main imageFATHER TIME

Real Name: Unrevealed

Identity/Class: Extraterrestrial (race unrevealed)

Occupation: Commemorator of significant events

Group Membership: Elders of the Universe (Astronomer/Seginn Gallio, Caregiver/Rubanna  Lagenris Quormo, Champion/Tryco Slatterus, Collector/Taneleer Tivan, Contemplator/Tath Ki,  Explorer/Zamanathan Rambunazeth, Gardener/Ord Zyonyz, Grand Astrogator, Grandmaster/En Dwi Gast, Judicator, Obliterator/Maht Pacle, Possessor/Kamo Tharnn, Runner/Gilpetperdon, Trader/Cort Zo Tinnus, others)

Affiliations: Paul Bunyan, the Elders of the Universe (Astronomer, Champion, Collector, Explorer, Gardener, Grandmaster, Judicator, Obliterator, Possessor, Runner, Trader), John Henry, Johnny Appleseed (Jonathan Chapman), Earth-69413's Maestro (Bruce Banner), Pecos Bill, Uncle Sam

Enemies: Captain America (Steve Rogers)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: "The Dispatcher of Destiny", "Father", "The Gatekeeper to Posterity", "The Imparter of Immortality", "The Lamplighter of Legendary"

Base of OperationsLand of Legends

First Appearance: Captain America I#383 (March, 1991)

Powers/Abilities: Like most of the Elders of the Universe, Father Time was an immortal capable of manipulating cosmic energies for a variety of effects. Father Time could age others via touch, causing victims to grow old within seconds. He could also traverse throughout time. Using his scythe, Father Time could cut the fabric of reality to open a doorway to the Land of Legends.


(Captain America I#383 (fb) – BTS) – An Elder of the Universe, Father Time became obsessed with commemorating significant events. Over time, he focused on American heroes, whether real or fictional. Traveling through time, Father Time pulled American heroes Johnny Appleseed, John Henry and Pecos Bill from their own time periods and brought them to the Land of Legends, a world that altered itself at its occupants' will. Killing the heroes so that their spirits could live on within the Land of Legends, Father Time also somehow brought the thought-to-be-fictional Uncle Sam and Paul Bunyan to the Land of Legends.

(Captain America I#383) – Learning of Captain America's anniversary as an American icon, Father Time ran amuck in New York's Bowery to draw Captain America out. Investigating the disturbance, Captain America found Father Time and hurled his shield at the Elder, who opened a portal to the Land of Legends that swallowed the shield. Bidding Cap to follow him, Father Time entered the Land of Legends and Captain America followed shortly thereafter to retrieve his shield. After meeting many of the American legends that Father Time had brought there, Cap told Uncle Sam that his time on Earth was not over. Father Time then appeared and goaded Cap into a battle, pretending to lose his scythe. Father Time then leapt off a cliff toward his scythe, prompting Cap to grab him, thereby allowing Father Time to begin aging Cap in an attempt to kill him so that his spirit could reside in the Land of Legends. When Cap continued to fight against Father Time despite his severe aging, Father Time relented and returned Cap to Earth.

(Contest of Champions III#6 (fb)) - Following the destruction and subsequent restoration of the multiverse, Father Time accompanied the other Elders of the Universe to the remnants of Doctor Doom's Battleworld patchwork planet, where the Collector confirmed the multiverse's recent situation. When the Runner tried to hurry the Collector into revealing why he had summoned the Elders of the Universe together, Gardener told the Runner to have patience, reminding him to stop and smell the roses. Father Time interjected, exclaiming that the clock was always ticking. Explorer sensed the riches to be had on Battleworld and Trader soon confirmed that a new omniverse meant a fresh supply of the energy of creation. When the Elders erupted into an argument, each suggesting settling what to do with the power primordial using their own obsessions, Grandmaster naturally suggested they play a Contest of Champions to decide which Elder of the Universe should inherit the creation energies. A recovering Maestro from Battleworld's Dystopia region weakly exclaimed that he would kill them all and Father Time watched with the other Elders as the Collector chose Maestro as his champion.

Comments: Created by Mark Gruenwald, Ron Lim and Danny Bulanadi.

There was an old man named Father Time who aided the Blonde Phantom during the 1940s. It’s very possible, given this Father Time’s nature as a time-traveling Elder of the Universe, that the Father Time who aided Blonde Phantom and the Father Time who attempted to force Captain America into the Land of Legends were the same character. There was no evidence to support that theory nor anything evidence to disprove it.

In Contest of Champions I#6, we see several of the Elders of the Universe's champions being defeated, with 3 champions not identified with any Elder: multiversal versions of MODOK, Magik and Colossus. The Elders whose champions were not shown were Runner, Father Time, Gardener, Possessor, Explorer and Trader. Since no specific champion was shown to be associated with Father Time, I'd like to think that Father Time, being slightly more heroic than the other Elders and representing American legends, might have passed on the Grandmaster's contest and did not choose a champion, as he was never shown actually accepting Grandmaster's terms. Then again, he might've participated in an attempt to prevent a more villainous Elder from obtaining the power. Regardless, his champion, if any, was not revealed.

Profile by Proto-Man.

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Captain America I#383, p19, pan2 (Father Time, main image)
Captain America I#383, p19, pan5 (Father Time, headshot)

Captain America I#383 (March, 1991) – Mark Gruenwald (writer), Ron Lim (pencils), Danny Bulanadi (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Contest of Champions III#6 (May, 2016) - Al Ewing (script), Paco Medina (pencils), Juan Vlasco (inks), Chris Robinson, Mark Paniccia (editors)

Last updated: 04/06/16

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