Monday, May 22, 2017


I found out yesterday that both volumes of Crossovers Expanded by Yrs. Truly were listed in the October 2016 issue of Locus Magazine, with a short synopsis of what they're about and the contents. Check out this link to purchase the issue and read the writeup.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Edgar Rice Burroughs - the new "Sunday" comic strips

Cross-posted from

Many of my readers may know that on the Official Edgar Rice Burroughs site, there are
ongoing comic strips of various ERB series and characters, done in the style of a weekly color Sunday strip. Some strips feature new stories, and some are adaptations of ERB novels. The strips are available by monthly or annual subscription at the site.

The Pellucidar strip tells a new tale of the ongoing adventures of David Innes and family, and some of the Sunday installments featured a crossover with Tarzan. Perhaps this is not such a big deal, given that ERB himself crossed-over the two series in the novel Tarzan at the Earth's Core, and the two series also crossed over many times in authorized comic books and prior Sunday strips (these crossovers are documented in my Crossovers: A Secret Chronology of the WorldVolume 1 and Volume  2, Black Coat Press, 2010).

The first storyline in the New Adventures of Tarzan strip, by veteran comics scribe Roy Thomasfeatures La and the beast-men of Opar, as well as Jane, and D'Arnot. No date is given, but the second storyline picks up straight from the first, and it is noted as the "late 1940s." Now, many Wold Newton fans know that Tarzan visited Opar in 1946 and found it deserted;* there was no sign of La, or anyone else, as noted in Philip José Farmer's Tarzan Alive: A Definitive Biography of Lord Greystoke.** But based on the new Sunday strips, it appears that La somehow returned a few years after 1946. I am sure that a creatively mythographical explanation will arise for all this.

Of note, the second New Adventures of Tarzan storyline features crossovers with ERB's The Monster Men (a granddaughter of Professor Maxon) and H.G. Wells' The Island of Doctor Moreau! (The latter is in the public domain, so no issues there.)

This is not the first time that a Tarzan comic featured a crossover with The Monster Men. As I noted in Crossovers 2:

Tarzan encounters the nephew of Professor Maxon, the creator of the original Monster Men, and battles a new generation of the monstrous creatures.
Story by Don Glut, Danny Bulanadi, and Dave Stevens, edited by Russ Manning, in Tarzan Weekly #2 and 3, June 18 and 25, 1977. The story brings the events of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ novel The Monster Men into the Crossover Universe.

*Perhaps this mystery will be explained in an authorized Tarzan story someday! 

**I am of course fully aware that Mr. Farmer, in Tarzan Alive, identified Tarzan at the Earth's Core as a "fictional" adventure of Lord Greystoke. And yet, in his timeline of the Ape Man's life, he noted the date when it would have occurred, had the events been true. Other than Tarzan, Pellucidar is my favorite ERB series and I am loathe to dismiss it from my own interpretation of the Wold Newton Universe or the larger Crossover Universe. Perhaps Mr. Farmer's love of all things ERB compelled him to note the date for Tarzan at the Earth's Core, despite the fact that it may have contradicted the realistic biographical premise of Tarzan Alive.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Goin' on vacation tomorrow

I will be at FarmerCon/Pulpfest from Thursday-Sunday, signing and selling copies of both volumes of Crossovers Expanded alongside Win at the Meteor House booth. I won't be posting here in the meantime, but I will give everyone a convention report when I get back. After that, with the books finally out, I may go in a somewhat different direction with the blog, but that's all I'm gonna say about that for now. :)

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Crossover Cover: Sweet Grass

This story story by Henry S. Whitehead mentions Saul Macartney and Camilia Lanigan, who are from Whitehead's Gerald Canevin story "West India Lights." I have discussed other crossovers in Whitehead's works here in the past.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Crosover TV Episode: Slumber Party

Are you a fan of L. Frank Baum's Oz books?

Then you'll love this episode of Supernatural featuring one of several different versions of Oz that CU characters have visited!

For more information, please read my books Crossovers Expanded Vols. 1 and 2. These books, which will debut at the Meteor House booth at FarmerCon/PulpFest in Columbus, OH on July 21-24, are AUTHORIZED companions to Crossovers: A Secret Chronology of the World Vols. 1 and 2 by Win Scott Eckert. Win provided the foreword to Vol. 1, and he and I will be at the convention signing copies, as will William Patrick Maynard, author of the foreword for Vol. 2, and Keith Howell, cover artist for both volumes.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Crossover of the Week

October 1885
            Professor Moriarty and Colonel Moran are hired by Jasper Stoke-d‘Urberville, nephew of Simon Stoke-d’Urberville, to kill Red Shuck, the spectral hound that has allegedly haunted the d’Urberville family for generations. Appearing or mentioned are: the village of Trantridge; the Chase; Simon’s son Alexander; Theresa “Tess” Durbeyfield-Clare; Tess’ son Sorrow and siblings Abraham and Modesty; the city of Wintoncester; Selden; Desperado Dan’l; a terrifying Fat Man in Whitehall; Doctor Jack Quartz; Dr. Nikola; the Si-Fan; the Lord of Strange Deaths; the Grand Vampire; Les Vampires; Wessex; Diggory Venn; Parson Tringham; Car Darch; Sir Pagan d’Urberville; Melchester; Lord John Roxton; Casterbridge; the Ranee of Ranchipur; Blind Herder; Arnsworth Castle; Jim Lassiter; John Durbeyfield; the parish of Kingsbere; Sherton Abbas; Singapore Charlie; Marlott Churchyard; and Elizabeth-Louise Durbeyfield.
            Short story by Colonel Sebastian Moran, edited by Kim Newman in Professor Moriarty: The Hound of the d’Urbervilles, Titan Books, 2011. The village of Trantridge, Simon Stoke-d’Urberville, the Chase, Simon’s son Alexander, Theresa “Tess” Durbeyfield-Clare, Sorrow Durbeyfield, Abraham Durbeyfield, Modesty Durbeyfield, the city of Wintoncester, Parson Tringham, Car Darch, Sir Pagan d’Urberville, John Durbeyfield, the parish of Kingsbere, Marlott Churchyard, and Elizabeth-Louise (or Eliza-Louisa) Durbeyfield are from Thomas Hardy’s novel Tess of the d’Urbervilles. Diggory Venn is from Hardy’s novel The Return of the Native. Wessex is a fictional region of England that appears in most of Hardy’s novels. Melchester is from Hardy’s Two on a Tower and Jude the Obscure. Casterbridge is from Hardy’s The Mayor of Casterbridge. Sherton Abbas is from Hardy’s The Woodlanders. Selden is from Doyle and Watson’s The Hound of the Baskervilles. The terrifying Fat Man in Whitehall is Mycroft Holmes, Sherlock’s brother. Blind Herder is the blind mechanic Von Herder from the Holmes story “The Adventure of the Empty House.” “The Arnsworth Castle business” is an untold Holmes case mentioned in “A Scandal in Bohemia.” Desperado Dan’l is inspired by (though not the same person as) the British comic book cowboy Desperate Dan. Doctor Jack Quartz is the arch nemesis of dime novel detective Nick Carter. Dr. Nikola is from the series of novels by Guy Boothby. The Si-Fan and Singapore Charlie are from the Fu Manchu novels by Sax Rohmer; the Lord of Strange Deaths is Fu Manchu himself. Les Vampires are from the titular film serial directed by Louis Feuillade, as is their leader, the Grand Vampire. Lord John Roxton is from Doyle’s Professor Challenger stories. Ranchipur is from the film The Rains of Ranchipur. Jim Lassiter is from the novel Riders of the Purple Sage by Zane Grey. The month is given, but the year is conjecture based on the facts Moran has worked for Moriarty for some time and Selden is next seen as an escaped convict in 1888.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Crossover Cover: The Second Theft of Alhazred's Manuscript

This anthology contains the story "The Second Theft of Alhazred's Manuscript" by Bradley H. Sinor. In it, Sir James Marsden, a member of a group dedicated to combating occult forces, hires Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson to investigate the theft of a portion of Abdul Alhazred’s manuscript the Al-Azif, aka the Necronomicon. This story takes place two months after “The Adventure of the Empty House,” that is, in June 1894.