The Big List of Time Travel Adventures

 Related to: Marvel Comics
 from antiquity to 2017



   Timely Comics
published by Martin Goodman
First time travel: All Winners Comics 21, Winter 1946/47

Timely was the predecessor to Atlas which became Marvel Comics in the ’60s. Some of their superheroes survived that transition (Captain America, the Sub-Mariner, and an android Human Torch, among others). I’ve only begun to dig up their time travel, finding one issue of All Winners Comics where Captain America and the All Winners Squad do battle with a man from 1,000,000 A.D. Also, in 1948, the Timely superhuman, comical boxer, Powerhouse Pepper, visited the pilgrims via time machine (Powerhouse Pepper 4, Sep 1948).

 Project yourselves far into the fture . . . to the year one million A.D. The Earth is almost unfit for human life! 

—Captain America in All Winners Comics 21




   Atlas Comics (Anthologies)
First time travel: Astonishing 6, Apr 1951

Before they started slinging superheroes, Stan Lee and the bullpen were working at Marvel’s predecessor, Atlas Comics, putting out comics that mimicked EC’s anthologies. The first one I found was in Astonishing 6 (Apr 1951). As I find others, I’ll list them on my time-travel comics page.

 Of course! thats it! I forgot to connect the plug to the electric outlet! 

—Harry in Mystery Tales 10, Apr 1953, explaining why his time machine did’s work the first time












   Marvel Comics (Superheroes)
fearlessly led by Stan Lee
First time travel: Fantastic Four 5, Jul 1962

The Marvel Brand began as early as 1939 with the first edition of Marvel Comics. Throughout the ’40s and ’50s, some of the Timely and Atlas comics had the slogan “A Marvel Magazine,” ”Marvel Comic,” or a small “MC” on the cover (such as Tiny Tessie 24, which I found in my dad’s stash).

As for me, I was hooked when Marvel started publishing the Fantastic Four in 1961. During the sixties, I devoured all 830 Marvel superhero comics as they arrived at the local Rexall Drug Store. By my count, 37 of those 830 issues in the ’60s involved superhero time travel, starting with Fantastic Four 5 in July 1962. After 1969, there was no time travel in comic books, not ever (or, if you prefer, you may count everything as time travel, but never mind). Are you suprised that Spider-man never took off in time during the ’60s? He did come close in Avengers 11, but in any case, here are those occurrences:
  1. Fantastic Four 5 (Jul 1962) FF to time of Blackbeard
  2. Journey into Mystery 86 (Nov 1962) Thor vs Zarkko, the Tomorrow Man
  3. Journey into Mystery 101 (Feb 1963) Thor travels to future to be Zarkko slave
  4. Journey into Mystery 102 (Mar 1963) Thor returns to the present, a free god!
  5. Tales of Suspense 44 (Aug 1963) Iron Man to time of Cleopatra
  6. Fantastic Four 19 (Oct 1963) FF to ancient Egypt
  7. Strange Tales 123 (Aug 1963) Doc Strange sends Thor’s hammer back
  8. Fantastic Four 23 (Feb 1964) Dinosaur to Baxter Building
  9. Avengers 8 (Sep 1964) Kang the Conqueror from the future
  10. Fantastic Four Annual 2 (Sep 1964) FF vs Rama-Tut [reprint and new]
  11. Strange Tales 124 (Sep 1964) Doc Strange to time of Cleopatra
  12. Avengers 10 (Nov 1964) Immortus (aka Kang) from the future
  13. Avengers 11 (Dec 1964) Kang (again) and Spider-Man (sort of)
  14. Fantastic Four 34 (Jan 1965) Gideon uses Doom’s machine
  15. Strange Tales 129 (Feb 1965) Doc Strange travels back an hour or so
  16. Strange Tales 134 (Jul 1965) FF vs Kang
  17. Fantastic Four Annual 3 (Sep 1965) Cadre of villains sent to the past
  18. Avengers 23 (Dec 1965) Avengers defeated by Kang in the future
  19. Journey into Mystery 122 (Nov 1965) Thor moves Hobbs through time
  20. Avengers 24 (Jan 1966) Avengers defeat Kang in the future!
  21. Tales to Astonish 75 (Jan 1966) Hulk to post-apocalyptic future
  22. Tales to Astonish 76 (Feb 1966) Hulk vs King Arrkam in the future
  23. Tales to Astonish 77 (Mar 1966) Hulk vs the Executioner in the future
  24. Tales to Astonish 78 (Apr 1966) Hulk returns from post-apocalyptic future
  25. Avengers 28 (May 1966) Collector/Beetle in time machine
  26. Strange Tales 148 (Sep 1966) Book of Vishanti to ancient times
  27. Strange Tales 150 (Nov 1966) Doc Strange to ancient Babylon
  28. Thor 140 (May 1967) Thor vs Growing Man (Kang’s minion)
  29. Avengers 56 (Sep 1968) To World War II
  30. Avengers Annual 2 (Sep 1968) The Scarlett Centurion (aka Kang)
  31. Iron Man 5 (Sep 1968) Warriors from 24th century
  32. Marvel Super-Heroes 18 (Jan 1969) Guardians of the Galaxy from the Future
  33. Marvel Super-Heroes 20 (May 1969) Diablo uses Doom’s time platform
  34. Silver Surfer 6 (Jun 1969) To the future and back by traveling fast
  35. Avengers 69 (Oct 1969) Avengers vs Kang in 41st century
  36. Avengers 70 (Nov 1969) Avengers vs Squadron Sinister
  37. Avengers 71 (Dec 1969) Avengers to 1941 vs Invaders

 And now I shall send you back . . . hundreds of years into the past! You will have forty-eight hours to bring me Blackbeard’s treasure chest! Do not fail! 

—Dr. Doom in Fantastic Four 5




   X-Men Cartoon
created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby
First time travel: 13 Mar 1993

Even though the 1992 cartoon had all them new-fangled X-Men and their funky costumes, I still got some enjoyment from the Kirby-designed villians, such as the Sentinels in the two-part time-travel story, “Days of Future Past” (which, not coincidentally, will also be the name of the upcoming X-Men movie). Well, they were sort of Kirby-designed: He penciled the cover and sketched the layouts of X-Men 14.

 We rebels have a theory: If the assasination of the 90s never occurred . . . 


 


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Thanks for visiting my time-travel page, and thanks to the many sources that provided stories and more (see the Links and Credits in the menu at the top). —Michael (
main@colorado.edu)