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Earth 1A Timeline

This is a timeline, or a chronology of events that took place in the SuperFriends Universe -- Earth-1A (fan name) / Earth-Thirty-Two (official name) of the DC Multiverse.[1]

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1865
The book, Alice in Wonder Land is published.

1874
A group of Texas Rangers pursue a group of killers, but once they track them down to Bryant's Gap, they are all gunned down by the killers. Only one ranger survives, and a Native-American named Tonto finds him and nurses him back to health, and tells him : "Others dead...you lone ranger now.[2]

Harry Houdini is born this year.

1888

In Metropolis, a man named Doctor Morpheus creates a machine that can give him the abilities of animals, and he uses his powers to stalk and murder, and strike terror into the hearts of the people of the city. Eventually, the people decide to band together against him, and in the process, Metropolis was nearly burned to the ground, leaving only ruins left. Sometime later, the old buildings were paved over and new ones were built over it.
This was revealed in The Beast Beneath These Streets



Mary Howitt dies in Rome.

1890
Larry Huber is born this year. He was apparently not a well liked man, and when he dies in '78, "Good riddance" is written on his tombstone in Gotham City, although this may have been a joke.[3]

1890s
Cyrus Gold is murdered, and his body is thrown into Slaughter Swamp. There, his body is rejuvenated by an ancient Monolith from the center of the Earth.

During this century, in London, Sherlock Holmes becomes a famous consulting detective and helps the detectives from Scotland Yard on a number of cases. His sidekick was the famous physician known as John Watson.

1899
Scalphunter dies this year.[4]

20th century

1910
The period known as the Old West in North America comes to an end.

1939
World War II begins this year.[5]

1948
In Gotham City, after watching a Robin Hood film, Thomas and Martha Wayne, along with their young son Bruce, walk home, taking a short cut through an alley, where they are confronted by a mugger. The two adults are gunned down in front of the young boy. This becomes known as the Park Row tragedy. Not long later, Bruce makes a vow to avenge his parents by fighting crime.

1954
The Army–McCarthy hearings occur this year. During this period, a number of superheroes retire, prompting the United States Government to bring back the Suicide Squad.[6]

1955
Dick Grayson is born to John and Mary Grayson.

1956

Clark Kent takes on the duo identity of Superboy, and becomes a superhero.

1957
Hul, Logar and Rom-lok (from 1983) travel back in time to this year to kill Superboy while he's still young and has yet to grow to become Superman. However, Superman and Green Lantern go back in time to rescue Superman's young counterpart.

As seen in 1983 Shorts episode, Return of the Phantoms.


Late 1950's
Lex Luthor loses all his hair due to a mistake by Superboy. From then on he vows to be Superman’s greatest enemy.


Early 1960's

The period known as the Swinging Sixties begins in London, England. It is during this time that the Free love movement begins.[7]

Princess Diana comes to America to help fight in the war (perhaps this war is the Vietnam War, which lasted from 1959 to April, 30 1975).

This is conjecture based on the Season 3 episode, Secret Origins of the Superfriends.


Bayou Jack fights in the Vietnam War.

It is revealed in the Swamp Thing animated series that he is a Vietnam war veteran. Although it's unclear what point during the war it was.


1962
Dr. Erdel is working on a communication device, with the hope of making contact with extraterrestrial life. Upon its first use, he realizes that he had inadvertently created a teleportation beam. Amazingly, this device pulls J'onn J'onzz to Earthin his martian form. The shock of the encounter kills Dr. Erdel and leaves J'onn with no method of returning home.

This date differs from the Earth-One date which was 1955. This is revealed in Detective Comics, Vol. 1 #225 (November, 1955), which can be found at the DC Database.


J'onn J'onzz soon decides to use his powers to fit in, adopting a human-like appearance and calling himself "John Jones". He joins the police force, and becomes a detective in Apex City.

1963
On November 22, the Kennedy assassination occurs in Dallas, Texas.

1964

The hurricane known as Hurricane Hilda strikes the Gulf of Mexico region.

Mid to Late 60's
By the mid 60’s many superheroes began to surface, fighting crime and supervillains within their own respective territories.

Clark Kent comes to Metropolis to take on the identity of Superman.

In Gotham City, Batman had emerged.

From the undersea kingdom of Atlantis, Aquaman arose and began protecting the seven seas with his pal Aqualad.

Aquaman continuity from the Filmation series, The Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure.


Other heroes including the Atom, Green Lantern, the Flash, in Central City, and Hawkman in Midway City soon begin to emerge as well.

Some of this is shown in the Filmation series, The Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure (1967-1968).


1966
J'onn J'onzzis able to briefly make contact with his home planet Mars and his parents.

This date differs from the Earth-One date which was 1956. This is revealed in Detective Comics, Vol. 1 #236 (October 1956), which can be found at the DC Database.


1968

In 68’, before they were the SuperFriends, a few future members joined forces and called themselves the Justice League of America.

J'onn J'onzz, who now was fighting crime in his green-skinned form, wanted to become a 'full-time' member of the newly formed Justice League. To do this successfully, he needed to be freed from his alter-ego John Jones. He decides to fake his death and join the Justice League.

This initial Justice League lineup was also the same as the Earth-One universe. It included seven of the Leagues most prominent members: Aquaman, Flash, Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter, Wonder Woman, Superman and Batman.

Aside from the date of formation, much of the the Earth-1A JL formation is the same as in the Earth-One universe.


Over the next two years Green Arrow, Zatanna, Black Canary and several others were added to the roster.

The Justice League begin operating from a secret cave outside of the small town of Happy Harbor, Rhode Island.


Late 1969
After a year of being a team (1969), the JLA entered a volunteering program to help train young people to become superheroes. Teenager Snapper Carr was the first teenage member or more specifically he was the first Junior Justice League Member.

Batman takes on a sidekick, who takes the identity of Robin.

Batman continuity from the Filmation series, The Batman/Superman Hour (1968-1969).


1970
On April 3rd, Jonas Marks' son Dennis is born.

Birthdate was shown on a medical chart in the 1983 Shorts, A Pint of Life.


1971

Professor Hillbrand is believed to be killed in a deep-sea diving accident off Point Gander.[8]

James Craddock comes back to life as a ghost.


The Martian Manhunter leaves Earth when Mars became desolate to help his people search for a new world.


In late 1971, shortly after the Martian Manhunter had left Earth, a group of the Leaguers gathered together and decide to call themselves Superfriends. This is another significant departure from the parallel universe of Earth-One. The name stuck for years, and over time, the name Superfriends was used to describe all members of the Justice League of America.

In the first issue of the SuperFriends comic book, E. Nelson Bridwell makes it very clear that the SuperFriends are sort of a volunteer organization, under the umbrella of the Justice League of America.


The founding members of the Justice League's Superfriends organization consisted of Aquaman, Batman, Robin, Superman, Wonder Woman, Hawkman, the Flash, Green Lantern, Black Vulcan and Samurai.

The formation of team and members depicted in the Season 3 episode, History of Doom.


1972
Superman and Wonder Woman return Gentleman Ghost to the grave.


The team moves their headquarters from the secret cave to the Hall of Justice, located in Gotham City. The Hall was equipped with an advanced communications network and "Trouble Alert" system (TroubAlert). They maintained a relationship with important government officials such as Colonel Wilcox, who often alerted the SuperFriendsto various global threats, including alien invasions.

In the parallel universe of Earth-One the Justice League's headquarters were an orbiting satellite. This was depicted in Justice League of America, Vol. 1 #78 (February, 1970) found at the DC Database.


Early on, the weekly meetings only consisted of Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Batman and Robin.

1975

King Plasto steals the research notes and diagrams for FRERP from the U.S. Government agency known as GREPS.[9]

1976
It was not long before their volunteer organization expanded and they added Marvin White and Wendy Harris, to the Junior SuperFriends.

Mid 1970's
Sometime in the mid 70’s, the Super Friends faced their greatest “challenge” when they encountered a collaboration of villains known as the Legion of Doom. Led by criminal mastermind Lex Luthor, these super-villains sought for nothing less than total domination of the planet Earth. To accomplish this objective however, they first had to vanquish the Super Friends. They also brought in another hero unique to this reality, Apache Chief.

Luthor and his allies, which included such notable villains as Brainiac, Bizarro, Grodd and Sinestro, often used highly advanced weapons and devices to capture the Super Friends, but invariably, the heroes always triumphed. By 1979, after countless battles, the Legion of Doom eventually dissolved.

Some of the respective team members were presumably captured and sent to prison. However, no canonical reason was ever provided for the Legion’s dissolution. It can be reasoned that Scarecrow always got away, as his identity was never discovered until the Season 6 episode The Fear.


1977
Gleek is hatched.

Invasion of the Space Dolls established that Gleek was hatched "6 years ago." The episode was aired (although not in the US) in 1983. So three years before that is 1977, which is consistent to the time that The All New Superfriends Hour came out.


Two teenage twin mutants from the planet Exxor arrive on Earth to help the SuperFriends battle the evil Grax. They are eventually adopted by Professor Nichols, and become the trainees of the SuperFriends, replacing Marvin White and Wendy Harris. Marvin went on to study at Ivy University, while Wendy moved to Paradise Island to attend an Amazon university to continue her training.


A jester-like incarnation of the Toyman emerged, replacing Winslow Schott.

This is speculation based on the fact that in the SuperFriends cartoon, the Toyman resembles the Jack Nimball Earth-One version of Toyman.


The Hall of Justice is relocated to Metropolis.

It is unknown if the Hall was literally moved brick by brick, or if another one was built in Metropolis to replace the old one. It is established in The Brain Machine that the Hall is now in Metropolis.


1979
In 1979, Luthor breaks out of jail. He will plague the SuperFriends for the next 5 years.


Plastic Man began working for a government agency assigned to tracking down and defeating bizarre criminal organizations. He was partnered with fellow agent and girlfriend, Penny – whom he later married. Later, they were joined by their son, Baby Plas. He also had bumbling Hawaiian sidekick named Hula-Hula.


1984
Firestorm joins the Justice League.


The SuperFriends meet Darkseid.


1985
The SuperFriends name seems to no longer be in use for the Justice League, now they are simply referred to as "The Super Powers Team."

Although hesitant at first, Cyborg eventually makes the decision to join the Justice League.

1988
By this year, Lex Luthor is now no longer a criminal in the public eye, as he has lead the public to believe he has reformed. He founds LexCorp, and amasses a great deal of wealth. This proves to make Superman's life even more miserable, as he is unable to prove that Luthor is still a criminal.

1991
J.T. and Delbert meet the Swamp Thing.

21st century

2000
This year, and the rest of the century is chronicled in the book A History of the Earth from the Year 2000 to 7000.

Sometime during this century, a permanent human settlement is established at Nix Olympia on Mars.[10]

25th century

Booster Gold and his sidekick Skeets time travels back to the 20th century to become superheroes, and eventually members of the Justice League of America. Booster also becomes a good friend of Blue Beetle.

27th century

J. Quiggly Bent creates a robot that he takes back in time to use to con a tribal race on the island of Borea into giving their sacred black pearl to him.

30th century

By this century, the human race have colonized many solar systems throughout the galaxy. Humans are among many races native to the interstellar nation known as the United Planets. One human named Zandor and his wife settle on the planet Quasar, where they raise their son to live a more simple primitive life free from the complications of modern technology.

Space Ghost begins his career as an interstellar superhero. Other superheroes in space during this era are the Teen Force and Space Mutts, and on Earth, the world is protected by the Legion of Super-Heroes.

2977
The JLA and the JSA are teleported to this year by the evil wizard Mordru.[11]

2979
Space Ghost recruits sidekicks: Jan, Jace and Blip.

2980
Space Ghost gets a new Phantom Cruiser.[12]

40th century

3977
Superman, Hawkman and Hawkgirl time travel to this year to rescue a time warped scientist and bring him back to the present.

As seen in the Super Friends Season 2 episode Time Rescue.


3984
The Legion of Doom time travel to this year and conquer the earth of this era, with the help of a subhuman cave dwelling race called the Barlocks, who help them overthrow earth's capitol city. They move on into outer space and conquer the entire Milky Way Galaxy, with plans to overthrow the rest of the universe. But eventually the Super Friends travel to this year and defeat the Legion.


64th century

By this time, stage magic is obsolete, and so Abra Kadabra travels back to the 20th century and becomes a supervillain in Central City.

71st century

7000
This year was chronicled in the book A History of the Earth from the Year 2000 to 7000.

120th century

11,978
Superman, Flash and Green Lantern time travel to this year and find the book A History of the Earth from the Year 2000 to 7000.

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References

  1. Some of the dates given are based upon real life history, whether they were mentioned or not, others are completely conjectural.
  2. As established in the Lone Ranger franchise.
  3. As established in Superfriends: Rest in Peace.
  4. Conjecture based upon the events in the DC Comics Universe.
  5. Historical accounts.
  6. As seen in The Atlas of the DC Universe.
  7. As seen in One-Dimensional Goodness: The Super Friends and the Good Old Days.
  8. As seen in Dr. Pelagian's War.
  9. The episode mentioned it happened "one year ago."
  10. As told in the Atlas of the DC Universe.
  11. As seen in Justice League of America, Vol. 1 147.
  12. As seen in Space Stars.

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