Time Warp (comics)

Time Warp is the name of an American science fiction comic book anthology series published by DC Comics for five issues from 1979 to 1980. A Time Warp one-shot was published by Vertigo in May 2013.

Time Warp
Cover for Time Warp #1 (Oct.–Nov. 1979) by Michael Kaluta.
Publication information
PublisherDC Comics
FormatOngoing series
Publication dateSeries:
October–November 1979 – June–July 1980
One-shot: May 2013
No. of issuesSeries: 5
One-shot: 1
Creative team
Written by

Publication historyEdit

In 1978, DC Comics intended to revive its science-fiction anthology series Strange Adventures. These plans were put on hold that year due to the DC Implosion, a line-wide scaling back of the company's publishing output. When the project was revived a year later, the title was changed to Time Warp and the series was in the Dollar Comics format.[1][2] The first issue was published with an October–November 1979 cover date. Michael Kaluta provided the cover art for the entire run.[3]

The title featured a mixture of both established comics creators and new talent, such as Dennis O'Neil, Howard Chaykin, Mike Netzer, Arnold Drake, Don Newton, Steve Mitchell, Dick Giordano, Tom Sutton, J.M. DeMatteis, Scott Edelman, Vicatan, Paul Levitz and others.[4] The writing team of Dan Mishkin and Gary Cohn made their comics debut in issue #3 with the three-page short story "On the Day of His Return" which was drawn by Steve Ditko.[5]

Time Warp was canceled with issue #5 (June–July 1980) and unused inventory originally intended for the series was published in a revival of the Mystery in Space title.[6] Other Time Warp stories appeared in the mystery anthology The Unexpected.[3]

A one-shot was published by DC's Vertigo imprint in May 2013.[7] It included a Rip Hunter story by writer Damon Lindelof and artist Jeff Lemire.[8][9][10] Other contributors included Tom King, Gail Simone, Peter Milligan, Matt Kindt, Toby Litt and Mark Buckingham.

Collected editionsEdit

  • The Steve Ditko Omnibus Volume 1 includes stories from Time Warp #1–4, 480 pages, September 2011, ISBN 978-1401231118
  • DC Through the 80s: The End of Eras includes Time Warp #2–3, 520 pages, December 2020, ISBN 978-1779500878
  • Pulp Fiction Library: Mystery in Space includes "Brief Encounter" from Time Warp #5, 208 pages, September 1999, ISBN 1-56389-494-7


  1. ^ Wells, John (October 24, 1997), "'Lost' DC: The DC Implosion", Comics Buyer's Guide, Iola, Wisconsin (1249), p. 134
  2. ^ McAvennie, Michael; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "1970s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. London, United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. p. 183. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9. DC wanted to bring back Strange Adventures (last published in November 1973) as a Dollar Comic-sized anthology...the series was eventually green-lit, though under a new name - Time Warp - that evoked more of a sci-fi feel.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  3. ^ a b Time Warp at the Grand Comics Database
  4. ^ Levitz, Paul (2010). "The Bronze Age 1970–1984". 75 Years of DC Comics The Art of Modern Mythmaking. Cologne, Germany: Taschen. p. 478. ISBN 9783836519816. [Time Warp] often paired seasoned veterans like Spider-Man's Steve Ditko with promising newcomers like J. M. DeMatteis.
  5. ^ Romero, Max (July 2012). "I'll Buy That For a Dollar! DC Comics' Dollar Comics". Back Issue!. Raleigh, North Carolina: TwoMorrows Publishing (57): 39–41. 'On the Day of His Return', written by Dan Mishkin and Gary Cohn. It was their first sale and they were stunned it was drawn by Steve [Ditko].
  6. ^ Wells, John (October 24, 1997), "'Lost' DC: 1976–1980", Comics Buyer's Guide, Iola, Wisconsin (1249), p. 129
  7. ^ Time Warp one-shot at the Grand Comics Database
  8. ^ "Vertigo Showcases Time Warp Anthology Art". Comic Book Resources. February 22, 2013. Archived from the original on July 14, 2013. Retrieved July 13, 2013.
  9. ^ "Lindelof, Lemire do the Time Warp with Rip Hunter". USA Today. March 25, 2013. Archived from the original on July 14, 2013. Retrieved July 13, 2013.
  10. ^ Khouri, Andy (April 2, 2013). "Vertigo's Time Warp Anthology Returns Rip Hunter and Trolls with Super-Science". ComicsAlliance. Archived from the original on July 14, 2013. Retrieved July 13, 2013.

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