Earth-4: Chronology

1930s-1940s

The Blue Beetle: Times Past, 1939: Death Rides on Horseback

by an unknown author, story from The Blue Beetle #1 (Winter 1939-1940)
published June 10, 2009

The hand of a killer hovered over a frightened city, and policemen strode their beats in the shadow of death, until the Blue Beetle took a horseback ride in Central Park!

The Green Mask: Times Past, 1940: The Harried Hoodlums

by Edward Young, story from The Green Mask #1 (Summer, 1940)
published June 4, 2009

The crime-lord called the Wizard publicly challenges the modern Robin Hood known as the Green Mask. But when the members of his gang begin to disappear, one by one, will he live to regret it?

Action-Hero Team-Up: Blue Beetle and Green Mask: Times Past, 1940: Anno Domino

by Bradley Cobb
published March 9, 2001

The Blue Beetle and the Green Mask battle a hypnotist’s criminal machinations, but can even they withstand Zoltar the Magnificent’s mesmerizing glare? And can Domino the Miracle Boy accomplish what both his hero and his mentor could not?

1950s

Secret Origins: The Books of Magic: Times Past, 1951: Founding Fathers

by CSyphrett, with Martin Maenza
published January 5, 2002

When five mystically based heroes from five different parallel Earths come together to stop a threat to each of their worlds, they little expect what may come from the adventure. Could a small piece of Hell, even properly controlled, make a good environment for a school of magic? Featuring Captain Marvel of Earth-S, Doctor Occult of Earth-Two, Doctor Mist of Earth-One, Margo the Magician of Earth-X, and Yarko the Great of Earth-Four!

1960s

Secret Origins: Times Past, 1965: Redstar Rising

by Starsky Hutch 76
published August 8, 2000

Igor Kriss was the Soviet Union’s greatest cosmonaut — that is, until the day he embarrassed the Motherland! But when a KGB spymaster offers him the chance to gain great power and become a hero through a risky experiment, will it be the beginning of a new career or a one-way ticket to the grave?

The Question: Times Past, 1968: A Dark Night

by Blackwolf247
published August 28, 2003

During a gritty case, the Question meets someone he never expected to meet — a dark figure of the night who shares the same name as a character from a campy TV show, but who has little else in common with that fictional hero! But as the faceless crime-fighter and the Bat-Man from another world take down a group of gangsters, they end up having more in common with each other than they would have thought. Guest starring a member of the Fightin’ Five!

Nightshade: Times Past, 1969: Day of Sorrow

by Andrew Troy Keller
published May 7, 2003

For most people, Mother’s Day is a day of joy, where children of all ages pay honor to their mothers. But for Eve Eden, alias Nightshade, Mother’s Day is a painful reminder of how she lost her mother at a young age. Can Captain Atom bring comfort to this grieving daughter?

1970s

Blue Beetle: Times Past, 1973: The Wedding Planner

by CSyphrett
published July 3, 2002

Lemuel Toadkin had been a wedding planner for over forty years, but despite all his efforts he hasn’t managed to have as quiet a career as he wished. Join him in his reminiscences as he recalls the wedding of Ted Kord (Blue Beetle III) and Tracey Simmons, which was crashed by an unusual group of uninvited guests. Guest starring the Sentinels of Justice as well as a long-missing hero, the golden age Blue Beetle!

1980s

Justice Society of America: Times Past, 1982: Crisis on Earth-Four

by Libbylawrence
published April 25, 2001

In this previously untold JLA/JSA crossover story, the heroes of three worlds try to to defeat the mystical threat of three evil rulers of fantasy dimensions — Lorelei of Fairyland, Troll King of Magic Land, and the Incubus of the Land of the Nightshades. But why can’t anyone recall this case? Featuring the Justice Society of America and the Justice League of America! Guest starring the Sentinels of Justice of Earth-Four — Blue Beetle, the Peacemaker, Son of Vulcan, Captain Atom, Nightshade, and the Question — and introducing Tyger and the nuclear villain Major Force!

1985 (July to December)

DC Universe: Crisis on Infinite Earths: The Villain War

by Martin Maenza, adapted and expanded from Crisis on Infinite Earths #9-10 by Marv Wolfman and George Pérez
published December 31, 2001

A Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover

As the remaining Earths begin to merge together, Brainiac and Lex Luthor of Earth-One have a plan to take them all! With an army of super-villains gathered from all five Earths, they mount a carefully planned invasion of Earth-Four, Earth-S, and Earth-X, swiftly defeating those worlds’ heroes. An army of super-heroes from Earth-One and Earth-Two soon arrive to free the other three Earths, but with the numbers favoring the villains, can the heroes rally to beat the odds? Guest starring the Justice League of America, the Justice Society of America, the New Teen Titans, the Outsiders, Infinity Inc., the Doom Patrol, the Metal Men, the Marvel Family, the Freedom Fighters, and the Sentinels of Justice!

Sentinels of Justice: The Calm Before the Storm

by Doc Quantum, CSyphrett, John M. Burt, and Blackwolf247, with Punkybluester
published November 18, 2000

The Crisis on Infinite Earths that threatened Earth-4 is over, but it left the Sentinels of Justice scattered, the action-heroes each preoccupied with their own problems. Son of Vulcan has been appointed with his new duties as the overseer of the world from Mount Olympus, but where does that leave John Mann? Captain Atom was granted power and virtual immortality, but was that at the price of being truly human? Nightshade’s main goal in life has always been to rescue her brother Larry from the Land of the Nightshades, but can she do it without needing rescue herself? The Blue Beetle finally returns to Pago Island to face up to his past, but will he be able to bury it? The Question fights a never-ending battle against corruption in Crown City, but how will he react when two rookie action-heroes begin fighting crime in his city? Will it take a threat to the time continuum itself by six criminals from the future for the team to reunite and start over once more? Guest starring Phantom Lady and the Mysterious Traveler, and featuring the first appearances of Blue Beetle IV, the new Black Fury, and Street Hawk.

Michael Mauser, Private Eye: War and Peacemaker

by CSyphrett
published September 26, 2000

Life is never easy if your name is Michael Mauser. How does a simple larceny investigation become a fight to the death with the Mars Council? And when Mauser, New York’s dirtiest P.I., is served up as bait to capture the Weapon — the world’s deadliest hitman — will the Peacemaker, serving as his bodyguard, show up in time to keep Mauser from meeting his final reward? The action culminates in a toe-to-toe fight in the sewers of New York.

Sentinels of Justice: Watching the World

by CSyphrett and Doc Quantum
published June 18, 2001

While monitoring the Earth, the Son of Vulcan learns of a plot by an arms cartel called the Mars Council to flood the world with advanced weaponry, selling arms to both sides in conflicts around the globe. At the same time, groundwork is laid to create a United Nations organization meant to coordinate action-hero activity internationally. As a few of the Sentinels of Justice accompanied by some international heroes converge for a deadly showdown in the Antarctic, will they finally be able to shut the Mars Council down at its source? Guest starring Redstar of the Soviet Union, the Creature Kid of Australia (formerly known as Kid Kanga), and David Crandall, the former Nature Boy; and introducing Svarog of the USSR.

L.A.W.: Living Assault Weapons

by CSyphrett, with Doc Quantum
published February 17, 2001

Hank Hennessy has just been recruited by Sarge Steel and Tiffany Sinn to lead a new team of superhuman agents connected to the Checkmate division of CHESS, a secret agency. But will he be able to keep from exacting revenge on the man responsible for the destruction of the Fightin’ Five, the team he formerly led? Featuring the Red Knight (former Checkmate agent and expert martial artist), John “Specs” Anders (a telepath and former member of the Tyro Team), Syntac (a super-android), the new Puppeteer (grandson of the 1940s mystery-man by that name), and Destiny Fox (a Native American with the power of a river god) as the first LAW team.

L.A.W.: Origins of Law

by CSyphrett and Doc Quantum
published June 27, 2001

While their leader is out of town, the LAW team begins discussing how each of them began their career and was recruited as a super-agent. But when Emil Forsa, the nuclear menace known as Major Force, goes in search of a cure for the radiation poisoning that is slowly killing him and LAW attempts to capture him, has the team bitten off more than it can chew?

The Green Mask: The Vita-Ray Rush

by Bradley Cobb and Doc Quantum
published January 18, 2001

When an old friend contacts him in need of help, private eye Michael Shelby visits the small city of Foxville, intending to solve a police corruption case before resuming his old identity of the Green Mask. But will this mean the beginning of a new rise to fame or the start of a long jail term?

The Paragons: Deus Ex Astra, Book 1: Visitations

by Doc Quantum, CSyphrett, Libbylawrence and Bradley Cobb
published March 6, 2002

The Crisis on Infinite Earths is over, but a new crisis of mythological proportions has begun all across Europe. Has a new heroic age struck the continent? The strange and powerful alien being known as the Super-Wizard believes it has, and he begins watching as a new breed of European action-heroes debut, taking steps to nudge a few in the right direction. Who is the mysterious Black Lion of Scotland, and what demons drive him on to act as a vigilante? Will Dr. Lorenzo Puzzini’s desire to continue his uncle’s heroic legacy as the new Dart of Italy make up for his father’s crimes as the villainous Barbarik? How will Lucille Michaud, the French heroine known as Psyché, escape from her mysterious captor? Has Jack Bicci, the former Sinistro, Boy Fiend, finally turned on his old ways and embraced the heroic destiny others predicted for him long ago? Will the power granted to Rafael Guerra make him the new hero Stardust of Spain? Will the Kenyan-born Austrian teenager Madeleine Fehr inherit the powers of her grandmother, Marga the Panther Woman, to become Panthera? Will the Swedish artist and new father Alvar Sundin be able to embrace the idea of becoming the new vessel for Thor, God of Thunder? Will Jock Gruffud make it through the night as he battles numerous mythical baddies throughout Wales and the West Midlands as the strongman wizard hero Jock o’ Kent? And what will finally bring all these new heroes together as the Paragons?

The Paragons: Deus Ex Astra, Book 2: World Tree

by Doc Quantum, Libbylawrence, Joe Kinski and CSyphrett
published August 12, 2002

Mythological menaces continue to rage all across Europe, and no one has any idea why! As the Son of Vulcan, Earth-Four’s monitor, takes a closer look at the situation, he begins to see a pattern forming. Could Stardust the Super-Wizard have something to do with all the new European action-heroes? And even as the Son of Vulcan assembles a new group of young champions, will they be enough to battle a foe who is capable of altering reality itself? Meanwhile, Jack Sinistro Bicci is investigating the situation from the ground alongside the former Wonder Boy, bringing them to a fateful meeting in Paris with a new crime-fighter who is dealing with problems of his own! Guest starring Redstar, Zaza the Mystic, and Baron Weirwulf, and introducing Wundergirl, the Grey Ghost, and Europe’s new team of action-heroes — the Paragons!

1986

Sentinels of Justice: Fantastic Giants

by CSyphrett and Doc Quantum
published March 6, 2002

A Japanese scientist named Dr. Moto begins to wreak havoc over the world with his monstrous genetic creations. But will the Sentinels of Justice be able to figure out his plan in time to stop him? And when Moto’s nephew, a 12-year-old boy genius named Akira, finds a high-tech cache that includes a World War II-era android, will he use it to become a hero or a villain? The action culminates in a war on two fronts — Japan and Cuba — with two groups of action-heroes battling Moto’s fantastic giants. Guest starring the Mysterious Traveler, Redstar of the Soviet Union, Sarge Steel and the Living Assault Weapons (LAW), the Dragon Force, and E-Man and Nova; and reintroducing Volton, the Human Generator.

Secret Origins: The People Versus Major Force

by CSyphrett
published October 30, 2001

Emil Forsa was once nothing more than a two-bit henchman whose only claim to fame was being the man who unmasked Captain Atom. But when his old boss, Professor Danton Koste, used him as a guinea pig in an experiment to duplicate Atom’s powers, he becomes a force of destruction. Now, after so many years as a villain, can he be a hero instead? Emil reviews the past events that led up to his becoming the atomic-powered super-villain Major Force as he searches for his answer.

The Natural: Masters of the Elements

by Libbylawrence
published November 20, 2001

Kate McCormick, an ordinary 35-year-old single mother of a teenage daughter, suddenly becomes the target of costumed super-powered assassins who claim to be given power by gods called the Masters of the Elements. And if that were not enough, she inexplicably begins to develop super-powers of her own. Can she learn the reasons for her powers and why the Masters want her dead in time to master a heroic legacy of her own?

Sentinels of Justice: The Dragon’s Den

by CSyphrett and Doc Quantum
published April 24, 2002

After hundreds of people in China are killed by a lone man carrying two buckets of water, the Chinese government seeks help from the Dome, the UN’s action-hero wing, which calls in the Sentinels of Justice. But with the Sentinels at its smallest membership number ever, Captain Atom is forced to work with his enemy Major Force and a group of convicts-turned-heroes called the Dragon Force. It all seems cut and dry, since their mission is to simply find this man and apprehend him for the Chinese authorities to question — a nice little exercise in international relations. But Captain Atom can’t shake the feeling that something just isn’t right about the whole situation. Could they be unwittingly walking into a dragon’s den?

Premiere: Wild Dog: Running Wild

by CSyphrett
published May 14, 2001

Auto mechanic Jack Wheeler is the masked vigilante called Wild Dog. While investigating a Mob gathering in the Quad Cities, he finds himself narrowly escaping a death trap instead. When the M.O. turns out to be that of a professional hitman named Wormwood who is currently still in prison, the mystery leads to a woman who seems to be following in the killer’s footsteps. However, when she uses Police Lieutenant Andy Travis — Wild Dog’s best friend — as bait, the vigilante decides to take a bite out of crime.

Louie Lue, Occult Detective: Death Written in Hanzi

by CSyphrett
published March 21, 2002

As museum curator Jackie Lue arrives in Honolulu from Hong Kong for his first vacation in years, he expects to have a nice, quiet vacation visiting his grandfather. But when that grandfather is the famous occult detective Louie Lue, can there be any relaxation involved? Unfortunately for the young martial arts master and his mystically endowed grandfather, the Tiger Demon cult has other plans for him!

Sentinels of Justice: Superpowers

by Libbylawrence, CSyphrett and Doc Quantum, with Rubberman41
published February 11, 2004

Sarge Steel uncovers the secrets of the Soviet Superpowers Program, which has succeeded in building powerful superhuman soldiers for Mother Russia. Is the Cold War about to heat up? But with the Sentinels of Justice effectively disbanded, who will protect the West? Guest starring Redstar, Steel Wolf, the People’s Heroes, and Soyuz. Featuring the debut of the new Liberty Belle, Guardian, and the amazing Booster Gold!

Premiere: Chi Lin: Fire and Ashes

by Drivtaan
published April 21, 2004

Officers of the Chinese Army arrive at the doorstep of a poor family and take their young daughter away. But Chi Lin is no ordinary 10-year-old girl. As a mutant with powerful telepathic abilities, she is highly prized by the Chinese government’s fledgling action-hero program. And when Chi Lin is sent to track down a new target for that program, a young man who apparently has power of his own, she runs across something that no one had expected to find. Also introducing the hero known as the Celestial Lion.

Premiere: The Joker: Madmen and an Annoyed Woman

by Libbylawrence
published April 6, 2005

Rei Suzaki is an ordinary young woman who is bored by her job as a librarian. But after the death of her beloved grandfather, she discovers that he was more than just a small shop repairman — he was, in fact, the tech supplier to super-villains everywhere! Using an assortment of gizmos, she begins a career as the crime-fighting Joker to make up for her grandfather’s misdeeds. But when the Blue Beetle’s old foes the Madmen seek to recover one of the devices her grandfather was commissioned to build for them, the Joker may have her hands full trying to stop them.

Premiere: Pariah: All Access

by CSyphrett, with Doc Quantum
published March 6, 2002

Is Pariah truly cursed to live forever apart from humanity as he has always believed, or can the powers he’s hated for so long finally become a blessing? Only the Mysterious Traveler knows for certain. Guest starring the Five Monitors, the Paragons, and Stardust the Super-Wizard, and introducing Access!

Sentinels of Justice: Duplicity

by Libbylawrence
published June 11, 2004

In the United Kingdom, a shape-changing woman named Duplicity gathers a team of super-powered individuals. Claiming that the Sentinels of Justice have gone rogue, she sends this team against them. But what is her ultimate goal in discrediting the Sentinels? And why has she kidnapped Eve Eden (Nightshade)? Introducing the special British intelligence branch known as MI-13 and the new action-hero team of the Union.

Booster Gold: Ozoned

by Libbylawrence
published August 27, 2002

When Booster Gold witnesses firsthand the kidnapping of a scientist, his quest to rescue him leads the corporate crusader to strange places he’d never dreamed of visiting! Can he overcome the plans of a mad scientist to build his Hidden Empire from the ruins of lost Atlantis by destroying all life on the planet?

Sentinels of Justice: Atomic Nightmare

by Libbylawrence
published May 20, 2005

The Sentinels of Justice come up against their most dangerous foe yet — Monarch! But who is the Monarch? Could he really be Booster Gold or one of the heroes of the present? And what connection does the Atomic Knights Project from World War II have to the Sentinels and Monarch himself? Featuring a return to the Crisis on Infinite Earths! And introducing a new hero called Champion!

The Union: Camelot: In Search of the Truth

by Philip-Todd Franklin
published July 22, 2005

For years former Prime Minister Roger Knight has been on a quest to seek out the truth behind the legend of King Arthur and Camelot, only to receive scorn for his efforts. But when a great darkness overcomes England and imposes the rule of the sorceress Morgana le Fay, could Roger end up holding the key to saving the United Kingdom? Join the Union, the U.K.’s premiere team of action-heroes, as they battle the dark queen and her evil sons alongside modern-day knights to save England from a fate worse than death! Introducing the White Knight, the Shining Knight, and the Pendragons!

Sentinels of Justice: Invaded by Magic

by Libbylawrence
published June 20, 2005

When a few people are transformed by an outbreak of magic on Earth, it’s only a prelude to the most exciting Sentinels of Justice adventure of all! After tracking down a missing teammate, the Sentinels are transported to the Land of the Nightshades, where they soon find themselves in a battle for their lives in that fabled realm! But can the team accomplish what has eluded Nightshade for so long — the realm’s liberation from the evil Succubus? Meanwhile, to what other storied realm has the real Nightshade been transported, and how will the role she plays there lead her back to her allies? Featuring the return of Mark Merlin, sleuth of the supernatural!

Premiere: Guardian: From the Past Comes Death

by Libbylawrence
published June 30, 2005

A series of strange murders sets the stage for one of the weirdest tales yet! Someone is killing former costumed mystery-men, and Guardian must find out who the killers are and where they will strike next before another golden age hero dies! Featuring the return of several golden age heroes and the debut of the new Purple Tigress and Zanzi the Magician!

Action-Hero Team-Up: Blue Beetle and Booster Gold: Tomorrow Never Knows

by Libbylawrence
published July 26, 2005

There’s something very wrong with Alice. Ted Kord’s secretary, Alice Medley, is a very sweet young woman. But she hasn’t aged in twenty years, and she seems almost too perfect. That façade of perfection comes crashing down one day when two androids break into KORD Inc. in search of Project Auto, and Alice is caught in between. It’s up to the Blue Beetle and the visiting Booster Gold to get down to the bottom of things before the whole company falls down around them! Introducing Tomorrow Woman!

1987

Sentinels of Justice: Panic and the Pantheon

by Libbylawrence
published October 28, 2005

When America is plagued by monsters straight out of myth, the Sentinels of Justice are called in to put an end to the panic! And when they discover that the Soviet Union is also under attack by mythical monsters, the action-heroes must put aside their old enmities and team up with the People’s Heroes and Soyuz of Russia in order to defeat the mysterious new group known as the Pantheon! Featuring the final fate of the Son of Vulcan! Guest starring the Peacemaker, and introducing Amon the Invincible!

Sentinels of Justice: Another Crisis on Earth-Four

by Libbylawrence
published December 5, 2008

A mysterious figure armed with power like that which destroyed universes during the Crisis on Infinite Earths begins gathering a horde of villains for a mission of evil and tempting heroes with offers they can’t refuse! Meanwhile, Ted Kord’s father is plotting against his own son in an attempt to force him to bend to his will by hiring an impostor to frame the Blue Beetle for a series of crimes! And a mysterious new hero called Supernova appears on the scene, but who is this masked man, and what is his purpose? Join the Sentinels of Justice as they battle evil on two fronts — on Earth versus a group of new villains called the Pseudo-Squad, and in outer space versus a threat to the universe itself! Introducing the Silver Scarab, and featuring the return of the greatest of all forgotten heroes!

Judomaster: Mozambique: Situation Critical

by Blackwolf247, with Doc Quantum
published May 4, 2004

Rip Jagger, the man known as Judomaster, is a man thrust from his own time of World War II into an era not his own. Now Judomaster takes on his first new mission to discover what’s behind the strange events occurring in South Africa along the Mozambique border. A gigantic monster, called the “devil-beast” by the natives, has been rampaging across the countryside. But while the devil-beast may be an actual living dinosaur, what’s even stranger is who or what is behind its appearance! And even with the help of two unlikely allies — the Huntsman, a Soviet action-hero, and the Huntress, a ruthless Chinese mercenary — Judomaster may still be out of his league. Guest starring Captain Atom!

Future Tales

Solar Legion: Bright Future

by Libbylawrence, with Doc Quantum
published August 12, 2005

What brings together five super-powered teenagers in the far-flung future of the 31st century to form a new Solar Legion? It’s the dream of uniting all civilized worlds together under the banner of the Commonwealth of Federated Planets — and it’s a bright future with a Solar Legion to act as champions of heroic ideals. But can this fledgling team figure out who’s trying to kill their sponsor, J.J. Kord, before the dream is dead? Introducing Silver Lass, Magno, Live Wire, Triad, and Scarab!

Timeless

The Many Ghosts of Doctor Graves: The Storms

by Drivtaan
published October 28, 2008

This tale from Dr. M.T. Graves will remind you that it isn’t always just the dark, stormy nights that you have to fear.

The Many Ghosts of Doctor Graves: A Halloween Warning

by Drivtaan
published October 31, 2011

Words of warning from Dr. M.T. Graves to you. Will you listen to him and heed his words this Halloween, or will you dismiss them at your peril?