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2nd Oct '16 12:44:44 PM Steven
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* Samus Aran in the ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'' series doesn't seem to age a day at all, even though every single game is placed on a single timeline so that they all follow each other. It is never explained how much time has passed between games and the only passage of time that gets mentioned is in ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime3Corruption'' where Samus wakes up 3 months later after being gravely injured by Dark Samus. At least she's genetically-altered to explain it.]


* Samus Aran in the ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'' series doesn't seem to age a day at all, even though every single game is placed on a single timeline so that they all follow each other. It is never explained how much time has passed between games and the only passage of time that gets mentioned is in ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime3Corruption'' where Samus wakes up 3 months later after being gravely injured by Dark Samus. At least she's genetically-altered to explain it.]it.
* ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' has its characters age in between arcs and they age realistically. However, the Judge, despite being an old man who admits to using dentures, never seems to age one bit and the games uses a singular timeline with specific dates for each trial and event.
23rd Sep '16 11:22:23 PM MrMediaGuy2
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* In another strip, Hillary remarks on the fact that her baby cousin is a year older, while she herself is the same age and in the same grade at school. She is then quickly admonished not to talk about it.


* ** In another strip, Hillary remarks on the fact that her baby cousin is a year older, while she herself is the same age and in the same grade at school. She is then quickly admonished not to talk about it.
* Phoebe from ''ComicStrip/PhoebeAndHerUnicorn'' has been in the fourth grade for over four years now, and shows no sign of aging, even though she should be thirteen as of this writing.
21st Sep '16 3:35:44 PM thatother1dude
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* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':
** The characters don't age much. Stan, Kyle, Cartman, and Kenny started out as 8-year-old boys in the third grade. In the 4th season, the boys move onto fourth grade and were 9-years old. By the season 15 episode "Crack Baby Athletic Association", all the boys were 10. None of the other characters in the series have aged at all either with the exception of Ike who started out as a toddler who could barely speak coherently, as of season eleven he is a bit taller, wears different clothes and he can now speak in full sentences. In the Facebook episode, "You have 0 Friends," first broadcast in spring of 2010, several of the boys' Facebook profiles were shown, listing their birth years as 2001 -- four years after the show started airing (in fact Ike's gravestone in an early episode had him born in 1996).
** "Die Hippy Die" indicates that Stan's parents were dating back during Woodstock... which took place in 1969. Given their current (assumed) ages [[OlderThanTheyLook this really doesn't add up at all]]. Maybe they meant Woodstock 1999...


* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':
''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'': The characters don't age much. Stan, Kyle, Cartman, and Kenny started out as 8-year-old boys in the third grade. In the 4th season, the boys move onto fourth grade and were 9-years old. By the season 15 episode "Crack Baby Athletic Association", all the boys were 10. None of the other characters in the series have aged at all either with the exception of Ike who started out as a toddler who could barely speak coherently, as of season eleven he is a bit taller, wears different clothes and he can now speak in full sentences. In the Facebook episode, "You have 0 Friends," first broadcast in spring of 2010, several of the boys' Facebook profiles were shown, listing their birth years as 2001 -- four years after the show started airing (in fact Ike's gravestone in an early episode had him born in 1996).
** "Die Hippy Die" indicates that Stan's parents were dating back during Woodstock... which took place in 1969. Given their current (assumed) ages [[OlderThanTheyLook this really doesn't add up at all]]. Maybe they meant Woodstock 1999...
6th Sep '16 9:24:09 AM rafi
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6th Sep '16 9:21:15 AM rafi
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* ComicBookTime/ComicBooks

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* Franchise/{{Batman}} has been protecting Gotham City for about a decade. Batman has ''always'' been protecting Gotham City for about a decade.
** Interestingly, the movie Bruce and his parents went to see has consistently been ''The Mark of Zorro'' starring Tyrone Power. This movie's first theatrical run was in 1940. This would make Bruce Wayne be in his 80s. It's probably only a matter of time before he went to see the Antonio Banderas version from 1998. Quite frankly, at this point there is nothing stopping the ten-year old Bruce from watching the 1989 ''Film/{{Batman}}'' movie.
** Lampshaded in Creator/NeilGaiman's ''ComicBook/WhateverHappenedToTheCapedCrusader''.
--->'''Selina Kyle''': I've known the Departed since... well, it was a couple of years before Pearl Harbor. I guess that ''dates'' me.
** After ''Infinite Crisis'', it's closer to twelve years, one of which was covered by the "One Year Later" jump.
*** Pre-ComicBook/{{Flashpoint}} and the ComicBook/{{New 52}} reboot, Batman and Superman debuted in the same year. Circa the start of ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis'', Bats, Supes, and the in-universe [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] of Superheroes is around 13-14 years old.
** ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'' is a textbook example of adaptations avoiding this; it starts right when Batman has been around for three years, and advances in time as it goes along (in the third season Batgirl was in High School, and in the fifth we discover she's already started college; Robin also gets noticeably taller in the fifth season).
** The rebooted ComicBook/{{New 52}} timeline has Batman's career condensed to five years. This has caused a major continuity snarl, in that Bruce's son Damian is still established as being around 10 years old, and yet flashbacks show that Bruce was already Batman when he first met Damian's mother Talia. It was later retconned that Damian was artificially aged up.
*** It has now been said that Batman has only really been in the public spotlight for five years, and there are years before where he was doing his whole "mysterious urban legend" thing. Then Scott Snyder wrote "Zero Year", which establishes that Bruce didn't really have an urban legend phase ''at all'', and has indeed only been Batman for about five years. Oops.
** In the very first issue of ''[[Comicbook/HarleyQuinn Harley's Little Black Book]]'', it's said that Harley Quinn is a closet Franchise/WonderWoman fan, and a {{Flashback}} shows that she owned an officially licensed Wonder Woman costume (which also had a picture of Batgirl on the box) when she was a little girl. Such a revelation already would have been pushing things in the pre-New 52 continuity, but post-New 52 and with the revelation that Wonder Woman only came to America around five years ago, it makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. Given that ''Harley Quinn'' generally runs on RuleOfFunny, that might be the point.
** The same series indicates that the ''Franchise/{{Superman}} vs. Usefulnotes/MuhammadAli'' crossover from the 1970's is somehow still canon, despite Ali having been retired for decades. This is even jokingly referenced in the solicitation for the issue:
-->(Mumble-mumble) years ago, the alien race known as the Scrubb forced Superman into a boxing match for the ages, against Earth’s greatest heavyweight champion, (mumble-mumble)!
** As pointed out [[http://www.oafe.net/yo/dcdbatinc1kni.php here]], Batman has been the same general age as '''three full generations''' of a LegacyCharacter.
** A negative review of ''ComicBook/TheBraveAndTheBold'' #33 cited the fact that the issue (which is a [[WholeEpisodeFlashback Whole Issue Flashback]] set just before ''Comicbook/TheKillingJoke'') features a scene where Comicbook/{{Batgirl}}, Franchise/WonderWoman and ComicBook/{{Zatanna}} sing "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" by Music/{{Beyonce}}. The song came out in 2008, while the issue was published in 2010, meaning that the story is essentially implying that Barbara Gordon's entire history as Oracle took place in under two years.
** Batman's seeming immortality is the subject of a joke in ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOBatmanMovie''.
-->'''Alfred''': Sir, I've seen you go through similar phases in [[Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice 2016]], and [[Film/TheDarkKnightRises 2012]], and [[Film/TheDarkKnight 2008]], and [[Film/BatmanBegins 2005]], and [[Film/BatmanAndRobin 1997]], and [[Film/BatmanForever 1995]], and [[Film/BatmanReturns 1992]], and [[Film/{{Batman}} 1989]], and [[Film/BatmanTheMovie that weird one in 1966]].
-->'''Batman''': I have aged ''[[LampshadeHanging phenomenally]]''.
* Similarly, Pre-Crisis, Superman was always, officially, 29 years old. It actually became a plot point in one story where a hippy had gained supernatural powers and magically barred everyone over thirty from entering Metropolis. Superman could enter because he was 29.
* ''ComicBook/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': While the [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer television show]] had one in-series year pass for every real year because each season took a year with an episode roughly every week, ''Buffy'' Season 8, of course, took longer to unfold because of the monthly comic schedule. All the characters have been stuck at the same age for the last three real-world years. Season 8 takes place a year and a half after Season 7/half a year after ''Angel'' Season 5 (with the IDW ''ComicBook/{{Angel|IDW}}'' and ''Spike'' comics in the half-year between).
* This causes some hiccups when the characters backstory is closely tied to an certain aspect of society only to have [[SocietyMarchesOn social change happen]]. Take Maggie Sawyer, DCU's first openly gay character: Being in her 30s when she was outed back in 1987 it made sense for her to have an angst-filled failed marriage and a daughter whose father was given full custody in her backstory. As society moves forward she now in 2012 makes references to having been pretty much out to her self her entire life and her decision to hide in a straight marriage seems quite odd. (The original story mentioned her having been RaisedCatholic, but no writer has run with this.) For comparison her girlfriend [[Comicbook/{{Batwoman}} Kate Kane]] is approximately her age but was introduced in 2006 and has been out to herself her entire life without much angsting, her big thing being that she was thrown out of West Point under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" - which will subject her to this before long.
* In the final issue of Creator/GrantMorrison's ''Comicbook/AnimalMan'' run, Grant Morrison himself has a conversation with the main character and justifies Comic-Book Time by implying that, in order to get from point A to point B, a comic book character moves instantly from panel to panel instead of actually walking there, saving a lot of time.
** There was also the issue where they revisited Buddy's origin. The first flashback had everyone dressing and acting like it was the 60s (when Animal Man was created), but when Buddy pointed out that the scene was not how he remembered it, the flashback then started over, now showing everyone dressing and talking like it was the 80s.
* In Creator/DCComics, this problem was temporarily deferred from the 1960s to the mid-1980s by introducing parallel universes, where the original version of a long-running character lived on "Earth-Two" and aged, while the current version of the character did not age, but lacked most of the long history. Earth-Two was destroyed in 1986 in ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'', but Crisis also reset the histories of many characters, again halting the problem for a few decades. The whole thing was, however, done piecemeal and in an inconsistent way; Franchise/{{Batman}}, for instance, has only had minor resets done, and his history back to the 1960s still has to fit in the aforementioned "about twelve years".
** However, characters which existed only in Earth-Two and were re-integrated as the ComicBook/{{Justice Society|OfAmerica}} were allowed to bring along their age: Alan Scott as Franchise/GreenLantern, Jay Garrick as Franchise/TheFlash, Wildcat, and the original Hourman have all visibly aged. Even still, Jay Garrick is looking remarkably well-preserved these days for someone who should be pushing 100 years old.
*** A notable, headache-inducing sidenote for the Earth-Two characters is that Earth-Two used a rough approximation of real time while Earth-One used Comic-Book Time. The fact that the two crossed over regularly was only going to get more bizarre as time went on if it hadn't been halted by Crisis.
*** Another consequence of this is the utter retcon of Comicbook/BlackCanary, originally from Earth-Two and Comicbook/GreenArrow's on-again/off-again love interest. Originally an older woman, she's now clearly younger than Ollie's given age of early 40s, possibly by as much as a decade. It doesn't sound so bad until you put the couple into context with Nightwing. Ollie's infamous in-universe for being a Batman copycat, so everything Batman's done, Ollie did a little later, like get a sidekick. Speedy (later Arsenal, later still Red Arrow, and now Arsenal again) is clearly a year or two at most behind Nightwing in age. In his late teens, Speedy also had a drug problem, from which Black Canary helped him recover while she and Ollie were split. The experience tied Black Canary and Speedy together so closely that they consider each other mother and son. The problem is that this story was written when Black Canary was in her mid-30s, Ollie in his late 20s, and Speedy in his mid-teens. The timeframe now is such that only seven years at the most separate Black Canary and Speedy in age, so even assuming Black Canary was exceptionally mature for her age, the "mother" moniker would be unlikely. Even more egregious is, of course, that if this occurred approximately ten years ago in continuity, she and Ollie would have been very early in their relationship, and more importantly, she'd have barely known Speedy, who had turned to drugs after an extended absence from Ollie.
*** The "fix" applied to Black Canary (circa 1980) was that she suddenly discovered that she was actually her own daughter, with false memories.
** This isn't even consistent among all writers. Brad Meltzer, for example, had Elongated Man muse that he'd been a hero for almost ''two'' decades in the opening pages of ''Comicbook/IdentityCrisis''.
** The maxi-series ''ComicBook/FiftyTwo'', which covered the "One Year Jump", was notable for being explicitly real time, with each of the 52 weekly issues covering the week since the last release.
*** Its weekly sequel, ''ComicBook/CountdownToFinalCrisis'', claimed to be real time early on, yet took place concurrently with the rest of the Comic-Book Time [[Franchise/TheDCU DCU]].
*** As of ''Adventure Comics'' #2, the time between ComicBook/{{Superboy}}'s death in ''Infinite Crisis'' and his return in ''Final Crisis'' (i.e. ''52'' + ''Countdown'') is said to be slightly over a year.
*** The confusion was caused by, of course, Countdown to Final Crisis. Because of DC's original stance that ''Countdown'' was going to be in real time like ''52'', Geoff Johns initially believed that ComicBook/FinalCrisis was going to occur "two years" after ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis (a panel in an early issue of ComicBook/BoosterGold stated "Week 104, The Final Crisis"). But since ''Countdown'' was shunted into "vague what-ever time" status... yeah. Or maybe Geoff doesn't know ''how'' long it's been since Infinite Crisis... no one can say.
** After ''ComicBook/TheDeathOfSuperman'', DC released an in-universe ''[[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed Newsweek]]'' equivalent that had, at one point, short quotes from various real and fictional people about Superman, his life, his death, etc. One was from Creator/WilliamShatner, describing how he wore a towel around his neck and jumped off his garage roof when he was six. This makes William Shatner roughly 16 in the DC universe.
** This trope is taken advantage of in the ''ComicBook/BatmanHush'' storyline, where a flashback has Bruce Wayne, age 8 or so (before his parents' murder), watching the original Franchise/GreenLantern fight a supervillain. Originally, both superheroes were active at the same time (Batman's even "older" in terms of publication history!), but because the issue of Comic-Book Time was handled differently for each of them, Green Lantern was active when Batman was a kid.
** Pre-Crisis, ComicBook/{{Superboy}}'s time-era was originally shown as being either vaguely defined or taking place at the time of publication (a 1952 story shows Lana Lang competing to become "Miss Smallville of 1952" for instance). Starting in the late 50s, the writers corrected this and set Superboy as taking place in TheThirties (before Superman's 1938 debut date in the comics). By the late 1960s, this was clearly becoming unfeasible, and Superboy was then placed firmly on a sliding timescale 13-15 years behind the present-day Superman, moving his time-era up to TheFifties and then [[TheSixties the late 1960s]] / [[TheSeventies the early 1970s]] by the time ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'' hit. This resulted in such things as the classic early 60s story "Superman's Mission For President Kennedy" being retold in the early 80s as "Super'''boy''''s Mission For President Kennedy."
*** [[http://www.hembeck.com/More/Datelinesuperjfk.htm This early 80s cartoon]] by Creator/FredHembeck pondered the situation of Superman ''and'' Superboy having met UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy (and posited that by the late 80s, it'd be Super''baby'' having met JFK).
* In the long-running comic strip ''ComicStrip/ThePhantom'', the hero married his girlfriend in 1977, following an on-and-off relationship that began in ''1936''; to look at the happy couple, you wouldn't think either of them had been ''born'' in 1936. Their eldest child, born in 1979, is still school-aged.
* Franchise/SpiderMan started superheroing in 1962 when he was 15, and as of 2014 he is 28.
* Pretty much everyone in ''Comicbook/FantasticFour'', but most especially Reed and Sue's son Franklin, who was born in 1968 and has yet to reach puberty. This is especially underscored by the original ''FF'' backstory, which had Reed and the team conducting a test flight of his experimental spaceship because they considered it urgent that America put humans into space before "the commies" (Sue's exact words). A late 90s ''FF'' annual by Karl Kesel and Stuart Immomen lampshaded this when the 616 Ben Grimm got transported to a parallel Earth where the Silver Age Marvel Universe had aged in real time. The Thing was ''horrified'' by the 1961 origin date of that world's FF, realizing it's likely his counterpart was a WWII veteran.
* ''Avengers: The Origin'' attempts to streamline the early Avengers stories into the vaguely recent past, where Rick Jones and the Teen Brigade are using flatscreen computers instead of ham radios.
* The comic ''Comicbook/SpiderGirl'' started in the late 1990s in a version of the Franchise/MarvelUniverse without Comic-Book Time; Franchise/SpiderMan was in his 40s, and had a daughter with Mary Jane, the titular Spider-Girl. Of course, after the book started, Comic-Book Time kicked in; it's been about ten years, and she's moved from a sophomore to a junior in that time. The 2008 MiniSeries ''[=GeNext=]'' does the same real-time gimmick and stars the kids and grandkids of the ComicBook/XMen. (Though in this case they're the grandkids specifically of the versions seen in the also AU ''X-Men: The End'')
* [[Comicbook/KittyPryde Kitty "Shadowcat" Pryde]] of the ''ComicBook/XMen'' was introduced during the '80s as a thirteen year old girl. CharacterDevelopment saw her grow from an inexperienced kid into a full member of the team, go through numerous names, develop as an electronic whiz, psychically learn a lifetime of ninja skills, become a founding member of the British based superhero team Excalibur, and work as an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.... Yet she takes a break from being a superhero to go to college full time.
** Special mention must go to how her first romantic relationship with team member Colossus was aborted due to the fairly wide gap in their ages. Twenty years of real time later, when Colossus comes BackFromTheDead (long story), Kitty has effectively aged to her early/mid twenties, while Colossus has apparently stayed the same age as always. The two resume and then consummate their relationship. It's greeted with the reaction of "About time" from Wolverine.
** The 1981 storyline ''Comicbook/DaysOfFuturePast'' depicts a BadFuture in 2013, where Kitty appears as a middle-aged woman. ''X-Men'' comics eventually reached 2013, and Kitty is decidedly not middle-aged.
** Variations of Kitty Pryde's lack of aging can be seen in the entire ''New Mutants'' generation of X-Men introduced in the 80s, who are maybe five years older than characters introduced nearly twenty years later.
** And at least Kitty eventually managed to reach her twenties (thanks mostly to Warren Ellis writing her into a relationship with the thirty-something Pete Wisdom). ComicBook/{{Jubilee}} was about fifteen when she was introduced in 1989 and has managed to age perhaps two years in the twenty years of real time that followed, at one point having her age given as ''thirteen'' without any sort of de-aging plotline involved. She may now be exempt from the aging issue since as of the "Curse Of the Mutants" arc, she is now a vampire and permanently 19.
*** Ellis' hands were tied with Kitty to a certain extent, especially in how much leeway he had to show the, shall we say, '''nature''' of her and Wisdom's relationship; he's said in Q & A's that he personally thought of her being nineteen or twenty, but that the Marvel bosses didn't want to age her ''too'' much. It was eventually addressed in, of all places, [[AllThereInTheManual an ''Excalibur'' letters page]], [[WordOfGod where the editors were of the opinion]] "Kitty's a mature girl in her late teens, and she and Wisdom are kind of like Han Solo and Princess Leia."
** Kitty's age somewhat broke the X-Continuity back in the early '80s. She was introduced in 1980 at the age of 13 1/2, and was described as being "not yet 15" in a 1983 issue. So far this is normal. Except at the same time, Creator/ChrisClaremont had tied his hands somewhat by explicitly pegging Jean Grey's death as occurring on September 1, 1980, and then doubling down by having characters refer to her death in terms that seem to imply a bit of real time progression (for instance, in another 1983 issue, Professor X talks of Jean's death as being "years ago", no doubt meaning ''three'' years ago). 13 1/2 to almost 15 is only 18 months at maximum, and probably less[[note]]meaning that the stories could only take place in very early 1982 at the latest[[/note]]. So either Kitty has a mutant power to stop aging, or Chris really should have left the actual date of Jean's passing vague.
* Domino had to be at least 40 when she was first introduced. Then ProgressivelyPrettier kicked in and she's actually aged backwards to the point where she's always drawn as a woman in her 30s. It's best to not think too hard on this and just accept it since Comic-Book Time is the only explanation there is.
* One of the more visible examples is the death of Jean Grey during Comicbook/TheDarkPhoenixSaga, where her tombstone gives her date of birth as ''1956''. This would have made her seven years old when she joined the X-Men in 1963.
* In a bizarre inversion of this trend, the Beast somehow went from a person who hadn't entered college yet (and might not even have been eighteen yet) in X-Men 66 (March 1970) to a person with a Ph.D. in Amazing Adventures 11 (March 1972). In other words, in only two years of ''real world'' time, enough time had somehow passed for him to go from being a high school grad to a doctor, somewhat like a comic-book case of SoapOperaRapidAgingSyndrome. They even mentioned he was having his 30th birthday in a few days/weeks' time in an early '90s of "Adjectiveless" X-Men.
** Another inversion happened with Professor Charles Xavier. In the very first X-Men story he states that he is a mutant because his parents worked on the first atom bomb. This would mean that he was born in the 1940s, in other words in 1963 he must have been in his very early 20s. Some time later, with the introduction of the Juggernaut, it is revealed that Charles and his step-brother had served in the Korean War together, which meant that in the mid-1960s they should both have been around 30. And in the early 1980s, when Creator/ChrisClaremont greatly elaborated the origins of Magneto and Charles Xavier, it was revealed that Charles is apparently roughly the same age or only insignificantly younger than Holocaust survivor ComicBook/{{Magneto}} (putting both of them into the mid-to-late 50s at the time these stories were written) and that he had fathered a son with another Holocaust survivor, Gabrielle Haller.
** ''ComicBook/AllNewXMen'' {{lampshade|Hanging}}s the use of Comic-Book Time. The original X-Men still dress and act as though they came from the 60s, but Iceman is shown to be a fan of Music/RunDMC
*** Young Cyclops is seen being baffled by stores selling bottled water, wondering what happened to our water supply, though we have had bottled water everywhere for decades now.
* [[Creator/BrianBendis The same writer]] did something similar with ''Comicbook/{{Alias}}''. The book was written in the early 2000's, but Comicbook/JessicaJones was retroactively established as having been one of Peter Parker's high school classmates during UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}}. Whenever we see flashbacks to her high school years, people dress and act like they did in the old 60's ''Amazing Spider-Man'' issues, despite the actual time frame likely being the 90's.
* Comicbook/ThePunisher averts this trope; his history has him as a Vietnam vet, and he has aged real-time. This makes him somewhat paradoxical in the Franchise/MarvelUniverse, since everybody else around him ages in Comic-Book Time. [[MST3KMantra It's best not to think about it too much]].
** There is a Frank who has aged in real time, that one is only [[Comicbook/ThePunisherMAX the MAX continuity]] (which branched off of the normal continuity at some point during the Marvel Knights run). That Frank is a Vietnam vet, whereas the traditional Frank (the one who [[Comicbook/ThePunisherPurgatory served Heaven]] and became Frankencastle and the like) varies depending on the author, much like any other character.
* {{Galactus}} of all people actually attempts to explain this in ''ComicBook/TheUltimates2015'', saying that the present moment actually does slide back and forth through time, with key events from the past orbiting around it.
* The Creator/AmericasBestComics universe averts this. In most of their books, the date is featured quite prominently. For those characters who have very long backstories, explanations are given (Example: Tesla Strong, daughter of hero ComicBook/TomStrong, was born in 1938, but as of the turn of the century was only in her late teens. This was explained by a childhood accident with the life-extending drug that allowed her parents to stay in their physical prime past their hundredth birthdays.) They even had the ''end of the world'' take place in 2004 -- and the dates given in subsequent comics are usually earlier than that.
* Ignored in ''ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}}'', in which John Constantine's birthday (10 May 1953) has remained static over the years and he has aged realistically, with issues being set on his 35th and 40th birthdays. Likewise, his niece has grown from a ten-year-old girl into an adult, and his friend's granddaughter has aged from a baby into a young girl. This does cause problems when he interacts with [[Franchise/TheDCU DCU]] characters, such as at [[Franchise/GreenLantern Hal Jordan's]] funeral or Green Arrow and Black Canary's wedding. There is also his relationship with DCU's ComicBook/{{Zatanna}} -- when their past dating history was established, he was only a couple of years older than her, but as he aged while Zatanna didn't, their relationship looks more and more problematic with each passing year.
** This is another reason why most Vertigo stories are not considered in-continuity with the regular DC Universe. See also ExiledFromContinuity.
** The ''ComicBook/{{New 52}}'' reboot attempts to fix this by establishing two entirely different John Constantines. The older Constantine in the ''Hellblazer'' series firmly exists outside the DCU, while a younger version exists alongside Zatanna on the ''Comicbook/JusticeLeagueDark''.
*** Though ''Hellblazer'' has since been cancelled and replaced by a new book called ''Constantine'', which features the younger version.
* Glaringly obvious in ''Franchise/{{Tintin}}''. The hero remains a "Boy Reporter" from the 1920s to the 1970s, while all around him the world is changing, as shown by advancing technology and various RippedFromTheHeadlines plots. Members of the cast who arrived after the story started are likewise frozen in time.
* Averted in ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd''. The story has a 1:1 time-passage rate. Dredd really is thirty years older now than he was in the late 70s. Even all his treatments and cyborg implants have their limits. Dredd facing his old age, watching long-time supporting cast retire, and training the new generation of Judges is a major theme now.
* Another exception: Virtually all comic book universes created by Creator/JimShooter. All stories that took place in ComicBook/TheNewUniverse, [[Creator/ValiantComics Valiant Universe]], Defiant Universe and Broadway Universe unfold in real time, and the characters aged accordingly. (unfortunately, only one of these got enough stories under its belt for this to have significant effects.)
* Yet another exception: in [[Creator/ImageComics Image's]] ''ComicBook/TheSavageDragon'', where events have progressed and characters have aged in realtime since the series was launched in 1992. Creator Erik Larsen has said this makes crossovers with series that have Comic-Book Time a brain-straining nightmare.
* ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'' actually subverts this for ''other'' series. When the Comicbook/NewAvengers did a guest spot, it was explicitly stated that ComicBook/{{Luke Cage|HeroForHire}} fought Tombstone as Power Man three years earlier, and Franchise/SpiderMan wore his black costume when Chase (who was nearing his eighteenth birthday) was in grade school. However, it plays it straight for its ''own'' timeline; the series has been running since 2003, and only Chase and Molly have had birthdays, but the references to years keep changing.
* ''ComicBook/{{Zot}}'' plays with this by making the alternate Earth that the hero hails from stuck at 1965. Characters from the "real" Earth notice this oddity.
* Completely inverted in ''Comicbook/{{Fables}}'' (possibly due to the characters being immortal). Some references to past events imply that, given the frequent timeskips in the storyline, events may be progressing ''twice as fast'' as real-time.
** One early arc had a character's recovery over a year happen in a single issue, yet some other story arcs will take place over as little time as a week. ''Fables'' seems to run on "whatever time is most convenient".
* One of the problems with the sliding timescale results in a variant of FadSuper Syndrome. In ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis'', ComicBook/BlackLightning claims that he chose his name because, at the time, there were very few black superheroes. Which was true enough in the [[{{Blaxploitation}} seventies]], but by this point, he had to have gotten his start in the nineties with the rest of the DC crew. In fifteen years or so, he'll have chosen the name Black Lightning sometime around ''now''.
* Interestingly, Creator/DonRosa and Creator/CarlBarks's WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck universe has a static timeframe. That is, [[ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse Scrooge McDuck]] was born in 1867, made his first dime in 1877, retired in 1942, met Donald in 1947, and died in 1967 at the age of 100 (because it's the last year Barks wrote its comics, and thus where Rosa puts an end to his universe). The stories take place in the late 40s and early 50s. All technological innovations get a HandWave as coming from the decades-ahead-of-the-times mind of Gyro Gearloose. Of course, under other authors, Comic-Book Time still applies.
** Not only does Rosa's timeline only apply to his own stories, it's also officially unacknowledged, and Rosa is forbidden from making specific references to this passage of time beyond subtle references and background details that will go unnoticed by most. The direct mentions of the years have only appeared in behind-the-scenes editorials in the trades reprinting his works, and the date of Scrooge's death only in a fanzine. Officially, the Donald universe operates in Comic-Book Time, and anything going against this is simply considered fan theories by the editors.
** Funny note here: due to the amount of stories produced per year, all by different countries, the Disney characters have actually had more Christmases, Halloweens, birthday, April Firsts, or whatever holidays more than actual years that have passed by. Donald has celebrated at least 200 Christmases.
** A Dutch comic written for Donald's [[MilestoneCelebration 80th anniversary]] indulges in some PostModernism to lampshade the trope: Donald goes to the Money Bin seeking what Scrooge describes as "that weird comic with your name", written by [[Creator/CarlBarks some guy in Oregon]] [[LiteraryAgentHypothesis based on the Ducks' adventures in exchange for a percentage]]. And then a physician starts taking Donald and the nephews' vital signs because he theorized that "you don't age because there are comics about you".
* So, which war/conflict was ComicBook/IronMan injured in again to get his chest plate?
** Rule of thumb for that: Whatever the big international crisis-point was 8 to 15 years ago (so currently it is generally regarded as the Middle East or Afghanistan).
* Much like Dick Grayson, many sidekicks (and young superheroes) during UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks aged visibly through the years while their mentors remained the same.
** Black Terror's sidekick, Tim/Kid Terror, was eleven years old during his debut in 1941. By 1944 or so, he was increasingly depicted as a teenager. He was shown attending high school until his last [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] appearance.
** Kitten, sidekick of the Cat-Man, was 11 at the time of her debut. She remained young for a while, but as years passed, artists started drawing her as a teenager more and more often (it wasn't terribly consistent) until they finally settled on a teenage look that lasted through last eight issues of ''Cat-Man Comics''.
*** And appears in 1990s AC comics as an adult woman, married to Cat-Man (who gets disapproving looks from female heroes), and still shorter than average. It should be pointed out that, somewhere down the line, AC Comics decided to retcon Kitten's origin, stating that she was already an adult when she and Cat-Man met.
** ComicBook/{{Airboy}}, young aviator hero who was 12 at the time of his 1942 debut, was one of the very rare early cases when a [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] comic book character that aged close to real time. He managed to last until 1953, so readers saw him growing up into a 20-something adult throughout the course of his run.
* Averted in John Byrne's ''ComicBook/SupermanAndBatmanGenerations'' series, which operated under the premise of "what if comic books followed real time from the beginning." Kal-El and Bruce Wayne make their heroic debuts in the 1930s, as in real life, but then proceed to age and have families, with their children taking up their respective heroic legacies. Eventually, the heroic lineage intersects when Kara Kent (Supergirl) and Bruce Wayne Jr. (Robin II/Batman III) are married.
* ComicBook/TheInvaders, a Marvel UsefulNotes/WorldWarII-era superteam, were touched by Comic-Book Time in an unusual way. Some of them, like Spitfire, aged in real time (only to be aged down again later), others were ageless (Human Torch was an android while Namor ages much slower than humans), others frozen (Captain America and Bucky), and a handful were just left to reach old age (Toro). However, look up how long Captain America was frozen for, and you'll find that the value has changed repeatedly, of course.
* Averted in ''ComicBook/AstroCity'', where characters age in real time. However, any given story may be set in any time period, meaning that characters may still be used for how many stories their creator desires..
* The Comicbook/{{Blackhawk}}s, since their series continued without interruption until 1968, following a sliding timescale up until the 1970s, in which they operated as mercenaries in then modern times. Most subsequent revival published since the 1970s have appeared as period pieces set in the 1940s to the Vietnam War at the latest. ''Birds of Prey #75'' revealed that almost all of the original Blackhawks have died.
* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in Creator/NeilGaiman's ''ComicBook/TheSandman''. During the Wake, we see Clark Kent, Franchise/{{Batman}}, and J'onn J'onzz discussing their dreams. Clark mentions that he has a recurring dream where he gets infected with a virus that forces him to only move one direction through time.
* Top Cow Universe seems to be heading in that direction. Originally, it stayed fairly close to real time. In the 2003 universe handbook (published on the tenth anniversary of the line's debut), most characters are given concrete, real-time birthdays and chronological references to past events that worked perfectly well if you assumed that their stories took place during the year they were published. In more recent stories, writers seemed to be backing away from that. While they do acknowledge that the characters have been around for a couple of years, they carefully avoid giving any exact dates. It's probably just as well - if the above-mentioned birthdays were still canon, the current Witchblade would have turned forty in 2010.
* Doctor Yuriko Takiguchi, a Creaor/MarvelComics character that originally appeared in Franchise/{{Godzilla}} comic, is an interesting exception. When he originally appeared, he was already a middle-aged man. When he reappeared in the ''Uncanny X-Men'', he aged quite visibly, which would make sense of one was to assume that in Marvel continuity, Godzilla comics took place in the same time as they were printed (mid 1970s). The thing is, though, Godzilla comics took place in then-contemporary Marvel Universe, and many characters that age in Comic-Book Time appeared in supporting roles. It's probably best not to think about it too much.
* ''ComicBook/{{Invincible}}'' made a solid effort to avoid this, but realities of the genre (the whole "six months to publish one day's adventures" thing) and ScheduleSlip have been hobbling it. So, on the one hand, the entire cast has visibly aged since the series started, and Mark started out as a high school senior and has graduated high school, gone to college for a while, dropped out, and gotten a job. On the other hand, it took him eight years to do all that. On the ''other'' other hand, the most recent arc (the Viltrumite War) has gone into accelerated time, with one issue taking place over the span of many, many months, so it's catching up a bit.
* Someone mentioned that Franchise/WonderWoman "has lived among us for nearly a decade" in a comic from 2003, nearly ''six'' decades after Wonder Woman's real world debut.
* Subverted with the ''Comicbook/YoungAvengers'', while the original artist Jim Cheung always [[ArtisticAge drew the team as teenagers]], the kids actually aged as the series continued. They started as 15-16 years old, by the time of [[ComicBook/TheChildrensCrusade The Children's Crusade]] they are in their 16-17 and new writer Kieron Gillen acknowledged in his formspring that the ages of the members in the new team (bar Kid Loki) are between 17-19, putting the original members in the 17-18 age (since Kate, Noh-Varr and America Chavez are acknowledged as the older ones in the team, the first two being stated as 21).
** Kieron Gillen has mentioned that the passage of time is actually relevant. He compared the original series to high school, and the relaunch to post-graduation.
** Clearly, though, Gillen and Hawkeye writer [[Creator/MattFraction Matt Fraction]] didn't do as much discussion of Kate's age as Gillen claimed, as Kate is said to be "a teenager" and "old enough to be your [some businessmen's] daughter's younger, cooler, and a little more worldly best friend", both of which are from issues that came out almost a year after Kate was stated to be turning 21, so she seems to be stuck in comic book time a little.
** That said, the ''characters'' themselves are a massive ContinuitySnarl when it comes to their ages. [[Comicbook/TheKreeSkrullWar If Teddy was conceived during Captain Mar-Vell's brief time together with Princess Anelle]], then he could have been born no later than 1973 unless Skrulls have a ''much'' longer gestation period. Regardless, Anelle was killed when Galactus devoured the Skrull throneworld in 1983. Meanwhile, his boyfriend Billy was born for the ''first'' time in 1986, and "died" in 1989. Allowing for some time spent dead and then experiencing {{Reincarnation}}, being born into a new biological family and growing into his teens so as to match Teddy's age when ''Young Avengers'' launched requires that SoapOperaRapidAgingSyndrome be added to the mix for both Billy and his twin Tommy.
** [[http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/2015/07/23/abandoned-love-the-death-and-life-of-cassie-lang-ant-mans-daughter/ As noted here]], Stature is a weird inversion of this, basically suffering from the comic book version of SoapOperaRapidAgingSyndrome. Cassie Lang was explicitly stated to be 14 years old when she first joined the team ([[ArtisticAge even though she usually looks much older]] DependingOnTheArtist), but in her last few chronological appearances before the series started, she looked significantly younger. She somehow aged several years in the year or two (real world time) between Creator/GeoffJohns' ''Avengers'' run and the start of ''Young Avengers'', with no explanation given.
* ''Comicbook/TheDefenders'' actually offered an in-universe explanation. A race of {{Sufficiently Advanced Alien}}s called the Omega [[MetaOrigin manipulated the events leading to the creation of Earth's various superheroes]], and it is heavily implied that they manipulate time as well to keep them ready to defend reality. The Comicbook/SilverSurfer flat-out says "They make time move differently for us."
* Sort of used in Creator/{{Marvel|Comics}}'s ''[[ComicBook/TheTransformers Transformers Generation 1]]'' comics. The Transformers on the ''Ark'' awakened in 1984, and that date remained consistent for the entire run; thus, in issued printed in 1989, a couple of characters mention having been active for five years. Also, Simon Furman's future stories always take place exactly 20 years after the mainline stories; thus, the future segments of "Target: 2006" take place in 2006, while those of "Time Wars" take place in 2008. However, Buster and Jessie never seem to advance through high school, nor does Spike graduate from college. (Granted, these are very minor quibbles, but it's still noticeable).
* Comicbook/PowerPack are a particularly bizarre example. They started out as a group of kid heroes, all aged 8-11. Two of them remained kids, while Alex Power appeared to be about 18 in Fantastic Four, and Julie Power seemed like she was in her mid-twenties when she showed up in Runaways and The Loners. As a crowning absurdity, the Power Pack got a series of mini-series with the kids promptly brought back to their original ages.
** These minis were later declared non-canon, and when Julie eventually joined the ''ComicBook/AvengersAcademy'', she once again looked to be in her late teens.
** Meanwhile, her older brother Alex has become a member of the [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Future Foundation]], but now appears to be about five years younger than her.
** Power Pack also further complicates Franklin Richards. As a sometime member of that team (as Tattletale), he wasn't too much younger than the kids. Now compare his age today with that of Julie and Alex.
* On the subject of Batman, [[http://www.shortpacked.com/2007/comic/book-5/06-flashbacked/thefirstmovie/ this]] Shortpacked explores some of the consequences of Comic-Book Time.
* A short-term example happened for Comicbook/{{Daredevil}} during the ''ComicBook/{{Inferno}}'' CrisisCrossover: He gets beat up by an assembled gang of his enemies and dropped in a ditch during a Fourth of July parade. He gets out of that ditch and vaguely healthy again just in time for the Christmas issue, implicitly no more than a week or two later.
** Daredevil has run into this with the [[Series/Daredevil2015 2015 Netflix series]]. Critics have noted that the crime and gang-infested Hell's Kitchen presented in ''Daredevil'' made sense at the time that the storylines being adapted were written (in the 1960s-1980s), but nowadays Hell's Kitchen has long since gentrified and New York in general has far less crime.
* This gets ''really'' weird in the adventures of ''ComicBooks/DouweDabbert''. When Douwe is first introduced, he is a very old although surprisingly spry man. None of his adventures are explicitly dated and we are never told how much time passes between his adventures. Then, in one of his very last stories, he is reunited with Thorm, a character he met in his second adventure, and explicitly says that it has been twenty-two years since they last saw one another. This is possibly {{lampshade|Hanging}}d when he returns Thorm to the animal kingdom at the end of the story and remarks to the other animals that they haven't changed a bit. But wait, it gets stranger! Duting his travels, Douwe befriends a family of wizards, who recur throughout his adventures. The wizards are established to age very slowly. Pief, who looks and acts like a ten-year old boy, is ReallySevenHundredYearsOld. But it is Pief who grows up during those twenty-two years. Compare his first appearance to his last and you will note that Pief now looks more like a teenager and acts much more maturely. All this while Douwe himself shows no signs of aging. (Although it is revealed in one of the stories that he has some wizard blood, so that might go part of the way...)
* ''ComicStrip/DennisTheMenaceUK'': Dennis has been about 10 years old since he first appeared back in 1951. It's "about", because his physical appearance has changed repeatedly, getting sometimes taller and stockier like a teen, and sometimes smaller and more round-faced like a younger boy of 6 or 7 or so. However back in 1998, his mother got pregnant, carried a baby to term (his sister Bea), and little Bea was for several years a 2-year-old (and friends with 4yo pre-schooler Ivy the Terrible), while nobody else has aged one iota. Bea was retconned back to a baby when the 2009 CBBC cartoon started and the comic adopted its art style and continuity.
* The ''Franchise/ArchieComics'' main characters have been in high school for over sixty years. Someone once wrote in to the ''Archie'' letters column demanding an explanation for this, theorizing that the characters must be really, really dumb if they can't graduate. Reggie Mantle (yes, the character) responded by explaining that he and the other characters had simply [[CursedWithAwesome been stuck with eternal youth]]. ''ComicBook/LifeWithArchieTheMarriedLife'' was made to show what life would be like if Archie and his friends actually aged for once.
* ''ComicBook/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'' has been a teenage witch for fifty years. The ''ComicBook/ChillingAdventuresOfSabrina'' reboot averts this by having it firmly take place in TheSixties.
* Cherry from ''ComicBook/CherryComics'' has always "just turned 18".
* COMPLETELY averted with the modern day stories in Creator/ValiantComics which had almost every single story set in the month it was published (the only exceptions being multi-issue stories which would take place somewhere in that time frame as well).
* Justifiably averted for Comicbook/DoctorStrange, who met Death as part of his trials to become Sorcerer Supreme: the encounter locked him in the age he was when it happened (his mid-forties), where [[TheAgeless he has remained ever since]]. According to the ''Marvel: The Lost Generation'' miniseries, Doctor Strange's origin really ''did'' happen in the Sixties, and perhaps even earlier.
* ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'' and the other villagers have been the same age since their publication. This was lampshaded in ''The Golden Book'', in which Uderzo decides to show what the Gaulish Village would look like if it really ''had'' aged 50 years.
* ''Comicbook/{{Powers}}'' rarely gives measurements of time passing. Walker and Pilgrim rarely look any different throughout the first volume, and except for Walker's retirement and Pilgrim's medical leave, there are no firm lengths of time given. Then by issue #1 of volume 2(the Legends arc), readers once again meet Callista, the little girl he helped rescue way back in issue #1. Turns out she's now working in a record store, and she states that it's been six years since she met Walker.
* ''Comicbook/CaptainAmerica'' is a bizarre example. He is inextricably tied to UsefulNotes/WorldWarII (attempts to extricate him to the 1950s Red Scare failed dismally), so he became a HumanPopsicle in about 1945. He was unfrozen... about a decade ago, maybe? Steve was originally thawed in the 1960s, a mere 20 years after he was frozen, so not ''everyone'' he knew was dead (just middle-aged, while he was still barely 25) and he was around to experience things like UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar, The Civil Rights Movement, Watergate, and so forth. Writers have mined a lot of material out of having a FishOutOfTemporalWater like Cap react to current events, but thanks to Comic-Book Time, the length of time he spends frozen keeps on growing, and the historical events he's witnessed or reacted to as they occurred have to keep being retconned. The most recent retelling of his origin, ''Captain America: Man Out of Time'', has him coming back (presumably early) in UsefulNotes/BarackObama's presidency. Keep in mind, one of his more memorable storylines, where he renounces the identity of "Captain America," involved him becoming disillusioned with someone who is heavily implied to be UsefulNotes/RichardNixon. In modern continuity, Steve was frozen for ''seventy'' years, and missed all that, and the implied Nixon lost that implication.
* In Creator/{{Christopher Priest|Comics}}'s ''Comicbook/BlackPanther'' run, it was shown that Captain America fought alongside T'Chaka, T'Challa's father, during World War 2. As the years went on, the initial meeting had to be {{Retcon}}ned so that the past Black Panther Cap had teamed up with was actually Azzari the Wise, T'Challa's ''grandfather''.
* Comicbook/BlackWidow was {{retcon}}ned into possessing slowed-aging because of this trope. It was getting increasingly harder to believe a youthful woman like her was a veteran of the UsefulNotes/ColdWar, so the writers decided to get around this by effectively giving her [[OlderThanTheyLook eternal (or at least longer-lasting) youth]].
* The first arc of the ComicBook/{{New 52}} ''Franchise/{{Justice League|OfAmerica}}'' title occurred five years ago, after which the title is set in the present day - but in the first issue after it, none of the subplots or characterisations appear to have changed at all despite '''five years''' elapsing between issues.
* ''ComicBook/BuckDanny'' is perhaps the most glaring example in FrancoBelgianComics: the main trio joined the Air Force in 1941 and haven't aged a day since. The only change is in rank, though Buck is stuck at colonel (any higher and he wouldn't be able to fly).
* Most shared universes, particularly of the superhero variety, tend to use Comic-Book Time, but there was one notable aversion to this trope with the ''Wildstorm'' universe, which (more or less) appeared to progress in real time. At least ever since Jenny Sparks died on panel at the end of the 20th century, which occurred at the end of 1999 in both real life and the WSU. Her successor, Jenny Quantum, was a baby one year later, was 3 years old in 2003, etc. until 2007 when 7 year old Jenny artificially aged herself to a teenager. But during those 7 years, and most likely after though we couldn't use Jenny as a gauge anymore, the universe as a whole advanced in real time.
* ComicBook/JimmyOlsen is a unique case in the Superman cast. While most of the supporting characters are old enough that aging or deaging a few years doesn't noticeably affect how they look or their station in life, Jimmy ages between his mid to late teens where he's a "cub photographer" into his early 20s where he's usually a novice reporter and then snaps back into his late teens and being a photographer multiple times over the decades.
* A somewhat similar thing happened to ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}. When she first appeared in 1959 she was explicitly 15 and aged at a slightly slower than real time rate throughout the Silver Age. She graduated high school in 1965 and graduated college in 1971, after which she became more or less 'fixed' as a young adult woman in her early 20s... until the start of the 1980s when she was inexplicably de-aged to about 19 so she could star in a college setting again.
* In ''{{ComicBook/WITCH}}'', none of the characters (save for Will's brother, who started as newborn, then became a toddler) ever aged - the main team were still in 8th-9th grade after the comic had run for over a decade. Especially odd because we see them celebrating seasonal holidays on several occasions, implying at least some years have passed.
* Ah, the infamous 9/11 VerySpecialEpisode of ''ComicBook/SpiderMan''. The writers wanted it to be an out-of-continuity stand-alone issue, but Marvel's editors insisted on it being part of an ongoing book. ''Amazing Spider-Man'' #36 (from late 2001/early 2002 -- not the one from the 60s) got the honors. Ignoring the myriad FridgeLogic issues of 9/11 even ''happening'' in the Marvel Universe, tying this issue to a definitive, specific moment in history means this almost certainly isn't in continuity anymore. As of now, Spider-Man was in high school (and maybe hadn't even received his powers yet) in 2001. That famous picture of Captain America saluting in front of the smoking ruins of the towers? Cap didn't get thawed out until the Obama administration. One understands the noble reasons why this issue was written, but trying to wedge it into the already confused timeline of Marvel Comics makes it stick out like a sore thumb.
* ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures makes a solid effort to avoid it, as the time seems to pass as much for them as for us: in "Phase Two" Two mentions that has been two years since his last fight with One, and in "Under a New Sun" Paperinik recalls that he first met Xadhoom "a few years ago".
* Marvel's ''Legion of Monsters'' vol. 2 by Dennis Hopeless and Juan Doe decides to forgo this and say ComicBook/{{Morbius}} the Living Vampire had been a vampire for ''years'' in 1973, even though he was only introduced a year and a half before that (in October 1971). If he was somewhere in his thirties when he was introduced, this means he should be at least in his seventies by 2014. However, Max Modell, a normal human man who was one of Morbius' old friends from college and should therefore be roughly the same age, looks to be somewhere in his 40s. Another comic introduces one of Morbius' old teachers, who looks to be about 50-60. Moreover, not only does it remove Morbius himself from Marvel's sliding timescale, but also everyone he met prior to that point, including [[Franchise/SpiderMan Peter Parker]], Curt Connors, and various ComicBook/XMen. If Morbius ran into them all at some point before 1973 it means they all should have aged at least 40 years as well, but--of course--they haven't. And the only way to explain the "fact" that Morbius had been a vampire for years come 1973 is saying he must've become a vampire somewhere in the 1960s, which only serves to further enhance the problem.
* The central conceit of ''Comicboook/MarvelOneHundredthAnniversarySpecial'', a series of one-shots published in 2014, supposedly from 2061. While normally TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture comics feature successors to the current heroes, these ones take the view that in the comics Marvel ''actually'' publish a half-century from now, most characters will be basically the same age they are now.
* The 75th anniversary magazine Marvel put out contained a short story showing the first flight of the Comicbook/FantasticFour, which marked the beginning of the MarvelUniverse. A young [[Comicbook/MsMarvel2014 Kamala Khan]] is shown playing with her toys as the rocket launches, providing a very poignant connection between the start of the Marvel Universe and its present day status. However, some pointed out that if taken literally, the story would seem to imply that the entire history of the Marvel Universe has occurred within 10-13 years or so.
* The ''Comicbook/MightyAvengers'' ''Comicbook/OriginalSin'' crossover is a 1970s flashback based on the idea that in the current timeline, the Marvel Universe's {{Blaxploitation}} character was Comicbook/{{Luke Cage|HeroForHire}}'s dad.
* This was used as a weapon of sorts in ''ComicBook/SpiderVerse''. BigBad Morlun waltzes into the [[ComicStrip/SpiderMan Spider-Man Newspaper Strips]] universe, ready to snack on the Peter Parker of that universe. However, as Peter and Mary Jane act strangely, Peter repeating himself over and over, Morlun's left utterly flummoxed at this before realizing what's going on, that time flows differently in this universe and that it might be weeks, even ''months'' before he can actually eat Peter! [[spoiler:The Master Weaver uses it spirit Morlun away and hide the universe in a pocket dimension, claiming that the world was temporally unstable.]] Morlun buys it without a second thought, just too disturbed by the changes.
* In ''Comicbook/TheSimpsons'' universe, ''Comicbook/RadioactiveMan'' was first published in 1952, and a later {{retcon}} established that Claude had been active in the 40s as Radio Man. The characters are all well aware of this, and Radioactive Man himself thinks it's odd that he's known Bug Boy for 30 years yet BB is still 12 years old. Bug Boy actually has some elaborate theories as to how this happens, based on superheroes distorting time in some way.
* Creator/JossWhedon's run on ''ComicBook/AstonishingXMen'' got badly out of sync with the rest of the Marvel Universe due to its heavy [[DecompressedComic Decompression]] and ScheduleSlip. For how bad things got, during the second arc, Charles Xavier and Magneto are hanging out on the wrecked island of Genosha (so prior to the ''House of M'' event), but by the final issue Spider-Man is making jokes about ''Civil War'' having happened. The events within the comic happen over a couple of weeks at most.
* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in the ''Worst X-Man Ever'' mini-series, which takes place on an alternate but still quite similar version of the Marvel Universe. The final issue reveals that Miranda has been using her RealityWarper abilities to "revise" the Marvel Universe for decades, making sure that the heroes never grow old or die for real. She states that (among other things) she's the reason Tony Stark has been in his 30's since 1963, as well as the reason why the X-Men have been constantly reinvented since the Silver Age.
* Played straight in ComicBook/{{Youngblood}}. The series started around the time of UsefulNotes/TheGulfWar and reflected that. But in a more recent issue, longtime member Vogue mentioned admiring Creator/PamelaAnderson, Creator/JennyMcCarthy, and Creator/ParisHilton as a child.
* Averted by IDW's [[ComicBook/TransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye Transformers]] [[ComicBook/TransformersRobotsInDisguise books]]. Lines by previous writer Simon Furman and the fact that the series exists in it's own universe allowed writers James Roberts and John Barber to create a fairly tight chronology for the setting (ex. Soundwave arrives on Earth in 1984, is found by Skywatch in 1985, and finally reenters the story in 2006; all of this is repeatedly and explicitly stated as canon regardless of time passage). Some events occur differently than they did in real life (Mt. Saint Helens erupts four years later, Occupy Wall Street occurred in 2007, etc.), but rather than being errors, they make clear that this is a AlternateTimeline where many things happened differently. It greatly helps that Transformers, being robots, don't age like humans do and can live for [[TimeAbyss millions of years]] naturally, so the writers don't have to worry about aging most of the cast too much; as one character remarks, a full human lifetime is equivalent (barely) to a month or so by Transformer age standards.
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* Justifiably averted for Comicbook/DoctorStrange, who met Death as part of his trials to become Sorcerer Supreme: the encounter locked him in the age he was when it happened (his mid-forties), where [[TheAgeless he has remained ever since]].


* Justifiably averted for Comicbook/DoctorStrange, who met Death as part of his trials to become Sorcerer Supreme: the encounter locked him in the age he was when it happened (his mid-forties), where [[TheAgeless he has remained ever since]]. According to the ''Marvel: The Lost Generation'' miniseries, Doctor Strange's origin really ''did'' happen in the Sixties, and perhaps even earlier.
2nd Sep '16 7:36:23 AM comicwriter
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* Lampshaded in an extra in ''Manga/KaseSan'' Vol. 3. The author notes how much technology has changed in the real world during the five years the manga has been going on (even though significant less time has passed in-universe), and shows a scene of Yamada being shocked to discover that all her friends suddenly have [=iPhone=]s instead of flip phones.


* Lampshaded in an extra in ''Manga/KaseSan'' Vol. 3. The 3, where the author notes how much technology has changed in the real world during the five years the manga has been going on (even though significant significantly less time has passed in-universe), and shows in-universe). It then cuts to a scene of Yamada being shocked to discover that all her friends suddenly have [=iPhone=]s instead of flip phones.
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* Lampshaded in an extra in ''Manga/KaseSan'' Vol. 3. The author notes how much technology has changed in the real world during the five years the manga has been going on (even though significant less time has passed in-universe), and shows a scene of Yamada being shocked to discover that all her friends suddenly have [=iPhone=]s instead of flip phones.
29th Aug '16 9:23:58 AM dsneybuf
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* Characters aged similarly in Creator/JudyBlume's ''Literature/{{Fudge}}'' books, though later editions of ''Superfudge'' changed a few details to catch up with the times: Fudge watches Creator/CartoonNetwork instead of ''Series/TheElectricCompany'', and Peter asks for a laptop instead of a pocket calculator for Christmas.


* Characters aged similarly in Creator/JudyBlume's ''Literature/{{Fudge}}'' books, though later editions of ''Superfudge'' changed a few details to catch up with the times: Fudge watches Creator/CartoonNetwork instead of ''Series/TheElectricCompany'', ''Series/TheElectricCompany1971'', and Peter asks for a laptop instead of a pocket calculator for Christmas.
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* ''WebAnimation/TheMostPopularGirlsInSchool'': In an example of WebcomicTime, Seasons 1 through 4 take place over a single school year (less, as the series began with the year already in progress) but were produced over the course of four calendar years. What makes it also qualify as ComicBookTime is that whenever a character mentions the current year, they say the current ''RealLife'' year, meaning it went from 2012 to 2015 during that single InUniverse year.



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