Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Tarzan in the Television Crossover Universe

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Tarzan in the Television Crossover Universe


THE TELEVISION CROSSOVER CROSSOVER UNIVERSE  LAUNCHED JANUARY 10, 2011 CELEBRATING FIVE YEARS


This was the first TVCU chronology created for this website.  For a long time, I was displeased with it.  I have added to it over time, and feel a bit better about it.  This post incorporates information provided by the TVCU Crew, other posts, the Horror Crossover Encyclopedia, Television Crossover Universe: Worlds and Mythology, and the Cartoon Crossover Encyclopedia.  Note for this chronology, the TVCU, Horror Universe, and Live Action Universe are used interchangedly.  Likewise for the Looniverse and Cartoon Universe.  I've also modified the AU section to match up with the new TVCU multiverse model. I've also included a TVCU Crew Review section for some of the more recent finds of the TVCU Crew that I was too lazy to write up myself, as I'm pretty swamped with currently writing two new books, promoting two other currently published books and producing a podcast.
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THE MAIN TELEVISION CROSSOVER UNIVERSE TIMELINE (ALSO KNOWN AS THE HORROR UNIVERSE AND LIVE ACTION UNIVERSE)

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c. 12,000 BCE - Tarzan arrives from the year 2070 (Time's Last Gift).  Note that the Tarzan of the novels by Edgar Rice Burroughs, and the Tarzan of Philip Jose Farmer's Tarzan Alive, along with all the Tarzan appearances from Win Scott Eckert's Crossovers:  A Secret Chronology of the World, Myths for the Modern Age, and Sean Lee Levin's Crossover Universe website, and most Tarzan stories within the Tales of the Shadowmen stories from Black Coat Press, are all considered canon within the TVCU, (though not all TVCU Tarzan references are canon in their works).  There are way too many literary Tarzan crossovers and stories that are better covered elsewhere by other authors like Eckert and Levin who are more suited to literary crossovers.  


730--THE HISTORY OF THE NECRONOMICON--Abdul Alhazred drafts the Necronomicon. Based on the overwhelming number of Lovecraft references in other works, it has been demonstrated that this was only one inspired version of the Necronomicon, planted within the mad Arab’s head by the Old Ones. Other version have been shown to have existed previously. Lovecraft’s Mythos have had numerous Marvel connections. Abdul Alhazred first appearance in a Marvel Comic was in 1978’s Tarzan # 15, and as part of the more official Marvel canon in Marvel Comics Presents # 62 (1990). The Darkhold, according to Doctor Strange, is another version of the Necronomicon. Abdul Alhazred first appeared in the Nameless City by H.P. Lovecraft. At some point Doctor Doom found a part of the Darkhold that allowed him to cast a spell to access Belasco's Limbo. Also at some point, Mephisto imprisoned a demon called Darklove into a page of the Darkhold. Also called the Shiatra Book of the Damned, the Darkhold has served as the source for the Necronomicon. The Darkhold played a role in the fifth Marvel Zombies series, specifically in the third issue.[6] In this series, Machine Man and Howard The Duck (from the primary Marvel universe) and Jackie Kane (from Earth-483) travel between dimensions collecting samples of the various zombie viruses in order to develop a cure. In this issue, they travel to a universe which contains zombies dubbed "Raimis" (a reference to the Evil Dead movies by Sam Raimi). In this universe, though, the zombies are controlled by the Darkhold rather than by the Necronomicon Ex-Mortis, which is how they are controlled in the movie series. Also known as the Book of Sins because of its corrupting influence from its spells. The Darkhold was written billions of years ago by the Elder God Chthon, containing all of the dark magical knowledge of the time. The indestructible parchments have been spread across the Earth and regathered on numerous occasions, sometimes held by the likes of Morgan Le Fay, Aelfric the Mad Monk, Cagliostro, Taboo, Gregor Russoff and Dr. Strange. Still considered the most potent book of black magic in existence, the Darkhold has spawned imitators, like the Necronomicon, and numerous partial or complete copies have been made, such as the Shiatra Book of the Damned and Libro del Malditos. An entire cult, the Darkholders, exists to facilitate the Darkhold's use, and the demonic Dwarf frequently persuades people in need to use a page from the Book of Sins, at the cost of their immortal soul. In the TVCU, the Necronomicon was derived from a small part of lore from the Shiatra Book of the Damned (The Darkhold). The book was created by Abdul Alhazred, a sorcerer skilled in summoning demons, before the time he was trapped in Pellucidar. The Darkhold’s inspiration of the Necronomicon is directly referenced in Marvel Team-Up Vol 1 76 and the Mystic Arcana Handbook. More on Marvel.com: http://marvel.com/universe/Darkhold#ixzz3lllJjLbt

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GLIMMERGLASS: THE CREATIVE WRITER’S ANNUAL, VOLUME 1 “THE BEAST” (STORY BY JOHN SMALL)
Release Date: October 15, 2009 (Setting is 1700s to Contemporary Times)
The Story: Author John Small discovers that the film King Kong was based on true events and gathers research on the true events of the film and the follow-up events that have happened since.
Notes: John Small uses a popular Farmerian method (named for Philip Jose Farmer) in which he places himself in the world of fiction, imagining that fictional stories are based on true events. Here, he melds together the original Kong story, and its sequels, prequels, and remakes, and makes them all fit into one coherent reality. Along the way, he throws in references to other fictional characters who must have been involved in such events based on their stature and the nature of the event. John Small makes official my conjecture that the 2005 film by Peter Jackson is the same events as the original film, just retold with dramatic license from Mr. Jackson. In explaining how the events of Kong could have happened in a world where most people are unaware of the supernatural and the extraordinary, he references other events that have later been covered up, despite their overly public exposure, such as the 1898 and 1938 Martian invasions from War of the Worlds, and the invasion of Mongo from Flash Gordon. DOC SAVAGE and TARZAN employ Denham to return to Skull Island to do documentary filming. Skull Island is said to be "the Menace of the Monsters". Joining in on the expedition were INDIANA JONES, Alex O'Connell (famous for taking down THE MUMMY), and Joshua Williams (from "Joshua Williams Breaks a Date"). (TARZAN couldn't make it due to events seen in TARZAN ALIVE). Roland Tembo is among the expedition as well. Tembo's CINEVERSE counterpart appears in THE LOST WORLD: JURASSIC PARK. SON OF KONG is a fictionalized version of events that actually happened during this expedition. In Kong Reborn, Dr. Jill Drake is involved in this incident. Jill discovers that BUCKAROO BANZAI has moved a clone of KING KONG to BANDUKI. It may be that the events of KONG: THE ANIMATED SERIES may be based on these events, which involve a female scientist who clones Kong then has to release him in a suitable environment. It was followed by KONG: KING OF ATLANTIS and KONG: RETURN TO THE JUNGLE. Among the crew that journeys to Skull Island in the first expedition is Jake Cutter (TALES OF THE GOLD MONKEY). Kong is of the same species as seen in JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH, TARZAN AT THE EARTH'S CORE, and TALES OF THE SHADOWMEN 3: DANSE MACABRE "The Ape Gigans". Mighty Joe Young is also connected to Kong and one of Denham’s grandsons is tied in as a villain on an episode of the A-Team. Fu Manchu is also said to be the villain secretly behind Jurassic Park.

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1871—“From a Letter to Lewis Carroll on ‘Jabberwocky’”; Dr. Robert Scott (dean of Rochester and friend of Lewis Carroll), reprinted in Aspects of Alice--I will take the liberty of quoting the relevant section at length:  “Are we to suppose, after all, that the Saga of the Jabberwocky is one of the universal heirlooms which the Aryan race at its dispersion carried with it from the great cradle of the family? You really must consult Max Muller about this. It begins to be probable that the origo originalissima may be discovered in Sanskrit, and that we shall by and by have a Iabrivokaveda. The hero will turn out to be the Sun-God in one of his Avatars; and the Tumtum tree the great Ash Yggdrasil of the Scandinavian mythology.”  Scott furthers the theory that the Jabberwock (that bastard offspring of the Elder Gods) can be found battling the heroes of mankind even in the earliest days of mythology. One must wonder if any of these time lost heroes are Sahhindar (AKA Gribardsun, AKA Tarzan) wondering into yet another adventure.  [This entry is an excerpt from James Bojaciuk's Wonderland timeline.]

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November 22, 1888 - Tarzan, Lord Greystoke (the future eighth duke of Greystoke), is born after his parents, Alice and John Clayton (the son of the fifth duke), are stranded in the jungle of French Equatorial Africa (Gabon). (Authorized books in the Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan series are: Tarzan of the ApesThe Return of TarzanThe Beasts of TarzanThe Son of TarzanTarzan and the Jewels of OparJungle Tales of TarzanTarzan the UntamedTarzan the TerribleTarzan and the Golden Lion, Tarzan and the Ant Men, Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle, Tarzan and the Lost Empire, Tarzan at the Earth's Core, Tarzan The Invincible, Tarzan Triumphant, Tarzan and the City of Gold, Tarzan and the Lion Man, Tarzan and the Leopard Men, Tarzan's Quest, Tarzan and the Forbidden City, Tarzan the Magnificent, Tarzan and the Foreign Legion, Tarzan and the Madman, Tarzan and the Castaways, Tarzan and the Valley of Gold by Fritz Leiber, Tarzan: The Lost Adventure by E. R. Burroughs and Joe R. Lansdaleand Tarzan: The Dark Heart of Time by Philip José Farmer. There are many other Tarzan pastiches listed on this Chronology. Click here for a Chronology of Tarzan's adventures, based on and expanded from Philip José Farmer's timeline.)

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W.G. GRACE’S LAST CASE (NOVEL BY WILLIAM RUSHTON)
Release Date: 1984 (Setting is 1899)
Series: W.G. Grace
Non-Horror Crosses: Sherlock Holmes; A.J. Raffles; Tarzan; Gone With the Wind
The Story: Grace finds himself nearly assassinated, and suspects his old arch-foe.

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THE PHANTOM CHRONICLES, VOLUME 2 “NO GHOSTS NEED APPLY” (SHORT STORY BY WIN SCOTT ECKERT)
Release Date: 2010 (Setting is 1899)
Series: The Phantom
The Story: The Phantom, Holmes, and more investigate a ghost.
Notes: Most of the films of Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez are interconnected by certain “brands” such as Red Apple cigarettes. Not all the films are horror, but we can assume they are all in. Those that are of the horror genre would include FROM DUSK TILL DAWN (and sequels), Werewolf Women of the S.S. (faux trailer from Grindhouse), THE FACULTY, LITTLE NICKY, Death Proof, DON'T (faux trailer from Grindhouse), Planet Terror, and THANKSGIVING (faux trailer from Grindhouse).

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TALES OF THE SHADOWMEN VOLUME 3: DANSE MACABRE “THE FAMOUS APE” (SHORT STORY BY CHRIS ROBERSON)
Release Date: 2007 (Setting is unknown and questionable)
Horror Crosses: Island of Doctor Moreau
The Story: Dr. Moreau continues his experiments in African jungles.
Notes: This story explains several anthropomorphic cartoon characters and seemingly more than usually intelligent animals as being the experiments of Moreau. This story also unintentionally provides a lead-in to the Tarzan animated episode where Taran meets a descendant of Moreau in the jungle. Several jungle heroes appear along with famous animals. In regards to bringing in Hanna-Barbera characters, it may be true that the events of the original Magilla Gorilla and Grape Ape cartoons actually happened as seen on TV in the Horror Universe, but this doesn’t bring in all the rest of the Hanna-Barbera stock of cartoon characters.

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THE ELDRITCH NEW ADVENTURES OF BECKY SHARP (NOVEL BY MICAH S. HARRIS)
Release Date: 2008 (Setting is 19th and 20th centuries)
Series: Becky Sharp
The Story: The villainous Becky Sharp serves the interests of the Great Race of Yith and crosses paths with many notable figures in her exploits.
Notes: Becky Sharp is originally from Vanity Fair and this is both a sequel to Vanity Fair and to Micah S. Harris’ story “The Ape Gigans” from Tales of the Shadowmen volume 3: Danse Macabre. The Great Race of Yith is from Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos and there are also plenty of other references. Along the way of her adventures, Harris has Sharp interact with characters from all of the above listed crosses.

1900 to Present--LOST ISSUES--Not necessarily canon, but Tarzan has lots of team-ups that can be seen here.


1909 - The events of Tarzan of the Apes.

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August 1909--TARZAN # 11 - 12--"Le Monstre"--Tarzan meets Picasso.  This takes place while Tarzan is in Paris during the events of TARZAN OF THE APES by Edgar Rice Burroughs.  Tarzan is also involved in a case involving a copycat of the Phantom of the Opera.  Note that Indiana Jones has met Picasso twice in his youth, in 1908 and again in 1917.

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TARZAN # 13 - 14 “THE MODERN PROMETHEUS” (DARK HORSE COMICS)
Release Date: Early 1997 (Setting is 1909 during the events of Tarzan of the Apes)
Series: Tarzan
Horror Crosses: Frankenstein (novel)
The Story: During Tarzan’s time in New York City, he encounters the original Frankenstein Monster.
Notes: This story brings in Tarzan to the Horror Universe, but only the original tales from Edgar Rice Burroughs and his depiction in Dark Horse Comics, as well as any other crossovers in this book.

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TARZAN # 15 - 16 “TOOTH AND NAIL” (DARK HORSE COMICS)
Release Date: Spring 1997 (Setting is during the events of Tarzan of the Apes)
Series: Tarzan
The Story: While still having adventures in New York (between events in the original novel), Tarzan encounters Mr. Hyde.
Notes: Mr. Hyde must have had some regenerative properties, thus allowing him to survive the ending of League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Volume II.

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September 1910 - Tarzan and Jane get married.

TALES OF THE SHADOWMEN VOLUME III: DANSE MACABRE “TWO HUNTERS” (SHORT STORY BY ROBERT L. ROBINSON, JR.)
Release Date: 2007 (Setting is 1915)
Horror Crosses: The Vampires
Non-Horror Crosses: Tarzan; Opar; Judex
The Story: One of Tarzan’s foes plots to kidnap Jane and their child, prompting Tarzan and Judex to work together.
Notes: Tarzan’s Horror Universe canon is his original stories by Edgar Rice Burroughs and crossover stories mentioned in this book. Opar is also a creation of Burroughs and the same rules apply. Judex is from a film serial, as are the Vampires.

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TALES OF THE SHADOWMEN VOLUME 5: THE VAMPIRES OF PARIS “THE MOST EXCITING GAME” (SHORT STORY BY XAVIER MAUMEJEAN)
Release Date: 2009 (Setting is 1930)
The Story: A ship arrives in the harbour of New York, the entire crew brutally murdered. D.A. Markham must solve the case, hopefully with some assistance from a certain vigilante.
Notes: Captain Marsh, from Lovecraft’s Shadow over Innsmouth is mentioned, thus providing the horror link. All the non-horror crosses above are mentioned or appear, thus bringing them all in. In this story, Margo Lane (girlfriend of the Shadow) mentions her sister Lois (as in Lois Lane, from Superman). This is a reference to Farmer’s joke in Doc Savage: His Apocalyptic Life that they are sisters. Later, an online essay “The Amazing Lanes” on Mark Brown’s website expands on that. Though I don’t include internet essays, this story indeed makes official for Horror Universe canon that Margo and Lois are sisters. This doesn’t bring in all Superman stories, but it does bring in at the very least the golden age (1938 to 1949 or so).

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MONSTERS OF THE MOVIES MAGAZINE # 1 “THE LIFE STORY OF KING KONG” (STORY BY JIM HARMON)
Release Date: June 1, 1974 (Setting is 1931)
Series: King Kong (original)
The Story: In this essay, Jim Harmon speculates on the events of King Kong. Specifically, he believes that the bi-planes that attacked Kong were actually flown by Captain Midnight (also known as G-8), Smilin’ Jack Martin, Tailspin Tommy and Jimmie Allen.
Notes: Harmon speculates G-8 (the pulp hero) and Captain Midnight (the radio hero) are one and the same character, having used both identities at different times in his career. He also says he does not believe the rumor that G-8 did “hide in the shadows like some creeping spider.” This is a reference to Farmer’s assertion in Tarzan Alive that G-8, the Shadow, and the Spider were actually one person with multiple personalities, which he later altered in Doc Savage: His Apocalyptic Life to say they were brothers. Smilin’ Jack Martin and Tailspin Tommy were comic strip aviators. Jimmie Allen was a radio aviator hero.

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TARZAN MEETS KONG (NOVEL BY OWEN R. LEONARD)
Release Date: March 4, 2013 (Setting is either 1931 or shortly after)
Series: Tarzan; King Kong
Non-Horror Crosses: Pellucidar
The Story: Shortly after the events of King Kong and Son of Kong, Tarzan goes to a circus to view Kong’s hide, obtained after the fall. However, he discovers it to be a fake. Upon investigation, he learns that Kong didn’t die, and that the Nazis had taken his injured body and returned it to Skull Island, but not before taking a DNA sample in order to create an army of Kong clones. Tarzan enlists Denham and travels to Skull Island where he learns that Kong and his race actually originate from Pellucidar. He also learns that Kong speaks the language of the Mangani, the race that raised Tarzan. After Tarzan and Kong team up to stop bad guys, Kong returns to Pellucidar where he is honored.
Notes: Based on the revelations of this crossover, any appearance of a King Kong type could be Kong himself (up to the mid 1940s at the latest based on life expectancies of real apes), others of Kong’s race, or even clones of Kong.

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August 22, 1933--EATER OF WASPS-- The Doctor says that he met Tarzan.

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November 1939--BATMAN AND TARZAN: CLAWS OF THE CAT-WOMAN--Batman I (Bruce Wayne) and Tarzan meet and work together against a thief called the Cat-Woman. This is the first Catwoman, Khefretari. Note that inside the museum is what appears to be THE MALTESE FALCON.

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TARZAN VS. PREDATOR AT THE EARTH’S CORE (DARK HORSE COMICS)
Release Date: January- June 1996 (Setting is 1945)
Series: Tarzan; Predator; Pellucidar
The Story: In Pellucidar, Tarzan is stalked by the alien Predators.
Notes: All three are already well established in the Horror Universe.

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TARZAN: FRANKENSTEIN MEETS THE APE-MAN (NOVEL BY OWEN LEONARD)
Release Date: November 30, 2013 (Setting is late 1940s)
Horror Crosses: Frankenstein (novel)
Non-Horror Crosses: The Lost World; Pellucidar
The Story: Tarzan teams up with a Frankenstein Monster to stop an evil Victor Frankenstein.
Notes: This is not the first monster, but is said to be one of Victor’s creations. According to this monster, Victor created four male monsters and two brides. This helps account for various versions of of the monster who I maintain as being separate but all claim to be the original, such as the monster from Tales of the Shadowmen, Donald Glut’s monster, the DC monster, and the Marvel monster. According to this monster, Victor wasn’t as nice as the stories say, though it could be the monster is exaggerating based on having “daddy issues”. Still, Victor is said to have escaped death by learning to transfer his consciousness into other bodies. And in this story he clearly has become truly evil and/or insane. The Lost World is mentioned in this story and Frank and his bride go off to live in Pellucidar. Since Glut’s monster won’t discover the existence of the Lost World until the 21st century, these must not be the same monster.

Late 1940s--TARZAN VERSUS DRACULA--The classy James Bojaciuk reports: The latest in Owen Leonard's Tarzan Vs series came out when I wasn't looking. And, oh boy, this one goes above and beyond with its premise. I haven't finished yet, but this isn't just Tarzan vs. Dracula, no.  It's Tarzan vs. Dracula vs. Robert E. Howard's Skull-Face vs. Lovecraftian horrors vs. a section of the British secret service dedicated to fighting things that go bump in the night vs. Nazis.



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DOC SAVAGE: HIS APOCALYPTIC LIFE (NOVEL BY PHILIP JOSE FARMER)
Release Date: January 1, 1973 (No date setting as it’s a biography)
Series: Doc Savage
Non-Horror Crosses: See Notes
The Story: Philip Jose Farmer, after research, investigation, and interviews, puts forth the real biography of the man most famously known as Doc Savage.
Notes: Tarzan Alive! introduced the Farmer Universe, and this book expands and clarifies. One of my favorites. As for the crossover inclusion, Farmer states that the character identified in H.P. Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness, Professor Dyer, is actually Professor William Harper “Johnny” Littlejohn, one of Doc’s five assistants. And we know that everything written by Lovecraft is also in the Horror Universe. Another cross that is horror related is that the events of King Kong end on the Empire State Building, which is Doc’s headquarters. Though he was out of town, he returns just as the events ended and was instrumental in the creation of the film based on the events. In the notes in the appendix laying out the family tree, it’s mentioned that Hendrick Van Helsing alleges in his book Dark Places that Sir Patrick Clark Wildman had the notes of Victor Frankenstein and attempted to duplicate his work.

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TARZAN, LORD OF THE JUNGLE (ANIMATED)
Release Dates: September 11, 1976 to 1984 (Contemporary Setting)
Series: Tarzan
The Story: Tarzan still protects the jungle, including all who inhabit it.
Notes: Due to the crossover (see below), the animated series of my youth from Saturday morning cartoons is in the Horror Universe, as well as the original Edgar Rice Burroughs version and any other other mentions in this reference guide. All of these are the same Tarzan, who has found a way to keep himself and those he loves long lived.

SEASON 3 EPISODE 6 “TARZAN AND THE ISLAND OF DR. MORPHOS”
Release Date: October 14, 1978 (Contemporary Setting)
Horror Crosses: The Island of Dr. Moreau
The Story: Tarzan is captured by Dr. Morphos, a mad scientist who gives animals human speech and intelligence, and human physicality.
Notes: I know I’m taking a leap, but clearly this Morphos is somehow related to Moreau.



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March 1980--FANTASY ISLAND--"Jungle Man"--Ron Ely comes to Fantasy Island and decides to stay there for the rest of his life.  Ron Ely played Tarzan on TV in the 1960s.

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THE BOOK OF PHILIP JOSE FARMER “THE FRESHMAN” (SHORT STORY BY PHILIP JOSE FARMER)
Release Date: 1982 (Contemporary Setting)
The Story: A student from Africa named Bukawai, who comes from a long line of witch doctors, attends Miskatonic University, fully aware of the school’s reputation from reading the stories of Lovecraft.
Notes: Bukawai is named after his relative from the Jungle Tales of Tarzan. This story is part of Farmer’s Universe, which has been incorporated into the Horror Universe.

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THE FELLOWSHIP (NOVEL BY MARY AND ADEN ROMINE)
Release Date: September 1, 1984 (Contemporary Setting and several past dates)
Non-Horror Crosses: Doc Savage; The Works of Philip Jose Farmer; Tarzan
The Story: A tale of a different breed of psychic vampires whose roots come from ancient Egypt.
Notes: This story uses a cult of psychic vampires who come from Egypt. Both Peter Tremayne and Anne Rice also give their vampires roots in Egypt. There are all kinds of different vampires in the Horror Universe. Vampire is actually a general term for several species who generally shared the characteristics of feeding on humans and being undead. This story purports that the events of Bram Stoker’s Dracula were a highly fictionalized version of real events and that the characters of his novel are not real. I can accept that the folks in this story might think that to be true, and perhaps the real events as they claim may have also happened, but we certainly know that in the Horror Universe, the events of Stoker’s novel certainly happened, and many folks still don’t believe it to be anything but fiction. The authors of this novel use Philip Jose Farmer’s created connection between Doc Savage’s assistant Johnny and Lovecraft’s Miskatonic University. In this story, one of the suitors of Elizabeth Wakefield (the Lucy of the story) is Sir William Clayton, who will later assume the title of Lord Greystoke. Another of the suitors is Doctor Henry Jekyll. The third is Judd Hacker, a cowboy with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show.


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1985--PEE WEE'S BIG ADVENTURE--The next movie with a Tarzan is Pee-Wee's Big Adventure.  This isn't a real Tarzan.  Pee-Wee is a fictional character played by Paul Reubins, a lot.  Pee-Wee is in the TVCU, and actually is one of those great characters that connects a lot of series together, and I will discuss him some time in the future in more detail.  But just to make it clear, this appearance of a man posing as Tarzan in Pee-Wee's Big Adventure takes place in the TVCU.   Reformatted to match the format I currently use but hadn't yet adapted when I wrote this blog.

TARZAN (COMIC STRIP)
Release Date: October 16, 1994 - August 13, 1995 [dates of storyline involving crossover] (Contemporary Setting)
Series: Tarzan (Comic Strip)
Horror Crosses: Frankenstein (novel)
Non-Horror Crosses: Pellucidar; John Carter
The Story: Tarzan is sought out for help when a transporter malfunction causes people from Pellucidar and Barsoon to switch places.
Notes: Besides the three way cross between Edgar Rice Burroughs’ characters, Victor Frankenstein is also mentioned as a real person. This crossover brings in the Tarzan comic strip. The novels by Edgar Rice Burroughs and the 1970s - 1980s Saturday morning cartoon are already both brought in. The Tarzan of the novels, cartoon, and comic strip are all the same person.

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ANGEL: CITY OF… (NOVEL BY NANCY HOLDER)
Release Date: December 1, 1999 (Contemporary Setting)
Series: Angel
Non-Horror Crosses: Tarzan
The Story: Angel has left Sunnydale and Buffy behind, and moved to Los Angeles. There, he meets Doyle, a half-demon who is gifted (or cursed) with visions from the powers that be, which he is supposed to pass on to Angel to allow him to protect the innocent and stay on his path of redemption. He finds there is another vampire who is rich and powerful who likes to make victims of young struggling actresses, and Cordelia Chase, recent graduate of Sunnydale High is the next planned victim. Angel, Doyle and Cordelia work together and learn that the evil vampire is protected by a law firm, Wolfram and Hart. After Angel defeats the big bad by throwing him out a window into the sun, Cordelia decides that Angel should open a detective agency and pay her to work there, at least until she’s a famous actress.
Notes: This is the novelization of the pilot episode of Angel, the spin-off of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Thus, this book and that first episode are the same story from different perspectives. In the book, Angel refers to the Greystoke mansion in Beverly Hills. Though it’s possible that the writer was not referencing Tarzan, I strongly suspect that she was. It should be noted that Angel is a spinoff of Buffy. The episode this story is adapted from references Buffy and even shows clips from the show. Additionally, Cordelia was a regular on Buffy with Angel for the first three seasons. The two series will cross often, and I won’t be listing all of them. In a later episode, Angel claims the book, the Vampyre, which features Lord Ruthven, is based on him. Both Angel and Ruthven exist in the Horror Universe. So Angel is claiming to be Ruthven. Thus far in my research, I have found nothing to contradict those claims. In fact, Angelus was the type who hated hanging out in sewers like most vampires and liked living the good life. He also liked to psychologically torment his victims, much as Ruthven did in the Vampyre. Angel also had developed a good knowledge of the occult, and was into ”end of the world” type evil, so could definitely have written the Ruthvenian. So every appearance of Angel is a cross with the Vampyre, and vice versa, technically, but I am still considering them separate series.


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2000
Ivan and a Mangani in Gibralter
HAIR OF THE DOG - A mission intended to find a legendary cure for lycanthropy sends Ivan to Civitiveccia, Rome, Trieste, Poveglia, Venice (all in Italy), Yemen, Crete, Bahrain, Dubai, UAE, Sardinia, Dubrovnik (Croatia), St. Maxime (France), Mallorca / Mayorca (Spanish Islands), Split (Croatia), Valencia (Spain), Gibralter (the Pillars of Hercules, where Ivan has a scuffle with a mangani), and finally Petra (Jordan). In Petra, Ivan discovers that the 'cure' is a drink from the Holy Grail, but the famed cup is nowhere to be found, if it was ever there at all. 
The placement of the Holy Grail in Petra is a reference to INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE (1989). Other minor crossovers occurred during this six-month expedition, including a scuffle with a Mangani (Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan of the Apes, 1912) in Gilbralter. Poveglia has been featured on GHOST ADVENTURES due to the haunted nature of the island. Heracles / Hercules is demigod from Greco-Roman Mythology, in which he is attributed with separating the Pillars by sheer brute strength.

2004--EATER OF WASPS--James Bojaciuk has informed me that the 8th Doctor mentions that he met Tarzan in the novel Eater of Wasps.

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THE MAN OF BRONZE (NOVEL BY JAMES ALAN GARDNER)
Release Date: January 2005 (Contemporary Setting)
Series: Tomb Raider
The Story: Lara Croft takes on a job for the Order of the Bronze to help with the delivery of an android that is thousands of years old.
Notes: Lara refers to the Pnakotic Manuscripts from Lovecraftian lore. Lara implies to have met James Bond. Lara also mentions a mutant soil that could only grow Triffids. Perhaps Day of the Triffids occurred in an alternate timeline to the Horror Universe, but Triffids still existed in the main timeline as well. Lara also recounts the legend behind the bronze palm that is a family heirloom, a story that involves implied ancestors of herself, James Bond, Tarzan, Sherlock Holmes, Allan Quatermain and Simon Templar (the Saint). There is also a reference to the Sacred Sword of Sinanju from the Destroyer series.


FARMERPHILE: THE MAGAZINE OF PHILIP JOSE FARMER # 11 “DUO MIAULE” (SHORT STORY BY PHILIP JOSE FARMER)
Release Date: January 2008 (Story was written in the mid-1950s and set in the near future)
The Story: A story of a private eye in the future.
Notes: The story takes place in a sci-fi future where people can talk to each other on video screens. An appearance of the Necronomicon in the story links this story to the Horror Universe. Though written in the 1950s, it was released in 2008. Because it is a work of Farmer, it’s retroactively considered part of the Farmer Universe canon despite being written before Tarzan Alive.

Alternate Realities:


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1894 to 1968--THE JUNGLE ROT KID ON THE NOD--What if Tarzan had been written by William Burroughs instead of Edgar Rice Burroughs.




THE HAND THAT CREATES (NOVEL BY OCTAVIO ARAGAO)
Release Date: 2006 (Setting is 19th century)
The Story: Jules Verne becomes the first president of France, and the city of Paris becomes a mecca for the greatest scientists.
Notes: This story takes place in an alternate universe, but because it does feature Moreau and the mythos, it must be in the Horror Multiverse. When it comes to worldview issues, it’s a fine line. But Verne as President of France would have a huge historical impact, as is demonstrated in this story, that would alter the present day Horror Universe.

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THE LEAGUE OF HEROES (NOVEL BY XAVIER MAUMEJEAN)
Release Date: 2005 (Setting is late 19th century)
The Story: Several heroes are gathered by Phileas Fogg to form the League of Heroes, protectors of Albion, against the evil forces of Peter Pan and others.
Notes: I could accept Peter Pan as a villain. I could accept England being called Albion. However, the appearance of Imhotep as one of the villains conflicts with the Universal film, so this must be a divergent timeline.

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TOM STRONG # 31 - 32 “THE BLACK BLADE OF THE BARBARY COAST” (AMERICA’S BEST COMICS)
Release Date: April - June 2005 (Contemporary Setting)
Series: Tom Strong
Horror Crosses: King Kong
The Story: Heroic Tom Strong is recruited by a time traveller to help save the multiverse.
Notes: Strong travels to various realities of Michael Moorcock’s Multiverse, which has been demonstrated to be the same multiverse that the Horror Universe is part of. The above crosses are not actually the Horror Universe versions, but alternate versions of the Moorcock Multiverse. This story thus demonstrates that the multiverse of Tom Strong is the same multiverse of Michael Moorcock and the Horror Universe.

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DEADPOOL: KILLUSTRATED # 1 - 4 (MARVEL COMICS)
Release Date: March - June 2013 (See notes for setting)
Series: Deadpool
The Story: In an alternate reality, Deadpool realizes he is fictional, and decides to destroy everyone in every reality until he reaches his “creators” in the real world.
Notes: This story involves characters from all of the above listed crosses. However, they all exist in alternate universes in various time periods. Likely none of these exist in the main Horror Universe timeline, but are all probably part of the larger Horror Multiverse.


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TALES OF THE SHADOWMEN VOLUME 5: THE VAMPIRES OF PARIS “THE MOST EXCITING GAME” (SHORT STORY BY XAVIER MAUMEJEAN)
Release Date: 2009 (Setting is 1930)
Animated Series Crosses: Tintin
The Story: A ship arrives in the harbour of New York, the entire crew brutally murdered. D.A. Markham must solve the case, hopefully with some assistance from a certain vigilante.
Notes: All the crosses above are mentioned or appear, thus bringing them all in. In this story, Margo Lane (girlfriend of the Shadow) mentions her sister Lois (as in Lois Lane, from Superman). This is a reference to Farmer’s joke in Doc Savage: His Apocalyptic Life that they are sisters. Later, an online essay “The Amazing Lanes” on Mark Brown’s website expands on that. Though I don’t include internet essays, this story indeed makes official for Cartoon Universe canon that Margo and Lois are sisters. This doesn’t bring in all Superman stories, but it does bring in at the very least the golden age (1938 to 1949 or so).

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GORILLA MY DREAMS (ANIMATED SHORT)
Release Date: January 3, 1948
Series: Bugs Bunny
Other Crosses: Tarzan
The Story: A female gorilla tries to adopt Bugs as her child, and Bugs is happy to play along, but the female’s mate is not so happy about the situation.
Notes: Tarzan makes a brief cameo, swinging through the jungle. This is the Cartoon Universe version of Tarzan, not to be confused with Disney’s Tarzan from the Deep Jungle of Fairy Tale Land or alternately the Deep Jungle of the Kingdom Hearts multiverse. The Tarzan of the main Cartoon Universe timeline is a conflation of the original literary Tarzan of Edgar Rice Burroughs and the live action adaptations from film and television, particularly as played by Johnny Weissmuller.

FAIRY TALE LAND

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TARZAN (ANIMATED FILM)
Release Date: June 18, 1999 (Setting is 19th Century...Once Upon a Time; see notes)
Series: Tarzan (Disney)
Animated Series Crosses: Beauty and the Beast; Frozen
The Story: An English couple and their infant son are the only survivors of a ship that catches fire, and are stranded in the deep jungle of Africa. A leopard kills the parents but a gorilla rescues the baby and then raises him. When the boy named Tarzan reaches adulthood, English explorers arrive, including Jane Porter, and discover the existence of the “ape man”.
Notes: In the Cartoon Universe, Tarzan is Lord Greystoke, a child orphaned in the jungles of Africa and raised by ape like Mangani in the 19th century. The Cartoon Universe version is a conflation of the original literary version by Edgar Rice Burroughs and live action adaptations from film and television, particularly as played by Johnny Weismuller and Ron Ely. This film does not feature the Cartoon Universe Tarzan. The Disney Tarzan is different. Here is his story. As laid out in the entry for Kingdom Hearts, there was a multiverse that existed in which each Disney film and other property existed in its own separate reality. Tarzan existed in the Deep Jungle. Beauty and the Beast existed in Beast’s Castle. Frozen existed in Arendell. During a Crisis event, that multiverse was destroyed, replaced by a new Cartoon Multiverse, which included the Cartoon Universe, a merged reality that consisted of various overlapping realities now coexisting in a sort of patchwork world. When it comes to Disney properties in this new Cartoon Universe, for the purposes of the Cartoon Crossover Encyclopedia, we combine elements from Kingdom Hearts with that of Once Upon a Time. Here, the Cartoon Universe is part of a Cartoon Multiverse. The Cartoon Universe is surrounded by pocket realms, one of which is Fairy Tale Land. In Fairytale Land, Beast’s castle exists in the Enchanted Forest, one of the Magic Kingdoms. To the north of the Enchanted Forest lies Arendell, while to its south is the Deep Jungle. Events depicted in the films generally happened around the same time as the film’s release, despite their historical appearance. Unlike in either Kingdom Hearts or Once Upon a Time, travel between realms and the main Cartoon Universe are relatively easy, based on the Toontown concept established in Who Framed Roger Rabbit. So some years ago, the King and Queen of Arendell had two children, Elsa and Anna. (See the entry on Frozen for more on their story.) For reasons, the king and queen head off by sea on a trip south. Along the way, the queen realizes she is pregnant. Presumedly, they stop in the Enchanted Forest to have the child, at which point they obtain the tea set that once belonged to the Beast, which has since lost its enchantment (temporarily). After the child’s birth, they continue their journey, until the ship catches fire and sinks off the coast of the Deep Jungle. The king, queen, and child are the only survivors, and the remainder of the story proceeds as relayed in the above story synopsis. What was just reported is a theoretical story based on the crossovers. In Tarzan, the tea set from Beauty and the Beast is present belonging to Tarzan’s parents, but it is just an ordinary tea set, very much not alive and singing. Meanwhile, many years later, in recent interviews, the creators of Frozen have revealed they intentionally made the parents of Elsa and Anna to resemble Tarzan’s parents, and it was no coincidence they were lost at sea in a similar fashion. Thanks to Disney’s fun tradition of connecting its films with Easter eggs, Disney’s Tarzan is not Lord Greystoke, but rather prince of Arendelle, and younger brother to Elsa and Anna. Now if that really, really bothers you, I have good news. I said that the Kingdom Hearts multiverse was gone, but in fact, it still exists in Hypertime, as a ghostly shadow of what once was and yet still is. In the Kingdom Hearts multiverse, Tarzan, Beauty and the Beast, and Frozen all exist in separate realities where travel between worlds is nearly impossible. In the Kingdom Hearts version, the same Disney Tarzan film happened in the world known as the Deep Jungle, but in that version, the tea set had to just be a tea set, since it’s unlikely to have come from Beast’s Castle. Likewise, and more importantly, in the Kingdom Hearts Deep Jungle world, it’s extremely unlikely that Tarzan shares parents with Elsa and Anna. So in that reality, Tarzan should be Lord Greystoke. So the good news is that whether you are a fan of the connected world of Disney films through their Easter eggs, or whether you enjoy viewing Tarzan based on its original literary roots, you can be happy. The film can be viewed from either perspective.

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KINGDOM HEARTS (VIDEO GAME)
Release Date: March 28, 2002 (Setting is contemporary and in various other settings relative to the worlds; see notes)
The Story: In the reality called Destiny Islands, shadow creatures called the Heartless kidnap Sora’s friends and destroy his reality. Sora obtains the Keyblade, the one weapons that can destroy the Heartless. Sora survives his world’s destruction and ends up in another reality called Traverse Town. Meanwhile, in the alternate reality of Disney Town, King Mickey has left to investigate the cause of the Heartless, and tasks Donald and Goofy to use Gummi Ships, the only means known to travel between worlds, to seek out the holder of the key. They locate Sora and the three then begin a quest to locate Mickey and Sora’s friends, stop the Heartless, and save the multiverse.
Notes: The Cartoon Crossover Encyclopedia operates with Who Framed Roger Rabbit as its foundation. I refer to the Cartoon Universe as existing under the Toontown concept, where most cartoons coexist within the same shared reality. And indeed, series like Roger Rabbit, House of Mouse, and Drawn Together have demonstrated that all of the Disney properties interact regularly in Toontown of the same shared reality which we call the Cartoon Universe. Kingdom Hearts, which is also officially licensed by Disney, claims that all the various Disney properties exist in separate realities within the same multiverse, and that travel between worlds is rare and nearly impossible. Bear with me as I try to use in-story references to create a theory to reconcile the situation. In Kingdom Hearts, the multiverse is being destroyed, one reality at a time, by a great evil who gains more power as the light is replaced by the darkness. Shadow beings are used as agents. In the end, the destroyed worlds are restored to existence. We know from most entries within this reference guide that the Cartoon Universe has enough evidence to support its existence. The Cartoon Universe is more of a “merged reality”, in which all of the separate worlds are mixed together to coexist in one single reality. There is a similar situation in fiction in which we can draw a parallel. In DC Comics, prior to 1985, their properties existed on several different alternate realities. In 1985, they published an event called Crisis on Infinite Earths, in which a very powerful being, utilizing shadow beings, was destroying the worlds, one at a time, gaining more power as anti-matter replaced the positive matter. Darkness was replacing light. In the end, when the villain was defeated, a new universe was created, a merged reality that combined elements of the previous realities. Later, though, it was revealed that even though a new merged reality existed, the previous realities still existed in a series of divergent timelines called Hypertime. Thus, the merged reality existed and the other separate realities still existed, but now it was said that travel between these worlds was rare and nearly impossible. To solidify this theory, recall that Scooby-Doo was brought into the Cartoon Universe by Roger Rabbit, and Scooby’s team-ups with Batman from the New Adventures of Batman are Cartoon Universe canon. In Batman: the Brave and the Bold, a multiverse also exists in which it's claimed that every version of Batman exists. The Scooby/Batman team-ups were specifically shown as one such alternate reality within that multiverse and several comic book versions of Batman were also shown to exist. Additionally, in DC’s Hypertime, several cartoon versions of Batman that are also shown to be part of the Brave and the Bold multiverse exist, and it’s said that in Hypertime, every version of DC Comics characters that ever existed or will exist has a place in Hypertime. So effectively, DC’s Hypertime and the multiverse from the Brave and the Bold seem to be what we are referring to as the Cartoon Multiverse. DC of course considered the DC Universe to be the central timeline, but of course they would say that. But consider for our purposes if the Cartoon Universe was the central timeline. So in this hypothetical situation, a previous multiverse may have existed, but after the Crisis, the Cartoon Universe, as laid out in this reference guide was the result, but the previous worlds that existed before, still existed in Hypertime. Kingdom Hearts is the Hypertime of the Cartoon Multiverse.

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DRAWN TOGETHER (ANIMATED SERIES)
SEASON 2 EPISODE 11 “XANDIR AND TIM, SITTING IN A TREE”
Release Date: February 15, 2006
Animated Series Crosses: Bugs Bunny; Tarzan (Disney)
The Story: Xandir dates Captain Hero’s alter ego, Tim Tommerson. Meanwhile, after Spanky reads a bad review of Drawn Together in Entertainment Weekly, he retires from show business and returns to his old job as a hostage negotiator for the Toontown police.
Notes: Elmer Fudd (recurring foe of Bugs Bunny) and Tantor (friend of Disney’s Tarzan) are seen on the streets of Toontown.

THE LAND OF FICTION (ALTERNATELY KNOWN AS THE COMMONWEALTH AMONG OTHERS)

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HELLBLAZER # 23 - 24 “LARGER THAN LIFE” (VERTIGO/DC COMICS)
Release Date: October 1989 (Contemporary Setting)
Series: Hellblazer
The Story: Jerry is a collector of unusual artifacts. Many of these are famed items of history and legend. He’s even gone so far as to start collecting items from other realms. But when he starts collecting items from the realm of fiction, the entities of that realm come after him, and he needs the aid of John Constantine.
Notes: Hellblazer is already in vias a cross with Doctor Who that also had a Lovecraft connection. Hellblazer and the other Vertigo series were only loosely connected to the DC Universe. For the most part, they maintained a separate reality, and instead of operating on “comic book time”, things moved in a normal time frame. Jerry has a copy of Jorkins' notes, the Unaussprechlichen Kulten, and the Necronomicon in his collection (all from Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos). He also has a coffin implied to be that of Dracula and Dorian Gray’s portrait. Additionally, he has the Maltese Falcon and remnants of the ship that chased Moby Dick. From other realms, he has the Mad Hatter’s Hat (from Alice’s Wonderland) and the corpse of the Tic-Toc Croc (of Neverland, as in Peter Pan). Jerry’s shop is in the same town as the Admiral Benbow Inn, meaning they are in Black Hill Cove from Treasure Island. The collector also has other non-cross items from fairy tales and folklore. All the other crosses listed above come from the land of fiction. This is a pocket realty within the Horror Multiverse where imaginary characters exist. This may be the same realm as Imaginationland that is attached to the divergent timeline of South Park.

2 comments:

  1. I like the term "Looniverse"! Thanks for the mention and when I get home I'll add you to the Inner Toob list, because that's how I blogroll.....

    Sorry about that, Chief.

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  2. I like to think, that the Tarzan blog is better, than when you first wrote it, back in 2011...

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