Universe Designations

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Universe Designations

Post by intp » Sat Sep 24, 2011 10:22 pm

This question is slightly off topic, but I was wondering how it is decided what "number" a timeline gets. (e.g. 616 vs. 5901, etc.) I assume there is some sort of centralized authority so that the same number is not used for different timelines; but is it the editor-in-chief? Some committee of high-level editors? Or is any "unused" number basically up for grabs?

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Re: Universe Designations

Post by Russ Chappell » Sat Sep 24, 2011 11:02 pm

I think they're supposed to be random, by their very nature, but if you look closely, you can suss out that some of them are tied to the year & month they debuted.

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Re: Universe Designations

Post by Paul Bourcier » Sun Sep 25, 2011 9:42 am

The designation of at least one -- Earth 3588 ("the Taco Bell-verse") -- is an inside joke.
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Re: Universe Designations

Post by loki » Wed Sep 28, 2011 11:40 pm

The numbers are semi-random - as Russ notes, there's a system often used involving publication dates, in homage to how fans originally speculated Moore got the initial 616 that kicked it all off, but that's mainly because if people "choose numbers at random" you generally find you are not really being all that random. As for who chooses them? In some cases it's the original writers who first showed a given reality have been asked and have supplied them. Other times it is the handbook's senior writer, either because the original writer left the choice to the handbooks or wasn't contactable. We do have a list of reality designators, including ones given by other fictions (not just comics either) where we know of them, to try and avoid reusing ones given elsewhere.

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Re: Universe Designations

Post by Jeremy Johnston » Fri Sep 30, 2011 10:01 am

Is there somewhere we can find a complete list of the universe designations?


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