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 Silver Age DisContinuity 006
Prisoners of Doctor Doom! Part 1
Part 2 Back to the Past!
Part 3 On the Trail of Blackbeard
Part 4 Battle
Part 5 “The Vengeance of Doctor Doom!
Publication Date / On Sale Date:
July 1962 / April 10, 1962
Writer / Artists:
Stan Lee, Jack Kirby
On the last panel of page four the borders are done in the flashback style, but the flashback ends in the previous panel.
Ben Grimm (as Blackbeard): Why can’t I stay? The future holds nothing for me! In the twentieth century I’m nothing’ but a monster… a freak! But here I’m somebody! I’m a leader of men! I’m a captain! I’m the guy who started the Legend of Blackbeard! The kids will read about me in school some day! I ain’t given’ this up… Never!
First the FF is put off by a tiger, now a moat full of crocodiles?
And just to prove how cool he is, Doom escapes by jet pack.
Comics in the Marvel Universe are different from the books we read here in our world. For one thing, in the continuity of Marvel, the secret identity of the Hulk is not yet known, so the comic about his exploits can not reveal his identity as Bruce Banner. Kirby must have realized this on some level because thought the cover of the book Johnny is reading is somewhat similar to the book as it exists in our world, exact details are difficult to make out, and the Hulk is colored purple, of all things.
Also, the back cover of the magazine in Johnny’s hands is a gigantic pin-up of the purple Hulk, not an advertisement as it was in our world.
There’s an ad in this issue for the Incredible Hulk 001:
New York City, the stronghold of Doctor Doom
I would love additional comments and insights.