Saturday, May 23, 2015
Crossover Cover: World's Greatest Sleuth!
Big Red and Old Red Amlingmeyer enter a detective contest at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. Also in attendance are William Pinkerton, Old King Brady, Young King Brady, and Eugene Valmont. A Johan Sigerson congratulates Old Red on winning the contest. William Pinkerton is a historical figure. Old King Brady and Young King Brady are dime novel characters. In this novel, Young King Brady is an actor hired to impersonate Old King Brady since Old King is not as handsome as the pictures in the dime novels make out. Whether this is actually true has yet to be determined. Eugene Valmont was created by Robert Barr. Nick Carter is mentioned as being fictional in an exposé. This demonstrates that even during their own careers, many of the great detectives of the CU were considered fictional. A note by Big Red confirming Sherlock Holmes’ existence appears at the beginning of the novel, so it’s ironic that he’s misled into thinking Carter is fictional. Johan Sigerson is implicitly the then-believed dead Sherlock Holmes.