Earth-TCM is the unofficial appellation which refers to the continuity of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre limited series and its subsequent satellite titles. The titles are published by WildStorm Productions, an imprint of DC Comics. The events chronicled in this reality take place outside mainstream DC Comics continuity as well as that of mainstream Wildstorm continuity.
The comic book series is based on the 2003 feature film The Texas Chainsaw Massacre by director Marcus Nispel (not to be confused with the original 1974 film by Tobe Hooper).
The Early Years
The events of this world focus on the cannibalistic Hewitt Family. The Hewitts lived in an old family manor off Route 17 in the town of Fuller in Travis County, Texas. The most infamous among them was Thomas Brown Hewitt, who would one day become the deranged killer known as Leatherface. Thomas Hewitt was born August 7th, 1939 inside the Blair Meat Co. packing plant in Fuller. The child was born with severe physical deformities and his mother died soon after giving birth. The manager of the plant discarded the infant, placing it inside of a dumpster outside the building. Luda May Hewitt discovered the baby while scrounging for food and took it as her own. 
Thomas grew up at the Hewitt residence and Luda May loved the child unconditionally. Luda's immediate family, Charlie and Monty Hewitt, though not as affectionate towards Thomas as his new mother was, accepted the boy into their family as if he were Luda May's natural child.
Charlie Hewitt saw little of Thomas during his early childhood. A young man himself, he enlisted in the United States armed services and served in the Korean War. In the winter of 1953 Hewitt was captured by a Korean officer named Sergeant Chow and taken to a POW camp. Chow forced Hewitt to look after another POW who had been injured during the fighting. Seeing the man as sick and weak, Hewitt decided that it would be better to silence him, so he suffocated him in the middle of the night. The following day, Hewitt was moved to a transit camp in the mountains. Placed in a dungeon, he was paired off with another injured G.I. The enlisted man died of his own injuries, and Hewitt watched in horror as NKPA officers dragged the body into a slaughterhouse where it was butchered and (presumably) cooked. What remains were left behind were thrown into a bucket and tossed into Hewitt's cell. Starving, he had little choice but to eat what was provided for him. He kept one of the discarded human bones and sharpened the end of it. When Sergeant Chow entered his cell one morning to inspect him, Hewitt stabbed him in the chest with the bone. He then took Chow's rifle and shot his way to freedom. The experience gave Hewitt not only a newfound inner strength, but a grisly appetite for human flesh. Returning to the United States, he introduced the practice to his family and cannibalism became a regular staple in the Hewitt family diet. 
Over the years, Thomas Hewitt experienced great hardship due not only to his physical deformity, but also suffered severe mental impairment as well. This, in combination with the macabre living conditions that he was subject to, had averse effects on his psyche. One example of this included Thomas' penchant for trapping and skinning small animals. He even developed and interest in needlepoint and would sew together random patches of various animal pelts which he would use for clothing, headwear and other ornamentation (such as necklaces made out of teeth). As a teenager, Thomas was the target of tremendous ridicule by his peers. His teachers at the town school tried their best to help him adjust, but even they agreed that Thomas was "beyond learning". On July 9th, 1958, Thomas had been spying on some bathers at a nearby waterhole. One of them, Jesse, caught Thomas peering at them and began berating him. Thomas retaliated by attacking Jesse and bringing him back to a millhouse on the Hewitt property. After tying him down to a bed, Thomas, clad from head to toe in animal pelts, removed the skin from Jesse's face with a knife. The motivation behind such an act remains unclear. Perhaps he was trying to make Jesse look more like himself, or perhaps by possessing Jesse's face, he could make himself look more normal. Charlie Hewitt stepped into the mill and found Thomas standing over the dying boy. Though shocked, he didn't disapprove of Tommy's actions, and actually assisted him in finishing off his victim and concealing the body. 
That same day, a school instructor named Mister Hanson visited the Hewitt residence to speak with Luda May. He expressed his concerns over Thomas’ wellbeing and revealed that he was aware of the boy’s habit for trapping and skinning animals. Luda May insisted that there was nothing wrong with Tommy’s behavior, but Hanson threatened to file a report with the city and have him moved to a special home. As Hanson turned to leave, Luda May bludgeoned him across the back of the head with a shovel, killing him. 
As an adult, Tommy Hewitt began working as a butcher at the same meat packing plant that he was born in. In 1969, health inspectors closed the plant down, and the manager instructed Tommy to leave the premises. For reasons unknown, Hewitt went berserk and killed his employer with a sledgehammer. Charlie Hewitt learned what had happened and knew that the local sheriff, Winston Hoyt, was looking to arrest Tommy. 
To ensure his nephew's freedom, Charlie murdered Hoyt and took his place as town sheriff. He even went so far as to assume Hoyt's identity – a role that grew into a personal obsession with him. As sheriff, Charlie Hewitt despised the new generation of American youth, and believed them all to be nothing more than weed-smoking, draft-dodging free-love hippies. He began patrolling the streets of Fuller, routinely stopping out-of-towners and arresting them. In 1972, Hewitt pulled over a random motorist, dragged him from his vehicle, and beat him unconscious with the butt end of his rifle. He brought him back to the farmhouse where Tommy Hewitt slaughtered the man with a chainsaw. 
By the early 1970s, murder had become a commonplace activity for the members of the Hewitt family. Tommy Hewitt had developed a taste for killing people with his chainsaw and wearing his victims' faces as masks. Luda May would prepare the bodies for family meals, and Charlie Hewitt would discard the remains down a large cistern on the Hewitt estate. Local law enforcement had no idea that any of this had been taking place.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
In August of 1973, a group of five teenagers were passing through fuller on their way to Dallas. Among them were Erin Hardesty, her boyfriend Kemper, their friends Morgan and Andy and a hitchhiker named Pepper. While driving in their van, they nearly ran down a young woman who had been drifting aimlessly down the highway. Though little is known about this woman, she was apparently a would-be victim of the Hewitt family who had managed to escape. Driven hopelessly insane by the experience, the woman took her own life inside of the van. The teens, distraught over what they had witnessed, brought the woman's body to Sheriff Hoyt unaware that he was actually the cannibal Charlie Hewitt. Charlie arrested them on spurious charges, and after a series of brutal beatings, brought them back to the farmhouse where Tommy slaughtered them with his chainsaw. Erin Hardesty was the only one who managed to escape. Tommy Hewitt chased her to the Blair Meat Co. plant where Erin succeeded in hacking off Tommy's right arm with a meat cleaver. She then took Charlie Hewitt's squad car and ran him down repeatedly until he was dead. Erin survived, but was remanded to the care of a resident psych ward. When news of the event broke out, state police officers raided the Hewitt household. They were never heard from again. Video footage of the raid was recovered implicating Tommy Hewitt as the killer. This event became known as the Texas Chainsaw Massacre. 
Although an official investigation into the murders was conducted, no arrests were made, and before long, law enforcement agencies seemingly lost interest in the matter. The case file was handed over to the F.B.I.'s cold cases division where it remained open for more than a year.
In June of 1974, several F.B.I. agents decided to take another look into the infamous massacre. One of them was Agent Baines, the uncle of massacre victim Pepper. He manipulated the system specifically so that he would be assigned to this case. He was less interested in closing an unsolved murder than he was in avenging his niece's death. Accompanied by agents Hooper and Henkle, Agent Baines set up a temporary command center at the Fuller Gas Stop in Travis County. 
When news of the investigation reached the ears of the rest of the Hewitts, Luda May gathered her family together and they fled into the sewer tunnels that ran beneath the farmhouse and the Blair Meat packing plant.
The investigation sparked public interest into the unsolved murders and a WTX camera crew, led by reporter Kim Burns, came to Fuller to document the history of the crimes. She visited the Blair Meat Co. plant and was given a tour by the plant's head slaughterman Hank. It soon became apparent however, that Hank shared the same murderous rage as the rest of the Hewitt clan. He slaughtered Kim's cameraman Marcus as if he were cattle and held Kim prisoner. Brandishing his own chainsaw, he intended on treating Kim in a similar manner. Kim managed to escape and before long Agent Baines discovered what had been transpiring at the plant. Mistakenly believing that Hank was the man responsible for his niece's death, he engaged him in combat and ultimately killed him.
Members of the Hewitt family still exist in Fuller County even today. As of 2007, the only named family member still around is Tommy Hewitt. He lives in the family residence along with two other men, an elderly cook and a butcher (presumably members of his family). Continuing the vicious cycle of murder and cannibalism, the older man often attended the Texas Meatfest festivals whereupon he would find fresh victims. In 2007, he encountered a crew of amateur movie makers and lured them back to the Hewitt residence under the pretext of helping them obtain extra footage for their pending horror film. Leatherface and the butcher slaughtered the three youths, and the legend of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre continued. The following year, the cook attended Meatfest 2008 and entertained passers by with tales of the mysterious missing movie makers. 
Points of Interest
- The primary setting of the series.
- Fuller is a small town in Travis County Texas and the primary setting for the series. Located in Fuller are the Fuller Gas Station, the Hewitt homestead, the Blair Meat Co. and the old Crawford Mill. Beneath the town is a network of interconnecting tunnels that make up a portion of the Travis County sewer system, and temporary refuge for the fugitive Hewitt family.
- Fuller Gas Stop
- Located in the town of Fuller, this was where F.B.I. agents, Baines, Bond, Henkle and Hooper set up a temporary command center while they investigated the unsolved murders of 1973.
- Travis County
- Travis County is the scene of the original 1973 "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" and is where the Hewitt family homestead and slaughterhouse are located.
- Blair Meat Co.
- The Blair Meat Co., located in Travis County, is where Thomas Hewitt used to work in the days before he adopted his "Leatherface" persona.
- Hewitt Farmhouse
- This is the isolated family home of the Hewitt family. Family members include Luda May Hewitt, Charlie Hewitt, Monty Hewitt, Jedidiah Hewitt and Thomas Brown "Leatherface" Hewitt. Behind the farmhouse is a slaughterhouse where Thomas Hewitt brings many of his victims.
- Route 17
- Route 17 is the Travis County highway where the Hewitt Farmhouse and the Blair Meat Co. are located.
- Agent Baines
- Baines was once a United States marine who served in the Vietnam War. After his tour of duty, he became a field agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. In 1973, Baines' niece Pepper was one of several teenagers killed in the infamous Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Baines manipulated the system to ensure that he would be placed in the cold cases division investigating the unsolved murders. Working alongside Agents Hooper and Henkle, he discovered a series of interconnecting tunnels that ran beneath the Hewitt family household. His investigation also led him to the Blair Meat Co. slaughterhouse where he encountered the deranged slaughterman Hank. Mistakenly believing Hank to be responsible for the death of his niece, Baines engaged him in combat and ultimately killed him. He later had two altercations with the chainsaw-wielding Leatherface. The first was outside the Blair Meat plant. Though greatly injured, Baines survived and conducted a raid on the Hewitt's underground grotto. There he fought Leatherface a second time, but Leatherface proved victorious when he decapitated Baines with his chainsaw.
- Agent Bond
- Agent Bond was one of the attending F.B.I. agents who accompanied agents Baines, Henkle and Hooper to Fuller Texas in June of 1974. He went down into the sewer systems following agent Baines and discovered a cache of rotting bodies - victims of the cannibalistic Hewitt family. He helped bring several bodies back to the FBI command center at the Fuller Gas Stop for analysis. Zeke Hewitt, infiltrated the group hiding inside of a body bag. When Bond inspected the bodies, Zeke leaped out and shoved a hunting knife through the bottom of Bond's jaw into his brain. Bond's body was placed inside of a deli meat counter with an apple shoved inside his mouth.
- Agent Henkle
- Henkle was a criminal profile working for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. In June of 1974, he worked alongside Agents Baines and Hooper in the cold cases division investigating the unsolved Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Upon investigating the abandoned Hewitt family farmhouse, Agent Henkle inadvertently discovered a cistern filled with the bodies of the Hewitts' victims. He was later captured by the Hewitts' close associates Henrietta and the Tea Lady, who drugged him and took turns sexually violating him. He was brought back to the family refuge, but was saved by reporter Kim Burns. As the two tried to escape the tunnels, Henkle stepped on a bear trap. He was subsequently captured and murdered by Leatherface. Note: Henkle may have been named after Kim Henkel co-creator of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise.
- Agent Hooper
- Agent Hooper was a field agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation working in the cold cases division. In June of 1974, he was assigned to investigate the unsolved Texas Chainsaw Massacre. He worked alongside fellow agents Baines and Henkle. It was agent Hooper who found the grotto that the Hewitts had been using as their personal refuge. He attempted to arrest the family members, but young Jedidiah Hewitt stabbed him through the chest. After which, he brought a meat cleaver down upon Hooper's head, killing him. Note: Agent Hooper is doubtlessly named for Tobe Hooper, the director of the original 1974 Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
- Andy was one of the casualties of the original 1973 Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Though never explicitly shown in any of the source material, his existence and subsequent murder has been inferred in references to the F.B.I. crime files.
- Darla was a film enthusiast and the girlfriend of an amateur movie maker named Mike. In 2007, Darla, Mike and two friends were lured into the Hewitt family home. One of the family members, a butcher, brutally murdered Darla by bludgeoning her repeatedly across the top of the head with a sledgehammer. Darla's friend Vince discovered her mutilated body and slipped on a puddle of Darla's blood. Presumably, she was prepared, cooked and consumed by the cannibal family.
- Erin Hardesty
- Erin Hardesty is the only survivor of the 1973 Texas Chainsaw Massacre. After maiming Tommy Hewitt and killing family patriarch Charlie Hewitt, she was remanded to the care of a residential psychiatric facility.
- Hewitt Family
The Hewitts are a family of deranged cannibals who once operated out of a large manor in Fuller, Texas. The most infamous among them is Thomas Brown "Leatherface" Hewitt who was chiefly responsible for the deaths of three teenagers in the 1973 Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Following the slaughter, the Hewitts fled their home and sought refuge in the sewer systems of Travis County. Years after the initial murders, surviving members of the Hewitt family returned to their family homestead. Though many of the original killers have since died or disappeared, the family still exists today, including Leatherface.
- Jesse was a teenage boy known for ridiculing young Tommy Hewitt because of his physical and mental abnormalities. In July of 1958, Tommy kidnapped Jesse, dragged him back to the family mill where he proceeded to skin him alive. It is possible that Jesse may have been Tommy's first human victim.
- Karla was the assistant to WTX reporter Kim Burns. She was abducted and tortured by members of the Hewitt family. They killed her and decapitated her. Her body was suspended upside down in a makeshift meat freezer while her head was thrown into a stew pot.
- Kemper was the boyfriend of Erin Hardesty and one of the casualties of the original 1973 Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Though never explicitly shown in any of the source material, his existence and subsequent murder has been inferred in references to the F.B.I. crime files.
- Kim Burns
- Kim Burns was a reporter for WTX News in Texas. In August of 1974, she and her camera crew traveled to the town of Fuller to do an article on the anniversary of the 1973 Texas Chainsaw Massacre. They visited the Blair Meat Co. plant and were given a tour by the plant's head slaughterman Hank. Hank soon revealed himself as a murderous psychopath who tortured and killed Kim's cameraman Marcus. He would have done the same to Kim as well, but fortunately for her, she managed to escape. Her relief was short-lived however as she once again found herself tormented by members of the cannibalistic Hewitt family. Kim was captured and brought to their underground refuge and tied to a chair. Thanks to the efforts of an FBI agent named Baines however, Kim managed to escape. Kim managed to get as far as town, but the chainsaw-wielding Leatherface apprehended her, throwing her into the back of a meat truck. Kim fought back and succeeded in pushing Leatherface out of the moving vehicle. She used Leatherface's chainsaw to kill the driver, Zeke Hewitt. For her, the nightmare was over. Kim Burns is the only known survivor of the 1974 massacre.
- Marcus was a cameraman for WTX News and worked for reporter Kim Burns. Following an interview with a butcher named Hank at the Blair Meat Co., Marcus became a victim of Hank’s murderous rage. He killed him in the manner usually reserved for slaughtering cattle (slitting the throat, letting the blood drain, and then placing the body into a vat of scalding hot water before 'rendering' the meat).
- Marty was an amateur film maker specializing in sound engineering. In 2007, he accompanied his friends Mike, Darla and Vince on an ill-fated trip to the Hewitt household in Travis County, Texas. Marty set up his sound equipment in one of the empty rooms hoping to record some ambient background noise. Leatherface came up behind him and killed Marty with his chainsaw.
- Mike was an amateur film maker and one of the victims of the modern day Hewitt family. In 2007, Mike and his four colleagues, Darla, Marty and Vince traveled to Fuller, Texas and attended Meatfest '07. Having acquired footage of the legendary "Leatherface" killer, he wanted to make his film at the scene where the infamous Texas Chainsaw Massacre took place. Mike met one of the attendants of the festival, a cook, who claimed to know where the murders took place. Mike didn't yet realize that this cook was actually one of the surviving Hewitt family members. The cook drove Mike to the Hewitt residence and gave him a tour of the house. Another family member, a butcher, incapacitated Mike with a bolt gun and soon after Leatherface appeared and killed Mike with his chainsaw.
- Mister Hansen
- Mister Hansen was a school teacher who worked at Fuller town elementary school in the 1950s. After witnessing bizarre behavior perpetuated by Tommy Hewitt, he visited the Hewitt household and addressed his concerns to Tommy's mother Luda May. Unsatisfied with Luda May's reaction, he threatened to file a report with city officials regarding Tommy's mental instability. Luda May killed Mister Hansn by striking him across the back of the head with a shovel. <br
- Morgan was one of the casualties of the original 1973 Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Though never explicitly shown in any of the source material, his existence and subsequent murder has been inferred in references to the F.B.I. crime files.
- Pepper was one of the casualties of the original 1973 Texas Chainsaw Massacre. She was the niece of F.B.I. agent Baines, who went to great lengths to avenge her murder.
- Ted (surname unknown) was the sheriff of Travis County following the death of Sheriff Hoyt. In 1974, he provided the Federal Bureau of Investigation all of the information and evidence he had obtained relating to the 1973 massacre.
- Marty was an amateur film maker and was the director of photography for a director named Mike. In 2007, he accompanied Mike, as well as his friends Darla and Marty on an ill-fated trip to the Hewitt household in Travis County, Texas. While exploring the house, Vince soon discovered the mutilated body of Darla, who had only recently been murdered by the family butcher. Vince slipped in a pool of Darla's blood and fell to the floor. The butcher appeared before him and killed Vince with a shot from a bolt gun (the kind commonly used for slaughtering cattle).
- WildStorm Productions treats the 2003 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre movie and the 2006 prequel film The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning as an authoritative part of the history supplemented within the comic book titles. Some material from the films has been included in this article for the sake of context even though the events of which have not been adapted into comic book format. To date, nothing from the comic book titles contradicts information provided in the films.
- The quote at the top of the page is spoken by WTX News reporter Kim Burns in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre #2. The dialogue was originally presented as the opening narrative to the 1974 Texas Chainsaw Massacre film as voiced by actor John Larroquette. The narrative was also used in the beginning of the 2003 remake. The quote refers to "five youths", specifically the main characters from the film, but does not take into account the female drifter who committed suicide in the first act of the movie.
- Texas Chainsaw Massacre
- Texas Chainsaw Massacre: Raising Cain
- Texas Chainsaw Massacre: About a Boy
- Texas Chainsaw Massacre: By Himself
- Texas Chainsaw Massacre: Cut!
- Characters from Earth-TCM
- Other things related to Earth-TCM
- Earth-TCM's Comic Appearances
- Reality Gallery: Earth-TCM
Links and References
- ↑ Wikipedia:The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning
- ↑ The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: By Himself
- ↑ The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: About a Boy
- ↑ Texas Chainsaw Massacre: About a Boy 1
- ↑ Wikipedia:The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning
- ↑ The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: By Himself
- ↑ Wikipedia:The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (film)
- ↑ The Texas Chainsaw Massacre #1
- ↑ Texas Chainsaw Massacre: Cut! #1