Sunday, March 19, 2017

Scooby-Doo Team-Up

I'm going to do something different.

In the premiere episode of our new TVCU podcast, Random Fandom, we discussed Scooby-Doo Team-Up.

RF Episode 1: Scooby-Doo Team-Up



Doing the research for that show inspired this blog post.  I've covered Scooby-Doo before.  You can read that post here.  But that post covers Scooby-Doo as he exists in the Horror Universe, by including excerpts from my Horror Crossover Encyclopedia.

But this is a different take.  I'm doing this post as a six degrees of SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP.  This comic series is the starting point, under an assumption that this comic series takes place in an alternate reality within the Television Crossover Multiverse, and that only that which is provided by evidence within the series exists in this universe.

So this is something new.  Let's see how it goes.

The universe of Scooby-Doo Team-Up clearly takes place in a sliding cartoon/comic book timeline.  So I'm placing things in an assumed chronological order with a loose system for exact dating.

DAWN OF TIME

10 billion years ago: Secret Origins v.2 #10 (1.87)--An angel who refused to take a side in the war against Lucifer is stripped of his wings and his very name and identity. He is banished from the Silver City, forever to be known as the Brotherless One, or the Grey Walker. He is best renowned as the mysterious Phantom Stranger.  This is the Phantom Stranger's first chronological appearance and only one possible origin.

10,000 YEARS AGO

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The Flintstones --The misadventures of two modern-day Stone Age families, the Flintstones and the Rubbles.



Fruity PebblesIce Cream Pebbles, and Cocoa Pebbles are brands of breakfast cereal introduced by Post Foods in 1971 featuring characters from the animated series The Flintstones as spokestoons.The cereals debuted in 1971. Cocoa Pebbles contains chocolate-flavored crisp rice cereal bits, while Fruity Pebbles contains crisp rice cereal bits that come in a variety of fruit flavors with a sugar content of 9 grams per serving for Fruity Pebbles and 10 grams per serving for Cocoa Pebbles. It is the oldest cereal brand based on characters from a TV series or movie.  Commercials after about 1978 were entirely animated, and would have a typical plot repeated with various differences. Fred eats cereal while Barney would want some as well; to that end, Barney would either disguise himself or distract Fred from his bowl of the cereal using various creative and increasingly outrageous means. While Fred was distracted, Barney would eat some Pebbles, but Fred would quickly discover Barney's lies, usually due to Barney's excitement at eating the cereal would cause his costume to be destroyed. Angry about his breakfast being stolen, he would normally exclaim, "Barney! My Pebbles!" Barney would then chuckle and deliver a comedic line while running away from the angry Fred, and Fred would give chase.

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THE FLINTSTONES & WWE:  STONE-AGE SMACKDOWN!--Fred Flintstone and friends meet John Cenastone and other famous wrestlers.


ERA OF MYTHOLOGY AND BIBLICAL STORIES

c. 1260 BCE, 19th Dynasty, reign of the Ramses II: Flash v.1 #1 (1.40), Secret Origins #11 (Feb. 1987)--In Egypt, Prince Khufu and his beloved Chay-Ara are murdered by the mad priest Hath-Set. The lovers are fated to be born again forever; 3,500 years later, they are reincarnated as Carter Hall and Shiera Sanders. The date of these events, not stated in the original version of the story, was said to be 1567 BCE (Secret Origins #11). Some accounts incorrectly cite the 15th Dynasty (Hawkman v.4 #9, JSA #43).

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c. 970–931 BCE--Reign of Solomon.

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18 March AD 37 – 24 January AD 41--Reign of Caligula.

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434–453--Reign of Attila.

6th Century--Other notable figures of the Arthurian era include the Silent Knight (Brian Kent, an incarnation of Khufu/the Hawk Avatar; see 13th Century BCE).  Silent Knight: SO v2 #49 <6.90> [erroneously makes him post-Arthurian, contra B&B v1 #10 <2-3.57> and others]; re: Khufu, Hawman Annual #2 <95>; (1st app. B&B v1 #1).  

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c. 1330 to March 22, 1418--Life of Nicolas Flamel.

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31 December 1378 – 6 August 1458--Life of Borgia.

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September 3, 1530 to March 28, 1584--Life of Ivan the Terrible.  


19TH CENTURY/1800S--THE OLD WEST AND VICTORIAN ENGLAND



FRANKENSTEIN (NOVEL BY MARY SHELLEY)
Release Date: 1818 (Contemporary Setting)
Series: Frankenstein (Mary Shelley)
The Story: Dr. Victor Frankenstein believes he has discovered the secrets to reviving the dead, and goes about creating a creature out of dead bodies in which to bring him to life. He succeeds, but the creature is very animalistic and childlike in nature and goes on a rampage.

Notes: This is not the same Dr. Frankenstein from the Universal films, nor is it the same monster. Victor was the first Frankenstein to create a monster, but many of his own family as well as scientists not part of the family would go on to duplicate the process. Some of those Frankensteins would also be named Victor, but they shouldn’t be confused for the original. The MONSTAAH website does a great job of identifying some of these family members and monsters, branching off of the essay by Mark Brown called House of Frankenstein which can be found at http://pjfarmer.com/woldnewton/Articles.htm#Frankenstein. This method is a great way to reconcile the contrary versions of Frankenstein that all seem to coexist, as Shaggy seems to support in Scooby-Doo Team-Up # 22, the same way that the theories on Dracula help account for different versions of the Vampire Lord.

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The Frankenstein Family and Their Monsters

I take a similar methodology with Frankenstein as I do with Dracula. Every version of Frankenstein is a separate series. The theory to support it is a bit simpler. The TVCU concept is that Victor was only the first of many of the Frankenstein Family to create monsters. Thus, not all Frankensteins are the same, nor are the monsters. This theory comes from an essay by Mark K. Brown, used on the MONSTAAH website, and supported by in-story information. Particularly in this Scooby-Doo Team-Up timeline, it's supported by Shaggy's reference to Frankenstein Senior and his Frankenstein cousins when Mystery Inc encounters Frankenstein, Jr.

December 24 to 25, 1837--A CHRISTMAS CAROL--A miserly man named Ebenezer Scrooge is visited  by three ghosts, who show him his past, present, and future, in an attempt to save him his soul from damnation by getting him to redeem himself.  Though called ghosts or spirits, in fact, the only real ghost in the story is Scrooge's deceased partner Marley, who comes first to warn Scrooge.  The three seem to be in fact angels (the third, the Ghost of Christmas Future, perhaps being an Angel of Death).  

DC's American Old West

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November 1, 1838: Jonah Hex is born to Woodson and Virginia Hex. NOTE: His first appearance was All-Star Western #10.  Jonah Hex #57 (Feb. 1982)

1860--Western #5 (10.48)--Hannibal Hawkes becomes the Nighthawk.

1878--February 18: Weird Western Tales #48-49 (1978)--18-year old Katherine "Cinnamon" Manser gains her reputation as a fierce and determined bounty hunter, law enforcer, and expert in the use her guns.

THE STRANGE CASE OF DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE (NOVEL BY ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON)
Release Date: January 5, 1886 (Contemporary setting)
Series: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
The Story: A scientist creates a formula that unlocks his dark side.

Notes: Unlike with Dracula and Frankenstein, I consider the Universal film version of this to be the same events, rather than having hundreds of Hyde variants out there.


THE LEAD-IN TO THE SILVER AGE -- THE CHILDHOOD ORIGINS OF SUPERMAN AND BATMAN

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May 29, 1929--35 Eorx, 9998 (Kryptonian calendar)/February 29 (Earth date)--Kal-El, the son of Jor-El and Lara Lor-Van, is born in Kryptonopolis, capitol of the planet Krypton. Neither Superman's homeworld nor his parents were named until the first installment of the Superman daily newspaper strip on Jan. 16, 1939, which also revealed Superman's Kryptonian name (originally spelled Kal-L, a spelling later attributed to the Earth-Two Superman). The Earth-One Superman's terrestrial birthday was established in World's Finest #235 (1976).  World of Krypton #2 (Aug. 1979)

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October 22, 1931--Bruce Wayne is born in Gotham City to Thomas and Martha Wayne. The year of Bruce's birth is the date shown on his tombstone in America vs. the Justice Society #1. World's Finest Comics #33 and Star-Spangled Comics #91 both indicate that Bruce's birthday is in April, while the latter story adds that he was born on the 7th of the month. According to Jim Steranko's Steranko History of Comics Vol. 1 (1971), Batman's secret identity was devised by Bill Finger. The character was named for Scottish patriot Robert the Bruce (later Robert I of Scotland, 1274–1329) and American Revolutionary War General "Mad Anthony" Wayne (1745–1796).  (World's Finest #33, March/April 1948), (Star-Spangled Comics #91, April 1949), (America vs. the JSA #1, Jan. 1985)

November 22, 1931--39 Ogtal, 10,000 (Kryptonian calendar)--As Krypton begins its final death throes, young Kal-El rockets to Earth in a tiny starship.  Golden Age versions of Superman's origin generally indicated that he had left Krypton as an infant while in post-Crisis continuity, he had not technically been born yet at the time of his departure. On Earth-One, Kal-El was two years old when Krypton exploded.  (Action Comics #1, June 1938)


SUPER-BABY ERA

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December 4, 1931--Kal-El lands in Smallville, where he immediately gains super powers under Earth's yellow sun. He is adopted by Jonathan and Martha Kent and given the name Clark Kent.  Superman's adoptive parents first appeared in Superman #1 (Summer 1939). Earlier published versions of his origin said only that he was found by "a passing motorist" while the early episodes of the Adventures of Superman radio series indicated that Kal-El arrived on Earth as an adult. In September 1942, a retelling of Superman's origin on the radio series (now airing on the Mutual Broadcasting System rather than in syndication) identified his foster parents as Eben and Sarah Kent. The names Jonathan and Martha were introduced in Adventure Comics #149 (1950) and Superboy v.1 #12 (1951) respectively. Clark Kent's post-Crisis origin was first told in Man of Steel #1 (June 1986). 

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February 7, 1937--SUPERBOY ERA

February 25, 1937--Detective Comics #1 --(The Streets of Chinatown) --Slam Bradley, a roughneck private investigator, is summoned by Police Captain Frawley to assist Rita Carlisle. Rita, the daughter of a chain-store owner wants Slam to guard her dog Mimi. Bradley is insulted by the job and rudely refuses her, but he tells Shorty Morgan, an admirer of Slam, to take the job.  Shorty guards the dog while Rita visits Chinatown. When she disappears, Shorty summons Slam to help locate her. Slam finds a secret passage in a china shop, which leads him to Chinatown leader Fui Onyui. Fui has kidnapped Rita, but Slam braves the chinaman’s deathtraps and rescues her. Shorty lays a trap of his own which snares Fui. Slam is impressed and takes Shorty as a partner.  Reprinted In:  Millennium Edition:Detective Comics 1 (#57) (2001)


WORLD WAR II AND THE GOLDEN AGE OF SUPER-HEROES

June 1938Action #1 (June 1938), Secret Origins #27 (June 1988)--Magician Giovanni Zatara begins fighting crime. NOTE:The origin of Zatara was retold in Secret Origins #27.

March 15, 1939: All-Star Squadron #41 (Jan. 1985), Sandman Mystery Theater #38 (May 1996)--Ted Knight himself discovers a source of near-limitless cosmic energy. NOTES: The pre-Crisis version of his origin was in All-Star Squadron#41; the post-Crisis revision appeared in Sandman Mystery Theatre #38 and Starman Secret Files #1.

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April 18, 1939--While walking home from a movie with his wife and young son, Thomas Wayne is shot and killed by Joe Chill. Seeing Thomas shot causes his wife Martha to suffer a fatal heart attack, leaving their son Bruce an orphan. Young Bruce is left in the care of his uncle, Dr. Philip Wayne. Bruce vows to devote his life to avenging his parents' deaths. The precise date of the Waynes' murders was established in Secret Origins #6. While early accounts of these events indicate that both Thomas and Martha Wayne were both shot to death, Batman #47 [3] (June/July 1948) states that Martha Wayne actually died of a heart attack after witnessing the shooting of her husband, an explanation repeated in most published version of Batman's origin until the early 1970s. According to Detective Comics #235 (Sept. 1956) (and most accounts of the Earth-One Batman's origins), Joe Chill was not a mugger, but a hitman hired by Lex Moxon. As mentioned above, the placement of the latter story in this continuity is troublesome; it was never definitively established if Lew Moxon was responsible for the deaths of the Waynes in this timeline. The guardianship of Bruce's uncle Philip was first mentioned (in connection with the Earth-One Batman) in Batman #208 (Feb. 1969). Philip Wayne's role in Earth-Two continuity was established by Secret Origins #6. According to Secret Origins #6, the Waynes were murdered after seeing a movie starring Rudolph Valentino. Historically, the only two Valentino films in theatres during 1924, Monsieur Beaucaire and A Sainted Devil, were not released until later in the year, after these events.  Detective #33 (Nov. 1939), Secret Origins #6 (Sept. 1986)

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October 6, 1939Flash Comics #1 (Jan. 1940), Secret Origins #11 (Feb. 1987), Brave and the Bold #34--"Creature of a Thousand Shapes"--Interplanetary policeman Katar Hol and his wife Shayera of the planet Thanagar of the Polaris star system are following a criminal, a metamorph named Byth, from their planet to Earth. After using the Absorbascon, a device which absorbs all known information from a planet’s residents, the pair don their police uniforms, and contact Midway City Police Commissioner Geroge Emmett to explain the danger of Byth. In order to prevent the criminal from knowing of their presence, Emmett provides cover identities for them to replace his retiring brother as curators of the city’s museum, while they wait for Byth’s first move.  They settle into their Earth identities, using Anglicized versions of their names, and use their abilities to communicate with all forms of birdlife to spread the word to be on the lookout for a being fitting Byth’s description. The birds spot Byth stealing the Star of America diamond, and the winged lawmen confront him; Byth eludes them by becoming first a Thanagarian Kasta bird, and then a fish. Underwater, he discovers an underground world, which provides him with animal forms to imitate which confound the defenses of his pursuers.  Later, while studying a diorama researched by Mavis Trent, Carter recognizes a Thanagarian bird species in it, and realizes that she had unknowingly seen Byth in Hawk Valley, but they are unable to prevent the criminal from escaping when he becomes a termite. Two days later, he becomes a Thanagarian Brontodon in order to make off with the Bi-State Tunnel. This time, Hawkman and Hawkgirl slow him down with chemicals, then, using medieval weaponry borrowed from the museum, hit his twin brains simultaneously, and knock him out.  The couple send Byth back to Thanagar in a state of hibernation, and accept Commissioner Emmett’s request to stay on Earth to study police methods here.  A chronologically earlier appearance of the planet Thanagar is in the first story of DC Super-Stars #14.  An entrance to Skartaris, the extradimensional world which seems to exist beneath the Earth’s surface, is apparently shown in this story, although Skartaris is not named as such. Skartaris first appears in "Journey to the Center of the Earth" by Jules Verne, and is first named and shown in a DC comic in First Issue Special #8, a preview of the Warlord series.  Note that in this timeline, according to Scooby-Doo Team-Up, the golden age Hawkman and Hawkgirl and the silver age Hawkman and Hawkgirl are the same, and are the reincarnations of ancient Egyptians and from the planet Thanagar.  

1940--[Feb] The wizard Shazam relocates to Fawcett City and awakens Ibis the Invincible.  Power of Shazam #11-12 <1-2.96> [provides date]; (1st app. Whiz Comics #1 <2.40>.)



Master Comics #1 (March, 1940)--First appearance of El Carim, a Fawcett character now in the public domain.

9–10 April 1940: More Fun Comics #52-53 (Feb.–Mar. 1940), Secret Origins #15 (June 1987)--Jim Corrigan and his fiancee, Clarice Winston, are kidnapped by gangster Gat Benson. Corrigan is murdered, but returned to Earth as the Spectre I.Corrigan was murdered in More Fun Comics #52, but did not actually become the Spectre until #53. The Spectre's origin is reprinted in Secret Origins, v.1 #7 (1974) and retold in Secret Origins #15 (1987).

April 21, 1940More Fun Comics #67 (May 1941), All-Star Squadron #47 (July 1985)--After training with Nabu the Wise for 20 years, Kent Nelson is entrusted with the Helm of Nabu and the Amulet of Anubis, becoming Doctor Fate I (first chronological appearance). NOTES: In Doctor Fate's early adventures, he had no origin or human identity; he was said to have been created as an adult by the elder gods. His origin was reprinted in Justice League of America #95 (1971) and revised and expanded in First Issue Special #9 (1975) and All-Star Squadron #47 (1985).

April 21, 1940More Fun Comics #55 (May 1940), All-Star Squadron #47 (July 1985)--Doctor Fate (first appearance in print) battles Wotan and meets Inza Cramer, his future wife. 



May1940--Nickel Comics # 1--First appearance of Warlock the Wizard.


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October 1, 1940--Krypto arrives on Earth and is reunited with his master. Adventure #210 (May 1955)

Fall 1940--ALL-STAR COMICS # 2--(The Curse of Kulak)--When an American archaeological expedition unearths and so violates the tomb of Kulak, priest of the lost civilization of Brztal, his spirit unleashes terrible curses on mankind in retaliation. The Spectre battles Kulak and his minions and, by requesting the Ring of Life from the Voice, manages to subdue his foe and put his efforts to naught. 

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February 25, 1941--Superboy meets boy genius Lex Luthor (1st chronological appearance). While working on an antidote for Kryptonite, Luthor creates a primitive "protoplasmic lifeform." When a fire breaks out in the lab, Superboy puts it out with his super-breath. The resulting fumes destroy Luthor's creation and cost him his hair. Luthor swears vengeance on the Boy of Steel. Luthor's first appearance was Action # #23 (Apr. 1940), but Adventure Comics #271 was the first time his origin was told and he was given a first name. In the mainstream post-Crisis universe Superman and Luthor did not meet until they were adults. Their first confrontation is described in Man of Steel #4 (Sept. 1986). Adventure #271 (Apr. 1960)

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April 6, 1941Police #1 (Aug. 1941)--Petty crook Eel O'Brian gains the power to stretch his body and change his shape after being doused with acid. Renouncing his life of crime, he becomes Plastic ManNOTE: After some uncertain retconning, current continuity does again affirm that Plastic Man debuted in the forties; his unique physiology may keep him from aging. These heroes were originally published by Quality Comics.

Sargon the Sorcerer takes the stage.  ST v2 #50 <7.86>, SO v2 #27, and later appearances confirm his canonicity; (1st app. All-American #26 <5.41>).


August 13, 1941--Sensation Comics #1--(The Origin of the Gay Ghost)--The Gay Ghost’s origin is revealed. He also reanimates the dead body of Charles Collins in this story. Future appearances of the Ghost feature Everet inhabiting Collins’ body, but the original dies in this story.  The Gay Ghost’s name was later changed by DC to the Grim Ghost to greater reflect the times. For the purposes of this timeline however, he will be referred to by his original name.  Reprinted In:  Millennium Edition:Sensation Comics 1 (#41) (2000)

November 8, 1941--Lar Gand lands on Earth, suffering from amnesia, and meets Superboy, who dubs him Mon-El. He briefly moves into the Kent home, adopting the identity of traveling salesman "Bob Cobb." He regains his memory after suffering from lead poisoning. To save his life, Superboy is forced to send him to the Phantom Zone.  Superboy v.1 #89 (June 1961)

November 13, 1941--Flash Comics #29--(Introducing the Ghost Patrol)--First appearance of Ghost Patrol.  

October 2, 1942--Hit Comics #25--(The Origin of Kid Eternity)--First appearance of Kid Eternity.  Reprinted In:  Secret Origins #4 (1973)

October 6, 1942--Superboy #131--"The Dog from S.C.P.A."--While Superboy is away on a mission with the Legion of Super-Heroes, Krypto meets a group of super powered dogs known as the Space Canine Patrol Agents. Krypto allows himself to be captured by a gang of dog crooks, in order to find missing S.P.C.A. memebers. Krypto then loses some of his powers due to a piece of Kryptonite gum. Krypto and the other dogs still manage to escape and stop the Canine Caper Gang. Afterwards Krypto returns to Earth hoping for another adventure with the S.P.C.A.

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Police Comics #13 (November 1942)--Wolfgang "WoozyWinks is a fictional supporting character in comic books published by Quality Comics, and later DC Comics. He is the comic relief sidekick to the superhero Plastic Man

November 13, 1942--Crack Comics #27--(Introducing Captain Triumph)--First appearance of Captain Triumph.  

Dec. 1942--Funny Animals #1 --First appearance of Hoppy, the Marvel Bunny.  This may take place in an alternate universe.  Hoppy is mentioned in Scooby-Doo Team-Up but he comes from a world where anthropomorphic funny talking animals are the primary species rather than the exception.

December 6, 1942--Richard (Dick) Grayson is born to John and Mary Grayson.  The year is that shown on Dick's tombstone. An episode of the Adventures of Superman radio series (aired Sept. 25, 1946) gave Dick's mother's name as Yvonne and indicated that she was of French extraction. Neither point was ever reflected in the comic books.  (Last Days of the JSA, 1986)

July 1, 1944--G.I. Combat #87--"Introducing -- the Haunted Tank"--Jeb Stuart the commander of an M-3 tank and his crew assist a squad of heavier Pershing tanks. The Pershings are destroyed by enemy bombers, leaving only Stuart's tank to take on a squad of heavy German tanks.  The tiny tank is shelled by the heavy guns of a German "Tiger" tank, and it falls into a ravine. The crew is knocked out, leaving it an easy target for the enemy tank. However, the M-3 manages to fire a shot that destroys the enemy tank. When Jeb and the crew awaken, they are shocked to find the enemy tank destroyed, as they had not fired their gun.  The tank then continues on its mission to protect a squad of infantry. Using its better speed and manueverability, the M-3 is able to take on and defeat an entire unit of German tanks. Jeb Stuart is the only one that can hear laughter which comes from the ghost of civil war General Jeb Stuart, who has protected his descendant and the tank.  Reprinted In:  Showcase Presents:Haunted Tank Vol. 1 TPB (2006)

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1946--LI'L ABNER--This story involves two warring fictional countries, Slobbovia and Wildechaya. The name Slobbovia comes from a postal game played in the 1970s, which in turn came from the country of Lower Slobbovia in the Li'l Abner comic strip. Wildechaya is from the Yiddish term "vilde chaye", meaning a rambunctious or wild person.  Note that these two countries are central to the plot of Scooby-Doo Team-Up # 11 featuring Secret Squirrel.

March 1947: All-Star Comics #34 (Apr./May 1947)All-Star Comics #34 (Apr./May 1947)--"The Wiles of the Wizard": The Wizard becomes convinced that the JSA is a group of clever criminals — and wants to join them! NOTE: Johnny Thunder does not appear in this story.

August 8, 1947--Flash Comics #88 --"The Ghost" --The Ghost and his men committ a series of crimes across the world. Hawkman investigates and exposes some of the Ghost’s tricks. Hawkgirl is captured though and taken to Ghost’s hide-out. Hawkman follows and rescues his partner. The Ghost however gets away leaving Hawkman to wonder if the crook really is a ghost.  Reprinted In:  Secret Origins #1 (1973)

August 22, 1947--Sensation Comics #70-- "The Woman Who Wanted the World"--Sargon is hypnotized on the subway by his old enemy, the Blue Lama. When he leaves the train, he faces her illusionary assault. While facing her illusions, Sargon is struck by a car, allowing his foe to capture him. The Blue Lama brings Sargon to her hide-out where she challenges him to a duel. Sargon is victorious, and the Blue Lama is apparently destroyed by her own lightning bolt. 

September 18, 1947--THE SILVER AGE OF SUPER-HEROES (SUPERMAN AND BATMAN)

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March 20, 1948--Wonder Woman Comics--This is a little complicated.  This is the silver age version of Wonder Woman, who would have debuted during the same era as Superman and Batman.  But some of her earlier golden age adventures should still be canon.  So we can say perhaps that Wonder Woman's appearances from 1941 to 1958 are likely canon in this timeline.  

September 21, 1949--Detective Comics #153--"The Land of Lost Years"--This feature is originally called Impossible – But True. The title is later changed to Roy Raymond, TV Detective.   

July 14, 1950--A bat flying into the open window of Bruce Wayne's study inspires him to create a new identity for his war against crime: the Batman.  This scene, conceived by Batman co-creators Bill Finger and Bob Kane, may have been inspired by a very similar scene in the debut adventure of the Bat, a pulp adventurer who appeared in Popular Detective magazine in Nov. 1934. The Bat's adventures, credited to Better Publications house name C.K.M. Scanlon, may have been written by Johnston McCulley, the creator of Zorro.  (Detective #33, Nov. 1939), Secret Origins #6 (Sept. 1986)

September 17, 1950--Clark Kent is hired by Perry White as a reporter for the Metropolis Daily Planet.  In his first comic book appearance in Action #1 (June 1938), Clark Kent was hired by editor George Taylor of the Metropolis Daily Star, a story now attributed to the Earth-2 ("Golden Age") Superman. The definitive pre-Crisis account of Clark Kent's hiring appeared in Superman v.1 #133 (Nov. 1959). The post-Crisis version was told in Man of Steel #2 (July 1986).  (Superman v.1 #133, Nov. 1959), Man of Steel #2 (July 1986)

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January 22, 1951--BATMAN COMICS (INCLUDING DETECTIVE COMICS AND WORLD'S FINEST COMICS) [1939 - 1973]--Based on multiple issues of Scooby-Doo Team-Up, we can assume that Batman's golden and silver age adventures must have happened, at least up until 1973.  Scooby-Doo Team-Up has "pre-Crisis" versions of characters, but does not maintain an Earth-1/Earth-2 concept, instead adopting a post-Crisis world where golden age characters and silver age characters existed in the same reality, with Superman and Batman having not operated in the golden age.  In a way, Scooby-Doo Team-Up is very much like the very short lived "Merged Earth" that existed following the Crisis but ended with the reboots in Man of Steel, Batman Year One, etc. a few months later.

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March 5, 1951--SUPERMAN COMICS (INCLUDING ACTION COMICS AND OTHER SUPERMAN FAMILY TITLES) [1942 - 1980]--The silver age version of Superman is the Superman of the SDTU Universe.  However, as demonstrated in Scooby-Doo Team-Up # 9, some villains exist in this timeline who, though existing in the silver age, had their origins and first appearances dating back to the golden age.  The earliest years of Superman comics, 1938 - 1941, probably can't be in this timeline, as they contradict silver age canon, but starting with 1942, the stories really could fit in the silver age, so that's where I'm starting the canon for SDTU.  

December 31, 1951--Star Spangled Comics #122--"I Talked with the Dead"--First appearance of Doctor Thirteen.  Reprinted In:  Showcase Presents Phantom Stranger Vol. 1 TPB (2006) 

May 23, 1952--Adventures of Rex the Wonder Dog #4--"Meet Detective Chimp"--Animal trainer Fred Thorpe is murdered by an unknown assailant. Thorpe's chimpanzee Bobo is the only witness to the murder. Sheriff Chase believes Bobo can lead him to the killer, but the chimp only leads the lawman back to his own office.  The sheriff returns Bobo to Thorpe's niece Alice. Chase's secretary Pete Drummond returns that evening and tries to kill Bobo. Bobo eludes his attacker and releases Tombo the gorilla. Tombo subdues Drummond. When the sheriff arrives, he realizes that Drummond was Thorpe's killer. Bobo had indeed led him to the killer at the sheriff's office. With the killer in custody, the sheriff rewards Bobo for his excellent detective work. Reprinted In:  Tarzan #230 (1974)

November 27, 1953--Detective Comics #203--"Mysto Magician Detective"--First appearance of Mysto.   

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June 2, 1954--A laboratory worker becomes a masked thief called the Red Hood in order to rob various Gotham City businesses. Pursued by Batman, the Red Hood escapes by leaping to his apparent death in the waste chemical catch basin of the Monarch Playing Card Company. Unbeknownst to Batman, the Red Hood survives, but the chemical wastes turns his hair green, bleaches his skin white, and dyes his lips red. He later becomes Batman's deadliest foe: the Joker. The golden age Joker's real name was never revealed. These events, recounted in flashback, were his first chronological appearance, although the story describes this incident as taking place "10 years ago" (i.e., in late 1940 or early 1941), while the Joker's debut in Batman #1 implies that the Joker had already assumed his familiar green-haired, white-skinned form by the spring of 1940. In any case, this remains the most commonly repeated version of the Joker's origin, although modern stories typically describe his lips as white, attributing any other coloration to the use of lipstick.  (Detective #168, Feb. 1951)

July 2, 1954--Superman meets Daily Planet cub reporter Jimmy Olsen, who becomes known as Superman's Pal. Superman provides him with a signal watch to alert Superman in the event of trouble.  Jimmy was first introduced in the April 15, 1940 episode of the Adventures of Superman radio series. An unnamed office boy of similar appearance debuted in Action #6 (Nov. 1938), sometimes considered to be Jimmy's first appearance; he was first named in Superman v.1 #13 (Nov. 1941). The definitive pre-Crisis account of Superman's first meeting with Jimmy Olsen, was told in Jimmy Olsen #36 (Apr. 1959). The post-Crisis version of that story and Jimmy's first chronological appearance in post-Crisis continuity was in World of Metropolis #4 (July 1988). In pre-Crisis continuity, although Superman encountered Jimmy Olsen as Superboy, thanks to a post-hypnotic suggestion, he did not remember their earlier meetings when they later met in Metropolis.  (Jimmy Olsen #36, Apr. 1959), (World of Metropolis #4, (July 1988)


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May 21, 1955--Adventures of Superman--Great Caesar's Ghost--Everybody knows that the favorite expletive of "Daily Planet" reporter Perry White (John Hamilton is "Great Caesar's Ghost!" With this in mind, imagine White's shock and dismay when he is confronted with the ghost of Julius Caesar (Trevor Bardette). Before long, all of Metropolis is seriously questioning White's sanity--which is precisely the intention of a gang of crooks who hope to discredit Perry's testimony at a criminal trial. Looks like Superman (George Reeves) is going to have to do some ghost-busting in this one!  This particular episode of Adventures of Superman is mentioned in Scooby-Doo Team-Up.  So I will accept that this episode happened in this timeline.  Other episodes could fit, but there are some episodes of Adventures of Superman that can't fit, because it contradicts the comics that are in the timeline.  Particularly, the pilot episode conflicts with a world in which Superman was Superboy, and the Kryptonite episodes also conflict with the established Silver Age Canon.  But most other episodes fit fairly well, actually.  

September 29, 1955--Detective #225--Traumatized by the loss of his people, J'onn J'onzz is accidentally transported from Mars to Earth by Doctor Erdel. He soon adopts the identity of the deceased detective John Jones. He operates covertly for years, until other super-heroes debut. Although the Martian Manhunter debuted in print prior to the Flash, his popularity wasn't sufficient to be generally considered the first Silver Age hero.  Martian Manhunter stories at least up through 1963 is canon based on in-story evidence from Scooby-Doo Team-Up.

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July 5, 1956--Flash (including Showcase)--Central City police scientist Barry Allen gains super-speed. Inspired by his boyhood hero, the Flash, Barry becomes the Flash II.  Barry Allen's first appearance was the first Silver Age origin to make specific reference to a Golden Age counterpart (who was described as a comic book character).  The Flash's adventures at least up through 1959 should be considered part of this timeline.  

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August 30, 1956--Adventure Comics #229--"Aquaman's Undersea Partner"--This story features the first appearance of the Earth-1 Aquaman. The Earth-2 Aquaman first appeared in More Fun Comics #73. There is little distinction between the two versions of Aquaman, and there is no mention of alternate versions in the story itself. This story works well as a starting point for the Earth-1 stories, because it introduces Topo, a significant Earth-1 supporting character. No indication of an Earth-2 Topo exists.  Aquaman stories from 1956 to at least 1966 appear to be in this timeline.  Since Aquababy is still alive in the Scooby-Doo Team-Up series, no stories beyond 1974 are likely to be in this timeline.  That seems appropriate since Scooby-Doo Team-Up seems to follow New Scooby-Doo Movies, which itself ran from 1972 - 1973.  

November 6, 1956--SHOWCASE # 6--"The Secrets of the Sorcerer's Box"--This story features the origin and first appearance of the Challengers of the Unknown.

 January 30, 1958--Green Arrow: Year One #1-6 (Sept.–Nov. 2007)--Socialite brat Oliver Queen is stranded on a desert island, where he hones his skill with the bow. After defeating drug smugglers, he is dubbed Green Arrow.  Green Arrow's historical first appearance was More Fun Comics #73 (1941), with his Golden Age origin in More Fun #89 (1943). His Silver Age origin was told in Adventure Comics #256 (1959), recapped and expanded in DC Super-Stars #17 (1977), retold again for post-Crisis continuity in Secret Origins v.2 #38 (1989), and expanded in Green Arrow: The Wonder Year #1-4 (1993). A text piece in Green Arrow v.2 #3 (1988) gives a rundown of the different early versions of his origin, which was retold yet again in Green Arrow: Year One.  Other than origin stories, we should consider that all Green Arrow stories from 1941 to the lead up to Green Lantern/Green Arrow in the 70s is canon for this timeline.  

June 18, 1959--House of Secrets #23--"I Scout Earth's Strangest Secrets"--Mark Merlin, private investigator of the supernatural, takes on several cases that appear to have unnatural explanations. Some of the cases have natural explanation, such as mountainside creatures that are really just large shadows. On another case Mark is able to expose a deliberate hoax. Mark proves that a museum, which is believed to be haunted, has actually been the victim of a hoax using magnets to move metal objects invisibly.  Merlin also has a "Question Mark File" containing cases he can not explain or classify. On one such case a strange creature is found in an unmapped cave. When Mark investigates he fall through a seam in the rock and discovers an enitre species of giant single-celled creatures. The creatures attack him, but he seals off the seam, trapping them inside. 

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July 28, 1959--Showcase #22--Dying Green Lantern Abin Sur selects Coast City test pilot Hal Jordan as Green Lantern II.  All 1960s Green Lantern comics should be considered canon.

HANNA-BARBERA ERA BEGINS

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Fall 1959 – 1962--Quick Draw McGraw--Quick Draw Mcgraw was a dimwitted and lanky mustang (horse) who caused much chaos in the Old West. If he could get his own six shooter out of his holster at all, he would usually shoot the wrong man. His partner, a Mexican burro name Baba Looie, was always trying to help Quick Draw as much as he could. Also on the show were cartoons featuring Snooper and Blabber, Augie Doggie and Doggie Daddy.  Though it seems as though this series took place in the 19th century, most evidence shows that in fact it took place in a contemporary period, but in this universe, much of the western U.S. still seems to be very much identical to how it was in the 19th century.

October 30, 1959--Justice League of America #9 (Feb. 1962), Justice League of America #200 (Mar. 1982), Secret Origins v.2 #32 (Nov. 1988), 52 #51 (Apr. 2007)--Aquaman, Batman, Flash, Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter, Superman and Wonder Woman defeat the alien Appellax creatures. NOTES: The JLA's post-Crisis origin was retold in Secret Origins #32, substituting Black Canary for Wonder Woman and omitting Batman but because this is a world where golden and silver age heroes are on the same Earth, but we're using silver age dates, Black Canary couldn't be a founding member of the JLA in this timeline; Superman did not join thereafter in the post crisis version but he did join as a founder in this timeline. 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 (2007). The latter story also confirmed Black Canary as an eighth founder but we have to ignore that for this timeline. The JSA Sourcebook claims Canary's debut preceeded Flash and Green Lantern, which seems unlikely.  Justice League of America stories from 1960 up to at least 1972 should take place in this timeline based in various references throughout the Scooby-Doo Team-Up series.  Note that the filmation JLA series doesn't contradict silver age comics and the Super Friends at least up through the 1970s cartoon and comic was also compatible with silver age comics.  

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January 30, 1961 - January 6, 1962--THE YOGI BEAR SHOW--Followed by Yogi Bear & Friends 

February 23, 1961--HAWKMAN COMICS [1961-1978]--As explained earlier, in this timeline, the Thanagarian Hawks are reincarnated from the Egyptians.  They came to Earth in the golden age and had the adventures of the golden age Hawkman and Hawkgirl, and then continued to have their adventures during the silver age.  So based on evidence from Scooby-Doo Team-Up, Hawkman stories from 1961 to 1978 take place in this timeline.  

July 18, 1961--FLASH # 123--"Flash of Two Worlds"--This was the introduction to the DC Multiverse, which is also referenced in Batman:  The Brave and the Bold in several episodes including the Scooby-Doo guest appearance and again in Scooby-Doo Team-Up # 3.  Scooby-Doo Team-Up # 3 also references the Crisis.  In the Crisis, the DC Multiverse was allegedly destroyed, but later retcons showed versions of the multiverse to still exist.  Note that in the Scooby-Doo Team-Up timeline, the golden age Flash and silver age Flash exist in the same universe, but this story exists on Earth-1 and Earth-2 in the Scooby-Doo Multiverse.

July 27, 1961--Showcase #34 --The public debut of Atom II, Ray Palmer.

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September 27, 1961 to April 18, 1962--TOP CAT--Top Cat is the leader of a group of alley cats, always trying to cheat someone.



 January 30, 1962--Justice League of America #10 (Mar. 1962), Justice League Quarterly #15 (Summer 1994)--Felix Faust takes the JLA away from their battle with the Lord of Time and uses them to free the demons Abnegezar, Rath and Ghast (the Demons Three)NOTE: Recalled post-Crisis by Ghast.

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January 14, 1964 – December 4, 1966--RICOCHET RABBIT & DROOP-A-LONG--Taking place in a Wild West setting, Ricochet Rabbit (voiced by Don Messick) worked as a sheriff in the town of Hoop 'n' Holler. Ricochet would bounce off stationary objects yelling "Ping-ping-ping!" His deputy Droop-a-Long Coyote (voiced by Mel Blanc impersonating Ken Curtis) was not as fast and was very clumsy.  In addition to his speed, which enabled him to outrun bullets, Ricochet used trick bullets against his opponents, including a bullet that would stop in mid-flight and strike the target with an impossibly oversized mallet, and another which would draw a target on his nose and punch it.  Ricochet Rabbit's catchphrase was "Ping, ping, PING!", followed by his name.  Scooby-Doo Team-Up reveals that "western" cartoons Quick Draw McGraw and Ricochet Rabbit both took place in the modern era, in towns that seem to intentionally embrace the lifestyle of the old west and shun modern ways.  

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September 18, 1964 – March 11, 1965--Jonny Quest--The Quest family and their bodyguard investigate strange phenomena and battle villains around the world.

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February 25, 1965--BRAVE AND THE BOLD # 59 to 200--According to Scooby-Doo Team-Up # 1, both the New Scooby-Doo Movies and DC Comics' Brave and the Bold (at least the Batman issues) are canon in the Scooby-Doo Team-Up Universe.  Perhaps not all issues of Brave and the Bold are in canon for this timeline, but we do know that Batman comics up to 1973 are canon, so any Batman team-ups with other heroes from that era who have also appeared in Scooby-Doo Team-Up would be in canon most likely.  Also, Batman said that he was teaming up regularly with different heroes every month at the same time that Mystery, Inc. was, referencing the New Scooby-Doo Movies from September 8, 1972 - October 27, 1973 so every issues of Brave and the Bold during that era is definitely in this timeline's canon. I've chosen to list them since this is a team-up timeline.

March 25, 1965--SHOWCASE # 56--First appearance of Psycho Pirate, who appears in Scooby-Doo Team-Up # 25.  This story featured Doctor Fate and Hourman of Earth-2's Justice Society of America.  In this timeline, there is just one Earth for golden age and silver age heroes.  Doctor Fate appears in Scooby-Doo Team-Up # 25.  Hourman hasn't appeared yet in Scooby-Doo Team-Up, so his existence in this timeline is questionable.  This story may not be canon, and perhaps the Psycho Pirate's debut in this timeline happened differently.  

Apr/May 1965 --Brave and the Bold # 59--Batman and Green Lantern vs. Time Commander!

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1965--A Pup Named Scooby-Doo--A pre-teen version of Scooby Doo, with a pint-sized version of the title character.  Since this is the middle school version of the Mystery, Inc. gang, and 1969 is the debut of Mystery Inc. as much older teens, I figure this would take place four years before Scooby's real world debut in 1969.  Scooby-Doo Team-Up had a few references that imply that A Pup Named Scooby-Doo might be part of the canon of this timeline.  

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September 9, 1965 – September 7, 1967--The Secret Squirrel Show--A bucktoothed squirrel is the James Bond of the rodent world.

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September 9, 1965 – September 7, 1967--THE ATOM ANT SHOW--The Atom Ant/Secret Squirrel Show was an animated series which featured the pint sized hero Atom Ant and super-sleuth Secret Squirrel.

1966--Black Canary v.2 #1 (Jan. 1993)--15-year-old Dinah Laurel Lance succeeds her mother as Black Canary II and investigates a poll-fixing scandal. NOTE: First chronological appearance; she does not yet possess her "canary cry."  So Black Canary is complicated.  She appeared in the Green Lantern/Green Arrow issue of Scooby-Doo Team-Up, in her 70s "Hard Travelling Heroes" era.  This timeline has pre-crisis versions of DC characters, but it's a post-Crisis merged Earth situation where golden age and silver age characters existed on the same Earth.  So that means that the Black Canary migration thing probably didn't happen, and the mother/daughter legacy probably did.  In JLA:  Year One, Black Canary was 19 when the Justice League of America was founded.  That would make her born in 1941.  That doesn't make sense seeing as how the golden age Black Canary debuted in 1947.  If we presume instead that Black Canary II was 19 when she joined the JLA in the silver age timeline, 1969, then she would be born in 1950.  I'm not fond of that either, since Black Canary I retired in 1951, and her daughter should have been born after that.  So let's perhaps presume that the second BC was born in late 1951.  She turned 15 in 1966 then and took over as Black Canary II then, but joined the JLA in 1969, at age 18, when she became an adult.  Of course, that makes Ollie dating a much younger woman, but considering that has been true post-Crisis in his alleged relationship with Miss Arrowette as well, it's entirely plausible that Ollie, approximately 29 in 1969, dating 18 year old Dinah.  (I'm presuming that Ollie was 18 when he was stranded on the island.)

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January 12, 1966 to March 14, 1968--BATMAN (TELEVISION SERIES)--Batman and Robin protect Gotham City from various bizarre criminals. For this timeline's purposes, this dynamic duo is Bruce Wayne as Batman and Dick Grayson as Robin. There are references in Scooby-Doo Team-Up that imply that this series coexists with the silver age Batman comics in this timeline.

Aug/Sep 1966 --Brave and the Bold # 67--Batman and the Flash vs. The Speed Boys!

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September 10, 1966, to September 7, 1968--Space Ghost--The adventures of a space superhero who can become invisible and his sidekicks.  I used to think Space Ghost took place in the future, but Scooby-Doo Team-Up confirms he operates in another distant galaxy in the present day.

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September 10, 1966 – September 7, 1968--Frankenstein, Jr. and the Impossibles--Three cartoons packed into one half hour. Frankenstein Jr. was a robot constructed by a boy-genius to fight crime, The Impossibles were undercover agents disguised as a rock group.

Dec/Jan 1966 --Brave and the Bold # 69--Batman and Green Lantern vs. Time Commander (again)!

 Feb/Mar 1967 --Brave and the Bold # 70--Batman and Hawkman vs. Balthazar T. Balthazar!

Apr/May 1967 --Brave and the Bold # 71 -- Batman and Green Arrow vs. J. Jay Jaye!

August 29, 1967--Strange Adventures #205--"Who Has Been Lying in My Grave?"--Boston Brand, a trapeze artist and minority owner of a circus, walks the circus grounds before his nightly performance as the aerialist Deadman. He discovers a local constable poking around the grounds and chases him away. He then discovers that Leary the barker is stealing from the box office. He also catches Heldrich the animal trainer getting drunk. He fires Heldrich, then heads to the big top.  After reaching the top of the trapeze, Boston is shot by a sniper with a hook for a right hand. He falls to his death. Then his astral form is met by Rama Kushna, a Hindu spirit goddess. Rama allows Boston to walk the Earth as a spirit until his killer is caught.  Boston, now truly a Deadman, begins the search for his killer by checking up on the circus performers. He discovers that he is invisible, but can temporarily take control of human bodies. While inhabiting the body of Tiny the strongman, Deadman discovers Heldrich and Ramsey, the constable, making a drug deal. Deadman stops the crooks, then resumes the search for the killer, Hook.  Reprinted In:  Deadman Vol. 1 TPB (2011)


FILMATION DC CARTOONS BEGIN

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September 9, 1967 – 1968--The Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure--The animated adventures of several DC Comics superheroes.  Elements of the Adventures of Aquaman were included in Aquaman's appearance in Scooby-Doo Team-Up.  Aquaman was part of the Justice League of America segments (but only in the intros) and those also included Superman, the Flash, Green Lantern, Atom and Hawkman, who also had their own segments.  There was also a Teen Titans segment that included Aqualad from Adventures of Aquaman and Kid Flash from the Flash segments.  Teen Titans Go is in the Scooby-Doo Team-Up timeline.  According to that show, the Teen Titans had been operating for a while on the west coast, but there was another Teen Titans on the East Coast with Kid Flash, Aqualad, Speedy and Bumblebee.  This Teen Titans is Kid Flash, Aqualad, Speedy and Wonder Girl, with no Robin.  It could be this is the Titans East that competed with Robin's Teen Titans.  Of course, that would place the Teen Titans origin back to the same time as the origin of the silver age team.  There are a few Teen Titans comics that are also canon in this timeline.  We might consider those to be one time events where heroes from east and west teamed up.  

Dec/Jan 1967 -- Brave and the Bold # 75--Batman and the Spectre vs. Shahn-Zi!

Apr/May 1968 --Brave and the Bold # 77 -- Batman and the Atom vs. The Cannoneer!

Jun/Jul 1968 -- Brave and the Bold # 78 -- Batman, Wonder Woman and Batgirl vs. Copperhead!

July 25, 1968--Showcase #77--"Angel and the Ape"--Mr. Trumbell hires Angel O'Day, a private investigator, to protect him from men trying to kill him. Angel and her partner Sam Simeon, an intelligent gorilla help fight off several attackers, then Sam leaves to deliver a comic strip to Stan Bragg, editor of Brainpix Comics.  After dropping off the artwork, Sam returns home where he receives a call for help from Angel. She has been kidnapped along with Trumbell. Sam traces them to the local zoo and rescues Angel. Together they locate Trumbell and his captor, the zookeeper. Angel exposes the zookeeper as a spy who was trying to retrieve secret plans hidden inside a cast on Trumbell's foot. While the plans seems to be for a new rocket, they are actually plans for a new ride at Disneyland. 

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August 1, 1968--ATOM & HAWKMAN # 39 to 45--After their individual series are cancelled, the Atom and Hawkman are for a very short time combined into a single team-up series.  This series ran from 1968 to 1969.  These team-ups are mentioned in Hawkman's appearance in Scooby-Doo Team Up.  So we can assume that all of the 1960s Atom stories and Hawkman stories took place in the Scooby-Doo Team-Up timeline.  Hawkman's adventures continue at least up to 1978 due to the Fadeaway Man's appearance in Scooby-Doo Team-Up.  He debuted in 1978.

Aug/Sep 1968 -- Brave and the Bold # 79--Batman and Deadman vs. Carleton K. Kaine!

September 12, 1968--Showcase #78--"Meet Jonny Double..."--Down-on-his-luck private investigator Jonny Double gets a case to help Wilson Twain, a financier who has received death threats from the syndicate. Jonny begins questioning underworld informants and draws the attention of the criminals. After taking a beating, Jonny traces the crooks to businessmen Piker and Glass. He is spotted snooping in their office, and the crooks try to kill him. Jonny stays alive and defeats the crooks, leaving them for Lt. Branigan his former boss on the police force.

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September 14, 1968 – January 4, 1970--THE ADVENTURES OF BATMAN--The Adventures of Batman is an animated television series produced by Lou Schiemer's Filmation studios. It showcased the 12-minute Batman segments from The Batman/Superman Hour, sometimes broken up by and surrounding another cartoon from Filmation's fast-growing stream of superhero stars. A re-branded 30-minute version premiered on CBS on September 13, 1968 as Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder. This version was repackaged without the Superman and Superboy segments.  Olan Soule was the voice of Batman and is most likely best remembered for his work on that show, and many others in the Filmation stable. Casey Kasem, notable for his voice over and radio work, was the voice of Robin.  Batman and Robin would next appear in a The New Scooby-Doo Movies crossover, various versions of Super Friends (featuring Soule and Kasem reprising their Batman and Robin roles, respectively) and The New Adventures of Batman in 1977.  This version of Batman and Robin are the ones that teamed up with Scooby in the New Scooby Doo Movies (even though it was Hanna Barbera using Filmation's versions, but the Filmation Batman and Hanna Barbera Super Friends Batman were pretty much the same).  This version of Batman shows up again in the alternate universe episode of Batman:  The Brave and the Bold featuring Scooby and this is the version appearing in the first few issues of Scooby-Doo Team-Up.  There are references to how Batman now sounds more like the version from Batman:  The Animated Series, and there are references to how Robin seems different with Batman and even sounds like Shaggy (since they have the same voice actor in this version) and seems different when he is with his friends the Teen Titans (as he is depicted in the Teen Titans Go issues).  Teen Titans Go has also had an episode where Robin told his origin story with Batman appearing more like the Batman:  The Animated Series version, so we can assume it's the same characters even when shown in different perspectives.  

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September 19, 1968--Teen Titans #18--"Eye of the Beholder"--Interpol requests that the Teen Titans team up with a Russian super-hero, Starfire, to safeguard the Crown Jewels of Sweden from Andre Le Blanc, the self-styled "world's greatest jewel thief". Mutual antagonism spoils the joint efforts of the American and Soviet champions, until Starfire rescues the Titans from Le Blanc's death-traps. Kid Flash then returns the favor by saving Starfire from death on the subway tracks, while Robin defeats Le Blanc in hand-to-hand combat. The Titans and Starfire part amicably.  Note that Teen Titans Go exists in the Scooby-Doo Team-Up timeline.  In Teen Titans Go, at least three different origins exist for the Teen Titans, none of which acknowledge the silver age comics as canon.  But all three do acknowledge that other forms of Teen Titans have existed.  So lets take the Teen Titans comics appearances on a case by case basis.  In this particular issue, Starfire/Red Star is introduced.  He is mentioned in an issue of Scooby-Doo Team Up when Starfire (of Teen Titans Go) says she is not that Starfire, or that Starfire, referring to the other two DC Comics Starfires that existed before her, one the Russian hero and the other the space sword and sorcery heroine.  

Dec/Jan 1968 --Brave and the Bold # 81--Batman and the Flash vs. Carl Bork!

Feb/Mar 1969 -- Brave and the Bold # 82 -- Batman and Aquaman vs. Ocean Master!

Aug/Sep 1969 -- Brave and the Bold # 85 -- Batman and Green Arrow vs. Miklos Minotaur and his men!

SCOOBY-DOO, WHERE ARE YOU? - THE BEGINNING OF MYSTERY, INC. AND THE TREND OF MYSTERY SOLVING TEENS AND THEIR MASCOTS



SCOOBY-DOO, WHERE ARE YOU! (ANIMATED SERIES)

Release Date: September 13, 1969 - November 4, 1978

Series: Scooby-Doo!

The Story: A group of teenagers and their talking dog go around solving mysteries which always involves debunking a fake haunting.

Notes: This series is followed by The New Scooby-Doo Movies in 1972. It was remade as a live action movie in 2002. The series has been referenced and spoofed numerous times in film and television. Note that the series was cancelled in 1970 after its second season, replaced by its next incarnation, but was revived in its original form for a third season in 1978.

September 13, 1969--SEASON 1 EPISODE 1--"What a Night for a Knight"--Villain: Black Knight/Mr. Wickles

September 20, 1969--SEASON 1 EPISODE 2--"Hassle in the Castle"--Villain: Phantom of Vasquez/Bluestone the Great

September 27, 1969--SEASON 1 EPISODE 3--"A Clue for Scooby-Doo"--Villain: Ghost of Captain Cutler/Captain Cutler



October 4, 1969--SEASON 1 EPISODE 4--"Mine your Own Business"--Villain: Miner 49er/Hank


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October 11, 1969--SEASON 1 EPISODE 5--"Decoy for a Dognapper"--Villains: Indian Witch Doctor & Ghost of Geronimo/Buck Masters

October 18, 1969--SEASON 1 EPISODE 6--"What the Hex Going On?"--Villain: Ghost of Elias Kingston/Stuart Weatherby

October 25, 1969--SEASON 1 EPISODE 7--"Never Ape an Ape Man"--Villain: Ape Man/Carl

Oct/Nov 1969 -- Brave and the Bold # 86-- Batman and Deadman vs. the League of Assassins! 

November 1, 1969--SEASON 1 EPISODE 8--"Foul Play in Funland"--Villain: Charlie the Funland Robot controlled by Sarah Jenkins

November 8, 1969--SEASON 1 EPISODE 9--"The Backstage Rage"--Villain: Phantom Puppeteer/Mr. Pietro

November 15, 1969--SEASON 1 EPISODE 10--"Bedlam in the Big Top"--Villain: Ghost Clown/Harry the Hypnotist

November 22, 1969--SEASON 1 EPISODE 11--"A Gaggle of Galloping Ghosts"--Villains: Count Dracula, Werewolf, Frankenstein's Monster & Carlotta the Gypsy/Big Bob Oakley

November 29, 1969--SEASON 1 EPISODE 12--"Scooby-Doo and a Mummy, Too"--Villain: Mummy of Ankha/Dr. Najib

December 6, 1969--SEASON 1 EPISODE 13--"Which Witch is Which?"--Villains: Swamp Witch/Zeb Perkins, Zombie/Zeke Perkins

December 13, 1969--SEASON 1 EPISODE 14--"Go Away Ghost Ship"--Villains: Ghost of Redbeard/C.L. Magnus, Ghosts of Redbeard's Crew/Hired Henchmen

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December 20, 1969--SEASON 1 EPISODE 15--"Spooky Space Kook"--Villain: Space Kook/Henry Bascombe


Dec/Jan 1969 --Brave and the Bold # 87 -- Batman and Wonder Woman vs. Willi Van Dort and his men!

January 10, 1970--SEASON 1 EPISODE 16--"A Night of Fright is No Delight"--Villains: Phantom Shadows (Giggling Green Ghosts)/Cosgoode Creeps and Cuthbert Crawls

January 17, 1970--SEASON 1 EPISODE 17--"That's Snow Ghost"--Villain: Snow Ghost/Mr. Greenway

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February 24, 1970--Green Lantern / Green Arrow #76 to 84--Accompanied by a representative of the Guardians of the Universe, Hal Jordan and Oliver Queen embark on a road trip across America.  The unnamed Guardian was named Appa Ali Apsa in Green Lantern v.2 #199–200 (1986).  In the Green Lantern/Green Arrow issues of Scooby-Doo Team-Up, the pair had been travelling for a while, and the issue actually leads into Green Lantern/Green Arrow #85, so that means that Green Lantern and Green Arrow (and Black Canary and Speedy's) appearances up to June 23, 1971 are canon in this timeline, but everything after that can't have happened until after the GL/GA issue of SCTU.  This is the 2nd indicator of when SCDU takes place.  We know it takes place before the Speedy Heroin story, and before Aquababy's death, so as far as it's placement among other HB and DC stories, it takes place roughly in the period of 1971 to 1973, varying slightly for different individual series, despite it's modern setting.

Apr/May 1970 -- Brave and the Bold # 89 -- Batman and the Phantom Stranger vs. Josiah Heller and the Hellerites!

Aug/Sep 1970  -- Brave and the Bold # 91 -- Batman and Black Canary vs. The Collector!

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SCOOBY-DOO, WHERE ARE YOU?
SEASON 2 EPISODE 1 “NOWHERE TO HYDE”
Release Date: September 12, 1970 (Contemporary Setting; See Notes for series)
Horror Crosses: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (novel)
The Story: The gang pursue the alleged ghost of Mr. Hyde, a jewel thief and search for clues to the culprit, and clues point to the great-grandson of Dr. Jekyll.
Notes: This episode places the original Jekyll and Hyde as real, and thus Hyde and Jekyll end up pulled into the Scooby-Doo Team-Up Universe. This was the only episode of the original series with a crossover. Since the original series is clearly in this timeline, and since this is a crossover based timeline, I felt it was important to mention.

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 September 15, 1970--Phantom Stranger #10--"Death... Call Not My Name"--First appearance of Tannarak.  Reprinted In:  Showcase Presents Phantom Stranger Vol. 1 TPB (2006)

September 19, 1970--SEASON 2 EPISODE 2--"Mystery Mask Mix-Up"--Villains: Ghost of Zen Tuo/Mr. Fong, Scare Pair/Mr. Fong's Henchmen

September 26, 1970--SEASON 2 EPISODE 3--"Jeepers, It's the Creepers"--Villain: Creeper/Mr. Carswell

October 3, 1970--SEASON 2 EPISODE 4--"Scooby's Night With a Frozen Fright"--Villain: Caveman/Professor Wayne

October 10, 1970--SEASON 2 EPISODE 5--"Haunted House Hang-Up"--Villains: Headless Spectre/Penrod Stillwall, Phantom/Asa Shanks

October 17, 1970--SEASON 2 EPISODE 6--"A Tiki Scare is No Fair"--Villains: Witch Doctor/John Simms, Mano Tiki Tia/A giant robot controlled by John Simms's henchman

October 24, 1970--SEASON 2 EPISODE 7--"Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Werewolf?"--Villain: Ghost of Silas Long the Werewolf/Sheep Rustler

October 31, 1970--SEASON 2 EPISODE 8--"Don't Fool With a Phantom"--Villain: Wax Phantom/Roger Stevens. Note: This is initially the series finale and, thus, the last episode under the Scooby-Doo, Where are You! name until September, 1978.
 
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 January 11, 1972--Superman #249--"The Challenge of Terra-Man"--First appearance of Terra-Man.  Reprinted In:  Superman in the Seventies TPB (2000)

THE NEW SCOOBY-DOO MOVIES -- SCOOBY STARTS CROSSING OVER






THE NEW SCOOBY-DOO MOVIES (ANIMATED SERIES)

Release Date: September 8, 1972 - October 27, 1973

Series: Scooby-Doo!

The Story: Mystery, Inc. continues to solve mysteries, but now they meet a lot of interesting people.

Notes: This series is a continuation of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! It continues in 1976 as The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour. It was remade in 2002 as a live-action film. This series also spun off the animated Harlem Globetrotters series. The series has been referenced several times in other series and films. It has also been spoofed in Gremlins 2, Night of the Living Doo, and Family Guy. For a fuller list of New Scooby-Doo Movies crossovers, all of which are considered part of this timeline, visit the blog post for that series here.

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September 8, 1972--SEASON 1 EPISODE 1 “THE GHASTLY GHOST TOWN”--Animated Series Crosses: Three Stooges (Animated). The gang find their way to a theme park that is owned by the Three Stooges. This is a crossover with the animated cartoon based on the Three Stooges shorts. And for those not sure, the Stooges are characters. They are not real, even if the actors and the characters have the same names. 



SEASON 1 EPISODE 2 “THE DYNAMIC SCOOBY-DOO AFFAIR”

Release Date: September 15, 1972

Animated Series Crosses: The New Adventures of Batman

The Story: Mystery, Inc. teams-up with Batman and Robin to foil the counterfeiting ring run by the Joker and the Penguin.


Notes: The New Adventures of Batman is an animated continuation of the 1960s live action Batman series. However, for the purposes of this post, bringing in the animated series does not bring in the live action show, but we can assume that Batman and Robin had adventures in this universe prior to the start of the animated series.

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SEASON 1 EPISODE 3 “WEDNESDAY IS MISSING”
Release Date: September 22, 1972
Animated Series Crosses: The Addams Family (Animated)
The Story: The gang get their van stuck in front of the Addams home, and end up taking care of the kids while Gomez and Morticia take a vacation.
Notes: This cross brings The Addams Family animated series in. The version of the Addams Family here is reminiscent of the original comic, but is a tie-in with the animated series that is a continuation of the live-action series. However, this does not bring in the live action version. We must assume that a version of the live action show and comic strip may have existed in the Scooby-Doo Team-Up Universe, but only the animated series is canon for the Scooby-Doo Team-Up Universe. In the Scooby-Doo Team-Up issue featuring the Flintstones, the Mystery, Inc gang meets the Gruesomes, and suspects they are ancestors of another family Mystery Inc. once met. Since Laff-A-Lympics is not in this timeline, they were clearly not referencing the Creeplys but instead were talking about the time they met the Addams Family.

September 29, 1972 --SEASON 1 EPISODE 4 “THE FRICKERT FRACAS”--Crosses: Maude Frickert. The gang stays at a farm with Jonathan Winters and Maude Frickert, and are menaced by a scarecrow. Maude Frickert was a popular character played by comedian Jonathan Winters in his stand-up and on sketch comedy shows. This crossover only brings in an animated version of the character and not her live-action appearances.

Sep/Oct 1972 -- Brave and the Bold # 103 -- Batman and the Metal Men!

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October 7, 1972--SEASON 1 EPISODE 5--"Guess Who's Knott Coming to Dinner?"--Guest Starring Don Knotts

October 14, 1972--SEASON 1 EPISODE 6--"A Good Medium is Rare"--Guest Starring Phyllis Diller

October 21, 1972--SEASON 1 EPISODE 7--"Sandy Duncan's Jekyll and Hyde"--Guest Starring Sandy Duncan

October 28, 1972--SEASON 1 EPISODE 8--"The Secret of Shark Island"--Guest Starring Sonny & Cher 

November 4, 1972--THE NEW SCOOBY-DOO MOVIES--"The Spooky Fog of Juneberry"--The gang goes to MAYBERRY and helps out Deputy Barney Fife. (Or so James Bojaciuk has convinced me.)

November 7, 1972--Wonder Woman #204--"The Second Life of the Original Wonder Woman"--First appearance of Nubia.  Reprinted In:  Diana Prince:Wonder Woman Vol. 4 TPB (2009)


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November 11, 1972--THE NEW SCOOBY-DOO MOVIES--"Scooby-Doo Meets Laurel and Hardy (aka the Ghost of Bigfoot)"--The Mystery Inc. gang meets and works with Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. 

November 18, 1972 --SEASON 1 EPISODE 11 “THE GHOST OF THE RED BARON”--Animated Series Crosses: Three Stooges (Animated). Curly is a dust cropper who has to deal with the ghost of the Red Baron with the help of the other Stooges and Mystery, Inc. This episode aired on the day I was born.


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November 25, 1972--SEASON 1 EPISODE 12 “THE GHOSTLY CREEP FROM THE DEEP”--Animated Series Crosses: Harlem Globetrotters (Animated); South Park. Mystery, Inc. works with the Harlem Globetrotters when on a ship with pirate ghosts. The Harlem Globetrotters was a real basketball team famous for entertaining but not legal basketball tricks. However, they later got their own animated series, and I consider this a cross with that series. Weirdly, both the Globetrotters and the Stooges, who also met Mystery, Inc., would end up becoming super-heroes with bionic parts. The pirate ghosts (or ghost pirates) would later reappear on the South Park episode Korn’s Groovy Pirate Ghost Mystery. I definitely count this crossover. In general, South Park has very few parody crossovers featuring fictional characters (unlike Family Guy). They mostly poke fun at real celebrities. That strengthens my resolve in considering the crossover valid. 

Nov/Dec 1972 -- Brave and the Bold # 104 -- Batman and Deadman!

December 2, 1972--SEASON 1 EPISODE 13--"The Haunted Horseman of Hagglethorn Hall"--Guest Starring Davy Jones

December 9, 1972--SEASON 1 EPISODE 14--"The Phantom of the Country Music Hall"--Guest Starring Jerry Reed



SEASON 1 EPISODE 15 “THE CAPED CRUSADER CAPER”

Release Date: December 15, 1972

Animated Series Crosses:New Adventures of Batman

The Story: 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.


Notes: 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.

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December 22, 1972--SEASON 1 EPISODE 16 “THE LOCH NESS MESS”--Animated Series Crosses: Harlem Globetrotters (Animated). Once more, the Globetrotters help Mystery, Inc, when Shaggy’s uncle’s house appears to be haunted and menaced by a sea serpent.  This occurs in Massachusetts despite the title. The ghosts are of Paul Revere, a redcoat and a Minuteman. 

January 23, 1973--Demon # 7--First appearance of Klarion the Witch Boy.

Jan/Feb 1973 -- Brave and the Bold # 105 -- Batman and Wonder Woman!

Mar/Apr 1973 -- Brave and the Bold # 106 -- Batman and Green Arrow!

Jun/Jul 1973 -- Brave and the Bold # 107 -- Batman and Black Canary!

Aug/Sep 1973 -- Brave and the Bold # 108 -- Batman and Sgt. Rock!

THE SUPER-FRIENDS



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September 8, 1973 – September 6, 1986--Super Friends--The greatest of the DC Comics superheroes work together to uphold the good with the help of some young proteges.  The Super-Friend appeared in Scooby-Doo Team-Up in their classic first season incarnation, but facing the Legion of Doom.  Marvin, Wendy, Wonder Dog, and the Wonder Twins were all mentioned, and they had grown up and graduated by Scooby-Doo Team-Up, so definitely the entire run of Super Friends took place before Scooby-Doo Team-Up.  However, the appearance of Cyborg in the final season definitely contradicts Teen Titans Go, which is in this timeline (though not really, seeing as how Teen Titans Go has numerous origins, one of which has Cyborg hoping to get into the Justice League, a nod to his being a member of the New 52 and movie League.  It could be that Cyborg and Firestorm were the new junior members after the Wonder Twins.  Firestorm hasn't yet appeared in Scooby-Doo Team-Up.)


September 8, 1973--SEASON 2 EPISODE 1 “THE MYSTERY OF HAUNTED ISLAND”--Animated Series Crosses: Harlem Globetrotters (Animated). Mystery, Inc. and the Globetrotters end up being diverted from their trip to Picnic Island to Haunted Island.

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September 15, 1973--SEASON 2 EPISODE 2 “THE HAUNTED SHOWBOAT”--Animated Series Crosses: Josie and the Pussycats (Animated). Mystery, Inc. find themselves aboard a showboat where Josie and the Pussycats are booked to perform. When ghosts appear, the two groups of teens join together to solve the mystery. This brings in the animated version of Josie and the Pussycats (and Josie and the Pussycats in Outer Space) but not necessarily the comic books from which the characters originate. 

September 22, 1973--SEASON 2 EPISODE 3 “SCOOBY-DOO MEETS JEANNIE (AKA MYSTERY IN PERSIA)”--Animated Series Crosses: Jeannie (Animated). Jeanie transports Mystery, Inc. back to ancient Egypt to solve a mystery. This crossover brings the animated Jeanie into the Scooby-Prime Universe. This Jeanie was not the same from I Dream of Jeannie. 

September 29, 1973--SEASON 2 EPISODE 4--"The Spirit Spooked Sports Show"--Guest Starring Tim Conway

October 6, 1973--SEASON 2 EPISODE 5--"The Exterminator"--Guest Starring Don Adams

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October 13, 1973--SEASON 2 EPISODE 6 “THE WEIRD WINDS OF WINONA”--Animated Series Crosses: Speed Buggy. Two groups of teens and their talking dog and car try to determine why people are fleeing their town. This brings in the animated Speed Buggy, which is about a living, talking, intelligent, animate car. 

October 20, 1973--SEASON 2 EPISODE 7--"The Haunted Candy Factory"--Guest Starring Cass Elliot

October 27, 1973--NEW SCOOBY-DOO MOVIES--"Scooby-Doo Meets Dick Van Dyke"--Apparently, there was a plan to reuse footage from this episode as a dream sequence where Doctor Sloan (DIAGNOSIS MURDER) meets Scooby-Doo. That would imply that the Dick Van Dyke seen in this episode isn't the actor, but is instead Doctor Sloan. 


Oct/Nov 1973 -- Brave and the Bold # 109 -- Batman and the Demon!

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 September 7, 1974 - December 21, 1974--Hong Kong Phooey --A kung-fu-fighting pup and his snickering cat sidekick battle crime.


November 7, 1975 - September 11, 1979--A television series based on Wonder Woman airs, starring Lynda Carter.  In Scooby-Doo Team-Up, Scooby sings the theme song to this television series, implying the show's existence as a show within the SCTU timeline.  



 1st Issue Special #12 (March 1976)-- The first appearance of the other Starman, who appeared in the aliens issue of Scooby-Doo Team-Up.

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Starfire #1 (August 1976)--First appearance of the other Starfire, referenced in Scooby-Doo Team-Up.

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September 11, 1976 - December 18, 1976--The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour--Scooby Doo and the gang solve mysteries; then Blue Falcon and Dynomutt fight crime in each two-part episode of this animated series.  Scooby and Dynomutt meet in this series in a couple of episodes, and later in more comics stories.  Dynomutt hasn't appeared yet in Scooby-Doo Team-Up, but it was mentioned that Scooby knows Dynomutt and they talk regularly.  






February 12, 1977 - May 28, 1977--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. This was a continuation of the Adventures of Batman, and introduced Bat-Mite from the comics to the screen for the first time. This is considered part of the Scooby-Doo Team-Up timeline.

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September 10, 1977 - September 2, 1978--The All-New Super Friends Hour--A team of the greatest DC Comics superheroes protects Earth with the help of a pair of alien sibling apprentices.  This was the first series to introduce the Wonder Twins.  

March 23, 1978--WORLD'S FINEST COMICS # 251--This Green Arrow/Black Canary story was published in 1978, but Scooby-Doo Team-Up # 25 raises a continuity problem. It names Count Vertigo (who debuts in this issue) as a Green Arrow villain, but Scooby-Doo # 25 is firmly set between Green Lantern/Green Arrow # 84 and 85, from 1971. So I place this story here, out of sequence for the Green Arrow timeline but within the context of the Scooby-Doo Team-Up canon.

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September 9, 1978, to December 23, 1978--Challenge of the Superfriends--The Justice League of America battles the plots of the supervillian team, the Legion of Doom.





September 22, 1979 - January 5, 1980--SCOOBY-DOO AND SCRAPPY-DOO (ANIMATED SERIES)--The Mystery, Inc. gang gets joined by Scooby’s very hyper nephew Scrappy-Doo. This series was a continuation of the previous two series mentioned (Scooby-Doo, Where are You? and the New Scooby-Doo Movies). In this series, Scrappy gets added to the cast to boost ratings, which were slipping. As if it wasn’t hard enough to explain Scooby, we now are faced with an unaging puppy who is more articulate than his uncle. The Scooby-Doo live action film, though not included in the Scooby-Prime Universe canon, does at least offer an explanation that Scrappy wasn’t a puppy, but merely suffered from a pituitary gland issue. And of course he can talk because talking dogs are normal. Actually, Scrappy is part of Scooby’s family, descended from aliens that posed as gods and interbred with Earth animals. That was explained in Mystery Incorporated, which isn't part of this timeline, but it's the only explanation thats ever been offered. This show is continued into the 1980 Richie Rich/Scooby-Doo Show. This series is spoofed in the 2002 live action Scooby-Doo film and has been referenced as fictional and in homage in numerous films and on television.

October 25, 1979--Adventure Comics #467 --"First Encounter" -- The first appearance of Starman Prince Gavyn.  Every DC version of Starman exists in this timeline according to Scooby-Doo Team-Up.


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July 24, 1980--Super Friends #37--"Bad Weather for Supergirl"--Reprinted In:  Super Friends:Truth, Justice and Peace TPB (2003)


April 15, 1982--New Teen Titans #21--First appearance of Baron Winters.

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June 14, 1984--Jemm, Son of Saturn #1-- First appearance of Jemm, who appears in Scooby-Doo Team-Up.

Early 1985--Swamp Thing first encounters John Constantine, who launches him on a journey of self-discovery across the gothic underbelly of America.  STSF #1; (ST v2 #37-40 <6-9.85>). Constantine’s first published appearance.

Late April, 1985--CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS--Bat-Mite and Scooby-Mite reference the Crisis in Scooby-Doo Team-Up # 3. However, if this timeline was involved in or affected by the Crisis, it was likely minimal. I do have a theory that the "merged Earth" that appeared after the Crisis, that featured pre-Crisis versions of DC characters (prior to the big changes like Man of Steel and Batman Year One), but with characters from Golden Age, Silver Age and other companies like Fawcett now on the same Earth could be this timeline That period lasted for 8 months in 1986, from February to October 1986.


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May 1986--CAPTAIN MARVEL AND MARVEL FAMILY COMICS [1940 - 1951]--Based on Scooby-Doo Team-Up # 16, we can assume that the adventures of the Marvel Family happened, but it's more likely based on the context of Scooby-Doo Team-Up that the Marvel Family debuted in the silver age rather than the golden age, and existed on the same Earth as Superman and Batman.  Hence, I've placed this on the timeline at the era in which Captain Marvel was rebooted following Crisis on Infinite Earths.  But even though I'm placing the Marvel Family here on the timeline, it's still the golden age adventures that are canon for this timeline.  They just happened a lot more recently than they did on Earth-S.  

June 28, 1988--Starman #1--"Grassroots Hero"--Dr. Harold Melrose is trying to create a group of super-beings using radiation from deep space directed to Earth with a satellite. During the experiment, the satellite is struck by space debris and knocked out of alignment. The radiation beam is directed into the mountains of Colorado where unemployed Will Payton is camping.  Will is found by two hikers. The ground around him is charred, his skin appears burned, and he is believed dead. When the local coroner examines him though, Will rises from the table. Startled by the experience, Will flees and discovers he now possesses amazing strength, invulnerability, and the power to fly. Using these new powers which also include the ability to radiate heat and light, he stops a bank robbery.  Will then tracks down his sister Jayne. She was worried because he was missing for more than a month. Will has no memory of the previous 34 days. Jayne convinces Will to become a super-hero and creates a costume for him. Reluctantly, Will accepts the costume and rescues a trapped construction worker. He is dubbed Starman by onlookers and the press.  When word of Starman reaches Dr. Melrose, he deduces that the satellite power was redirected to the new hero. The doctor resolves to get the power back by any means necessary.

Huntress #1 (Apr. 1989)--Helena Bertinelli, the daughter of a murdered mob boss, becomes the Huntress IIINOTE: The origin of the post-Crisis Huntress was heavily revised several times, first in Huntress v.2 (1994) and again in Batman/Huntress: Cry for Blood (2000). Most of her short-lived 1989 series was probably later erased from continuity.

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September 5, 1992 - September 15, 1995--Batman: The Animated Series--The Dark Knight battles crime in Gotham City with occasional help from Robin and Batgirl.  This series is not in the Scooby-Doo Team-Up timeline.  However, I'd argue that the Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, Batgirl, and Catwoman stories from this series could fit, based on their depictions in Scooby-Doo Team-Up, with a focus on the team-ups with Gotham Girls and the solo team-up with Harley Quinn.  


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April 15, 1994 - May 31, 2008--SPACE GHOST COAST TO COAST--Space Ghost in his 40s is no longer a superhero, and now he even goes by his real name Tad Ghostal. However, to remain in the spot-light he has started his own late-night talk show filmed in outer space. With his cohost and former villain Zorak, and his director Moltar they interview celebrities on Earth through their video-phone.  According to Scooby-Doo Team-Up, this is canon.  Space Ghost was hypnotized for eight years by Zorak and Moltar into thinking he was a talk show host to keep him busy.  If this is canon, I can't wait to see what they might say about Harvey Birdman if and when Scooby teams up with Birdman.

October 1994--STARMAN VOLUME 2--All versions of DC's Starman exist in this timeline, per the aliens issue.  this is in sync with James Robinson's Starman series.  Note though that any contradictions in the STarman series with Scooby-Doo Team-Up depictions of characters should be ignored.  



1995-11-21--BLACK CANARY/ORACLE:  BIRDS OF PREY--The title series began with Chuck Dixon's one shot Black Canary/Oracle: Birds of Prey (which had a cover date of 1996, but the release date was November 1995). Initially, the two heroines featured were Barbara Gordon (formerly "Batgirl") and Dinah Lance(currently "Black Canary"). From the beginning, Canary was written as passionate and idealistic. In an interview with Comics Bulletin, Dixon described this choice as a fertile clash of values: "Dinah's more idealistic approach is at the heart of this book." Note that in Scooby-Doo Team-Up, Barbara Gordon is Batgirl, not Oracle.  But in New 52, Barbara healed from her paralysis and returned to being Batgirl, so that could be the case in this timeline as well.  Also note that it's so hard to track continuity in the Scooby-Doo Team-Up timeline.  I haven't read the Birds of Prey issue yet, but I might move this entry in the timeline.  When Black Canary appears in Scooby-Doo Team-Up, it's right in the midst of the Green Lantern/Green Arrow:  Hard Travelling Heroes storyline.  Birds of Prey happens much later.  But if I move this to take place during the Scooby-Doo Team-Up series, after the Green Lantern/Green Arrow issue, that means Barbara's tragic shooting by the Joker happened also after her initial appearance in Scooby-Doo Team-Up, and she was Oracle for maybe a few weeks.  So stay tuned.  I may have to work this one out some more.  For now I'll keep this here.  

2000--This is the opening of the 2002 Scooby-Doo film. The gang help Pamela Anderson solve a mystery but a fight ensues after that leads to the team breaking up. Note they take down the Luna Ghost, who has never appeared in the cartoons, but returns in Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated. Mystery Incorporated however is a divergent timeline where the kids are still in high school and had some adventures similar to the original cartoons, but live in Crystal Cove, not Coolsville. The team-up with Pamela Anderson fits in with the old New Scooby-Doo Movies theme.

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2000--WORLD'S FUNNEST--Superman and Batman: World's Funnest is an American single issue prestige format comic book published in 2000 by DC Comics. It was written by Evan Dorkin and illustrated by many artists. It is an Elseworlds tale and as such is not considered part of the main DC canon/continuity. Despite the title, Batman and Superman play only a small role in the story which stars instead Mr. Mxyzptlk and Bat-Mite as the main protagonists. The book pokes fun at many comic book conventions and DC heroes from the golden through to modern ages. Its setting is a multiverse similar to the pre-crisis DCU but also includes references to other Elseworlds tales (Kingdom Come and Batman: The Dark Knight Returns), the modern DCU, the DCAU and even pays a visit to Crisis on Infinite Earths.  In this series, it's revealed that there is only one Mxyzptlk and Bat-Mite in the multiverse, and so every version we see of them is the same versions.  This has also been demonstrated in post-Crisis and New 52 Superman comics.  



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July 27, 2000 - November 19, 2002--Gotham Girls--The adventures of the female superheroes and supervillains of Gotham City.  This was a web series spin-off of Batman:  The Animated Series.  While Batman the Animated Series isn't necessarily in this timeline, this web series definitely is.  

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SCOOBY-DOO (LIVE ACTION FILM)
Release Date: 2002 (Contemporary Settings)
Series: Scooby-Doo (Live Action)
Horror Crosses: The Beast of Yucca Flats; From Dusk Till Dawn; Slither
Animates Series Crosses: Hong Kong Phooey; Scooby-Doo Where Are You; New Scooby-Doo Movies; Powerpuff Girls; Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo; Scooby-Doo Mystery Incorporated
Other Crosses: Maciste
The Story: Two years later, all of the team members are reunited to solve a mystery on a horror themed island.
Notes:  This film takes place in the Live Action Universe, which is also the Television Crossover Universe and Horror Universe.  This is a separate timeline than the other Scooby animated and comic book timelines which we cover elsewhere on this website.  Scrappy is kicked out of the van in flashback near Yucca Flats, which is a real place, but the reference here was to the B horror film starring Tor Johnson as the Beast.  The monsters explode in sunlight just like the vampires from Tarantino's From Dusk Till Dawn.  Scooby's dog collar prop from this film appears again in Slither, in a pile of dog bones.  James Gunn directed Scooby-Doo and Slither.  Shaggy references that he fights like Hong Kong Phooey.  This film is meant as a direct sequel to Scooby-Doo Where Are You, New Scooby-Doo Movies, and Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo and references in the film make that clear.  Scrappy mentions the Powerpuff girls.  The Luna Ghost first appears in this film and reappears in Scooby-Doo:  Mystery Incorporated.  The temple is designed to resemble that seen in Cabiria, the first film to feature the hero Maciste.  In Scooby-Doo Team-Up, there are references to Daphne practicing Kung Fu, and calling her "Danger Prone Daphne", both things that came from this movie, so it's possible that this movie and it's sequel could take place in this timeline.  However, see also the live action Scooby-Doo Universe timeline by clicking here.  

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February 2003--Superman # 189--Debut of Traci Thirteen.  Note that I think Superman comics canon for this timeline runs roughly from 1942 to 1980.  But since Traci Thirteen is in Scooby-Doo Team-Up, this one post-Crisis issue of Superman may be included.  

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SCOOBY-DOO 2: MONSTERS UNLEASHED (LIVE ACTION FILM)
Release Date: 2004 (Contemporary Setting)
Series: Scooby-Doo (Live Action)
Animated Series Crosses: Bugs Bunny; A Pup Named Scooby-Doo; Scooby-Doo Where Are You
Other Crosses: So You Think You Can Dance
The Story: Now back in operation as Mystery, Inc., the team must solve a mystery in their home town, as a museum is opening in their honor. Many classic monsters from the original series return in this film.
Notes: Sequel to the 2002 live action film. Scooby transforms into the Looney Tunes Tasmanian Devil after ingesting a formula. There is a flashback to their early days from A Pup Names Scooby-Doo. Additionally, the setting of this film is in the gang's hometown of Coolsville. In the classic cartoons, the gang was always travelling. A Pup Named Scooby-Doo was the first appearance of Coolsville. Many classic foes from Scooby-Doo Where Are You appear or are referenced. A janitor is auditioning for So You Think You Can Dance.


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August 7, 2004--TEEN TITANS--"Fractured"--Larry, Robin's double, from a different dimension arrives and causes havoc.  Teen Titans takes place in an alternate reality.  However, it's been revealed in Teen Titans # 48 that Larry the Titan comes from an alternate reality, probably the same 5th Dimension that Mxyzptlk and Bat-Mite come from, which means that all appearances of Larry in any reality are the same being.  So the Larry who appears here is the same Larry later seen in Scooby-Doo Team-Up.

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January 2005--Birds of Prey # 76--Debut of Black Alice.  Post Crisis stories are hard.  We're clearly in a pre-Crisis world in this timeline, where most characters are still existing in the 70s or early 80s, but a few post Crisis and even New 52 characters have been worked into Scooby-Doo Team-Up.  Ether those first appearance stories exist in the Scooby-Doo Team-Up timeline, or their origin stories exist differently and have never been portrayed.  

May2006--Infinite Crisis # 6-- Infinite Crisis did not take place in this timeline.  But this issue was when Jaime Reyes became the new Blue Beetle, and that did happen in this timeline.  His origin in this timeline may more closely resemble his New 52 origin or his Young Justice animated series origin.



BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD (ANIMATED SERIES)

Release Date: November 14, 2008 to November 18, 2011

Series: Batman: The Brave and the Bold

The Story: Seasoned hero Batman teams with all the other heroes of his world.

Notes: This series in not, I repeat not, part of the main Scooby-Doo Team-Up timeline. But it is included for a story below that I do consider part of the canon. In a few episodes of the series, Bat-Mite has demonstrated how there is a large number of alternate timelines. One of those, in which Batman teams up with Scooby-Doo, is more likely the main Scooby-Doo Team-Up timeline, while this series is a divergent timeline which seems to be designated “Earth-23”, whereas the main Scooby-Doo Team-Up Universe is “Earth-1A”. Having said that, it should be noted that recently a new Scooby/Batman animated team-up movie came out, that features the Scooby-Doo of the Batman: Brave and the Bold animated series universe, so that universe does have it's own version of Scooby and that movie is not part of this timeline.

WAY 1 (DC Comics) front cover

September 9, 2010--SCOOBY-DOO! WHERE ARE YOU? (DC COMICS)--Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? is a comic-book series published by DC Comics, starting on September 9, 2010. From issue 1-issue 18, the comic was handled under DC's junior imprint label, Johnny DC. Then in 2012, starting from issue 19, it was handled by DC Entertainment. From issue 29, the comic title also had the slight alteration to Scooby-Doo! Where Are You?  These books tend to have one new story, and the rest are reprints from the old Scooby-Doo comic.  In Scooby-Doo Team-Up, the gang say that now they are twice as busy, implying that each issue of this series takes place between the issues of Scooby-Doo Team-Up.  



BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD (ANIMATED SERIES)
SEASON 2 EPISODE 25 “BAT-MITE PRESENTS: BATMAN’S STRANGEST CASES!”

Release Date: January 19, 2011

Animated Series Crosses: Scooby-Doo!; Mad; New Adventures of Batman

Other Crosses: Bat-Manga

The Story: Bat-Mite presents three tales from alternate realities.

Notes: In this instance, the Scooby-Doo Team-Up Universe is one of those alternate realities. As explained in the previous entry, the Brave and the Bold series is a divergent timeline to the Scooby-Doo Team-Up Universe. But from their perspective, the Scooby-Doo Team-Up Universe is the divergent timeline. The Scooby-Doo Team-Up 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 Scooby-Doo Multiverse. The later Batman/Scooby Team-Up movie actually takes place in the Brave and the Bold Universe and is Scooby's first appearance in that universe. It's not part of this timeline.



Aquadog


January2012-Aquaman #3 --Aquadog is the nickname given to Salty, Aquaman and Mera's pet dog that they rescued from the monsters known as the Trench.  This has problems.  Aquadog is in this timeline, but for the most part, Aquaman's adventures stop in the early 70s, prior to the death of Aquababy.  So this is the only Aquaman story after that which can still fit in this timeline.  



2013--NEW TEEN TITANS--"Apprentice"--Larry the Titan returns, still voiced by . This does not take place in the Teen Titans animated timeline, or the Scooby-Doo Team-Up timeline. This is a new reality created by Larry the Titan. Larry, like Bat-Mite and Mxyzptlk, is a multiversal being, so every appearance in Larry in every timeline is the same character. So this is the same Larry that also appears in Scooby-Doo Team-Up.

April 23, 2013 – present--TEEN TITANS GO--Superhero roommates Robin, Cyborg, Starfire, Raven and Beast Boy love saving the day, but what happens when they're done fighting crime?



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May 18, 2013--Super-Pets--This features Krypto and Ace teaming up with other super pets.  Though the animation is different, Ace acts here the way he acted in the Krypto the Super-Dog cartoon, and later in Scooby-Doo Team-Up.  While the Krypto cartoon doesn't fit in this timeline because the origin is too different, these shorts don't really contradict this timeline.



SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP

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Nov 20 2013--SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP # 1--Batman and Robin


  • Issue # 1 seems to be a follow-up to the three previous Scooby/Batman team-ups from New Scooby-Doo Movies and Batman:  The Brave and the Bold.  
  • This issue introduces Man-Bat to the Scooby Universe.
  • The art seems to imply this is the world of the newer version of the DC Super Friends series aimed at kids, but later issues show that this isn’t the case.
  • The Batman from the original Scooby team-ups was the same as the Batman from the Adventures of Batman and New Adventures of Batman animated shows, which was itself a continuation of Batman’66.
  • Finally reading the Scooby-Doo Team-Up issues Ivan sent me after we did the first show. Issue 1 they directly reference New Scooby-Doo Movies (We used to meet all sorts of people, basketball players, singers, it's like we were teaming up with someone every week) and Brave and the Bold (Batman: I know the feeling).
  • And then Batman literally says they could use partners that are Brave and Bold.
  • Batman also references his original origin. "Criminals are a cowardly superstitious lot."
  • According to this issue, the Mystery Analysts issue # 2 takes place exactly one month later, like in real time! However, Ivan points out that the digital issues, which were half the paper issues, came out monthly, and the paper issues came out bi-monthly, so while the Mystery Analysts meeting did indeed get published one month after the invite, that doesn't necessarily follow that all the stories are happening in real time.

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Jan 8 2014--SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP # 2--Ace the Bat-Hound


  • Ivan informs on the podcast that this version of Ace does indeed act similar to the manner that was first introduced in the Krypto the Super-Dog animated series and later on the DC Nation shorts. The Krypto series does not work for this timeline because in that series Krypto arrives on Earth after Superman is an adult an lives with a boy in the suburbs of Metropolis. Super Friends incorporates the previous Filmation versions of Superman and Superboy, including adventures of Superboy and Krypto. So we must abide by the original silver age origin of Krypto. The DC Nation Shorts featuring the Super-Pets works though.
  • This also brings in Mystery Analysts of Gotham City


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Mar 5 2014--SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP # 3--Bat-Mite


  • This one brings in Batman, both another tie-in to the New Adventures of Batman and Batman:  The Brave and the Bold.
  • Also brings in Larry from the original Teen Titans series.
  • The Batusi is mentioned, a reference to Batman’66
  • It’s also mentioned that Batman has that deep voice, which is a modern thing that originated with Michael Keaton. (Since this doesn't specifically bring in any particular story, I would only reference our discussion of this on the podcast. Ivan points out a flashback story that reveals it was Alfred's idea for Bruce to come up with the voice, after Batman had already been operating for a while. This would help explain why the earlier Scooby/Batman team-ups have Batman with a regular voice, but why he (and Ace) would have the deeper voices now. Also, considering the Gotham Girls team-up later on.
  • Mites being from Fifth dimension is referenced, something first introduced in World’s Funnest.
  • Crisis/multiverse reference
  • This issue reveals that all the original Scooby villains got their costumes and Gadgets from Batman foes The Spook and False Face.
  • When Mystery Inc are turned into kids, they look like their Pup Named Scooby-Doo versions.
  • When Batman is turned into an ape, he looks just as he did in the JLA storyline "JLApe".
  • The reference to heroes fighting before teaming up is more of a Marvel Comics tradition.
  • Batman L.L.C. is a parody of Batman, Inc.
  • When Mystery, Inc. are turned into Batman LLC, the boys are wearing Nightwing costumes. Based on this timeline, Dick Grayson is still Robin, and won't sport that costume until he grows up, around three years in the future (not accounting for comic book time of course). Either Bat-Mite got the idea for the costumes because he can see the future (or other timelines, as demonstrated in Batman: The Brave and the Bold), or else Dick will have remembered this adventure and is influenced by this adventure when he creates his Nightwing costume in the future.
  • Mystery Inc are also turned into versions of X-Files or Men in Black, Ghostbusters, and My Little Pony. This may be the closest we'll ever get to crossovers between Scooby and those franchises sadly.


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    May 7 2014--SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP # 4--Teen Titans Go


    • Reference to Robin being the same Robin from previous issues even though he’s clearly different.  
    • Reference to Robin and Shaggy having same voice actor



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    Jul 2 2014--SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP # 5--Wonder Woman


    • This Wonder Woman has pre-crisis and post-crisis elements
    • Shaggy doesn’t count as a man.



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    Sep 3 2014--SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP # 6--Super Friends


    • This is the original version of the Super Friends.  Not the new DC Super Friends comic version.
    • Nice reference to what became of Marvin and Wendy, but what became of Zan and Jayna?
    • Shaggy and Scooby controlling Sinestro’s ring.  Also, the fear controlling the ring is a post crisis element.
    • Supergirl appearing in the costume from her one-time appearance in the Super Friends comic book.
    • Brainiac’s monkey is shown in flashback to Brainiac’s first silver age appearance.
    • Wonder Woman references the previous issue she was in.

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    Nov 5 2014--SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP # 7--Flintstones


    • The Flintstones lived 10,000 years in the past, not 1 mIliion B.C. as was the original canon.
    • Fruity Pebbles commercials are referenced as canon.
    • Gruesomes ancestors of the Addams Family or possible the Creepleys.
    • Flintstones/WWE crossover referenced.
    • Dino’s dialogue call-back to his origin story
    • This takes place before Flintstones meet the Jetsons.
    • Shaggy makes fun of record players because Scooby has remained contemporary
    • This takes place before Jetsons meet Flintstones.


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    Nov 5 2014--SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP # 8--Jetsons

    • This takes place a thousand years in the future, and before Jetsons meet Flintstones because they are unfamiliar with time travel.
    • The Jetson's car (in SDTU) folds up to a briefcase (as in the original Jetsons), but when it folds with Shaggy, Scooby, and Astro inside, they aren't crushed, despite the small size, as if the inside stays the same side despite the exterior changing it's form. It's as if it's bigger on the inside, and rather than folding up, it really has a chameleon circuit. Ivan counters with this: "True, but tesseract technology isn't dependent on Gallifrey. DC ONE MILLION made use of similar gimmicks to explain how the Earth dealt with overpopulation issues. Besides, there's no evidence that it's bigger on the inside; could be that the contents of the car shrink."  Good point. Also interesting point about tesseract technology. Video monitors on the Jetsons have always actually acted as portals, which is why Mr. Spacely can come out of the screen and physically grab George.  As Ivan also points out, this is a common trope of cartoons, and even happens with telephone calls, with people reaching out of the phone from the other end.
    • This is a two parter.  The story starts and ends on the same day.



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    Mar 4 2015--SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP # 9--Superman


    • This is classic Pre-Crisis Superman.  Krypto is not from the cartoon but the silver age version.  References to Elastic Lad, signal watch, that pool at the fortress that gives powers, the Fortress itself, the Jimmy Olsen Fan Club etc.
    • No Z in Brazier reference to Margot Kidder’s Lois from the Christopher Reeve movies.
    • Perry White references  the classic George Reees episode where a crook pretends to be ghost of Caeser to drive Perry crazy.
    • Reference to the previous Super Friends issue.
    • Lois’ costume looked a bit like the one seen in Lois and Clark
    • Lots of classic villains, Professor Pottor, Space Canine Patrol Agency



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    May 6 2015--SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP # 10--Johnny Quest


    • Not much to say about this one but it’s a good place to mention I love how each episode feels like it takes place in the guest star’s show.
    • Fred mentions that Johnny reminds him of Mystery Inc. when they were that age.  That could be a reference to A Pup Named Scooby-Doo.
    • Reference here and throughout the series to Mystery Inc still being kids.  This seems to only acknowledge original Scooby Doo Where Are You and New Scooby-Doo Movies.  Kids haven’t seemed to grow up.  Haven’t gone to college.  Haven’t moved on to careers.  No Scrappy or Scooby Dum references yet either.



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    Jul 1 2015--SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP # 11--Secret Squirrel


    • This is a world where talking animals do coexist with humans, though there seem to be very few talking animals.  People are surprised to encounter talking animals, but yet don’t find it too implausible.
    • International Squirrel of Mystery.
    • Johnny Quest gets mentioned.

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    Sep 23 2015--SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP # 12--Gotham Girls


    • Gotham Girls was a spin-off webseries from Batman:  The Animated Series and all the characters are drawn that way.
    • Mr. J had referenced his previous encounters with Scooby
    • Batman has several times now called upon Mystery Inc. as experts.



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    October 31, 2015--SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP # 13--Halloween

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    Jan 27 2016--SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP # 14--Aquaman


    • Silver age and elements from Filmation series
    • This takes place before Manta killed Aquababy



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    Mar 2 2016--SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP # 15--Flash


    • This is silver age Flash, though he’s reminiscent of Justice League Flash and DC Super Heroes Flash.
    • Grodd’s Super Friends appearance mentioned
    • Flash should be on TV mentioned.
    • Daphne being danger prone damsel in distress mentioned throughout series.  This is something that came from the live action films, but clearly Daphne does not possess the martial arts skills from those movies.



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    May 4 2016--SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP # 16--Marvel Family


    • Pre-Crisis but living in Fawcett City.
    • This is a merged Earth version of pre-Crisis.  No separate Earth-S.
    • Hoppy the Marvel Bunny mentioned.
    • Shaggy Marvel and Velma Marvel.

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    Jul 27 2016--SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP # 17--  Hawkman


    • Appears to be Golden Age version, mention of reincarnations.  Could be the post-crisis conflation of Hawkmen.
    • Atom appears, silver age
    • Midway City
    • Mavis Trent First appearance:  Brave and the Bold #34
    • Mavis references the Scooby/Jonny Quest team-up, which was written about in a magazine article
    • Hawkgirl, not Hawkwoman
    • And they are from Thanagar, so silver age versions, and prior to Hawkgirl becoming Hawkwoman.
    • Hawkman references Green Arrow in a reference to his dislike of Green Arrow from the pre-Crisis era
    • The Thanagarian Hawkman and Hawkwoman are the reincarnated Egyptians from the golden age version, thus conflating the two into a whole new origin that’s not Earth-1, Earth-2, post-Crisis or New 52!
    • Including past lives as Silent Knight and Lady Celia, Nighthawk and Cinnamon
    • It seems thier golden age adventures didn’t happen, but instead silver age version exists but with past lives of golden age versions.  Perhaps golden age versions did still exist, but then they died and were reincarnated on Thanagar?
    • Shadow Thief, Fadeaway Man, and Matter Master!



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    Sep 28 2016--SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP # 18--Dogs

    • G'Nort
    • Krypto, the Super-Dog
    • Ace, the Bat-Hound
    • Wonder Dog 
    • Canine Commandos
    • Yankee Poodle
    • Bulletdog
    • Nighthound
    • Robbie the Robot Dog
    • Rex the Wonder Dog
    • They appear to take on real zombies in this one in a real zombie apocalypse.  I'm refraining from making that a crossover to any existing zombie film or series.
    • Dynomutt told Scooby he can’t call himself Dog Wonder because it infringes on intellectual property. This is callback to Scooby-Doo Team-Up # 2.
    • Space Canine Patrol Agents!!!
    • The Canine Commandos were from the alien dog world, not from Earth, which makes all their previous DC appearances not canon in the Scooby-Doo Team-Up timeline…
    • The Canine Commandos are the JSA equivalents to the SCPA’s JLA 



    Oct 26 2016--SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP # 19--Zatanna


    • Zatara missing again, but it’s after Zatanna joined the League.
    • More supernatural DC will be introduced.
    • This takes place on Halloween, a year after Scooby-Doo Team-Up # 13.
    • Zatara still alive in this timeline.  
    • Zatanna references the classic storyline where she searched for her father.
    • I like that they have the * note to read Zatanna’s spells backwards, something they haven’t done since the pre-Crisis era.
    • Zatanna and Mystery Inc. visit Doctor Fate (Kent Nelson), the “Turban Triplets” (Sargon, Ibis, El Carim), Baron Winters, Prince Ra-Man, Traci Thirteen, Black Alice, Warlock the Wizard, John Constantine (who Zatanna doesn’t want to talk about… because they used to be sexual lovers….), the Golden Age Tigress (who was an old foe of Zatara), Felix Faust (with an homage to a classic JLA cover), Wotan, the Demons Three, Kulak, Klarion the Witch Boy, the Wizard, the Blue Lama
    • Lovecraftian reference.  Okay, not really.  Fate describes his magic as “eldritch”, a term that means weird, strange or scary, but it is often used to refer to Lovecraftian supernatural in the past century.
    • And that’s just the first half of the story!
    • In Part 2, we bring in Cerberus, the Warlock of Ys
    • Interesting that the helmet of Nabu was able to be controlled by the villain.  Normally Nabu controls the user and the helmet drives those unworthy mad.  In fact, when Scooby wears it, Nabu takes control of Scooby.  






    Nov 23 2016--SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP # 20--Space Ghost

    • It had never been clear to me if Space Ghost and the other cartoons it connects to like Herculoids were in the future or just aliens in another part of space. This confirms that indeed Space Ghost is an alien from another part of space in the present day.
    • Fred’s reference to the team handling twice as many cases as before could be referring to DC publishing two regular Scooby titles, the other being Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?
    • And Space Ghost is from another, distant galaxy (or a galaxy far, far away… No, I'm not implying a Star Wars connection. I'm just being silly.)
    • Seeing the Mystery Machine turned into a space craft is awesome.  
    • Is this the first time we’ve had Blip’s language translated?
    • The Space Ghost talk show is canon, as a plot that was used to hypnotize Space Ghost for eight seasons as a plot from his main enemies to keep him busy.






    December 24, 2016--SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP # 21--Harley Quinn - Classic DCAU version

    • Takes place on Christmas Eve
    • The villains use the Ghosts from A Christmas Carol as their theme.  This implies that they believe the Charles Dickens tale to be real.
    • Fred mentions Christmas is a busy time for Ghost Hunters, having faced the “Christmas Spirit” last year and the “Chaunted Chanukah” the year before.
    • Harley sings the classic “Batman smells” song, popular with kids in the real world, but has since been shown to exist in most other universes where Batman exists.
    • Harley still appears in her classic DCAU version, as she did in Gotham Girls.  This was her original look when she debuted in the main DCU as well.
    • Velma says that last week they turned down Doctor Thirteen’s request to join Mystery Inc.
    • Harley mentions a common hole in many ghost hunter crossover stories.  She refers to Doctor Thirteen having met the Phantom Stranger and still doesn’t believe in ghosts.  Likewise, Doctor Who and Sherlock Holmes involve characters who have encountered supernatural menaces countless times in crossovers, but remains non-believers in their canon.
    • Sherlock Holmes reference when Harley puts on the classic hat and investigates with a magnifying glass.
    • Pop culture reference:  Harley refers to the ghost as Casper!  Casper was once temporarily owned by Hanna-Barbera and had a team-up with Yogi Bear, and a Saturday morning show where Casper was the “Scooby” mascot with a group of space cop mystery solving teen girls.
    • The Joker appears in his Batman:  The Animated Series version.  He was previously seen with Scooby in his classic Adventures of Batman version on three occasions.  This is similar to how they have met Robin in different forms but he is still the same Robin.






    Jan 25 2017--SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP # 22--Frankenstein Jr. and Impossibles

    • Frankenstein Jr. and the Impossibles were part of an animation block originally, but had separate stories that never crossed over.  They did however previously meet in previous comic book adaptations.  
    • A nice picture in the style of the New Scooby-Doo Movies reminds us that this series is intentionally a continuation of that series.  
    • Apparently the Impossibles are Velma’s favorite band.  Not the Hex Girls in this timeline?
    • I don’t know enough about Frankenstein Jr, having never watched it, so I don’t know the connection to Frankenstein, but Shaggy seems to imply that there is a connection between this robot and Victor Frankenstein and the many Frankenstein Monsters that have existed.  (Frankenstein Senior and Frankenstein Cousins)
    • Frankenstein Jr and the Impossibles are fictional in the alternate timeline of the animated Scooby films, per Mask of the Blue Falcon.






    Feb 22 2017--SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP # 23--Quick Draw McGraw

    • Mystery Inc visits Quick Draw's town in the west, which is in the present day, but very much like a town in the 19th century old West. In fact, the gang mentions right away that they didn't think towns like this still existed. This confirms that Quick Draw's adventures do take place in the modern day even though they appear to take place in the old West. It also could explain all the cartoons that appear to take place in a contemporary period but appear like the Old West. And they are very clear that this isn't a ghost town. It's an active community that chooses to live in a 19th century way of life.
    • El Kabong always swings in on a rope, never showing what the rope is attached to, and usually because there isn't anything for it to attach to, but the rope is coming from off screen so it didn't matter for a silly cartoon. Daphne points out that the rope isn't attached to anything, and just as with characters walking off a cliff and defying gravity until they realize they have walked off the cliff, El Kabong immediately falls when it's pointed out that the rope isn't attached to anything.
    • The gang immediately recognize that El Kabong is Quick Draw, but they couldn't previously figure out that the rock band called the Impossibles and the super team called the Impossibles were the same guys.
    • Droop-a-Long appears, from another "old West" setting Hanna-Barbera series, Ricochet Rabbit & Droop-a-Long.






    Mar 22 2017--SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP # 24--Martian Manhunter

    • Martian Manhunter is stated to be a member of the Justice League. If SDTU is based mostly on a mid to late 70s era, then yes, J'onn would have been a member, but he would have left Earth at this time. Perhaps he didn't leave Earth in this timeline as he did on Earth-1.
    • Persons in Plaid apparently the Men in Black of this timeline.
    • Other aliens named as being captured are: Kanjar Ro, Hawkman, Hawkgirl, Blue Beetle (Jaime Reyes), and Zook. Superman is said to be on a mission in space currently.
    • Blue Beetle (this version) first appeared post-Infinite Crisis. In the mid 70s, Ted Kord was Blue Beetle. Another post-New 52 addition to an otherwise Pre-Crisis type timeline.
    • The remaining aliens not yet captured are Ultra the Multi-Alien, J'emm Son of Saturn, Starfire, and Starman (the blue guy from the 1970s).
    • All the Starmen exist in this timeline, implying the events of the Starman Jack Knight series happened in this timeline.
    • Starfire references the other two DC characters named Starfire. This was also a joke in an issue of Starman where three different people told the story of being rescued by Starfire, and each version was a different character named Starfire.
    • Ultra was originally from the future of Earth-1. Either he time travelled or in this timeline he was a contemporary character.
    • Starfire is taller than she was when appearing with Teen Titans Go, which Daphne points out. This is similar to how Robin appeared differently in different settings. This Starfire still doesn't resemble her main DCU counterpart, but more closely resembles the DC Girls animated series version.
    Early April 2017--TEEN TITANS GO TO THE MOVIES--The Teen Titans meet Deathstroke for the first time in this timeline. This movie came out in 2018, but must be placed here as Scooby-Doo Team-Up # 25 says that Deathstroke is a Teen Titans villain.





    Apr 26 2017--SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP # 25--Green Lantern/Green Arrow (70s version)

    • Despite the sliding timeline, this story specifically states that these stories take place in the present, as the 60s were 50 years ago. However, despite that, the folks who said they settled the town fifty years ago look like they haven't aged. But they are old enough to have kids who are adults, so I guess that lines up. Ah, those weird sliding timelines...
    • This story takes place during the "Hard Travelling Heroes" storyline, so this takes place in the early 70s, fitting it following the New Scooby-Doo Movies. This means that the DCU and Scooby timeline, despite being a modern setting, is currently stuck in the era of the early 1970s. This fits with most of the other guest star appearances, with a few anachronistic exceptions.
    • Green Arrow saying "You have failed this city." Arrow is not part of this timeline, but that was a nice nod.
    • List of Green Lantern's enemies includes: Sinestro, Hector Hammond, Star Sapphire, Black Hand, Evil Star, and the Tattooed Man.
    • Listing Green Arrow's enemies, they reference his enemies from Arrow, and point out that those villains are actually enemies of the Teen Titans and Batman in the comics. The villains mentioned are: Deathstroke, Deadshot, Ra's al Ghul. Since Teen Titans Go is canon for this timeline, that means that Teen Titans Go to the Movies takes place before this issue even though it came out later, as that is the first meeting of the Teen Titans and Deathstroke in this timeline.
    • Real Green Arrow villains mentioned are Merlyn the Archer, Count Vertigo and the Clock King. Count Vertigo debuted in 1978. This story is set firmly between Green Lantern/Green Arrow # 84 and 85, 1971. So Count Vertigo must have debuted earlier in Green Arrow's timeline in this canon.
    • The real villain of this story is the Psycho Pirate.
    • Shaggy and Scooby are not affected by Psycho Pirate's terror because they are always terrified. It's like when Sinestro's ring based in fear didn't affect them.
    • Black Canary also appears in the story.
    • The story includes Green Arrow's famous chili, which is a thing. Note that Green Lantern/Green Arrow # 85 was the first appearance of this chili, and that chronologically happens after this story, so the chili is first chronologically mentioned here in this timeline.
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    • Between this issue and next, the gang returns home to Coolsville for a visit with their families. This may have happened in DC's other title, Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! It's already been referenced that both comics are happening with the adventures alternating between the two titles. The next published story of Scooby-Doo, Where are You! came out on May 10, 2017. And indeed, the story does return the team to Coolsville in the first story of the issue, "Troll Bridge", which is also written by Sholly Fisch, the regular writer of Scooby-Doo Team-Up.  
    • This issue takes place just prior to and leads into the heroin issue where Green Arrow finds out Speedy is an addict.
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    Late April, 2017--Green Lantern #85-86--Following Scooby-Doo Team-Up # 25, Green Arrow returns home to find Speedy is a drug addict.  This story was published on June 24, 1971 and June 24, 1971.  But in this timeline, it must have happened here in late April, 2017.







    May 24 2017--SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP # 26--Hong Kong Phooey

    • Not much to say about this one. It was pretty straightforward team-up and pretty faithful adaptation. The only continuity thing I found worth mentioning was that Daphne is shown to practice Kung Fu herself, something also revealed in Scooby-Doo the live action movie. The live action film (and its sequel) could fit in this timeline... but the kung fu thing isn't a strong connection. The films are also one of the first references to Daphne as "Danger Prone Daphne", which is a reference often used in this series as well.




    Jun 28 2017--Scooby-Doo Team-Up # 27--Plastic Man






    Jul 26 2017--SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP # 28--Jonah Hex



    Aug 23 2017--SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP # 29--TOP CAT




    Sep 27 2017--SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP # 30 -- CHALLENGERS OF THE UNKNOWN




    Oct 25 2017--SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP # 31 -- THE ATOM




    Nov 22 2017--SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP # 32 -- ATOM ANT






    Dec 27 2017--SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP # 33 -- LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES





    Jan 24 2018--SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP # 34 -- BIRDS OF PREY





    Feb 28 2018--SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP # 35 -- Yogi Bear

    January 10, 2024--TEEN TITANS--"How Long is Forever?"--Dick Grayson has become Nightwing. This may not be canon, but Teen Titans Go is canon in this timeline, and at least Larry from Teen Titans is canon. Some of Earth-1 is canon, but Teen Titans Go definitely cancels out Wolfman's original New Teen Titans comic series from the 1980s.

    September 9, 2465--Mystery in Space #103--"Ultra the Multi-Alien"--Pilot Ace Arn is caught in the magnetic field of a freak comet. His crew abandons ship, but Arn is unable to eject in time. His ship is carried into another solar system where it crashes near the lab of deceased criminal scientist Zobra.  Zobra's lieutenants each possess weapons capable of transforming Arn into a servant duplicate of their races. Arn is hit by four blasts simultaneously. His body is mutated from human into one resembling each of the four races. Because he was struck by the rays at the same time, his own mind is unaffected. Using the powers granted him by his new body, Arn defeats the crooks, repairs his ship, and returns to Earth where he intends to fight crime.



    A THOUSAND YEARS IN THE FUTURE



    The Jetsons Poster


    2962 to 2963--The Jetsons--The misadventures of a futuristic family.

    2973--Jan 5--Three youths, Rokk Krinn, Garth Ranzz, and Imra Ardeen, save R.J. Brande from assassination by men working for his "cousin" Doyle.  (Superboy v.1 #147, May/June 1968)

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    2973--Mar 3--Triplicate Girl (Luornu Durgo) and Phantom Girl (Tinya Wazzo) join the Legion.  NOTES: This story was only shown in flashback. Legion membership order does not coincide with actual first appearances, as established in the roll call of All-New Collectors' Edition #C-55 (1978). Superboy#147 (5-6.68) established that Triplicate Girl was the fourth member to join the Legion. See Membership for more information.  (Superboy v.1 #147, May/June 1968)

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    2973--Jul 10--Chameleon Boy (Reep Daggle), Colossal Boy (Gim Allon), and Invisible Kid (Lyle Norg) join the Legion. NOTES: This story was told only in flashback. Their place in membership order does not coincide with their first appearance, as established in All-New Collectors' Edition #C-55 (1978). (Secrets of the LSH #1, Jan. 1981)

    2973--Aug 15--Chuck Taine accidentally swallows a "super-plastic fluid" that gives him the power to inflate himself into a ball. He dubs himself Bouncing Boy.  (Adventure #301, Oct. 1962), (Secret Origins #49, June 1990)

    2973--Sep 5--Saturn Girl, Phantom Girl, and Triplicate Girl travel to the 20th century to give Supergirl a second chance to try for Legion membership. Bouncing Boy (Chuck Taine), Shrinking Violet (Salu Digby), and Sun Boy also apply, but are rejected. Supergirl and Brainiac 5 (Querl Dox) are admitted. Supergirl unearths Excalibur, legendary sword of King Arthur. NOTES:6th Legion app. in print. Supergirl's place in the membership order does not coincide with her first LSH appearance. Phantom Girl and Triplicate Girl are shown to have already joined the Legion. In this story, Brainiac 5 describes the final fate of the original Brainiac (who is described as his great-great-great-great-grandfather): being shrunk out of existence after trying to turn his shrinking ray on the Earth. This did indeed happen to Brainiac in Superman#338 (Aug. 1979), but the villain subsequently returned several times, beginning in Action Comics #514 (Dec. 1980).  (Action #276, May 1961)

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    2974--Jan--Jo Nah is swallowed by an "ultra-energy beast," giving him super powers. After helping Phantom Girl against Sugyn he decides to leave Rimbor and his girlfriend An Ryd to join the Legion. NOTES:Sugyn's first appearance was in Adventure #350 (Nov. 1966), and An Ryd first appeared in Superboy & the LSH #239 (May 1978). Ultra Boy's decision to leave Rimbor and join the Legion was not shown in the original story; it was first depicted in flashback in Legion v.4 Annual # #1 (1990).  (Superboy v.1 #98, July 1962), (Legion v.4 Annual #1, 1990)

    2974--May 30--Star Boy joins the Legion. NOTES: Star Boy's place in membership order does not coincide with his first appearance, as established in the roll call of All-New Collectors' Edition #C-55 (1978).

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    2975--Jan 23--Mon-El's lead poisoning is permanently cured, allowing him to leave the Phantom Zone. Masquerading as Marvel Lad, he is admitted to the Legion after inventing anti-gravity element 152 and defeating a creature called a sun-eater. He reveals his true identity and is accepted as a full-time Legionnaire. First appearances of Legion applicants Antennae Boy (Khfeurb Chee Bez of Grxyor) and Dynamo KidAdventure #305 (Feb. 1963)

    2977--Dec 8--Karate Kid (Val Armorr of Earth), Princess Projectra of Orando, Ferro Lad (Andrew Nolan of Earth) and Nemesis Kid (Hart Druiter of Myar, the Alchemist's Planet) join the Legion, which defends the Earth against an invasion by the Khunds and their warlord, GarlakNOTES: This story indicates that the United Planets has only recently discovered the Khundian homeworld. Later accounts make it clear that, at least in the post-Crisis and Glorith-reality timelines, Earth was aware of the existence of the Khunds beginning in the 20th century. The Khund homeworld is said to have been discovered by a telescope at the Palmer Observatory, presumably named after Ray Palmer, the Atom, who first appeared in Showcase Comics #34 (Oct. 1961).  Jim Shooter begins as writer.  Adventure #346 (July 1966)

    2978--Apr 20--The Legion and the Fatal Five try and fail to stop the Sun-Eater. Tharok builds an absorbatron bomb, which Superboy volunteers to carry to the creature's core. Ferro Lad slugs Superboy and carries the bomb himself, destroying the Sun-Eater at the cost of his own life. A memorial for Ferro Lad is erected on Shanghalla.  Adventure #353 (Feb. 1967)

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