This is a timeline of events that occurred during the 1930s in the HBO timeline.
- 1 1930
- 2 1931
- 3 1932
- 4 1933
- 5 1934
- 6 1935
- 7 1936
- 8 1937
- 9 1938
- 10 1939
- 10.1 January
- 10.2 February
- 10.3 April
- 10.4 June
- 10.5 July
- 10.6 September
- 10.7 Before October 6th
- 10.8 October
- 10.9 Late November or December 1939
- 10.10 December
- 10.11 Late December
- 10.12 Circa December 25th
- 10.13 Between December 1939 and October 2nd, 1940
- 10.14 Between December 1939 and May 13th, 1946
- 10.15 In or After 1939 Until 1977
- 10.16 1939 to 1949
- 10.17 1930s or 1940s
- 10.18 1930s and 1940s
- 10.19 Late 1930s to 1950
- 11 References
- Greta Müller files an incident report with the Macon County Sheriff's Office against her husband Henrik for domestic assault and battery, but presses no formal charges.
Between January 4 and January 11, 1930
- The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) releases a report showing a major disparity between the poor and the wealthy in the United States.
- The Voice of the People publishes an editorial citing the IRS report condemning U.S. politicians for perpetuating a government that exists not to protect the average citizen, but to benefit the Rockefellers, Dreibergs, and other wealthy families who have earned fortunes by exploiting common laborers.
- Greta Müller files another Macon County Sheriff's Office incident report against her husband Henrik for domestic assault and battery, but again presses no formal charges. Their son Rolf brutally beats Henrik in retaliation.
- G. Gordon Liddy is born.
- Moe Vernon marries a woman named Beatrice.
- Beatrice Vernon begins a romantic affair with Fred Motz, a mechanic working for her husband Moe at Vernon's Auto Repairs.
- Linda Juspeczyk dies in a car accident shortly after marrying a Northwestern University medical student.
- Ursula Zandt hears a police officer whistling at her good looks. Furious, she runs across the street and hits him, for which she is arrested.
- Hollis Mason encounters a situation he calls "The Ride of the Valkyries": Beatrice and Fred leave Moe Vernon, who then commits suicide.
- Daniel "Happy" Dahl witnesses Rolf Müller exiting a wardrobe tent looking shaken after having spent hours alone with performer Frank Burrows.
- Rolf Müller joins the Sakcson and Shanley circus's "Big Top Hello Mobile" troupe as Rolf the European Powerhouse.
- Rolf Müller becomes a staunch anti-communist and joins the Ku Klux Klan. He, along with Frank Burrows and three other Klan members, are accused of murdering a black couple, Samuel and Elois Horton, after they attend the cirrus in Atlanta, Georgia.
- Rolf Müller, Frank Burrows, and three fellow Ku Klux Klan members are acquitted of murdering Samuel and Elois Horton.
- Kitty Genovese is born.
- Hans Osterman and his son, Jon, flee Heidelberg, Germany for the United Kingdom; they briefly stay at Cartwithen Castle in North Wales whose owners are providing refugees a place to stay before traveling on to the United States.
- Nelson Gardner is honorably discharged from the Marines after serving under Smedley Butler in the Banana Wars.
- Rolf Müller joins the Shriner's Circus in New York City. Sixteen days later, he debuts as Rolf the European Powerhouse.
- After Nazi forces seize control of Austria, Adolf Hitler marches into that country, stopping first in his hometown of Linz to deliver a speech to the masses.
- Will Reeves and Hollis Mason graduate from the New York Police Academy. Reeves meets Lieutenant Sam Battle during the induction ceremony, who warns him about the Cyclops.
In or After March 1938
- Action Comics 1, the first appearance of Superman is published. Will Reeves, Hollis Mason, and others take notice. The arrival of superheroes as a publishing phenomenon inspires a number of people to put on costumes and fight crime.
29th - 30th
- Germany, Italy, Great Britain, and France sign the Munich agreement, by which Czechoslovakia must surrender its border regions and defenses (the so-called Sudeten region) to Nazi Germany. The Czechoslovak government is largely excluded from the negotiations, and is not a signatory to the agreement.
- Hollis Mason discreetly reads several more comic books from children, never telling anyone else about his interest in superheroes.
- The New York Gazette releases an issue featuring the following headline titled 'Nazis March West' with an article titled 'War Crisis Test U.S. Foreign Policy'.
- Will Reeves arrests a businessman named Fred for firebombing the Rosenbloom family's Jewish delicatessen.
- Due to his Cyclops connections, Fred is released from prison.
- The Post-Star releases an issue featuring the following headline titled 'Berlin Hails Fuehrer as Conqueror; Warsaw Jubilant at Victory'.
- Will Reeves goes to a newspaper stand and the vendor shows him a copy of Action Comics 1 and learns of the origin story of Superman. Fred bumps past Reeves and snidely greets when he calls him out for it.
- On his way home from work, Will Reeves is attacked by police officers affiliated with Cyclops. Reeves is strung up on a tree with a noose around his neck. Though he is let go, but demand him to not interfere in their business.
- Will Reeves saves a young couple from getting mugged.
- The New York Gazette runs a front page story about the thwarted robbery by Hooded Justice. Hollis Mason reads the article and is stunned to find superheroes no longer confined to the world of comic books.
- Will Reeves raids Fred’s Original Market in Queens, discovering the first clues to Cyclops’ plan.
- Cyclops covers their tracks to the press stating that Hooded Justice stopped an attempted robbery at Fred's Original Market.
- Orson Welles directs and narrates a radio broadcast of H. G. Wells' novel The War of the Worlds on The Mercury Theatre on the Air. The episode became famous for allegedly causing panic among its listening audience.
- Superhero comic books featuring the exploits of such characters as Superman and Flash see enormous success.
- Silhouette, Comedian, Silk Spectre, Captain Metropolis, Dollar Bill, and Mothman, all similarly inspired by the exploits of Hooded Justice, make their crime-fighting debut shortly after.
- Laurence Schexnayder suggests Sally Jupiter to place an ad in the New York Gazette calling for costumed adventurers to unite.
- Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union signed the German-Soviet Nonaggression Pact, in which the two countries agreed to take no military action against each other.
- Dressing up in a mask and costume to protect one's neighborhood becomes a popular fad in the United States. Americans grow fascinated by this development as the media devotes a good deal of coverage to these individuals.
- Hollis Mason officially begins working for the New York City Police Department.
- Inspired by Hooded Justice's heroics, Hollis Mason decides to become Nite Owl.
- Silhouette exposes a child pornography ring.
- Mothman is discovered by the media coming from Connecticut, described as "a man who can fly."
- Comedian brutally cleans up New York harbor.
- DC Comics’ All-Star Comics issue #2 hits stands, featuring tales of The Spectre, Hourman, Green Lantern, Hawkman, The Flash, Johnny Thunder, The Sandman, and Red, White & Blue.
- The Minutemen superhero group is formed.
- National Bank's Thomas Younger writes a letter to Louis Schexnayder, explaining Bill Brady's dual status as a crime-fighter and a widely recognized media figure, and suggests him as a potential Minutemen member.
Before October 6th
- Eddie Blake accepts the invitation, and Louis Schexnayder issues a press release announcing his membership in the crime-fighting team.
After October 6th
- The New York Gazette runs the announcement under the headline "Minutemen Adopt Kid Side-Kick", quoting Louis Schexnayder as anticipating no problems due to Eddie Blake's young age.
Late November or December 1939
- Ursula Zandt becomes the seventh member to join the Minutemen.
- Nelson Gardner tracks down Will Reeves, and deduces his identity as Hooded Justice; he convinces him to join the Minutemen. Due to his actual race, Reeves refuses to reveal his identity to most of the team, as well as the press.
- Will Reeves secretly enters into a relationship with Nelson Gardner.
- The Minutemen hire a maid named Frieda Jenkins, to clean their headquarters, launder their costumes, and keep their food pantry stocked.
- Ursula Zandt and Sally Jupiter soon end up on bad terms, and goads her about being Polish knowing it bothers Sally when she does.
- During a press conference, Hooded Justice joins the other Minutemen to be introduced to the press by Captain Metropolis. Reeves is about to present his evidence of a secret conspiracy perpetuated by Cyclops, but Gardner interrupts him and states that a major crime is being planned by Moloch, and proudly unveils a racist poster from their sponsor National Bank, featuring the bank's hired hero and Minutemen member, Dollar Bill. HJ returns to his room and moves his hood and makeup feeling dejected.
- Louis Schexnayder discovers Nelson Gardner’s secret relationship with Hooded Justice. Schexnayder convinces Sally Jupiter, when in the presence of photographers, snuggle up to HJ so the press will infer romance and stop looking into his personal life.
- To further camouflage his identity, Will Reeves, as Hooded Justice, expresses approval of Adolf Hitler's Third Reich during an interview with Newsworld. In the article, the vigilante applauds Hitler for saving his nation from economic collapse, restoring dignity to his people, and "exterminating the undisciplined and perverse" from humanity. Ursula Zandt, a Jew, is highly offend by his comments, but Nelson Gardner sweeps the matter under the rug to keep the Minutemen's reputation intact.
- The Minutemen officially launch as a crimefighting team, with Louis Schexnayder managing their publicity.
- The Minutemen lease a Manhattan brownstone from J.D. Dorchester, of Dorchester oil fame, to serve as their headquarters, for a monthly rate of $400 dollars.
- Moloch the Mystic uses a Solar Mirror Weapon to terrorize the city. He threatens to destroy the Empire State Building unless police provide him with a hand-rendered, illuminated copy of William Blake's The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, worth more than $16 million dollars. The Minutemen manage to defeat Moloch and take his Solar Mirror Weapon, displaying it in their headquarters' trophy room.
Circa December 25th
Between December 1939 and October 2nd, 1940
- The Minutemen thwart a criminal called King Mob. The team display his ape mask in their trophy room.
- Eddie Blake makes no secret of his attraction to Sally Jupiter, despite being four years younger than her, but she shows interest only in her close friend Will Reeves.
- The Comedian expresses hope that the United States government will send the Minutemen to Europe to fight in World War II. Hooded Justice feels that they should remain non-political, while Mothman fears the thought of fighting in a war.
- Issue #1 of Minutemen, a new comic book about "America's greatest heroes", features adventures based on the exploits of the crimefighting team of the same name.
- Moloch earns a reputation for writing letters on parchment.
Between December 1939 and May 13th, 1946
- Silhouette remains aloof from her fellow Minutemen, becoming close only with Louis Schexnayder and, to some extent, Nite Owl and Mothman. She often tells them about her Aunt Emma in Katzenbuhl, Austria, and comments that men tend to treat people like cars.
In or After 1939 Until 1977
- The United States government abolishes laws banning vigilantism in order to accommodate the strategically useful talents of costumed adventurers.
- Psychologists such as Fredric Wertham offer theories about why someone would choose to don a costume and fight crime, while others spread jokes, rumors, and innuendo about the superhero crowd's motives.
- Fredric Wertham develops the Wertham Spectrum, a range of psychological and ideological classifications used to identify the behavioral patterns and motivations of costumed adventurers.
1939 to 1949
- Throughout his time with the Minutemen, Nelson Gardner suffers from the paranoid delusion that other members of the group are snickering behind his back. As a result, he spends much of his time desperate to earn their respect.
1930s or 1940s
1930s and 1940s
- Clandestine pornographic comic books, dubbed Tijuana Bibles, flourish as an art form, featuring fictional characters like Chic Young's Blondie Boopadoop, as well as actress Mae West and Minutemen crimefighter Silk Spectre. One such comic, portraying Jupiter's sexual exploits with a salesman from Acme Brush Co..
Late 1930s to 1950
- Throughout his criminal career, the Screaming Skull is more interested in having fun playing the role of a typical comic book supervillain than in reaping the rewards of his schemes. Though he steals more than $15 million worth of property, he clears only $2,000 or so in total, due to steep overhead and insurance costs.
- Historical date
- Chapter I: At Midnight, All the Agents...
- DC Heroes: The Watchmen Sourcebook
- Under the Hood: Chapter I
- Under the Hood: Chapter II
- Nova Express interview
- Early History of Walter Kovacs
- A God Walks into Abar
- Chapter IV: Watchmaker
- This Extraordinary Being
- Martial Feats of Comanche Horsemanship
- Chapter III: The Judge of All the Earth
- Under the Hood: Chapter IV
- Sally Jupiter's Scrapbook Portfolio
- Under the Hood: Chapter III
- Chapter II: Absent Friends
- Chapter XI: Look On My Works, Ye Mighty
- CLIPPING: "Veidt Declared Dead"
- DC Heroes Role Playing Module #235: Taking Out the Trash - Curses and Tears