of Earth introduced in Heroes. It's also the setting for Dark Knight over Hadenville, a 1989 story in which a troubled teen creates his own Batman costume and become a vigilante. That story concludes with the real Batman and Joker appearing, in their post-crisis versions, which for the TVCU would be Bruce Wayne Junior and Jack Napier. (There's some that feel that this Joker might actually be an immortal who was the original Joker. Others might argue that the clown prince here is Creed Bratton of the Grassroots and the Office.) The werewolf teen of the Monster Club is named Gary Talbot, and yes, he is related to Larry Talbot, the Wolf Man. Satan is a villain from...well, you know.
1989--JUN - BAT KNIGHT, BAT CITY - Ronald and Donovan, now part of a circle of friends that includes Jennifer Broadway, Gus "Hrothgar" Carlson, Andre Thomas, Barbara Anne Schyler, Ruben Marx, and Kari "Hydie" Utterson, collectively the Vogue Rogues, are transformed via the Anti-Logic into doppelgangers of the Batman and his allies and enemies (and behave accordingly). The effect only lasts a day, but Ivan spends two weeks afterward in Oldham Asylum in LeStrange KY. The Vogue Rogues are named for the Vogue Theatre which (at the time) showed the Rocky Horror Picture Show in Louisville. Kari Utterson is a descendent of Dr. Henry Jekyll, from Stevenson's STRANGE CASE OF DR JEKYLL & MR HYDE. The "Batman Family" characters exist in the TVCU but are also subject to fictionalizations, which served as the templates for the Anti-Logic transformations.
late 1980s--Nagraj Vs. Shakoora The Magician--From Ron van Bokhoven: Spider-Man, Superman and Batman team up to fight a weird and alien wizard in India!
1991--BATMAN VERSUS PREDATOR # 1 - 3 (DC AND DARK HORSE COMICS)--A Predator comes to Gotham and is killing off mobsters, inciting a mob war. This would be the third Batman, Bruce Wayne Junior, for the sake of the Television Crossover Universe.
January 1993--THE SIMPSONS--"Marge vs. the Monorail"--Marge tells Homer she has someone with her who can help and Homer says "Batman?"
1994—“Черепашки-ниндзя и Бэтмэн” (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Batman)--Batman III works with the Turtles to fight the Foot Clan, presumably. I know nothing about this Russian comic other than the fact that this is a team-up between Batman and TMNT.
Winter 1995--DAREDEVIL AND BATMAN: EYE FOR AN EYE--Daredevil teams up with Batman against Two-Face and Mr. Hyde. It may seem Daredevil is too old for this type of adventure. But that's if he debuted in 1964. But in the TVCU he debuted in the early 1980s, making him 20 year younger in this reality. The Batman here is Bruce Wayne Junior. The Two-Face here is not the original, former district attorney Harvey Kent. Rather, it is a lunatic who has taken the name of Harvey Dent, or Harvey Two Face as an amalgamation of the identities of the original Two-Face Harvey Kent and recently deceased DA Harvey Dent. Mr. Hyde is pretty much like his Marvel Universe counterpart.
February 1995--LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT # 86 TO 88--"Conspiracy"--James Bojaciuk: I just read Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #86-88, which is yet another Batman vs. the Illuminati story. In #88, Batman collects evidence from bugging the Solucci crime family that connects them to the CIA, MKUltra, and police corruption--he then delivers this evidence to the offices of an unnamed Fox Mulder and Dana Scully. This crossover confirms Batman and the X-Files take place in the same universe. The Batman present in this story would be Batman III, Bruce Wayne Jr.
Spring 1995--BATMAN/DAREDEVIL: KING OF NEW YORK--The two vigilantes team again, this time against the Kingpin, the Scarecrow, and the Catwoman. The Kingpin here is like his Marvel counterpart. The Scarecrow is not the original, but an obsessed "fan." And the Catwoman here is a former secretary who after a near death experience, loses it and turns to crime.
1995—“Бэтмэн против Двудушника” (Batman vs. Dvudushnika)--Batman III once more teams up with the TMNT.
1995--BATMAN VERSUS PREDATOR II: BLOODMATCH (DC AND DARK HORSE COMICS)--Crosses: The Huntress (Modern Age/Post Crisis). While Batman is dealing with a price on his head, he and the Huntress also find themselves dealing with a rogue Predator, so dangerous he’s even hunted by others of his kind. This Huntress is not Helena Wayne, daughter of the original Batman, but rather Helena Bertinelli, daughter of a mobster.
9-11.96--JL: Midsummer's Nightmare #1-3--Dr. Destiny returns, empowered by Know Man (1st app. #3); Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern, Aquaman and the Martian Manhunter join together to defeat them. (#3) NOTE: This series implies that a Justice League of some sort currently exists.
January 1997--THE SIMPSONS--"El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Homer"--Homer's silhouette is projected. Bart says it could be Batman if he's really let himself go. Batman was projected into the sky in this show.
February 1997--THE FURIES (DC AND HARRIS COMICS)--Series: Catwoman (Modern Age/Post-Crisis); Vampirella. Crosses: Batman (Modern Age/Post-Crisis). When there is a string of feline related burglaries in Gotham City and Selina Kyle isn’t the thief, Vampirella helps Catwoman clear her name. Since the golden age Batman stories occur in the Television Crossover Universe, we must assume that Selina Kyle was the Catwoman of the 1940s from those stories. Thus, since Catwoman had no mystical powers, this can’t be Selina Kyle. In the Television Crossover Universe, we steal a little bit of theory from some non-mainstream DC stories in which Batman got older, retired, and had a family who carried on the legacy. Following that logic, the original Catwoman would have gotten older, retired (and perhaps married Bruce Wayne!) Batman’s son would have been Bruce Wayne Junior, who would have been the second Robin under Dick Grayson as Batman, and then the third Batman. Dick would have likely operated from the early 1960s to the mid 1980s, with Bruce Junior then taking over the mantle in the mid 1980s and possible operating still up to the present. Each Batman had a Catwoman. And since Selina would have retired in the 1950s, likely the second and third Cawomen were “copycats”, (pun intentional), and likely their real names were never revealed, and they used “Selena Kyle” as an alias and an homage.
1997--BATMAN VERSUS PREDATOR III: BLOOD TIES (DC AND DARK HORSE COMICS)--A father Predator takes his son on his first hunt, after another father and son team of Batman and Robin. Technically, even in DC canon, this Batman and Robin are not actually father and son, but I could see how the Predator could see them as such. In DC canon, this is indeed Bruce Wayne as Batman, and the third Robin, Tim Drake, who is actually a teen who lives next door to Wayne. For Television Crossover Universe purposes, though, this is Bruce Wayne Junior as Batman, but still Tim Drake as Robin. (Though not the same Tim Drake from the 1940s.)
September 1997--SAVAGE DRAGON # 41--”The Wedding”--First, I know very little about Savage Dragon, but it's clear he exists in the TVCU or at the very least, the divergent timeline of the Comic Book Crossover Universe. So here is what the TVCU Crew had to say about this issue in the Facebook Crossovers Forum:
- Ivan Ronald Schabloski Erik did get quite a few cameos in there, both legit and otherwise.
- Matt Hickman My favorite is that BARBARIC some how got wedding invitations to the land of OZ
- Ivan Ronald Schabloski I can believe Jack Pumpkinhead was invited easier than I can believe the SINISTER SIX!
- Ivan Ronald Schabloski Which reminds me; who's the redhead next to Popeye?
- Matt Hickman this is the end of the issue what happens is Barbaric gets Ricochet knocked up. But since they just formed The Special Operations Strikeforce to replace Youngblood who's missing and presumed following the events of Mars Attacks Image their handlers demand a quickie wedding. Barbaric wants a big hero wedding just like [quote] "Reed and Sue". Ricochet reminds him that almost destroyed New York. He goes ahead anyhow and invites a bunch of heroes he's never even met. So then a group of the dumber villains attack the wedding. There's a big battle. Ricochet yells at everyone for ruining her wedding so they stop fighting and that’s why all the heroes and villains are sitting together. They don't want to face Ricochet's wrath. Oh, and that's Nova Kane, the girlfriend of E-Man..
- Ivan Ronald Schabloski Thanks. I recognized E-Man, but not Nova Kane.
- Matt Hickman Marge Simpson is also in the Crowd. I like to think Bart was invited because he's the hero known as Bartman and brought his family along. I also like to think this means Homer punched out Doc Ock.
- Ivan Ronald Schabloski Punching out Doc Ock may be a bit much for Homer, but okay. Personally, I imagine that, since the Hulk is standing very close to the other Sinister Six, ol' Mean Green is probably responsible for Octavius missing the ceremony, given the way Erik Larsen handled them.
- Matt Hickman Ock is with the rest of the Six in his white suit. Here, the ones Erik used from Return of the Sinister Six attacking the Wedding, was probably Ock’s idea, like the time he attacked the Avengers headquarters during the Infinity War with his own Masters of Evil.
And then I found this from the Savage Dragon Wiki: Josh Eichorn: Has pictures of Princess Diana that he’s willing to let go for a damn fair price considering what he went through to get them.
The Special Operations Strikeforce - Level One (First Appearance)
- Dragon (Joins)
- Barbaric (Joins)
- Dart (Joins)
- The Kid Avenger (Joins)
- Rapture (Joins)
- Ricochet (Joins)
- Rock (Joins)
- Smasher (Joins)
- SuperPatriot (Joins)
The Special Operations Strikeforce - Level Two (First Appearance)
- Crusher (Joins)
- GoldBrick (Joins)
- Morose (Joins)
- Radical (Joins)
- The Shrew (Joins)
The Special Operations Strikeforce - Level Three (First Appearance)
- Beast Boy (Joins)
- Feezle (Joins)
- Horridus (Joins)
- Lethal (Joins)
- Widow (Joins)
- Sgt. Marvel (First Appearance)
- Tiger (First Appearance)
Hot Led Ink
- Blue Bucketeer
Sentinels of Liberty
- Scarlet Scorpion
- Lord Emp
Bob Burden Studios
Monkeyman & O'Brien
- Armm (First Appearance)
- Bud Ugly
The Industrial Accidents
UNOFFICIAL GUEST STARS
President Clinton finally gets to meet one of his greatest idols in the form of SuperPatriot as he welcomes him and the rest of the newly formed Special Operations Strikeforce to the White House. It is pointed out to him that it is Dragon that is running the team, not SuperPatriot. Hawkins attempts to introduce Dragon to Clinton but he is not interested, preferring to witness the President getting verbally abused by SuperPatriot over the actions of the government to Third World nations.
Hawkins grows frustrated with Dragon but is cheered up when Barbaric expressed a huge interest in being marketed as a celebrity. Barbaric is enthusiastic about being a brand name just like the members of Youngblood were, despite Dragon’s adamant stance against such actions. He also notes that the extra money would really help when Ricochet and he have their unborn child. Hawkins is horrified by the prospect of trying to market two youngsters with a child born out of wedlock and advises him to get married before Ricochet’s bump starts to show.
At the S.O.S. compound, an angry Rapture confronts Dragon over the inclusion of Jennifer Murphy within the team. She accuses her ex-boyfriend of recruiting her solely to upset her but this theory is rejected outright. Dragon points out that they are no longer together and he can do anything he desires but also Rapture and Smasher will not even be working together anytime soon as they are on completely different teams at the moment.
Barbaric makes a desperate proposal of marriage to Ricochet and is relieved when she accepts. He then gives Hawkins a signal that their plan is in motion and they can now start preparing a toy deal. Barbaric goes to see Dragon and interrupts a training session between him and Smasher. He asks that Dragon be his best man and states that SuperPatriot is going to be giving Ricochet away at the altar.
As he is getting his haircut changed to improve his image, Barbaric is confronted by Ricochet after she discovers the identities of some of the people he has invited to their wedding. A huge number of heroes have been invited as Barbaric wants to recreate other famous weddings between superheroes. It is pointed out that those events always ended in disaster and he agrees to rein it in, despite having taken out a full page advert in a newspaper for their ceremony.
The day of the wedding finally arrives and Dragon joins Barbaric in welcoming the wedding guests which consist of all kinds of superheroes. Hellboy is amongst the crowd and he gets to talking with Dragon about government work, offering the chance for Dragon to move over to the B.P.R.D. so that he can avoid the spandex costume situation.
As the ceremony is about to commence, a number of villains carry out an assault but the sheer number of heroes present causes it to be a fairly one-sided affair. Ricochet screams for the violence to end as it is ruining her special day and all of the combatants soon stand down. The priest finally gets to carry out the ceremony and Barbaric and Ricochet are soon married.
Ricochet throws her flowers which are caught by Smasher before Barbaric removers her garter belt. As he and Ricochet tease with one another about their wedding night, the garter is thrown out towards the male guests. It ends up landing atop Dragon’s fin, something that hardly amuses him.
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December 1997--HITMAN # 22--”The Santa Contract”--From John D Lindsey Jr: In DC Comics’ Hitman #22 ("The Santa Contract"), when the janitor at a Gotham City Nuclear Plant falls into a reactor, gains superpowers and becomes a villain, hitman Tommy Monaghan is contracted by the plant owner to put him down. The owner and his lackey are Burns and Smithers from the Simpsons. [Ivan has been adamant that Gotham, though often used as code for New York City, is really meant to be used for any city in which any vigilante is operating as the Batman.--Rob]
1998--BATMAN/ALIENS (DARK HORSE AND DC COMICS)--Batman is on a mission in Central America where he runs into a handful of mercenaries and a bunch of Aliens. For Television Crossover Universe purposes, the Batman of this story is Bruce Wayne Junior. Of course in DC canon, it’s Bruce Wayne, who began operating about 12 years prior. (DC says this story still exists in an alternate timeline.) Technically, the Aliens are called Xenomorphs, but it’s been a long standing tradition for me to simply refer to them as Aliens (capitalized).
11.98--DC One Million #1--DC ONE MILLION--The Justice Legion A: Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, Aquaman, Starman, Hourman and Flash John Fox travel back in time to invite the JLA to the 853rd Century, where the original Superman is to return from seclusion. When the JLA are sent to the future, the "Hourman virus" begins infecting the planet. It was planted in Hourman by Solaris, the evil living sun, as a means of prompting his own creation. Montevideo, Uruguay is destroyed by Vandal Savage's rogue Rocket Red unit. NOTE: Flash John Fox first appeared in the Flash 50th Anniversary Special (1990). This Wonder Woman resembles Power Princess of the Squadron Supreme.
January - February 1999--BATMAN/HELLBOY/STARMAN (DC AND DARK HORSE COMICS)--Crosses: Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos. Batman, Hellboy, and Starman must team up against a Neo-Nazi cult trying to raise a Lovecraftian Elder God. Anything that crosses with Lovecraft gets solidly placed in the Television Crossover Universe. Because of this, the Hellboy comics and movies are in the Television Crossover Universe. This Batman should be Bruce Wayne Junior for Television Crossover Universe purposes. He’s a bit more grim and gritty than his father in the role. (Ironically, BJ was also the 1960s Robin, who was pretty lighthearted and full of bad puns. But an incident with the Joker as told in John Byrne’s Generations explains his new attitude.) This also brings in the modern age Jack Knight Starman series. Interestingly, that Starman series by James Robinson kept the same writer throughout and had a beginning and an ending. And though it took place in the DC Universe, which operated under the comic book time where the entire 75 plus years of DC Comics stories happened in the past 5 - 12 years only, the internal Starman timeline had time moving at the same pace as the real world. Jack’s annual visits with his deceased brother happened annually. The Starman series tied into the entire Starman legacy, as well as Phantom Lady, the Shade, the Black Pirate, and the golden age Justice Society of America. I have no problem with bringing in the JSA and these other characters, keeping in mind that that doesn’t mean that every single appearance is canon in the Television Crossover Universe. Basically, the rule for DC and Marvel super-heroes is that if they get included due to a crossover with a television or film series, then only their first appearance and/or origin story gets in as canon, and then whatever stories show up in the Television Crossover Universe (within the book posts and/or the chronologies of this book). The DC and Marvel Universes have very complex mythos regarding their superheroes that don’t work in the Television Crossover Universe. However, they can exist if they had very limited adventures, only operating occasionally, and mostly in secret and out of the public eye. On the other hand, with super-heroes who are created for television or film, such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Heroes, the Six-Million Dollar Man, or Automan, I have no problem including all of their stories that didn’t involve crossovers with other characters, and crossovers with other television and film characters. While Starman is not a television or film character, I feel because of the nature of how his story is told, this story can bring in the entire Jack Knight storyline as told by James Robinson, but not all DC Starman stories.
1999--SPIDER-MAN: THE GATHERING OF THE SINISTER SIX (NOVEL)--Crosses: Scooby-Doo! (revival film series); Invaders; Captain America; Human Torch (golden age); Sub-Mariner; Casablanca; Hulk; Jackie Chan Adventures; Terry and the Pirates; Silence of the Lambs/Hannibal; Fargo; Trading Places/Coming to America; The Great Race; North by Northwest; Indiana Jones; Marathon Man; Smilin’ Jack; Iron Man; Sherlock Holmes; Die Hard; Fu Manchu; James Bond; Superman (modern age); Law & Order; Ellery Queen; Batman (Burton/Schumacher film series): Usual Suspects; Carmen Sandiego; Unbreakable; Maltese Falcon; NYPD Blue. A new Sinister Six is formed. Because of the appearance of the Mystery, Inc team, and not as 40-somethings, this must be the team from the newer animated films that started with Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island. This film series continues with all the previous animated series as canon. In Zombie Island, the gang are all adults, post college. Velma has a Master’s degree. The team had split up and in Zombie Island are reunited. So the “kids” here are now in the mid-20s, in a time period that is contemporary with release dates based on pop culture and technology. In the Television Crossover Universe, the “kids” should be in their 40s. Furthermore, based on evidence from Looney Tunes: Back in Action, it’s likely the revival films are fictional in the Television Crossover Universe, being fictional films about Mystery, Inc. However, Mystery Incorporated (in a divergent timeline) has an appearance of the Hex Girls, a fictional band that originated in revival series film Scooby-Doo and the Witch’s Ghost. Based on the crossover rules I am using, that would place the revival film series if not in the Television Crossover Universe main timeline, at least in a divergent timeline. And indeed, it must be placed in a divergent timeline. Thus,Spider-Man: Gathering of the Sinister Six should be placed in that divergent timeline.
February 2000--ANGEL--"Smile Time"--In the Angel episode "Smile Time", one of the lab workers at Wolfram and Hart suspects the Joker is behind the large amount of children dying with big smiles on their faces. And considering the Joker of the TVCU is immortal, they might know something about how that is possible, since nobody else does. Coincidentally, Angel has often been compared to Batman.
Spring 2000--THE EXECUTIONER # 264 “IRON FIST” (NOVEL BY GERALD MONTGOMERY)--Crosses: Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos; King Kong; Frankenstein (novel); Batman; Doc Savage; Crocodile Dundee; Blue Thunder; Terminator. A group of K’tulu worshipping Nazis create a super soldier. K’tulu surely is Cthulhu and the link to Lovecraft brings the Executioner into the Television Crossover Universe. The super-soldier is compared to King Kong, the Frankenstein Monster, the Riddler, Doc Savage, Crocodile Dundee, and the T1000 Terminator. Those could be pop culture references, comparing him to fictional characters. However, since the Lovecraft element places this in the Television Crossover Universe already, and some of those compared to are also already in the Television Crossover Universe, then we should just assume these are all references to real people. Thus, the reference to Crocodile Dundee brings his film series into the Television Crossover Universe. Likewise, a reference to the Blue Thunder helicopter in this book also brings in that film and television series. Terminator is also brought in, but a few things should be noted. First, the ever changing Terminator future timelines should present solid evidence that the future is not set, so many different future stories can all be part of the future of the Television Crossover Universe.
December 20, 2000--JLA VERSUS PREDATOR (DC AND DARK HORSE COMICS)--Crosses: Superman (Modern Age/Post-Crisis); Batman (Modern Age/Post Crisis); Green Lantern; Martian Manhunter; Plastic Man; The Flash; The Atom; Aquaman; Wonder Woman (Modern Age/Post Crisis); Legion of Super-Heroes. The Justice League find themselves challenged by Predators who are altered to have the same powers and abilities (and equipment) as the Earth heroes. This story is a follow up to the previous encounters between Superman and Batman and the Predators. The Justice League here is not the same team from the “silver age“ of heroes. That team disbanded in the 1980s, and this team was recently formed. The incarnation in this story consists of Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter, Plastic Man, the Flash, the Atom, Aquaman, and Wonder Woman. As explained in previous entries, this is the third Superman and Batman. The Green Lantern here is Kyle Rayner, who has also fought the Alien xenomorphs. The Martian Manhunter and Plastic Man of this story could be the same versions from the silver and golden age stories, as they don’t age like normal humans do. The Flash here is Wally West, who should still be old at this point. Perhaps the Speed Force kept him preserved. The Atom here is Ray Palmer, who also should be too old, unless his metagene also kept him preserved. And the Aquaman and Wonder Woman here could be long lived unaging heroes, or generational. The alien Dominators also appear in this story, who originated as villains in the Legion of Super-Heroes.
Justice League Unlimited (2001 - Present)
- The League is restructured to consist of core members Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter, and Hawkgirl.
- Additionally, virtually every known costumed hero is recruited as a member, in the same tradition as the All-Star Squadron. As with the All-Stars, not all heroes participate in each mission. Instead, missions are conducted by specifically assigned task forces.
- This roster is based on the Justice League and Justice League Unlimited animated series as well as the team seen in Young Justice and The Batman.
2001--ELECTRA WOMAN & DYNAGIRL--From Matt Hickman: So apparently in 2001 they made a pilot for a series where Electra Woman is a washed up super heroine. Why is this important? Well, Aquaman appears and Flash, Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman are all mentioned as real people.
17 Nov. 2001--Justice League--Secret Origins--Batman and Superman team up to deal with an alien invasion, and a telepathic message leads the duo to a military base housing future ally J'onn J'onzz.
2003-BATMAN/ALIENS 2 (DC AND DARK HORSE COMICS)--In 1927, a scientist finds Alien DNA in Alaska and brings it to Gotham City, where it is forgotten, until recently, where it is found by a construction crew. Now, an Army Scientist wishes to splice the Alien DNA with that of Arkham Asylum inmates. As usual, this is Bruce Wayne Junior wearing the cape and cowl for Television Crossover Universe purposes. The Aliens are technically called Xenomorphs, but I call them Aliens (always capitalized).
2003--BATMAN: DEAD END--Batman and the Joker face an Alien and three Predators.
November 2003--FAMILY GUY--"When You Wish Upon a Weinstein"--When the nuns are leaving the church and boarding the bus, the Batman villain Penguin is outside jumping for joy going “Excellent, excellent!” and delivers his signature laugh. The gag is a reference to the slang term “penguins” which is often used to describe nuns due to their traditional black and white uniforms, and the fact that the Penguin used trained penguins in his crimes. Furthermore, in the old Batman series, Penguin’s henchmen wore black and white costumes, the same colors as the nuns’ habits. A short cutscene, which parodies the rumored dangers of laser eye surgery, Star Wars character Luke Skywalker, who wields a lightsaber to execute the surgery on the encouragement of Obi-Wan Kenobi. Optimus Prime, leader of the Autobots in Transformers shows up to the Quahog synagogue for the Sabbath service. Also appearing is Lenny Kravitz who being half-Jewish, is shown with only half of his body present.
December 2003 – February 2005--From John D Lindsey Jr : Not in the TVCU, but Mark Millar's WANTED claims West really WAS Batman, at least until the villains took over, mind-wiped him, and made him think his adventures were just a hokey TV show. Oh, and Christopher Reeves was really Superman. (From me: Matt Hickman keeps trying to convince me that Wanted is in the TVCU, but not if West and Reeves were Batman and Superman. Although, on Family Guy, West sometimes makes comments that imply that he might think he really was Batman. And Reeves has Superman's powers on both an SNL sketch and on the Muppet Show. Perhaps Reeves was one of the Kandorians from the Superman Lookalike Squad. Obviously later affected by gold kryptonite.)
May 2005--FAMILY GUY--"Blind Ambition"--Stewie catches the Keebler Elves plotting against Snap, Crackle, and Pop; later on it is implied that Snap was killed during the ambush by the Keebler Elves. The entire final scene in which Peter receives his award is a reenactment of the ending of the original 1977 Star Wars film (A New Hope), complete with John Williams’ music, Chewbacca, C-3PO, and R2-D2. (The episode first aired the Sunday before the release of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith). In the same fashion, the credits were done to the Star Wars theme and style. At the bowling alley, Peter sees Judd Hirsch working on a missile below the lanes. Later in the show, the Keebler Elves plot against Snap, Crackle and Pop, “assuming Judd Hirsch delivers with the goods.” Judd Hirsch voiced himself in this episode. Peter spent a week with Superman, Aquaman, Wonder Woman and Batman in the Fortress of Solitude from the Superman movies. Peter interrupts their meeting, in which the heroes are discussing how to foil Lex Luthor, and asks Superman to use his powers to pick up Mr. Pibb and Cheez-Its, because it is a 800 mile drive for him (Peter), but five seconds for him (Superman), referencing the speed the super hero possesses.
2005--MAY - Ivan researches the Gibeon Meteorite which struck the Earth in the central desert of Namibia, Africa in prehistoric time. He discovers it was one of the extraterrestrial carriers of the Mbwun virus linked to the origin of Lycanthropy, and forms the basic premise of his Universal Monster Theory. Among those interviewed for the thesis is Victor "Bongo" Walters, whose best friend was a teenage werewolf in the 1950s. One of his leads allows him to track down a jewel thief called the Catwoman, but after discovering she is not a shapeshifter he does not report her. Later, Ivan releases a preliminary report on his findings to Professor Lancelot Pertwillaby to secure further resources. Mbwun is from the novel Relic (as well as its sequel Reliquary). The Gibeon Meteorite is real. Vic Walters was one of the few friends of Tony Rivers to survive his lycanthropic rages at Rockdale High in the 1957 film I WAS A TEENAGE WEREWOLF. The Universal Monster Theory was first proposed as part of LYCANTHROPEDIA: Zoo’s Who in the Wold Newton Universe, Part 1 – The Talbots, which is attributed to I R Schabloski and can be found online. Catwoman first appeared in BATMAN #1 (1940) but this is clearly not the original character. Lancelot Pertwillaby was the star of the comic strip THE PERTWILLABY PAPERS (first app in 1971).
2005 - 2006--ARMY OF DARKNESS # 1 - 4 “ARMY OF DARKNESS VS. RE-ANIMATOR” (DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT)--Series: Evil Dead. Crosses: Re-Animator (Dynamite Entertainment); Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos; Marvel Zombies; Batman; Alice in Wonderland. Ash is locked up in Arkham Asylum, a mental hospital associated with Miskatonic University in Arkham, Massachusetts. His doctor is Herbert West! These events follow the comic book series Army of Darkness: Shop Till You Drop. This crossover brings a version of Re-Animator that is different than the film version of Re-Animator and the Lovecraft story it was based upon. Horror expert Kevin Heim informs “This comic book version of Dr. Herbert West has a wildly different origin story than the one in the film series, revealed in RE-ANIMATOR #0 (2006). He is also much younger than the movie version, as opposed to the Herbert West that turns up in HACK SLASH, who IS the movie version.” The West from the Lovecraft tale, the West from the 80s films and the comic book version are not the same guy, but they could be related, perhaps even a direct family lineage. Other Lovecraftian elements in this tale include Miskatonic University in Arkham, Massachusetts and the invocation of Yog Sothoth. Note the uncanny coincidence in there being an Arkham Asylum, as that is a key setting in Batman’s Gotham City as well. Batman’s Arkham Asylum is also a home for the criminally insane, founded by the Arkham family, who seemed to be cursed with madness as well. It could be that the same family were the founders of Arkham, Massachusetts. The end of the tale leads into Marvel Zombies with a brief stopover in an alternate Wonderland infested with deadites.
2005--JLA CLASSIFIED # 1--In the Whoniverse, Batman has a Dalek. The Batman here is Bruce Wayne Junior. Recently I decided to move the Batman and Superman vs. Aliens and Predators stories over here, and conflate them with the Christopher Reeves and Michael Keaton films. Likely the Dalek is from the Time War. Note there is also the head of the Iron Giant, placing that animated film in the Whoniverse.
January 2006--DRAWN TOGETHER--"Super Nanny"--BATMAN, SPIDER-MAN, GREEN LANTERN, and ETHAN HAWKMAN are seen.
June 2006--Infinite Crisis #7 --Heroes grieve for Superboy. Metropolis explodes into metahuman war. Bane kills Judomaster. Prometheus kills Deadline. Black Adam beheads Amazo. Superboy-Prime kills Grundy, Mongrel, Geist, Razorsharp, Ballistic, Nightblade, Baron Blitzkrieg, Charaxes and Major Disaster. The Supermen burst in to save the day, taking on Doomsday. Dr. Light has regained her powers. Superman (Kal-L of Krypton II) confronts Alex Luthor finally, but is overcome by Superboy. Bart Allen returns, having grown several years and wearing his grandfather's uniform. He claims that he was the only Flash to be able to return to help against Superboy. Superboy heads for Oa, hoping its destruction will restart the universe. En route, he blasts Zauriel and Breach (who turns into Captain Atom). Looker and Technocrat may have been caught in this blast. Alex Luthor blasts Nightwing. The Lanterns merely slow Superboy, who kills Galius Zed and a Lantern that looks like Tellus. Batman confronts Alex, picking up a gun, and fires, but the gun is empty. Wonder Woman enters with a sword and throws it down. In a way, they're even now. A building collapses and buries Alex. The Supermen take Superboy into a kryptonite field, which doesn't affect him as much, they continue to head straight through Krypton's sun, and crash land on Mogo. All of them find their powers diminished. Superman (Kal-L of Krypton II) dies from the battle after saying goodbye to Power Girl, Superman III (Clark Kent Junior) is left powerless among kryptonite and Superboy is taken captive by the Lantern Corps. Many of the heroes who were in space disappear. A boy on a beach finds a lantern (that of the Tangent universe Green Lantern). Bart hands over the Flash mantle to Jay again, saying that Wally and Linda disappeared with their twins. the Speed Force is destroyed and Bart's power is gone. Jay retains his metahuman speed. Alex Luthor is found by Lex and the Joker, who is still bitter about being ignored. Joker kills him. Diana, Clark and Bruce meet in Gotham. Clark is powerless, Diana sets out to find herself, and Bruce plans to take Rick and Tim on a trip of rediscovery. Final page foreshadows things to come. On Oa, Superboy plots a way out of his green prison. 32 Lanterns died. 50 now guard him. NOTE:When this story was collected in trade paperback, the clicking sound of Batman firing the gun was removed.
2006--NOV-DEC--THE REVENGE OF THE CURSE OF THE MUMMY'S TOMB - Before returning to the United States, the USS Lagos Isle journeys to the Middle East, where Ivan follows up on the notes of explorer Ibn Battuta, hoping to learn more about the origins of lycanthropy. A guide named Khan, who was once a practicing apothecary, leads him to the nation of Kadir, where he and his allies encounter Medjai and find the tomb of Princess Ankh-es-en-amon, accidentally awakening the undead mummies of Imhotep and his acolytes in the process. One of the mummies follows Ivan's team back to the USS Lagos Isle, where it attacks the crew. Imhotep is eventually lain to rest alongside the remains of Princess Ankh-es-en-amon at the Kadir National Museum, seemingly ending his curse, though it is suggested that the exhibit items may be sold off individually to different museums worldwide. The USS Lagos Isle is named for the fictional island in GODZILLA VS KING GHIDORAH (1994) that served as the location of a battle between Japanese forces, US forces, and godzillasaurus dinosaurs during World War Two. Khan appeared on the second regular episode of MACGYVER (1985) and is hinted to be the Royal Apothecary character from BATMAN season 2 (1966); both characters are played by Sid Haig. Kadir is a fictional country from the movie THE JEWEL OF THE NILE (1985). The Medjai were a military order in ancient Egypt, though they are fictionally used as a secret society in the modern era Middle East, as seen in THE MUMMY (1999) reboot franchise. The mummy Imhotep and Princess Ankh-es-en-amon are from the film THE MUMMY (1955), but their remains are not in the same location as where Imhotep was destroyed; evidently they were relocated to a previously undiscovered tomb by Imhotep himself after he was reconstituted.
2007--SUPERMAN AND BATMAN VERSUS ALIENS AND PREDATOR (DARK HORSE AND DC COMICS)--When a mountain climbing crew disappears in the Andes, the World’s Finest team investigates and finds Predators whose ship has been stuck there since the Ice Age. If these are the “Super-Sons”, Clark Kent Jr. and Bruce Wayne Jr., they must be in their 50s at this point. But the story implies that the previous encounters Superman and Batman had individually with the Aliens and Predators were all of the same version of Superman and Batman. Perhaps this story takes place several years prior to the release date, or else the Super-Sons aged well.
January 2008--STARGATE: ATLANTIS--"Quarantine"--When asked if it is wise to climb the outside of a tower, Sheppard says "Batman did it all the time" referencing Batman's favourite method of getting into a building by effortlessly scaling walls using a rope.
October 2008--BIG BANG THEORY--"The Griffin Equivalency"--When Sheldon grins like the Joker, Leonard says, they're not here to kill Batman.
April 2010--THE DRAWN TOGETHER MOVIE: THE MOVIE!--Molly, a dead corpse that Captain Hero is dating, is shown to have been sexually involved with Aquaman, Plastic Man, Green Lantern, Doctor Manhattan (!!!), the Wonder Twins, Gleek, He-Man, Orko, Battle Cat, Batman, and Robin. So it seems that the heroes from Watchmen are in the Looniverse, but obviously the events of Watchmen didn't happen.
Summer 2010--THE GREEN HORNET--Another of the Reids takes on the mantle of Green Hornet with the aid of another Kato. (There could be arguments that this film should be an alternate universe, but then was not the 1960s television series meant to be a remake, not a continuation? But yet a little bit of creativity turned the Green Hornet into a generational hero to explain it away. And that same generational reasoning is why I include this new film into continuity. Note that in this film, Kato, who likes to draw, has a picture of Bruce Lee in his sketch book. Bruce Lee played Kato in the 1960s TV show. This isn't a "zonk" as I already explained. In the 1960s, Batman and Robin would watch THE GREEN HORNET on TV, even though they had also worked with them. The show was just a fictionalized version of the duo. Additionally, this Britt Reid (though perhaps not his real name) also has a poster of the Lone Ranger on his wall, just as the first Britt Reid did. The Lone Ranger was the uncle of the first Green Hornet, and thus a relative of this one as well.
October 2010--FAMILY GUY--"Halloween on Spooner Street"--Mayor Adam West passes out candy to a kid dressed as Batman. The real Adam West starred in the title role of the classic campy 1960's TV show of the same name. A monster resembling Godzilla is shown getting blown up by Stewie's rocket after it misfires.
2011--SEP - OCCUPY ARKHAM - Ivan works with Dr. Herbert West at Arkham Sanitarium to research connections between West's reagent and the Mbwun virus, and runs afoul of the Hoaxter, Jackstraw, Moxie Doll & Doxie Moll, the Withering, and the Outsider during a patient mutiny. As Moxie was once a psychiatrist herself, she assists in subverting the revolution, but demands better conditions for herself and the other patients. Ivan is offered a position as a part-time consultant and lab tech. Mbwun is from RELIC (1995) by Lincoln & Child. Hoaxter, Jackstraw, Moxie Doll & Doxie Moll, and Withering are modern TVCU counterparts to Batman villains Joker, Scarecrow, Harley Quinn (two versions), and Two-Face; Hoaxter was first named in REANIMATOR VS THE ARMY OF DARKNESS #1. The Outsider is from the HPL short story The Outsider, written by H P Lovecraft in 1921), although whether this Outsider is the same being, a reanimated creation of Dr. West, or an otherwise original undead character is yet unknown. Arkham Sanitarium is from Lovecraft's THE THING ON THE DOORSTEP (1933), but is also the hospital where many of Batman's foes are taken, as Arkham Asylum, used in DC Comics first in Batman #258 (1974). Moxie Doll is not connected to the BORDERLAND character Moxxie or the MoxieGirl line of Dolls. Dr Herbert West is the fourth in a long line of Arkham doctors with that name, placing him in continuity with Lovecraft's Herbert West–Reanimator (1922), RE-ANIMATOR (the 1985 film), and "The Chronicles of Dr. Herbert West" comic book published by Zenescope in 2008 (which may be the same West that Ivan met).
November 2011 (episode dated 2011)--COMMUNITY SEASON 3 EP 9--"Foosball and Nocturnal Vigilantism"--So the year that Bruce Wayne Junior/Batman left Gotham, was the year Abed Nadir began operating as Batman in Greendale, CO.
March 2012--FAMILY GUY--"Killer Queen"--The fight between Peter and the Riddler is similar to the campy style of the '60s TV series of Batman. One of the fat kids from fat camp is Barry Robinson from American Dad! In the novelization series of Friday the 13th, Jason Voorhees actually does have a son named Free Jefferson, born from artificial insemination.
Spring 2012--LAW AND ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT--"Batman can't catch me"--From a note left by a serial rapist, 'Law & Order: SVU'. Note also that Batman was referenced by Detective Bobby Goren as a real New York vigilante in an episode of Criminal Intent. Also once the Special Victims Unit once considered Spider-Man as a suspect in a case.
c. April 13, 2012--CABIN IN THE WOODS (FILM)--Crosses: Alien; Half-Life; Evil Dead; Poltergeist; Frankenstein (Universal); Child’s Play; Creature from the Black Lagoon; Corpse Bride; Killer Klowns from Outer Space; Stephen King Universe; Killjoy; Devil’s Rejects; Clownhouse; Drive Thru; Funhouse; Amusement; Circus of Fear; Clown Camp; Demonic Toys; Demons; Night of the Demons; Supernatural; Charmed; Gremlins; Ghoulies; Creeps; Troll; Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde; Frankenstein (novel); Dr. Giggles; The Human Centipede; House on Haunted Hill; The Dead Pit; Buffy the Vampire Slayer; The Strangers; Underworld; Attack of the 50 Foot Woman; Troll Hunter; Anaconda; Python; Mega Snake; Snakes on a Plane; Resident Evil; Hellraiser; Cannibal Holocaust; Creepshow; Legend of Sleepy Hollow; Attack of the Jack-O-Lanterns; Pumpkinhead; Frankenfish; The Mummy! Or a Tale of the Twenty-Second Century; The Mummy (Universal); The Hills Have Eyes; Wrong Turn; Chernobyl Diaries; 28 Days Later; Signal; the Works of Quentin Tarantino; Left 4 Dead; Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos; Re-Animator (film); Siren; The Exorcist; The Exorcism of Emily Rose; Reptillicus; Jurassic Park; Abomidible Bigfoot; The Legend of Boggy Creek; Ape Canyon; Curse of Bigfoot; Night of the Bloody Apes; Wendigo; Night Beasts; Night of the Scarecrow; Scarecrows; Husk; Scarecrow Gone Wild; The Scarecrows Walk at Midnight; The Town that Dreaded Sundown; The Craft; Witches of Eastwick; Hocus Pocus; Jack Frost; Hellboy (film); Rumplestilskin; Lephrechaun; Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters; Gingerbread Man; The Vampyre; Dracula (novel); Nosferatu; The Wolf Man; An American Werewolf in London; The Howling; Wolf; Texas Chainsaw Massacre; Friday the 13th; Night of the Living Dead; Return of the Living Dead; F.E.A.R.; The Blob; Feast; Horrors of the Wendigo; Frostbiter; Ghost; Bram Stoker’s Dracula (film); The Cyclops; Cyclops Giant; Nightbreed; Leeches!; Attack of the Giant Leeches; Rows of Teeth; The Birds; Killing Birds; Birdemic: Shock and Terror; Silent Hill; Attack of the Killer Lane Gnomes; Alligator; Lake Placid; Them!; Legion of Fire: Killer Ants!; Ants; Empire of the Ants; King Kong; Centipede Horror; The Giant Claw; The Ring; Attack of the Giant Gila Monster; The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms; Tarantula; Eight Legged Freaks; Jaws; Frogs; Lord of Darkness; House of the Dead; The Grudge; Chopping Mall; BlinkyTM; The Kraken; Kraken: Tentacles of the Deep; Octopus; The Beast; Deep Rising; It Came From Beneath the Sea; Tentacles; Eye of the Beast; Mega Shark; Giant Octopus; Castle Freak; Tokyo Gore Police; Septic; Mutants; Ogre; Blood Pool; Legend of the Ogre; Killing Floor; Little Shop of Horrors; The Breed; Hatchet; Phantasm; See No Evil; Thinner; Monster House; Attila; Dead Snow; Frankenstein’s Army; Manhunt; The Monster in the Closet; Killer Eyes; Demomata; CSP-682; Parasite Eve 2; Dead Space; Night of the Lepus; Creature from the Haunted Sea; Tremors; Hostel; The Collection; The Butcher; Dead Rising; My Bloody Valentine; The Exterminator; Willard; War of the Worlds; Signs; Lollipop Chainsaw; Ghost Ship; Curse of the Pirates; Jolly Roger; Lead Soldiers; Vampire Vikings; The Witch; Blair Witch Project; The Village; The Thing; Vampire Breath; Goosebumps; Angel; King Cobra; Harry Potter; Wizard of Oz; Great Expectations; Batman; Labyrinth; Land of the Giants; The Wrath of Paul Bunyan; Dreamscape; Last of the Mohicans; Blood Meridian; Scalps; Savage Sam; Sin City; Kevin Spencer; We Need to Talk About Kevin; Jacob’s Ladder; Doctor Who; Black Swan; Pan’s Labyrinth; Nutcracker; Blade Hunter; The Chronicles of Narnia; Time Bandits; The Princess and the Frog; Pirates of the Caribbean; Futurama; The Incredible Shrinking Man; Pee-Wee’s Playhouse; Red Planet; Terminator; Zathura; Hardware; Robot Wars; Bacterial Contamination; Firefly; Clash of the Titans; Team Fortress; Man from Planet X; Starship Troopers; Silence of the Lambs/Hannibal; Twisted Metal. A group of teens head out for a weekend in a cabin in the woods, not knowing that they have been chosen as sacrifices to an ancient deity in order to save the world from his wrath. This film exposes the secret truth behind modern horror. Behind it all is a secret organization, chosen to sacrifice youth to ancient gods. All of the above named crossovers have been linked in this film, and revealed to be part of this secret conspiracy. Most of the crossovers above come from the monsters and artifacts contained in the facility. While some of the monsters and artifacts are clearly from certain films above, many are based on certain types of horror films, in which case I included the more well-known of these film types. I recommend the well-researched Cabin in the Woods Wiki for a more detailed listing of the monsters and their inspirations. Note that I included in the above crossovers some monsters that only appeared in the official novelization and the official Universal Theme Park attraction tie-in. With this film, I break one of my major rules of crossover connecting. Though some of the crosses are direct crosses, like Evil Dead and Left 4 Dead, most of them are only connected because the films represent the more well-known films of the trope from which a certain monster comes. Normally, I would not count something that is “like something from”, but there is dialogue within the film that makes me break my rule. In one scene, referring to the monsters, security officer Daniel Truman says “They’re like something from a nightmare.” Lin, a head scientist, responds, “No, they’re something nightmares are from.” She goes on to explain that these monsters are the creations of the Ancient Ones, having been around since the beginning, and different cultures have told stories that interpret them in different ways. Thus, in the instance of this film, “like” is enough because of the author’s intent. And thus my love/hate relationship with Joss Whedon, for expanding the Television Crossover Universe dramatically but making me do a lot of work to write this entry. Note that this film ends with the start of an apocalypse, so the end must veer into a divergent timeline. We must presume in the main Television Crossover Universe, the virgin shot the fool. And if you haven’t seen the movie, that last sentence probably seems very bizarre. This film has been referenced as fictional in South Park, The Cinema Snob, Scary Movie 5, and Doc of the Dead. It is also paid homage to in Red Dawn when Chris Hemsworth and his friends once more wind up in a cabin in the woods. The film has also been spoofed in Robot Chicken and Scary Movie 5.
2012--THE FINDER--"Every time Batman goes looking for justice, he kills hundreds of people."--Walter Sherman, 'The Finder'.
Summer 2012--Rob once again encounters the second Batman, who has been thrown forward in time with his partner Robin from a point in the 1970s. Rob of course had forgotten his prior meeting with Batman, and for Batman, this is his first meeting with Rob, but his next meeting with Rob will be when Rob is a young Super-Bob, so he will not recognize that it is the same person. There was also another encounter during this time anomaly.
2013--JAN - Ivan is tasked by his employers at Cyberdyne to assist with the recalibration and repair of Miskatonic University's teleportation pods. Ivan is accidentally transported to a three-dimensionally pixelated reality with bizarre physical laws, and he meets that reality's versions of Batman and Robin. He returns to the real world and the system is taken offline pending further safety studies. Cyberdyne Systems is from 1984's THE TERMINATOR. Miskatonic University is from Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos fiction. The pixelated world is the Lego Universe; Lego interlocking blocks have existed since 1947 but the concept of the Lego Universe came about with the 1997 video game Lego Island. Lego Batman first appeared in licensed Lego sets in 2006.
2013--MAR 16-17 - THE MARCHING MADNESS - Ivan & Janos Schabloski visit Wynott's Wands in Salem, MA (an official sponsor of the Salem Quidditch Team). What they initially dismiss as a house elf turns out to be a leprechaun named Fitheal who heads into Boston to make mischief, bring real pirates to the city (it is unknown if these people were pulled through time, if they were contemporaries transformed, or were created completely by fae magick). Ivan & Janos work with a cadre of 45 Ghostbusters from a variety of franchises nationwide, and get assistance from B. A. Baracus and the local Batman, to defeat the leprechaun before it can to any permanent damage spreading chaos at the St. Patrick's Day Parade. The Salem Quidditch Team and Butterbeer make Wynott's Wands part of the Harry Potter franchise started with HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHER'S STONE (1997). This leprechaun bears no resemblance physically to Lubdan, the main character of the LEPRECHAUN series of films, but appears to be motivated by a similar sense of malevolence. The 'Local' Batman (aka Matches Malone) represents a version of the Batman Family based in Boston, and is a successor of the Batman seen in the Elseworld mini-series BATMAN: THE DOOM THAT CAME TO GOTHAM (2000). The many Ghostbusters that participated are connected to the 1984 movie GHOSTBUSTERS. The pirates were members of the New England Brethren of Pirates. B. A. Baracus is from the television show THE A-TEAM (1983-1987).
2013--Late OCT - Ivan assists the Salem Mass Ghostbusters on a ghost hunt through downtown Salem. They encounter Salem's Batman and together they discover a dancing demon loose in the city. Ivan and the Batman get trapped in its spell, but the rookies and the Salem Ghostbusters are able to drive it away before any casualties result. Salem's Batman is yet another copycat vigilante assuming the mantle of DC's BATMAN. Salem Mass Ghostbusters are professional ghost hunters formerly known as Everything Paranormal. The dancing demon is from Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode "Once More With Feeling" (2001). Footage showing Ivan Schabloski and Salem's Batman dancing was recorded in the 2013 3D documentary film THE HISTORY OF HALLOWEEN.
2013--Late NOV - THE SUPER-MEGA-FRAKULATOR (EXPIALIDOCIOUS) - Ivan's project at Cyberdyne, a functional satellite back-up for SkyNet redundancy, is completed, and upon launch, Cyberdyne employee Ivan Schabloski is also deemed redundant, and is downsized. That same week, Ivan Schabloski joins Dr. Winston Zeddemore in hunting down a 9-foot tall bat creature in Arkham MA. The creature is captured and determined to be a mutated human. Geneticist Dr. Absonus Strange of Arkham Sanitarium assumes responsibility for the creature, who is actually one of the doctor's escaped experiments. Strange has been using a Tillinghast Resonator (modified with Casanova Frankenstein's Psycho-Frakulator designs) to assist in manipulating the DNA of his patients, and when the Ghostbusters investigate, it reacts with their proton packs causing massive distortions, prompting the arrival of the Ghostbusters of New Hampshire and 1970s Ghost Buster Eddie Spenser Sr. to assist with the destruction of the machine (which is revealed to be an upgraded version of the medical experiment used at Hammond Castle). Cyberdyne and SkyNet first appeared in THE TERMINATOR (1984). Doctor Winston Zeddemore is from the film GHOSTBUSTERS (1984), though his status as a doctor was first presented in 2009's Ghostbusters: The Video Game. The man-bat creature is reminiscent of the Man-Bat (first app. in Detective Comics #400, June 1970), though it is not Kirk Langstrom. Dr. Absonus Strange is the grandson of Hugo Strange (first app. in Detective Comics #36, February 1940) and is assumed to be the Doctor [Hugo] Strange seen in the TVCU version of the events of the 2011 video game Batman: Arkham City. Poison Holly is one of the TVCU counterparts of Poison Ivy (first app. in Batman #181, June 1966). The Tillinghast Resonator is from FROM BEYOND (a 1934 story by H. P. Lovecraft), while Casanova Frankenstein and his Psycho-Frakulator are from the 1999 film MYSTERY MEN. Eddie Spenser is from The Ghost Busters tv series (1975) and its spin-offs.
c. August 8, 2014--ADVENTURES OF ANGELFIRE--Angelfire is a real female super-heroine who is trying to convince Hollywood to make a movie about her. She references other heroes who have had movies such as Spider-Man, Superman, Batman, and Iron Man.
2014--NOV 5-7 - HYSTERIA OF THE WORLD, PART ONE: THE BATTLE OF CROWN AND SHIELD HALL [ANTILOGY]- Ivan and the Salem Batman encounter three Fairy Dragon Pirates (or were they dragon pirate faeries?) and after a brief fight (during which Ivan becomes Kavik, and momentarily turns against his bat-garbed companion), the fae reveal that the Salem Witches' Institute was recently attacked by Death-Eaters led by a sorcerer called Dark Mark, who gained access to the school using a spell cast on Samhain the week before. Many of the magical creatures dwelling in the environment around the school, including the local faerie population, was fleeing to the mortal world. Ivan calls in some fellow Ghostbusters to help contain the damage and they encounter several dark wizards seeking to break the glamours separating the school from the real world. Many of the school's staff and students also join the battle, as well as the gypsy witch Velaska Pskowski, Ivan's sorcerous ally Raven Whateley (and her metamorphic companion Craig), and members of the Addams Family, which leads to the a final confrontation in the school's Crown & Shield Hall where the dark witches and wizards (including the Sanderson Witches, recently resurrected) are ultimately defeated (though Raven is left wheelchair-bound as a result). Unfortunately the Veil concealing the school remains undone, and the damage affects similar partitions hiding the paranormal world from the normal world (and vice versa). Salem's Batman is part of the Batman legacy of vigilante heroes; though Batman first appeared in DETECTIVE COMICS #27 (1939) the concept of Batman officially taking the brand world wide first showed up in print in BATMAN INCORPORATED #1 (2010). The Salem Witches' Institute is mentioned in HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE (2000) though very few details of the school are suggested in that work and is here conflated with the Magic School seen in the CHARMED television series and spin-offs, beginning with the season 6 episode "The Legend of Sleepy Halliwell" (2004). Death-Eaters are first named in HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN (1999). The Ghostbusters are based on the company from the 1984 film GHOSTBUSTERS and its multimedia spin-offs. Velaska Pskowski is an original character created by Karen June. Raven Whateley is an original character but is related to Wilbur Whateley from H P Lovecraft's THE DUNWICH HORROR (1929) and is inspired by the Teen Titans character Raven from DC COMICS PRESENTS #26 (1980), as is her companion Craig, who is based on the character Garfield Logan, aka Beast Boy, aka Changeling, from DOOM PATROL #99 (1965). The Addams Family members depicted (Gomez, Morticia, and Wednesday) originated in THE NEW YORKER in 1938, but their appearances here are based on the designs used in the 1964-1966 television series THE ADDAMS FAMILY. Crown & Shield Hall is an establishment in Salem based on the world of Harry Potter and named for the Crowninshield family prominent throughout the Massachusetts North Shore (and Lovecraft's fictional version of it). The Sanderson Sisters (Winifred, Sarah, and Mary) are from the 1993 film HOCUS POCUS, which is set in Salem MA. [The full story of Ivan’s adventures can be found at the Television Crossover Universe website. Ivan is the creation of Kevin Heim, based on mostly his cosplay adventures as well as some of this fiction, some of which has been previously published. Ivan’s tales were originally presented as apocryphal for the TVCU as part of an April Fool’s Day event, but this book makes Ivan’s tales canon for the TVCU.]
- The future isn’t set, but there have been numerous future incarnations depicted, including from Kingdom Come, Batman Beyond, Legion of Super-Heroes, and DC One Million.
2015--OCT 21 - BACK IN THE FUTURE - On the day Marty McFly and Doc Brown are set to arrive from 1985, a series of protocols have been set into place to ensure Marty still travels back to 1955, otherwise Doc will never travel back to 1885. Included among these precautions are steps to be taken by the Ghostbusters, and in particular the Arkham Ghostbusters, as well as the Arkham Asylum staff. With help from Dr. Cairo Prancer, Ivan completes the assignment. Marty McFly and Doc Brown (and their time machines) are from BACK TO THE FUTURE (1985) and its sequels. Arkham Asylum reflects both the BATMAN franchise and the Cthulhu Mythos.
Fall 2055 A.D.: Terry McGinnis is recruited by Superman to join the JLU. He discovers Superman is being controlled by Starro and helps prevent it from taking the planet over. Source: On Batman Beyond's "The Call" and "Part Two", this event happens.
2078 - THE NOWHEN-MEN: Nights of Future Dark--Ivan Schabloski and Donovan Scott (as Neuron & Stick) arrive in Louisville in this time via a time travelling van from the year 1969 and discover the future version of the van, now complete with temporal navigation technology, in the ruins of Louisville KY. The legacies of Batman and the Legion of the Strange are unearthed, as well as the discovery that Neuron & Stick were to trap the Beachcomber within a Lament Configuration upon returning to their present, ultimately leading to Hell being unleashed on Earth and a vicious zombie apocalypse. After riding around the city in a Johnny Cab, the NoWhere-Men journey back to 1993 with both NoWhere-Vans. The futures of Batman and the Legion of the Strange reflect storylines revealed in BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS #1-4 and X-MEN #141-142: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST. The Lament Configuration is from THE HELLBOUND HEART (1986). Johnny Cab is from the 1990 film TOTAL RECALL. This entire future is theoretically erased by Ivan and Donovan through their actions in 1993, although the possibility still exists for the events to unfold in the TVCU, if somewhat differently.
2119--BURNING HEART--The Doctor has in adventure set in the world of JUDGE DREDD. This takes place in the Whoniverse. Dredd will also encounter BATMAN, PREDATOR, and ALIEN.
2268--STAR TREK VERSUS BATMAN--Batman's first encounter with the Enterprise crew. This is Dick Grayson in 1968.
- Green Hornet
- South Park
DC Animated Shared Universe
DC CINEMATIC UNIVERSE
Earth-One A--Pre-Crisis--Earth-1A is the unofficial name of the universe that the Super Friends live in. We have also learned from the Super Friends Comic Book that the Justice League of America of this earth have made contact with the Justice Society of America of Earth-2A and have even shared some adventures together. When the heroes of the Justice League gained their own cartoon show in the form of the Super Friends it was inevitable that they would in turn spawn a spin off comic called THE SUPER FRIENDS. Written by E. Nelson Bridwell the stories while possibly meant to be in Earth-One were a little too different for inclusion there. This Earth saw the first appearance of the various heroes that would go onto become the Global Guardians (a real Earth-One group). This Earth was set aside from Earth-One by the inclusion of Earth-Two characters such as Plastic Man and T.N.T and Dyne-Mite. First appeared in Batman.
Earth-12--The Justice League Beyond--Resembles the Batman Beyond era of the DCAU. First appeared in Batman Beyond # 1 (February 2012).
- Batman: The Animated Series
- Batman Beyond
- Justice League
- Justice League Unlimited
- Static Shock
- Teen Titans
- The Zeta Project
Earth-23--Post-52--Characters shown in the Batman: The Brave and the Bold television series--This Earth’s designation was shown in the episode “Deep Cover for Batman!”. First appeared in Batman: The Brave and the Bold Episode 1: “Rise of the Blue Beetle!”
Earth-40--Post-52--Characters shown in the JSA: The Liberty Files collection. A world in which superheroes depicted as covert government operatives. The existence of this reality is based on comments made by Dan Didio about the Countdown Arena limited series at Wizard World 2007. The Batman of this Earth is known as “The Bat”. First appeared in Countdown: Arena # 1 (February 2008).
Earth-66--Numerical designation from Captain Marvel Adventures #66. Adventures of Captain Marvel, Spy Smasher, Batman, Batman and Robin. A tangential Earth to Earth S, which also has some Earth-1 elements, is Earth-66. First appeared in Adventures of Captain Marvel.
Earth 992--Numerical designation by John Wells after the month and date -- September, 1992 -- that Batman: The Animated Series went on the air. Batman: The Animated Series, The Superman/Batman Adventures, Superman: The Animated Series, The New Batman Adventures, The New Batman/Superman Adventures, Batman Beyond, Gotham Girls, Lobo, Static Shock, The Zeta Project, Justice League, Teen Titans, Zatanna, Justice League Unlimited, Krypto the Superdog, Legion of Super Heroes, Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero, Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman, Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo, Superman: Brainiac Attacks. An Earth populated by less dark incarnations of the heroes of the present-day DC universe. First appeared in Batman: The Animated Series.
Earth 1001--Numerical designation by John Wells. Smallville, Birds of Prey, Aquaman, Bruce Wayne, Blue Beetle, Batman OnStar commercials. A world where the infant Kal-El came to Earth in the midst of a meteor shower that permanently altered the lives of Jonathan and Martha Kent, Lana Lana, Lex Luthor and others. The near future of this Earth will sport adventurers such as Batman, Batgirl, Black Canary and Darkstrike. Batman's daughter eventually allies with Oracle (previously Barbara Gordon/Batgirl) and Black Canary's daughter as Birds of Prey. Numerical designation by John Wells, from Smallville: the Comic #1. The Birds of Prey comic book adaption of the tv series was announced, but placed on indefinite hold following the cancellation of the series. First appeared on Smallville.
Earth 1278--Numerical designation by John Wells after the month and date -- December, 1978 -- that Superman The Movie had its theatrical release. The Flash, Human Target, Batman Diet Coke, Swamp Thing, Superman, Superman II, Swamp Thing, Superman III, Supergirl, Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, The Return of Swamp Thing, Batman, Batman Returns, Batman Forever, Batman & Robin, Steel, Catwoman, The Vigilante. The home of the theatrical incarnations of DC's heroes as shown in comic book adaptations. First appeared in The Vigilante.
Earth-3898--Elseworlds--Superman and Batman. A world where Superman and Batman started their careers in the 1930s, and started families that would follow in their superhero footsteps all the way to the 30th Century. Designated canon in Absolute Crisis on Infinite Earths (2006). First appeared in Superman & Batman: Generations #1 (January 1999).
Earth-TV--Pre-Crisis--Adventures of Superman, Batman, Shazam!, Wonder Woman, Legends of the Superheroes, Superman Kellogg's, Batgirl Equal Pay Public Service Announcement, Superman and the Mole Men, Stamp Day for Superman, Batman: The Movie. According to the DC editorial staff circa the 1970s and early 1980s, usually mentioned in the letters pages and other DC columns, Earth-TV was the world in which television programs based on DC Comics series existed. First appeared in Adventures of Superman.
- Super Friends
TVCU-21-A world where only what's seen on the TV screen is canon. Only one superman operated in the 1950s and has passed away. Bruce Wayne was Batman in the 1960s.
TVCU-23-Brave and the Bold animated series-BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD--In the episode “Time Out for Vengeance!”. The Creeper cheers on and helps Batman when he's fighting Hellgrammite. Then, the Justice League International travels to the past to stop the minions of Equinox from wiping out all the incarnations of Batman throughout time. Cave-Batman has a Flintstones-style Batmobile, plus Guy Gardner calls him "Flintstone".
TVCU-34-MHU (Miskatonic Horror Universe, aka Monster / Hunter Universe)--This reality is very similar to the TVCU with a few major distinctions. In this world, the Doctor from DOCTOR WHO is native, while the characters and events of the STAR TREK franchise are set in a parallel reality. The 1898 Martian Invasion (WAR OF THE WORLDS) did not occur on this Earth, as it was forestalled by H. G. Wells, Dr. Moreau, the Invisible Man, and others in space, as depicted in K. J. Anderson's The Martian War: A Thrilling Eyewitness Account of the Recent Invasion As Reported by Mr. H.G. Wells (2006), negating Alan Moore's League of Extraordinary Gentlemen franchise and several other follow-up stories. The MHU also has no living Muppets, and several fictional cities (not based on horror franchises) found in the TVCU (such as Riverdale) are merged with real cities (such as Haverhill, MA). Ivan's timeline in this reality is virtually identical to the timeline for the TVCU albeit with additional horror and non-horror franchises not recognized as connected to the TVCU (UNDERWORLD, BATMAN FOREVER, etc.), and minus the Muppets.
TVCU-89-Bongo Universe-TREEHOUSE OF HORROR MULTIVERSE--This is a series of alternate realities similar to the Bedrock Anomaly, but in which different horrific events occur. In one of those realities, Homer clones himself over and over, and one of those clones comes out as Peter Griffin. FAMILY GUY--"Viewer Mail No. 1"--Radioactive materials gave many superheroes their abilities (e.g. Daredevil). The tanker truck of toxic waste may also be a reference to the film Modern Problems, in which a similar leak gives Chevy Chase telekinesis. This episode spoofed on the improbability of this when Mayor West doused himself in such material and developed lymphoma (the doctor points out that the notion is silly, to which West replies “Silly, yes. Idiotic, yes.”). Ironically, Adam West, who provides his voice and namesake, is best known for playing the superhero Batman, although Batman has no inherent superpowers. He also references his most well-known role when he states “I’ve tangled with superbeings before.” The characters from Scooby Doo appear in their signature hall of doors gag. Three short segments, unconnected to each other and the general continuity of the series, usually make-up the Halloween-themed Treehouse of Horror episodes of The Simpsons, a show Family Guy is often compared to. This episode contains a number (more than usual) of out-of-continuity occurrences: In “Li'l’ Griffins,” Cleveland, even though seen as a young kid, still has his mustache, as does Tom Tucker. A young Joe is confined to a wagon in the “Li'l’ Griffins” parody, however, in the show’s regular continuity, he did not lose use of his legs until he became a police officer. Peter knows Brian even though he meets Brian as an adult and Brian spent his child(puppy)hood on the Dog farm. Joe wasn’t even around when Peter was a child, because they first meet when Joe moved to Quahog from Providence in a Season One episode. Neither was Quagmire; he and Peter met because Peter was drowning and Quagmire saved him. And Cleveland apparently met Peter when he picked him up in his hippy Volkswagen and was chased by members of the Ku Klux Klan, whom Peter mistakes for ghosts (the two later instances were introduced in the Season Three episode “Death Lives”). Peter and Quagmire are also not millionaires on the show, and Peter is not single. (The Griffins are also not normally super-powered or partially boneless.) Also, Lois was in Peter's 2nd grade class(he was 7). In the regular part of the series, Lois is 2 years younger than Peter, so she is 5 and should be in kindergarten. As well as the fact that he does not meet Lois until he is older and a towel boy for the Pewterschmidts. The first day they met is also referenced in Death Lives and Peter, Peter, Caviar Eater. Because of all these differences between the actual show, this episode is considered non-canon. FAMILY GUY--"Viewer Mail No. 2"--The episode is a sequel to "Family Guy Viewer Mail No. 1". In the beginning of the episode, Stewie jokes that the show was based on The Simpsons, but later claims it is based on a British television show leading to the "Chap of the Manor" segment. Selene can be seen among other vampires (including The Count and Count Chocula) in the Simpsons' Treehouse of Horror XXI. On a cartoon teaser of an early episode of The Simpsons, "Treehouse of Horror II", the costumed trick-or-treaters passing by the Simpson house are the Peanuts gang.
Unknown--Lego Batman: The Movie - DC Super Heroes Unite, The Lego Movie, Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League, The Lego Batman Movie, The Lego Movie 2. According to one YouTube video, the Lego Universe is part of the New 52 multiverse. First appeared in Lego Batman: The Movie - DC Super Heroes Unite.