Sunday, September 13, 2015
Crossover of the Week
DEAD BEAT IN KHUSRA
Dillon, spending a few days in Khusra after his latest adventure, reluctantly teams up with Sly Gantlet when his old flame and Sly’s current lover, Princess Sathyra of Tosegio, is kidnapped. Appearing or mentioned are: a member of the Khusran royal family who achieved some notoriety adventuring around the world back in the 1930s and ’40s; a Forrester tux; U.N.C.L.E.; F.L.A.G.; Globex; Thema Sidibe (aka Tracy); the “Long Noodle” plague; Jekyll Island beer; Madeline Scocco; the Otwani tribe; Cry, Cry Again; See You Next Wednesday; Comanapracil; Al-Julhara; and the Willis-Brennan JJ/59 aircraft, aka the Skyspear.
Novella by Joel Jenkins and Derrick Ferguson in The Specialists, PulpWork Press, 2015. Dillon is the protagonist of a series of novels and short stories by Ferguson, while Sly Gantlet and his brothers, rock stars who double as mercenaries, appear in books by Jenkins. This story takes place immediately after Ferguson’s novel Dillon and the Last Rail to Khusra. Dillon and Sly first met in Jenkins and Ferguson’s story “Dead Beat in La Esca.” The member of the Khusran royal family who achieved some notoriety adventuring around the world back in the 1930s and ’40s is Fortune McCall, the hero of another series of stories by Ferguson. Thema Sidibe, Fortune’s cousin, used the name Tracy Scott in that era during her adventures alongside him. The “Long Noodle” plague and the Otwani tribe are also from the Fortune McCall tales. Madeline Scocco is the granddaughter of Ronald Scocco, one of Fortune’s aides. The Forrester tux is a reference to the Forrester family that owns the fashion house Forrester Creations on the soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful. U.N.C.L.E. is from the television series The Man from U.N.C.L.E., of course. F.L.A.G. is from the TV series Knight Rider. Globex is from “You Only Move Twice,” an episode of the long-running animated sitcom The Simpsons. Since that show is too overtly absurd in its events to be incorporated into CU continuity, Globex must exist in both the CU and the Simpsons’ native universe. Jekyll Island beer has appeared in several TV series, including Burn Notice, Dexter, and Lost. Cry, Cry Again is a fictional movie from the Seinfeld episode “The Little Kicks.” See You Next Wednesday is a film that appears or is mentioned in several of John Landis’ films, including An American Werewolf in London, The Blues Brothers, and Trading Places. Comanapracil is a drug seen in “Believe in the Stars,” an episode of the sitcom 30 Rock. Al-Julhara is from the movie The Jewel of the Nile, a sequel to Romancing the Stone. The Willis-Brennan JJ/59 aircraft is a reference to Willis Aircraft Company owner Leland Willis and his employee Lt. Col. Matt Brennan from the film Chain Lightning. Matt must have become a partner in the company after the movie’s events.