Sunday, June 7, 2015
Crossover of the Week
MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
Boxer Marcel Cerdan’s sparring partner Steve Costigan once fought “Tiger” Valois. Cerdan and Costigan meet with lawyer Tom Hagen, who represents Vito Corleone. Hagen asks Cerdan to throw an upcoming match, but Cerdan refuses. Hagen meets with Don Vito, whose son Michael has been forced into exile in Italy by the vendetta of other mob families. The Nyctalope attends Cerdan’s fight. The hero’s old foe Gofrey Cultnom has been tasked by Corleone to use his mystic powers to affect Cerdan’s performance. After Leo defeats Cultnom, Corleone assigns Roman Orgonetz to engineer Cerdan’s death in a plane crash.
Short story by Emmanuel Gorlier in Night of the Nyctalope, Jean-Marc and Randy Lofficier, eds., Black Coat Press, 2012; reprinted in French in La Nuit du Nyctalope, Jean-Marc and Randy Lofficier, eds., Rivière Blanche, 2012. Marcel Cerdan was a real boxer. Sailor Steve Costigan’s two-fisted exploits were chronicled by Robert E. Howard; he fought “Tiger” Valois in “The Bulldog Breed.” Don Vito Corleone, his son Michael, and his consigliere/lawyer/adopted son Tom Hagen are from Mario Puzo’s novel The Godfather, as well as the film trilogy directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Michael Corleone also appears in Puzo’s The Sicilian, bringing in that novel as well. The Nyctalope is the hero of French pulp novels by Jean de La Hire; he battled Cultnom in de La Hire’s story “Night of the Nyctalope.” Roman Orgonetz is a professional assassin and agent of the spy cartel SMOG in Henri Vernes’ novels about adventurer Bob Morane.