The first world war called "The War to End All Wars"
Everything from the dawn of time through Batman's "Year One" in 1996.
The first world war called "The War to End All Wars"
Returning to his plane in a lonely hanger outside Los Angeles, stunt pilot Cliff Secord stumbles across a one of a kind jetpack. The jetpack is modified by Secord's friend, inventor and confidant, "Peevy" Peabody for Cliff's use. Cliff initially uses the pack on a lark, only to find himself against a Nazi spy cell led by actor Neville Sinclair. Dubbed the Rocketeer in the papers, Secord adopts the guise taking the fight to the Nazi's. Secord continues his occasional appearances as the Rocketeer as the need arises.
The Rocketeer and the Shadow work together against Shiwan Khan's plot to flood the underworld with a tainted opium shipment.
Elias Čtvrtník flees Czechoslovakia with his infant son Radovan ahead of the Munich Pact. The rest of the family either stay behind to fight, or are unable to evade the closing borders. At Immigrations, their good Czech name is replaced with the Anglicized "Spectre", and Radovan is renamed "Randall".
Rasputin, using the false name of Nikolai Vladivosk, attempts to kidnap and mesmerize a member of the British Crown. Rasputin is stopped by a young inventor named Nigel Withers. During the fight, Nigel is caught in the explosion of a prototype power generator. The chemicals, along with the amazingly high levels of magnetic radiation, alter Nigel permanently. For reasons unknown, he gained the ability to control and manipulate magnetic and force fields of varying strengths. He took the name of 'Green Lantern' because of the greenish glow resulting from the use of his power.
In Egypt, archeologists Lara and Kent Carter uncover an ancient tomb in the middle Nile region that contained wings and harness fashioned from an ancient meteoritic metal that responds to thought. Using these, they manage to defeat Dr Hans Gruben and his Nazi associates that came in search of the legendary wings as well. Reluctantly, the couple adopted the guise of Hawkman and Hawkgirl in dealing with Dr Gruben and later the notorious Shiwan Khan.
Concerned over the rumors of a Nazi project to perfect the "Ultimate Human", the US government begins "Project Strongman".
Select team of scientists, led by physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer, conclude a study in May on the appearance of the "Heroes" that exhibit amazing powers and abilities. Oppenheimer coins the phrase "meta-humans" or "metas" to describe these beings.
German bombers fill the sky over London, beginning the London Blitz. In their darkest hour, Green Lantern took to England's defense, but soon found he was outnumbered. Emerging from a mysterious base off the coast of Scotland, mechanical genius, Mary Hotchkiss, jumped into her highly modified Supermarine Spitfire and flew into battle using only the name of "Sky Captain". Together Green Lantern and Sky Captain managed to rally the troops and prevent the complete destruction of London itself.
Japanese bomb and decimates the naval fleet at anchor in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
Captain America, Mercury, The Shadow, The Rocketeer, Hawkman and Hawkgirl meet for the first time. While their efforts were astounding, even they could not avert the disaster.
Lieutenant Colonel James Doolittle leads his task force in an aerial raid on Tokyo.
At the insistence of President Roosevelt, Captain America goes in search of the "meta-humans" he worked with at Pearl Harbor along with Green Lantern and Sky Captain of England and the Russian hero Red Phoenix. They worked together under the name of "The Liberty Guard", a name suggested by Roosevelt and Churchill.
Because of the appearance of metahuman athletes, debates about the qualifications for Olympic competitors having a "extreme genetic advantage". Should people born with particularly athletic genes be allowed to compete? What about those who, through no fault of their own, became mutates? Is that any different from athletes whose trainers provide them with chemical boosts of a non-mutagenic nature? Where does the Olympic Committee draw the line?
While technically, a naturally-born mutant is considered a valid candidate according to the current Olympic guidelines, such a strong stigma against metahuman competitors is present to this day that few are willing to subject themselves to the genetic tests and background scrutiny involved.
All of this process took so long that the Summer Olympics were delayed from their scheduled 1948 London, England event to happen in 1950 instead. Winter events still happen according to the original schedule, but all subsequent Summer Olympic events are on a two year delay.
Jack Monroe, age 15, begins taking the Super Soldier Serum. He becomes Bucky, sidekick to Captain America. Within a year, the Super Soldier Serum has been deteriorating his mind. Jack Monroe is placed in cryogenic freeze until such time as a cure can be found.
John De'Salle, age 25, wakes up in middle of night to assault on his home; sees daughter and wife shot. Continuous memory lost until beginning of 1998.
After many years of repeated confrontations, archnemesis Black Spectre manages to ambush and murder the Toronto champion known as Moon Knight. His body is unidentifiable, but enough of his hood was missing that Mila Spectre immediately packs up house and son and moves across the border to Chicago for her family's safety.
Jean-Pierre Gironde dies. The Gironde house is shuttered, with one longtime employee resident to keep an eye on the place and make any necessary groundskeeping arrangements. Jean-Claude Gironde tries to maintain his own career as a psychiatrist ((secretly working for the NSA)) while taking one day a week to oversee all Phoenix Industries matters. The balancing act between two high-stakes roles gets excrutiatingly difficult as the 1980s continue.
Phillip Paxton, age 13, is diagnosed with a rare and terminal form of leukemia. His uncle, Jean-Paul Ribleau, attempts to gain custody of his deceased sister's children. (He is unsuccessful.) He also spends a significant amount of his fortune on experimental cures for his nephew's leukemia. Mr. Paxton steps up his abuse of his children.
Steven Reynolds is born on Eureka to George Herbert Reynolds, a geneticist on Project Chrysalis, and Alice (Harper) Reynolds, a marine biologist in Project Deep Blue. Both projects are part of the Eureka Settlement. Like most children born on Eureka, Steven is the beneficiary of the fruits of Project Chrysalis. Besides enjoying the common benefits of exceptional intelligence and lack of inheritable maladies, the children possessed a variety of metahuman abilities. Steven, for example, had the psionic talent of telekinesis.
Phillip Paxton, age 15, now working under the moniker "Blackjack" on a riverboat casino, is succumbing to leukemia and his father's abuse; he is in danger of losing his job, and possibly his life. Ribleau agrees to a highly experimental, illegal process called a "DNA Replacement Technique". While successful in curing Phillip, it also mutates him. The boy's skin turns deep blue, his eyes a deep solid purple, and he has odd, unrelated metahuman powers.
Mr. Paxton, incoherent from alcohol abuse, attempts to murder his children. Phillip murders his father in self-defense. Ribleau quickly steps in, tying up the courts while he moves the children into his Atlanta home.
Shortly afterward, Blackjack leaves to try to find his own way in the criminal underworld.
Jean-Claude Gironde's balancing act comes crashing down. Because he has not been available to his riskier "world-renowned psychiatrist" role for more than one day per week, and because he is not getting enough downtime, enemy operatives from HYDRA almost succeed in assassinating Jean-Claude with an experimental ray gun. He lives, but is confined to a wheelchair while neurologists try to figure out what happened to his spine.
Blackjack, quickly becoming a well-known and gifted catburglar, impresses the leader of the Card Shark Syndicate, who invites the nineteen-year-old into his network as a Wild Card (albeit the boy starts at a low rank, equivalent to a King among the Face Cards). Blackjack quickly proves himself willing to learn from his peer the King of Diamonds, cheerful and patient and inventive.
It is not until a few years later, when Blackjack officially outranks all of the Face Cards, that he starts to find out what the other suites do, especially Hearts (information gathering, interrogation, torture, money laundering and finances) and Spades (assassination). If it had been handled right, Blackjack might never have cared what harm is being done to strangers; something must have happened just exactly wrong.
Cindy Reynolds is born on Eureka. Like most children born on Eureka, Cindy is the beneficiary of the fruits of Project Chrysalis. Besides enjoying the common benefits of exceptional intelligence and lack of inheritable maladies, the children possessed a variety of metahuman abilities. Cindy, for example, had the psionic talent of foresight.
Jean-Claude Gironde, Doctor of Psychiatry, heir of Phoenix Industries and several pieces of private real estate, takes his career in a new direction. In the process, he secretly creates a supergroup called "Wyldfire" which employs interesting metahumans whom he has met in various other circumstances.