What year, What YEAR???
Posted 24 January 2013 - 05:13 PM
Posted 24 January 2013 - 05:25 PM
Spider Man meets the President...Obama. I'm sure that can point you in a good direction, Marvel wise.
Posted 24 January 2013 - 05:29 PM
Posted 24 January 2013 - 06:28 PM
You can build a real world timeline for a comic character, but you have to decide which topical references to accept and which to accept. You also have to accept that, in only a few years, your timeline will be wrong again.
The best rule of thumb I've seen to help understand this is that for every 6 years that pass in the real world, 1 year passes in the Marvel Universe. DC is probably pretty similar. I did come checking with the amount of time it took Peter Parker to finish high school, go through college, etc. and it seems to work pretty well.
Based on that...
Spiderman is almost 25 years old and has been fighting crime for 8.7 years.
Kitty Pryde (13 when she joined the X-Men) would now be almost 19.
Batman (assuming he was 26 when he started fighting crime) would be 38
Robin (Dick Grayson) would be 24 (assuming an initial age of 12)
Robin (Tim Drake) would be 18 (assuming an initial age of 14)
Posted 24 January 2013 - 07:34 PM
Posted 24 January 2013 - 07:42 PM
Posted 24 January 2013 - 08:12 PM
Which makes some things like Batmans timeline confusing. Bruce started crime fighting at 23 and assuming he was on his own for at least a couple of years he found Dick age 9 who then grew to age 24 while quitting and being repalced by Jason who died and only resurfaced years later.
Writers should probably not worry so much about references becoming dated. It will always happen and usually people won't care that much if they keep it light.
Posted 30 January 2013 - 01:50 PM
That's my best take. Using this formula you can say that Superman became active 12.5 years ago and the rocket landed about 24 years before that. You just can't assign a solid date to that because it's going to keep changing.
Dinsdale, how in hell have you already got over 700 posts? I've been here for what, about maybe two years, and you've only been here a few months, I believe? How do you do it?
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