The Historical Timeline of the

Ultimate Steampulp Action/Adventure Series

 

Spoiler warning!! It is highly recommended that you read Pulp Heroes - More Than Mortal and Pulp Heroes - Khan Dynasty before reading this Historical Timeline!! On the following pages, important information is revealed about both the characters and the main story.

 

1772 - Birth of Doctor Victor Frankenstein in Geneva, Switzerland.

 

1790 - The events of Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelly. Doctor Victor Frankenstein creates the first artificial life, called simply, the Creature or Frankenstein’s Monster. This patchwork man spends several years in the hollow interior of the earth, as told in Black as the Pit, From Pole to Pole by Steven Utley & Howard Waldrop.

 

1795, December 13 - A meteorite crashes to the Earth at the outskirts of the village of Wold Newton, a hamlet in Yorkshire in England. This meteorite fall is subsequently used as a literary premise by the science fiction writer Philip José Farmer, as the basis for the Wold Newton family stories.

 

1799 - Doctor Victor Frankenstein and his daemon creature discover the mysterious land known as Sanctuary.

 

1808, July 18 - Birth of Prince Dakkar of India. Later in his life, Prince Dakkar calls himself ‘Captain Nemo,’ as told by Jules Verne in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and Mysterious Island.

 

1817 - Birth of Allan Quatermain in England. Professional big game hunter, trader and expert marksman, Quatermain lived the majority of his life on the African continent.

 

1826 - Birth of Ned Land from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

 

1828 - Events of The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym by Edgar Allan Poe (Published 1838). Poe’s novel was also an influence on H. P. Lovecraft, whose 1936 story At the Mountains of Madness follows similar thematic direction and borrows the cry tekeli-li from The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym.

 

1832 - Birth of Phileas Fogg. Other than his globe-spanning adventure in 1872, very little is known about this mysterious and eccentric individual.

 

1836 - Frankenstein monster creates the first Illuminati group at the North Pole.

 

1838, November 13 - Birth of Doctor Henry Jekyll.

 

1839 - Events of Le Sphinx des glaces or The Sphinx of Ice or An Antarctic Mystery by Jules Verne (Published 1897). This novel is a sequel to Edgar Allan Poe’s The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket which was published in 1838. The story is set in 1839, eleven years after the events in Arthur Gordon Pym, and one year after the publication of that book.

 

December 1841-early 1842- Events of Moby Dick by Herman Melville (Published 1851).

 

1846, June 12 - Birth of Colonel Simon Titan aka Colonel Richard Henry Savage in Utica, New York.

 

1850, November 13 - First recorded appearance of Edward Hyde. Twelve-year-old Henry Jekyll meets Edward Hyde for the first time. Coincidentally, writer Robert Louis Stevenson is also born on this date.

 

1852 - Events of La Jangada- Huit Cents lieues sur l’Amazone aka Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon by Jules Verne. (Published 1881) Unlike many of his other novels, this story does not have any science fiction elements. It is an adventure novel.

 

1852, August 7 - Birth of Doctor John Hamish Watson. From 1881 until his death in 1939, Watson chronicled the adventures and investigations of the great detective Sherlock Holmes.

 

1854, January 6 - Birth of William Sherlock Scott Holmes at a farmstead in the North Riding of Yorkshire. His first adventure, A Study in Scarlet, takes place in 1881 but is not published until 1887 in Beeton’s Christmas Annual.

 

1857 - Birth of Lord John Roxton from The Lost World.

 

1857 - Prince Dakkar (later known as Captain Nemo, translated from Latin as ‘No One’) takes part in the Indian Rebellion of 1857 aka The Sepoy Mutiny.

 

1859, April 1 - Birth of Sir George Mansfield Smith-Cumming, first director of the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) aka MI6.

 

1859, May 22 - Birth of Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle, Scottish author and physician, best known for chronicling the adventures of detective Sherlock Holmes and Professor Challenger.

 

1862 - Events of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (Published 1865) and Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There by Lewis Carroll (Published 1871).

 

1862- Events of Cinq Semaines en Ballon aka Five Weeks in a Balloon, or, Journeys and Discoveries in Africa by Three Englishmen by Jules Verne (Published 1863)

 

1863 - Birth of Professor George Edward Challenger in Largs, a village in Strathclyde, Scotland.

 

1863, Sunday, May 24 - Events of Voyage au Centre de la Terre aka Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne (Published 1864).

 

1863 - Events of De la Terre à la Lune aka  From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne (Published 1865). See Baltimore Gun Club.

 

1863 - Events of Autour de la Lune aka Around the Moon by Jules Verne (Published 1870). Sequel to From the Earth to the Moon.

 

1866 - Captain Nemo’s Nautilus first sighted.

 

1866 - Birth of Arronaxe Land, daughter of Ned Land, mother of Arronaxe Larson, grandmother of John Titan.

 

1868 - Birth of Dugan McGrath.

 

1868 - Frank Wildman, Allan Quatermain, Henry Jekyll and Simon Titan meet in Cairo, Egypt. During their adventures, they meet Doctor Hunan Sun, Li Mang, Maya Karma, Captain Nemo, Jules Verne and others.

 

1869, January 10 - Birth of Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin, the Russian mystic, often referred to as the ‘Mad Monk.’

 

1870-1889 - Events of The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (Published 1890).

 

1871 - Second Reich begins. The new German government exists from 1871-1918. The Second Reich lasts till the end of World War I, when the Kaiser abdicates his rule, and Germany becomes a democracy.

 

1872, October-December - Events of Le Tour du Monde en Quatre-Vingt Jours aka Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne (Published 1886).

 

1872, 8:45 on Wednesday October 2 - Enigmatic Englishman Phileas Fogg and his French valet, Jean Passepartout, depart Dover and begin their eighty-day tour/trip/adventure around the world. His wager with the other distinguished members of the London Reform Club is for 20,000 English Pounds.

 

1872, 8:45 on Saturday December 21 - Phileas Fogg completes his trip around the world as chronicled by Jules Verne in Around the World in Eighty Days.

 

1872 - Birth of Professor Henry Jones, Senior in Scotland. A professor of medieval history, his obsessive search for the legendary Holy Grail will span several decades of his life.

 

1873, March 24 - Birth of Sidney George Reilly, a Jewish-Russian adventurer and secret agent famously known as the Ace of Spies. Ian Fleming would use Reilly as a model for James Bond. (Death of Sidney Reilly, November 5, 1925.)

 

1874 - Birth of Robert Hubertson, lifelong friend of Clarke Titan.

 

1874 - Birth of General Zaroff from The Most Dangerous Game.

 

1874, February 15 - Birth of Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton.

 

1874, November 30 - Birth of Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill.

 

1880 - Events of Le Fantôme de l’Opéra aka The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux (Published 1909)

 

1880 - Birth of Hareton Ironcastle.

 

1880 - Events of King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard (Published 1885) - The first of 14 Allan Quatermain stories.

 

1881 - Birth of Homer Collyer. His brother, Langley, is born 1885.

 

1881 - Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson meet in London and become close friends and roommates.

 

1882 - Death of Harry Quatermain (Allan’s son).

 

1883 - Arronaxe Larsen, Doc Titan’s mother, is born. She is the daughter of Wolf Larsen and Arronaxe Land.

 

1883 - Birth of Sir Darian Neville Smythe. Smythe is the son of Sherlock Holmes’ sister, Sigrina Holmes, and thus is the nephew of the Holmes Brothers, Sherlock and Mycroft. Original member of the Four Horsemen.

 

1884, May 8 - Birth of Harry S. Truman, 33rd President of the United States.

 

1886 - Events of Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard (Published 1887) - title character supposedly dies from lung injury.

 

1886 - Events of Robur le Conquerant aka Robur the Conqueror by Jules Verne (Published 1886).

 

 1886 - Birth of Lieutenant Colonel Randolph Garnett ‘Big Tom’ Thompson. Enlisted in WWI in 1914, at age 28. Hailing from Botany Bay, Australia, he became one of the greatest pilots of the war, flying hundreds of successful military missions. Although shot down and captured several times, he always managed to escape and rejoin the battle. While still in his mid-twenties, it was discovered that he suffered from rare hormonal disorder called acromegaly, an enlarging of the extremities, specifically the hands, feet and jawbone. Doctor Clarke Titan was able to surgically remove a tumorous mass on his pituitary gland to prevent further damage.

 

October, 1883 - March, 1885 - Events of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson (Published 1886).

 

1888, August- James Clarke Wildman, Dugan McGrath and Simon Titan meet in Whitechapel, England.

 

1888 - Birth of Major Bartholomew‘Bart’ J. Blackwell. He was born and raised in Whitechapel, England. Father was shot dead by street thugs when he was two years old and mother was stabbed to death when he was only four. He lived for a year in an orphanage, until an uncle living in USA adopted him. Enrolled at Princeton in 1908, graduated at top of the class in Mathematical Sciences and Theories. Enlisted in WWI in 1914, at age 26.

Bart carries a simple black walking cane as a reminder of a wound he received during the Great War, although the injury left no permanent damage. One night, during a drunken brawl, Bart was shot through the gluteus maximus. He is resolute in the belief that Kong was somehow responsible for the embarrassing wound. Nearly thirty years later, Kong steadfastly swears he did not shoot Bart, but teases that he should have. For drunken and disorderly conduct, Bart was demoted to the rank of Major.

 

1888, August 31 - Jack the Ripper begins his reign of terror in Whitechapel, England, with the murder of Mary Ann Nichols. September 8 - Jack the Ripper continues reign of terror with the murder of Annie Chapman.  September 30 - Jack the Ripper commits ‘double-play’ with murders of Elizabeth Stride and Catherine Eddowes. November 9 - Jack the Ripper murders last known victim, Mary Jane Kelly.

 

1888 - James Clarke Wildman spends next ten years at Sanctuary.  Changes his name to Clarke Wilder upon his return to New York in 1898.

 

1888, November 22 - Kan-Tar, Lord Greyson, aka Kevin Claybourne is born after his parents, Alice (Rutherton) and John Claybourne are stranded in the western coastal jungles of French Equatorial Africa.

 

1888 - Founding of the New Illuminati. Members include Sherlock Holmes, Professor George Challenger, Allan Quatermain, Captain Nemo, Phileas Fogg, and the mysterious man known only as Adam.

 

1888 - Birth of Sanger Rainsford from Most Dangerous Game.

 

1889, April 20 - Birth of Adolf Hitler.

 

1889, July 22 - Birth of James Whale, director of Frankenstein.

 

1891 - Birth of Preston Stockbridge II aka The Scorpion.

 

1891, May 4 - Sherlock Holmes and Professor James Moriarty wrestle at the edge of the abyss called Reichenbach Falls and appear to plummet to their deaths, locked in each other’s arms. Story is told in The Adventure of the Final Problem by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Published 1893). Three years later, Sherlock miraculously returns from the dead.

 

1892 - Events of The Time Machine by H.G. Wells (Published 1895).

 

1892 - Birth of Prince Rav Chandra, christened Ghoshdashtidar Raviprakash Chandramouleeswaran Dakkar, in Afghanistan. He is the great-grandson of Prince Dakkar of India. (See 1808 - ‘Captain Nemo.’)

 

1892 - Birth of Max Grant aka Luthor Gibson aka The Darkness.

 

1893 - Events of The Sea Wolf by Jack London.

 

1894 - Birth of Kenneth Xavier Percival ‘Percy’ Pierce in New Orleans, Louisiana. Enlisted in WWI in 1915, at age 21. He attained the rank of Corporal with Military Intelligence, before receiving a special request to transfer into the American Secret Service.

 

1894 - Birth of Major Henry Marmaduke ‘Kong’ Larson in Oklahoma. Nephew of Professor George Edward Challenger. Enlisted in WWI in 1916, at age 22. During the Great War, he met another brilliant young man named Blackwell and together they quickly rose through the ranks of the military. They found themselves competing for a promotion to the rank of Brigadier General. Several days later, after being reported AWOL, the MP’s discovered a drunken Kong in a rundown brothel, with the twin daughters of a French General. An English commander intervened and saved Kong from a possible firing squad. He was, however, demoted to the rank of Major. Kong swears that Bart drugged him and set him up. Bart, of course, denies it.

 

1894 - Birth of Hugo Danner. Scientist Abednego Danner creates a serum designed to give great strength to human beings, and tests it on his unborn son as told in Gladiator by Philip Wylie (Published 1930).

 

1894, April - Events of The Adventure of the Empty House by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Published 1903). Sherlock Holmes returns to England three years after his supposed death.

 

1895 - Birth of Gilbert ‘Gibs’ Elliot Maddox in St Louis, Missouri. He tries to enlist in WWI in 1915, at age 20. Due to his height, he is rejected. However, he soon becomes a leading member of the Military Intelligence.

 

1895 - Birth of Conall ‘Mick’ McGrath, member of Unsolved Mysteries, Inc.

 

1897 - Events of The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells (Published 1897).

 

1897 - Events of Futility, or the Wreck of the Titan by Morgan Robertson (Published 1898). The story foretells the doom of the unsinkable oceanliner, Titan, which sinks in the North Atlantic after striking an iceberg. The Titan and its sinking have been noted to be very similar to the real-life passenger ship RMS Titanic, which sank fourteen years later.

 

1898, August- Events of War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells (Published 1898) ‘The chances of anything coming from Mars are a million to one … but still they come.’

 

1898, August - Birth of Henry Stone aka The Savage Gentleman.

 

1898, November 3 - Events of The Savage Gentleman by Philip Wylie (Published 1932). Stephen Stone and infant son, Henry, are marooned on an uncharted island and will remain marooned there until 1931. A Scotsman named David McCobb and a large Negro, known only as Jack, were also aboard the schooner Falcon. Stephen Stone and Clarke Wilder are old friends and business partners.

 

1899, July 1 - Birth of Henry ‘Indiana’ Jones, Junior in Princeton, New Jersey.

 

1899, September 12 - Clarke Wilder discovers Kan-Tar, the lord of the jungle, leader of the great apes, living in the western coastal jungles of French Equatorial Africa.

 

1900, January 1 - Johnathon ‘Doc’ Titan is born on the schooner Prometheus in the southeast cove of Hydra Island, in the Aegean Sea off the coast of Greece. John’s parents are Clarke Titan and Arronaxe Larsen. John’s maternal grandparents are the notorious Wolf Larsen of The Sea Wolf and Arronaxe Land, who is the daughter of Canadian Ned Land of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. A storm brews up, and as it does, Arronaxe goes into labor. Working hard, Clarke Titan and Robert Hubertson, led by the old sailor Ned Land, steer into the secluded cove where she is to bear her child. As the thunder crashes outside, a son is born ... John Titan. The Prometheus runs into a reef and sinks, apparently taking Arronaxe and her grandfather with it. By sheerest luck, Titan, his best friend, and son are the only survivors of the wreck.

 

1901 - Maple White discovers a plateau, a mysterious lost sliver of land from the prehistoric past, inhabited by dinosaurs. White was a poet/artist from Detroit, Michigan who happened almost accidentally upon a plateau teeming with various prehistoric creatures. He managed to escape the summit, but died of a strange fever a year later. His miraculous discovery would have gone unnoticed, if Professor George Edward Challenger hadn’t come upon the scene, discovered his notes, and led a new expedition back to the plateau.

 

1901 - Professor Clarke Titan relocates to Wilder Island and begins John Titan’s vigorous training, at age fourteen months. John Titan will not leave the island for the next fifteen years. Wilder Island is located eight hundred miles west of upper Africa. The coordinates are 29°56.8 North and 28°26.38 West, however, the mysterious island doesn’t appear on any known map or satellite photography. Wilder Island, itself, is a mystery. It can only be located by someone who already knows where it is, or has previously been there.

 

1903 - Events of The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle (Published 1912).

 

1903 - Clarke Titan meets the Wright Brothers and invests in their flying machine.

 

1903 - Colonel Simon Titan aka Colonel Richard Henry Savage is run over by a wagon in Utica, New York on October 3, 1903 and dies in the hospital eight days later.  He was 57 years old.

    

1908 - Birth of Victor Kaine (Joachim Issur Danielovich Rasputin) is born to Iriana Noviskovaah, the Countess Matryvonav. He is the illegitimate bastard son of the Russian madman, Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin.

 

1910 - Birth of Captain ‘Rex’ Hazzard.

 

1911 - British Secret Intelligence Service (the precursor to MI6) and United States Secret Service bring together four unique individuals, trained to investigate and operate outside the strictures of conventional law-enforcement procedures. These special agents are required to circumvent bureaucracy and special interests, to cut through the red tape, sidestepping the technicalities of justice, in order to facilitate a deeper justice.

In short, they play just as dirty as the bad guys.

The original group consists of Sidney Reilly, Preston Stockbridge II, Max Grant and Darian Neville Smythe. The agencies refer to the group as the Four Horsemen, nicknamed because they leave death and destruction in their wake. Their codenames are Ace, Scorpion, Midnight, and Wizard, respectfully. In 1918, Allen Coleman joins the group, codenamed Jester. Kenneth Xavier Pierce joins soon after WWI, codenamed Scarecrow.

 

1911 - Birth of Lord James Roxton, son of John Roxton.

 

1912, May 7- Births of Megan Meriwether and Whitney Van Pelt.

 

1912, April 15 - RMS Titanic sinks on her maiden voyage.

 

1914 - Birth of Pamela ‘Pam’ Titan, cousin of John ‘Doc’ Titan. Her mother dies soon after childbirth. She is raised by her father in a small lumberjacking town on the circular island called René-Levasseur in the Manicouagan Reservoir, Quebec, Canada. (51°23.00N, 68°41.52W).

 

1914, June 28 - Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife are assassinated. The event lights a fuse that explodes into World War I.

 

1914, July 28 - World War I: Austria-Hungary declares war on Serbia.

August 1 - Germany declares war on Russia,

August 3 - Germany declares war on France. 

August 4 - Germany declares war on Great Britain.

August 23 - Japan declares war on Germany.

November 4 - Britain and France declare war on Turkey.

 

1914, December 24 - World War I: British and German soldiers interrupt World War I to celebrate Christmas, beginning the Christmas truce. Soldiers exchange gifts, sing carols and even play football.

 

1914 - Hugo Danner and fellow U.S. citizen Thomas Matthew Shayne join the French Foreign Legion upon the outbreak of World War I. Discovering his body could withstand gunfire, Danner unleashes his power against the Germans, fighting dozens of Second Reich soldiers single-handedly.

 

1914 - Birth of Barnaby Cornelius Roland ‘Wall’ Walker in Gokstad, Norway, aide to Simon Blake aka The Guardian. He marries Cassie Greyson, also of the Unsolved Mysteries, Incorporated group, in 1946.

 

1916 - John Titan leaves the Wilder Island and escapes to Europe, eagerly enlisting in the battle of World War I. His father sends men around the world in search of his son. During the war, he befriends his life long comrades and co-adventurers, Bart, Big Tom, Gibs, Percy, and Kong. John also meets Frank Gunn, Max Grant, Preston Stockbridge, Harry S. Truman, Winston Churchill, Adolf Hitler and Hugo Danner.

 

1916 - Professor Clarke Titan discovers Mayan gold in an abandoned city in a hidden valley in the country of Hidalgo. He smuggles the ancient hoard from Mexico and returns to New York City. A small fortune is generously donated to hospitals, colleges and other facilities. The last of the gold bullion is used to build Titan Towers.

 

1915, February 1 - Professor Clarke Titan meets Ernest Shackleton and the crew of the Endurance, stranded in the Weddell Sea, Antarctica.

 

1916, December 16 - Max Grant kills the Russian madman, Grigori Rasputin. Victor Kaine (Joachim Issur Danielovich Rasputin) witnesses the event.

 

1916 - 1918 - Max Grant begins using the name Colonel Grantov aka The Dark Eagle. He becomes known as one of the greatest World War I aviators and spies, in the service of the Russian Czar.

 

1917 - Birth of Robert Bruce Wayne.

 

1917 - Doctor Clarke Titan and Hareton Ironcastle mount a second expedition to The Lost World, discovered by Professor Challenger and Lord John Roxton. During the explosion, that completely destroys Maple White Land, they lose all of the creatures they captured, but they escape with several million dollars worth of diamonds. (According to Philip Jose Farmer’s Ironcastle, the retelling of J. H. Rosny’s L’etonnante Aventure de Hareton Ironcastle.)

 

1918, July 4 - Birth of American patriot James Ethan Adams, the future Sentry, the Sentinel of Justice.

 

1918, July 4 - Birth of Totenkopf aka The Black Skull, Sentry’s Nazi counterpart. Totenkopf’s history, before being codenamed the Black Skull by Adolf Hitler, is unknown.

 

1918, July 17 - By order of the Bolshevik secret police Emperor Nicholas II of Russia, his immediate family, and retainers are murdered at the Ipatiev House in Ekaterinburg, Russia. Rumors persist that Grand Duchess Anastasia of Russia (Anastasia Nikolaevna Romanova) and younger brother, Alexei Nikolaievitch, escaped the execution.

 

1918, November 11 - Germany’s unconditional surrender is announced on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. World War I ends abruptly. Hugo Danner wanders the globe aimlessly, in search of his true destiny.

 

1918 - John Titan reunites with his estranged father, introduces his military buddies and begins college.

 

1919 - John Titan graduates with three Masters Degrees from NYU College.

 

1919 - Birth of future Unsolved Mysteries, Inc. agent Cassandra ‘Cassie’ Allison Greyson (Claybourne), the daughter of Kan-tar aka Lord Greyson, and Lady Jane Portman.

 

1920 - Events of L’Étonnant Voyage d’Hareton Ironcastle aka The Amazing Journey Of Hareton Ironcastle by J.-H. Rosny aîné (Published 1922). Chronicles of French explorer Hareton Ironcastle’s expedition to the African continent.

 

1921 - More than a decade of research pays off, as Sherlock Holmes perfects his Royal Jelly bee pollen elixir.

 

1920 - After crash-landing his plane, Max Grant is mortally injured and very near death. Stumbling blindly through the dense jungle, he collapses at the outskirts of an ancient, hidden city. His face and body are branded with unexplained symbols, as he is subjected to an arcane ritual that restores his eyesight, but only in the darkness of the night. During the day, he is completely blind.

Two months later, Grant is found wandering aimlessly and with no memories of where he has been or what was done to him. Later, Doc Titan will develop glasses with specially tinted lenses that allow will him to see during the day.

 

1922, May-June - Events of The Nine Unknown by Talbot Mundy (Published 1923). The adventurous exploits of Jimgrim (James Schuyler Grim), Jeff Ramsden, and Chullunder Ghose.

 

1923 - An American, Rick O’Connell, ex-captain of a French Foreign Legion unit, meets Cairo librarian and aspiring Egyptologist, Evelyn ‘Evie’ Carnah and Medjai soldier, Ardeth Bey, as they join forces to destroy the resurrected, mummified High Priest, Imhotep.

 

1924 - Events of The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell (Published 1924).

 

1925 - Events of Who Goes There? aka The Thing from Another World by John W. Campbell, Jr. (Published 1938). MacReady, ‘a bronze giant of a man,’ joins an Antarctic expedition as meteorologist and second-in-command. R. J. MacReady is actually young Johnathon Titan, seeking a few months of undisturbed solace. He and the other members of the expedition must fight for their lives when they discover a Thing (from another world).

 

1926 - Hugo Danner, despondent over his inability to find a place outside of the military, fakes his own death. Doctor Clarke Titan, using the name Professor Hardin, meets Danner in Central America. Hugo gives Titan the notebooks containing his father’s formulas. Hugo ‘dies’ the next day. He begins a period of aimless wandering that will bring him into contact with Max Grant, John Titan and others.

 

1929 - The Titan’s, father and son, design the Titan Tower skyscraper and construction begins the same year. Construction is completed in 1931, two months after the completion of the Empire State Building. The completed structure is 124 stories tall, 22 stories taller than the ESB.

 

1930 - For the safety of mankind, and to remove personal temptation, Clarke Titan surrenders the Danner Journals to his son, to be hidden away. More than any other living soul, Doc understands the dangerous contents of the six Journals. When Doc returns from the Hidden Acropolis near the Arctic Circle, he discovers that his father has passed away.

 

1930, July 7 - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle suffers heart attack and passes away at age seventy-one. The epitaph on his gravestone reads: Steel True, Blade Straight, Arthur Conan Doyle - Knight, Patriot, Physician, and Man of Letters.

 

1931 - Henry Stone, now 33 years old, is finally rescued from the uncharted island. His father’s empire now includes twenty-two newspapers and eleven banks. He has never seen a woman. He meets Doc Titan in 1931 and they become close friends.

 

1931 - Max Grant changes his name to Luthor Gibson and returns to America. The multi-millionaire creates the world’s largest private investigation organization, with headquarters in Chicago, Los Angeles and New York. Darkness begins his quest for justice soon afterward.

 

1931 - Preston Stockbridge begins his one-man-war against crime as the most dangerous man alive, the Scorpion.

 

1931, May- Events of Lost Horizon by James Hilton (Published 1933).

 

1931 - After his father’s death, Doc Titan dedicates his life to traveling the world, battling evil-doers and helping those in need. With the aid of his five friends, Doc lives a life of breathtaking action, deadly peril and incredible adventure. His only known surviving relative is his cousin, Pamela ‘Pam’ Titan.

His incredible wealth is comes from his father’s worldly expeditions and treasure hunts, and from astute stock investments. His close friend, Bartholomew ‘Bart’ J. Blackwell, is rumored to be one of the most successful stock market investors of the 1930’s and 1940’s.

His offices are located in the Titan Tower building in New York City, between East 36th and 37th streets, between Madison and Park Avenues. His main offices are on the 116th floor, private quarters for his associates occupy the 117th, the world’s largest reference library is on the 118th, and his private laboratories fill the 119th. The top four floors are designed for zeppelin landings and houses a fleet of auto-gyros. Titan is the sole owner of 124 floor Titan Tower, the world’s tallest building.

Less than two miles to the northwest is the Global Navigator Consortium warehouse, where he stores many world-spanning vehicles, including the Windjammer, a massive zeppelin, and the submarine, Seablade, a gift from the notorious Captain Nemo. This warehouse is located south of the Lincoln Tunnel and west of 12th Avenue.

Doc Titan’s Hidden Acropolis, a remote retreat, is located on Thor Island, below Ellef Ringnes Island, between Canada and Greenland. (78°12.00 North, 103°8.00 West) (If you plan on going there, take a jacket. It’s rather brisk.)

 

1932 - Doc Titan meets his 18-year old cousin, Pamela Titan, for the first time. Her father recently passed away under mysterious circumstances and together they find the killers. Pam possesses a massive, custom-made antique eight cylinder pistol, based on the Webley-Fosbery self-cocking, top-break automatic revolver. This gun used to belong to William Alexander Titan, her father, who inherited it from his father, Colonel Simon Titan aka Colonel Richard Henry Savage. She is a superb marksman.

Soon after moving to New York City, Pam establishes her first beauty salon, catering to the rich and famous. She also displays an appetite for fast cars and owns several 1928 Mercedes-Benz 680 S Saoutchik Torpedo Roadsters.

By the mid-1940’s, Pam has proven to be an incredibly astute business-woman, owning a chain of luxurious health spas and beauty salons, catering to the rich and famous. She has also amassed a fortune by investing in other companies and institutions, including banks, airlines and cosmetics. Rumor has it that she might even have more money than her cousin, Doc Titan. She is close friends and business partners with Megan Meriwether, Whitney Van Pelt, and Cassandra ‘Cassie’ Greyson. Together, they form the Hunter Island Holding Company. The four women are the main characters of the novella entitled The Hunter Island Adventure.

 

1933 - King Kong is brought to New York City after being captured on Skull Island in the Indian Ocean by Carl Denham, an American film producer.

 

1935 - Gotham Police Commissioner James ‘Wildcat’ Gordon starts his battle against crime as The Whisperer. Gordon is the grandson of former Secret Service agent Artemus Gordon.

 

1937 - Events of Python Men of the Lost City by Chester Hawks. Captain Rex Hazzard’s first recorded adventure. In 1948, he will marry Pam Titan.

 

1937 - Events of Citadel of Fear, Curse of the Red Maggot and Cavemen of New York by Ron Fortier, chronicling the continuing adventures of Captain Hazzard.

 

1937 - Doc Titan’s first encounter with the dangerous villain named Victor Kaine. At the end of the adventure, Kaine is believed to be dead. Much to Doc’s surprise, only months after the first conflict, Kaine returns from the grave.

 

1938, June 30 - First appear of Superman in Action Comics #1.

 

1938, October 30 - Radio adaptation of H.G. Wells’ novel, The War of the Worlds is aired by the Columbia Broadcasting System radio network. The Halloween drama is directed and narrated by Orson Welles.

 

1938 - Doc Titan crosses paths with his archenemy Victor Kaine for the third time, as witnessed in Pulp Heroes - Khan Dynasty.

 

 1938 - Captain Lucifer (Lewis Afar) begins adventures with agents nicknamed the Satan’s Angels. These include Irish, Lank, Shyster, Sad Sack, Ape, Prof, Dusty, and Johnnie English.

 

1938 - Events of Pulp Heroes - The Khan Dynasty by Wayne Reinagel (Published 2009).

 

1938 - Simon Blake, the Guardian, begins gathering agents and establishes Unsolved Mysteries, Incorporated.

 

1939, May - First appearance of Batman in Detective Comics #27.

 

1939 - Death of John Hamish Watson, the exact date is unknown.

 

1939, October - The first appearance of Prince Namor, the Sub-Mariner (Timely Comics’ Marvel Comics No. 1). Although Namor is initially bent on revenge against land-dwellers for the destruction of his undersea home and deaths of his people, he eventually works with the Allies during World War II to defeat the Axis powers.

 

1940, June - Events of The Origin of The Spirit by Will Eisner. Denny Colt’s first case, in which criminologist Colt, presumed dead, sets up his headquarters in Wildwood Cemetery, just north of Central City.

 

1941, March - Events of Sentry #1. Professor Kirskine successfully tests his research formulas on volunteer James Ethan Adams.

 

1941, December - Events of the classic film Casablanca.

 

1942, May - Events of The Sting of the Green Hornet by Ron Fortier.

 

1944 - Events of Hunter Island Adventure by Wayne Reinagel (Published 2009). (Exact date not established.)

 

1945 - Events of Pulp Heroes - More Than Mortal by Wayne Reinagel (Published 2008).

 

1945 - Sentry aka James Ethan Adams is thrown into suspended animation in the North Atlantic. Kid Sentry aka Christopher ‘Cody’ Sawyer is believed dead.

 

1945, May 7 - World War II ends.

 

1949 - Events of Pulp Heroes - Sanctuary Falls by Wayne Reinagel (Published 2010).

 

1961, May 7 - Birth of Wayne Reinagel. The world will never be the same.

 

Note: The above information was compiled utilizing a combination of ginormous amounts of personal research, input from various pulp and novel fans, and Philip Jose Farmer’s Wold-Newton Universe, edited by Win Scott Eckert.