Retcon Hour

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Retcon Hour was a Classic LNH crossover that started on June 28, 1994 and ended September 8, 1994. Kicked off by the approval of rec.arts.comics.creative, it was complicated, ridiculous and all over the place, one of the biggest LNH crossovers ever!


The Plot

Low-Spoilers Version

(Also, there's a crossover with the Omaha Project in there.)

Full Summary

Spoilers ahead for the whole goshdarn thing...


Title Author
LNH Triple Play #4 Jeff McCoskey
Swordmaster and the Load Island Renegades #11 Badger
Generation Y #7 Martin Phipps
Constellation #30 Dave Van Domelen
Nicks of Time #1 Tick
System Corruptors #16 Badger & Jeff McCoskey
Generation Y #8 Martin Phipps
U-Force #8 Mystic Mongoose
Swordmaster and the Load Island Renegades #12 Badger
Swordmaster and the Load Island Renegades #0 Badger
Nicks of Time #2 Badger & Jeff McCoskey
Generation Y Annual #1 Jeff, Martin, & Mongoose
Retcon Happy Hour Paul Hardy
Omaha Project #16 Russ Allbery & David Anastasion
Errand Boy #6 Stirge
U-Force #9 Mystic Mongoose
Nicks of Time #3 Jeff McCoskey
Tales of the LNH #310 Hubert Bartels
LNH #88: This is Your Life! Martin Phipps
U-Force #10 Mystic Mongoose
Constellation #31 Dave Van Domelen
Unlikely Aliens #5 Scott Johnson
Unlikely Aliens #6 Scott Johnson
Surreal Tales #6 Patrick Gearman
Legion of Occult Heroes #0 Paul Hardy
Tales of the LNH #311 Hubert Bartels
Nicks of Time #4 Tick
LNH Comics Presents #21 Badger & Jeff McCoskey
Tales of the LNH #312 Hubert Bartels
Retcon Hour Omega Jeff McCoskey, Badger, Martin Phipps and the Mystic Mongoose
Decibel Dude & Vigilante Guy #0 Tick
LNH Comics Presents #22 Martin Phipps


Two series spun directly out of Retcon Hour – the Legion of Occult Heroes by Paul Hardy, and Dvandom Force by Dave Van Domelen. As well, Pliable Lad #24 tied in, leading to the Retcon Midnight miniseries. LNH Triple Play #5 was a direct sequel, dealing with Contraption Man's brainwashing and betrayal.

Retcon Hour was divisive, with some disliking its chaotic nature. This lead to several writers creating what they thought a crossover should be, limited in scope and plotted out in advance, resulting in the Crisis of Infinite Sidekicks.

Nonetheless, Retcon Hour was influential, the model for many later crossovers. Few of them rivaled its scope and level of engagement, partially because the event it celebrated – the founding of rec.arts.comics.creative – resulted in many members of the LNH community founding their own imprints and focusing on those instead, and the LNH itself becoming less unified. Retcon Hour itself tends to be remembered fondly, with references and homages continuing to the present day; Legion of Net.Heroes Volume 3 #2 deals with a consequence of Retcon Hour 25 years later.

Where to Read

The whole overcomplicated thing can be read on the Eyrie Archive over here.

It was also reposted by Arthur Spitzer as part of his Classic LNH Adventures series:


See also Kid Not Appearing In Any Retcon Hour Story.