3 Responses to “Issue 5 (Spring/Summer 2013)”
  1. Really enjoyed the article by David Sweeney. I must disagree, however, with the notion that ‘the concept of shared fictional world with an ongoing fictive history’ i.e continuity was pioneered by Marvel in the 1960s. As early as 1940 did DC establish a shared universe with the publication of JSA, followed by World’s Finest where Batman and Superman, among others, team-up. In addition, DC pioneered the ‘multiverse’ structure in 1961 with ‘Flash of Two Worlds’ which is the model Marvel have since adopted and translated into the Cinematic Universe. I agree that Marvel made it more explicit, but it is rather more complicated than pointing towards them as pioneers – at least in this regard.
    Thanks for the article, David! I am sure you disagree with me, but that’s the point of debate, isn’t it?

    • David Sweeney says:

      Hi William

      Glad you enjoyed the article. I did address the JSA and team-ups but my point is that there was nor really continuity between individual issues in the Golden Age. I take your point about DC pioneering the multiverse approach but don’t really see the relevance here or how Marvel ‘translated’ it to the Cinematic Universe. Always happy to discuss further, though, so feel free to email me here:



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