Friday, January 19, 2024

Crossover Cover: John Carter of Mars: Gods of the Forgotten


John Carter and his daughter Tara are pulled into an adventure that involves a threat dating back to Barsoom’s ancient past. Carter learns of his relative Edgar Rice Burroughs’ death through the Gridley Wave. He later encounters Betty Callwell, aka Loto, and then the Wave’s inventor, Jason Gridley, who has been transported across space since his goddaughter Victory Harben was pulled into a purplish light in Pellucidar. Gridley’s most recent jaunt brought him to Venus, where he met an Earthman named Carson Napier. Jason Gridley, the inventor of the Gridley Wave, connects Edgar Rice Burroughs’ various series. Loto first met Carson Napier in Burroughs’ Escape on Venus, and again in Christopher Paul Carey and Cyrus Mesarcia’s comic book miniseries Carson of Venus: The Flames Beyond, which ended with her being transported to another world. Victory Harben is the daughter of Gretchen von Harben from Burroughs’ Tarzan and the Tarzan Twins, and the niece of Erich von Harben from Tarzan and the Lost Empire. Jason Gridley and Victory Harben’s journeys across time and space form the basis for the Swords of Eternity Super-Arc running through the new Edgar Rice Burroughs Universe novels. Gridley encountered Carson Napier in Matt Betts’ Carson of Venus: The Edge of All Worlds. Pellucidar is from Burroughs’ series of novels beginning with At the Earth’s Core.

Appearing as a backup is a "Quantum Interlude" entitled "Where Angels Fear..." In Pellucidar, Janson Gridley, the son of Jason and Jana, the Red Flower of Zoram, receives a message via Gridley Wave from Victory Harben, whose signal Abner Perry traces from the direction of globular cluster NGC 7006. Perry has been speaking over the wireless with young Moritz about his ideas of energy-matter transmission. The mention of NGC 7006 suggests Victory is transmitting from somewhere near Poloda, the planet featured in Burroughs’ Beyond the Farthest Star. Stanley Moritz is from John Eric Holmes’ Mahars of Pellucidar.

These crossovers are only two of hundreds covered 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 companions to Win Scott Eckert's Crossovers: A Secret Chronology of the World Volumes 1 and 2!

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