Time-Travel Fiction

  Storypilot’s Big List of Adventures in Time Travel


The Time Garden
by Edward Eager
First publication: 1958
A garden of thyme and a magic frog (aka the Natterjack) take four children to times past. [Mar 2011]

 What the Natterjack would have said, no one could tell, for no one had asked him. The Natterjack did not mind. He bided his time. He could wait. 


The Time Traders Series
by Andre Norton
First book: 1958

Young Ross Murdoch, on the streets and getting by with petty crime and quick feet, gets nabbed and sent to a secret project near the north pole. [Mar 2014]
 TitlePublication 
The Time Traders1958
Galactic Derelict1959
The Defiant AgentsFeb 1962
Key Out of TimeMar 1963
Firehand (with P.M. Griffin)Jun 1964
Echoes in Time (with Sherwood Smith)Nov 1999
Atlantis Endgame (with Sherwood Smith)Nov 2002

 So they have not briefed you? Well, a run is a little jaunt back into history—not nice comfortable history such as you learned out of a book when you were a little kid. No, you are dropped back into some savage time before history— 


Tom’s Midnight Garden
by Philippa Pearce
First publication: 1958

When young Tom is sent to live in a flat with his aunt and uncle, all he longs for is a garden to play in; when he finds it during midnight wanderings, it takes him a few nights to realize that the garden and his playmate Hattie are from the previous century. [Mar 2011]

 Town gardens are small, as a rule, and the Longs’ garden was no exception to the rule; there was a vegetable plot and a grass plot and one flower-bed and a rough patch by the back fence. 


Wards Presents Magical Shoes
First publication: circa 1958
Of course, Montgomery Ward wants every kid to want their shoes, so what better way than to have a giveaway comic book advertisement in which young Billy and Milly realize that their Montgomery Ward shoes were special indeed! [Jul 2012]

 Milly: They’re like seven-league boots!
Billy: Even better! We’re covering a hundred miles at a step and we’re going back through history, too! These Ward shoes must have magical powers! 



Host John W. Campbell, Jr., by Frank Kelly Freas

Exploring Tomorrow
hosted by John W. Campbell, Jr.
First time travel: 29 Jan 1958


From Dec 1957 to Jun 1958, John W. Campbell himself hosted this radio series for the Mutual Broadcasting System. Many episodes were written by John Flemming, and although there was no official connection between the show and Campbell’s Astounding, many other scripts were by Campbell’s stable of writers including Poul Anderson, Isaac Asimov, Philip K. Dick, Gordon R. Dickson, Murry Leinster, Robert Silverberg and George O. Smith (“Time Traveler”). There were at least three time-travel episodes. [Mar 2012]
 TitleEvent 
Flashback (1/29/58)new father flashes forward to war
Time Traveler, aka Meddler’s Moon (5/21/58)   50 years back to grandparents
The Adventure of the Beauty Queen (6/25/58)love from the future

 You’ve got a son to take care of you in your old age, Mr. Thompson. 
—from “Flashback”


“Aristotle and the Gun”
by L. Sprague de Camp
First publication: Astounding Science Fiction, Feb 1958


When Sherman Weaver’s time machine project is abruptly canceled, he takes matters into his own hands, visiting Aristotle with the plan to ensure that the philosopher takes the scientific method to heart so strongly that the dark ages will never come and science will progress to a point where it appreciates Sherman’s particular genius. [May 2012]

 Like his colleagues, Aristotle never appreciated the need for constant verification. Thus, though he was married twice, he said that men have more teeth than women. He never thought to ask either of his wives to open her mouth for a count. 


“Time Travel Inc.”
by Robert F. Young
First publication: Super-Science Fiction, Feb 1958
I found this in one of three old sf magazines that I traded for at Denver’s own West Side Books. (Thank you, Lois.) Both the title and the table-of-contents blurb (They wanted to witness the Cruxifiction) foreshadow Moorcock’s “Behold the Man”, although the story is not as vivid. [Apr 2014]

 Oh... The Cruxifiction. You want to witness it, of course— 






The Change War Stories
by Fritz Leiber
First story: Astounding Science Fiction, Mar 1958

Two groups, the Snakes and the Spiders, battle each other for the control of all time. [Apr 2012]
 TitleNotes 
Try and Change the Past (Mar 1958) ASF
The Big Time (Mar and Apr 1958) Galaxy
Damnation Morning (Aug 1959) Fantastic
The Oldest Soldier (May 1960) F&SF
No Great Magic (Dec 1963) Galaxy
Knight’s Move, aka Knight to Move (Dec 1965) Broadside
...
These might be Change War, but with no time travel:
A Deskful of Girls (Apr 1958) FSF
The Number of the Beast (Dec 1958) Galaxy
The Haunted Future, aka Tranquility, or Else! (Nov 1959)    Fantastic
The Mind Spider (Nov 1959) Fantastic
When the Change-Winds Blow (Aug 1964) F&SF
Black Corridor (Dec 1967) Galaxy

  Change one event in the past and you get a brand new future? Erase the conquests of Alexander by nudging a Neolithic pebble? Extirpate America by pulling up a shoot of Sumerian grain? Brother, that isn’t the way it works at all! The space-time continuum’s built of stubborn stuff and change is anything but a chain-reaction. 
—“Try and Change the Past”


“Poor Little Warrior!”
by Brian Aldiss
First publication: The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Apr 1958

You are reading an artsy story, told in the second-person, about a time traveler from AD 2181 who hunts a brontosaurus. [Dec 2013]

 Time for listening to the oracle is past; you’re beyond the stage for omens, you’re now headed in for the kill, yours or his; superstition has had its little day for today; from now on, only this windy nerve of yours, thius shakey conglomeration of muscle entangled untraceably beneath the sweat-shiny carapice of skin, this bloody little urge to slay the dragon, is going to answer all your orisons. 


“First Time Machine”
by Fredric Brown
First publication: Honeymoon in Hell, Aug 1958
A short-short, 1950s version of the grandfather paradox with a resolution that’s not quite satisfying (branching universes, I think, but it’s unclear). The cover of the 1958 paperback is by Hieronymus Bosch (Grzegorz’s favorite painter) with an owl in the background (Grzegorz’s favorite bird)! [Aug 2011]

 What would have happened if you’d rushed to the door and kicked yourself in the seat of the pants? 


“The Ugly Little Boy”
aka "Lastborn"
by Isaac Asimov
First publication: Galaxy Magazine, Sep 1958

Edith Fellowes is hired to look after young Timmie, a Neanderthal boy brought from the past, but never able to leave the time statis bubble where he lives. [Mar 1976]

 He was a very ugly little boy and Edith Fellowes loved him dearly. 


“The Men Who Murdered Mohammed”
by Alfred Bester
First publication: The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Oct 1958

When Professor Henry Hassel discovers his wife in the arms of another man, he does what any mad scientist would do: build a time machine to go back and kill his wife’s grandfather. He has no trouble changing the past, but any effect on the present seems rather harder to achieve. [Apr 2012]

 “While I was backing up, I inadvertently trampled and killed a small Pleistocene insect.”
   “Aha!” said Hassel.
   “I was terrified by the indicent. I had visions of returning to my world to find it completely changed as a result of this single death. Imagine my surprise when I returned to my world to find that nothing had changed!”
 


The Time Element
by Rod Serling
First aired: 23 Nov 1958

Serling wrote this one-hour time-travel episode that aired on the Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse; the traveler, Pete Jensen, couldn’t stop the attack on Pearl Harbor, but he could make his mark as the Twilight Zone precursor. [Dec 2010]

 I have information that the Japanese are gonna bomb Pearl Harbor tomorrow morning at approximately 8am Honolulu time. 


“A Statue for Father”
by Isaac Asimov
First publication: Satellite Science Fiction, Feb 1959

A wealthy man’s father was a time-travel researcher who died some years ago, but not before leaving a legacy for all mankind. [Dec 2009]

 They’ve put up statues to him, too. The oldest is on the hillside right here where the discovery was made. You can just see it out the window. Yes. Can you make out the inscription? Well, we’re standing at a bad angle. No matter. 


“—All You Zombies—”
by Robert A. Heinlein
First publication: The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Mar 1959


A 25-year-old man, originally born as an orphan girl named Jane, tells his story to a 55-year-old bartender who then recruits him for a time-travel adventure. [May 1970]

 When I opened you, I found a mess. I sent for the Chief of Surgery while I got the baby out, then we held a consultation with you on the table—and worked for hours to salvage what we could. You had two full sets of organs, both immature, but with the female set well enough developed for you to have a baby. They could never be any use to you again, so we took them out and rearranged things so that you can develop properly as a man. 






Hector Heathcote
created by Eli Bauer
First publication: 4 Jul 1959

Hector first appeared in a movie theater short feature (I miss those) called “The Minute and ½ Man” in 1959 where he goes back to the American Revolution and fouls things up until the end when he scares away the Redcoats (remniscent of the 1955 Casper cartoon). I haven’t seen that first cartoon in which Hector travels by time machine, but Hector later had tv escapades (his own show, starting 5 Oct 1963) visiting the likes of Daniel Boone and inventing the telephone in 1876, all without a time machine in the ones I saw. There was also a children’s book, a Dell comic book (Mar 1964) and a Colorforms play set (which provided the image to the top-left). The book had no time machine, but I don’t know about the other items. [circa 1963]

 You’re wanted on the telephone—a young lady. 
—Wilbur the dog in “The First Telephone”


“Obituary”
by Isaac Asimov
First publication: The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Aug 1959

The wife of Lancelot Stebbins (not his real name) tells of the difficulties of being married to a man who is obsessively driven to find fame as a physicist, even to the point of worrying about what his obituary will say—but perhaps time travel can put that worry to rest. [Apr 1979]

 At any rate, he turned full on me. His lean body shook and his dark eyebrows pulled down over his deep-set eyes as he shrieked at me in a falsetto, “But I’ll never read my obituary. I’ll be deprived even of that.” 


“The Love Letter”
by Jack Finney
First publication: The Saturday Evening Post, 1 Aug 1959


A young man looking for love in 1959 Brooklyn finds and answers a letter from a young woman in 1869 Brooklyn. [Mar 2005]

 The folded paper opened stiffly, the crease permanent with age, and even before I saw the date I knew this letter was old. The handwriting was obviously feminine, and beautifully clear—it’s called Spencerian, isn’t it?—the letters perfectly formed and very ornate, the capitals especially being a whirl of dainty curlicues. The ink was rust-black, the date at the top of the page was May 14, 1882, and reading it, I saw that it was a love letter. 


The Twilight Zone
created by Rod Serling
First time travel: 30 Oct 1959

Five seasons with at least 13 time-travel episodes. Three of these (marked with ✔) were written by Richard Matheson, one was by E. Jack Neuman (“Templeton”), one by Reginold Rose (“Horace Ford”), and the rest were by Serling (including “Execution” from a story of George Clayton Johnson). [Jul 1966]
 EpisodeNotes 
Walking Distance (30 Oct 1959)Hero to time of youth
Judgment Night (4 Dec 1959)Time Loop in World War II
What You Need (25 Dec 1959)Prescience (no time travel)
Execution (1 Apr 1960)From 1880 West to 1960 NY
The Trouble with Templeton (9 Dec 1960)To 1927
Back There (13 Jan 1961)Lincoln in 1865
The Odyssey of Flight 33 (24 Feb 1961)To age of dinosaurs and more
A Hundred Yards over the Rim (7 Apr 1961)From 1847 to 1961
Once Upon a Time (15 Dec 1961)✔From 1890s to present
Death Ship (7 Feb 1963)✔Time Loop?
No Time Like the Past (7 Mar 1963)To 1881 Indiana
The Incredible World of Horace Ford (18 Apr 1963)   Hero to Time of Youth
The Bard (23 May 1963)Shakespeare to the present

 There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call the Twilight Zone. 


“Halloween for Mr. Faulkner”
by August Derleth
First publication: Fantastic Universe, Nov 1959
Mr. Guy Faulkner, an American lost in the London fog, finds himself back in the time of the Gunpowder Plot. [Jul 2013]

 I say, Wright, now Guy’s here, we can get on with it. 


Peabody’s Improbable History
created by Ted Key
First aired: 29 Nov 1959

The genius dog, Mr. Peabody, and his boy Sherman travel back in the Wayback Machine to see what truly happened at key points of history. [circa 1965]

 Peabody here. 


Dell’s The Time Machine
adapted by Alex Toth
First publication: Mar 1960
The second comic book adaption was drawn by the talented storyteller and artist Alex Toth who closely followed the movie script in Dell’s Four Color #1085. Online sources indicate that this was March of 1960, though that would be several months before the movie. [Aug 2005]

 The year is 1900. The place is London, England, at an imposing mansion overlooking the river Thames. Impatient dinner guests sit in the library, awaiting an overdue host... 


“I Love Galesburg in the Springtime”
by Jack Finney
First publication: McCall’s, Apr 1960


Reporter Oscar Mannheim has many opportunities in his long life, but never wants to leave the midwest Galesburg that he grew up in—and neither do its many other citizens and artifacts of the past. [Mar 2005]

 Tomake sure, I walked over to a newsboy and glanced at the stack of papers at his feet. It was The World; and The World had’t been published for years. The lead story said something about President Cleveland. I’ve found that front page since, in the Public Library files, and it was printed June 11, 1894. 


“Flirgleflip”
by William Tenn
First publication: Of All Possible Worlds, Jun 1960
It’s difficult living in the intermediate era—the first to have an official Temporal Embassy from the future—because the embassy is always bossing people around and canceling promising research, but Thomas Alva Banderling won’ be stopped from sending his Martian archaeologist flirglefliper friend Terton to the past so that Banderling himself can get credit for inventing the time machine. [Apr 2012]

 Exactly. The Temporal Embassy. How can science live and breathe with such a modifier? It’s a thousand times worse than any of these ancient repressions like the Inquisition, military control, or university trusteeship. You can’t do this—it will be done first a century later; you can’t do that—the sociological impact of such an invention upon your period will be too great for its present capacity; you should do this—nothing may come of it now, but somebody in an allied field a flock of years from now will be able to integrate your errors into a useful theory. 


Beyond the Time Barrier
by Arthur C. Pierce
First release: July 1960

Major Bill Allison flies the experimental X-80 into the future where a plague has turned most humans into subhuman mutants and the rest (one of whom is a beautiful proto-Betazoid) are mostly mutes who live in an enclave wearing prototype Star Trek uniforms. [Nov 2013]

 Other nations? Mutants? What kind of talk is this? 


“The Covenant”
by Anderson, Asimov, Sheckley, Leinster, and Bloch
First publication: Fantastic, Jul 1960

Captain Ban, son of the Warden, is told by an oracle that he alone must fly to the island stronghold of those masters of time, the Cloud-People. [Dec 2003]

 Your world is a slope and you roll down it all the time. Down and down until you wear out and die. 


George Pal’s The Time Machine
adapted by David Duncan (George Pal, director)
First release: 17 Aug 1960

The time traveller now has a name—H. George Wells (played by Rod Taylor)—and Weena has the beautiful face of Yvette Mimieux.

 When I speak of time, I’m speaking of the fourth dimension. 


Archie Superhero Comics
created by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby
First time travel: Adventures of the Fly #8, Sep 1960

Simon and Kirby created The Fly as part of Archie Comics attempt to ride the silver age superhero craze. He flew through time at least five times, with the first episode (in issue #8, no longer Simon and Kirby) being a trip to 3rd century Persia. The Jaguar also trekked at least six times starting in Pep #5 (Oct 1961) and continuing in the Man of Feline’s own comic book, Adventures of the Jaguar as well as Laugh Comics. And the Shield had some time-travel adventures, beginning in The Fly #37 (May 1966) where he met a gladiator from the future. [Apr 2012]

 My colleagues, clever as they are, would never dream of the angle I’ll use to get rid of the Fly! I’ll destroy him with beauty! 
—the evil Dovi in Adventures of the Fly #22 while bringing


Tooter Turtle
First aired: 15 Oct 1960

In each of the 39 short episodes (aired as part of King Leonardo and His Short Subjects), young Tooter would visit Mr. Wizard with the latest passionate idea of what he wanted to be. Mr. Wizard would magically make him into his wish (often back in time), but it would always end up with Tooter learning a lesson. [Dec 2010]

 Be just vhat you is, not vhat you is not. Folks vhat do zis are ze happiest lot. 


“My Object All Sublime”
by Poul Anderson
First publication: Galaxy Science Fiction, Jun 1961

A man becomes fast friends with a real estate entrepreneur who, one night, tells him a fantastic story of time-travelers in the far future who use the past as a criminal dumping ground. [Nov 2013]

 The homesickeness, though, that’s what eats you. Little things you never noticed. Some particular food, the way people walk, the games played, the small-talk topics. Even the constellations. They're different in the future. The sun has traveled that far in its galactic orbit. 


Walt Disney’s Donald Duck and the Gang Classical Cartoons
First time travel: 21 Jun 1961

Even before the modern Disney cartoons that my kids watched, Irsquo;ll bet the animated Disney gang went romping through time numerous times. The first one that I remember seeing was a trek by a singing father and son to see the invention of the wheel by a prehistoric Donald Duck (“Donald and the Wheel”) in 1961. [Jul 2013]
 TitleReleased 
Donald and the Wheel (Donald Duck)   21 Jun 1961
Sir Gyro de Gearloose (Duck Tales)   6 Oct 1987
Time Is Money (Duck Tales)   25 Nov 1988

 This cat is really nowhere; in some circles, we’d call him square. 


“The End”
aka "Nightmare in Time"
by Fredric Brown
First publication: Nightmares and Geezenstacks, Jul 1961

I like Fredric Brown and his creative mind, but this was just a gimmick short short time-travel story in which the gimmick didn’t gimme anything. Now, if he had used this gimmick and the story had actually parsed, that would have caught my attention. [Jul 2013]

 ... run backward run... 


“Rainbird”
by R.A. Lafferty
First publication: Galaxy Science Fiction, Dec 1961

At the end of this life, Higgston Rainbird, a prolific inventor of the late 18th century, invents a time machine to go back in time to tell himself how to be even more prolific. [Jul 2011]

 Yes, I’ve missed so much. I wasted a lot of time. If only I could have avoided the blind alleys, I could have done many times as much. 


A Wrinkle in Time
by Madeleine L’Engle
First book: 1962

I’m not sure that I remember a whole lot of time travel happening in the first book of the series, but as my excuse, Janet and I were mostly making eyes at each other as we read the mushy parts aloud in a tent in Scotland when we were young. [Jun’1978]

 It was a dark and stormy night. 


Clyde Crashcup
created by Ross Bagdasarian
First time travel: 31 Jan 1962

As a separate feature in The Alvin Show, Quirky Clyde Crashcup (with his assistant Leonardo) invented everything from babies to...a time machine that reverses all time. [Sep 2012]

 I should like to remind you that all of you who witnessed this demonstration are five minutes younger than you were when we started. 


The Three Stooges Meet Hercules
by Norman Maurer and Elwood Ullman
First release: 15 Feb 1962

I’m a disgrace to my gender, as I coitainly never received the Three Stooges gene. [Jun 2012]

 I’ll smash the first guy who says it’s all Greek to him. 






The Times Without Numbers Stories
by John Brunner
First story: Science Fiction Adventure, #25, Mar 1962

In an alternate Spanish-dominated 20th century, Don Miguel Navarro is a time traveller in the western world’s Society of Time who are locked in a time-travel cold war with the Confederacy of the East, not to mention their task of tracking down various time crimes.

I try to avoid major spoilers (stop reading now, if you wish), but the reason that Don Miguel ends up in a world without time travel is one that I thought of (long after Brunner) based on fixed-points in mathematics. That idea alone gives the story an extra star.

The original three stories appeared in three consecutive issues of Science Fiction Adventure, and they were later fixed up into a short novel that was subsequently expanded. It’s the expanded version that I read from the CU library. [Apr 2014]
 TitlePublication 
”Spoil of Yesterday“Science Fiction Adventure, Mar 1962
“The Word Not Written“Science Fiction Adventure, May 1962
“The Fullness of Time”Science Fiction Adventure, Jul 1962
Times Without Numbers1962 fix-up novel
Times Without Numbers1969 expanded

 It wasn’t only the embarrassing experience of being shown off around the hall by her—as it were, a real live time-traveller, exclamation point, in the same tone of voice as one would say, “A real live tiger!” That happened too often for members of the Society of Time not to have grown used to it; there were, after all, fewer than a thousand of them in the whole of the Empire. 










Marvel Superhero Comics
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 831 Marvel superhero comics as they arrived at the local Rexall Drug Store. By my count, 37 of those 831 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: [Jun 1962]
 TitleNotes 
Fantastic Four 5 (Jul 1962)FF to time of Blackbeard
Journey into Mystery 86 (Nov 1962)Thor vs Zarkko, the Tomorrow Man
Journey into Mystery 101 (Feb 1963)Thor travels to future to be Zarkko slave
Journey into Mystery 102 (Feb 1963)   Thor returns to the present, a free god!
Tales of Suspense 44 (Aug 1963)Iron Man to time of Cleopatra
Fantastic Four 19 (Oct 1963)FF to ancient Egypt
Strange Tales 123 (Aug 1963)Doc Strange sends Thor’s hammer back
Fantastic Four 23 (Feb 1964)Dinosaur to Baxter Building
Avengers 8 (Sep 1964)Kang the Conqueror from the future
Fantastic Four Annual 2 (Sep 1964)FF vs Rama-Tut [reprint and new]
Strange Tales 124 (Sep 1964)Doc Strange to time of Cleopatra
Avengers 10 (Nov 1964)Immortus (aka Kang) from the future
Avengers 11 (Dec 1964)Kang (again) and Spider-Man (sort of)
Fantastic Four 34 (Jan 1965)Gideon uses Doom’s machine
Strange Tales 129 (Feb 1965)Doc Strange travels back an hour or so
Strange Tales 134 (Jul 1965)FF vs Kang
Fantastic Four Annual 3 (Sep 1965)Cadre of villains sent to the past
Avengers 23 (Dec 1965)Avengers defeated by Kang in the future
Journey into Mystery 122 (Nov 1965)Thor moves Hobbs through time
Avengers 24 (Jan 1966)Avengers defeat Kang in the future!
Tales to Astonish 75 (Jan 1966)Hulk to post-apocalyptic future
Tales to Astonish 76 (Feb 1966)Hulk vs King Arrkam in the future
Tales to Astonish 77 (Mar 1966)Hulk vs the Executioner in the future
Tales to Astonish 78 (Apr 1966)Hulk returns from post-apocalyptic future
Avengers 28 (May 1966)Collector/Beetle in time machine
Strange Tales 148 (Sep 1966)Book of Vishanti to ancient times
Strange Tales 150 (Nov 1966)Doc Strange to ancient Babylon
Thor 140 (May 1967)Thor vs Growing Man (Kang’s minion)
Avengers 56 (Sep 1968)To World War II
Avengers Annual 2 (Sep 1968)The Scarlett Centurion (aka Kang)
Iron Man 5 (Sep 1968)Warriors from 24th century
Marvel Super-Heroes 18 (Jan 1969)Guardians of the Galaxy from the Future
Marvel Super-Heroes 20 (May 1969)Diablo uses Doom’s time platform
Silver Surfer 6 (Jun 1969)To the future and back by traveling fast
Avengers 69 (Oct 1969)Avengers vs Kang in 41st century
Avengers 70 (Nov 1969)Avengers vs Squadron Sinister
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




Dell/Gold Key Spin-Off Comics
First time travel: Dell Movie Classics 208, Aug 1962
In addition to the well-known comic book adaptation of The Time Machine, Dell and Gold Key comics had numerous movie and tv spin-offs in the 60s, some of which had time travel. Some were just one-shots (such as The Three Stooges Meet Hercules in Dell Movie Classics 208; and Hector Heathcote in 1964) while others were series (such as the short-lived two issues of The Time Tunnel in 1967). As I find others, I’ll add them to my time travel comic book page. [Feb 1967]

 Two scientists are hurled helpless into the lost world of time! 
—from the cover of The Time Tunnel 1.


Harvey
founded by Alfred Harvey
First time travel: Richie Rich 13, Oct 1962
I’m sure I’ll find some earlier time travel in Harvey Comics, but Richie Rich #13 was the first Harvey Comic that I ever bought (the same month as Fantastic Four #7). On the cover, the poor little rich boy was watching his big-screen tv with a master control that also indicated movies, hi-fi, phono-vision, short wave and satellites. And inside he time traveled to visit his ancestor Midas Rich. What more could a six-year-old want? [Sep 1962]

 Away we go, Mawster Richie! 
—Alas, I no longer have #13, so I don’t know whether Cadbury said this or not, but he should have!


“Time Has No Boundaries”
aka "The Face in the Photo"
by Jack Finney
First publication: The Saturday Evening Post, 13 Oct 1962


Young physics Professor Weygand is questioned by Instructor Martin O. Ihren about the disappearance of several recent criminals who have shown up in very old photos. [Mar 2005]

 I did, and saw what he meant; a face in the old picture almost identical with the one in the Wanted poster. It had the same astonishing length, the broad chin seeming nearly as wide as the cheekbones, and I looked up at Ihren. “ Who is it? His father? His grandfather?” 


Astro Boy
aka Tetsuwan Atomu
created by Osamu Tezuka
First U.S. syndication: 1963


Astro Boy began as a Japanese comic (manga) in 1952 and then became an anime cartoon before anybody knew what anime was. The cartoons of the 21st century Pinocchioish robot boy were dubbed in English and syndicated in the U.S. starting in 1963. I do remember one time-travel episode in which Astro Boy stopped a time-traveling collector from the future who was after ancient animals and people for his zoo; and I suspect there was more time travel in the manga and later U.S. cartoons. [circa 1963]

 Dad’s taking animals and plants and even people back with him to display in the 23rd century. 
—“Time Machine” (1963)


Time Cat
by Lloyd Alexander
First publication: 1963

Jason’s cat, Gareth, calmly reveals that he can take Jason to nine different times, and the history lessons ensue. [Aug 2012]

 I can visit nine different lives. Anywhere, any time, any country, any century. 


“Who Else Could I Count On?”
by Manly Wade Wellman
First publication: Who Fears the Devil?, 1963

Wellman’s tall-tales character of John the Balladeer has a conversation with an old man who came from forty years in the future to stop a terrible war. [Jul 2013]

 I’ve come back to this day and time to keep it from starting, if I can. Come with me, John, we’ll go to the rulers of this world. We’ll make them believe, too, make them see that the war mustn’t start. 


Brain Boy
created by Herb Castle and Gil Kane
First time travel: Brain Boy #4, Mar/May 1963


All you really need to be a superhero is to be really smart. That’s Brain Boy, and he battled a time machine in #4 (Mar/May 1963). [Sep 1971]

 And you haven’t asked what the late Professor Krisher was working on. It was the practical application of a theory of time travel! Going back in time—say to civil war days, or the days of the Roman Empire! 


A Hoax in Time
by Keith Laumer
First publication: Fantastic, Jun-Aug 1963
I haven’t yet read this serialized version that Laumer expanded to the novel The Great Time Machine Hoax in 1964, though I think this shorter version might have been published in the Armchair Fiction Double Novel #31 in 2011).

“Flux”
by Michael Moorcock and Barrington J. Bayley
First publication: New Worlds, Jul 1963
When the government of the European Economic Community has no idea what to do next, they send Marshall-in-Chief Max File ten years into the future to find out the eventual effects of their actions.

Although this story was too abstract for my taste, I did enjoy the early presentation of what today might be called a Boltzmann Brain. [Apr 2012]

 The world from which he had come, or any other world for that matter, could dissipate into its component elements at any instant, or could have come into being at any previous instant, complete with everybody’s memories! 


The Gasman Cometh
by Michael Flanders and Larry Swann
First publication: in the show At the Drop of Another Hat, 2 Oct 1963

When Janet asked why I was listening to this favorite of hers one Saturday morning, I told her I was adding it to my time travel page. She just rolled her eyes and said, “I never would have guessed.” [Jun 1980]

 ’Twas on a Monday morning, the gasman came to call... 


Dr. Who
created by Sydney Newman, C.E. Webber, and Donald Wilson
First episode: 23 Nov 1963

Sadly, I’ve never been a vassel of the Time Lord, though I’ve seen his pull on his other subjects such as my student Viktor who gave me a run-down of the tv and movie series and spin-offs. In exchange, I guaranteed him at least a 4-star rating and he promised to never again mention the short story, comic book, audio book, radio, cartoon, novel, t-shirt, stage and coffee mug spin-offs.
 TitleNotes 
Dr. Who original series23 Nov 1963 - 6 Dec 1989
Daleks’s Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D. (movie)5 Aug 1966
K-9 and Company (spin-off)28 Dec 1981
P.R.O.B.E. The Zero Imperative (video)1994
P.R.O.B.E. The Devil of Winterborne (video)  1995
P.R.O.B.E. Unnatural Selection (video)1996
P.R.O.B.E. Ghosts of Winterborne (video)1996
Dr. Who (tv movie)12 May 1996
Dr. Who revival on BBC26 Mar 2005 - present
Torchwood (spin-off)22 Oct 2006 - present
The Sarah Jane Adventures (spin-off)1 Jan 2007 - 18 Oct 2011
K-9 (spin-off)31 Oct 2009 - 3 Apr 2010
Counter-Measures (spin-off)Jul 2012

 Hard to remember. Some time soon now, I think. 
—The Doctor answering a police officer’s query as to his date of birth


“Waterspider”
by Philip K. Dick
First publication: If, Jan 1964

Aaron Tozzo and his colleague Gilly travel back to a 1950s science fiction convention (to them, a Pre-Cog Gathering) to ’nap Poul Anderson because they believe that sf writers have pre-cognition of their own time that can solve their current space travel problem. A cute story with descriptions of many writers of the time, but the ending takes that turn that I never like of Tozzo slowly losing his memory of the original world after they inadvertantly change something. [Dec 2011]

 “Yes,” he said to Poul, “you do strike me as very, very faintly introve—no offense meant, sir, I mean, it’s legal to be introved.” 


Herbie, the Fat Fury
created by Richard E. Hughes (as by Shane O’Shea) and Ogden Whitney
First time travel: Herbie #1, Apr/May 1964

Herbie Popnecker was the prototypical cool nerd before there were cool nerds, and his lollipops and grandfather clock took him to different eras 13 times, the first episode being in #1 of his own comic (after five monotime appearances in ACG’s Forbidden Worlds). He also had an early cameo in a time-travel story in Unknown Worlds #20 (Jan 1963). All in all, the fat fury time traveled in Herbie #1, #2, #4, #6, #8, and the odd issues in #9 through #23 (not to mention a 1994 cameo in Flaming Carrot #31). [Apr 1964]

 Civil War...wonder how it’s going to turn out? 


Farnham’s Freehold
by Robert A. Heinlein
First publication: If, Jul to Oct 1964

Hugh Farnam makes good preparations for his family to survive a nuclear holocast, but are the preparations enough to survive a trip to the future? [Aug 1969]

 Because the communists are realists. They never risk a war that would hurt them, even if they could win. So they won’t risk one they can’t win. 


“A Bulletin from the Trustees of the Institute for Advanced Research at Marmouth, Massachusetts”
by Wilma Shore
First publication: The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Aug 1964
After Dr. Edwin Gerber’s death, a tape recording surfaces that purportedly has him interviewing a man from the year 2061. [Apr 2012]

 Q. How does it feel to go back a hundred— 


Charlton Superhero Comics
First time travel: Blue Beetle 2, Sep 1964
When I turned 10, Steve Ditko broke my heart by leaving Spider-Man to rejoin Charlton Comics, which published only two superheroes at that time. I loyally bought the new Blue Beetle (aquired from Fox Comics in the ’50s) and Captain Atom (whom Ditko had first drawn in 1960’s Space Adventures), but I no longer have them and I can’t remember whether they had any time travel in the ’60s. Nevertheless I know of a few possible time-travel moment in the ’60s Charlton superhero comics: the pre-Ditko Blue Beetle #2 (Sep 1964) features on its cover the Man of Dung vs. a mammoth and a saber-tooth tiger; Charton Premiere #1 (Sep 1967), which (among other items) has Pat Boyette’s time traveling Spookman; and Hercules #9 (Feb 1969) with Thane of Bagarth vs a 21st century time traveler. [Jul 1966]

 The mightiest man battles reds from today, and monsters from yesterday! 
—from Blue Beetle #2, Sep 1964


The Great Time Machine Hoax
by Keith Laumer
First publication: Sep 1964


When Chester W. Chester inherits an omniscient computer, he and his business partner Case Mulvihill arrange to promote the machine as if it were a time machine. [Jan 2014]

 Now, this computer seems to be able to fake up just about any scene you want to take a look at. You name it, it sets it up. Chester, we’ve got the greatest side-show attraction in circus history! We book the public in at so much a head, and show ’em Daily Life in Ancient Rome, or Michelangelo sculpting the Pietà, or Napoleon leading the charge at Marengo. 




The Alfred Hitchcock Hour
aka Alfred Hitchcock Presents
created by Alfred Hitchcock
First (and only?) time travel: 28 Sep 1964


As a kid, I knew of the iconic theme song and profile of Alfred Hitchcock, but it wasn’t until 2013 that I spotted an episode of The Alfred Hitchcock Hour with time travel—namely, their adaptation of John Wyndham’s “Consider Her Ways.” [Jan 2013]

 This evening’s tale begins with a nightmare-like experience, but that is only a prelude to the terrifying events which follow. And now, speaking of terrifying events... 


The Time Travelers
by Ib Melchor and David L. Hewitt (Melchor, director)
First release: 29 Oct 1964


When group of time travelers accidentally see that the world will be desolate 107 years in the future, an electrician, two scientists and finally the curvaceous blonde technician all jump through the portal, only to have the portal collapse behind them, whereupon they are chased on the surface by Morlockish creatures who are afraid of thrown rocks and they meet an advanced, post-apocalyptic, underground society that employs androids and is planning a generation-long trip to Alpha Centauri. [May 2012]

 Keep an eye out for them. Get as many rocks as you can. 


“Famous First Words”
by Harry Harrison
First publication: The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Jan 1965
For the most part, this story is about a cantankerous inventor who merely listens in on past historical events—which, of course does not qualify as time travel. But there’s that for the most part... [Feb 2010]

 Thor, will you please take care of... 


“The Kilimanjaro Machine”
aka “The Kilimanjaro Device”
by Ray Bradbury
First publication: Life, 22 Jan 1965

This story is Bradbury’s tribute to Hemingway, a time-traveling tribute told from the point of view of a reader who admired him and felt that his Idaho grave was wrong. [Apr 2014]

 On the way there, with not one sound, the dog passed away. Died on the front seat—as if he knew. . .and knowing, picked the better way. 




Campfire Tales from Philmont Scout Ranch
by Al Stenzel
First publication: Boys’ Life, Mar 1965

A Navaho who steps through the cave finds himself at a vast inland sea; at first it is populated by dinosaurs, but each subsequent strip takes him to a later time.

Jon Shultis told me of this comic strip that told the tale of the Cave of Time in many of the Boys’ Life issues from March 1965 through March 1967. [Jun 2012]

 This is all wrong! If I dare change their stone age way of life, it may affect the whole future of their race. 


“Double Take”
by Jack Finney
First publication: Playboy, Apr 1965

Jake Pelman is hopelessly in love with Jessica, the breathtaking star in a movie that he works on, but it takes a breathless trip to the 1920s for Jess to realize what her feelings for Jake might be. [May 2011]

 Out of the world’s three billion people there can’t be more than, say, a hundred women like Jessica Maxwell. 


“Man in His Time”
by Brian Aldiss
First publication: Science Fantasy, Apr 1965
Janet Westerman is trying to cope with the return of her husband Jack from a mission to Mars in which some aspect of the planet made it so that his sensory input now comes from 3.3077 minutes in the future. [Aug 2012]

 Dropping the letter, she held her head in her hands, closing her eyes as in the curved bone of her skull she heard all her possible courses of action jar together, future lifelines that annihilated each other. 


“Wrong-Way Street”
by Larry Niven
First publication: Galaxy Science Fiction, Apr 1965

Ever since an accident that killed his eight-year-old brother, Mike Capoferri has been interested in time travel, and now he thinks one of the alien artifacts found on the moon is a time machine. [Apr 2012]

 Mike was a recent but ardent science-fiction fan. “I want to change it, Dr. Stuart,” he said earnestly. “I want to go back to four weeks ago and take away Tony’s Flexy.” He meant it, of course. 




The Corridors of Time
by Poul Anderson
First publication: Amazing Stories, May-Jun 1965

While awaiting trial for a self-defense killing, young Malcolm Lockridge is approached by a wealthy beauty, Storm Darroway, who offers to defend him in return for him joining her in what he eventually finds out are Wars in Time between the naturalist Wardens and the technocrat Rangers.

For many years, I thought this novel was part of Poul’s Time Patrol series, until Bob Hasse mentioned this as one of his favorites that is not in the series. The beginning reminded me of Heinlein’s Glory Road, and the rest is remniscent of Asimov’s The End of Eternity, both of which captivated me in the summer of 1968. Poul’s book holds up well in that company. [Apr 2014]

 A series of parallel black lines, several inches apart, extended from it, some distance across the corridor floor. At the head of each was a brief inscription, in no alphabet he could recognize. But every ten feet or so a number was added. He saw 4950, 4951, 4952... 


My Favorite Martian
created by John L. Greene
First time travel: 20 Jun 1965

Three seasons with at least 8 time-travel episodes All time travel occurs with Martin’s CCTBS, a cathode-ray, centrifugal, time breakascope. [Jun 1965]
 TitleEvent 
Time Out for Martin (20 Jun 1965)To 1215 England
Go West, Young Martian (12 Sep 1965)To 1849 St. Louis
The Time Machine Is Waking Up... (21 Nov 1965)   Jesse James from 1870
The O’Hara Caper (19 Dec 1965)Back to lunchtime
Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow (2 Jan 1966)To 1920/45 Cleveland
When You Get Back Home... (27 Feb 1966)Back to the morning
Martin Meets His Match (27 Mar 1966)Da Vinci from 1400s
Pay the Man the $24 (1 May 1966)To 1626 Manhattan

 What a planet for me to get marooned on. 


I Dream of Jeannie
created by Sidney Sheldon
First time travel: 25 Sep 1965


Five seasons with 3 time-travel episodes, all with Jeannie (who was the primary reason I wanted to be an astronaut).

Naturally, I never had any refined taste (as indicated by the four stars), but I was a product of my 60s childhood, and, besides, Jeannie (occassionly and briefly) had a belly button (including Season 5’s “Mrs. Djinn-Djinn”). [Sep 1965]
 TitleEvent 
My Hero? (25 Sep 1965)To ancient Babylon
My Master, the Pirate (13 Mar 1967)To Captain Kidd’s time
My Master, Napoleon’s Buddy (3 Apr 1967)   To Napoleaon's time

 We’re at the marketplace, master. Oh, and there is Ali, the man who hit me. 
—from “My Hero?”


The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
by Yasutaka Tsutsui (David Karashima, translator)
First publication: Chu̅aku Sannen, Nov 1965—Taka IchiMay 1966
After an earthquake and a fire keep her up late, junior high school girl Kazuko Yoshiyama rushes late to school with her friend Goro, and they both are run down by a speeding truck, but then she finds herself waking up again in a seemingly ordinary morning with no last-night earthquake, no last-night fire, and no runaway truck—at least not at this moment. [Feb 2013]

 As the first period of math class began, Mr. Komatsu—the fat math teacher—wrote down an equation on the board, and Kazuko began to frown. It was the very same problem they’d solved just the day before. But more than that, Mr. Komatsu had written the problem on the board at exactly the same time before, and Kazuko had been called to the front of the class, where she’d struggled for some time over the solution. 


Tunnel Through Time
by Lester Del Rey
First publication: May 1966

When Bob Miller’s dad invents a time machine and sends Doc Tom gets trapped in the time of the dinosaurs, there’s only one possible solution: send a pair of 17-year-olds (including Bob) back on a rescue mission!

This was the first book that I got through the Scholastic Book Club when we moved to Bellevue in 1968. Each month, the club would give you a flier where you ticked off the books that you wanted, and the next month the books would magically show up at school! [Apr 1968]

 But they’d overlooked someone. Me. Somehow, by hook or crook, I was going to make that trip, too. Doc Tom wasn’t the only one who liked dinos! 






Bewitched
created by Sidney Sheldon
First time travel: 26 May 1966


Eight seasons with at least 19 time-travel episodes, all with the enchanting Samantha. (I had a scheme to become the third Darrin.) [May 1966]
 TitleEvent 
What Every Young Man Should Know (26 May 1966)Courtship days
A Most Unusual Wood Nymph (13 Oct 1966)To 1300s
My Friend Ben (8 Dec 1966)Ben Franklin
Samantha for the Defense (15 Dec 1966)More Ben
Aunt Clara’s Victoria Victory (9 Mar 1967)Queen Victoria
Bewitched, Bothered, and Infuriated (13 Apr 1967)Back a few minutes
Samantha’s Thanksgiving to Remember (23 Nov 1967)To 1620
Samantha’s Da Vinci Dilemma (28 Dec 1967)Da Vinci
Samantha Goes South for a Spell (3 Oct 1968)To 1868
Samantha’s French Pastry (14 Nov 1968)Napoleon
The Battle of Burning Oak (13 Mar 1969)Back a few minutes
Samantha’s Caesar Salad (2 Oct 1969)Julius Ceasar
Samantha’s Hot Bedwarmer (8 Oct 1970)1600 Salem
Paul Revere Rides Again (29 Oct 1970)Paul Revere
Samantha’s Old Salem Trip (12 Nov 1970)1600 Salem
The Return of Darrin the Bold (4 Feb 1971)To 1300s
How to Not Lose Your Head I/II (15/22 Sep 1971)Henry VIII
George Washington Zapped Here I/II (19/26 Feb 1972)   George Washington

 Oh, my stars! 


Warren Comics (Anthologies)
founded by James Warren
First time travel: Creepy 9, Jun 1966

In the late 1960s, these horror comics were a little risqué for a young teen. Afterall, they were the size of a magazine, printed in black-and-white, were sold next to Playboy in the 7-11, and just for your teenaged-boy mind, they featured scantily clad, buxom women. I have only one issue that I actually managed to hang on to (Vampirella #13 from 1970), but I surreptitiously soaked up many other issues of Creepy and Eerie with fabulous covers by Frazetta and Krenkel. The earliest Eerie time travel that I’ve found so far was an adaptation of Robert Bloch’s story “The Past Master” in Eerie #12; and Creepy 9 had an Alex Toth story called “Out of Time” in June 1966. [Nov 1968]

 Be silent...there is little time! From the pages of the great black book came the incantation that has drawn you from the future... 
—from “Out of Time”, Creepy 9


“Divine Madness”
by Roger Zelazny
First publication: Magazine of Horror, Summer 1966

A man has seizures that reverse small portions of his life that he must then relive. [Apr 1974]

 The door slammed open. 


“The Man from When”
by Dannie Plachta
First publication: If, Jul 1966

A man goes to investigate an explosion and finds a time traveler. [Jan 2014]

 A calculated risk, but I proved my point. In spite of everything, I still think it was worth it. 


“Behold the Man”
by Michael Moorcock
First publication: New Worlds, Sep 1966
The first version of this story that I read was the 24-page graphic adaptation scripted by Doug Moench and illustrated by Alex Nino in final issue of my favorite comic magazine of 1975, the short-lived Unknown Worlds of Science Fiction. In the complex story, Karl Glogauer travels back to 28 A.D. hoping to meet Jesus, but none of the historical figures he meets are whom he expected. [Oct 1975]

 The Time Machine is a sphere full of milky fluid in which the traveler floats enclosed in a rubber suit, breathing through a hose leading into the wall of the machine. 
—from the graphic adaptation


The Time Tunnel
created by Irwin Allen
First aired: 9 Sep 1966


When the senate threatens to cut off funding for Project Tic-Toc, Tony Newman and Doug Phillips set out to prove that the project is viable, but instead they are trapped moving from one past time (perhaps the Titanic!) to another (could be the first manned mission to Mars) each week. [Sep 1966]

 He could be living in yesterday or next week or a million years from now. 


It’s about Time
created by Sherwood Schwartz
First aired: 11 Sep 1966


Astronauts Gilligan and the Skipper Mac and Hector get thrown from the space age to the stone age, complete with Tyrannosaurus Rex, English-speaking cavemen, a beautiful cavewoman (Imogene Coca) and the requisite hyjinx. Partway through the first season, the cavepeople came to modern-day New York.

During my 2012 visit to Bellevue, my college roommate Paul Eisenbrey reminded me of this show from our childhood. [Sep 1966]

 It’s about time, it’s about space, about two men in the strangest place. 


Star Trek
created by Gene Roddenberry
First time travel: 29 Sep 1966

There once was a Captain named Kirk
Who was known near and far as a flirt
Into hearts his show grew to
Undoubtedly due to
McCoy and that pointy-eared jerk
Gene Roddenberry is the most famous person that I’ve ever met. In 1975 he came to Pullman and I wangled the job of interviewing him for The Daily Evergreen. I didn’t know what to expect from a famous person, and was thrilled to find him friendly and interested in what I was studying at WSU (journalism at that time). Is this a good place to post my Star Trek limerick (from the fanzine, Free Fall, that Paul Chadwick, Dan Dorman and I published in high school)? [Sep 1966]
 TitleEvent 
The Naked Time (29 Sep 1966)Back 71 hours
Tomorrow Is Yesterday (26 Jan 1967)To 1969
The City on the Edge of Forever (6 Apr 1967)   To the 1930s (by Harlan Ellison)
Assignment: Earth (29 Mar 1968)To 1968
All Our Yesterdays (14 Mar 1969)5000 years ago

 Peace and long life. 


Marvel Superhero Cartoons
First time travel: 10 Nov 1966

Admittedly, I watched Marvel cartoons on ABC Saturday morning as early as 1966, but I was never enamoured by them as I was with the comic books. I can list the first time travel in many series—including what I think is the first actual time travel of Spider-Man in any medium—but I have watched only a few. [Aug 2013]
 Series...First Time Traveled in... 
Marvel Super HeroesThe Tomorrow Man (10 Nov 1966)
Spider-ManVine (16 Nov 1968)
Fantastic Four (1978)  The FF Meet Dr. Doom (21 Oct 1978)
Spider-WomanThe Ghost Vikings (12 Oct 1979)
The HulkThe Creature and the Cavegirl (30 Oct 1982)
SM and His Amazing FriendsMeets the Girl from Tomorrow (22 Oct 1983)
X-MenDays of Future Past (13 Mar 1993)
Iron ManHulk Buster (10 Feb 1996)
Silver SurferThe End of Eternity (16 May 1998)
Avengers: United They StandKang (13 Nov 1999)
X-Men: EvolutionAscension, Part 2 (25 Oct 2003)
FF: World’s Greatest HeroesOut of Time (15 Sep 2007)
Wolverine and the X-MenFuture X (8 Nov 2008) [or earlier?]
The Super Hero SquadWorld War Witch (30 Oct 2010)
Iron Man: Armored AdventuresIron Man 2099 (6 Jun 2012)
Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes  New Avengers (25 Jun 2012)
Avengers Assemble!Planet Doom (8 Dec 2013)

 Hey, listen to this! ‘This is my last entry. I have set the machine to three million B.C. The door will remain open for any who wish to follow.’ 
—“Vine”, Episode 30 of the original Spider-Man cartoon


Space Ghost
by Lewis Marshall, et. al.
First time travel: 26 Nov 1966

Back in 1966, there was a certain excitement about the each fall’s new lineup of cartoons. Maybe it was because the networks (CBS in the case of Space Ghost) made a big deal about it, even advertising in Marvel Comics; or maybe it was because kids had relatively few choices compared with today’s cable extravaganza. Whatever the reason, I do remember anxiously anticipating the new cartoons in 1966, including Space Ghost and Dino Boy. Space Ghost traveled through time at least once, back to the time of the Vikings in “The Time Machine.” [Nov 1966]

 Spaaaaaaaaaace Ghoooooooooost! 


NoMan
created by Wally Wood, Len Brown and Larry Ivie
First time travel: NoMan #1, Nov 1966
NoMan, a cloaked hero with the power of invisibility, was a memeber of T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents, a team of superheroes first published in 1965 by Tower Comics. I didn’t read them until 1976, when I bought some black and white reprint comic, Uncanny Tales, when I was in Stirling. I don’t know whether any of the other agents time traveled, but NoMan did in both of the issues of his own comic (#1 in Nov 1966 and #2 in Mar 1967). [Jun 2012]

 Trapped in the Past! 
—from the cover of NoMan #1


The Monkees
created by Bob Rafelson and Burt Schneider
First time travel: 12 Dec 1966

I knew that if I rewatched these reruns long enough, the space-time continuum would bend. In the episode “Dance, Monkee, Dance” (12 Dec 1966), Martin Van Buren himself comes for a free dance lesson. [Aug 2011]

 ♫ I’m in love, I’m a believer, I couldn’t leave her if I tried. ♫ 


One Million Years B.C.
by Brian Clemens (Don Chaffey, director)
First release: 30 Dec 1966

There’s no time travel in One Million Years B.C....or is there? How else do you explain modern humans and dinosaurs coexisting at a time when neither one was running around? (And how else am I gonna get Rachel Welch onto my web page? Remember, I was an impressionable young boy when this was released.) [Dec 2012]

 Loana: [pointing to self] Loana 


The Wild Wild West
created by Michael Garrison
First time travel: 30 Dec 1966

Agents James T. West and Artemus Gordon (in hindsight, quite likely agents of Warehouse 12) traveled in time at least one time when they met none other than Ricardo Montalbán (aka Kahn) who plays Colonel Noel Barley Vautrain with a scheme to travel back to kill Ulysses S. Grant in “The Night of the Lord of Limbo”. [circa 1966]

 The concept of a warp in the fabric of space, a break that could permit an object—or a group of Marco Polos if you please—to enter and go voyaging through space’s unlimited fourth dimension: time. 


Journey to the Center of Time
by David L. Hewitt (Hewitt, director)
First release: a forgetable day in 1967

Hewitt was able to take the same plot from his 1964 The Time Travelers, change the blonde to a brunette, and make an even worst movie, which Tim and I really did try to watch on dvd. [Mar 2013]

 Dr. Gordon: And since space-time is a continuum, the present is only a point moving along that continuum.
Mr. Stanton: When you put it like that, doctor, even I can understand it. 


The Time Hoppers
by Robert Silverberg
First publication: 1967
The High Government of the 25th century has directed Joe Quellen (a Level Seven) to find out who’s behind the escapes in time by lowly unemployed Level Fourteens, Fifteens,...—and put a stop to it. [Jun 2012]

 Suppose, he thought fretfully, some bureaucrat in Class Seven or Nine or thereabouts had gone ahead on his own authority, trying to win a quick uptwitch by dynamic action, and had rounded up a few known hoppers in advance of their departure. Thereby completely snarling the fabric of the time-line and irrevocably altering the past. 


Star Trek, the Blish Adaptations
adapted by James Blish
First publication: 1967

I bought the first four of these collections in July of 1971 in Huntsville, and the rest I snapped up as they were issued in the ’70s (plus Blish’s original novel Spock Must Die!). At that point in my life, I could recite them by heart. Here’s the list of time-travel adaptations, which does not include “The Naked Time” since the 71 hours of time travel was omitted in the Blish version: [Jul 1971]
 TitlePublication 
Tomorrow Is Yesterdayin Star Trek 2 (1968)
The City on the Edge of Forever   in Star Trek 2 (1968)
Assignment: Earthin Star Trek 3 (1969)
All Our Yesterdaysin Star Trek 4 (1971)

 “Jim,” McCoy said raggedly. “You deliberately stopped me ... Did you hear me? Do you know what you just did?”
   Kirk could not reply. Spock took his arm gently. “He knows,” he said. “Soon you will know, too. And what was ... now is again.”
 
—The City on the Edge of Forever


“Thus We Frustrate Charlemagne”
by R.A. Lafferty
First publication: Galaxy Science Fiction, Feb 1967
The Ktistec machine Epiktistes and wise men of the world decide to change one moment in the dark ages while they carefully watch for changes in their own time. [Jul 2011]

 We set out basic texts, and we take careful note of the world as it is. If the world changes, then the texts should change here before our eyes. 


“The Doctor”
by Theodore L. Thomas (as by Ted Thomas)
First publication: Orbit 2, Jun 1967
A doctor named Gant volunteers to be the first time traveler and ends up stranded in a time of cave people. [Jan 2014]

 There had been a time long ago when he had thought that these people would be grateful to him for his work, that he would become known by some such name as The Healer. 


“Hawksbill Station”
by Robert Silverberg
First publication: Galaxy Science Fiction, Aug 1967
Jim Barrett was one of the first political prisoners sent on a one-way journey to a world of rock and ocean in 2,000,000,000 BC; now a secretive new arrival threatens to upset the harsh world that he looks after. [Nov 2010]

 One of his biggest problems here was keeping people from cracking up because there was too little privacy. Propinquity could be intolerable in a place like this. 


Lost in Space
created by Irwin Allen
First time travel: 13 Sep 1967


Three seasons with 2 time-travel episodes. [Sep 1967]
 EpisodeNotes 
Visit to a Hostile Planet (13 Sep 1967)  To 1947
Time Merchant (17 Jan 1968)Back to the launch

 Danger Will Robinson, danger! 








Dragonriders of Pern
by Anne McCaffrey (some with Joan Lynn Nye or Tod McCaffrey)
First story: Analog Science Fiction, Oct 1967

By the time that Lessa of Ruatha Hold becomes Weyrwoman of the only remaining dragon weyr, the end of all Pern seems a possibility since a single weyr is not enough to fight off the falling threads from the Red Star.

I first read this when I returned to Pullman in 1978, but it was Allison Thompson-Brown who reminded me of that the dragons can go when as well as where[Oct 1978]
 TitlePublication 
-A. “Weyr Search”Analog, Oct 1967
-B: “Dragonrider”Analog, Dec 1967 / Jan 1968
1. Dragonflight1968, includes A and B
2. Dragonquest1970
-C: “The Smallest Dragonboy”in Science Fiction Tales, 1973
-D. “A Time When”1975, limited edition
4. Dragonsong1976
5. Dragonsinger1977
6. Dragondrums1979
7. Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern1983
-E: “The Girl Who Heard Dragons”in collection of same name, 1986
8. Nerilka’s Story1986
9. Dragonsdawn1988
-F: “The Impression”in The Dragonlover’s Guide, 1989
10. Regegades of Pern1989
-G: “Rescue Run”Analog, Aug 1991
11. All the Weyrs of Pern1991
-H: “The P.E.R.N. Survey”Amazing, Sep 1993
-I: “The Dolphins’ Bell”1993
-J: “The Ford of Red Hanrahan”1993
-K: “The Second Weyr”1993
12. The Chronicles of Pern: First Fall  1993, collects G, H, I, J, K
13. The Dolphins of Pern1994
14. Dragonseye (aka Red Star Rising)in Legends, Oct 1998
-L: “Runner of Pern”1998
15. The Masterharper of Pern1998
16. The Skies of Pern2001
-M: “Ever the Twain”2002
17. A Gift of Dragons2002, collects C, E, L. M
18. Dragon’s Kin2003
19. Dragonsblood2005
20. Dragon’s Fire2006
21. Dragon Harper2007
22. Dragonheart2008
23. Dragongirl2010
24. Dragon’s Time2011
25. Sky Dragons2012

 Dragons can go between times as well as places. They go as easily to a when as to a where. 


Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
created by Irwin Allen
First time travel: 3 Dec 1967


In the fourth season, the futuristic submarine Seaview and its crew had four time-traveling escapades, including the finale. [Nov 1967]
 TitleEvent 
Time Lock (12 Nov 1967)To the far future
A Time to Die (3 Dec 1967)To 1,000,000 B.C.
The Death Clock (24 Mar 1968)  Captain Crane is a time-machine guinea pig
No Way Back (31 Mar 1968)To the time of Benedict Arnold

 Suppose we had a working time device. Would we be able to get back aboard Seaview before the explosion, find out what caused it, and prevent it from happening? 
—Admiral Nelson to Mr. Pem in “No Way Back”


Dark Shadows
created by Dan Curtis
First time travel: 20 Nov 1967

If you were a cool kid in the 60s, you ran home from school to watch Dark Shadows, a vampiresque soap opera that presaged Twilight by about four decades. I wasn’t that cool myself, but my sister Lynda was, and from time to time I overheard her and the cool kids talking about the inhabitants of Collinwood trekking to the late 1700s (in episodes from late 1967 through early 1969) and the late 1800s (in the March 1969 episodes). There may well be other time-travel escapades that have escaped me. [Nov 1967]

 I’m afraid you must forgive me, miss. If we have met before, I’m sorry to say that I don’t remember it. 
—Barnibus to Victoria Winters when she unexpectedly travels to 1795 for the first time


92 items are in the time-travel list for these years.
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)