Sunday, November 12, 2023

Crossover of the Week

Late December 2011 


Dillon brings his friends Wyatt Hyatt and Reynard Hansen and their new acquaintance Professor Ursula Van Houghton of Grand Lakes University to his home in Grand, Pennsylvania, which is filled with pictures by Ben Munceford, a photojournalist who disappeared in the 1960s. A group of villains seek the Vril energy from Dillon, who at one point wears a Gantlet Brothers T-shirt. Wyatt works on his Clip Pad. Dillon’s friend Eli Creed has been asked to consult on a new airplane design by friends at the Miami Aerospace Research & Dynamic Logistics. Germany’s Ministry of State Security has an extensive dossier on Dillon’s encounter with Sun Koh years ago. Another dossier on the subject was once in the hands of the Office of Scientific Intelligence. Dillon and friends are shown a laboratory right up there with any that can be found at Alternative Technologies or Hazzard Laboratories. At MARDL, Eli says goodbye to Clifton Storm, formerly known as Challenger Storm. Dillon met Master Gunnery Sergeant Morrell on a train ride from Harak to Khusra a few years ago. The mastermind behind the Vril plot is Li Shoon, the leader of the Ui Kwoon Ah-How. 

Story by Derrick Ferguson in Dillon Annual Collection 2019, Pro Se Productions, 2019. Grand Lakes University is from the movie Back to School. Dillon first met Ursula Van Houghton in “Dillon and the Night of the Krampus,” which takes place right before this story. Grand, Pennsylvania is from the television series Grand. Ben Munceford is from the movie The Bedford Incident. The Vril is from Edward Bulwer-Lytton’s The Coming Race. The Gantlet Brothers are the protagonists of a series of novels by Joel Jenkins. The Clip Pad is from Jenkins’ Dire Planet; Jenkins and Ferguson’s The Specialists reveals the Pad was invented by Wyatt Hyatt. The Miami Aerodrome Research & Development Laboratories (to use its name in the 1930s) and their head, Clifton “Challenger” Storm, are seen in novels by Don Gates. Sun Koh is a German pulp hero sometimes dubbed “the Nazi Doc Savage”; Dillon encountered him and the Vril in Ferguson and Josh Reynolds’ The Vril Agenda. The Office of Scientific Intelligence is from the television series The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman. The Henderson Institute of Alternative Technologies is from Ferguson’s serialized novel “A Man Called Mongrel,” appearing in the anthology series Mystery Men (& Women). Hazzard Laboratories is run by Captain Hazzard, a one-shot pulp hero created by “Chester Hawks” (Paul Chadwick). Khusra is from Ferguson’s Fortune McCall stories. The train ride was seen in Dillon and the Last Rail to Khusra. Li Shoon appeared in stories by H. Irving Hancock in Detective Story Magazine

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

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