A Fact-Check for the Four-Color World

Wednesday, March 08, 2006


One of the things I love about comics is fictional geography. DC's fictional cities can be richer than any real city depicted on the four-color page, and fictional countries allow creators to develop whole cultures and socities for the stories they tell.

In the DCAU (the common universe of the Bruce Timm DC cartoons), the go-to fictional foreign country has been Kasnia. It was Kasnia that hired John Corben (aka Metallo) in the pilot episode of Superman: The Animated Series. Kasnia was a big player in the pilot of Batman Beyond. The country also showed up in Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman and in several Justice League episodes.

One such episode, "The Great Brain Robbery," aired this past weekend, wherein the Legion of Doom hijacked a trainload of Euros being transported into Kasnia. Once the Justice League gets word of the heist, Mr. Terrific dispatches several Leaguers to a specific set of coordinates, which he types onscreen:

45* 9' 8" N
19* 5_' 13" E

It's not completely legible (Mr. Terrific's head covers one digit), but it's close enough. And thanks to Mapquest, we can easily determine its precise location. It's just a few miles outside of Novi Sad, the second-largest city in Serbia-Montenegro. In other words, it's a spot in the Balkans, precisely where it's always been suggested that Kasnia lies.

So kudos to the JLU team for the attention paid to even a subtle detail like this.