Saturday, January 24, 2015

Crossover Cover: Harbinger

Cervantes Quinn uses a sonic screwdriver he once stole from “a rather daft chap” on Barolia. This is obviously a reference to the CU counterpart of the Doctor of Doctor Who fame.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Crossover Cover: Silence

Private eye Jack Till must save a woman he helped six years ago from assassins Paul and Sylvie Turner. Paul used to receive most of his referrals from the bartender at the Palazzo di Conti restaurant, which was rumored to be a remote outpost for members of the Balacontano family who came west on business. The Balacontano crime family is from Perry’s novels dealing with the assassin known as the Butcher’s Boy. The Butcher’s Boy appears under the pseudonym “the Grocer’s Boy” in Justin Gustainis’ novel Sympathy for the Devil, part of his Morris and Chastain Supernatural Investigations series, which has many crossover references bringing it into the CU. This reference brings in Jack Till as well.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Crossover Cover: Doc Savage Annual 2014

In the opening captions, Doc says, “Unlike a few of my associates, I embrace the light rather than the shadows…I don’t want to believe there is a vast web of evil forcing me to adopt sinister methods in order to confront those who live its embrace…no desire to fight evil by impersonating it.” Doc is alluding to the Shadow, the Spider, and the Avenger. Later, Doc receives a letter in a pneumatic tube and says “Looks like we have a message…provided we’re not getting Allard’s mail again.” Kent Allard is the Shadow’s real name in the pulps. Doc uses slang in this story, something he seldom did in the original stories, and is shown as going into a bloody rage against German soldiers over the death of a friend in a flashback to World War I, which seems wildly out of character for Doc. One of Doc’s aides says “It kinda looked cool,” despite the fact that the word “cool” was not used in that context in 1930, when this story takes place, and Ham refers to Doc as “Clark,” something unheard of in the original pulps. Most significantly, it is implied that the villain of this piece was responsible for the death of Doc’s mother, which does not fit with Farmer’s account of her death in Doc Savage: His Apocalyptic Life. Therefore, I am treating this story as an AU.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Crossover Cover: Domino Lady: Money Shot

The Domino Lady (Ellen Patrick) avenges the death of a gubernatorial candidate with whom she was romantically involved. Anton Manelli has filled the void in Hollywood’s organized crime scene left by Miles Prince’s downfall a year ago. The Manelli crime family appears in a number of Bobby Nash's stories. Ellen is friends with Nita Van Sloan, the Spider's lover. Another candidate, a former actor, once co-starred in a film with Hamilton James, who appeared in Nash's story “Lights! Camera! Sabotage!,” featuring Norman A. Daniels’ pulp hero the Eagle. Associated Press reporter A.J. Martin, who is actually Secret Agent X, writes a story about the case.