Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Crossover Cover: Unearthed

In a flashback to France in 1985, Atomic Robo battles his old foe Heinrich von Helsingard, whose brain has been placed in a cybernetic body, alongside Roadblock, Scarlett, and Bazooka, from the toy line G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero. The Joes’ British counterpart, Action Force, is already in the CU through references to Fu Manchu and Denis Nayland Smith. The Joes will also later meet the DangerGirl team.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Crossover Cover: Bank Shot

John Dortmunder literally steals a bank guarded by the Continental Detective Agency, from Dashiell Hammett’s Continental Op stories. Since the Op is in the CU, so is Dortmunder. The guards would pop up several more times in the Dortmunder series.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Crossover Cover: Video Nasties

Ghostbusters Egon Spengler and Peter Venkman discuss the inclusion of a flux capacitor in the Ecto-3, which may be of use “if Godzilla came to call.” Flux capacitors are originally from Back to the Future, thus bringing that film and its sequels into the CU, though clearly all the timeline tampering in the CU has averted that series’ version of the year 2015. Although the massive destruction seen in the Godzilla films does not fit in with Crossover Universe continuity, Emmanuel Gorlier’s story “Twilight” and Nick Pollotta’s novel Doomsday Exam establish that Godzilla does have a Crossover Universe counterpart, though he appears to have spent most of his existence in captivity.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Crossover of the Week

            Thomas Carnacki encounters Charles St. Cyprian and three of his friends, Florence, Bobbie, and Boko. Bobbie refers to “one of Runcible’s tedious old parties,” and asks if Carnacki is the fellow who went to Switzerland and fell over a waterfall. Carnacki corrects her, saying that that was Sherlock Holmes.
            Short story by Josh Reynolds in Carnacki: The New Adventures, Sam Gafford, ed., Ulthar Press, 2013. Occult detective Thomas Carnacki was created by William Hope Hodgson. Charles St. Cyprian is the protagonist of Reynolds’ Royal Occultist stories. St. Cyprian will become Carnacki’s apprentice soon after this tale, and replace him as Royal Occultist in 1918. St. Cyprian’s friends are Lady Florence Craye, Roberta “Bobbie” Wickham, and George “Boko” Fittleworth from P.G. Wodehouse’s Jeeves books. Runcible is Agatha Runcible from Evelyn Waugh’s novel Vile Bodies. Sherlock Holmes is self-explanatory.