Special Addendum:  DC’s “Official” Timeline(s)

On two occasions DC Comics has published compact “official” timelines of the DCU's history. (There have also been partial ones in various issues of Secret Files, occasionally useful but more often inconsistent not only with the comprehensive ones, but with each other and even with the stories they catalog.)

As explained in the Introduction, these two document aren’t actually reliable on their own terms, for a number of reasons. However, I’m offering this table summarizing the contents of the two, for the sake of comparison by those who may not own the comics they appeared in. It doesn’t repeat all the content verbatim from either one—that would be problematic for reasons of both space and copyright, especially in the latter case—but it’s based directly on the originals.

  Zero Hour #0 <9.94> Guide to the DC Universe 2000 Secret Files <3.00>
  (The ZH timeline also included a brief survey of prehistoric and Golden Age events)  
Year One
(10 years ago/12 years ago)
Superman
Batman
Joker
Catwoman
Flash
Green Lantern
J’onn J’onzz goes public
Black Canary
Aquaman
Original Blue Beetle
Adam Strange
Katah Hol exiled on Thanagar
Speedy (joins Green Arrow)
JLA

Superman
Luthor
Bizarro
Batman
Catwoman
Joker
Flash
Green Lantern
Black Canary
Aquaman
Atom
Metal Men
JLA
Green Arrow
Speedy
Doom Patrol
Green Arrow joins JLA
Year Two
(9 years ago/11 years ago)
Atom
Kid Flash
Elongated Man
JSA re-forms
Doom Patrol dies
Creeper
Hawk & Dove
New Gods
Cadmus Project
Zatanna
Aqualad
JSA
Two-Face
Aqualad
Kid Flash
Black Adam (kills Batsons)
Red Tornado
Graysons killed
Year Three
(8 years ago/10 years ago)
Robin
Plastic Man
Eclipso
The Demon
Wonder Girl
Deathstroke
Robin
JLA Satellite
Teen Titans
Blue Beetle (Ted Kord)
Hawk & Dove
Speedy’s drug addiction
Ra’s Al Ghul
Year Four
(7 years ago/9 years ago)
Teen Titans
Manhunter (Paul Kirk)
John Stewart GL
Batgirl
Reverse-Flash
Year Five
(6 years ago/8 years ago)
Power Girl
Shade
Rose & Thorn
Black Lightning
Zatanna joins JLA
Firestorm
New Teen Titans
GA leaves JLA
Year Six
(5 years ago/7 years ago)
Omega Men
Batgirl
Blue Beetle (Ted Kord)
Blue Devil
Fire & Ice
Captain Atom
New Teen Titans
Infinity Inc.
Firestorm
Outsiders
Robin injured, leaves Batman
Infinity, Inc.
Nightwing
Year Seven
(4 years ago/6 years ago)
Outsiders
Nightwing
CRISIS
Wonder Woman
Captain Marvel
Question
Vigilante
JLA Detroit
Jason Todd Robin
CRISIS
Booster Gold
Captain Marvel
Wonder Woman
LEGENDS
New JL

Year Eight
(3 years ago/5 years ago)
LEGENDS
New JL
Jason Todd Robin
Barbara Gordon shot
Suicide Squad
MILLENNIUM
Gangbuster
Rocket Reds
Manhunter (Mark Shaw)
Jason Todd killed
Supergirl
MILLENNIUM
Barbara Gordon shot
Mr. Mxyzptlk
Brainiac
INVASION
Jason Todd killed
Superman exile in space
Year Nine
(2 years ago/4 years ago)
INVASION
L.E.G.I.O.N.
Valor (Lar Gand)
Will Payton Starman
Rip Hunter
Superman returns, creates Fortress
Tim Drake Robin
Clark proposes to Lois
Luthor fakes death
WAR OF THE GODS
Year Ten
(1 year ago/3 years ago)
Tim Drake Robin
Katar Hol Hawkman
WAR OF THE GODS
The Ray
ARMAGEDDON 2001
JSA returns from limbo
Linear Men (“Time & Time Again”)
Superman killed
JSA returns from limbo
Azrael
Superman killed
Superboy, Steel, Eradicator, Cyborg
“Emerald Twilight” (Parallax, Kyle Rayner)
“Knightfall” (Batman crippled, AzBats)
Superman revived
Year 11
(“Now”/2 years ago)
Superman revived
Superboy, Steel, Eradicator, Cyborg
Azrael
NEW BLOOD
“Emerald Twilight”
“Knightfall” (Batman crippled, AzBats)
Kyle Rayner GL
Damage
“Fall of Metropolis”
Guy Gardner, Warrior
Impulse
ZERO HOUR
Jack Knight Starman
Kyle Rayner GL
Batman returns
Impulse
ZERO HOUR
Guy Gardner, Warrior
Jack Knight Starman
Connor Hawke
Artemis WW
UNDERWORLD UNLEASHED
Extreme Justice/JL Task Force
Birds of Prey
Luthor weds Contessa
Wonder Girl II
FINAL NIGHT
Year 12
(—/“During the past year ”)
  New JLA, Watchtower
Clark marries Lois
Electric Superman
JLA vs. Worlogog
Lena Luthor born
Gotham Earthquake
DC ONE MILLION
Young Justice
Original Titans re-form
Gotham declared “No Man’s Land”
New JSA
DAY OF JUDGMENT
Gotham rebuilt & reopened
JLA vs. Mageddon
Brainiac 13 attacks

↑ top 

This page last updated 09/09/2008

Clocks