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18th Sep '16 4:28:41 AM narm00
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** ''ComicBook/GothamCitySirens'' has two cases of continuity porn, so far. When SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker attacks the three 'reformed' villains he uses the phrase "Atomic batteries to power, turbines to speed," when powering up his super blimp in an obvious throwback to [[Series/{{Batman}} the Adam West series]]. Later it turns out to be a fake Joker who was really Gaggy, a circus midget who was one of Joker's first sidekicks who first appeared in 1966! Talk about a throwback.
** In pre-ComicBook/{{Crisis|on Infinite Earths}} [[UsefulNotes/TheBronzeAgeOfComicBooks Bronze Age]] ''{{Superman}}'' comics, [[Creator/DCComics DC's]] guy in charge of Superman continuity was PromotedFanboy E. Nelson Bridwell. Bridwell adored the minutia of the Superman mythos, and whenever he personally penned a story, it was chock full of [[ContinuityNod Continuity Nods]], often to obscure [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] stuff. In stories ''focusing'' on the history of the character and his world (such as the original, pre-Crisis ''Krypton Chronicles'' and ''World of Krypton'' miniseries), this worked very well, but in stories that were set in the present day, the constant references did sometimes feel intrusive.
** ''[[JusticeLeagueOfAmerica JLA]]: Year One'' and ''JLA: Incarnations'' were both written to show how the Justice League's history "really" happened in the ComicBook/PostCrisis universe. It helped that both focused on the characters' personalities and interactions rather than harping on minutae, however.

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** ''ComicBook/GothamCitySirens'' has two cases of continuity porn, so far. porn. When SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker ComicBook/TheJoker attacks the three 'reformed' villains he uses the phrase "Atomic batteries to power, turbines to speed," when powering up his super blimp in an obvious throwback to [[Series/{{Batman}} the Adam West series]]. Later it turns out to be a fake Joker who was really Gaggy, a circus midget who was one of Joker's first sidekicks who first appeared in 1966! Talk about a throwback.
** In pre-ComicBook/{{Crisis|on Infinite Earths}} [[UsefulNotes/TheBronzeAgeOfComicBooks Bronze Age]] ''{{Superman}}'' ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' comics, [[Creator/DCComics DC's]] guy in charge of Superman continuity was PromotedFanboy E. Nelson Bridwell. Bridwell adored the minutia of the Superman mythos, and whenever he personally penned a story, it was chock full of [[ContinuityNod Continuity Nods]], often to obscure [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] stuff. In stories ''focusing'' on the history of the character and his world (such as the original, pre-Crisis ''Krypton Chronicles'' and ''World of Krypton'' miniseries), this worked very well, but in stories that were set in the present day, the constant references did sometimes feel intrusive.
** ''[[JusticeLeagueOfAmerica ''[[Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica JLA]]: Year One'' and ''JLA: Incarnations'' were both written to show how the Justice League's history "really" happened in the ComicBook/PostCrisis universe. It helped that both focused on the characters' personalities and interactions rather than harping on minutae, however.



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*** ''ComicBook/AvengersForever'' is probably Busiek's most Continuity Pornastic piece of writing. Among other things, it explains how almost every major event in the history of the Avengers - and the histories of the Avengers in every parallel universe - was either caused by Immortus or cleaned up by him afterwards [[ThePlan to save the human race from the Time Keepers]]. It also spent an entire issue detailing the history of sometime BigBad Kang the Conquerer. However, because time travel is an important part of the series, and because the story is generally good, it usually manages to get away with it.

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*** ''ComicBook/AvengersForever'' is probably Busiek's most Continuity Pornastic piece of writing. Among other things, it explains how almost every major event in the history of the Avengers - and the histories of the Avengers in every parallel universe - was either caused by Immortus or cleaned up by him afterwards [[ThePlan to save the human race from the Time Keepers]]. It also spent an entire issue detailing the history of sometime BigBad Kang the Conquerer.Conqueror. However, because time travel is an important part of the series, and because the story is generally good, it usually manages to get away with it.



*** An earlier example of Creator/KurtBusiek, before with ''ComicBook/{{Marvels}}'', a four-issue mini-series that managed to encapsulate the entire early history of Marvel Comics (from World War II to the Death of Gwen Stacy) and present it from a street-level point of view, showing how an average man sees the Marvel Universe.
** Creator/{{Christopher Priest|Comics}}'s ''Comicbook/BlackPanther'' run was basically a celebration of the characters entire published history up to that point, with Priest making sure to incorporate something from pretty much every previous take on the character, even the stuff that wasn't well regarded (such as JackKirby's run). Priest has said that in hindsight, this was probably part of the reason why [[AcclaimedFlop it didn't sell very well despite being critically acclaimed]].
** Marvel pulled one of these with ''ComicBook/SecretInvasion''. Character derailment you say? ''Alien mole!'' [[WolverinePublicity Too many of one guy]] to make sense in universe? ''Alien double!'' Character death of your favorite minor character, even though it was a powerful move and strongly affected the rest of the characters? ''Alien doppelganger!''

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*** An earlier example of Creator/KurtBusiek, before with Creator/KurtBusiek was ''ComicBook/{{Marvels}}'', a four-issue mini-series that managed to encapsulate the entire early history of Marvel Comics (from World War II to the Death of Gwen Stacy) and present it from a street-level point of view, showing how an average man sees the Marvel Universe.
** Creator/{{Christopher Priest|Comics}}'s ''Comicbook/BlackPanther'' run was basically a celebration of the characters character's entire published history up to that point, with Priest making sure to incorporate something from pretty much every previous take on the character, even the stuff that wasn't well regarded (such as JackKirby's Creator/JackKirby's run). Priest has said that in hindsight, this was probably part of the reason why [[AcclaimedFlop it didn't sell very well despite being critically acclaimed]].
** Marvel pulled one of these with ''ComicBook/SecretInvasion''. Character derailment derailment, you say? ''Alien mole!'' [[WolverinePublicity Too many of one guy]] to make sense in universe? ''Alien double!'' Character death of your favorite minor character, even though it was a powerful move and strongly affected the rest of the characters? ''Alien doppelganger!''



** ''ComicBook/EarthX'' and it's two sequel series Universe X and Paradise X are intentional works of pure continuity porn. Set TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture (from the year 1999), the story explains, combines, and wraps up every continuity snarl, dangling plot-thread, and unexplained coincidence the writers could lay their hands on, including characters, dimensions, and devices no one's written about for decades. Fortunately, each series also features InteractiveNarrator characters to keep the readers on top of what they absolutely need to know for the plot, but it's still very likely you'll to spend more time reading ThisWiki or TheOtherWiki than the books themselves.

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** ''ComicBook/EarthX'' and it's its two sequel series Universe X and Paradise X are intentional works of pure continuity porn. Set TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture (from the year 1999), the story explains, combines, and wraps up every continuity snarl, dangling plot-thread, and unexplained coincidence the writers could lay their hands on, including characters, dimensions, and devices no one's written about for decades. Fortunately, each series also features InteractiveNarrator characters to keep the readers on top of what they absolutely need to know for the plot, but it's still very likely you'll to spend more time reading ThisWiki or TheOtherWiki than the books themselves.



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** Gary Russell loves continuity porrn as much as Hinton did. The Twelfth Doctor novel ''Big Bang Generation'' (which features Literature/BerniceSummerfield and her friends, and therefore contains a huge chunk of Big Finish continuity anyway) refers to the [[Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures Pakhar BurrowWorld]], River Song and [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E1TheImpossibleAstronaut the Stormcage Containment Facility]], the [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E8LetsKillHitler Generational]] [[Literature/ContinuityErrors Professor Candy]] family, and [[Franchise/IrisWildthyme the Obverse]]. As well as outside references to Andrew Pixley's ''[[Magazine/DoctorWhoMagazine DWM]] Archive'' (as "the Repository Banks of Pixlie") and the ''Doctor Who'' collector cards that came with Sky Ray ice lollies. In the ''first chapter''. It calms down a bit after that.

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** Gary Russell loves continuity porrn as much as Hinton did. The Twelfth Doctor novel ''Big Bang Generation'' (which features Literature/BerniceSummerfield and her friends, and therefore contains a huge chunk of Big Finish continuity anyway) refers to the [[Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures Pakhar BurrowWorld]], River Song and [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E1TheImpossibleAstronaut the Stormcage Containment Facility]], the [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E8LetsKillHitler Generational]] generational]] [[Literature/ContinuityErrors Professor Candy]] family, and [[Franchise/IrisWildthyme the Obverse]]. As well as outside references to Andrew Pixley's ''[[Magazine/DoctorWhoMagazine DWM]] Archive'' (as "the Repository Banks of Pixlie") and the ''Doctor Who'' collector cards that came with Sky Ray ice lollies. In the ''first chapter''. It calms down a bit after that.



** PeterDavid is in love with this trope in his novels, most specifically ''StarTrekNewFrontier''. Up to and including implying that [[spoiler:NumberOne and Nurse Chapel were the same person]], and explaining why the voice of Federation starships universally sounds like Majel Barrett Roddenberry. [[spoiler:Number One, aka Captain Pike's XO, was a computer expert and programmed the voices.]]

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** PeterDavid Creator/PeterDavid is in love with this trope in his novels, most specifically ''StarTrekNewFrontier''. Up to and including implying that [[spoiler:NumberOne and Nurse Chapel were the same person]], and explaining why the voice of Federation starships universally sounds like Majel Barrett Roddenberry. [[spoiler:Number One, aka Captain Pike's XO, was a computer expert and programmed the voices.]]



** Some pinpoint the first major FanWank moment in the Classic series as being the Fifth Doctor's post-regeneration trauma causing him to go through impressions of all four previous Doctors in "Castrovalva". There's a similar, more compressed moment in "The Mysterious Planet" when the Sixth Doctor, after being knocked out, reverts to the Fourth Doctor's personality for a little while until snapping out of it. Most recently, a Cyberman duplicate of the Eleventh Doctor glitched out and began acting like the Second, Third and Fourth Doctors before snapping out of it.

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** Some pinpoint the first major FanWank moment in the Classic series as being the Fifth Doctor's post-regeneration trauma causing him to go through impressions of all four previous Doctors in "Castrovalva". There's a similar, more compressed moment in "The Mysterious Planet" when the Sixth Doctor, after being knocked out, reverts to the Fourth Doctor's personality for a little while until snapping out of it. Most More recently, a Cyberman duplicate of the Eleventh Doctor glitched out and began acting like the Second, Third and Fourth Doctors before snapping out of it.
14th Sep '16 9:41:05 AM DarkChirano
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*** Ironically, an episode focusing on Jirachi and a movie featuring Mewtwo happened around the time, and none of both were their original incarnations, causing continuity problems.



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*** Ironically, an episode focusing on Jirachi and a movie featuring Mewtwo happened around the time, and none neither of both them were their original incarnations, causing continuity problems.


13th Sep '16 8:18:44 PM jamespolk
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* ''Literature/ElephantAndPiggie'': "The Thank You Book" has Piggie thanking every character who ever appeared in an Elephant and Piggie book. Brian Bat, the cat doctor, the worms from "Are You Ready to Play Outside?"...everyone.
8th Sep '16 1:35:19 AM PaulA
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** Gary Russell loves continuity porrn as much as Hinton did. The Twelfth Doctor novel ''Big Bang Generation'' (which features Literature/BerniceSummerfield and her friends, and therefore contains a huge chunk of Big Finish continuity anyway) refers to the [[Literature/VirginNewAdventures Pakhar BurrowWorld]], River Song and [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E1TheImpossibleAstronaut the Stormcage Containment Facility]], the [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E8LetsKillHitler Generational]] [[Literature/ContinuityErrors Professor Candy]] family, and [[Franchise/IrisWildthyme the Obverse]]. As well as outside references to Andrew Pixley's ''[[Magazine/DoctorWhoMagazine DWM]] Archive'' (as "the Repository Banks of Pixlie") and the ''Doctor Who'' collector cards that came with Sky Ray ice lollies. In the ''first chapter''. It calms down a bit after that.

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** Gary Russell loves continuity porrn as much as Hinton did. The Twelfth Doctor novel ''Big Bang Generation'' (which features Literature/BerniceSummerfield and her friends, and therefore contains a huge chunk of Big Finish continuity anyway) refers to the [[Literature/VirginNewAdventures [[Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures Pakhar BurrowWorld]], River Song and [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E1TheImpossibleAstronaut the Stormcage Containment Facility]], the [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E8LetsKillHitler Generational]] [[Literature/ContinuityErrors Professor Candy]] family, and [[Franchise/IrisWildthyme the Obverse]]. As well as outside references to Andrew Pixley's ''[[Magazine/DoctorWhoMagazine DWM]] Archive'' (as "the Repository Banks of Pixlie") and the ''Doctor Who'' collector cards that came with Sky Ray ice lollies. In the ''first chapter''. It calms down a bit after that.
29th Aug '16 9:49:42 PM PaulA
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This usually only happens with LongRunners, because they're the only ones with enough continuity to support it. Usually the introduction of Continuity Porn is a good sign that the inmates have started RunningTheAsylum. Continuity Porn is also a form of PanderingToTheBase.

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This usually only happens with LongRunners, long-running series, because they're the only ones with enough continuity to support it. Usually the introduction of Continuity Porn is a good sign that the inmates have started RunningTheAsylum. Continuity Porn is also a form of PanderingToTheBase.



* Over the course of the past ''[[LongRunner nineteen years]]'', Franchise/PowerRangers have built a tradition for this. When Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy began, and the show started changing the teams on a seasonal basis, there would be one episode per season with a team-up between the current Rangers and those of the previous season. One season had two such episodes, and the [[MilestoneCelebration tenth anniversary]] was celebrated with "Forever Red", an episode featuring (almost) every Red Ranger from Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers up to Series/PowerRangersWildForce.

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* Over the course of the past ''[[LongRunner nineteen years]]'', ''nineteen years'', Franchise/PowerRangers have built a tradition for this. When Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy began, and the show started changing the teams on a seasonal basis, there would be one episode per season with a team-up between the current Rangers and those of the previous season. One season had two such episodes, and the [[MilestoneCelebration tenth anniversary]] was celebrated with "Forever Red", an episode featuring (almost) every Red Ranger from Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers up to Series/PowerRangersWildForce.



* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' video game ''The Eternity Clock'', various hats that can be found for the Eleventh Doctor to wear count as this, being an extensive list of everything the Doctor has ever worn on his head over the entire [[LongRunner fifty-year run of the show at that point]]. The Eleventh Doctor even comments on his taste in fashion at the time - suggesting that the reason his First incarnation was "[[GrumpyOldMan in such a bad mood]]" was because his hat was itchy, and remarking that when he wore the wine-red fedora favoured by the Fourth Doctor towards the end of his life he had a thing about wearing lots of red.

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* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' video game ''The Eternity Clock'', various hats that can be found for the Eleventh Doctor to wear count as this, being an extensive list of everything the Doctor has ever worn on his head over the entire [[LongRunner fifty-year run of the show at that point]]. point. The Eleventh Doctor even comments on his taste in fashion at the time - -- suggesting that the reason his First incarnation was "[[GrumpyOldMan in such a bad mood]]" was because his hat was itchy, and remarking that when he wore the wine-red fedora favoured by the Fourth Doctor towards the end of his life he had a thing about wearing lots of red.



* Happens quite a bit during the "bROKEN" [[StoryArc arc]] from ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance''. It seems like practically every strip for months on end has a footnote linking back to the past strips it references, some of which haven't been mentioned [[LongRunner for nearly a decade]].

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* Happens quite a bit during the "bROKEN" [[StoryArc arc]] from ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance''. It seems like practically every strip for months on end has a footnote linking back to the past strips it references, some of which haven't been mentioned [[LongRunner for nearly a decade]].decade.
28th Aug '16 4:54:55 AM erforce
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* Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/NeedfulThings'' is an entire book made up of characters, references and concepts from previous King novels. Billed as "The Last Castle Rock Novel" (a reference to the setting which many of King's books shared), the plot has a small-town sheriff named Alan Pangborn facing off against a supernatural creature who has possessed many of the local townspeople, including John Merrill from ''Film/StandByMe''. The book references the ''Four Past Midnight'' novellas, a character who is related to the murderer from ''Literature/TheDeadZone'', [[Literature/DifferentSeaons Shawshank Prison]], ''Literature/{{It}}'' and ''Literature/TheDarkHalf''. The final battle involves Alan and BigBad Leland Gaunt summoning the spirits of the possessed car Christine and killer dog Cujo (from the books of the same name) to battle.

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* Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/NeedfulThings'' is an entire book made up of characters, references and concepts from previous King novels. Billed as "The Last Castle Rock Novel" (a reference to the setting which many of King's books shared), the plot has a small-town sheriff named Alan Pangborn facing off against a supernatural creature who has possessed many of the local townspeople, including John Merrill from ''Film/StandByMe''. The book references the ''Four Past Midnight'' novellas, a character who is related to the murderer from ''Literature/TheDeadZone'', [[Literature/DifferentSeaons [[Literature/DifferentSeasons Shawshank Prison]], ''Literature/{{It}}'' and ''Literature/TheDarkHalf''. The final battle involves Alan and BigBad Leland Gaunt summoning the spirits of the possessed car Christine and killer dog Cujo (from the books of the same name) to battle.
28th Aug '16 4:53:15 AM erforce
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* Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/NeedfulThings'' is an entire book made up of characters, references and concepts from previous King novels. Billed as "The Last Castle Rock Novel" (a reference to the setting which many of King's books shared), the plot has a small-town sheriff named Alan Pangborn facing off against a supernatural creature who has possessed many of the local townspeople, including John Merrill from ''Film/StandByMe''. The book references the ''Four Past Midnight'' novellas, a character who is related to the murderer from ''Literature/TheDeadZone'', [[TheShawshankRedemption Shawshank Prison]], ''Literature/{{It}}'' and ''Literature/TheDarkHalf''. The final battle involves Alan and BigBad Leland Gaunt summoning the spirits of the possessed car Christine and killer dog Cujo (from the books of the same name) to battle.

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* Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/NeedfulThings'' is an entire book made up of characters, references and concepts from previous King novels. Billed as "The Last Castle Rock Novel" (a reference to the setting which many of King's books shared), the plot has a small-town sheriff named Alan Pangborn facing off against a supernatural creature who has possessed many of the local townspeople, including John Merrill from ''Film/StandByMe''. The book references the ''Four Past Midnight'' novellas, a character who is related to the murderer from ''Literature/TheDeadZone'', [[TheShawshankRedemption [[Literature/DifferentSeaons Shawshank Prison]], ''Literature/{{It}}'' and ''Literature/TheDarkHalf''. The final battle involves Alan and BigBad Leland Gaunt summoning the spirits of the possessed car Christine and killer dog Cujo (from the books of the same name) to battle.
13th Aug '16 1:37:53 PM nombretomado
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* The whole point of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' titles such as ''[[Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren Advent Children]]'', ''Last Order'', ''DirgeOfCerberus'', ''CrisisCore'' and ''Before Crisis''.

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* The whole point of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' titles such as ''[[Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren Advent Children]]'', ''Last Order'', ''DirgeOfCerberus'', ''VideoGame/DirgeOfCerberus'', ''CrisisCore'' and ''Before Crisis''.
3rd Aug '16 1:52:21 AM 4power4
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* ''Series/OnceUponATime'' has Mr. Gold's Pawn Shop, which features a ton of fairytale items that have been featured in the show previously such as the genies lamp or the dead bodies/puppets of August's parents on display.
31st Jul '16 10:01:10 AM nombretomado
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** In pre-ComicBook/{{Crisis|on Infinite Earths}} [[UsefulNotes/TheBronzeAgeOfComicBooks Bronze Age]] ''{{Superman}}'' comics, [[DCComics DC's]] guy in charge of Superman continuity was PromotedFanboy E. Nelson Bridwell. Bridwell adored the minutia of the Superman mythos, and whenever he personally penned a story, it was chock full of [[ContinuityNod Continuity Nods]], often to obscure [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] stuff. In stories ''focusing'' on the history of the character and his world (such as the original, pre-Crisis ''Krypton Chronicles'' and ''World of Krypton'' miniseries), this worked very well, but in stories that were set in the present day, the constant references did sometimes feel intrusive.

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** In pre-ComicBook/{{Crisis|on Infinite Earths}} [[UsefulNotes/TheBronzeAgeOfComicBooks Bronze Age]] ''{{Superman}}'' comics, [[DCComics [[Creator/DCComics DC's]] guy in charge of Superman continuity was PromotedFanboy E. Nelson Bridwell. Bridwell adored the minutia of the Superman mythos, and whenever he personally penned a story, it was chock full of [[ContinuityNod Continuity Nods]], often to obscure [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] stuff. In stories ''focusing'' on the history of the character and his world (such as the original, pre-Crisis ''Krypton Chronicles'' and ''World of Krypton'' miniseries), this worked very well, but in stories that were set in the present day, the constant references did sometimes feel intrusive.
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