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Early 1941 A FATHER WITHOUT CREDIT
After Charlie Chan instructs his son, Lee Chan, on some finer points on the psychology of detection, Lee responds, "Gosh Pop! That explains why great detectives like Sherlock Holmes, Arsène Lupin, and Philo Vance could tell so much about a man just by looking at him!" Chan thinks to himself, "Hmm! It is truly said, a prophet is without honor in his own country, and a father is without credit in his own home!"
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March 16, 1941, by Alfred Andriola. The strip was untitled, and so I supplied this title. It confirms that Chan coexists in the same universe with Holmes, Lupin, and Vance. For information on Charlie Chan's genealogy, please click here.
1941 THE HALF-HAUNTED
Judge Keith Hilary Pursuivant is consulted by Jules de Grandin and Dr. Trowbridge.
Short story by Manly Wade Wellman, writing as Gans T. Field, Weird Tales, September 1941. For more on Pursuivant and de Grandin, please read Matthew Baugh's Occult Detectives in the Wold Newton Universe.
1941 TOPPER RETURNS
Cosmo Topper hires Jack Benny's butler
, but Rochester complains that he's going back to Mister Benny. Rochester
Jack Benny was the best friend of George Burns, whose wife Gracie Allen once solved a murder case with Philo Vance in 1938.
March 1941 MEET CAPTAIN
Dr. Reinstein successfully tests his research on volunteer Private Steve Rogers.
The events of Meet Captain America: Dr. Reinstein successfully tests his research on volunteer Private Steve Rogers. (The first issue of Timely Comics' (later Marvel Comics) Captain America, published in 1941, included here because of references in The Case of the Shrieking Skeletons and Sting of the Green Hornet.Beyond that, I do not believe that the Marvel Comics Universe is a part of, or should be included in, the Wold Newton Universe. (See also Alternate Universes.) A reprint of this story can be found inThe Great Comic Book Heroes, edited by Jules Feiffer, Bonanza Books, 1970, or in Marvel'sCaptain America: The Classic Years, 1998.) Using a serum developed by studying blood samples taken from the Mysteryman known as Superman, Dr. Reinstein develops the Super Soldier Serum. Capellean agents kill him after the success of the serum on Steve Rogers.
1941 After briefly escaping from prison the previous year, Brigid O'Shaunessey gives birth of Sam Spade, Jr., in the California State Women's Prison (click here for more info).
1941 - The events of the film The Mad Monster. For more see
March 1941 THE BROKEN VASE
While in New York, private detective Tecumseh Fox has dinner at Rusterman's.
A novel by Rex Stout. Rusterman's is also frequented by Stout's detective, Nero Wolfe, thus bringing Fox into the Wold Newton Universe.
April 1941 - Marla Drake, an American cousin of John Drake, dons the skintight black leopard costume of an African witch-doctor and springs into action as the spicy heroine, The Black Fury, later known as Miss Fury, in weekly tales told by Tarpe Mills.
1941 - Events of the film The Mummy's Tomb.
June 1941THE MAYAN MUTATIONS
When a man comes to Doc Savage's headquarters seeking help with his adulterous wife, Ham recommends, "Go look up Sam Spade or some other seedy gumshoe, Herkimer. The world isn't threatened by your wife's infidelities -- and Doc only accepts world-threatening cases." Ham the refers to Monk as a "bolgani." Later on, Monk comments that he bets that a tree city "puts Tarzan's joint to shame."
Marvel Comics’ Doc Savage Magazine number 7, January 1977, by Doug Moench, Val Mayerik, and Tony DeZuniga. "Bolgani" is the Mangani word for "gorilla"; click here for the Mangani-English Dictionary. Monk's reference could either be to the real Lord Greystoke or the film Tarzans.
July 1941 - The events of But Our Hero Was Not Dead (aka The Man Who Was Not Dead), in which elderly Mr. Sherlock Holmes (ably assisted by Dr. Watson and Mrs. Hudson) capture a German Intelligence agent and thwart a planned land invasion of England. But are our heroes really so elderly, or do they only seem so? But for Holmes' discovery of the royal jelly bee pollen life-extension elixir in 1924, the odds would be against Holmes, Watson, and Mrs. Hudson all surviving to extreme old age. Clearly, the royal jelly has had the desired effect and, as with other long-lived inhabitants of the Newtonverse, the three are only feigning their extreme age. Conspicuous by her absence is Holmes' wife, Mary Russell; perhaps the British Government is putting her talents to good use and she is away on a wartime mission. The story is told by Manly Wade Wellman and is found in the anthology The Game is Afoot.
August 1941 - "The greedy grasp of tyranny is upon Europe, and ramparts of evil challenge the free-born peoples of the world to dispute Nazi cruelty if they dare! And there are those who dare, who never refused a dare yet! Messengers of destruction to all evil and injustice -- The Blackhawks!" (Quality Comics' Military Comics No. 1).
August 1941 - Gangster Eel O'Brian is injured by a falling vat of acid during a chemical-plant robbery. The outlaw is rescued by a kindly monk and nursed back to health at Rest Haven Monestary. The Eel changes his ways, and, discovering that the acid, which has gotten into his bloodsteam, has left him with strange stretching powers, he decides to use these powers to fight crime as Plastic Man (Quality Comics' Police Comics No. 1). Click here for a fuller explanation of Plastic Man's powers. Click these links for a fuller explantion of the "acid" which Eel fell into and its connection to Mr. Fantastic.
1941-1942 - Frank Griffin, Jr., grandson of Dr. John "Jack" Hawley Griffin (the first Invisible Man), and the son of Jack Griffin, becomes the Invisible Agent, under the alias of "Frank Raymond." For more information, please read the article, The Invisibles.
December 1941 - First appearance of Wonder Woman (All Star Comics No. 8, Sensation Comics No.1).
December 1941 - The events of the classic film Casablanca (click here for more information).
December 5-7, 1941 - Edgar Rice Burroughs, the chronicler of the adventures of many prominent Wold Newtonites (as well as being the nephew of John Carter), and his son, Hulbert "Hully" Burroughs, become embroiled in a murder mystery, as told by Max Allan Collins in The Pearl Harbor Murders.
December 1941-December 1942 - Michael Walsh's novel As Time Goes By, a sequel to Casablanca continuing the story of Rick Blaine and Ilsa Lund (click here for more information).
1942 PLASTIC MAN VS. HAIRY ARMS
The villain, Hairy Arms, lures Plastic Man to Wildwood Cemetery, home of the Spirit.
The Spirit isn't mentioned in the tale, which can be found in Volume One of the Plastic Man Archives, but the mention of The Spirit's stomping grounds, Wildwood Cemetery, confirms that Plastic Man and The Spirit exist in the same universe. As usual, the whole of the DC Comics continuity is not incorporated into the Wold Newton Universe; this Plastic Man is an alternate reality version of his counterpart in the DC comics universe (see The Philosophy of the Wold Newton Universe and the Crossover Chronologyfor more information).
February 1942 THE BIG FISH
In the rain-swept coastal town of Bay City, L.A. private eye Philip Marlowe has a brush with the Deep Ones and becomes one of the few people to lay eyes on The Necronomicon. Also appearing are Edwin Winthrop, agent of a special section of British Intelligence especially assigned to deal with Cthulhuoid horrors, and his vampire partner, Geneviève Dieudonné. Special Agent Finlay of the "Unnameables" Section of the FBI is also part of the anti-Cthulhu task-force.
This short story by Kim Newman (in the anthologies Famous Monsters, Pocket Books, 1995, and Cthulhu 2000, Del Rey Books, 1999) is a direct sequel to H.P. Lovecraft'sThe Shadows Over Innsmouth, and is one of the best pastiches I've ever read of any character(s), anywhere. The section of the FBI that employs Finlay is undoubtedly a precursor of the modern X-Files section. Edwin Winthrop and Genevieve Dieudonné are Newtonverse versions of their counterparts in the Anno Dracula Universe, just as Charles Beauregard is a Newtonverse version of his AD Universe counterpart in All-Consuming Fire (1887). Furthermore, The Big Fish cannot take place in the AD Universe because Marlowe and Genevieve meet for the first time in 1977 in that Universe; see Newman's Castle in the Desert.
1942-1943 - Dr. Elwin Ransom is transported to an alternate planet Venus, as told in C.S. Lewis' Perelandra, the second part of the Space Trilogy
Early May 1942 THE FIERY MENACE
Pat Savage owns several vehicles which she calls "Clarence," "Tarzan," "Adolph Hitler," and "Winston Churchill." Doc Savage novel by Lester Dent, September 1942. The information and date were derived from Rick Lai's comprehensive Chronology of Bronze. Since Pat's vehicles are obviously named after real people, one wonders who "Clarence" might be?
May 1942 STING OF THE GREEN HORNET
The Green Hornet (Britt Reid, the grand-nephew of the Lone Ranger) and Kato cross paths with The Shadow and Captain America (Steve Rogers). Also briefly appearing are reporters Clark Kent and Lois Lane, as well as Colonel Nick Fury. Walter Gibson, biographer of The Shadow is also revealed to be an agentof The Shadow. Not seen, but mentioned by a couple of Army privates, is Namor, the Sub-Mariner. He is not mentioned by name, but they refer to rumors of a man with tiny wings on his feet who is single-handedly sinking Nazi subs
mini-series published by NOW comics, which takes place just after Meet Captain America. The costumed mystery-man on the cover of issue number four is not Captain America, but his half-strength counterpart, Private Lee Powell, aka the Yankee Commando, who did not receive the final super-soldier injection before the murder of Dr. Reinstein by Nazi spies.
Again, I do not believe that the whole of the DC Comics or Marvel Comics continuities should be incorporated into the Wold Newton Universe. At best, the cameo appearances of a few superheroes such as Superman, Captain America, The Batman, and the Sub-Mariner in the Newtonverse indicate that they are alternate reality versions of their counterparts in the comics universes.The same goes for the appearance of Nick Fury. (See also Alternate Universes.)
It is my theory that the few superheroes in the Newtonverse only operated through the Golden Age of the 1930s and 1940s; otherwise, the Newtonverse would look much more like a comic superhero universe than it does today.
I have little doubt that Philip José Farmer did not intend to consolidate the DC Comics Universe with the Wold Newton Universe when, in Doc Savage: His Apocalyptic Life, he suggested that Lois Lane was the sister of The Shadow's Margo Lane.
May 1942 SEVEN STARS Episode Three: THE TROUBLE WITH BARRYMORE
In a follow-up to The Big Fish, Philip Marlowe again crosses paths with Edwin Winthrop, Geneviève Dieudonné, and Special Agent Finlay. The special section of British Intelligence for which Winthrop works is the Diogenes Club, which is now but one section of the larger British Secret Service; the Club's investigations are almost exclusively devoted to the occult and supernatural forces which threaten the shores of Great Britain and her Allies. Also appearing in this case are a bevy of occult detectives: John Thunstone, Gregory George Gordon (aka "Gees"), Lucius Leffing, Dr. John Silence, Judge Keith Hilary Pursuivant, and a Frenchman (Jules de Grandin). Winthrop states that the Allies possess the Ark of the Covenant; however, his statement that the Knights Templar are still in possession of the Maltese Falcon is in error.
Chapter Three of Seven Stars by Kim Newman. Winthrop, Dieudonné, Finlay,Thunstone, Pursuivant, and de Grandin are already part of the Wold Newton Universe. This crossover brings occult detectives Gees, Leffing, and Dr. Silence into the Newtonverse. It also strongly cements the place of Indiana Jones in the Wold Newton Universe, with a reference to the events of Raiders of the Lost Ark. For more on the Maltese Falcon, please click here.
The story picks up again in May 1972 with Seven Stars Episode Four: The Biafrian Bank Manager
May 1942-August 1945 ENEMY ACE: WAR IN HEAVEN
At the conclusion of his wartime service, Hans von Hammer surrenders to Sgt. Rock and Easy Company.
Mini-series from DC Comics, 2001, written by Garth Ennis with art by Chris Weston, Christian Alamy, and Russ Heath.
Late May 1942 THE SECRET THAT SAVED A WORLD
The Batman and The Unknown Soldier team up against Nazi spies operating in the U.S. who are seeking America's atomic secrets.
This story of a Golden Age Batman and Unknown Soldier is part of the same continuity in which a 1940s Batman worked with Sgt. Rock and Blackhawk, and is included on that basis. The Unknown Solder would be an Elseworlds version for the Wold Newton Universe and is not part of regular DC Universe continuity. Issue 146 of DC Comics' The Brave and the Bold, by Bob Haney, Romeo Tanghal and Frank McLaughlin.
June 1942 SUPERMAN VS. WONDER WOMAN
Wonder Woman and Superman, in their battles against the Axis, find themselves on opposing sides of a moral and ethical conflict over the development of atomic weapons. President Roosevelt and Albert Einstein also appear in this wartime adventure.
DC Collector's Edition C-54, 1978, by Gerry Conway, Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, and Dan Adkins. Although not a crossover in the sense that Superman and Wonder Woman can be found together in any number of DC Comics, this story has a "pulpy" feel that makes it worth including. The addition of Wonder Woman gives the Newtonverse some much-needed female represenatation. We may presume, as with other superhero additions, that this is a version of the Golden Age Wonder Woman.
1942 - The events of the film The Mummy's Ghost. MONSTAAH scholar Chuck Loridans writes, "The Mummy's Tomb and The Mummy's Ghost.take place in Mapleton, Massachusetts. I think this is a code name for Arkham. The High Priest of Karnak (The Mummy's Tomb suddenly changes to the High Priest at the Temple of Arkam (The Mummy's Ghost.). Additionally, there are many scenes which take place at a nearby university, which has a great Archaeological department. (Some have speculated that the town of Arkham was based on Oakham Mass.: OAKham, MAPLEton.)"
1942 - The Unknown Soldier is "born after a grenade blast hideously disfigures the face of a nameless young grunt." A weapons expert and master of disguise, the Unknown Soldier -- so-named because his face remained hidden behind layers of bandages -- was the army's ultimate weapon. A covert operative who would routinely sneak behind enemy lines and infiltrate the enemies camp, the Unknown Soldier was even capable of gaining access to Hitler's inner circle. (DC Comics' Star Spangled War Stories.)
September 1942 TARZAN AND CARSON OF VENUS: THE LOVEKING
Tarzan is drawn through a space portal to Amtor (Venus) where he meets Carson Napier.
Comics mini-series published by Dark Horse Comics. See also Alternate Universes.
Nov. 2, 1942 - April Dancer is born in Maine (The Birds of a Feather Affair).
November 1942 - John Paul Clayton, biological son of Tarzan, marries Alice Horatia, the daughter of Sir Holmes Rochester (see Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre) and Alice Gridley, a descendant of Admiral Viscount Horatio Hornblower.
February 1943 THE PURPLE ZOMBIE
Cole Wilson, a member of The Avenger's Justice Inc. crime-fighting organization, mentions that Lamont Cranston (the identity often used by The Shadow) is a casual acquaintance; in fact, Cranston (most likely really The Shadow posing as Cranston) is briefly glimpsed at a Hollywood party. Norgil the Magician is also mentioned.
February 1943 DR. TIME
Algernon Heathcote "Smitty" Smith, another Justice Inc. member, mentions his inventor friend, Click Rush.
These are two novels continuing the adventures of The Avenger, written by Ron Goulart under the traditional pen name Kenneth Robeson, published by Warner Books in the 1970s. Again confirms that The Avenger and The Shadow are in the same universe, while bringing Shadow writer Walter Gibson's Norgil the Magician and Doc Savage writer Lester Dent's Click Rush, The Gadget Man, into the Wold Newton Universe.
June 1943 BLACK CHARIOTS
Norgil the Magician is again mentioned.
Another Avenger novel, written by Ron Goulart under the traditional pen name Kenneth Robeson, published by Warner Books in the 1970s. Again confirms that The Avenger and The Shadow are in the same universe, while bringing Shadow writer Walter Gibson's Norgil the Magician and Doc Savage writer Lester Dent's Click Rush, The Gadget Man, into theNewtonverse.
1943 - Birth of Ralph O'Brian, son of Eel (Plastic Man) O'Brian.
1943 - John Thunstone's first recorded case, The Third Cry of Legba, as told by Manly Wade Wellman (although Thunstone did appear one year earlier in The Trouble with Barrymore).
1943 THE MAGIC DRUMS OF THE SHONOKINS
The Shonokins are described as a native American people who pre-date the American Indians. However, The Spirit reveals that the "magic drums" turn out to be a phony cover for a murder plot.
The October 17, 1943 installment of The Spirit. It is doubtful that the con-man in the story is a true descendant of the Shonokins, but that does not prevent the Shonokins from being an historical ancient people. This story had to be written by Manly Wade Wellman, who was a Spirit writer while Will Eisner was away serving in World War II. Pulp expert Rick Lai notes that, "They [Shonokins] are humanoids with cat-like eyes, and their longest finger is the index finger. They are worshippers of demonic horned gods. The Shonokins can't stand to be near the corpse of any of their race. They fought mainly John Thunstone, but Silver John (aka John the Balladeer) tangled with them once in Wellman's After Dark. There is a non-series story by Wellman in which the Shonokins are identified as relatives of a shorter race called the Pineys. Both the Shonokins and the Pineys lived in North America before the American Indians."
1943 - Events of The Mummy's Curse. MONSTAAH scholar Chuck Loridans again contributes,"The descent into a Massachusetts swamp in The Mummy's Ghost, and the ascent from the swamp in Louisiana in The Mummy's Curse can either be explained as fictional, and it really takes place in Mapleton (Arkham); and there just happens to be a Cajun quarter, in that town.... Or my favorite idea: There is a portal in the swamps from Massachusetts to Louisiana. I like to think of the Louisiana swamp as being in Bonaport. As far as a date for The Mummy's Curse, the twenty years later reference must be ignored."
December 1943 THE GLASS MAN
Norgil the Magician is again mentioned.
An Avenger novel, written by Ron Goulart, confirming Norgil in the Newtonverse.
January 1944 DEMON ISLAND
There is a reference to the occult text, the Necronomicon.
The final Avenger novel by Kenneth Robeson (Ron Goulart), Warner Books, 1975. The Necronomicon is from H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos. This reference ties the Mythos to Richard Henry Benson, The Avenger.
1944 - Jon Sable is born.
Early June 1944 THE ANGEL, THE ROCK, AND THE COWL
Batman covertly assists Sgt. Rock and Easy Company on a mission in France, one day before D-Day. Batman actually meets Rock in his Bruce Wayne identity, but Wayne is posing as secret agent "Jack Pimpernel." Winston Churchill also appears.
Issue 84 of DC Comics' The Brave and the Bold, by Bob Haney and Neal Adams. Elseworlds versions of Rock and Easy Company are already a part of the Wold Newton Universe through their appearance in Batman and Captain America. This story is part of a continuity in which Bruce Wayne / Batman was active in WW II, working with Sgt. Rock, The Unknown Soldier, Blackhawk, and Captain America.
Summer 1944 THE GREEN GOD'S RING
Jules de Grandin consults John Thunstone’s The Darkness Out of the East for information about the Hindu god Siva.
Story by Seabury Quinn in Weird Tales, January 1945, connecting Jules de Grandin and Manly Wade Wellman's John Thunstone. For more information see The Jules de Grandin Chronology by Rick Lai and Matthew Baugh.
September 19-24, 1944 ICE STATION ALPHA
The Batman and Blackhawk go up against a desperate Nazi plot. A Hidalgo Trading Company warehouse is also seen in Gotham City.
Since an Elseworlds version of Blackhawk is in the Newtonverse by virtue of the Batman and Captain America crossover, this story can also be included. Although the main Hidalgo Trading Company warehouse was in New York City, it is clear that Doc Savage also kept a smaller auxiliary warehouse in nearby Gotham City. Issue 167 of DC Comics' The Brave and the Bold, by Marv Wolfman, Dave Cockrum and Dan Adkins.
Autumn 1944 OPERATION: TIME BOMB
The Batman again works with Sgt. Rock and Easy Company behind the lines in Western France.
Issue 162 of DC Comics' The Brave and the Bold, by Bill Kelley amd Jim Aparo. The Newtonverse versions of Rock and Easy Company would go on to meet Captain America in Batman and Captain America. In this story Rock actually knows The Batman, even though in their last recorded adventure, The Angel, the Rock, and the Cowl, Rock only met Batman in his "Jack Pimpernel" identity. It is possible that an unrecorded Batman / Rock adventure occurred between these two stories, in which Rock learned that "Jack Pimpernel" was Batman.
Late 1944 LORDS OF THE GHOSTLANDS
Jules de Grandin calls John Thunstone in New York for help, but discovers that his fellow occult detective has been called away from New York.
Story by Seabury Quinn in Weird Tales, March 1945.
January 1945 BATMAN AND CAPTAIN AMERICA
The Batman and Captain America join forces in this World War II adventure, ably assisted by their trusty sidekicks Robin and Bucky, against their arch-rivals, the Joker and the Red Skull. Also appearing are Sgt. Rock and the men of Easy Company.
This is an "Elseworlds" graphic novel by John Byrne, jointly published by DC Comics and Marvel Comics. An Elseworlds version of Captain America does exist in the Wold Newton Universe, (see Sting of the Green Hornet, 1942), as well as but the main factor in favor of inclusion of this story is that an Elseworlds versionnof The Batman (see Batman and Tarzan: Claws of the Cat-Woman, 1939). Note also the appearance of a middle-aged and retired Bruce Wayne along with many other graying pulp characters in the Prince Zarkon books (see the 1970 entry for Invisible Death ), substantiating the fact that an Elseworlds version of The Batman does inhabit the Newtonverse. See also Alternate Universes.
1945 - Captain America (Steve Rogers) is thrown into suspended animation in the North Atlantic.
1945 - Birth of Mack Bolan, son of Richard Wentworth (The Spider) and Nita van Sloan.
1945 - Lancaster Sneed (Shockwave), nephew of Sir Denis Nayland Smith and great-nephew of Sherlock Holmes, is born.
1945 - Marriage of the 20th Phantom and Diana Palmer. (Although this event was not documented by Phantom biographer Lee Falk until the mid-1970s, it actually took place much earlier.) Many luminaries are present at the ceremony, including Mandrake the Magician.
1945 THE DAI SWORD
John Thunstone first uses the silver sword cane which Judge Pursuivant has given him, and which is an exact duplicate of the judge's own blade.
Since Judge Pursuivant is in The Newtonverse, so is John Thunstone, another Manly Wade Wellman character. The story appeared in Weird Tales, July 1945.
1945 TWICE CURSED
John Thunstone battles the Shonokins with the aid of two brothers named Jackson Warren. One of them will later aid Silver John in his own struggle with the Shonokins.
This story connects to a third Manly Wade Wellman character, Silver John. It appeared in WeirdTales, March 1946.It appeared in Weird Tales, March 1946. For more on Thunstone and Silver John, please read Matthew Baugh's Occult Detectives in the Wold Newton Universe.
1945 HOUSE OF DRACULA
The Wolf Man, the Frankenstein Monster and Count Dracula are all together again.
October 1945 THE MAN IN CRESCENT TERRACE
Jules de Grandin mentions that his adversary, Grafton Loftus, was once an associate of Rowley Thorne, the archenemy of John Thunstone. De Grandin also calls Manly Wade Wellman on the telephone to discuss Egyptian magic.
Story by Seabury Quinn in Weird Tales, March 1946.
Late 1945 TARZAN VS. PREDATOR AT THE EARTH'S CORE
Tarzan and Jane travel to Pellucidar and meet Jason Gridley, at the same time battling against the alien hunters called Predators.
Comics mini-series published by Dark Horse Comics.As with Superman, Batman, and Captain America, the Predators that Tarzan encountered are "Elseworlds" Predators. Predator has been crossed-over with characters from many other comics universes, so it makes sensethat these Predators are indigenous to the "Burroughs Universe" (which contains Pellucidar) and are not the same Predators who crossed-over with Aliens, etc. See also Alternate Universes.
Late 1945 - Following the events of Tarzan vs. Predator at the Earth's Core, Jason Gridley and his bride Jana depart Pellucidar with Tarzan and Jane. Gridley returns to Tarzana, California, and establishes the Gridley Research Foundation, a scientific research and development group (conjecture based on Tarzan on Mars).
November 1945 BATMAN AND ROBIN IN SCOTLAND YARD!
Batman, Robin, and Alfred travel to London to combat the crimes of Professor Moriarty!
Detective Comics number 110, April 1946. Story by Don Cameron and art by Win Mortimer. The Moriarty featured here is not the Professor who originally fought Sherlock Holmes, but rather a namesake who is copying the original's misdeeds. While some characters in the story refer to Holmes and Watson as fictional, Alfred may actually have the best information: "To Alfred, Sherlock Holmes was more than a fictional character -- he was a real person...."
Furthermore, Moriarty's statement here that "There was never any Sherlock Holmes except in Conan Doyle's brain!" is belied by the statement that this Moriarty "...changes the crimes of the fictional Moriarty just enough so it's no good studying the Holmes stories." The problem with this latter statement is that Moriarty's crimes were never outlined in any detail in Doyle's stories; there's nothing to study in the original Holmes stories, nothing upon which to base a new set of crimes. The logical conclusion is that the original Moriarty was real, and the new Moriarty seen here is basing his crimes upon real crimes committed by the original. Any statements otherwise have been added to promote the idea that Holmes was fictional.
The Moriarty seen here is probably the son of Dominick (Medina) Moriarty and the father of Edgar Moriarty (see The Malevolent Moriartys), whom Batman's son, Bruce Wayne, Jr., would confront in 1986.
Late 1945 - Birth of Jean Rogers, daughter of Steve Rogers.
1946 - Lew Archer becomes a detective after returning from WW II, in a series of books by Ross Macdonald. Archer is the grandson of Professor Challenger.
1946 - Births of Kit and Heloise Walker, the twin children of the 20th Phantom and Diana Palmer.
Feb. 1946 TARZAN AND JOHN CARTER: WARLORDS OF MARS
Tarzan travels to Barsoom and meets John Carter.
Comics mini-series published by Dark Horse Comics. See also Alternate Universes.
1946 - The United Network for Law and Enforcement (U.N.C.L.E.) is founded at the same time as the United Nations, funded by member countries to operate as a global security force to counter the forces of THRUSH. Alexander Waverly is recruited from Department Z (Zed) to serve as Number One, Section One (Policy and Operations) (The Dagger Affair, The Rainbow Affair).
1946 - Birth of John Lawrence Talbot, son of Lawrence Stewart Talbot and Miliza Morelle (click here for more information).
October-November 1946 THAT HIDEOUS STRENGTH
In the final volume of Dr. Elwin Ransom's adventures, it is revealed that Merlin's art is something older and different than the Renaissance magic of Prospero and others: "Something brought to Western Europe after the fall of Numinor and going back to an era in which the general relations of mind and matter on this planet had been other than those we know." Furthermore, it is told that there is an uninterrupted line of Pendragons from the time of King Arthur, and that Dr. Ransom is the 79th Pendragon.
Novel by C.S. Lewis, the final part of the Space Trilogy (initial volumes are Out of the Silent Planet and Perelandra), which is already in the Wold Newton Universe through other connections. That Hideous Strength takes place vaguely "after the war." The reference to Numenor (spelled "Numinor" by Lewis) from J.R.R. Tolkien's The Silmarillion and The Lord of the Rings is an allusion to a real, historical place, thus placing Middle-earth and environs somewhere in the distant prehistory of the Wold Newton Universe. C. Richard Davies addresses this very topic in his A Prehistoric Timeline of the Wold Newton Universe. Jean-Marc Lofficier'sFrom Cyrano to Jean-Luc Picard also takes a look at Lewis' Space Trilogy.
1946 - Paul Janus Finnegan, great nephew of Phileas Fogg, is drawn into a series of strange adventures in the "Pocket Universes," where he is known as Kickaha, as told in the The World of Tiers series by Philip José Farmer. Wold Newton scholar Mark Brown adds: "In The Lavalite World, Farmer is discussing Kickaha's family background in chapter 8. I quote: 'Philea Jane Fogg-Fog was born in 1880. In 1900 she married an English physician, Doctor Reginald Syn. He died in 1910 under mysterious circumstances, leaving no children.'" This passage confirms the place of Reginald Syn's ancestor, Dr. Christopher Syn, in the Newtonverse.
Feb. 1947 TARZAN IN CASPAK
Tarzan travels to Caspak, the "Land That Time Forgot."
A graphic novel by Russ Manning published by Dark Horse comics, incorporating two stories, Tarzan in the Land That Time Forgot and The Pool of Time. The date is conjecture, but is based on Farmer's chronology and the fact that the daughter of characters from the original trilogy, which took place in 1916, is featured in these stories. The original Caspak trilogy, by Edgar Rice Burroughs, consisted of The Land That Time Forgot, The People That Time Forgot and Out of Time's Abyss.
1947 - The events of Greg Bear's Dinosaur Summer, a sequel to Doyle's Professor Challenger adventure, The Lost World.
July 1947 - An alien craft from the future, bearing three Ferengi and one shape-shifting Changeling, crashes in Roswell, New Mexico
(Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode Little Green Men). The U.S. military establishes contact, but the aliens soon escape, and the government denies all reports of extra-terrestrial life. However, the chronitogravimetric disturbances in subspace caused by the arrival and departure of the Ferengi shuttle draw the unwelcome attention of A ship of the Hive/Colonist alliance . Although these "grey" aliens have already been secretly visiting Earth for some time, having at one time tried to conquer the earth by direct invasion, using their hived slaves the Sarmak of Barsoom/Marsthey feel that the time is now ripe for invasion through subterfuge. A ship of the Hive/Colonist alliance makes contact, telling President Harry Truman to surrender the United States to the overwhelming forces of the their federation. Truman has the ship shot down. The remaining three aliens are examined and vivisected by Scientists. Top secret organization Majestic is formed to deal with the ongoing alien threat. Early on the Hive/Colonists make a disturbing discovery, most Humans are not suspceptible to Hiving or to Colonization, some hosts die immediately, some hosts reject their parasites.(Speculations based on Dark Skies and X files television shows)
As a collorary to this incident, Hive/Colonist alliance while subverting and controlling as many humans as possible also contact various individuals of wealth and position and tell them that in order to save the Human Race they must find a method of creating a human/alien hybrid. This was a blatant lie designed to make the humans create a medium in which General Hiving and Colonization could take place. This Consortium acting from a blend of self interest and altruism. This represents the first contact between the "grey" alien colonists and the government, setting in motion the 50+ year-long events of international plots, denials, and cover-ups depicted in the "Conspiracy" episodes of The X-Files.
1947 - Clive Reston, the son of James Bond and "Shrinking" Violet (Holmes) Beauregard, is born. Reston is the grandson of Mycroft Holmes and thus the great-nephew of Sherlock Holmes.
1948 TARZAN: THE SAVAGE HEART/TALES OF PELLUCIDAR
Tarzan encounters Tyrell Whatley, the son of the late Earl of Whimsey. Thinking Jane dead, Tarzan leaves civilization forever and goes to live in Pellucidar. At the conclusion, Tarzan realizes Jane is alive, but has further adventures in Pellicidar.
This comics mini-series published by Dark Horse Comics takes place after Tarzan vs. Predator at the Earth's Core. Tales of Pellucidar is found in Dark Horse Presents number 143. See also Alternate Universes. Whatley is most likely a cousin of Lord Peter Wimsey
1948 - Department Z recruits Alexander Waverly to assist in the formation of an international crime-fighting organization, U.N.C.L.E. (United Network Command for Law and Enforcement) to counter the forces of THRUSH.
1948-1955 TARZAN ON MARS
Tarzan, Jane, La of Opar, the Oparian High Priest Cadj, Nkima the monkey, Jason Gridley, John Carter, Carthoris, Tars Tarkas, Kar Komak, and Vad Varo (Ulysses Paxton) all appear in this sweeping epic novel of religious reform on Mars, otherwise known as Barsoom.
Unpublished novel by John Bloodstone (pseudonym for Stuart J. Byrne), 1956. The Oparian High Priest Cadj, must be the son of the first Cadj, who was killed in Tarzan and the Golden Lion. Further, the Zithad (Dator of the Temple of Issus) that was killed by John Carter in Llana of Gathol was either the son of the Zithad who appeared in The Gods of Mars, or else the Zithad in Tarzan On Mars is the son of the original. That John Carter does not recognize Tarzan from their previous encounter (Tarzan and John Carter: Warlords of Mars) is the result of Bloodstone’s fictionalization of these events; as is demonstrated below, the author also changed some dates in order to encourage the belief that this story was pure fiction.
Tarzan On Mars cannot take place from 1939-1946 as implied in the book. There are only brief wartime references, which can be discounted by Bloodstone's fictionalization in order to conceal real events, just like Burroughs did so often. So Jane and La did not disappear in 1939 and Tarzan did not wait until the end of World War II to go after them. (Jane appears in too many stories between 1939 and 1946 for this to be true: Tarzan and Carson of Venus: The Love King (1942); Legion of Hate ('43); The Lost Adventure ('45); Tarzan vs. Predator at Earth's Core (late '45); Tarzan and John Carter: Warlords of Mars (early ’46; incidentally, this exploit will stand as Tarzan's first trip to Barsoom); Tarzan's Jungle Fury (‘47).) Therefore, this beginning of this adventure has been more accurately placed in 1948, after the events of The Savage Heart.
Just after Tarzan rescues Jane in The Savage Heart (early '48), they return to Africa from Pellucidar. Jane and La get transported to Mars, as described in Tarzan On Mars. Tarzan actually spends several years searching for Jane, to no avail, although he knows her disappearance is connected with the object, the Great Star of Issus. He finally encounters Jason Gridley once more, who introduces him to John Carter’s nephew, Jules Carter. At last it becomes clear to Tarzan that Jane has been somehow transported to Barsoom.
It is now 1952. Tarzan, who cannot teleport back and forth between Barsoom at will like John Carter (see The Chessmen of Mars), cannot recreate his earlier teleport to Mars (see Tarzan and John Carter: Warlords of Mars). He enlists Jason Gridley's help to build a rocket. This takes over a year and he launches in late 1953. After over a year of travel in suspended animation (not to mention passing through a dimensional warp that carries Tarzan’s rocket to Barsoom’s dimension), Tarzan lands on Barsoom in 1955 and the remainder of the events described in the book ensue.
Toward the end of this epic, La is revealed as the true Martian goddess Issus. She is a really a white Martian woman. This is confirmed by the fact that the ancient form of the language spoken by the First Born of Barsoom is exactly the same as the secret ancient language of Opar. It is further confirmed by the fact that, soon after La finds her destined mate, Kar Komak, she, in the Martian fashion, lays an egg. (For more on La and her origins, please read La, Immortal Priestess of Issus!)
In true Burroughsian tradition, the story ends with Jane being carried away by the evil-doers. One possible ending that the author discusses in the end note is that Tarzan rescues Jane and they enlist Carthoris’ assistance in constructing a spaceship to return to Earth. I propose that while Carthoris busies himself with the spacecraft project, Tarzan is studying the secret of teleportation-at-will from John Carter and Carter’s instructor, Kar Komak. Tarzan eventually succeeds and is able to transport himself and Jane back to Earth. (It is possible that the events of Tarzan at Mars’ Core, as related by Edward Hirshman, follow Tarzan On Mars; however, as only 2,000 copies Tarzan at Mars’ Core exist, the answer must await further research. In any event, Tarzan and Jane eventually end up back on Earth.)
Apparently La, also, at some point, is transported back to Earth, as Tarzan and Jane encounter her again in 1991 (see my Addendum to Chuck Loridans' The Daughters of Tarzan); perhaps she is sent back to her Oparian refuge on Earth in the wake of some further religious crisis on Barsoom.
October 1948 ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN
The Wolf Man (Lawrence Stewart Talbot) pursues Count Dracula and the Frankenstein Monster to La Mirada, Florida. An Invisible Man also briefly appears, as do, of course, the two bumblers.
Universal Pictures, 1948. The Wolf Man is in the Newtonverse through a connection to the Cthulhu Mythos (Only the End of the World Again). For a full explanation of the history of the various Frankenstein Monsters, see Mark Brown's The House of Frankenstein. For the history of Dracula and his various "soul clones," as well as the history of the Talbot family (the Wolf Men), see Chuck Loridans' Children of the Night. The Invisible Man appearing at the end of the film is most likely Geoffrey Radcliffe (The Invisible Man Returns); for an explanation of his presence in La Mirada, Florida at this time, please read The Invisibles. This time the two bumblers are using the names Chick Young and Wilbur Grey.
October 31, 1948 RETURN OF THE WOLFMAN: Prologue
In the aftermath of the events of Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, both the Wolf Man (Lawrence Stewart Talbot) and one of the Frankenstein Monsters enter a half-century slumber in La Mirada, Florida.
Novel by Jeff Rovin, Berkely Boulevard Books, 1998. The Frankenstein Monster here is the creation of Dr. Henry Frankenstein, and is not to be confused with the original created by Dr. Victor Frankenstein. Please read Mark Brown's The House of Frankenstein and Chuck Loridans' follow-up,Children of the Night, for a complete history of the Frankenstein Monsters, Dracula, and the Wolf Man in the Wold Newton Universe.
1948 SIR HAROLD AND THE GNOME KING
Harold Shea, a professor of psychology at the Garaden Institute in Garaden, Ohio, uses his syllogismobile to travel about the multiverse. In this adventure, he visits an alternate Land of Oz.
By L. Sprague de Camp, Wildside Press, 1991. Sherlock Holmes also visited Oz once, but this isn't the Oz to which Holmes went. Perhaps it is the Oz described in Philip José Farmer's A Barnstormer in Oz, which has written extensively about in Ozdyssey. The crossover story is mentioned here because Harold Shea is conclusively in the Wold Newton Universe (see next entry). Shea either visited yet another AU version of Oz or his editor De Camp took liberties with the story line for satrical purposes for the citizens of Oz are normal sized and do age. Dorothy had grown up and married a Munchkin Farmer. However in Barstormer in Oz she never returned to Oz but married and was the mother of Barnstormer's protaganist.
The Garadan Institute in Ohio may actually be the clinic where Jim Grimson of Red Orc's Rage was sent to undergo a World of Tiers based therapy. He may even have later become a psychotherapist working at the insititute. As seen here.
1948 - The events of Young Frankenstein (please read Mark Brown'sThe House of Frankenstein for more information).
1948 - Marriage of Pat Savage and Rex Hazzard.
1948 - Clark Kent marries Lois Lane.
1949 - Doc Savage secretly marries Mayan Princess Monja F'Teema.
February 1949 THE WHISPERING EYES
Clyde Burke, reporter and agent of The Shadow, passes an old New York house, dating from the 1890s or earlier. The house is identified as "the home of a celebrated detective named Nick Carter, the horse-and-buggy crime doctor of his day."
The final issue of the pulp novel series, The Shadow, written by Walter Gibson (aka "Maxwell Grant"). If there was any doubt, this reference confirms the presence of Nick Carter in the Newtonverse. For more on Nick Carter, please read Dennis Power's Little Big Men: Crabbs and Carters and The Mysterious Case of the Carters by Todd Rutt and Arn McConnell. An alternate genealogy is presented in Jess Nevins' The Carters of Virginia: A Tragedy.
1949 BELOW SUSPICION
Dr. Gideon Fell works with barrister Patrick Butler to solve this case.
Novel by John Dickson Carr.
1949 FAMILY MATTERS
An "Elseworlds" tale in the Superman & Batman: Generations mini-series by John Byrne, DC Comics, 1998. The events surrounding the meeting between the Wold Newton Universe's Batman and Captain America in 1945 are mentioned in this story. The remainder of the Generations series is fictional in relation to the Wold Newton Universe.
1949 - Birth of Joel Kent, son of Clark Kent and Lois Lane. Joel does not inherit his father's super powers.
1949 - Birth of Rex Hazzard, Jr., son of Captain Rex Hazzard and Pat Savage.
1949 - The Batman returns to solo crime-fighting, as Dick Grayson departs Gotham City for college and, eventually, law school.
1949 ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET THE INVISIBLE MAN
The Invisible Man in this case is Tommy Nelson, a boxer on the run from the law after being framed for murder. He uses the invisibility formula concocted by Dr. Philip Gray, who got the formula from Dr. Jack Griffin. The two bumblers, this time using the identities of private detectives, Lou Francis and Bud Alexander, try to assist Tommy, but of course get in the way
Universal Pictures, 1951. The two bumblers, using a series of different names and aliases, have also been involved in various other events in the Wold Newton Universe. The Dr. Griffin referred to is Dr. John "Jack" Hawley Griffin, the original Invisible Man.Please read the article article, The Invisibles, for more information.
1949 - Fearing underworld reprisals against his family, Eel O'Brian retires as Plastic Man. He changes his last name to Dibny and quietly disappears along with his wife and young son Ralph.
1950 - James Bond is assigned to the Double-O section of the British Secret Service and granted a "license to kill."
1950 LE GENTLEMAN EN NOIR
A very elderly Sherlock Holmes (here called "Aldock Hermès") investigates the possible return of Arsène Lupin (the "Gentleman in Black").
A case chronicled by Claude Ferry. For more information see the excellent The Arsène Lupin Timeline by André-François Ruaud.
May 5, 1950 - Kinsey Millhone, daughter of Lew Archer and Rita Millhone, is born in Santa Teresa, California.
May 1950 - Birth of Clark Savage III, son of Doc Savage and Princess Monja.
1950 CURSE OF THE BLACK PHARAOH
Dr. Anton Zarnak has a copy of Abraham Van Helsing's book, The Vampire in Transylvania, on his shelf. The villain of the story is called Khotep.
By Lin Carter, The Nyarlothotep Cycle, 1997. The Van Helsing book solidifies Zarnak's link to Dracula. Khotep seems to be the same as Nephren-Ka from Lovecraft's Haunter of the Dark. The same character is called Kephren in Lovecraft's Imprisoned with the Pharaohs (a.k.a. Beneath the Pyramids) and Khephren in Richard Tierney's Treasure of Horemkhu. Therefore, Zarnak is linked with the heroes of these stories, Harry Houdini and Simon of Gitta .For more on Zarnak, please read Matthew Baugh's Occult Detectives in the Wold Newton Universe.
May 1950 - Birth of Clark Savage III, son of Doc Savage and Princess Monja.
1950(5) - Bruce Wayne marries Selina Kyle, the former, and reformed, Catwoman.
1950 - Buckaroo Banzai is born in London, the son of two scientists, Masado Banzai and Sandra Willoughby.
1950 - Birth of Kent Lane, son of Kent Allard (The Shadow) and Margo Lane.
1950 - Birth of Bruce Wayne, Jr., who will become the second Robin and later serve as the third Batman
Early 1951 COMBINED FORCES: Being the Latter Day Adventures of Major-General Sir Richard Hannay, Captain Hugh "Bulldog" Drummond, and Berry and Co.
A group of aging British clubland heroes combine forces for one last great adventure, including Richard Hannay, Bulldog Drummond, Berry Pleydell and his wife/cousin Daphne; Daphne's brother Boy Pleydell; and Jonathan (Jonah) Mansel. Irma Peterson, the niece/wife of Bulldog Drummond's arch-nemesis Carl Peterson, also plays the villainess here. It is also revealed that Hannay's son, Peter John Hannay, is an ornithologist with NATO. Many supporting characters from the three series also appear. Also mentioned or appearing: Edward Leithen; Horatio Hornblower; the Clubfoot (aka Dr. Grundt); and Dickson McCunn.
Novel by Jack Smithers, published by Buchan & Enright, London, 1983. John Buchan's Richard Hannay and H.C. "Sapper" McNeile's Bulldog Drummond appear, as well as all the major characters of Dornford Yates' Berry & Co. books. One of these characters, Jonah Mansel, also appeared a lot in Yates' other major series, the Chandos series, which means these books, featuring Richard (William) Chandos would also come in. (See Brad Mengel's The Daring Drummonds for some genealogical information on Chandos and Pleydell.) The whole premise is that these heroes are getting a bit long in the tooth and they want one last adventure. Hugh is portrayed as being in his early '60s, but still vigorous, but Hugh's wife, Phyllis, is suffering from arthritis and doesn't get around much, and consequently has "gone to fat." This would seem to put a wrench in my theory, first expressed in The Malevolent Moriartys, that Hugh and Phyllis have access to anti-aging pills through Hugh's biological brother, John "Korak" Drummond.
The options are that: (1) Hugh and Phyllis have the pills, but are disguising their age, thus making this account a fictionalization with regards to Drummond's age; or (2) we accept this portrayal of the aging heroes as fact, thus making Hugh Drummond, Jr., the character seen in Deadlier Than the Male and Some Girls Do, as well as Horror Wears Blue.While I am still following number (1) as my working theory (despite the portrayal of Hugh and Phyllis in this adventure, I believe Hugh would jump at the chance to regain his youth), I do believe that the swinging sixties Drummond portrayed in Deadlier Than the Male is Hugh Jr.
For the proposition that Irma was the niece, rather than the daughter, of Carl Peterson, please read Rick Lai's A Brief Biography of Dr. Caber.
Regarding the dating of this novel, Beria is still head of the Soviet NKVD (died Christmas 1953), Farouk is still King of Egypt (ousted 1952), and Attlee is still Prime Minister of Great Britain (left office April 1951). Based on this, I selected an early 1951 date (the dust jacket says it takes place in the 1950s). This works well since Carl Peterson is still thought dead in this novel; he returned in Gerard Fairlie's The Return of the Black Gang (1954).
Other characters: Sir Edward Leithen first appeared in Buchan's The Power-House; Dickson McCunn also appeared in a series of books by Buchan; Hornblower and descendants are already incorporated into the Wold Newton Universe; the Clubfoot (aka Dr. Grundt) seems to be the same person as Stumm from Buchan's Hannay novel Greenmantle, although this is not confirmed. Also mentioned are real historical figures Dennis Wheatley, an adventure, science-fiction, and fantasy author; and Compton MacKenzie, a journalist and novelist.
1951 SIR HAROLD OF ZODANGA
Harold Shea and his wife, Blephebe, voyage to Barsoom in search of their kidnapped daughter, Voglinda. John Carter, Ulysses Paxton (aka Vad Varo), and Jason Gridley are all mentioned as coming from the same world as Shea.
Short novella by L. Sprague de Camp in The Exotic Enchanter, Baen Books, 1995. Barsoom, the adopted home planet of the Newtonverse's John Carter, exists in the E.R. Burroughs Alternate Universe. Since Carter came from Earth in the Wold Newton Universe, and Gridley exists there, so does Shea. Shea's adventures began around 1938, when he was a doctoral student. By the time of this story, he is a doctor of psychology, is married, and has a three-year-old daughter. However, there are modern references which might cause one to place this story near the time of its writing, the mid 1990s. I have chosen to ignore the more modern references as literary license and place this adventure, and the previously listed one, in a time-frame near the last original adventures written by de Camp and Fletcher Pratt, as complied in The Complete Compleat Enchanter.
1951 THE LAST GRAVE OF LILL WARREN
This story by Manly Wade Wellman further cements the connection between de Grandin and John Thunstone. Weird Tales, May 1951.
June-July 1951 -James Bond's first recorded adventure by his friend Ian Fleming, Casino Royale. Bond goes on to a long career in the Secret Service, as documented by Fleming, Kingsley Amis, John Pearson, John Gardner and Raymond Benson.
1952 - Shang Chi is born. He is the son of Dr. Fu Manchu and an unnamed American woman scientifically chosen to bear him. His name roughly translates as "the rising and advancing of the spirit." This is at least what he was told, for another explanation see.
1952 GHOST OF THE KILLER SKIES
On the Spain location of a film he is funding, Bruce Wayne, as The Batman, foils the insane and murderous plot of Heinrich Franz, a descendant of the "Enemy Ace," Hans von Hammer.
Detective Comics number 404, by Denny O'Neil, Neal Adams, and Dick Giordano. Hans von Hammer was featured in the adventure Guns of the Dragon.
1953 WHO KNOWS WHAT EVIL--?
The Shadow and Batman are involved in an investigation into a band of counterfeiters that leads Batman to the small town of Tumbeweed Crossing, Arizona. At the end of the tale, Batman acknowledges that The Shadow has been one of his inspirations, and The Shadow replies that he had been watching Batman's career and has been impressed.
Issue 253 of Batman (by Denny O'Neil, Irv Novick, and Dick Giordano) brings The Shadow back to the West, albeit briefly, from his exile in Shambala. The 1953 date is derived by subtracting six months from The Shadow and Batman's next meeting in 1954.
1954 THE NIGHT OF THE SHADOW
Batman (Bruce Wayne) and The Shadow deal with an escaped convict that The Shadow captured years before, when Bruce was a young boy.
Batman issue 259 by Denny O'Neil, Irv Novick, and Dick Giordano. From Commissioner James Gordon's statement that he started on the Gotham police force thirty years ago (which, according to Mark Brown's researches in The Magnificent Gordons, was in 1924), we can place this tale in 1954. There is a reference to a quarter-century ago for the murder of Bruce's parents, with the young Bruce/Shadow meeting taking place "some time" before that. Since The Shadow first went active in 1929, I have placed the young Bruce/Shadow incident in that year, with the murder of Thomas and Martha Wayne shortly thereafter.
1954 ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET THE MUMMY
In Egypt, the two bumblers are involved in a series of adventures concerning the mummy Klaris, the cousin of Kharis.
Universal Pictures, 1955. This time, according to the film credits, the two bumblers are using the names Peter Patterson and Freddie Franklin, although they continue to refer to each other as Bud and Lou.
1954 - Birth of Dawn Drummond-Clayton, daughter of John Armand Drummond-Clayton and Hazel Tennington, and granddaughter of John "Korak" Drummond-Clayton.
1954 - The monster Gojira attacks Tokyo, leaving 180,000 dead and necessitating a decade of rebuilding. American journalist Stephen Martin mistranslates the monster's name as "Godzilla" and the name is adopted worldwide. Godzilla will not appear again until the late 1990s.
1954 - The events of Creature from the Black Lagoon (click herefor more information).
1954 - In a post-script to The Angel, the Rock, and the Cowl, Bruce Wayne nabs the Nazi villain, Von Stauffen, who escaped at the end of the adventure back in 1944. Sgt. Rock also lends a helping hand to Wayne, whom Rock recognizes as "Jack Pimpernel." However, in their next meeting, the 1955 tale The Striped Pants War, Rock recognises Wayne as Wayne.
1955 - Events of Revenge of the Creature (click herefor more information).
1955 THE STRIPED PANTS WAR
The Batman and Sgt. Rock versus terrorists in South America.
DC Comics' The Brave & The Bold, issue 96, by Bob Haney and Nick Cardy. Since, in this tale, Sgt. Rock greets Wayne as Wayne and not as "Jack Pimpernel," the only explanation is that Wayne and Rock met again after capturing Von Stauffen in Gotham City, and Wayne explained the Wayne/"Pimpernel" identity to Rock. However, since Rock must know that "Jack Pimpernel" is The Batman (see Operation: Time Bomb), he must also know that The Batman is Bruce Wayne. But.... he doesn't. On the other hand, when the mission is over, Rock tells Wayne that it was a success, "Thanks to you and the Bat-Guy." Since Wayne didn't really do anything, perhaps Rock is slyly indicating that he really does know that Wayne and The Batman are one.
1956 THE NIGHT BATMAN SOLD HIS SOUL
In this tale tinged with the supernatural, Rock feels that he is pursuing the still-alive Hitler, while Batman is sure that the old man who is their common enemy is the very Devil himself, Lucifer.
DC Comics' The Brave & The Bold, issue 108, by Bob Haney and Jim Aparo. Now Rock does know that Bruce Wayne is Batman, even though he appeared not to the last time they met. Special thanks goes to Batman biographer and continuity guru Bob Haney
1956 - The events of The World of Suzie Wong, as recounted by Robert Mason.
1956 - Barrister Patrick Butler solves his own case in Patrick Butler for the Defense, as told by John Dickson Carr
1956 THE GHOST KILLER
An assassin hired to eliminate the Phantom refers to the Deep Woods of Bangalla as "A land of savages and jungle legends. Like 'Tarzan,' no?"
Graphic novel by Ben Raab and Fernando Blanco, Moonstone Comics, 2002. The assassin obviously has no idea how real Tarzan is. Despite the modern trappings displayed in the story, Kit and Heloise appear to be about ten, placing this adventure in approximately 1956.
1957 - Events of the film The Deadly Mantis.
1957 - Events of the film The Monolith Monsters.
1957 NIGHTMARE WITHOUT END
Batman and Easy Company become embroiled in an adventure of Cold War espionage when they come to the rescue of Sgt. Rock, who is in a military prison awaiting court martial on the charge of striking a superior officer. At the conclusion, Rock is restored to full rank and priveleges and resumes command of Easy Company.
DC Comics' The Brave & The Bold, issue 117, by Bob Haney and Jim Aparo.
1958 HELL IS FOR HEROES
The Batman's increasingly supernatural adventures continue, in this synchronistic tale that also features Sgt. Rock. Boston Brand, The Deadman, is brought in to help The Batman and Rock by none other than the ghostly apparition of The Great Detective, Sherlock Holmes. The adventure concludes with Batman severely injured, but triumphant.
DC Comics' The Brave & The Bold Special, 1978, by Bob Haney, Rik Estrada, and Dick Giordano. Regarding Holmes' ghostly appearance in this story, we know that he is still alive and well in 1986 (The Doomsday Book), although he has been spending most of his time in Tibet. Most likely, his exposure to and study with Tibetan masters has endowed him with a limited ability to project an astral image of himself, and communicate with those on other planes of existence, such as Deadman.
1959 - After twenty years, Bruce Wayne retires as The Batman.
1959 THE CASE OF THE FRAMED FAIRY OF OZ
Ozma, Queen of Oz, has been accused to practicing black magic. She transports Perry Mason, Della Street, Paul Drake, and Mason's prosecutor enemy Hamilton Burger (to make it fair for the other side) to Oz for the trial.
Story by Gil S. Joel. Although this takes place in 1990s Oz, Mason and company must have been transported from their particular time-frame in the Newtonverse. Using Mason's frame of reference, I have placed this story in the late 1950s.
1959 - The events of the short story Learning Theory, in which extraterrestrial scientists perform tests on a captured human psychologist.
1960 - Agent John Steed begins working with Dr. David Keel and The Avengers are formed. Over the years, Steed will work with Cathy Gale, Emma Peel, and Tara King, as well as Mike Gambit and Purdey (The New Avengers).
1960 - Dick Grayson returns to Gotham and takes over as the second Batman. In a few years, Bruce Wayne, Jr., joins him as the second Robin.
1960 - Young Ralph (O'Brian) Dibny consumes massive amounts of gingo elixir, which triggers the latent stretching powers he inherited from his father. He goes into action as a detective and crime-fighter. As a play on his father's name, "The Eel," Ralph calls himself the Elongated Man.
1960-1966 - Secret agent John Drake begins working for NATO and is assigned to Washington, D.C. (Danger Man). He will later work for Department M9 of the British Secret Service (Danger Man/Secret Agent), before finally resigning from intelligence work and being removed to The Village (The Prisoner).
1960 Instablity situation among the Tocs and Ogs becomes desperate as they are compelled to force humans into releasing the energy that they need to keep from deteriorating and remain cohesive. A few pursue scientific methods to arrest their deteriorating, others become excessive, kidnapping and using humans as fodder by turning them into sex slaves and torture victims.
1960 AFTER DARK
Silver John comes into conflict with John Thunstone's old enemies, the Shonokins. He is assisted by Jackson Warren, Thunstone's ally from the story Twice Cursed and Thunstone is mentioned many times.
Novel by Manly Wade Wellman, Baen Books, 1980.
1961 - Travis McGee's first case, The Deep-Blue Good-By, as told by John D. MacDonald.
October 13, 1961 - . Birth of Fox William Mulder, the son of William and Tina Mulder. The Cigarette Smoking Man ("Spender") has claimed to be Mulder's real father, but the circumstances of this alleged parentage are unclear. If Fox is really William Mulder's son, then he is a descendant of Dr. Herrmann Gottfried Mülder (1795-1858), a friend of Friedrich von Juntz (1795-1840). Mülder published Von Juntz's Unaussprechlichen Kulten (or Nameless Cults) in 1839.
January 1, 1962 - James Bond marries Tracy di Vicenzo. Tragically, she is murdered by Bond's arch-nemesis, Ernst Stavro Blofeld, just hours after the wedding (On Her Majesty's Secret Service).
1963 THE HANGING STONES
Novel by Manly Wade Wellman, Baen Books, 1982.
1963 WHAT DREAMS MAY COME
Novel by Manly Wade Wellman, Doubleday, 1983.
1963 - U.N.C.L.E. agents Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin, under the direction of their chief, Alexander Waverly, begin their ongoing battle against the forces of THRUSH (The Man From U.N.C.L.E.).
1963 THE DEEP CELLARS
This Dr. Zarnak short story contains several interesting references: "Zarnak spent the weekend consulting with his friend Jules de Grandin who steered him to a specialist named Stephen Strange for information...." And "Through the papers, the news articles and scattered information provided by Dr. Strange...."
A Dr. Zarnak short story by Pierre Comtois, in Lin Carter's Anton Zarnak Supernatural Sleuth, confirming that Zarnak and de Grandin operate in the same universe. The story also links to a Wold Newton Universe version of Dr. Stephen Strange. Of course, being an alternate universe, the Dr. Strange of the Newtonverse is not quite the same as the Dr. Strange of the Marvel Comics Universe. The Newtonverse's Strange probably has a somewhat different history and has experienced different events. Also see the crossover rules for superheroes for details on how these crossover references are integrated into the Wold Newton Universe.
February 23, 1964 - Birth of Dana Scully.
Early 1964 - Birth of James Bond’s and Kissy Suziki's son, James Suzuki (You Only Live Twice, Blast From the Past).
1964 - Birth of the child who will become known as the second Saint. He will be known by several different names, including "John Rossi" and "Simon Templar."
1964 BOY'S LIFE
Twelve-year-old Cory Mackenson of Zephyr, Alabama, and his friends go to the local carnival and find a genuine Triceratops in a sideshow tent. The carnival owner says that "some professor found him. Either in the Amazon jungle or the Belgian Congo, I forget which. Up on some plateau nobody can get to or find again. His name was. . . Professor Chandler. . . no. . . Callander. . . no that ain't it. . . Professor Challenger!"
The events of this novel, by Robert R. McCammon, must take place in the Wold Newton Universe, since Professor George Edward Challenger is a Wold Newton Family member.
1964 - Death of the 20th Phantom. His son takes over as the 21st of his line.
1964-68 THE BOOK OF CHANGES
A detective by the name of Sir Hugh Fitz-Hyffen pursues a mystery involving an enormous diamond, a mask said to have been that of Fu Manchu, and a series of brutal 'Zodiac' murders. Fu Manchu, Fah Lo Suee and the Si-Fan exist and the Council of Seven all exist in the world described in this novel, but are used as misdirection from the actual antagonists; they do not actually appear or play a role.
A novel by R. H. W. Dillard.
1965 - On their first mission together, Emma Peel joins John Steed in defeating the evil plans of Sir August de Wynter, ushering in a new era of adventure for The Avengers (1998 feature film The Avengers; although the late 1990s setting is fictionalized, the film is basically an accurate account of Steed's and Mrs. Peel's first exploit).
1965 OUR MAN FLINT
Secret agent Derek Flint encounters fellow agent James Bond 007 and refers to the super-crime organization SPECTRE.
Feature film released in 1966 novelization by Jack Pearl, Pocket Books), brings Derek Flint into the Wold Newton Universe
1965 -Batman (Dick Grayson) and Robin (Bruce Wayne, Jr.) discover Captain America (Steve Rogers) frozen and in suspended animation in the Arctic ice (Batman and Captain America).
1965 - Birth of Ching Yao Chang, son of Kent Allard.
1965 - Maureen Danielle (Muffy) Birnbaum is born. See Little Big Men for more info on Buffy
Nov. 1965 THE DAGGER AFFAIR
The criminal/terrorist group THRUSH is revealed to have been originated in 1895 by a group of survivors of the first Professor Moriarty's crime organization after his apparent death in 1891. It is probable that Moriarty's brother, the second Professor Moriarty, controlled this group, which originally could have been called the Circle of Life.
This is The Man From U.N.C.L.E. novel number 4, by David McDaniel, Ace Books, 1965. See entry under The Second War of the Worlds for information on the Circle of Life. For more information on The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and an episode guide, see The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Book, by John Heitland, St. Martin's Press, 1987.
1966 - Events of Captain America: The Great Gold Steal (excepting references to other Marvel Comics superheroes), by Ted White. It is possible that the "Andrew 'Monk' Mayfair" referred to in this adventure is the son of Doc Savage's aide Monk, and has turned to a life of crime.
1966 - Birth of Hsu-Tei, son of Kent Allard.
April 1966 THE VAMPIRE AFFAIR
U.N.C.L.E. agents Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin cross paths with Count Dracula.
The Man From U.N.C.L.E. novel number 6, by David McDaniel, Ace Books, 1966. Substantiates the place of U.N.C.L.E. in the Wold Newton Universe, as the esteemed Count has already met Sherlock Holmes and Zorro.For an in-depth article on this entry by fellow Wold Newton fan Lou Mougin please click here. Please also read Chuck Loridans' full account of the history of Count Dracula in the Newtonverse, Children of the Night.
1966 A group of Tocs get wind that some of the Capellean adoptees have formed an alliance with the Sarmak of Mars and with the Hive. In a daring raid, they capture a couple of the saucers used by the Sarmaks and the Hive. About this time one of the Tocs also discovers that they can temporarily halt the ever increasing degeneration of the physical bodies by using human bodies. They capture human subjects use a modified e-m converter to convert the captured human and the Toc into energy and combine the the two energy forms into one human body. The Toc personality will remain dominant but the Toc will have access to the human memories.
There were however flaws with this procedure as well. First of all the converter's software had a glitch in it that malformed the fingers of the reconstituted bodies. Also any serious injury would cause the reconstituted body to reconvert to energy. Also they reconstituted bodies underwent a different sort of degeneration that necessitated a massive jolt of electricity to maintain that form.
The biggest flaw however came when one of the Tocs captured a hived human for its body template. The parasite was also reconsitituted making that Toc a member of the Hive. The other Tocs in their group soon followed.
The hived Tocs began working with the main Hive to dominate the earth.
This was the true background of the Invader's television series.
1966 A PIECE OF THE ACTION / BATMAN'S SATISFACTION
Batman and Robin team up with The Green Hornet and Kato.
Two-part episode of the Batman television program, written by Charles Hoffman, (originally aired March 1-2, 1967). The television episodes were fictionalized to depict Batman and Robin as Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson; they were really Dick Grayson (Batman II) and Bruce Wayne, Jr. (Robin II). The Hornet and Kato seen here are Britt Reid II and Hayashi Kato.
1966 A STUDY IN TERROR
Detective and writer Ellery Queen receives a previously unpublished manuscript by Watson detailing Sherlock Holmes' involvement in the Jack the Ripper case. Ellery deduces that the true Ripper's identity was not that revealed at the conclusion of the case, but that Holmes was not in error. Rather, Holmes did know the Ripper's true identity, but, for various reasons, chose to allow all the parties involved to believe the Ripper was someone else.
A novelization of the Holmes film, written by Dr. Watson and Ellery Queen (Manfred B. Lee and Frederic Dannay), Lancer Books, 1966. Even though the Ellery Queen elements were not part of the film, this novel introduces Queen to the Wold Newton Universe.
1966 - First recorded adventure of Wold Newton Family member Arsène Lupin III (grandson of Arsène Lupin), by "Monkey Punch" (Katou Kazuhiko).
1966-1968 - Events of the television program The Prisoner, in which a man who appears to be John Drake resigns from British intelligence. He is abducted and taken to The Village, where he is known as Number 6 and undergoes various psychological tortures.
Late 1966, Architect David Vincent sees a Toc-Hive saucer and follows it to see human captives being ushered into the saucer. Following inside, to his horror he sees a hideously formed creature and the human being dissolve inside two cylindrial chambers. Then a human body is reformed. David Vincent's exploration into this phenomenon and his fight against the Toc-Hive Invaders are fictionalized in The Invaders televison show.
This obsession lead to an more thorough examination of the subject of alien infiltration and conspiracies in general in the Wold Newton Universe.
May 1967 THE RAINBOW AFFAIR
U.N.C.L.E. agents Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin meet Inspector Roger West, Sir Denis Nayland Smith, Fu Manchu, Simon Templar (aka The Saint), the Avengers (John Steed and Emma Peel), Miss Marple, Father Brown, and Sherlock Holmes (aka William Escott). James Bond is mentioned, as is The Saint's sometime adversary, Inspector Claude Eustace Teal. It is revealed that after World War II, Department Z recruited Alexander Waverly and was involved in the creation of U.N.C.L.E.
The Man From U.N.C.L.E. novel number 13, by David McDaniel, Ace Books, 1967. Confirms that U.N.C.L.E. agents Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin are part of the Wold Newton Universe through the meetings with Nayland Smith, Fu Manchu, and Sherlock Holmes. The novel further brings The Saint, The Avengers, G.K. Chesterton's Father Brown, and Agatha Christie's spinster detective Miss Marple into the fold, as well as author John Creasey's Inspector West and Department Z (aka Dr. Palfrey and Z5). For more information on The Avengers and an episode guide, see The Complete Avengers, by Dave Rogers, St. Martin's Press, 1989.
May 1967 - Birth of Clark "Chip" Savage IV, grandson of Doc Savage.
June 1967 - When Dr. Evil launches himself into space in order to escape secret agent Austin "Danger" Powers and his partner, Mrs. Kensington, Powers places himself in cryogenic freeze, in anticipation of Dr. Evil's return (Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery) More on Agent Powers and Dr. Evil and how they relate to the Wold Newton family can be found here.
1967 - Birth of Clark "Chip" Savage IV, grandson of Doc Savage.
June 1967 THE INVISIBILITY AFFAIR
Kerry Griffin helps out her uncle, a scientist working on an invisibility device, the OTSMID (Omnidirectional Total Spectrum Molecular Interpenetration Device).
The Man From U.N.C.L.E. novel number 11, by Thomas Stratton. Kerry Griffin is obviously a tip of the hat to Wells' Invisible Man, and we may postulate that she is the great-granddaughter Dr. John "Jack" Hawley Griffin, and the daughter of Frank Raymond Griffin. Another very minor character in this novel has the surname Lavell, although his descent from Wells' Lavelle of Java cannot be established. For the full story about Kerry Griffin, please read the article The Invisibles.
1967 - Birth of Sydney Fox Renwick, daughter of Randall Fox Renwick (who, like his father, is "a civil engineer, designing and building bridges, roads and structures the world over,") and granddaughter of Colonel John Renwick, one of Doc Savage's Fabulous Five (click herefor more information).
1967 WAR AGAINST THE MAFIA
In Mack Bolan's first recorded adventure, two criminals have the following exchange after Bolan steals a quarter million from the Mafia: "'How the Hell did he know about the organization money being in that vault? Huh? How'd he know?' 'Didn't you know?' Turrin grunted. 'He's the f****n' Phantom. The f****n' Phantom knows everything.' 'I thought that was the Shadow,' Plansky mused."
The first Executioner novel. For more on Bolan's speculative lineage, click here. The mobsters obviously are familiar with other legendary crime fighters past and present.
1967 - The Affair at Durmamnay Hall, the first case of occult detective Reuben Calloway, and his partner, Father Roderick Shea, as chronicled by Brian Mooney.
1967 PERCHANCE TO DREAM
Occult detective Dr. Anton Zarnak receives a visit from his old friend, Dr. Jules de Grandin. Zarnak also quotes Dr. Fu Manchu, referring to him as an old adversary, and has his home in the same neighborhood as detective Steve Harrison.
By Lin Carter, The Xothic Legend Cycle, Chaosium, 1997. Zarnak enters The Wold Newton Universe through his connection to Fu Manchu and his encounters with the Cthulhu Mythos. This story also brings in Seabury Quinn's occult detective, Jules de Grandin, as well as Robert E. Howard's detective, Steve Harrison. For more on Zarnak and de Grandin, please see Matthew Baugh's Occult Detectives in the Wold Newton Universe.
October-November 1967 THE UTOPIA AFFAIR
Napoleon Solo refers to Rusterman's, the New York restaurant owned and operated by Nero Wolfe.
The Man From U.N.C.L.E. novel number 15, by David McDaniel, Ace Books, 1968. Obviously, Solo has very fine taste when it comes to dining.
February 1968 THE POWER CUBE AFFAIR
U.N.C.L.E. agents Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin meet "Charles," the head of a British Intelligence Service, who controlled the Avengers (John Steed, Cathy Gale, and later Emma Peel) from 1962 to 1967.
The Man From U.N.C.L.E. novel number 19, by John T. Phillifent, Ace Books, 1968. Confirms place of The Avengers in the Wold Newton Universe.
1968 - Birth of Pam Hazzard, the daughter of Rex Hazzard, Jr., and the granddaughter of Pat Savage and Captain Rex Hazzard.
January 1968 One of the original of the Nine, XauXaz, discovers that the other two of the original triumverate no longer believe that John Cloamby is the Undying God given flesh. He is shocked and dismayed to discover that they are planning to pit John Grandith and James Cloamby against one another to become the avatar of the Undying God. He protests by attempting to assassinate the other members of the Nine.
1968 ASSIGNMENT: EARTH
After traveling back in time from the 23rd century, Captain James T. Kirk and Commander Spock of the Starship U.S.S. Enterprise encounter Gary Seven, a human raised by aliens and sent back to Earth to fight for the forces of Good, and Seven's Earth-born assistant, Roberta Lincoln.
Episode of the original Star Trek television series. Click here for an in-depth article on the inclusion of Star Trek in the Wold Newton Universe.
1968 - The events of The Andromeda Strain, as told by Michael Crichton (although Crichton apparently did not know of, or was persuaded to conceal, the involvement of Gary Seven in this incident).
Early 1968 - Swashbuckling physics professor Michael Kane first travels to the distant past of the planet Mars, as related to Edward Powys Bradbury (Warriors of Mars aka City of the Beast, Blades of Mars aka Lord of the Spiders, and Barbarians of Mars aka Masters of the Pit, by E.P. Bradbury, edited by Michael Moorcock). As revealed in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen II, Kane actually traveled to the distant past of John Carter's Mars, otherwise known as Barsoom.
1968 ASSIGNMENT: EARTH
After traveling back in time from the 23rd century, Captain James T. Kirk and Commander Spock of the Starship U.S.S. Enterprise encounter Gary Seven, a human raised by aliens and sent back to Earth to fight for the forces of Good, and Seven's Earth-born assistant, Roberta Lincoln.
Episode of the original Star Trek television series. Click here for an in-depth article on the inclusion of Star Trek in the Wold Newton Universe.
Feburary, 1968 The Nine deliberately activate the killing lust in Lord Grandith and Doc Caliban and set them against each other.
March, 21 1968 Events of A FEAST UNKNOWN begin.
April 1968 - Birth of Jean Killian, Travis McGee's daughter (see Pale Gray for Guilt and The Lonely Silver Rain).
Spring-Summer 1968 THE TOMB OF PRISCUS
Occult investigators Professor Reuben Calloway and Father Roderick Shea consult with occultist Titus Crow.
Short story by Brian Mooney in Shadows Over Innsmouth, Fedogan and Bremmer, 1994. Titus Crow, who vanished from the earth in 1969, is firmly in the Newtonverse, due to innumerable connections with the Cthulhu Mythos. This story also features the Deep Ones, lodging Calloway and Shea solidly in the Wold Newton Universe.
June 1968 - The events I Am Not a Number!, a The Prisoner novel by Thomas M. Disch. Number 6, who was born on March 19, 1928, is 40 years old, so the year is 1968.
1968 WHO IS NO. 2?
Number 6 and secret agent John Drake are one and the same person.
This novel by David McDaniel, which begins just after the novel I Am Not a Number!, confirms the identity of Number 6, thus crossing-over Dangerman/Secret Agent with The Prisoner.
JULY 1968 THE HOLLOW CROWN AFFAIR
U.N.C.L.E. agents Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin are in Collinsport, Maine, where they stay at the Collinsport Inn (established 1765). They encounter Sheriff Patterson and see "Barnabas loves Josette" carved in a tree.
The Man From U.N.C.L.E. novel number 17, by David McDaniel, Ace Books, 1969. Brings in the world of the television series Dark Shadows to the Wold Newton Universe. Barnabas Collins was the vampire of the Collins family. Josette was his lover, for whom he spurned the witch Angelique, who consequently turned him into a vampire.
1968 - Dr. Charles Forbin designs Colossus, the most powerful computer built to date, which will control the American nuclear arsenal. Colossus makes a worldwide transmission declaring that it will enforce world peace through the threat of nuclear destruction. (Feature film Colossus: The Forbin Project). Since Colossus did not continue to pose a threat, it can only be assumed that Gary Seven and Roberta Lincoln were involved in its destruction or deactivation, since these are the sorts of menaces that Seven dealt with best.
1969 A DAY IN THE LIFE
It is again confirmed that Number 6 is secret agent John Drake.
The third and final The Prisoner novel is by Hank Stine.
March 1969 - International Red Cross helicopter pilot Jonathan Andrew Dark is shot down over Cambodia. He descends an ancient jade well in the jungle ruins of antique Cambodia, and is somehow transported to the jungle world of Callisto, moon of Jupiter. (Jandar of Callisto, as told by Jon Dark and edited by Lin Carter.) More likely than not, Jandar's Callisto (called Thanator by its natives) exists in that parallel dimension in which Barsoom, Amtor, and Annwn are situated (see Alternate Universes). Subsequent adventures are Black Legion of Callisto, Sky Pirates of Callisto, Mad Empress of Callisto, Mind Wizards of Callisto, Lankar of Callisto, Ylana of Callisto, and Renegade of Callisto.
1969 - Birth of Kit Walker, the 22nd Phantom.
1969Events of Philip Jose Farmer'sImage of the Beast and Blown. Private Investigator Herald Childe, while investigating the sadistic sex murder of his partner becomes involved in the secret struggle of the Tocs and Ogs.
Gordon is revealed to be the son of George Gordon, Lord Byron achieved through frozen sperm and in vitro fertilization. He is also the culmination of the Tocs and Ogs dreams, a Mover who can navigate the Phantom Zone and take them to a paradisical world. In the end however, Gordon tricks the the Tocs and Ogs, exiling them in the Phantom Zone once more.
The story told to Forrest J. Ackerman was just that a tale that played on his innate love of pulp science fiction tales.
1969 - Captain John Christopher (the son of Jimmy Christopher), a jet fighter pilot in the Air Force, stationed at SAC Headquarters in Omaha, has a strange encounter with a UFO (Star Trek episode Tomorrow Is Yesterday, which provides one of the best "teasers" of this or any other Star Trek series).TOMORROW IS YESTERDAY / THE ALIENS ARE COMING!
Captain John Christopher, a jet fighter pilot in the Air Force, stationed at SAC Headquarters in Omaha, has a strange, brief encounter with a UFO. Shortly thereafter, Christopher has vague memory flashes of futuristic humans, an alien named Spock, and a ship called the U.S.S. Enterprise. Meanwhile, government agent James Wainwright, who once encountered aliens calling themselves "Ferengi" in Roswell in 1947, attempts to use Captain Christopher's secret knowledge to promote his crusade of guarding Earth against alien attack. Fortunately, Captain Christopher is saved by Aegis agents Roberta Lincoln and Gary Seven.
The Star Trek episode Tomorrow Is Yesterday provides one of the best "teasers" of this or any other Star Trek series. The sequel, The Aliens Are Coming!, was written by Dayton Ward and can by found in the Strange New Worlds III anthology, May 2000. Captain John Christopher could very well be the son of Jimmy Christopher (Operator #5). The Roswell incident was documented in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode called Little Green Men. Seven and Lincoln first appeared in the episode Assignment: Earth, and also battled Khan Noonian Singh in The Eugenics Wars novels.
1969 - The U.N. discovers and evacuates The Village (The Prisoner: Shattered Visage).
October 4, 1969 - Titus Crow and Henri de Marigny apparently die when Blowne Manor is destroyed by occult powers, but in truth they go on to live in Elysia, as told in Brian Lumley's The Transition of Titus Crow.
1970 - Si Morley accepts a position with a top-secret government project. Eventually, he develops the ability to travel the time-stream without the aid of any mechanical devices, and settles in the year 1882. (Time and Again, by Simon Morley, edited by Jack Finney. Click here for more info.)
1970 - Conrad van Helsing and his son Adam first meet Vampirella. Adam and Vampirella will go on to work together as a team fighting the minions of Dracula and other supernatural menaces. The "planet Drakulon" origin of Vampirella and this Dracula will eventually be revealed as a complete falsehood, leading researcher Chuck Loridans to the conclusion that the Dracula featured in the Vampirella series is the original Dracula, or "Dracula-prime." (See Dr. Loridans' Children of the Night and John Small's Kiss of the Vampire for more information on Vampirella and Dracula. Because Dracula features so prominently in the Vampirella series, only selected appearances will be noted on the Crossover Chronology.)
May 16, 1970 - Las Vegas Daily News reporter Carl Kolchak has his first known encounter with the supernatural (The Night Stalker novel by Jeff Rice and television movie of the same name). He will go on to meet and record many more supernatural menaces in Seattle and Chicago.
1970 MAHARS OF PELLUCIDAR
Christopher West travels to the inner world of Pellucidar via a primitive, but effective, matter teleportation system. There is also a reference to a previous incident where extraterrestrial scientists performed tests on a captured human psychologist.
Novel by John Eric Holmes, Ace Books, 1976. A further adventure, Red Axe of Pellucidar, remains unpublished. The reference to extraterrestrials performing tests on a human psychologist is the short story Learning Theory, in the anthology The Worm Re-Turns, J.V. McConnel, ed., Prentice Hall, 1965.
1970 Events of LORD OF THE TREES and THE MAD GOBLIN. Having turned against the Nine Grandith and Caliban are marked for death. They hope to reach the Mad Goblin, one of the Nine who is also a renegade before the forces of the Nine can kill them or kill the Mad Goblin.
July-October 1970 THE FINAL AFFAIR
Our favorite U.N.C.L.E. agents encounter Thomas Edward Hewett Cat (T.H.E. Cat), while Dr. Egret of THRUSH refers to the dolphin vocabulary developed by secret agent Derek Flint. Napoleon Solo states that, "THRUSH Central is a shifty as Percy Blakeney." And THRUSH leader Ward Baldwin mentions Saul Panzer.
This unpublished final The Man From U.N.C.L.E. novel by David McDaniel incorporates T.H.E. Cat and Derek Flint into the Wold Newton Universe. Wold Newton Family member Percy Blakeney was, of course, known as the master of disguise, The Scarlet Pimpernel. Saul Panzer is a freelance private detective in New York, who does a lot of work for Nero Wolfe. For an in-depth article on this entry by fellow Wold Newton fan Lou Mougin, please click here. Regarding dating this affair, The Rainbow Affair was three years ago. For the full history of U.N.C.L.E., please read The U.N.C.L.E Chronology by Mark Ellis and Win Eckert.
in regards to the article The Amazing Lanes, Win Eckert writes, "I postulated that Napoleon Solo is the grandson of Captain Nemo. The following is from the dedication to The Final Affair:
The author wishes to thank the United Network Command for Law and Enforcement, without whose co-operation this series could never have been written, and to extend special thanks to agents Andante Nemo (Section 2, Number 11) and Vaughn Carazini (Section 2, Number 2) for permission to adapt from their personal files.
The reference to "Nemo" and "Carazini" is to Solo and Kuryakin, whose numbers in U.N.C.L.E. Section 2 were 11 and 2, respectively. I completed my research into Napoleon Solo's paternal genealogy a full year before locating a copy of The Final Affair and discovering this dedication, which bolsters the Nemo-Solo connection. The references to "Nemo" and "Carazini" are obviously an attempt by the author, McDaniel, to dissuade future historians from the notion that there really were a real Solo and Kuryakin; however, while engaging in this "cover-up," McDaniel also cannot help himself from dropping a hint at the truth, for those who care to find it.
August 1970 - The events of The Nemesis of Evil, the first chronicled adventure of Prince Zarkon and his Omega Crew, a group of crime-fighting do-gooders much like Doc Savage and his Amazing Five, written by Lin Carter.
September 1970 (Lin Carter tells us in the beginning of Nemesis of Evil that he created the background of Prince Zarkon as a time traveler so as to hide his true identity. I speculate that Prince Zarkon was in reality Lex Luthor, cured of his criminal tendencies by Doc Savage sometime in the Forties. Naturally he could not use his true name because of his criminal past. Any stories about Lex Luthor after the Forties were perpetrated by ....... Well, go here for a full explanation.
September 1970 INVISIBLE DEATH
The second Prince Zarkon adventure. Zarkon visits the Cobalt Club (frequently seen in the Shadow novels) and consults with fellow members Lamont Cranston (the identity most used by The Shadow), Richard Wentworth (The Spider), Britt Reid (the second Green Hornet), Bruce Wayne (The Batman), and Ham Brooks (one of Doc Savage's Amazing Five assistants.) One of Brooks' law firm partners is named "Drew": this must be Carson Drew, Nancy Drew's father. The Shadow: The Shadow's agent Rutledge Mann also figures in the novel, as do many locales, including Wang Foo's Tea Shop and the Metrolite Hotel. Police Comissioner Weston is mentioned, as are the events of the Shadow novel Grove of Doom. The Spider: Wentworth's companion, Nita Van Sloan, and his valet, Ram Singh, are both mentioned. The Green Hornet: This is probably Britt Reid II, the second Green Hornet. Reid's valet and most trusted assistant, Kato, and his secretary, Miss (Lenore) Case, also are mentioned, as is Reid's newspaper, The Daily Sentinel. The Batman: Wayne refers to his ward, Dick (Grayson) and it is acknowledged that most of Wayne's interests and operations are in nearby Gotham City. Doc Savage: Blanco Grande, the capital of the Central American country Hidalgo, is named as Zarkon's next destination at the conclusion of this adventure.
Lin Carter's second Zarkon novel confirms (in spades!) that The Shadow, Doc Savage, The Spider, The Green Hornet, Nancy Drew, and an "Elseworlds" version of The Batman all co-exist in the Wold Newton Universe. Hardback published 1975, paperback 1978 by Popular Library. Since Nancy Drew worked with the Hardy Boys on several occasions, Frank and Joe Hardy must also be part of the Newtonverse.
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