The Crossover UniverseTM is a companion blog to the books Crossovers: A Secret Chronology of the World Volumes 1-2 by Win Scott Eckert, and the forthcoming Crossovers Expanded Volumes 1-2 by Sean Levin. Material excerpted from Crossovers Volumes 1 & 2 is © copyright 2010-2014 by Win Scott Eckert. All rights reserved. Material excerpted from Crossovers Expanded Volumes 1 & 2 is © copyright 2014-present by Sean Levin. All rights reserved.
Monday, December 1, 2014
Crossover Cover: Longarm and the Devil's Bride
In the library of Grant Stockton’s house, Deputy U.S. Marshal Custis Parker “Longarm” Long finds thick, leather-bound books whose authors have foreign-sounding names that he doesn’t recognize, such as Alhazred and Von Junzt. Longarm is already in the CU through a meeting with his fellow Western series characters Clint Adams (of the Gunsmith series) and Slocum. Abdul Alhazred is the author of the Necronomicon in H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos. Friedrich Wilhelm von Junzt, the author of Unaussprechlichen Kulten, is from Robert E. Howard’s own contributions to the Cthulhu Mythos. The time of year is stated to be spring, and Longarm is surprised that Stockton doesn't have a copy of Governor Lew Wallace's new book Ben-Hur, which was first published on November 12, 1880. Therefore, I have placed this novel in the spring of 1881.
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Is Ben Hur a real person in the CU? He's a real person in the Back to the Future continuity, since they met him when traveling to the ancient past.ReplyDelete
Back to the Future is in the CU, mainly through references to flux capacitors in the Star Trek franchise and other sources, so yes, he is. For CU purposes, Wallace's novel must have been a retelling of the life of the real Judah Ben Hur.ReplyDelete
Ah, cool. So I guess that makes Doogie Howser and the Simpsons CU characters as well, since they also crossover over with Doc Brown from BttF. :-PReplyDelete
Win said in the first two volumes that the Simpsons were in an alternate reality in the first two volumes, so I'm following his lead. A Private Simpson who's clearly meant to be a member of Matt Groening's Simpson family appears in Travis Hiltz's "The Mark of the Red Leech," among several other crossover characters. Based on that, I've concluded that there probably is a version of the Simpson family in the CU, but they're very different from their animated counterparts, who are in an alternate reality. For instance, the CU's Simpsons have white skin instead of yellow, and five fingers instead of four. Also, unlike the animated versions, they age normally. And their misadventures are probably much less absurd than those of their cartoon equivalents.ReplyDelete