Created by Robert Dorf

The following timeline draws on multiple sources, including Win Scott Eckert's Wold Newton Universe Timeline, Schroeder's Speculations, Jess Nevin's Pulp Heroes, Victoriana, and League of Extraordinary Gentlemen pages, Don Markstein's Toonpedia, and the Internet Movie Database). While no character in this timeline has been entirely unmodified from his or her presentation in other sources, the work of other Wold Newton speculators has made this timeline possible. I offer these speculators my sincere thanks and appreciation. Where their additions to the Wold Newton mythos appear in modified form in this text, the citation reads Author's Name, Modified, as suggested by Win Scott Eckert. I would like to thank Al Schroeder), Win Scott Eckert), and Michael Surbrook) for their feedback, suggestions and support. I do not claim to hold the trademark or copyright on any fictional character mentioned in this timeline, nor do I intend to challenge the rights of any copyright or trademark holder. This particular arrangement and interpretation of fictional events and information is copyright Robert Dorf, 2005. It may be reproduced and distributed freely, so long as no fee is charged for this content, and so long as appropriate credit is given.

350,000,000 BCE Elder Things (a.k.a. The Old Ones) reach the Earth.
300,000,000 BCE The Old Ones cause life to begin on Earth. Evidence suggests that this may have been part of a planet forming project.
50,000,000 BCE The culmination of a series of wars among various extraterrestrial and extra-dimensional races drives the bulk of the Old Ones and their foes to abandon the Earth. Small remnant populations remain.
2,000,000 BCE The Ancients establish an outpost on Earth under the modern Antarctic continent. They make use of genetically engineered dinosaur-like creatures and other bio- and psi-weapons in an attempt to drive the last of the Elder Things from the Earth.
250,000 BCE The Ancients perform experiments on proto-humanity.
50,000 BCE Creation of the creature known as Lilith, mother of monsters, the first Vampire. Note that this date is subject to dispute, with some arguing for a date as late as 3000 BCE. (John A. Small, modified)
50,000 BCE The Ancients leave Earth after repeated conflicts with apparently extra-dimensional entities. They take with them the most promising of their test subjects. These test subjects are then seeded on multiple worlds. One of those worlds is an artificial construct, a planetary engineering project as complex and ambitious as anything the Ancients had ever attempted. Its genetically modified inhabitants would one day become, compared to Earth Humans, virtual supermen.
24,000 BCE The Nine Unknown, a group of powerful metahumans, found the Atlantean civilization. Using fragments of the technology of the Ancients and their own powers, the Nine make fantastic progress in the psionic and physical sciences. Atlantis extends its power across the globe.
18,000 BCE The first war of the Nine Unknown causes the fall of Atlantean civilization. The Nine scatter, each holding what he or she can of the Ancient's secrets. The Nine Unknown have periodically been responsible for the creation, training, breeding or recruitment of numerous metahumans ever since. The majority of true metahumans have proven to be nearly sterile, and the metagene itself appears to be recessive.
10,000 BCE The city-state of Opar uses scraps of Ancient technology and echoes of Atlantean science to carve an empire.
3000 BCE A "Circle of Light" appears in the air above the North Korean village of Sinanju. Since that time, the Masters of Sinanju have taught a diet and exercise regimen and a style of martial arts that has unlocked near-superhuman abilities in its practitioners. Many claim that all forms of Eastern martial arts derive from Sinanju. No explanation for the "Circle of Light" has ever been determined.
335 BCE Ayesha the immortal is born.
400 Sun Wukong the immortal begins his career in China. His origins are cloaked in legend, myth, and deliberate deception.
500 Merlin (thought by some to be an alternate identity of XauXaz of the Nine Unknown) attempts to rekindle human civilization in Camelot. He trains several humans in the Atlantean psychic sciences, and begins several key bloodlines. Some scholars argue that Arthur was an identity maintained by the amnesiac Corwin of Amber.
520 Master Tan of Sinanju, serving the Chinese emperor Liang Wu Ti, befriends the Indian monk Bodhidharma. Tan shares many secrets of Sinanju with Bodhidharma over the next decade. Bodhidharma will in turn teach these secrets to the monks of the Shaolin monastery. This shameful misjudgment will cause Master Tan's name to be stricken from all but the most secret scrolls of Sinanju.
630 Master Li and Number 10 Ox operate in China as agents of the Nine Unknown.
730 Al Azif, a.k.a. the Necronomicon, is written by Abdul Alhazred
1476 Vlad Tepes becomes a true Vampire.
1680 Death of Master Li Mu Bai and the disappearance of his sword Green Destiny.
1699 Dr. Lemuel Gulliver physically travels into the Dreamlands, a parallel world or set of parallel worlds. Reports of conditions in the Dreamlands vary widely. Some speculate that all extra-dimensional travel leads to the Dreamlands. Some scholars assert the Gulliver is of the blood of Amber.
1715 Gulliver returns from the Dreamlands. The public and scientific community at large dismisses his reports as fiction and social satire. The physical evidence he produces is confiscated by elements within the British Government.
1715-1745 (approx.) Travels of Manji, apparently immortal swordsman. He vows to kill 1000 evil men to make up for killing 100 samurai.
1740 (approx.) The sacking of the Shaolin temple. Chinese government forces sack the Shaolin temple. Five monks escape the destruction of the temple form China's first Triads. Many historians point to this as the flash point for conflicts between China's government and China's metahuman community that will last until well into the late Twentieth Century.
1787 The British government begins formally recruiting extraordinary men and women in the service of the Crown.
1790 Baron Victor Frankenstein combines alchemical secrets with modern science to bring life to dead tissue, creating an animated creature he names Adam. Frankenstein's notes will become instrumental in the ongoing evolution of so-called Mad Science.
1795 A meteor strikes in Wold Newton, England. Since that time, the bloodlines of those who interacted with that meteor have produced large numbers of metahumans and borderline metahumans. A similar but far more destructive event occurred over Tunguska, Siberia, in 1908, and has been suggested as a link to a similar increase in metahuman births and manifestations world-wide. Some have speculated that both the Wold Newton and Tunguska events were engineered by an unknown individual or group making use of the technology of the Ancients.
1806 Don Diego De La Vega becomes the first of his family line to take up the mask of El Zorro. De La Vegas example will inspire generations of adventurers world-wide.
1840 Ling Fu Shan born to Ling Ju Hai and Sir William Clayton. Clayton denies paternity. Ling Fu Shan will eventually become known to the world as the infamous crime-lord and Chinese nationalist Fu Manchu. (Win Scott Eckert, modified)
1847 Wong Fei Hung is born in Canton, China. Fei Hung will eventually become one of China's most important folk heroes, fighting for his people against threats both internal and external. It is strongly suspected that Fei Hung, a master of Hung Kuen Kung Fu, was himself a metahuman.
1862 Alice Liddell makes her ultimately tragic visits to the dream-realm known as Wonderland.
1863 Johnny Brainard invents the world's first modern working humanoid robot, the famed Steam Man of the Prairies.
1866 American John Carter uses a form of Astral Projection to travel to an alternate Mars. His reports on events on that alternate world will cause controversies in the halls of academia that may never be resolved. Some scholars suggest that John Carter himself may be an amnesiac immortal of the blood of Amber.
1867 Nemo uses a technologically advanced submarine to wage guerilla war against the British Empire.
1873 The equipment maintaining an artificial "planet" constructed by the Ancients suffers a fatal series of malfunctions. As the planet self-destructs, a single escape ship is launched towards the coordinates of Humanity's near-mythic home world. Despite its FTL drive, the ship takes over eighteen years to reach its goal. The ship's sole passenger spends that time in stasis.
1876 Frank Reade Sr. develops the famed Steam Man Mk II and Mk III.
1886 Dr. Henry Jekyll develops his Hyde formula. The age of the modern therianthrope has begun. Some evidence suggests that Jekyll may have been collaborating with Dr. Jean Moreau.
1886 Frank Reade Jr. and Nikola Tesla develop the Electric Man and the Electric Horse, cable controlled robots far ahead of their times. Tesla and Reade break when Tesla insists that the robots can be remotely controlled.
1887 Edward Prendick returns to civilization, reporting the death of Dr. Moreau. This report was false. Moreau, whose research was sponsored by the British Crown, had been moved to a secure location in England to continue his experiments. It seems likely that Moreu's work was based in part on the work of Victor von Frankenstein.
1888 Tarzan, Lord Greystoke, is born after his parents, John and Alice Clayton, are stranded in the jungle of French Equatorial Africa through the machinations of the Nine Unknown. The Nine eventually arrange for the infant's parents to be killed, and for the infant to be adopted and raised by a tribe of Mangani (ape-like primates possessed of near human intelligence). (Farmer, modified)
1890 Professor Archibald Campion invents a robot soldier based on the Electric Man. The soldier, named Boilerplate, is used in action by Teddy Roosevelt's Rough Riders. Campion attempts to integrate Tesla's remote control systems, but finds them unreliable.
1890 Digory Kirke and Polly Plummer enter the Wood Between the Worlds, a significant dimensional nexus. Jadris of Charn briefly rampages through London, demonstrating more-than-human strength and resistance to harm.
1891 A space craft crashes outside of Indian Creek, Colorado. The ship was quickly located by Professor Abednego Danner, himself a member of the extended Wold Newton family. Professor Danner and his wife legally adopted the male infant they found wandering near the wreckage of that ship. The wreckage itself is given over for study to Danner's cousin—Dr. Clark Savage, Sr. The boy is given the name "Hugo".

Hugo Danner's amazing physical and mental abilities develop as he ages. His strength, speed, and durability far surpass all theoretical human limits. Professor Danner is able to instill a strong sense of right and wrong in Hugo, but the boy's increasing powers cause him to become a social pariah. (Al Schroeder, modified)
1894 Ling Ling Fat, master inventor and patriot, becomes increasingly influential in Beijing's government and intelligence services. His paternity may trace to Ling Fu Shan, a.k.a. Fu Manchu. Fat will prove to be an implacable political rival of Shan.
1897 Dracula, a true vampire, comes to the attention of the British Crown. He is eventually driven from England.
1897 Dr. Hawley Griffin uses fragments of Dr. Henry Jekyll's research to create his Invisibility formula.
1898 Mina Murray becomes the first woman to command a group of Britain's Extraordinary-class operatives.
1898 The first War of the Worlds concludes with the Martians successfully repelled. Dr. Henry Jekyll gives his life in the battle against the invaders. A statue of Edward Hyde is erected in the renamed Hyde Park. The alien vehicles are held for study by the British government.
1898 Professor Alfred Gibberne builds on the works of Jekyll, Griffin, and Moreau to develop his Accelerator formula. This formula alters the subject's perception of time, permitting the subject to move, think, and act at incredible speeds. Unfortunately, use of the formula proves almost invariably fatal.
1898 Dorothy Gale makes her first visit to the dream-realm known as Oz.
1899 Using the anti-gravity metal Cavorite, Prof. Cavor attempts a trip to the moon. Evidence suggests that the meteor that provided the metal was in fact the wreckage of a space craft being studied by Dr. Clark Savage Sr. Accusations of academic dishonesty are quickly silenced by the British intelligence services. No method for producing more Cavorite has yet been found.
1900 Nikola Tesla insists that he has received signals from outer space through equipment in his Colorado laboratory. While his claims are derided by mainstream scientists, he attracts the attention and financial support of such luminaries as John Carter of Virginia and Clark Savage Sr.
1900 Backed by JP Morgan and others, Tesla begins work on the world's first advanced wireless broadcasting tower. The project fails when Tesla's laboratory is fire bombed, and his plans and notes for the tower are stolen. Tesla himself escapes unharmed. JP Morgan withdraws his backing.
1908 Captain Leonard McKenzie discovers the undersea city of YPsoodsn. He is captured by the Children of Dagon. He befriends a beautiful mute girl, and together they escape. Eleven months later, the young woman gives birth to a male child. She leaves the child with McKenzie and returns to the sea. McKenzie names the child Namor. (Dennis E. Power, modified)
1910 Tarzan, a.k.a. John Clayton Jr., Lord Greystoke, visits the hidden city of Opar. He leaves not knowing that his brief affair with the high priestess La has left her with child. The child, a healthy girl, is born in December of 1910. The priestess gives the child the name Daya. The infant shares the Caucasian skin coloring and facial features of her father.
1911 Fu Manchu first re-creates the Oil of Life. This same formula has long been one of the most closely kept secrets of the Nine Unknown, who use it to maintain influence over their agents. Some speculate that Fu is in fact an agent of the Nine, while others claim that he is a renegade.
1911 Moreau created human-gorilla hybrid Jacko partners with human Victor Brand in the service of the British Crown. Moreau will continue to create animals with human-level intelligence for decades to come. His activities are tolerated by his handlers in MI5, but not encouraged.
1912 Kent Allard enters the American Secret Service.
1914 Tarzan returns to Opar. A painful reunion with La ensues, in which Tarzan meets his now 3 year old daughter. La and Tarzan make their peace, and Tarzan returns to England with Daya. Jane is hurt, but accepts Daya, giving her the Christian name Diana.
1916 Nikola Tesla takes on teen prodigy Hans Zarkov as a lab assistant.
1916 Hugo Danner volunteers for military service in the French Foreign Legion in W.W.I. In the army he experiences his first true friendships. His strength, speed, and near invulnerability (nothing less than a bursting shell can pierce his skin) make him invaluable to the war effort. After one of the few serious injuries he sustains, Hugo learns of his amazing regenerative abilities, and also learns that his unique blood makes him a universal donor. By the end of the war, scores of allied soldiers have received blood transfusions from Hugo. In decades to come, many of the children of these soldiers will manifest metahuman abilities. (Al Schroeder, Modified)
1917 Philip Strange, teen prodigy, mentalist and stage magician, enters military service. Rising to the rank of Captain, Strange becomes known as the Phantom Ace of G-2; to the Germans, he becomes known as the Brain Devil.
1918 Professor Campion receives permission to use an improved version of his cable controlled robot soldier Boilerplate on the front lines in W.W.I. Boilerplate is at first successful, but its operator is killed and Boilerplate captured.
1918 Doc Clark Savage, still a young man, meets the future members of his Fabulous Five while being held in the German prison camp known as Loki.
1920 Hugo continues to try to do good works with his powers. He's bad at it. While working in a bank, he rescues a man trapped in the vault only to be fired and threatened with arrest. He attempts to clean up corrupt politicians and influence peddlers in Washington and fails completely.
1922 Kent Allard receives training from the monks of Shambala in a limited derivative form of Sinanju.
1923 Zatara Mandrake is trained in magic in a concealed monastery in Tibet. Some scholars suggest that this monastery was maintained by the monks of Shambala in service of the Nine Unknown.
1924 Namor McKenzie undergoes a partial transformation into a Deep One, maintaining an outwardly human appearance but gaining great physical strength and the ability to survive the sea's depths. (Dennis E. Power, Modified)
1924 Nikola Tesla draws up his first detailed plans for his Death Ray, and seeks financial support from the military. The support is not forthcoming. Tesla takes on the brilliant young mathematician Alexi Luthor as a lab assistant.
1925 R'lyeh rises from the sea.
1925 Clark Savage Jr., using the name MacReady, leads an Arctic expedition that uncovers an alien shape-shifter, a thing from another world. Savage eventually brings the creature's remains back to New York.
1926 Hugo Danner, despondent over his inability to find a place outside of the military, fakes his own death. He begins a period of aimless wandering that will bring him into contact with Kent Allard, Clark Savage, and others. (Al Schroeder, Modified)
1928 Namor finds his way to Innsmouth, Massachusetts. The small population of hybrids like himself both fascinates and repels him. He attempts to explore the undersea city of Y'ha-nthlei, but is refused entrance. Namor takes up residence in Innsmouth under the name Arthur Curry.
1928 William Batson is born. His bloodline, which includes Lemuel Gulliver, has been carefully cultivated by the Nine Unknown. Batson's father received a blood transfusion from Hugo Danner in 1917.
1929 Returning to America, Kent Allard assumes multiple cover identities, establishes a network of agents, and begins his war on crime as The Shadow.
1929 Tarzan and Diana return to Opar. Diana's reunion with her birth mother is not a happy one, and the situation in Opar is chaotic. Angry and confused, Diana returns to England and then America. In America, she establishes the cover identity of Diana Prince. Rejecting her father's offers of financial support, Diana takes employment as a nurse.
1930 Namor witnesses the destruction of the undersea city of Y'ha-nthlei off the coast of Innsmouth, Mass. Enraged and maddened by what he has seen, he attacks the city of New York. Namor discovers that his strength and telepathic abilities far exceed those of most Deep Ones, despite his largely human physical appearance. Namor's rampage ends when he is captured by Doc Savage. Namor becomes one of the first subjects in Doc's Crime College.
1931 Doc Savage begins the main part of his crime-fighting career. Using technology and data gathered from his many enemies, the remains of the space craft wreckage that had been given into the hands of his father, and his own genius, Doc lays the foundations for the modern Science Hero. He will eventually act as friend and mentor to Hugo Danner.
1932 Richard Wentworth, wartime comrade of Hugo Danner, begins his career as the Spider, assisted by Nita May Van Sloan. Richard manifests near superhuman strength, resilience, and regenerative abilities, fueled by his indomitable will!
1933 The Skull Island expedition. Skull Island, one of several active breeding grounds for the bio-weapons of the Ancients, is explored by film producer Carl Denham. Denham captures the creature known to the natives of the island as Kong.
1933 Kong, a bio-weapon of the Ancients in the form of a gigantic primate, is brought to New York City by a film company. It breaks free, causes considerable property damage, and is eventually killed.
1933 The Rogue Planet crisis. A moon-sized object (actually a dimension ship) moves through Earth's solar system. Astronomers fear that this object will impact with the Earth. Doctor Hans Zarkov (one time lab assistant to Nikola Tesla), Dale Arden, and Raymond "Flash" Gordon use an experimental spaceship of Zarkov's design to fly out to the object. Six days later, the object vanishes. Zarkov, Arden, and Gordon are never seen again.
1933 The agents of the Nine Unknown—sometimes called Doctor Occult and Rose Psychic—begin operating openly, primarily on the American East Coast. They cultivate and train numerous American mystics.
1934 The Green Hornet, making use of an arsenal of advanced weapons and devices, begins a crime spree. His crimes seem to target criminal businesses almost exclusively. He is assisted by a number of highly skilled Chinese martial artists.
1934 Hugo Danner studies with the mystery man sometimes known as Kent Allard. He later becomes a student of Clark Savage, Jr. (Al Schroeder, modified)
1937 Chow Sing Cho, a powerful pan-psionic, appears in Shanghai. Many of mainland China's active psychics in later years claim descent from Chow.
1934 Zatara Mandrake, now a powerful mystic, begins his adventuring career. He is accompanied by Lothar of Opar and Narda Romanov.
1937 Chen Zhen battles General Fujita in Shanghai and then goes on to lead local resistance versus the Japanese.
1937 Kitty Carroll, grand daughter of Hawley Griffin, is exposed to Griffin's Invisibility formula. Carroll develops the ability to become invisible for brief periods of time when exposed to nicotine or alcohol. She will occasionally adventure for the next decade under several names. In 1941 she marries Michael Storm. (Dennis E. Power, Modified)
1937 Bruce Wayne, protégé of Kent Allard, becomes the vigilante and some-time government agent known as The Batman. He soon takes on an apprentice and assistant, Richard Grayson.
1938 Birth of Benjamin Grimm to Herman and Jada Grimm. Jada is the granddaughter of Dr. Henry Jekyll. (Dennis E. Power, Modified)
1938 Nikola Tesla demonstrates his Harmonic Shield Generator. The apparatus, which fills a small room, generates a field of energy that successfully deflects bullets fired from a gun. Reporters are impressed, but the device overheats during the demonstration, causing a fire that destroys Tesla's Long Island laboratory. Tesla fails to find financial backing for his invention.
1938 When Hugo Danner chooses to rejoin society, he takes his new name from the first names of his mentors. Guided by Allard's suggestions, he chooses to establish a meek and mild-mannered cover identity, while adventuring in a colorful costume. (Al Schroeder, Modified)
1938 Homeless William "Billy" Batson is contacted by Doctor Occult and Rose Psychic, and taken on a series of vision quests. Billy develops the ability to channel the power of multiple spiritual entities, and to assume a fully metahuman adult form for brief periods of time. He begins a career as a costumed adventurer.
1938 Patrick "Eel" O'Brian, a petty thief, breaks into a warehouse owned by Clark Savage, Jr. While investigating the warehouse, O'Brian discovers a holding tank containing a protoplasmic entity. The entity touches O'Brian, and partially merges its substance with his own. Driven nearly mad with terror and excruciating pain, O'Brian passes out. Savage's assistants rescue him. O'Brian learns that his encounter with the otherworldly "Thing" has left him nearly invulnerable and with the ability to stretch and distort any part of his body at will. Savage spends several months curing O'Brian of his criminal tendencies and exploring O'Brian's strange new condition. (Matthew Baugh, Modified)
1939 Captain Philip Strange, a.k.a. the Brain Devil, disappears while on a covert mission in Europe. He is survived by his son, Stephen Strange.
1939 Dr. Van Thorp, working from the W.W.I era robot called Boilerplate, invents a fully articulated suit of self propelled powered armor for use by the German military. British Agent Hugh Hazard steals the prototype and kills Van Thorpe. Hazard uses the armor, code named the Iron Man, to perform acts of sabotage behind German lines.
1939 Alan Scott, an engineer, discovers an alien artifact. The artifact, roughly resembling a lantern, gives its attuned user considerable powers of psycho-kinesis and ectoplasmic projection. Alan feels compelled to fashion a ring that links him to the lantern, and begins his career protecting humanity as the Green Lantern.
1939 After nearly a decade in Doc's Crime College, Namor comes to accept his condition, and to regret the harm he brought to innocents during his time of madness. His power has only increased during his captivity.
1939 William Batson, in need of money and assisted by Doctor Occult, follows the example of Kent Allard and starts relating highly fictionalized tales of his adventures over the radio. He also sells the rights to his stories to several publishers. His invention of an extended heroic family helps to further conceal the grains of truth in his satirical monologues. (Dr. Peter M. Coogan, Modified)
1939 Millionaire businessman Oliver Queen is inducted into the organization maintained by Britt Reid, a.k.a. the Green Hornet. Queen takes superbly to the training offered by Reid, but quickly becomes disillusioned with Reid's methods and dubious over his goals.
1939 Patrick O'Brian, a.k.a. Plastic Man, engages in a brief affair with Catherine Reid. Reid breaks off the affair, and returns to her fiancé, Robert Richards. Catherine and Robert marry, and seven months later have their first child, Reed Richards. (Dennis Power , Modified)
1940 Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie engage in their first inter-dimensional adventure.
1940 The British choose to share technology gathered and developed by their Extraordinary operatives with the US military. Information on the Hyde, Griffin, and Gibberne formulas is passed on to US Military Intelligence.
1940 Tests are conducted using Gibberne's Accelerator formula at Yale University. Jay Garrick, college student, volunteers. He not only survives, but is granted permanent superhuman speed. Garrick's father received a blood transfusion from Hugo Danner in 1917—this may explain Garrick's survival. The other test subjects are not so lucky. Testing of the Accelerator officially stops. (Dennis Power , Modified)
1940 The first appearance of the so-called Solomon Grundy creature, a.k.a. It, a.k.a. the Heap. Grundy's more than human strength and durability, regenerative abilities, and marked preference for remaining in or near swamplands, cause speculation that he is somehow a blend of plant and human.
1941 Oliver Queen is shocked to discover Britt Reid is involved in human trafficking. Queen breaks with Reid's organization, taking with him 14 year old Roy Harper. Queen designs the costumed identity of Green Arrow, and attempts to wage war on Chicago's underworld.
1941 Dr. Reinstein uses a serum developed in part using blood samples from Hugo Danner to transform Private Steve Rogers into a near-perfect physical specimen, with strength, vigor, and reflexes near the far limits of human potential. Unfortunately, without more of Danner's blood, the serum proves impossible to duplicate.
1941 Diana Prince joins the Army, securing a position in Military Intelligence as an aid to Harold Smith. Diana reveals her metahuman strength and speed to Smith.
1941 Patrick O'Brian, a.k.a. Plastic Man, joins the army on the advice of Clark Savage, Jr.
1942 Hugh Hazard dies in action. The Germans capture the damaged Iron Man armor. The armor is partially repaired, and is sent to Japan as part of a technology exchange. The Japanese military, considering the armor to be a worthless novelty, send it to Korea as part of a load of scrap.
1942 Alan Scott joins the army.
1942 Jay Garrick joins the army.
1942 Arthur Curry, a.k.a. Namor McKenzie, joins the army on the advice of Clark Savage.
1942 Clark Kent, a.k.a. Hugo Danner, is contacted by William J. Donovan, a W.W.I comrade of Hugo Danner and long time friend of Clark Savage, Jr. Donovan had been asked by Roosevelt to oversee the formation of the Office of Strategic Services. Donovan asks Kent to serve his country. Kent agrees. Donovan fingers the brilliant young Military Intelligence officer Harold Smith to coordinate the activities of American Mystery Men during the war. Smith quickly builds his plans around Clark Kent, Diana Prince, Alan Scott, Patrick O'Brian, Jay Garrick, Arthur Curry, and Steve Rogers. Over the course of the war, many more American Mystery Men come forward.
1942 Birth of Susan Storm to Michael Storm and Kitty Carroll Storm. Her Brother, Johnny, is born two years later. (Dennis Power, Modified)
1943 Nikola Tesla dies. His papers and equipment fall into the hands of his one-time assistant, Alexi Luthor.
1943 Richard Wentworth, a.k.a. the Spider, vanishes while conducting an investigation. Distraught, the pregnant Nita May Van Sloan turns for comfort to her long time suitor Benjamin Parker. Parker and Sloan wed. Fearing scandal, Nita May Van Slone becomes known simply as May Parker. She regales her nephew Peter with tales of the Spider's exploits. (Dennis Power, Modified)
1943 Zatanna Mandrake born to Zatara and Narda Mandrake. Lothar of Opar is named as the child's godfather.
1943 Steve Rogers is declared MIA after vanishing during a mission in the Arctic circle.
1944 Namor discovers an amnesiac Deep One-Human Hybrid caught in an early stage of her transformation. With the help of Clark Savage Jr., he helps her back from the brink of madness. Her memories do not return. She becomes romantically involved with Namor, and takes the name Namora.
1944 The Americans experiment with Atomic bombs in the South Pacific. They are unaware that these experiments have triggered the activation of Ancient technology. The Ancients artificially intelligent crystal computers are damaged. Malfunctioning, the machines of the Ancients begin a breeding cycle of so-called Dai Kaiju bio-weapons.
1944 Professor Trevor Bruttenholm discovers the entity known as Hellboy.
1945 Namor and Namora have their first child, a boy. Namora names the child Garth.
1945 The love affair between Clark Kent and Diana Prince ends in August, just three months after VE day. The pair part on less than amicable terms. By mutual request, Clark is sent to the Pacific theatre while Diana is stationed in Washington. In November, Diana realizes that she is pregnant. Remembering her own birth mother, she informs Clark, but refuses his offer of marriage.
1945 The OSS is dissolved. Its metahuman operatives are released from service.
1946 September 15, Diana Prince gives birth to Kara Kent. Diana once again refuses to marry Clark Kent.
1946 Joan Garrick, wife of Jay Garrick, gives birth to a son. It becomes apparent over time that Garrick's son, Barry, has inherited his father's amazing speed.
1947 The National Security Council, the Central Intelligence Agency, and the Office of Scientific Investigation are established. Harold Smith and Diana Prince are both offered positions within the OSI. Both accept. The OSI is charged with coordinating Americas metahuman resources, as well as coordinating intra-agency efforts to control metahuman criminal activity.
1947 Namor and Namora have their second child, Lisa.
1947 Bruce Wayne and Sellina Kyle marry. Ten months later, Bruce Wayne Jr. is born. Bruce Wayne retires as Batman, and the role is assumed by Richard Dick Grayson.
1948 Doc Savage and his Fabulous Five, damaged and close to financial ruin due to their extended battles with the Nine Unknown, vanish while preventing an extra-dimensional invasion. They are presumed dead. As per Doc's instructions, Clark Kent assumes control of the Fortress of Solitude and its scientific wonders.
1948 Clark Kent marries Lois Lane.
1949 Jay Garrick retires from active adventuring. He moves his family to Chicago, and changes his family name to Allen.
1949 Kent Allard, also known as The Shadow, vanishes in China in an unsuccessful attempt to prevent Mao's forces from gaining control of that nation. He is presumed dead.
1951 The Green Arrow and the Green Hornet have their final confrontation. Britt Reid is revealed as a pawn of the immortal sometimes known in the West as Fu Manchu. Reid is apparently murdered by his own bodyguard (Kato), and Oliver Queen is seriously injured. Queen escapes. Queen's career as the Green Arrow has left his business interests in a shambles, and he finds himself nearly bankrupt. Queen retires as Green Arrow. Roy Harper takes over the role.
1951 Alan Scott takes to the stars in hope of searching out the Lanterns' origins.
1951 John Putnam and Miskatonic University Professor Roy Hinkley Jr. investigate the crash of an apparent alien vessel in California. Hinkley suffers severe injuries. Hinkley's reports of mind controlling aliens are largely dismissed by the scientific community.
1952 Captain Marvel, a.k.a. William Batson, vanishes. He is presumed dead. It is suspected that he fell victim to the alien entity he jokingly referred to as Mister Mind.
1952 American Engineer Tony Stark is captured in Korea. Severely injured, Stark is taken to a prison labor camp and put to work in the camp's machine shop. He discovers the remnants of Hugh Hazard's Iron Man and manages to restore it to working condition. More, he significantly improves upon the basic design. Using the Iron Man suit, Stark escapes.
1954 Dr. Cal Meacham, together with Dr. Ruth Adams and Prof. Roy Hinkley Jr., become involved in a series of bizarre events and UFO sightings in Georgia. Hinkley's claims of force research at the hands of an alien named Exeter are mocked in the press. Hinkley's notes on what he refers to as Project Metluna are confiscated by agents of the OSI and classified Top Secret.
1954 Godzilla is released from breeding stasis and makes his first appearance. Uncontrolled, he attacks Japan, and destroys much of Tokyo before being called back to the sea by the still malfunctioning artificial intelligence that spawned him.
1955 Miskatonic University professor Mark Erdel draws a member of a shape-changing alien race to Earth. Erdel dies from radiation poisoning soon after. The creature escapes, and eventually feeds upon the body and mind of Boston P.D. Detective John Jones. Jones's memories provide the creature with a template to understand his environment, and the composite being takes over Jones's identity. The alien begins to refer to itself as Jonn Jonzz.
1955 Zatara and Narda Mandrake vanish while conducting an investigation. Lothar of Opar takes Zatanna Mandrake safely to Tibet, where she will eventually commence her occult training.
1956 Prof. Roy Hinkley Jr. is the only survivor of a Miskatonic University sponsored research expedition. Hinkley reports an encounter with gigantic brain-eating crabs.
1956 Jay Garrick, a.k.a. Jay Allen, returns to adventuring.
1957 A Nevada rocket test site experiences multiple acts of sabotage, ending with the loss of an advanced prototype rocket and the destruction of all records pertaining to its design. Alcoholic Professor Roy Hinkley Jr. vanishes.
1958 Roy Harper, a.k.a. Green Arrow II, is reduced to working in a traveling circus to support himself. He spots 14 year old runaway Clinton Barton, and begins to train the boy in archery. Barton proves to be a prodigy, and soon joins Harper on his occasional forays into crime fighting. Barton takes over the costumed identity of Speedy II.
1958 Hal Jordan, test pilot, is contacted by Alan Scott Scott, having returned to Earth and suffering from long term exposure to the alien artifact, passes on the power ring and lantern to Jordan. As he does so, he shares what he has learned of the lantern's strange history. Jordan begins adventuring as the new Green Lantern.
1958 Teen prodigy Reed Richards and Victor Domovoi room together at Miskatonic University. Benjamin Grimm, also a student, forms an enduring friendship with both men.
1957 Surgeon Stephen Strange suffers an automobile collision, resulting in permanent nerve damage. His medical career ruined, Strange turns to alcohol and prescription pain medications. His life collapses. While living on the streets, he is contacted by Doctor Occult, and informed of a possible cure for his condition. With Occult's assistance, Strange travels to the same Tibetan monastery that provided training to Zatara Mandrake.
1957 The Mysterian Invasion. 38 nations sign the Earth Defense Forces treaty.
1958 Vampirella (a.k.a. Vampira, a.k.a. Elvira, real name unknown) begins a long film and television career. She quickly gains a reputation as a paranormal adventuress.
1959 Kara Kent designs a Supergirl costume and makes her first public appearance. She begins dividing her time between living with Diana and Clark.
1959 Superman, Batman II (Dick Grayson), Wonder Woman, Green Lantern II (Hal Jordan), and Namor agree to serve as America's first high profile team of metahuman operatives under the OSI. The PR and psychological warfare value of the exercise is considerable, and the group is able to more effectively protect the public and provide disaster relief when operating in the open. They are soon joined by Jonn Jonzz and the second Green Arrow (Roy Harper).
1959 Tony Stark begins using the Iron Man suit to act as a costumed adventurer. Patents derived from the Iron Man technology make Stark one of America's richest men. Stark uses this money in part to fund teams of metahuman adventurers.
1960 Doctor Stephen Strange returns to America and begins his adventuring career.
1961 Financier D.D. Harriman funds Reed Richards's attempt to launch a moon rocket. Reed is persuaded to permit his research assistant and paramour Susan Storm and her brother Johnny to accompany him on an early test flight (piloted by his college friend Benjamin Grimm). The flight proves to be a disaster, and it takes all of Grimm's considerable skill to save the ship. Upon their return, all four passengers had been altered. Manifesting fantastic powers, the quartet soon began to make a name for themselves as America's premier team of independent scientific adventurers. (Dennis Power, Modified)
1961 Peter Parker begins his adventuring career as Spider-man.
1961 Dr. Bruce Banner, great-grandson of Dr. Henry Jekyll and cousin of Benjamin Grimm, suffers a strange therianthropic transformation following an accident at a military facility in Nevada. Banner's superhumanly strong alter-ego displays neither the malevolence nor intelligence of Edward Hyde, but his physical strength rivals that of the most powerful metahumans on record. (Dennis Power, Modified)
1962 Professional wrestler and strongman El Santo begins his adventuring career.
1962 Steve Rogers, a.k.a. Captain America, is found trapped under Arctic ice. The super-soldier formula has allowed him to survive this ordeal. Revived, Rogers soon resumes service with an OSI Stark Foundation cosponsored team of metahuman adventurers.
1962 Professor Trevor Bruttenholm's foster-child, an entity referred to as Hellboy, enters fully into the service of the OSI.
1963 Powerful mystic Cassandra Ghostley and advertising executive Darrin Stephens marry.
1963 President Kennedy, fearing that metahuman criminal activity has spiraled out of control, chooses Harold Smith to head a new government department known as CURE. CURE's activities remain classified top-top secret. Oscar Goldman rises to head the OSI, and Dr. Rudy Wells becomes the scientific chief of that organization. Diana Prince chooses to remain with the OSI.
1963 Bruce Wayne, Jr., Barry Allen, and Garth McKenzie begin to informally adventure together. They use the costumed identities Robin, Kid Flash, and Aqualad.
1963 Zatanna Mandrake begins her adventuring career.
1964 As a prank and in order to defy their elders, Bruce Wayne Jr., Kara Kent, Garth McKenzie, Barry Allen, and Clinton Barton begin to make public appearances at early counterculture gatherings. Calling themselves the Inferior Five, they take the costumed identities of Merry Andrew, Dumb Bunny, Awkward Man, The Blimp, and White Feather. They will continue to use these identities on and off until 1970. Rumors persist that the entire group made use of mind altering substances during this time. (Dennis Power, Modified)
1964 Astronaut Anthony Nelson returns from the South Pacific in the company of Jeannie, an enormously powerful mystic.
1964 The still malfunctioning bio-weapon manufacturing machines of the Ancients release the Dai Kaiju known as Gamera from his breeding stasis. Gamera establishes an empathic link with the young Japanese psionic Kyoke Timmy Kiritachi. Kyoke persuades Gamera to return to his rest. Kyoke is recruited into Japans Science Patrol.
1965 Kara Kent, to honor her mother, begins to occasionally adventure under the name Wonder Girl.
1965 Concluding that CURE can not perform its function without an enforcement arm, Smith authorizes the recruitment of police officer and ex-army sniper Remo Williams. Williams will be trained by Chiun, the current Master of Sinanju.
1965 The World Eater crisis is resolved through the combined actions of numerous metahumans. This response is directed by Reed Richards and spear-headed by his private team of scientific adventurers.
1966 A gigantic humanoid robot falls under the control of Japanese schoolboy Daisaku Kusama. Daisaku joins Japans Science Patrol (Unicorn division). Research into the giant robot leads to numerous technological innovations.
196 Clark Kent retires from public adventuring. Clark and Lois Kent disappear.
1966 Professor Roy Hinkley Jr. and six other castaways are rescued after being found on a large floating raft near Hawaii. Prof. Hinkley's claims of having been kept prisoner on an island and in a village are dismissed by the authorities, but form the basis of a British science fiction drama and a popular and long running American comedy. Actress Ginger Grant is among those rescued; much tabloid speculation revolves around the changes in both her appearance and voice during her time on the island.
1967 Dr. Kuami, assisted by young psychic Kyoke Timmy Kiritachi, spearheads Japanese Science Patrol research into remnant Ancient technology discovered in archaeological dig on Sogel Island. Kuami achieves limited success. Multiple Dai Kaiju class creatures gather on or near Sogel Island. Sogel Island is informally renamed Monster Island.
1968 Vampirella publicly asserts that her stage persona is genuine, and that she is in fact a vampire. The public at large treats this as a publicity stunt by a metahuman entertainer. Vampirella registers with the OSI.
1968 Darrin Stephens, husband of powerful mystic Cassandra Ghostley Stephens and father of Tabitha Stevens, vanishes. Cassandra and Tabitha vanish shortly thereafter.
1969 Sogel Island data contributes towards limited success in Japanese metagene research. Number of Japanese metahumans begins to significantly increase.
1970 Anthony Nelson is assigned as deputy director of OSI Nevada. His wife, Jeannie Nelson, accepts a field operative position.
1970 Doctor Rudy Wells successfully completes the Cyborg project. Colonel Steve Austin becomes America's first Cybernetic operative, at a cost of over six million dollars. The OSI begins to cut back on funding of independent metahumans and metahuman teams in favor of those under more complete government control.
1971 Richard Grayson retires from adventuring. Bruce Wayne Jr. takes over as Batman.
1971 Researchers Alec Holland and Ted Sallis attempt to create a variant of the Super-Soldier formula from a private lab concealed in Florida's everglades. This new formula is in-part based on fluid samples taken from the metahuman Solomon Grundy. An attack on the lab by individuals seeking the formula results in the apparent death of both researchers, but only after Holland has ingested the hybrid formula. Holland, greatly physically altered and possessed of very unusual abilities, reappears several months later. He begins a limited adventuring career.
1972 Kara Kent begins to adventure under the name Power Girl
1972 Diana Prince formally resigns from the OSI and vanishes. Reports of Wonder Woman sightings will continue for some time, but become increasingly rare.
1972 Jericho Drumm, Haitian occultist and gifted psionic, begins his adventuring career as Brother Voodoo. He will later move his operations from Haiti to America, where he will operate under the name Papa Midnight.
1973 Professor Goro Ibuki creates Jet Jaguar. Advances in Japanese giant robot technology threaten regional stability in Asia. Japanese government publicly places moratorium on giant robot research.
1973 Roy Harper, a.k.a. Green Arrow II, vanishes. Clinton Barton briefly adventures under the name Green Arrow, and then begins adventuring under the name Hawkeye.
1974 23 nations, including the United States, the USSR, China, and Japan sign giant robot anti-proliferation treaty. Japan reserves right to maintain current stable of giant robots as check against Dai Kaiju attacks.
1974 An extra-dimensional incursion in Denton, Ohio is foiled by OSI associate Dr. Everret Von Scott, Brad Majors, and Janet Weiss. Majors & Weiss are eventually inducted into the OSI. The cult founded by the Mad Scientist who led the incursion will continue to thrive until well into the 21st Century.
1975 OSI researcher Dr. Frank Heflin field tests Project Electra. The project is closed after equipment failure leaves the primary field agents missing in action.
1978 Clinton Barton, a.k.a. Hawkeye, retires from public adventuring.
1980 Ralph Hinkley, son of Professor Roy Hinkley Jr., begins an adventuring career using what appears to be an extraterrestrial artifact. Hinkley claims to have received his super suit from aliens, and that these aliens originated on a world called Metaluna. OSI agent Bill Maxwell is assigned as Hinkley's handler.
1980 El Santo, heroic wrestler and adventurer, retires. He passes on his duties to his son, El Hijo Del Santo.
1981 OSI agent Michael Knight is given access to the experimental AI controlled vehicle code named KITT.
1982 Ralph Hinkley and Bill Maxwell vanish. The super suit is not recovered.
1983 Bruce Wayne Jr., a.k.a. Batman III, is fatally injured while pursuing a suspect. Richard Grayson comes out of retirement to complete the case. After capturing the killer, Richard Grayson returns to retirement.
1984 Steve Austin retires from field operations. Seven months later, he replaces Oscar Goldman as head of the OSI.
1984 Doctor Billy Hayes and Dr. Elvin Lincoln expose severe mistreatment of metahuman subjects at the Humanidyne corporation.
1985 Reed Richards and Susan Storm Richards attempt retirement in Belle Port, Conneticutt. Following a confrontation with mystic Elspeth Cromwell, the Richards return to New York. They do not return to field operations.
1985 John Constantine, occultist and mystic, contacts Alec Holland. Constantine's adventuring career truly begins.
1986 Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson wed. Parker retires from adventuring.
1987 Yakumo Fuji and the apparently immortal Pai join Ling Ling Li and the Yogekisha Company in Hong Kong. The trio will become well known investigators of the supernatural.
1987 Jericho Drumm, now an influential figure in New York's occult underworld, encounters John Constantine as Constantine investigates the entity known as Mnemoth
1988 Michael Knight is removed from the KITT project and re-assigned as field commander for OSI Hawaii. Despite the effective demotion, Knight does not object to his new posting.
1989 Chow Sing Cho, a powerful pan-psionic, begins his adventuring career in Hong Kong. His relationship to the historical Chow Sing Cho is unknown.
1991 The amnesiac metahuman known as the Savage Dragon appears in Illinois. He joins OSI Chicago on a provisional basis later that year.
1992 Professor Trevor Bruttenholm becomes the head of OSI's Paranormal Research and Defense sub-group. His foster-child, an entity referred to as Hellboy, heads up a paranormal investigation team including such notables as the Deep One referred to as Abe Sapien, and the human psionic Elizabeth Sherman.
1993 Ling Ling Chai begins his career in Beijing.
1994 Newark police detective Darcy Walker begins her crusade against crime as the Black Scorpion.
1994 Asagi Kusanagi becomes the second Japanese Science Patrol psionic to establish a psychic link with the Dai Kaiju known as Gamera.
1996 NYPD Officer James Edwards is recruited by the OSI's MIB division.
2000 Mighty Steel Leg Sing and his team of Shaolin trained soccer players spark a worldwide craze for metahuman professional team sports.

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