The use of retcons, or retroactive continuity, may be seen by some as proof that a story or trope was broken from the get-go.  We say, au contraire!  Sometimes going back to make adjustments to a narrative is not only a good idea, it’s absolutely NECESSARY.  Welcome to Ten Things!

Whooshman-Bicarbonate Films, in conjunction with ‘An Amateur Comics Historian’ and the Earth-2 Matthew, who is still a nerd, but wears a hubcap for a hat, Presents:

TEN NECESSARY RETCONS THAT WORKED!

 

10) THE ALL-STAR SQUADRON


There are a lot of great things in the comics of the Golden Age, a time when the expectations of superheroes weren’t as concrete and creators would literally throw any ol’ thing at the wall to see if it sold comic books.  The creation of the All-Star Squadron by Roy Thomas was a note-perfect idea that took those old concepts and stories and reframed them in a way that made sense and was palatable to modern audiences.  In addition, he added some much-needed diversity to DC’s 40s/Earth-2 lineup, but the real masterstroke was in finally explaining the story where the Justice League found funny aliens on the moon as well as every planet in our solar system.  By choosing to clarify and emphasize, Thomas and his collaborators showed that a retcon could be a perfect tool for universe-building, rather than an admission of failure.

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Matthew Peterson

Matthew Peterson

Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

And a nice red uniform.