Sunday, September 24, 2023

Crossover of the Week

Summer 1935 


The Domino Lady battles a German American Bund targeting an old friend of her father. As Ellen Patrick, she meets two police detectives, one of whom is Chas Faraday. Last time Ellen stayed at the Waldorf-Anthony in New York, she met a strange and shadowy man named Kent, who saw a magician named Kosmo performing amazing feats with his cape while he (Kent) was serving in the court of the Czar. Later, Kent used a Baritsu move to save Ellen's life. Ellen meets two more cops, Sergeant Garcia and Patrolman Hawke, and reads an article in The Daily Sentinel. Detective Faraday tells Ellen he is thinking of leaving the Berkeley Police Department and has applied for police jobs in Neptune and Palm City. Patrolman Hawke tells Ellen stories about his aviator brother. 

Short story by Brad Mengel in Domino Lady Volume Two, Ron Fortier, ed., Airship 27 Productions, 2016. Chas Faraday is an ancestor of Michael Faraday, the protagonist of the TV series The Cape, which is set in Palm City. Kosmo is also from that series. The Waldorf-Anthony is the hotel owned by pulp hero Jim Anthony. Kent is the pulp hero of the shadows. Baritsu is a Japanese wrestling style from the Sherlock Holmes story “The Adventure of the Empty House.” The comic book story “The Conflagration Man,” a crossover between the shadowy vigilante and the bronze man, implied both heroes had learned Baritsu from Holmes. Philip José Farmer originally identified Holmes as one of Doc’s teachers in Doc Savage: His Apocalyptic Life. Baritsu was also mentioned in The Cape. Sergeant Garcia is a descendant of Sergeant Demetrio Lopez Garcia from Disney’s Zorro television series. Patrolman Hawke is the father of Matt Hawke, aka the Avenger, the hero of a series of Men’s Adventure paperbacks by Chet Cunningham. The Daily Sentinel is the Los Angeles edition of the Detroit newspaper published by Britt Reid, the Green Hornet. Neptune, California is the setting of the television series Veronica Mars. Patrolman Hawke’s aviator brother is the father of Stringfellow and St. John Hawke from the TV series Airwolf. This story takes place in summer, three years after the death of Ellen’s father, meaning 1935. 

This crossover writeup is one of hundreds included in my book Crossovers Expanded: A Secret Chronology of the World Volume 3, to be published by Meteor House! All three volumes are AUTHORIZED companions to Win Scott Eckert's Crossovers: A Secret Chronology of the World Volumes 1 and 2!

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