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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).
Art 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.[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]

Collected editionsEdit

  • The Steve Ditko Omnibus Volume 1 includes stories from Time Warp #1-4, 480 pages, September 2011, ISBN 978-1401231118
  • 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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