Years 31-40

1969-1978: Retirement Continues

 

(1969)

–REFERENCE: In Wonder Woman #296, Part 2. Bruce begins gymnastics training with Helena on the uneven parallel bars.

 

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(1970)

–NOTE: Flash #123 occurs now. It doesn’t feature Batman or any of his Bat Family, but it is the seminal “Flash of Two Worlds” story that fully introduces the concept of the multiverse to DC. This superb and influential tale, which originally took place in 1961 but has been retconned to 1970 thanks to Silver Age time-sliding, features Earth 1’s Flash (Barry Allen) accidentally vibrating through the Bleed from Earth 1 to Earth 2![1] There, Barry meets Jay Garrick, the Earth 2 Flash, who has been officially retired since 1949 (inactive as a hero since 1951). (Batman has been retired for 10 years at this point). All of Jay’s adventures as Flash on Earth 2 have appeared as comic books written by Gardner Fox on Earth 1, so Barry knows all about him. The Golden Age Flash comes out of retirement to team with the Silver Age flash to defeat the original Thinker, The Shade, and The Fiddler. Afterward, Barry returns to Earth 1 and Jay decides to stay un-retired.

 
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(1971)

–REFERENCE: In Wonder Woman #271, Part 2. Bruce begins teaching special lessons to Helena, including dropping serious knowledge about the various evils of which mankind is capable. These lessons will continue (randomly and invisibly moving forward on our timeline), but will ultimately aid in influencing Helena to one day become the Huntress.

–NOTE: In Flash #137. Batman isn’t a part of this, but it is a very important moment. Earth-1’s Flash (Barry Allen) decides to breach through the multiversial Bleed to revisit his inspiration Jay Garrick (the Earth-2 Flash). There, Barry finds that certain members of the old Justice Society of America (Flash, Dr. Mid-Nite, Wonder Woman, Hawkman, The Atom, Johnny Thunders, and Green Lantern) have come out of retirement to deal with the threat of the immortal Vandal Savage. Savage captures the Justice Society, leading to their rescue by the two Flashes. Vandal Savage is then defeated by the combined might of the heroes. On Earth-2, this version of the Justice Society decides to come out retirement. Barry returns to Earth-1.

 
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(1972)

 

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(1976)

 

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(1978)

 

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  1. [1]COLLIN COLSHER: The Bleed is the tesseract space that exists in-between/separates all the universes in the Omniverse. Marvel Comics refers to the Bleed as “The Superflow.” The terminology is quite menstrual in nature, but what cosmic magick isn’t, right?

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