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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]

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:

Concept

Greg Weisman explains that the timestamps "ground the show in the moment and allow fans to get how much time has passed between episodes" and it was "the next logical step from what [he] tried to do on Spectacular Spider-Man"[2] in which the timeline could be pinpointed by seasonal holidays. Prior to this, 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.

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.

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