Modern Salad Days

By Martin Lel

Edited by Collin Colsher
Special thanks to Chris J Miller, Ratcreature, and Axerockstar (on the ComicVine forums)[1]



Bruce Wayne is born to Dr. Thomas Wayne and Martha Wayne. See “How Old is Bruce Wayne?” for details as to why Bruce’s birth year is 1963. A reference in The Batman Files, in the form of a photograph, shows Bruce with his mom on the day of his birth. (The Batman Files was written by Matthew Manning, and produced by DC Comics and Lionheart Books, in 2011. The physical book itself is a literal scrapbook that Batman makes shortly before the end of the Modern Age. It functions as a recap of the entire Modern Age from Batman’s perspective. The Batman Files is highly comprehensive to the point of being encyclopedic, but it must be viewed only as a quasi-canonical publication for a couple reasons. First, it has some things out of order. Second, it contains hundreds of images from various canon and non-canon comics throughout the Modern Age and Bronze Age—most of which are re-imagined as photos. This pair of problems means that not everything inside The Batman Files is necessarily 100% kosher. Many photos, clippings, and other scrapbooking ephemera will eventually go in this scrapbook, some of which comes from Bruce’s time as a young boy and teenager. This means that someone was always around snapping a lot of pictures, which, after development, usually eventually made their way back into storage at Wayne Manor somehow. Moving forward on our timeline, we won’t make specific reference to each photo being taken, but be aware that the pictures are being quite frequently snapped, printed-out, and stored.)



–FLASHBACK: From Batman #0, Christmas with the Super-Heroes #2, Secret Origins of the World’s Greatest Super-Heroes—and also referenced in The Batman Files. Originally told via flashback from The Dark Knight Returns #1, which is technically only canon in the Frank Miller-verse. Four-year-old Bruce falls through the earth in his garden, finding himself within a gigantic cave. This is the first time he sees what will become the Batcave. Afterward, Bruce’s dad comforts him. Bruce’s mom has the traumatized Bruce draw a picture about his experience, which features scary evil bats and the word “No” scrawled about.


–REFERENCE: In Solo #5 and The Batman Files. Little Bruce poses for a photograph, which will eventually get framed and hung in Wayne Manor. Likewise, Bruce is captured in a couple candid photos with his mom and dad, exemplifying the idyllic childhood he leads.

–REFERENCE: Batman: Dark Victory #9. A happy Bruce watches with admiration as his beautiful parents get dolled up for a night on the town. Bruce will often watch his parents, growing to idolize them.

–REFERENCE: In The Batman Files. Martha and Thomas see West Side Story in the theater, taking Bruce with them. There, Bruce meets and plays with young Kirk Langstrom, whose parents are also there to watch the film. This is the only interaction that Bruce and Kirk will have until they are adults.

–FLASHBACK: From Batman #0. A curious Bruce chat with his mom and dad, learning exactly what his parents do as the heads of WayneCorp/Wayne Enterprises. Thomas and Martha Wayne instill the value of empathy upon the boy, telling him how important philanthropy and charity are to their business.

–FLASHBACK: From Batman #0—and referenced in Batman #404. Butler Alfred Pennyworth joins the Wayne family. Alfred will be in charge of the household and a caregiver to Bruce. He is the quintessential old-school butler, an expert in cooking and housekeeping. With the ring of a bell, he will always come post-haste, eager to serve his “masters.” The polymathic Alfred is also a medic, stage actor, auto mechanic, and chef.

–“Of Mice and Men” by Alan Grant/Scott McDaniel (The Batman Chronicles #5 Part 3) Summer 1996
Alfred has only been working as the Waynes’ butler for a week, but he decides to resign, feeling he’s only working because he made a promise to his father on his deathbed. Bruce returns home with a black eye, but won’t say how he got it. His father sends him to his room without supper. Then, Alfred sneaks in to bring him some food anyway, and also gives him a pulp magazine featuring Zorro. At school Bruce steps in again when another kid is bullied, but this time he lures the bully into a trap he prepared, so that a bucket of molasses falls on him, and the bully is humiliated. At home Bruce tells Alfred about it, and also asks Alfred to stay, causing Alfred to change his mind. When Martha Wayne discovers the Zorro magazine (something they forbade Bruce to have, thinking it “corrupts the growing mind”), Alfred takes the blame.

–REFERENCE: In Superman/Batman #50. Suffering due to not embracing the corruption of Gotham, the Wayne family business, WayneCorp/Wayne Enterprises, almost goes bankrupt until Thomas Wayne finds a Kryptonian probe sent to Earth by Jor-El (Kal-El’s father). After chatting with Jor-El via astral projection and then scavenging the probe’s technology, the company flourishes. Thomas buries the alien probe deep in the Batcave so that no one will ever find it in the future.

–REFERENCE: In Superman #710. Reading a Crimson Avenger comic, Bruce first hears about the mystical Himalayan city of Nanda Parbat.

–FLASHBACK: From Batman #673. Five-year-old Bruce plays with the family’s well, attracting the attention of several bats that make him aware of his own mortality for the first time.

–FLASHBACK: From Batman: Gotham Knights #7. Family doctor Leslie Thompkins visits the Waynes to look after Bruce, who has pneumonia. At Wayne Manor, Leslie meets Alfred.

–FLASHBACK: From Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight Halloween Special #3—and also referenced in The Batman Files. Halloween. It’s Bruce’s favorite holiday! Unfortunately, Bruce laments not being able to go trick-or-treating with his father because the latter has to work late. On the next night of the Halloween weekend, a happier Bruce dresses-up as a skeleton and carves bats into pumpkins.

–FLASHBACK: From Batman #609 and Batman #615. Being the only kid not intimidated by the Wayne fortune (due to his own family’s vast fortune), Tommy Elliot approaches Bruce in school and befriends him. (Tommy’s mom and dad are famous Gotham couple, Roger Elliot and Marla Elliot.) The boys bond over their shared interest of strategy board games. They also play hide-and-seek around a graveyard. Despite Tommy being a bit off, Bruce will hang out with him quite often, moving forward. NOTE: Detective Comics #846 reveals that Tommy is two years older than Bruce.

–REFERENCE: In Batman #484 and The Batman Files. Bruce meets and befriends another son of famous Gothamites, Roman Sionis. And, like Tommy Elliot, this boy ain’t quite right in the head either. What is it with Gotham’s rich kids? Thomas Wayne and Roman’s father, Charles Sionis, head of the Janus Cosmetics empire, are golfing buddies. Bruce and Roman will hang out quite often, moving forward, but we’ll have to imagine these instances invisibly scattered throughout our timeline below.

–REFERENCE: In Detective Comics #685 Part 2 and Detective Comics #691. Bruce picks up his dad’s sport of golfing and becomes quite good at it in his own right. Bruce will play golf on-and-off for the rest of his life, becoming quite the expert.

–REFERENCE: In Detective Comics #678. Although much too young to drive, a fascinated Bruce gets acquainted with his father’s vast collection of antique cars, which will one day (too soon) be his.

–REFERENCE: In Detective Comics #678. 1969. A six-year-old Bruce plays near an old dry well and falls into it. Alfred helps him get out.

–REFERENCE: In Batman: Dark Victory #1. Bruce attends one of his parents’ lavish annual Christmas parties for the first time. He will attend the Christmas party every year (albeit invisibly on our timeline) leading up to his parents’ deaths.



–FLASHBACK: From Batman: The Dark Knight #1. Bruce meets friends of the family, the Goldens: Aleister Golden and young daughter Dawn Golden. Dawn acts quite coldly at first, not giving Bruce any attention. During the summer, Bruce’s parents fly abroad, a separation that leaves Bruce heartbroken but also makes him more prepared for their upcoming deaths. When they come back, they gift him a kite, but Dawn loses it. Fighting over this, the kids manage to bond.

–REFERENCE: In The Batman Files. October 31. Bruce’s mom softens on her anti-Zorro stance, realizing that Bruce loves the character so much. She allows Bruce to dress-up as Zorro for Halloween.

–REFERENCE: In Batman #406. Young Bruce learns to ski. He will ski on-and-off as a hobby, moving forward, and will become quite skilled at skiing by the time he reaches adulthood.



–REFERENCE: In Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #79. Bruce receives the last gift he will ever get from his parents: a wooden train.

–FLASHBACK: From Batman #595—originally told in Detective Comics #235. A few months before the death of the Waynes, Thomas attends a costume party dressed as Zorro. (The quasi-canonical Batman Files incorrectly lists this party as a Halloween party when it should be a masquerade party.) Thomas briefly leaves the party to help save the life of Lew Moxon‘s nephew, who has a bullet wound from an attempted robbery. Thomas saves the man’s life but refuses to take any hush money, angering Lew Moxon. Back at the party, Bruce, impressed by the Zorro costume, asks his dad to take him to see a Zorro movie next time it plays.[3]

–FLASHBACK: From Batman: The Long Halloween #9. Seems like gangsters just love bringing their injured to Gotham’s brightest surgeon while he is at home and off the clock. Italian Mafia boss Vincent Falcone brings his bullet-wounded son Carmine “The Roman” Falcone to the steps of Wayne Manor, demanding that the doc fix him up. Dr. Wayne learns that Carmine has been shot by rival gangster Luigi Maroni. Despite reservations, Thomas saves the younger Falcone’s life. A young Bruce secretly watches. Later, Thomas reports Luigi’s attempted murder to the Gotham City Police Department (GCPD), but the corrupt cops do nothing.

–REFERENCE: In Batman #611 and The Batman Files. Bruce first learns all about the adventures of Gotham’s classic superhero, Green Lantern (Alan Scott). He also learns about the existence of the undead Solomon Grundy, a longtime city resident and arch-rival to Green Lantern. Solomon Grundy Halloween costumes are very popular in Gotham.

–FLASHBACK: From Batman #611. On a visit to Metropolis, Bruce Wayne and Tommy are entranced by a glimpse of Green Lantern (Alan Scott) battling The Icicle.

–REFERENCE: In The Batman Files. While his dad relaxes in an easy chair in one of Wayne Manor’s living rooms, Bruce plays with some Wild West action figures modeled off of real-life historical cowboys Jonah Hex and The Gray Ghost.

–FLASHBACK: From Batman #610 and Batman #619—and referenced in Detective Comics #846 and Detective Comics #850. Hating his parents, Roger and Marla Elliot, a ten-year-old Tommy severs the brake line of their limo, causing a car accident that kills his father and puts his mother in a permanent wheelchair. Only the stellar surgical skills of Dr. Thomas Wayne prevent Marla from dying too. Only GCPD Detective Slam Bradley suspects foul play, but nothing ever comes of his brief investigation.

–FLASHBACK: From Detective Comics #846 and Batman #613. Tommy shows Bruce a jade pendant his mother gifted him. When Bruce steals it, Tommy loses control and punches Bruce until he can get the pendant back, as shown in Batman #613. This item must take place after the car accident, because Tommy’s mother gives the pendant to him when she is recovering from the crash, in Detective Comics #846.

–FLASHBACK: From Detective comics #847. Summer. While at a summer camp with Bruce, Tommy attacks a boy and ends up in a psychiatric ward. Tommy blames Bruce and his mother for his outburst. He is soon released by an intern named Jonathan Crane.

–FLASHBACK: From Batman #591—and referenced in Batman #591-592. Summer. While staying at the Du Lac Resort in France, eight-year-old Bruce meets Mallory Moxon, befriending her. She gives him his first kiss. Mallory’s father Lew Moxon argues with Thomas Wayne about their previous encounter.

–FLASHBACK: From Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #201. A smiling happy Bruce hangs out with this dad, who shows him how to properly tie a necktie.

–REFERENCE: In Batman: Legends of The Dark Knight #7-9. September to late November. Bruce is sent to an upstate private school, a breeding ground for scandals involving perverted teachers and bully prefects. He makes a friend, Robert, until he promptly disappears, presumably having been killed by the school’s headmaster, Manfred Winchester (aka “Mr. Whisper”). Scared, Bruce asks to leave the school the 24th of November, and his father arrives the following day. After talking to the headmaster, Thomas figures out that Mr. Winchester has killed several children and plans to expose him, but a tragedy happening the following day prevents him from doing so.

–FLASHBACK: From Crisis on Infinite Earths #11, Batman: Dark Victory #1, Superman Vol. 2 #76, Batman #0, Detective Comics #0, Batman #459, Batman #519, Batman #561, Batman Confidential #40-43, Superman/Batman #1, Batman #608 Prologue (“The Batman: Who He is and How He Came to be”), Batman: Seduction of the Gun #1, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #139, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #202, and the second feature to 52 #46—and also referenced in Batman: Death and the Maidens #1, Batman: The Man Who Laughs, Nightwing #153, Batman #457, Batman #591, Frank Miller’s “Batman: Year One,” Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #1, the second feature to Countdown to Final Crisis #19, and The Batman Files. Late November.[4] After watching The Mark of Zorro at the Monarch Theater on Park Row, Bruce Wayne witnesses the murder of his parents at the hands of Joe Chill. The quasi-canonical Batman Files reveals that Bruce holds onto his movie ticket stub, which he will keep into adulthood as a dark reminder of this fateful night.

–FLASHBACK: From Batman Incorporated Vol. 2 #13—and referenced in Batman #0. Officer James Gordon of the GCPD arrives to the murder scene, where he takes care of Bruce. Leslie Thompkins is there too. Note that Jim Gordon will move to Chicago shortly after this.

–FLASHBACK: From Batman #0, Batman: Shadow of the Bat #0, Detective Comics #791, Batman: Dark Victory #1, Batman: Dark Victory #9, and the second feature to 52 #46—and referenced in Batman Confidential #42 and Batman #0. Bruce attends and assists his parents’ public funeral, which garners many visitors. Bruce, despite being devastated, doesn’t shed any tears. Nevertheless, he is consoled by many of the attendees, including the creepy Carmine Falcone. Despite having met on a couple occasions before, Leslie Thompkins reintroduces herself as well. After the funeral, Bruce stands in his parents’ bedroom and talks with Alfred. Shortly after that, Bruce makes a solemn graveside vow that he will devote his life to fighting crime. When he learns from Leslie that the state intends to assume custody of him, Bruce forges several documents that allow him to stay in at Wayne Manor in the legal custody of Alfred and Leslie. A reference in Detective Comics #793 also mentions that Leslie will be a caregiver to Bruce now that his parents are gone—although, Leslie won’t stay at Wayne Manor and will briefly move to Africa in a few years, making Alfred the primary caregiver. As referenced in Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne #5, Bruce’s grandparents on the Kane side of the family (Elizabeth “Betsy” Kane and Roderick Kane) are alive and at the funeral, but they have been estranged from the Wayne side of the family for some time, hence their lack of involvement in rearing the orphaned child. Likewise, as referenced in Batman #656, Bruce’s Aunt Agatha Wayne (Thomas’ sister) is also at the funeral. Bruce and Aunt Agatha will remain on good terms, moving forward, but she won’t really be around. Also note that Batman Confidential #42 tells us that Bruce, unable to fully process the tragedy, won’t be able to shed any tears of sadness for his parents for quite some time following their deaths.

–FLASHBACK: From Batman #591. Traumatized by his parent’s deaths, Bruce has constant nightmares. Alfred calms him by telling him there are no criminals out when it’s raining because nobody likes the rain. The date is not shown, but this placement seems appropriate. Alfred will often use this rain story to calm young Bruce, moving forward.

–FLASHBACK: From Detective Comics #791. Leslie and Alfred discuss the recent Wayne family tragedy. Leslie admits that Bruce’s cold stare frightens her, while Bruce overhears.

–REFERENCE: In Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne #5 and Superman/Batman Secret Files Part 3. Alfred takes Bruce on a several-month-long trip to California shortly after his parents’ deaths. (Marsha Lamarr says they’ve gone “to Hawaii or something,” but Superman/Batman Secret Files confirms the destination.)

–“When Clark met Bruce” by Jeph Loeb/Tim Sale (Superman/Batman Secret Files Part 3) November 2003
While Clark Kent and Pete Ross play baseball, Bruce and Alfred visit Smallville in the middle of their California road trip. Surprised at seeing such an expensive car, Clark and Pete consider asking Bruce to join their game, but they decide against it.

–REFERENCE: In Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne #5. The grieving young Bruce continues his California road trip with Alfred.

–NOTE: In Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne #4-5. While the grieving young Bruce continues his California road trip with Alfred, an amnesiac adult Bruce from 2010, trapped in time and now a “living weapon” (thanks to a Hyper-Adapter trap set by Darkseid), time-jumps from the late 1800s to right now. Despite the fact that it is 1971, writer Grant Morrison honors the aesthetic of the Golden Age, painting Gotham’s citizenry in Art Deco styles and film noir fashions, explaining it by saying the city is going through a 30s/40s retro phase right at the moment. (As referenced in The Batman Files, the first thing the injured but momentarily clear-headed Bruce does in 1971 is to frantically write down all he can remember—about Simon Hurt, Jonah Hex, and his time-traveling—into the Jack Valor/Mordecai journal-diary.) The bloody Bruce, still with a bad bullet wound thanks to Hex, then scurries onto a busy street and collapses in front of a truck, which hits him. Bruce slips into unconsciousness and is taken to a hospital where he is saved but remains comatose. An amnesiac Bruce later awakens in the hospital. Marsha Lamarr, who claims to be Martha Wayne’s “best friend,” recruits Bruce, mistaking him for a John Doe, to play the role of the deceased Thomas Wayne (Bruce’s father) in a ruse that will supposedly flush out the Wayne killer. Bruce is told that he will don Thomas’ old masquerade bat-costume and is to appear at an underworld meeting at Wayne Cemetery, and all will fall into place. A nurse gives him a 30s style suit and returns his only possession, the Valor/Mordecai diary, which he realizes is in his own handwriting. Marsha and Bruce then visit Betsy Kane and Roderick Kane, with Bruce posing as a private-eye. Betsy, who has no love for the Waynes, makes wild claims that Thomas is still alive and is responsible for the execution of her daughter. Betsy also says accuses Thomas of drug-abuse, rape, and devil-worship. Roderick tries to moan out Simon Hurt’s name, but is physically incapable of doing so, since he’s been permanently injured by Hurt and confined to an iron lung. At Wayne Manor, Bruce thinks something is fishy as he puts on the bat-costume, but Marsha distracts him with a kiss. Black Glove members assemble to perform an occult ritual. Dr. Simon Hurt, John Mayhew, Professor Carter Nichols, Commissioner Gillian Loeb (!), and Mayor Jessup are all in attendance.[5] Bruce emerges from the shadows only to be clubbed by Marsha, who reveals herself as a Black Glove member. Hurt plans to use an invention of Nichols’ to open a hole in time in order to summon the evil demon Barbatos.[6] The Black Glove has selected the amnesic Bruce as the perfect sacrifice for their Barbatos ritual since his identity is unknown and nobody will miss him. The ritual also serves a double purpose; Mayhew films the proceedings, with Marsha dressed-up and wearing a wig to look like Martha Wayne and Bruce playing the role of his masked father, to be used as false documentary evidence to smear the Waynes. After dousing Bruce with gasoline, the villains set him ablaze! However, before things get even more out-of-hand, Nichols turns his back on the Black Glove and refuses to open the time portal. A burning Bruce uses this momentary delay to snatch the device from Nichols’ hands. Bruce activates the machine and teleports to the Vanishing Point, a mere hour before the total destruction of the universe and the literal “End of Time” (somewhere around the year 100 billion).

–REFERENCE: In Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne #5. Shortly after the time-displaced adult Bruce leaps into the far future, young Bruce and Alfred return to Gotham from their California trip. They won’t be aware of any of the wild stuff has occurred at their home.

–FLASHBACK: From Batman Confidential #42. Bruce finds a bloody bird with a hunter’s bullet in it on the outskirts of the Wayne Manor property. He freaks out and tries to dig the bullet out before returning home covered in blood to the surprise of a startled Alfred. Bruce locks himself in his room and slips into a catatonic state, unable to unlock his eyes from his down feather pillow, which now reminds him of both the dead bird and his dead parents. (Note that this flashback, from Sam Kieth’s “Ghosts” storyline, is also shown in Kieth’s earlier Batman: Secrets mini-series. Unfortunately, Secrets—along with Kieth’s Batman/Lobo mini-series—is non-canon.)[7]



–FLASHBACK: From Detective Comics #833. On Bruce Wayne’s first birthday after his parents’ deaths, Zatara the Magician (Giovanni “John” Zatara) performs at the party. He worked with the Waynes on many children’s charities, so when he became a father himself he was more than willing to help children in need like Bruce. Bruce meets and befriends his young daughter Zatanna Zatara. Zatanna and Bruce will hang out from time to time and become very close.

–REFERENCE: In The Batman Files. A nine-year-old Bruce crashes his bike and injures himself pretty badly. Dr. Leslie Thompkins scolds Bruce and nurses him back to health.

–REFERENCE: In Starman Vol. 2 #35 Part 1. Despite the tangential trauma attached to film because of his parents’ movie theater deaths, Bruce still really enjoys watching movies. In fact, cinema now becomes one of young Bruce’s passions and it will be a hobby for the rest of his life.

–FLASHBACK: From the second feature to Batman: Gotham Knights #1 (Batman: Black & White). Bruce takes apart a calculator in order to learn how it works.

–FLASHBACK: From Batman #592. Summer 1972. The summer following the Wayne deaths, Bruce is forced to attend the Du Lac Resort again, where he sees Mallory Moxon again. She tries to cheer him up throughout the rest of the summer, to no avail.

–FLASHBACK: From Batman: Gotham Knights #7. Leslie visits Bruce and checks him for a fever.

–FLASHBACK: From Detective Comics #792. Leslie leaves for Africa to dedicate herself to her clinic full-time. Bruce attempts to change her mind, but she knows Gotham will be taken care of as long as Bruce is there.

–FLASHBACK: From Detective Comics #792. Summer 1974. The summer before his 12th birthday, Bruce travels to Africa to visit Leslie. Her clinic is attacked by the military, and Bruce attempts to stop them, but he’s too inexperienced and too little. In the end, Alfred saves the day, and Leslie returns to Gotham within a year.

–REFERENCE: In Detective Comics #614. An 11-year-old Bruce begins attending one of the most expensive private academies in Gotham. He also begins studying with the best private tutors.



–FLASHBACK: From Batman #0, Detective Comics #614, and the second feature to 52 #46. Bruce, now 12-years-old, continues his studies at one of the most expensive academies in Gotham. He studies with the best private tutors, learning the Classics in Latin and Greek. At Wayne Manor, the extremely bookish Bruce takes up chemistry, yoga, collecting and listening to opera records, and model rocketry as his primary hobbies. His primary focus above all else, however, is criminology. Bruce also begins working out in the gym.

–FLASHBACK: From Detective Comics #614. Late November, 1975. On the anniversary of his parents’ deaths, 12-year-old Bruce visits Crime Alley (formerly known as Park Row) to pay his respects, leaving a single rose on the ground. While there, young Bruce is accosted by members of The Street Demonz, one of Gotham’s most notorious and longest-running biker gangs. The Street Demonz beat up Bruce, but he gets saved by a homeless bag lady. Alfred then picks up Bruce.

–REFERENCE: In Detective Comics #792 and The Batman Files. Bruce picks up several fighting styles, teaching himself self-defense, boxing, and mixed martial arts. He also begins learning the art of meditation and taking professional art classes. Bruce will train and study all of these things, moving forward, slowly perfecting his craft in each field.

–REFERENCE: In Detective Comics #696. Bruce, old enough to take stock in his parents’ material belongings and in his future estate, familiarizes himself with the lavish items in Wayne Manor. Bruce will begin studying design, fashion, the history of furniture styles, and antique appraising. Like all of his other interests, Bruce will eventually become an expert in all of these things.

–FLASHBACK: From Batman: Shadow of the Bat #0. A thirteen-year-old Bruce obsessively goes to the gym and library. He teaches himself how to read lips from a how-to book.

–REFERENCE: In Batman #404, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #172, The Long Halloween, and The Batman Files. September to November 1976. (Note that the main narrative of Two-Face: Year One #1-2 is totally out-of-continuity, but the story contains references to Harvey Dent’s past are still pretty legit. Some of the flesh of this very notation—in regard to Dent’s past—comes from Two-Face: Year One #1-2, as properly filtered through the canonical lens of Batman #404, LOTDK #172, The Batman Files, and The Long Halloween.) In September, 13-year-old Bruce leaves the cocoon of Wayne Manor to begin attending yet another of Gotham’s most expensive schools: Gotham Preparatory School for Boys. There, Bruce bunks with 14-year-old Harvey Dent, who becomes a close friend that will help him through the good times and the bad.[8] At this point, Bruce also begins journaling, something he will do for the rest of his life. (The cursive font used by Bruce in Frank Miller’s “Year One” indicates that he constantly writes about everything that happens to him in a journal. This means that Bruce’s juvenilia will continue into adulthood and long into his career as a masked vigilante. Starting now, we must imagine—sprinkled invisibly throughout this entire chronology—Bruce pausing from time to time to make entries into this journal. Site contributor LUKASZ notes that Bruce was inspired to begin journaling because his father used to suggest writing down his thoughts as a way to solve problems. I don’t know where that specific reference comes from, but if anyone knows, I’ll be sure to add it in above.) Bruce purchases a grappling gun and begins using it to sneak around campus at night to train, usually while avoiding security guards, doing this practice for months. During this time, Bruce also studies under several local private tutors and will take sporadic monthlong sabbaticals to travel across America as well.

–REFERENCE: In Detective Comics #614. Late November, 1976. On the anniversary of his parents’ deaths, 13-year-old Bruce again visits Crime Alley to pay his respects, leaving a single rose on the ground.

–REFERENCE: In Two-Face: Year One #1-2, Batman #404, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #172, and The Batman Files. November to December 1976. (Note that the main narrative of Two-Face: Year One #1-2 is totally out-of-continuity, but the references to Harvey Dent’s past are still legit.) 13-year-old Bruce continues his studies at Gotham Preparatory School for Boys. His friendship with Harvey Dent continues to bloom. He also continues journaling, training sneaking around campus using his grappling gun, studying with private tutors, and taking short trips across the country. Bruce’s school days will continue much like this until June of 1977.



–FLASHBACK: From Secret Origins of the World’s Greatest Super-Heroes, Batman #0, Batman: Shadow of the Bat #0, Batman: Gotham Knights #7, the second feature to Batman: Gotham Knights #1 (Batman: Black & White), Batman #433-435, and the second feature to 52 #46—and also referenced in Two-Face: Year One #1-2, Batman: The Dark Knight #1, and The Batman Files. June 1977 to 1980. In June of 1977, a 14-year-old Bruce forges documents allowing him to quit school and leave the country, thus beginning his global quest to become a vigilante social justice warrior. After an initial stay in Japan, young Bruce goes through several colleges, including Cambridge University, the Sorbonne, the Berlin School of Science, and a dozen others. At some point during his various college forays, Bruce turns sixteen-years-old and learns to drive. As referenced in Batman: The Dark Knight #1, while attending one of these colleges, Bruce also dates and gets his heart broken by Dawn Golden. (Shadow of the Bat #0 shows Bruce in flagrante with an unspecified female in Paris, which we can assume—retroactively—is Dawn.) During this time period, Bruce also seeks private tutoring from Europe’s greatest experts in such subjects such as gymnastics (with Peter Allison), toxicology (with Aurelius Boch), chemistry (with Kingsley and Webber), electronics (with Campbell), mountain climbing (with an unnamed master), and several others. (Bruce’s collegiate education can be seen in Secret Origins of the World’s Greatest Super-Heroes, Shadow of the Bat #0, and Batman: Gotham Knights #7, while his alternative teachers can be seen in both Shadow of the Bat #0 and Batman #433-435. The second feature to Gotham Knights #1 also shows Bruce training in trapeze as part of his gymnastics course.) Also note that Bruce will study and learn many different languages everywhere he goes over the course of the next decade-plus. Also note further that Bruce, despite being abroad, will closely follow Harvey Dent’s academic career and burgeoning political career. Bruce puts in a long-distance good word for Harvey, which leads to him getting a Wayne Foundation scholarship to undergraduate and law school.

–REFERENCE: In Batman #681. Bruce studies toxicology, learning about poisons and creating their antidotes. He also begins working to make himself immune to as many poisons as possible—a task that will continue for the entire course of his life. (As Batman, Bruce will get poisoned and endure various toxins from super-villains galore, which will only serve to enhance his knowledge of poisons and increase his overall immunity to a number of toxins as well.)

–REFERENCE: In Detective Comics #734 and Batman #605. Bruce trains in combat under David Cain—whom he leaves after discovering that Cain wants him to become a killer.



–REFERENCE: In Detective Comics #569, Detective Comics #734, Detective Comics #827, Justice League: Black Baptism #2. Bruce is trained in ventriloquism and escape artistry under Zatara the Magician. Zatara also teaches Bruce about the occult. It is around this time that Bruce learns various other methods of escapology as well.

–REFERENCE: In Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #5 and Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight Annual #7. At age 18, Bruce earns a pilot’s license. He also learns airplane mechanics, repair, and engineering. While not specifically noted via this reference, we can assume that Bruce now also learns to skydive and how to use a parachute as well.



–REFERENCE: Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #5. A year has passed since Bruce obtained his pilot’s license. Bruce now gets qualified to fly jets. While not specifically noted via this reference, we can also assume that Bruce now learns to operate boats, submarines, and helicopters as well.

–FLASHBACK: From the second feature to Batman: Gotham Knights #1 (Batman: Black & White). Bruce studies in the morgue and learns how to perform autopsies and coroner analysis related to different types of wounds.

–FLASHBACK: From Batman #608 Prologue (“The Batman: Who He is, and How He Came to be”). Bruce, being quite autodidactic, begins studying chemistry on his own. He also continues hitting the gym constantly. NOTE: While not linked to any specific issue (but instead generally acknowledged and made obvious in dozens of arcs), the polymathic Bruce also begins studying physics, biology, medicine, carpentry, architecture, industrial design, auto mechanics, and nearly all forms of engineering. He will become a master in almost all of these fields.



–FLASHBACK: From Secret Origins of the World’s Greatest Super-Heroes and Batman: Shadow of the Bat #0. At age 20, Bruce visits New York City and tries to join the FBI. He scores perfectly on every test except gun handling, so he gets a desk job. Unsatisfied, Bruce quits after six weeks and heads East.

–FLASHBACK: From Two-Face: Year One #1-2. Bruce appears briefly in Gotham to see Harvey Dent as he’s finishing law school. Harvey shows off his nasty side, punching out rival Mort Weinstein. Harvey’s classmate Vernon Fields is also present. (Note that the main narrative of Two-Face: Year One #1-2 is totally out-of-continuity, but the references and flashbacks are legit.)

–REFERENCE: In Batman #589. Bruce studies under FBI Agent Arthur McKee, learning about the importance of maintaining a criminal alias.

–FLASHBACK: From Secret Origins of the World’s Greatest Super-Heroes, Batman #0, and Batman #431—and referenced in Batman: Shadow of the Bat #0. After heading East, Bruce first stops in Korea where he visits the Paektu-San Mountains to train with master Kirigi for nearly a year, learning karate and other martial arts. Bruce doesn’t know Kirigi is also a trainer for Ra’s al Ghul‘s League of Assassins. (Ra’s al Ghul aka “The Demon’s Head” is an immortal international terrorist. Sometimes his name is also spelled-out with random macrons, like “Rā’s al Ghūl” or “Ra’s al Ghūl.” In the Silver Age, it was only ever spelled one way, with two macrons, as such: “Rā’s al Ghūl.”) Many of the martial arts techniques that Bruce learns from Kirigi are fatal, but he will tweak them to make them non-lethal. Note that Secret Origins of the World’s Greatest Super-Heroes places this item here, hence placement here, but Batman #431 gives an incorrect “ten years prior to Bat Year 12” label that must be ignored.



–FLASHBACK: From Detective Comics Annual #2—and also referenced in Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #4 and The Batman Files. Bruce goes to Huntsville, Alabama for an apprenticeship under detective Harvey Harris, an old acquaintance of Chu Chin Li (who Bruce will train with later). Using the false name “Frank Dixon,” Bruce studies with Harris and helps him work a multiple murder case. Bruce’s time with Harris is cut short, however, when Harris is killed by serial killer and KKK-member Ben Carr. Before leaving Huntsville, Bruce breaks into the police department and steals all photos of himself. He also takes a small gold cross, evidence from the Carr case, as a memento, which he will keep into adulthood.

–REFERENCE: In Batman: Shadow of the Bat #0. Bruce’s training continues as he learns the following: Savate from a convicted killer living as a beach bum on an island off Borneo; Judo and Ju-Jitsu after spending six months in a Japanese hermitage; hunting and tracking in Africa with unnamed bushmen; how to employ psychology and how to use the shadows by ninjas in an unknown Asian locale; and knife-handling with an unknown teacher. (Scott Beatty’s quasi-canonical Batman: The Ultimate Guide also lists Bruce learning healing arts from monks, how to use bolas from cattlemen, and how to use blowpipes from Yanomami Hunters.) Bruce will study many different martial arts forms and also go through generalized military-style training, all of which we won’t necessarily see on our timeline below.

–REFERENCE: In Batman #401. Bruce learns how to throw boomerangs and shurikens.

–REFERENCE: In Detective Comics #599 and Detective Comics Annual #3. Bruce trains with martial arts expert Chu Chin Li and with yakuza Tsunetomo.

–REFERENCE: In Detective Comics #600 and Secret Origins of the World’s Greatest Super-Heroes. Bruce begins training in the art of tracking with Henri Ducard in Paris.

–REFERENCE: In Batman and the Outsiders Annual #2. Bruce begins studying military history.

–FLASHBACK: From Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight Halloween Special #3—and also referenced in The Batman Files. While in Paris, Bruce meets Lucius Fox, saving him from some muggers and then dining with him.

–REFERENCE: In Detective Comics #600 and Secret Origins of the World’s Greatest Super-Heroes. Bruce ends his training with Henri Ducard and leaves France, deciding that Ducard is too amoral.

–REFERENCE: In Batman #435. Bruce Wayne begins a roundabout journey back to the Far East, along the way learning esoteric arts in India from Shastri, a snake handler.

–FLASHBACK: From Batman Confidential #50-54. Bruce trains in China, where he follows the trail of a serial killer named Huairen. Huairen actually manages to kill Bruce, but he’s resurrected by a metahuman named Ri. Bruce joins Ri’s movement to take down Huairen, a team called The Zhuguan (the Chinese version of the Justice League, which pre-dates the existence of the JLA). As a member of the Zhuguan, Bruce drinks from a magickal elixir that grants him temporary super-powers. Calling himself “Hei An Wushuh” (aka “The Dark Knight”) after gaining the power to become invisible in the dark, Bruce joins the Zhuguan in battle to take down Huairen. During this period, Bruce learns the usefulness of fighting on a team and further improves his throwing-weapon skills using proto-Batarangs. However, when he learns the metapower elixir is made out of opium and creates an addiction, Bruce decides to quit and continue his path alone.

–REFERENCE: In Batman #663. Bruce studies with the Lamas of Nanda Parbat. (Note that Batman #663 is technically non-canon, but there’s really no reason that this specific reference to the Lamas can’t stay.)

–REFERENCE: In Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #52-53 and Batman: Shadow of the Bat #0. Bruce travels to the Tangula Shan Mountains near the border of China and Tibet to learn the secrets of Taoism (and hang-gliding) under the Chinese monk Shao-La. He also learns about the Tao from an old woman in China as well.

–FLASHBACK: From Richard Dragon #7—and also referenced in Richard Dragon #3. Batman trains with kung fu master Richard Dragon.

–REFERENCE: In Batman #435. Bruce seeks out and trains with additional tutors in a wide range of disciplines. He studies with experts in fields as diverse as car racing (with Mark Jenner), explosives (with Frederick Stone), archery (with Raphael DiGiorda) and bodybuilding (with LaSalle).

–REFERENCE: In All-Star Comics 80-Page Giant and Robin Vol. 2 #31. Bruce learns boxing from Wildcat (Ted Grant).

–REFERENCE: In the second feature to Batman: Gotham Knights #29 (Batman: Black & White). Bruce studies escapology under Max Dodge.

–FLASHBACK: From The Batman Chronicles #6 Part 2. Bruce, using his “Frank Dixon” moniker, learns detective work from Dan Mallory.

–FLASHBACK: From the second feature to Batman: Gotham Knights #1 (Batman: Black & White). Bruce learns secret fighting techniques, specifically how to kick through tree trunks, from an unknown master martial artist.

–REFERENCE: In The Batman Files. Bruce learns a rare martial arts style in Kenya.

–REFERENCE: In 52 #30, Batman #673, and Superman #710. Bruce trains in North Africa with The Ten-Eyed Tribes of the Empty Quarter (aka “The Ghost Tribes of The Ten-Eyed Brotherhood”). He learns how to defeat his inner demons, but it almost costs him his life. Superman #710. tells us this training takes three months, whereas Batman #673 tells us this training takes six months. Split the difference and say four-and-a-half months?

–REFERENCE: In The Batman Files. Bruce learns how to tame lions at the traveling Hill’s Circus (aka Hills Brothers Circus). Boston Brand and his twin brother Cleveland Brand are the star trapeze artists at Hill’s Circus. On occasion, the Flying Graysons perform for the Hills Brothers, although their primary gig is at Haly’s Circus. In any case, Bruce doesn’t meet the Flying Graysons or the Brands at this time.

–REFERENCE: In Superman #710. Bruce studies with the Rhana Bhutra of Bhutran. When the Bhutra dies, his daughter asks help to Bruce and to reporter Clark Kent to help her face the army of Vandal Savage. In this adventure, Bruce first uses bats as a psychological weapon. He also sees the advantages of working with a partner.

–REFERENCE: In The Man of Steel #3. Late October. Clark Kent (Kal-El) debuts in Metropolis as Superman, the Kryptonian “Man of Steel.” Bruce reads about the new superhero’s amazing debut. He will research and study Superman as much as possible from now onward.

–REFERENCE: In The Batman Files. Bruce goes to Washington DC where he weight trains with coaches Christian Fox and Jessica Fox.

–FLASHBACK: From Detective Comics #848-849—and also referenced in Detective Comics #850 and Batman Annual #13 Part 2. Bruce returns to Gotham to attend a holiday charity ball. There, he chats with childhood friend Tommy Elliot (who will become the villain Hush years from now) and Tommy’s overbearing elderly mother Marla Elliot, who absolutely adores Bruce. (Tommy will murder his mother a few months from now.) Also present at the party: a teenage Peyton Riley (who will become the second Ventriloquist years from now). Tommy and Peyton meet and immediately begin dating. We can assume that Bruce also befriends the acquaintances we will see in Batman Annual #13 Part 2 during this brief hiatus in his training. These folks, Patti and two unnamed others, are definitely close to an adult Bruce since they will be quite familiar with his adult voice, hence linking their involvement in Bruce’s life to this particular item on our chronology. It is also possible, of course, that bruce has known the Patti trio since childhood.

–FLASHBACK: From Batman: Shadow of the Bat #0. While in Gotham, likely at the very same charity ball as shown in our previous item, Bruce becomes extremely annoyed at the banality of everyone present. The restless young man plans his post haste departure to return to training abroad.

–REFERENCE: In Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #1. Bruce visits London and purchases some old criminology books, including a book by Sir Maxwell Floppy, which includes the quote: “Criminals are a cowardly and superstitious lot.” Bruce has the books shipped to Wayne Manor.

–FLASHBACK: From Secret Origins of the World’s Greatest Super-Heroes and Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #1—and also referenced in Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #3. Bruce realizes that he has trained with every great master but one: bounty hunter Willy Doggett. Bruce parachutes into North Alaska and then dog sleds and hikes through the icy wilderness to find Doggett. Upon finding the elusive Doggett, Bruce gets a two-day crash course in manhunting and survival techniques. While tracking the killer Thomas Woodley, Doggett is murdered and Bruce gets lost in the mountains. He is saved by members of the Alaskan Native Otter Ridge Tribe, remaining with their shaman and his granddaughter in recovery through the final days of December 1988. The shaman, in tune with the cosmic beyond, links Bruce to a Native American bat myth. The shaman tells Bruce an ancient bat folktale, hinting at his future to come. Bruce decides that, when he is healthy enough to travel, he will finally go back to Gotham to put his training to practice.



  1. [1]COLLIN COLSHER: Some very important rules before we get going on the amazing and detailed Modern Age Salad Days section compiled by Martin Lel. Flashbacks are included in a specific way. If a flashback is first revealed—let’s say in Bat Year 15, hypothetically—the flashback may or may not be mentioned in Bat Year 15, but the actual events that occur in said flashback will be placed one the timeline exactly when they originally occurred through bullets listed as “flashback.”  Similarly, story references will be listed as unnumbered bullet “references.” Therefore, any “references” or “flashbacks” occur chronologically at the spot where they are situated on the timeline. Any character names (or group names) highlighted in red denote the first appearance of a reoccurring character (or group). Some of these red items may appear only once in the Bat-verse, but appear elsewhere throughout the DCU, which is why they have been highlighted as well.

    One more thing. As stated elsewhere on the website, just about everyone eats, shits, sleeps, brushes their teeth, watches TV, goes to the office, schedules appointments in advance, and celebrates birthdays, anniversaries, and special occasions. Believe it or not, Batman does all these things too. He’s human just like you and me! However, this kind of mundane everyday stuff won’t be on our timeline. Usually, anyway.

  2. [2]COLLIN COLSHER / ANTHONY FALLONE: Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight Special #2 – Madness by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale (1994) contains flashbacks to Bruce’s parents being killed and flashbacks to Bruce’s mom reading him his favorite story: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. While there’s nothing wrong with these flashbacks, the main action of Madness is non-canon. Therefore, I have regarded these flashbacks as non-canon as well. Madness is non-canon for containing a few flubs within the narrative of its main action. First, Leslie Thompkins doesn’t know Bruce is Batman, but she should already know his secret identity. Second, James Gordon Junior is still a baby when he should be around four or five-years-old (at least based upon how my chronology is structured). Third, it’s hard to connect the main action’s topical nature (Halloween) with the time period shortly after Babs is adopted by Jim (the juncture at which the main action is supposedly set). And fourth, a bunch of Legends of the Dark Knight issues were specifically meant to be non-canon, and Madness seems to fit squarely into this category. However, if you’d like to include young Bruce digging some Lewis Carroll into your own personal headcanon, feel free!
  3. [3]COLLIN COLSHER: In the Golden Age and Silver/Bronze Age, when Bruce is a little boy, Thomas Wayne wears a bat-costume to a masquerade that bullet-riddled gangster Lew Moxon crashes. Bruce’s father expertly saves Moxon’s life, but immediately sells him out to the cops, an act that leads to the hiring of Joe Chill. You know the rest of that story. However, the Modern Age is a bit more complicated. In the Modern Age, Thomas wears the bat-costume at a masquerade prior to Bruce’s birth. At this masquerade, Thomas punches-out a jerky Colonel Brass. It is not until a later masquerade—which young Bruce is present for—where Thomas deals with Lew Moxon. At the second masquerade, Thomas wears a Zorro costume and saves the life of Lew Moxon’s nephew. After refusing to accept hush money, Moxon makes a threat to hire a hitman, but it never winds up happening. In the New 52, continuity returns to Bruce being present at the party where Thomas wears the bat-costume and saves Moxon’s life. However, New 52 canon gets rid of the Joe Chill hiring.
  4. [4]COLLIN COLSHER: Bruce was eight-years-old when his parents died in late November. How do we know the late November time period? Let’s look at the in-comic Modern Age mentions.

    –Batman #408 (1987) says June 26.
    –Death and the Maidens #1 (2003) says autumn.
    –Nightwing #153
    (2009) says autumn.
    –The Batman Files (2011) says June 26.

    Tally it up and you have two June 26 mentions and two autumn mentions. The June 26 mentions mirror the Silver Age Wayne death date taken from Batman Special #1 (1984). The autumn mentions seem to mirror references from Superboy #182 (1972)—which says November 25—and Detective Comics #500 (1981)—which says November 26. But let’s dig deeper.

    First, Batman #408 is technically non-canon thanks to retcons from “Nightwing: Year One.” Second, The Batman Files is a quasi-canonical recap of the entire Modern Age, containing some errors. This means the June 26 references are both coming from dubious source material. In contrast, the autumn mentions, while admittedly referencing odd Silver Age sources, come from definitively-canonical Modern Age comics. This tells me that the Modern Age Wayne death date should probably be in autumn. But let’s dig even deeper.

    Somewhere right around original Crisis time—(both before and after 1985-1986)—DC editorial had the Wayne deaths marked as June 26 for the new Modern Age, reflecting previous continuity. This even seems to have been the case all the way through and leading up to Zero Hour (1994). But it looks like the autumn date was settled upon after that, a quieter aspect of the other larger Zero Hour retcons. Essentially, the Waynes didn’t have a specific death date until 1971, after which followed confusion as to whether it was summer or autumn. In 1984, it was cemented as June 26, and it remained as such until Zero Hour in 1994, at which point it changed to autumn. And autumn it would stay. (The quasi-canonical Batman Files, as mentioned above, muddied the water with a final June 26 reference around the time the Modern Age was ending in 2011.) In any case, it’s entirely up to you to decide your own headcanon. Interestingly, neither June 26 nor autumn are incorrect. However, I’ve gone with autumn since it exists as the final reflection of continuity for our post-Zero Hour Modern Age chronology. But is it November 25 or November 26 like the Silver Age autumn references? Or even something else? Since we don’t know for sure, I’ve just ballparked it and settled on “late November.”

  5. [5]PURPLEGLOVEZ (TIPTUP JR 94) / COLLIN COLSHER: The first (and only) appearance of Mayor Jessup seems like an opportune moment to run down Gotham’s mayors before Batman’ debut. Theodore Cobblepot, great grandfather of the Penguin, was mayor in the late 19th century, according to the Gotham Underground series, as well as Gates of Gotham and The New 52 All-Star Western. In James Tynion IV’s Batman and Robin #23.2, an unnamed mayor runs afoul of the Court of Owls in 1914 and is presumably killed by them. Archibald Brewster served as a well-renowned mayor during the Great Depression (per West End Games’ fabulous Daily Planet Guide to Gotham City). Thorndike was killed by the Made of Wood killer in 1948 when Alan Scott’s Green Lantern roamed Gotham, as revealed in Ed Brubaker’s Detective Comics #784-786Aubrey James was an associate of Thomas Wayne who was stabbed to death, according to Legends of the Dark Knight #204-206. Jessop was in office during and after the Wayne murders, per Morrison’s Return of Bruce Wayne #5. It is debatable whether or not there is another mayor (or mayors) after Jessop. The famous dinner scene at the mayor’s house in Frank Miller’s “Year One” (1987’s Batman #405) shows an invalid barely able to feed himself i.e. a puppet being controlled by Carmine Falcone. According to Miller’s original script, this was meant to be Mayor Falcone, the mayor prior to (and at the time of) Batman’s debut. Alan Brennert’s Black Canary story in Secret Origins Vol. 2 #50 (1990) gives the mayor’s name specifically as “Falcone” as well, likely basing this off of Miller’s script. From 1987 through 1996, Carmine Falcone’s real name was never known. In “Year One,” he is only referred to as “The Roman.” It isn’t until The Long Halloween in 1996 that Jeph Loeb names him “Carmine Falcone!” In many other issues, Wilson Klass is mentioned (and seen) as Gotham’s mayor during “Year One.” So, we can either assume that the mayor at the time of Batman’s debut is an unnamed Falcone that is quickly followed by Klass due to a mid-term death or resignation—or we can take the Falcone references as non-canon, meaning that the invalid at dinner is just a random guy and Klass is there but off-panel.
  6. [6]COLLIN COLSHER: Who is this Barbatos with whom Simon Hurt is so obsessed? Barbatos aka Barbathos is a demon from Hell, appearing from 1994 through 2000 as a rival to Tim Hunter in Books of Magic Vol. 2. In fact, Barbatos is pretty high up on the underworld totem pole, serving as a Grand Duke of the Ninth Circle of Hell. A second Barbatos, as detailed in Dark Nights: Metal (2017-2018) and Justice League Vol. 4 (2019), also exists—a part-demiurge of the multiverse and the demon-god ruler of the Dark Multiverse. (It’s possible that the Grand Duke is an emanation of the demon-god, thus linking the two together, but there’s no way of knowing for certain.) Simon Hurt, while obsessed with the Grand Duke version of Barbatos, will never actually manage to summon the legit demon. Instead, he will eventually meet Darkseid’s Hyper-Adapter in bat form, which he incorrectly mistakes for the Grand Duke. But we’ll get to the Hyper-Adapter later. Because Hurt never actually meets a real Barbatos (nor will he ever), I haven’t highlighted Barbatos in bold red (which denotes characters’ first appearances on my chronology) here.

    I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the Silver/Bronze Age’s Gitchka, a giant evil Navajo bat-demon-god with a reverse-swastika emblazoned on its chest (from World’s Finest Comics #255). Gitchka, while non-canon in the Modern Age, for all intents and purposes, was sort of the first version of Barbatos. Heck, maybe Gitchka was Barbatos?

  7. [7]COLLIN COLSHER: Like other Modern Age auteur creators (such as Frank Miller, Brian Azzarello, Lee Bermejo, Matt Wagner, or Neal Adams), Sam Kieth’s works tend to occupy their own headcanon space. Aside from his work on Secret Origins, Sandman, Batman Confidential, and a few single DC issues here-and-there, the rest of Kieth’s oeuvre seems to exist solely in its own multi-company-spanning universe. (Although, the aforementioned titles likely exist on both DC’s Modern Age timeline and the “Kieth-verse” timeline.) Other titles that are non-canon in the DCU, but canon in the “Kieth-verse” are Epicurus the Sage, The Maxx, Zero Girl, Four Women, Scratch, Batman: Secrets, Batman/Lobo: Deadly Serious, Lobo: Highway to Hell, Arkham Asylum: Madness, Batman: Through the Looking Glass, and Batman/The Maxx: Arkham Dreams.
  8. [8]COLLIN COLSHER: Harvey Dent marks the third childhood friend of Bruce’s that will later become a homicidal super-villain as an adult—the other two being the parricidal Roman Sionis and Tommy Elliot. Notably, young Tommy killed his father and paralyzed his mother—and Tommy will, as an adult, eventually complete his task and kill his mother. Roman will, as an adult, murder both his parents too. Harvey will eventually become Two-Face. Roman will become Black Mask. And Tommy will become Hush.

13 Responses to Modern Salad Days

  1. Hugo M says:

    Hi, thanks for the nice job done here. Some things to suport this section:

    1. “Of Mice and Men” by Alan Grant/Scott McDaniel (The Batman Chronicles #5, Part 3) Summer 1996

    2. “When Clark met Bruce” by Jeph Loeb/Tim Sale (Superman/Batman Secret Files, Part 3) November 2003

    Obs: I think the story “Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne” does not fit here. Considering we have Bruce Wayne adult in the past with a different age. I would put this story in Jaunts to the Past section.

    Again, thanks and good job.

    • Ah, I see, Hugo. Yes, in format with the rest of the Modern Age chronology, I can add that info. And I see what you mean about Return of Bruce Wayne. I’ll add reference notes to separate it a bit. Thanks!

  2. Hugo M says:

    One thing: The flashback of Batman #592 is after #591, in the next summer. Bruce acts different with Mallory because of the Crime Alley.

  3. David says:

    I think the Superman 701 reference is supposed to be 710. I couldn’t find a reference in 701 but found it in 710. The reference is Batman reading a Crimson Avenger comic.

  4. Anthony F. says:

    One minor highlight of Bruce’s childhood I think you missed (unless I can’t find it) is from Jeph Loeb’s Madness, which revealed that one of Bruce’s favorite books was “Alice in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll, and he would frequently have his mother read it to him, even on the day of their family outing to the Monarch Theater. After the murder of Thomas & Martha Wayne, when Alfred & Leslie become Bruce’s 2nd parents, Leslie tries reading the book to Bruce on a rainy, gloomy day, which he rejects since it brings back bad memories.

    • My search bars are acting funky at the moment, so I apologize for that. Hopefully this coding glitch will be corrected soon. In regard to Madness, great story! However, I’ve not included it on the timeline for a few reasons. First, because Leslie Thompkins doesn’t know Bruce is Batman in the story–she would have known his identity by the point at which the story is occurring. Second, James Junior is still a baby when he should be around four or five years old (at least based upon how my chronology is structures). And third, it’s hard to connect the topical nature of this story (Halloween) with the time period shortly after Babs is adopted by Jim.

      Generally, Sam Kieth’s works tend to occupy their own headcanon space. Aside from his work on Secret Origins, Sandman, Batman Confidential, and a few single DC issues here-and-there, the rest of Kieth’s oeuvre seems to exist solely in its own multi-company-spanning universe. (Although, the aforementioned titles likely exist on both DC’s Modern Age timeline and the “Kieth-verse” timeline.) The latter “Kieth-verse only timeline” includes Epicurus the Sage, The Maxx, Zero Girl, Four Women, Scratch, Batman: Secrets, Batman/Lobo: Deadly Serious, Lobo: Highway to Hell, Arkham Asylum: Madness, Batman: Through the Looking Glass, and Batman/The Maxx: Arkham Dreams.

      However, I’ll take another gander at Madness and see if it can’t be placed on the primary timeline (even with caveats). The Alice in Wonderland backstory is pretty neat.

      • Anthony F. says:

        Oh ok. I just figured you could take bits and pieces that do line up with the timeline and just discard the ones that don’t. But oh well, I guess it’s one of the relatively more insignificant events.

        • On my timelines, I have Bruce going on vacation, going to a business meeting, drinking tea on a rainy Sunday night, etc, so nothing is too insignificant. However, I take me canon straight from the books themselves. LOTDK was a series specifically designed to contain both canon and non-canon stories, so a lot of them don’t fit very well (or at all). Generally, if a book is out-of-continuity, I won’t cherry pick certain parts. This way there’s as close to a scientific precision as possible being utilized. This site is really meant to be the most logical chronology of Batman stories, not just my own personal headcanon. Hope that makes sense.

      • I realize that I was combining LOTDK: Madness Halloween Special by Loeb/Sale and Arkham Asylum: Madness by Sam Kieth here. Anyway, both are non-canon. Sorry for the confusion, though!

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