Things that happened (or started) between the first and last issues of Planetary:

  • The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy
  • The Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy
  • The X-Men, Spider-Man, Hulk and Fantastic Four movies
  • Two Pierce Brosnan Bond movies
  • The first six Harry Potter movies
  • The last five Harry Potter books


  • The Twilight series, from conception to completion
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events
  • A Tom Wolfe novel
  • President George W Bush
  • The War on Terror
  • The Euro
  • Paris Hilton
  • Lindsay Lohan
  • The marriage of Jon and Kate, and the births of Plus 8


  • Kanye West
  • Pop Idol, Survivor, Big Brother UK
  • Tina Fey
  • CSI - all flavours
  • The Wire
  • Six Feet Under
  • Napster
  • Windows XP
  • Wikipedia


  • Y The Last Man, by Vaughan and Guerra (60 issues)
  • 100 Bullets, by Azzarello and Risso (100 issues)
  • Robert Kirkman
  • Bill Jemas
  • Brian Michael Bendis at Marvel
  • America’s Best Comics, including The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and JH Williams III’s 32-issue run on Promethea
  • 25 issues of Astonishing X-Men, with art by… John Cassaday
  • Thunderbolts, Fell, The Authority, Astonishing X-Men, Gravel, and much more from… Warren Ellis
  • The ’00s, basically.

Bonus! Things that happened (or started) between the releases of Planetary #26 and Planetary #27:

  • President Nicolas Sarkozy
  • Prime Minister Gordon Brown
  • President Barack Obama (and the entire US election campaign)
  • The execution of Saddam Hussein
  • Governor Sarah Palin
  • Former Governor Sarah Palin


  • The Wii
  • The PlayStation 3
  • The Writers’ Guild of America Strike
  • 28 issues of Buffy: Season Eight
  • Lady Gaga
  • Hulu


  • I Can Has Cheezburger?
  • The Twitter phenomenon
  • Torchwood
  • Two Daniel Craig Bond films
  • One Harry Potter novel and two Harry Potter films
  • The relaunch of Planetary’s host universe, the Wildstorm Universe.
  • Twice

The first issue of Planetary hit the stands in May 1999. Planetary #26 came out in October 2006. The final issue, Planetary #27, is due out tomorrow. Fingers crossed!

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7 Responses to “Inter-Planetary”

  1. Erik Says:

    Excellent, but I thought you were going to summarize the story. I think I held on until issue…19? 24? Hell, it’s all such a blur.

  2. Ade Says:

    My interest has decade.

  3. Sigma7 Says:

    *polite applause*

    Very well done, sir.

  4. Matthew Says:

    You forgot the preview issue. Which came out late 1998

  5. Ben Says:

    Oh, bravo.

    Such a shame, for something that started so strongly.

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  7. Jonny K Says:

    To be fair, the first episode of Torchwood came out a few days BEFORE the penultimate issue of Planetary.

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