Wednesday, December 20, 2023

Crossover Covers: Pellucidar: Across Savage Seas


In 1930, Gretchen von Harben accompanies Jason Gridley and Captain Jason Connover on an expedition to Pellucidar aboard the airship Favonia. Gretchen’s brother Erich and Lord Greystoke are mentioned. An outcast group of Oparians once tried to appoint Gretchen their priestess of the Flaming God. The Favonia departed from Tyler Shipyards and Aeronautics in Santa Monica. Gretchen meets Omlot the Sagoth, who speaks a variation of Mangani, and Nadok the Voraki. Gretchen once contemplated killing a renegade Oparian named Gulm. In 1950, Gretchen relates this story to her and Nadok’s daughter Victory, who the Mahar Tu-al-sa showed an ancient tablet when she was younger. Gretchen von Harben and Gulm are from Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan and the Tarzan Twins with Jad-Bal-Ja, the Golden Lion. Jason Gridley is a recurring character across Burroughs’ various series. The Favonia’s namesake and Erich von Harben are from Tarzan and the Lost Empire. Opar and the mangani are from the Tarzan books. Tyler Shipyards and Aeronautics is a reference to the company owned by Bowen Tyler’s family in Burroughs’ Caspak trilogy. Victory Harben is an original character appearing in the Swords of Eternity super-arc running through several of the new Edgar Rice Burroughs Universe novels. Victory met Tu-al-sa, who first appeared in Burroughs’ novel Pellucidar, in Win Scott Eckert’s novel Tarzan: Battle for Pellucidar
This crossover is one of hundreds covered in my book Crossovers: A Secret Chronology of the World Volume 3, which will 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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