Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Crossover Cover: The Greatest Adventure


A mega-crossover in which many of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ characters—Jason Gridley; Tarzan, Jane, Korak, Meriem, and La; Ulysses Paxton, John Carter, and Dejah Thoris; Billy Byrne (The Mucker); Bridge and the Oskaloosa Kid (The Oakdale Affair); Barney Custer (The Mad King); Victoria Custer (The Eternal Lover); Jim Stone (“The Resurrection of Jimber-Jaw”); Townsend Harper and Virginia Maxon (The Monster Men); Julian the Second (the Moon trilogy); Johnny LaFitte (Pirate Blood); the Rider (The Rider); Shannon Burke (The Girl from Hollywood); and Carson Napier—travel around the world in an airship to prevent a group of villains from getting their hands on a gem called the Eye of Judgment to create a death ray. Pellucidar and Poloda (Beyond the Farthest Star) are also seen. Bowen Tyler and Lys La Rue from Burroughs’ Caspak books are still stranded there in this story. In Burroughs’ original trilogy, the duo was shipwrecked on the island in 1916, and rescued a year later. Tarzan did not meet Jason Gridley, who pulls his old acquaintance into this exploit, until the 1927–1928 events of Tarzan at the Earth’s Core, while Carson Napier first visited Venus in 1928. These and other chronological difficulties place this story outside the continuity of Burroughs’ original novels, making it an AU. 

This crossover is one 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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