The Shadow makes his debut in New York, and battles an old foe that is precipitating a gang war. Journalist Maxwell Grant offers to be the Shadow’s biographer, saying “Samuel Johnson had Boswell! Holmes had Watson!” The details about Kent Allard and Margo Lane’s families given in this series conflict with their family histories in the CU. Additionally, the Maxwell Grant seen here is clearly not Walter Gibson, who in both the CU and “our” universe wrote the Shadow novels under the Grant pseudonym. Because of these factors, I consider this series an AU.
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.
Saturday, September 5, 2015
Crossover Covers: The Shadow: Year One
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How many AUs have you counted for the volumes so far?ReplyDelete
You consider a Dynamite series an AU? I'm shocked!! :-PReplyDelete
For the record, I don't consider everything Dynamite publishes to be an AU. Their Army of Darkness series is definitely in the CU, and Howard Chaykin's The Shadow: Midnight in Moscow had the Shadow at one point sharing dinner at Nero Wolfe's brownstone with Wolfe, Doc Savage, Tarzan and Bulldog Drummond, with a picture of the monument to the Wold Newton meteor in the background. There are plenty of Dynamite crossovers I do include in the CU. Unfortunately, they also publish a lot of stories that simply cannot be reconciled with CU continuity. I put critical thought and analysis into whether the works I include in the books can fit into the main timeline or not. Though I am critical of much of Dynamite's output, that is not the sole criteria I use to exclude stories from the CU.Delete
The main criteria is whether a work is that it has a link to a known work in the CU and does not violate a previous work. (Though exceptions have been for the last one is someone can come up with a theory that explains the discrepancies.)Delete
Quality cannot be a major, or arguably a minor, criteria. There would be to much disagreement.
Oh, I know that. I was just trying to make a bad joke. :-PDelete
I figured you did.Delete
However, I think it's important it to state something like that. I just want to make sure that was clear to everybody, even if it's just a lurker.
The number of AU's us potentially limitlessReplyDelete
There may even bie I e where I spelled that rightReplyDelete