–Pulp heroes, Victorian detectives, jungle
explorers, hard-boiled private eyes, secret agents, and, in the distant
past, sword and sorcery heroes, are the mainstays of the Wold
Newton Universe (WNU).
–In keeping with Mr. Farmer’s primary source
Aliveand Doc Savage: His
Apocalyptic Life, there are also some Lovecraftian horror, mainstream horror,
science-fictional, and classical literature aspects.
–Farmer did “open the door” to superheroes with a
throwawayline in Doc Savage, mentioning Lois Lane
as a possible sister to The Shadow’s Margo Lane. There is no doubt that
Farmer, with this offhand comment, did not intend to open the
floodgates and consolidate the whole DC Comics Universe with his
Wold Newton stories and biographies.
–“WNU-friendly” versions of superheroes are
welcome, but they should be imported into the WNU in a way that
does not overpower WNU continuity or the other WNU characters.
–When you see a superhero included in the WNU,
think of the WNU as a parallel Earth (i.e. DC’s Earth-1, Earth-2,
Earth-3, Earth-X, Earth-WNU) that has a version of that superhero.