Planetary Timeline

Events that occur within the continuity of Warren Ellis's Planetary.

References are printed in bold text as Issue:Page:Panel. PP, PA, and PB are the Planetary Preview, Planetary / Authority crossover, and Planetary / Batman crossover, respectively. If you would like to add to or correct entries on this timeline, please send email to with references as appropriate. This document was created by Mike Caprio with help from Chris Pinard (

Early Cretaceous: 4:16:1 Shiftship Crashes
????: 16:1:1 Hark Ah Lien defends the Night Forest School of martial arts to preserve the secret heart of China (sometime after 200 B.C. perhaps during Han dynasty or Three Kingdoms)
April 4, 1851: 18:37:2 Three men from the American Gun Club, in the company of Jules Verne, are launched into translunar orbit by a supergun.
January 1, 1900: 1:9:1 Born - Elijah Snow, Dr. Axel Brass, Jenny Sparks, Kevin Sack (Lord Blackstock), Bret Leather
< 1919: 13:15:4 Elijah Snow meets John Griffin, the Invisible Man
1919: 13:18:1 Elijah Snow meets Lady Van Helsing in New York City
  13:3:1 Elijah Snow finds Baron Frankenstein's lab in Germany
1920s: 15:12:1 Sliding Albion's first incursion into our space
1920: 13:14:2 Elijah Snow finds Sherlock Holmes and a vampire in Big Ben (or is it 221B Baker St.?)
????: 5:6:2 Elijah Snow meets H.G. Wells
1925: 13:22:3 Sherlock Holmes dies of old age
  2:9:2 Elijah Snow learns Japanese
  12:10:3 First Planetary guide published
????: 25:21:4 Born: John Stone
????: 22:29:1 Born: William Leather, son of Miriam Langham and Danny Vincenzo
1930s: 5:6:3 Dr. Axel Brass meets Jenny Sparks
1930: 15:11:1 Carlton Marvell conferences with Axel Brass and Edison to discuss rocket science
  17:2:3 A portable televideo device made of gold is discovered by the Cummings Scientific Club in Africa
January 1931: PA:5:3
Elijah Snow meets someone much like H.P. Lovecraft in Judgement, RI, after Lovecraft wills a hole into the Bleed into existence.
1931: 15:12:3 Carlton Marvell gates into the Dreamtime and goes through
1932: PP:4:5 Born - David Paine
1930s: 19:7:2 Angels crashed in Germany
1933: 17:32:3 A space vessel crashes near the Wagners' farm in Germany (Angels?)
April 18, 1933: 17:3:1 Elijah Snow finds the lost city of Opak-Re
October 18, 1934: 17:26:1 Born - Jakita Wagner (daughter of Kevin Sack and Anaykah)
1935: 1:13:4 Dr. Axel Brass's group builds HQ in Adirondacks
????: 5:7:3 Dr. Axel Brass meets The High (John Cumberland)
????: 15:8:4 Dr. Axel Brass and Elijah Snow cross paths at Fear Quay, Blazing Hawk Mountain, and the hidden city of Opak-Re
????: 21:2:9 Elijah consults magician Irma La Fantom in France
1939: 5:14:1 Dr. Axel Brass's group fights Daemonites in Paris
  PA:22:1 Elijah Snow and Jenny Sparks sleep together
1940: 1:15:4 Edison and Dr. Axel Brass build computers
1942: 1:13:3 Dr. Axel Brass eliminates his need for food and sleep
1943: 1:13:3 Dr. Axel Brass stops aging
1944: 1:13:3 Dr. Axel Brass learns to close his wounds with his mind
January 1, 1945: 1:22:1 Dr. Axel Brass's group is destroyed fighting off invaders from a parallel Earth inside their snowflake quantum computer; Brass alone survives
May 8th, 1945 (VE Day): 1:9:2 An associate of Dr. Axel Brass is killed in Berlin, his diary is taken by a Russian soldier and locked into a KGB vault
August 7, 1945: 2:20:2 A bright light is witnessed at Island Zero
1949: 10:21:1 A "friend" of The Four (Elijah Snow) writes an entry about an offshoot of grecian civilization in that year's planetary guide
August 1950: 2:20:4 Monsters appear on Island Zero
1950: 8:17:3 The Radioactive Woman is brought back to life by Randall Dowling and Anna Hark at City Zero
1951: 19:8:3 Planetary acquires a space vessel in the aftermath of a failed alien invasion
1952: PP:4:5 David Paine begins working on description theory
1959: 6:4:2 Artemis creates a rocket for travel to the moon
John Stone fires on Nautilus while Elijah Snow, a woman from Florida and William Leather are aboard. William Leather shoots someone.
  PB:9:3 Elijah Snow and the Conquerers of the Uncanny go to Finger Street in Gotham City
???? 1960s: 7:20:5 Born - Jack Carter
1960: 8:6:5 The Radioactive Woman goes into hiding
June 6, 1961: 6:6:3 Artemis sends The Four to the moon; they never make it, instead they encounter a strange force in space
June 11, 1961: 6:14:1 Artemis-L returns to Earth
1962: PP:7:3 David Paine becomes an incredible creature via a description theory bomb
November 22, 1963: 6:14:4 A competing Russian lunar launch disappears completely; The Four go underground
1964: 6:15:1 The Four take over the Artemis project
???? 1960s: 5:6:4
Elijah Snow meets The High (John Cumberland) who is with Jenny Sparks
1967: 11:9:1 Bride kills Elijah's girlfriend in Marrakesh
< 1969: 10:15:4 The Four kill three potential heroes
1969: 11:9:5 Elijah Snow meets John Stone
???? (Saigon bug-out): 1:11:1 Elijah Snow leaves Vietnam
1974: 11:19:2 Elijah Snow tells John Stone that he was hidden in the hold of the Nautilus
???? (mid-70s): 2:20:5 Monsters of Island Zero "die off"
197?: X:XX:X The Drummer is born.
1977: 3:11:1 Michelle of HK Planetary office is born
1983: PP:8:4 The creature that was David Paine dies in a shaft after 21 years of capture
198?: 19:4:1 Planetary builds the Zambia office, later used to hold the Angels
1985: 7:7:1 The Shifting Man fell out of a shiftdoor wearing a bleed-suit
1986: PB:7:1 Elijah Snow witnesses partial multiversal collapse at an unknown location; a third of the local population dies.
198?: 23:3:6 Elijah Snow, Ambrose Chase, and Jakita Wagner rescue The Little Drummer Boy (aka The Drummer) from Randall Dowling's Internet control project.
1987: 7:12:1 Jack Carter stops a British government assassin from killing a potential messiah
1989: 1:2:4 Elijah Snow moves to the desert (not actually true if he left after going MIA)
  2:17:3 Ryu eats human flesh in a sex club in Osaka
1992: 19:4:2 Elijah recruits Dr. Kwelo for Planetary
1993: 3:10:4 Michelle joins the HK Planetary office
  21:8:1 Two strangelets pass through the earth, causing an earthquake in Antarctica
????: 19:4:2 Dr. Kwelo advises Elijah on the Rendlesham Forest event
1994: 9:19:3 Ambrose Chase meets the Fourth Man (Elijah Snow)
????: 14:4:4 Ambrose Chase brings down an abduction vessel in Brazil
1995: 1:11:4 The year Jakita Wagner joined Planetary (claimed by her 1:11:4, refuted 9:22:4)
  14:21:2 Elijah Snow is taken by the Four and has memory blocks placed on him
  9:22:4 The Fourth Man (Elijah Snow) goes MIA
????: 2:10:1 Jakita Wagner visits Island Zero with Ambrose Chase
????: 15:6:1 Angela Chase is born
1997: 1:8:4 Planetary raids KGB vaults of forbidden knowledge
  6:19:1 Jakita Wagner and Broken Earth-A??
  9:7:2 Planetary raids The Four's Fictionaut project in England; Ambrose Chase is shot and disappears in a reality distortion field
1999: 1:3:4 Elijah Snow (re)joins Planetary