One of the greatest guides to the concept of continuity in a specific series is The DisContinuity Guide: The Unofficial Doctor Who Companion by Paul Cornell, Martin Day and Keith Topping, first put out in 1995. From my point of view the genius of this work is in the way the authors peel back the layers of a complex text like Doctor Who, and start back at the beginning, when we didn’t know anything about the series or what it would eventually evolve into.
This allows us to see the ways in which the universe was expanded, sometimes carefully, often times not. We get to see undeveloped themes and the earliest examples of new themes.
Like an evolutionary biologist studying our small, brown furred burrowing human ancestors, we get a look at the way things were without the baggage of the way things are.
Marvel Comics DisContinuity 004
The Coming of… Sub-Mariner!
On the Trail of the Human Torch!
Enter the Sub-Mariner!
Let the World Beware!
Return to the Deep!
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When the Sub-Mariner meets the Human Torch, he doesn’t seem to remember that he met another Human Torch, Jim Hammond, years ago in Marvel Mystery Comics #8 and subsequent issues. Perhaps this is an aftereffect of his amnesia.
Namor: Revenge!! I’m talking about the revenge I shall have for the destruction of my undersea kingdom!!
Johnny: I hate to say it, Thing… but, I’m proud of you!
Ben: Big deal! That, and a dime, will get me a cup of coffee!
Sue: “This is the first time (sob) that the Torch’s section (of the Fantasticar) has been left behind.”
Caption: “No, Namor, Prince of the sea, isn’t quite human– for his race was old when the stars were young!”
|Note the way Namor grips that sea-horn.|
When Reed recaps the previous issue, he leaves out the fact that the giant monster brought to life wasn’t actually brought to life at all, but made to seem to come to life via the hypnosis of the Miracle Man. Also, Reed seems to think that the Torch is also on the run from the police and the army. There’s a panel of the Torch melting through steel walls from Fantastic Four #2, but in reality all those misunderstandings with the authorities were resolved by that issues end, so Reed comes off as rather confused.
Namor, the Sub-Mariner, hasn’t been seen in comics since Sub-Mariner Comics #42, in 1955, seven years previous.