Chronos (DC)(01 - David Clinton)
Real Name: David Clinton
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Considered by some to be the arch-nemesis of the Atom (Ray Palmer), Chronos started his career as petty thief David Clinton who attributed his consistent incarceration to his timing, or lack there of. To improve his timing he studied the rhythm of time pieces and by practice he learned to synchronize each of his actions with the beat of the prison clock. By the end of his sentence he had developed an extraordinary sense of timing which he resolved to use to further his criminal career. He then adopted the colorful costume and alter ego of Chronos, the Time Thief. Clinton had acquired an unhealthy fascination with time and he developed a series of gimmick weapons and deathtraps based on time pieces (clocks with blades as hands, flying sun dials).
Chronos made his debut in Ivy Town, but was defeated by the Atom. He next tried to steal a collection of historic Hungarian clocks, but was again defeated. The Atom has since thwarted all of Chronos plans. Each appearance or new crime prompted an evolution in Chronos's weaponry. His study of time led to more intricate and revolutionary inventions -- lenses that prevent people from seeing certain events (e.g. his getaway vehicle or another specific object), circuitry embedded in his costume that could control the local flow of time (freezing people in time or altering his own perception of time), and ultimately a fully functional time machine (before it and the designs were destroyed). One story suggested that Chronos may have been receiving help from a future version of himself, but it is unknown at what relative time frame that Chronos came from.
Chronos eventually stopped stealing for his own gain and began stealing to finance his time research. The Atom had always thwarted Chronos, but he had decided to turn his back on humanity and had retreated to a peaceful seclusion with a group a six-inch tall aliens in the Amazonian jungle. Chronos had more success without the Atom, but he brought himself to the attention of the Blue Beetle (Ted Kord) when he tried to blackmail one of the employees of Kord Inc. He also fought the Beetle during Darkseid's anti-hero riots. During one struggle against the Beetle, Chronos was hurled 100 million years into the past where he encountered a time-lost Captain Atom.
Upon his return to the present Chronos was able to use his technology to manipulate the money markets to amass a fortune, but old habits die hard, and Chronos's illegal endeavors were discovered and he was returned to prison. He was freed by the Calendar Man to work with the Time Foes, but was captured by the Team Titans. Out of desperation and humiliation, Chronos took a drastic chance -- he accepted an offer from the demon Neron and exchanged his soul for the metahuman ability to travel through time. However bargains with Neron are never fair and Chronos found that each journey through the timestream accelerated his ageing. A man who should have been a healthy adult became an aged senior citizen.
All the experiments and Neron's "gift" had taken a toll on Clinton's body and be began to loose touch with any sense of the "now." He had trouble staying localized in time and appeared to fade away into nothingness. His disappearance was enough for him to be declared dead and speculation has suggested that he may have slipped into "The Void" of time. A funeral of sorts was held and his research was passed on to the second Chronos (Walker Gabriel).This entry uses material derived in whole or in part from wikipedia.org.
First Appearance: The Atom (1962) #3
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Action Comics (1938)
Atom Special (1993)
#1 Blackest Night: Rise of the Black Lanterns (2010)
- 'Shrinking from the Past'
HC Blue Beetle (1986)
- 'Blackest Night: Rise of the Black Lanterns'TPB
- 'Blackest Night: Rise of the Black Lanterns'
#3 Booster Gold (2007)
- 'If This Be Madness...!'#9
- 'Time On His Hands!'#21
- 'If This Works, It'll Be A Miracle!'#22
- 'A Question of Time'
#13 Cancelled Comic Cavalcade (1978)
- 'Stars In Your Eyes, Part I'#14
- 'Stars in Your Eyes, Part 2'#17
- 'Reality Lost, Part Three'
#1 Convergence (2015)
- 'Time Out of Time'#2
- 'Down on the Farm'#3
- 'Renaissance Man'#4
- 'The Funeral Party'#10
- 'Time on My Hands'
HC Countdown (2007)
- 'The Return'
#37 Countdown to Infinite Crisis (2005)
- 'Forbidden Fruit'#48
- 'Death From Above'
#1 Crisis on Infinite Earths (1985)
- 'Countdown to Infinite Crisis'
Crisis on Multiple Earths (2002)
DC 100-Page Super Spectacular (1971)
DC-06 DC Comics Presents: The Atom (2004)
- 'World's Greatest Super-Heroes!'
#1 DC Comics Presents: The Atom (2011)
- 'Ride a Deadly Grenade!'
DC One Million Omnibus (2013)
DC Special (1975)
#27 DC Super Stars (1976)
- 'Danger: Dinosaurs at Large!'
#10 DC Universe Special: Justice League of America (2008)
- 'Presents Strange Sports Stories'
DC Universe: Origins (2009)
TPB DCU: Legacies (2010)
- 'DC Universe: Origins'
Detective Comics (1937)
#368 Final Crisis Companion (2009)
- '7 Wonder Crimes of Gotham City!'
TPB Final Crisis: Secret Files (2009)
- 'Final Crisis Companion'
Identity Crisis (2004)
#2 Infinite Crisis (2005)
- 'Chapter Two: House of Lies'#4
- 'Chapter Four: Who Benefits'#7
- 'Chapter Seven: The Hero's Life'
Infinite Crisis Countdown (2006)
#3 JLA (1997)
- 'World Without Heroes'
#115 JLA-Z (2003)
- 'Crisis of Conscience Part One'#116
- 'Crisis of Conscience: Part Two'#117
- 'Crisis of Conscience: Part Three'#118
- 'Crisis of Conscience: Part Four'#119
- 'Crisis of Conscience: Conclusion'
#1 JLA: Liberty and Justice (2003)
- 'Amazo to Green Arrow'
Justice League Adventures (2002)
Justice League of America (1960)
#21 Justice League Sourcebook (1990)
- 'Crisis on Earth-One'#22
- 'Crisis on Earth-Two'#111
- 'Balance of Power!'#116
- 'The Kid Who Won Hawkman's Wings!'#143
- 'A Tale of Two Satellites!'#158
- 'The Super-Power of Negative Thinking!'#219
- 'Crisis In The Thunderbolt Dimension!'#220
- 'The Doppelganger Gambit'
Justice League: Cry for Justice (2009)
Justice Society of America: A Celebration of 75 Years (2015)
TPB Legends of the DC Universe (1998)
- 'Legends: The Collection'#4
- 'Cry Havoc...!'
#40 Legion of Super-Heroes (1989)
- 'Lessons in Time: Part 1'#41
- 'Lessons in Time: Part 2'
#75 Legionnaires (1993)
- 'No Exit'
Power of the Atom (1988)
#3 Red Tornado (1985)
- '15 Minutes Of Fame!'#4
- 'What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life?'#5
- 'Comings and Goings'#6
- 'Time, Time, Time, - - See What's Become Of Me'#7
- 'Behind Enemy Lines!'#8
- 'Eye Of The Storm'#18
- 'Life After Death!'
Rogues Gallery (1996)
Secret Origins (1986)
#29 Showcase '94 (1994)
- 'Featuring Power of The Atom, Mr. America & The Golden Age Red Tornado'
#10 Silver Age (2000)
- 'Zero Hour - Black Condor - Azrael'
#1 Silver Age 80-Page Giant (2000)
- 'Pawns of the Invincible Immortal!'
Silver Age Secret Files (2000)
Silver Age: Challengers of the Unknown (2000)
#1 Silver Age: Doom Patrol (2000)
- 'A Small Matter of Time'
#1 Silver Age: Green Lantern (2000)
- 'The War of the Super-Weapons!'
#1 Silver Age: Justice League of America (2000)
- 'Alone...Against Injustice!'
#1 Silver Age: Showcase (2000)
- 'The League Without Justice!'
#1 Steve Ditko Omnibus (2011)
- 'Showcase Presents the 7 Soldiers of Victory'
Suicide Squad (1987)
Team Titans (1992)
#13 The All New Atom (2006)
- 'Times Are Far Between (And Few At That)'#14
- 'When Titans Clash -- A Lot'#15
- 'The Hardest Copy or Truth and Consequences'
TPB vol. 03 The Atom (1962)
- 'The Hunt For Ray Palmer!'TPB vol. 04
- 'Small Wonder'#12
- 'Hunt For Ray Palmer Part One: Never Too Small to Hit the Big Time'#13
- 'Hunt for Ray Palmer Part Two: Second Genesis'#20
- 'A Few Small Affairs'#24
- 'Inside Out, Chapter Four: Forecast Fascist Future'#25
- 'Inside Out, Chapter Five: Time'
The Atom and Hawkman (1968)
The Atom Archives (2001)
The DC Comics Encyclopedia (2004)
HC The DC Universe by John Byrne (2017)
- 'The DC Comics Encyclopedia'HC
- 'The DC Comics Encyclopedia: Updated And Expanded'
HC The Flash (1987)
- 'The DC Universe by John Byrne'
TPB The Super Friends (1976)
- 'Volume 05 - Race Against Time!'TPB
- 'The Flash By Mark Waid Book Five'#115
- 'Race Against Time - Chapter Three: Speed Metal'
#22 The World's Greatest Super-Heroes (2005)
- 'It's Never Too Late'
Absolute Edition Underworld Unleashed (1995)
- 'Absolute Justice League: The World's Greatest Super-Heroes'HC
- 'The World's Greatest Super-Heroes'TPB
- 'The World's Greatest Super-Heroes'
#1 Who's Who in the DC Universe (1990)
- 'Underworld Unleashed'
#4 Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe (1985)
- 'Barter To Wonder Woman'
Who's Who: Update '87 (1987)
#5 Wonder Woman (1942)
- 'Reaper to Zymyr plus Appendix'
#220 World's Finest Comics (1941)
- 'The Man Who Wiped Out Time!'
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