Earth-9002 (Lincoln Not Killed By Booth)

Type: Alternate Earth, Divergent Earth

Environment: Earth-like

Usual means of access: Time-travel, vibrational attunement

Dominant Life Form: Humans

Representatives: John Wilkes Booth, Harry Hawk, Abraham Lincoln, Mary Todd Lincoln, unnamed colonel


First Appearance:
Avengers West Coast#55 (February, 1990)



History: (Avengers West Coast#55) - Earth-Lincoln Not Killed By Booth diverged from Earth-616 on April 15, 1865 when Abraham Lincoln was watching the play My American Cousin at Ford's Theater in Washington City.  In the Presidential Box with Marry Todd Lincoln and one of his generals, Lincoln enjoyed Harry Hawk's performance in the play.  Meanwhile, John Wilkes Booth, gun in hand, advanced on Lincoln.  Booth cocked back the hammer on his pistol.  Lincoln, who heard the click the hammer of the gun made, jumped out of his seat and deflected Booth's aim.

Within a few minutes, soldiers arrived and took Booth away.  Lincoln asked his friend the general, "Don't you have one of your philosophical remarks for us on this occasion?".  The general replied, "Only this, Mr. Lincoln...I have long been an admirer of yours.  Of your place in history.  This is a divergence I almost wish I could leave undisturbed."  The general revealed himself as Immortus, and Earth-Lincoln Not Killed By Booth disappeared.





Comments: Created by John Byrne.

    I was going to call this Earth-Lincoln Not Assassinated, but since Immortus erases Lincoln and his entire timeline, that would not work.

    For those of you who think they might have accidentally stumbled into a Masterpiece Theatre site, I will explain.  Around issues#50-61 of Avengers West Coast, Immortus was shown erasing various alternate timelines.  Most of these timelines were shown in quick cameos of a page or two.  Interestingly, they generally did not involve divergences related to usual Marvel characters, but rather historical figures such as Abraham Lincoln.

    An odd sidebar is that many of the historical figures shown in these quick vignettes (Elizabeth I, Abraham Lincoln, Napoleon) came at points of history after Immortus' native world (Other-Earth) diverged from Earth-616.  Immortus' world diverged from the history of Earth-616 (and that of the real world) around the time of the fall of the Roman Empire, since in Immortus' world, the Dark Ages never happened.  This was established in Fantastic Four I#272-273.

    However, as also shown in those Fantastic Four issues, during the pre-modern era, Nathaniel Richards from Earth-616 traveled to Other-Earth and became an important leader there.  As established in a back-up in Captain America Annual#11, Richards had historical records of Earth-616 figures such as Captain America with him, so he may have also had records about Elizabeth I, Abraham Lincoln, et al.

    Besides this, Abraham Lincoln has made a few other Marvel appearances.  In Crime Fighters#4 (11/1/1948), a kidnapping attempt on Abraham Lincoln was depicted.  In a story in War Is Hell#2, Lincoln's time in the Black Hawk war was sensationalized.  In 1831 Mississippi, Lincoln works with Roy Carter, gains the nickname "String Bean" due to his height, and helps his men fight Black Hawk (the Native American leader).  Lincoln made a cameo in Marvel Team-Up I#112 as Spider-Man time-traveled to the era of Kull.

    Lincoln is also represented in the Mad Thinker's Intellectual Robots of the Town of Ponder.   

    Finally, there was a fantasy story involving Lincoln's likeness as detailed by Ronald Byrd:

Mystery Tales#29 (cover-date May 1955) - Dr. Abe Davis, a physician who idolized President Lincoln, worked to raise enough money to keep businessman G.B. Ferrick from closing a charity ward.  Unable to raise enough, Davis met with Ferrick in hopes of dissuading him.  To Davis's surprise, however, a five-dollar bill that he removed from his pocket transformed into a five-thousand-dollar bill, which met Ferrick's requirements and allowed the ward to stay open.  Davis, at a loss to explain the phenomenon, contemplated a portrait of President Lincoln, whose picture is, of course, found on five-dollar bills.

Clarifications: Not to be confused with:

Abraham Lincoln, U.S. president who freed the slaves, should not be confused with:

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Avengers West Coast#55, p7, pan3 (main image)
  p7, pan5 (Lincoln VS John Wilkes Booth)

Any Additions/Corrections? please let me know.

Last Updated: 09/29/03

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