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An example of the show's signature timestamps.

The timestamp is a device used in both the Young Justice TV series and the comic tie-in to indicate date, time and location. Locations are usually "stamped" on their first appearance in the episode, or a second time if the action has crossed over into another calendar day.[1]

History

Greg Weisman had first used timestamps on three issues of the Gargoyles comics by SLG: "The Rock", "Rock & Roll" and "Rock of Ages". The first two of those issues did not include locations, however, the third did: continuing the sense of progression. Weisman explained that they are meant to ground the show in the moment, allowing viewers to realize how much time has passed between episodes. It is also the next logical step from what he tried to do on The Spectacular Spider-Man",[2] in which the timeline could be inferred by seasonal holidays.

There has been one instance where timestamps were incorrect. The issue was subsequently resolved by Greg Weisman and the production team, who said "I'm seriously not at all sure how this happened. We did review the timestamps, and they were correct, but obviously at some point during the process of post-production they were changed and nobody noticed it."[3] The timestamps were fixed for future airings[4] and DVD releases.

Weisman has since expressed regret over the use of this device, due to the hardship of keeping track of timezones and having to do calculations.[5][6]

Characteristics

 
Gotham City
January 1, 16:16 EST
FIVE YEARS LATER

Timestamps are made up of five basic elements:

  • Location: This can be a town or city, a county or parish, a state, or a general description, such as Atlantic Ocean, Northern India, or Geosynchronous orbit.
  • Date: This allows for the action to be placed in the timeline.
  • Time: An indication of the time using a 24 hour clock.
  • A timezone: A two, three or four letter abbreviation, indicating local time, taking into account daylight savings time. If no standard name is used, there is an offset off UTC. Thus far, the following have been used:

See also

References

  1. Weisman, Greg (2011-05-05). Question #13309. Ask Greg. Retrieved 2011-10-23.
  2. Weisman, Greg (2011-02-02). Question #12929. Ask Greg. Retrieved 2012-02-11.
  3. Weisman, Greg (2011-01-29). YOUNG JUSTICE TIMESTAMP HORROR. Ask Greg. Retrieved 2011-01-29.
  4. Weisman, Greg (2011-02-25). Question #13071. Ask Greg. Retrieved 2011-02-26.
  5. Prudom, Laura (2017-07-21). Young Justice Season 3 Panel. San Diego Comic-Con. Retrieved 2017-08-14.
  6. Comic Uno (2017-07-21). SDCC 2017: Comic Uno Young Justice Outsiders Greg Weisman Interview. YouTube. Retrieved 2017-08-14.

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