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TIME GLIDER

Classification: Terrestrial trans-temporal vehicle

Creator: Beast (Henry McCoy)

User/Possessors: Beast (Henry McCoy), Commando (Frank Bohannan), Empyrean

First Appearance: The X-Men: Time Gliders#1 (1995)

 

Powers/Abilities/Functions: The Time Glider is a time-traveling device for one person lying flat on their front. It can travel back in time, even to tens of millions of years, and jump back to the point it left. It is capable of intradimensional and interdimensional transport (in this context, it means it can warp instantly across large distances or across time periods). It is very delicate equipment; a miscalibrated temporal capacitor can result in the pilot's disintegration. Its two rear-mounted jets provide swift flight. The key to its control is a microchip that has encoded temporal compensation equations that permit the Time Glider to make a rift in the space-time continuum. Beast included a tracking chip to locate the Time Glider.

 

History:

(The X-Men: Time Gliders#1 (fb) - BTS) - Desperate to stop the mutant-killing Legacy virus and with no cure in sight, Beast created a time-traveling device shaped like a sled he called a Time Glider to go back in time and stop the Legacy virus before it began.

(The X-Men: Time Gliders#1) - The devious Empyrean, alongside his lackeys Avalanche, Blob, Commando and Phantazia, covertly listened in on the X-Mansion to find out their secrets and heard Beast tell his teammates of his Time Glider. Empyrean told his group that the device would upset the "temporal balance of the universe" (but he really needed more dying people for his own mutant powers to grow). Beast tried to show how his Time Glider worked to his fellow X-Men but it apparently didn't work. Empyrean sent Commando that night to steal the Time Glider. Almost stopped by Cyclops, Commando teleported away with the device. The X-Men identified Empyrean as the culprit, deducing that the villain intended to introduce the Legacy virus across time to increase those infected so he could increase his power.

(The X-Men: Time Gliders#2) - The X-Men (Cyclops, Rogue, Storm, Wolverine) reached Empyrean's Florida compound while Beast created a second Time Glider to help retrieve the prototype. Beast went over readings from the first device and found it was unstable with the potential to discorporate the rider at the atomic level. In Florida, Blob, Avalanche and Phantazia tackled the X-Men, but inside Commando was confused with the Time Glider's controls, angering Empyrean.

(The X-Men: Time Gliders#3) - Commando identified the key to controlling the Time Glider: a microchip that would allow any point in the past to be reached with round-trip access. A quick test brought back soil samples 5000 years old. Meanwhile at the X-Mansion, Beast tested the second Time Glider and found it worked.

(The X-Men: Time Gliders#4) - Empyrean grew impatient and pushed Commando to be the first human traveler, but Commando disliked the risks involved. At that point, Beast teleported in, riding the second Time Glider. Beast attacked Commando and in the fray, Commando accidentally destroyed the second Time Glider. Keen to escape, Empyrean jumped aboard the prototype Time Glider and time-jumped away. Beast went to the controls and reversed the temporal warp, bringing the Time Glider back, but without Empyrean, who was left stranded many millions of years in the past among dinosaurs.

Comments: Created/adapted by Ben Raab, Mike Gustovich, Dan McConnel, Glenn Herdling.

Presumably Beast dismantled the prototype Time Glider after considering the risks and threats involved.

This miniseries comprised 4 giveaway minicomics packaged with a Hardees or Roy Rogers kid's meal back in 1995 with all the '90s goodness of bonus trading cards, pog discs and tattoos. It was a great tie-in with contemporary characters like little-seen Empyrean and cyborg-era (Crimson) Commando. Most importantly(!), the comics came with a 3" Time Glider toy and Beast figurine (wrapped in plastic).

With a new set of artists for each issue, it's hard to say who's responsible for the design of the Time Glider and it may not even be one of the artists involved but a toy designer. I've added the editor as a joint creator because I'm fairly sure he would've been a contributor to the project, not just an overseer.

This profile was completed 09/12/2021, but its publication was delayed as it was intended for the Appendix 20th anniversary's celebratory event.

Profile by Grendel Prime.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Time Glider has no known connections to:


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The X-Men: Time Gliders#3, p9, pan2-4 (main image)
The X-Men: Time Gliders#4, p13, pan1 (back view)
Time Glider toy (image from eBay)


Appearances:
The X-Men: Time Gliders#1 (1995) - Ben Raab (writer), Mike Gustovich (pencils), Dan McConnel (inks), Glenn Herdling (editor)
The X-Men: Time Gliders#2 (1995) - Ben Raab (writer), David Boller (pencils & inks), Glenn Herdling (editor)
The X-Men: Time Gliders#3 (1995) - Ben Raab (writer), John Hebert (pencils), Bill Anderson (inks), Glenn Herdling (editor)
The X-Men: Time Gliders#4 (1995) - Ben Raab (writer), Roman Morales (pencils), Derek Fisher (inks), Glenn Herdling (editor)


Any Additions/Corrections? please let me know.

First posted: 09/12/2021
Last Updated: 09/17/2021

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