Thursday, May 26, 2011

The A-Team, Mr. T, and the Greatest American Hero

Updated to incorporate the Horror Crossover Encyclopedia.

OK, now I'm going to get some flack here.  I just got down telling people I don't like to conflate characters based on Same Actor Theory, but I'm going to do it here, but it really makes sense to do so here, and I will do my best to make it work.

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1952--During this year, I postulate that two cousins were born.  Identical cousins.  Hey, this is a very common phenomenon in the TVCU, as demonstrated by many, many TV shows.  So these two cousins who are born are the children of two sisters, Mrs. Baracus and Mrs. Lang.  Both of them have of course the same maiden name, which starts with a T.  The two children go on separate paths.  One will become known as Bosco "Bad Attitude" Baracus and will join the military and become a hero.  Meanwhile "Clubber" Lang will enter into the sports world, sometimes using the stage name of Mr. T.  Sometimes, with or without permission, B.A. will pose as Mr. T, and helping that ruse, Mr. T even gets the job to play his cousin B.A. on a dramatized version of B.A.'s exploits with the A-Team while they work as soldiers for hire.


1972--THE A-TEAM--"Intro"--"In 1972, a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn't commit. These men promptly escaped from a maximum security stockade to the Los Angeles underground. Today, still wanted by the government, they survive as soldiers of fortune. If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire... The A-Team."  

1981 to 1983--GREATEST AMERICAN HERO--This is the only crossover link for this show, so I'm going to talk about it a little.  Teacher Ralph Hinkley is given a super-suit by aliens.  The suit only works for Ralph and gives him super powers much like Superman.  The suit comes with instructions which Ralph loses.  Ralph works with Bill Maxwell, which is what the aliens want.  This show is a perfect example of how I feel super-heroes operate in the TVCU.  Here, he is running around in a red costume and a cape, flying and crashing through things, but only Maxwell and Ralph's girlfriend know about him and the suit.  Sure, sometimes people see him in public, but they just think he's a nut job.  And yes, the criminals see it, and sometimes they keep quiet out of fear of being though crazy.  And when they do talk, that's usually what happens.  In the final episode, Ralph is forced to give the suit to a woman who continues using it to fight crime.

1982--ROCKY III--Under the alias of Clubber Lang, B.A. beats Rocky Balboa and wins the championship, though a short time later, Rocky wins it back.  Note that Rocky is also in the Army Reserves, where he trains members of G.I. Joe in boxing skills.  See the next entry for why this entry is here.

1982--BRAVE AND THE BOLD:  THE LOST ISSUES--B.A. fights the Thing.  See  I know a lot of people complain about my inclusion of THE LOST ISSUES as they are basically visual fan fic.  But this one her supports my theory from the 1952 entry.  Based on this cover, Mr. T. is Clubber Lang.

1982--INSPECTOR GADGET--Mr. Roarke's midget assistant Tattoo is attending a Minions Anonymous meeting.  Inspector Clouseau's Cato is also attending, as is B.A.

April 1982--GREATEST AMERICAN HERO--"Captain Bellybuster and the Speed Factory"--Hamburger Haven is a fast food franchise whose mascot is Captain Bellybuster.  But the company is trafficking drugs. Ralph gets help from the actor who plays Captain Bellybuster to take down the drug ring.  Captain Bellybuster at the end decides he can't work for Hamburger Haven anymore.

1982--TWILIGHT THEATER--Mr. T meets Pee-Wee Herman.

October 1982--SILVER SPOONS--"Me and Mr. T"--Mr. T is hired to be Ricky's bodyguard.

October 2, 1982--SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE--Mr. T appears.  (Not Skitlandia, since it's actually Mr. T appearing as Mr. T.)

1983 to 1987--THE A-TEAM--Four former Special Forces members who were framed remain on the run while working as mercenaries for hire, but only when the cause it just.  Eventually they get captured, and put to work for the government.  The team's adventures are also adapted as comics in LOOK-IN and TV COMIC.  There were also several novels.

1983--NBC SATURDAY MORNING PREVIEW:  THE YUMMY AWARDS--Mr. T wins an award for his work with the U.S. Gymnastics Team.

April 1983--THE A-TEAM--"Till Death Do Us Part"--The team grab food at Hamburger Haven, and Murdoch gets a Captain Bellybuster hat which inspires him to act like the franchise mascot for the remainder of their current mission, driving B.A. nuts.  We can only assume the company changed hands when the old owner was arrested, and the new owners convinced the actor to stay or (since the actor doesn't appear), they got a new actor to play the character, since they probably own the rights to the character, not the actor.

1983 to 1985--MISTER T--Mr. T coaches the U.S. Gymnastics Team.  This is Clubber Lang.  There is a reference at one point where one of the gymnasts mentions Mister T's fear of flying.  But Mr. T says not to worry about it and willingly flies.  This is very different than B.A., who has to be knocked out or drugged to fly.  It must be that the teen gymnast was confusing a trait of B.A., a character who Mister T was playing on TV (and who was his identical cousin), for the actor and his coach, Mister T aka Clubber Lang.


September 1983--ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS--"The C-Team"--Mr. T meets the Chipmunks.  This is a crossover with the MISTER T cartoon.  I had previously thought the 80s series had to take place in the 60s, but then Matt Hickman pointed out to me that the Chipmunks have referenced that they started out in the 60s but now it was the 80s.  They even had a time travel segment, though it was not canon as it was a film made by the Chipmunks.  So I should want to place the Chipmunks in the Looniverse.  MISTER T has also appeared  on HOUSE OF MOUSE, so it could be.  But the Chipmunks also crossed with THE WOLF MAN!  So I really want to keep them in the TVCU.  Talking, singing chipmunks that go to school and are world famous rock stars, and immortal?  Sure, why not?  In the cartoon, apparently, Mr. T voices Mr. T.  So though it's a parody of the A-Team, Mr. T is the actor.  Thus, for the TVCU, this is Clubber Lang, who does indeed play his cousin B.A. on the televised dramatization of the A-Team, so still has an association fit for the parody.  Note also while the Chipmunks are acting as heroes, they encounter a Frankenstein creature.  See the video below.

1983--THE GREATEST AMERICAN HERO:  THE FAN SERIES--Ralph and Bill continue to fight crime.

October 1983--DIFF'RENT STROKES--"Mr. T and mr. t"--OK, here's the plot as seen on TV.  The A-Team show is being filmed outside Arnold's building.  The girl he likes has taken a liking to Mr. T, so to impress her, Arnold shaves his head into a mohawk.  Now, what I say happened in the TVCU:  Pretty much the same exact thing.  Except that Mr. T is of course Clubber Lang, acting on the television show where he plays his cousin, B.A.

1984--BRAVE AND THE BOLD:  THE LOST ISSUES--Ralph Hinckley seeks training from Ben Grimm. See

1984--HET-A-TEAM IN NEDERLAND--The A-Team go on a dangerous mission in the Netherlands where they actually have to flee.

March 1984--THE A-TEAM (MARVEL COMICS) # 1 TO 3--I used to own this series but I can't recall the plot.  I'm sure there where helicopters, machine guns, and explosions.

March 1984 to March 1986--WWF CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING--Mr. T has a career as a professional wrestler in a world where wrestling is real.

October 1984--WORLD PRO WRESTLING--Mr. T appears as a wrestler.

March 30, 1985--SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE--Boxer Mr. T and wrestler Hulk Hogan host SNL.  Hulk Hogan was friends with Mr. T's cousin, B.A., during the war.

March 1985--WRESTLEMANIA--Hulk Hogan and Mr. T are a tag team against Paul Orndorff and Roddy Piper.

May 1985--THE A-TEAM--"Incident at Crystal Lake"--All the action takes place at or around Crystal Lake.  There's nothing to really contradict it being that Crystal Lake.

1985--THE GREATEST AMERICAN HEROINE--Ralph's secret identity is revealed and he becomes a celebrity, which goes to his head.  Thus the aliens take the suit from him and give it to a woman who trains under Bill and uses her powers to do exciting things like rescue kittens.  I'm sure the aliens found a way to discredit Ralph (and maybe Bill helped) so that it turned out the public thought it was all a hoax.  Note in July 2008 it was announced that there will be a GAH comic, but I don't know when it will be placed.  Also note there is a GAH fan page on Facebook, and the actor William Katt is one of the admins.  This actually works with Ralph's celebrity.  Ralph would still try to keep his fame alive by having his own Facebook page.  I have moved this final episode of the series to a year earlier.  The show actually ended in 1983, and this final episode was made in 1986. But there's no reason it couldn't have happened in 1985.  Why is that important?  In July 1985, the Crisis on Infinite Earths happened.  Due to the reality altering affects, and the interference of several powerful beings, most of the world was made to forget about the existence of aliens, super-humans, and costumed crime fighters.  So Ralph may have gone public, but then, the world forgot. Ralph himself remembered, and he and Bill may have tried to keep people remembering, which is why they are part of pop culture history, but nobody really remembers the full events anymore, especially the outing.

November 1985--THE A-TEAM--"Body Slam"--This episode reveals that Hulk Hogan fought in Vietnam and was friends with B.A.  Note that I feel this a crossover that brings in the WWF.  Wrestling is fake, and thus it's fiction.  So in the TVCU, it's all real.

January 1986--THE A-TEAM--"Wheel of Fortune"--Using Face's theory of how to win, Murdoch wins big on Wheel of Fortune including a car and a Hawaiian vacation for two.  However, before Murdoch can take the vacation, he's abducted by the CIA for a government mission. Eventually, he manages to take the vacation...with a hottie and not Face.

February 1986--THE A-TEAM--"Cowboy George"--The team meet Boy George.

February 1986--SEINFELD--"The Susie"--The series events actually take place before the show aired, thus it's placement here.  George Constanza has an answering machine message that spoofs the theme to the Greatest American Hero.  Just a year earlier, Ralph went public.  However, that song was a hit in 1981, even in the TVCU.  Likely though, the song was played at press conferences and appearances, thus Ralph and the song were linked publicly.  However, the events of the Crisis have made everyone forget about Super-Ralph as being a real super-hero.

March 1986--THE A-TEAM--"The Trouble with Harry"--Hulk Hogan tags along on a mission.

April 1986--WRESTLEMANIA 2--Mr. T goes up against Roddy Piper in a boxing match.

May 1986--THE A-TEAM--"The Little Town with an Accent"--Murdoch is posing as a gas station attendant when a customer comes in asking for directions to Mockingbird Lane, which of course is where the Munsters live. 

September 1986--THE A-TEAM--"Season Five"--The team is finally captured, tried, convicted, and sentenced to death.  But their deaths are faked and the team is forced to now work for the government...doing exactly what they had been doing for years, helping out people in need.

November 1986--THE A-TEAM--"The Crystal Skull"--The team find a crystal skull in Australia that brings them bad luck.

June to August 1987--WWF SUPERSTARS--Mr. T is still a wrestler.

1988--LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN--"1988, America"--When war-hero-turned-handyman Kesuke Miyagi is found drained of blood, it becomes clear that the occult gang known as the Lost Boys are targeting the only individuals that can stop them from complete domination of America. It's the perfect case for the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen--except that their government contact, Oscar Goldman, disbanded the team in 1979 after they defeated Mr. Han's army of the living dead.

Now, disgraced scientist Emmet Brown has to put together a new team to combat the growing threat of the Lost Boys and their leader, a newly resurrected vampire kingpin Tony Montana: Transportation specialist Jack Burton, ex-commando B.A. Baracus, tech wizard Angus MacGyver and the mysteriously powerful femme fatale known only as "Lisa." But will Brown be able to stop the Lost Boys before time runs out?

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This was a April Fool's Day joke that got lots of us very excited when we thought it was real.  However, it is real enough for the TVCU.  The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen was a graphic novel which appears in Crossovers.  Note only the first two volumes (and this) are in the TVCU.  Kesuke Miyagi is from THE KARATE KID.  Thus this brings in the whole film series.  THE LOST BOYS is from a series of films, which are now brought in.  (Some have suggested the town of those films is really Sunnydale.)  Oscar Goldman is from CHARLIE'S ANGELS, which is already in.  Mr. Han is from FAST TIMES AS RIDGEMONT HIGH, bringing that film in.  Emmet Brown is from BACK TO THE FUTURE, which is already in.  Tony Montana is from SCARFACE, bringing that film in.  Jack Burton is from BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA, which is in Crossovers.  Angus MacGyver is from MACGYVER, which bring in this series, and MACGRUBER.  We know where B.A. Baracus is from, I hope by now.  Lisa is from WEIRD SCIENCE.  This is the film version, which confirms Shermer, IL in the TVCU (thus confirming that Jay and Silent Bob are not good at navigation.)  The TV Lisa is also in the TVCU.  Eventually, I will do a Shermer blog, and straighten out how both versions coexist.  Likely the show is in the TVCU2.

Pictures of former League members....Top Left is Jill Monroe from CHARLIE'S ANGELS.  I think the top center guy is SERPICO.  Can someone verify that for me?  Top right is Rocky Balboa from  the ROCKY FILMS.  Bottom left is John Shaft from SHAFT.  Bottom middle is the Bandit from SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT.  Bottom right is Steve Austin from the SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN.

1989--WWF:  WRESTLEMANIA'S GREATEST MATCHES--Mr. T appears to discuss and introduce his matches.

Release Date: September 28, 2011 - present at this writing (Setting is late 1980s and early 1990s within the Ghostbusters continuity despite having some references that would argue a contemporary setting)
Series: Ghostbusters
Horror Crosses: Supernatural
Non-Horror Crosses: A-Team; Back to the Future; Knight Rider; Beverly Hills Cop; Blues Brothers; Alice in Wonderland
The Story: More adventures of the Ghostbusters in the era just following the Real Ghostbusters cartoon and comic.

Notes: Back to the Future, Supernatural and Alice in Wonderland are already in, but this series brings in the A-Team, Knight Rider, Beverly Hills Cop, and the Blues Brothers.

September 1990--BRAVE AND THE BOLD...THE LOST ISSUES--Batman III (Bruce Wayne Junior) and Mr. T.  See

October 1990--OUT OF THIS WORLD--"New Kid on the Block"--Mr. T makes and appearance in this show about a girl who is half alien.

February 1994--BLOSSOM--"A Little Help From My Friends"--Not sure the plot but Mr. T appears.  Blossom is already in from the Earth Day Special.

May 1994--BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER--"Go Fish"--In a list of what Xander calls "good teams", one of those he calls "The A".

July 1994--WCW BASH AT THE BEACH--More wresting appearances.

October 1994--HALLOWEEN HAVOC--Mr. T is a special guest referee at a wrestling match.

December 1994--STARRCADE--Mr. T wrestles Kevin Sullivan.

1995--SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE--"THE NEW ADVENTURES OF MR. T"--This is a TV Funhouse segment that is done in the style of the Mr. T cartoon.  In it, it implies that Mr. T hasn't worked in 10 years. I'm presuming that to mean 10 years after the cartoon ended.  I can't place it later because the same kids are in it.  Even though they haven't aged, I'm presuming they are older, but the youngest one just ended up being short as an adult.

May 1997--SUDDENLY SUSAN--"I'll See That and Raise You Susan"--Mr. T appears, bringing this show in.

December 1997--FRIENDS--"The One Where They're Going to a Party!"--discussing job possibilities, Phoebe says, "Besides, it might be fun to form the new A-Team."

May 1998--SOUTH PARK--"Ike's Wee Wee"--When Mr. Mackey relapses, the school hires the A-TEAM to capture him and bring him to rehab.

Release Date: 1999 (Contemporary Setting)
Series: Gen13
Horror Crosses: Buffy the Vampire Slayer; Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos
Non-Horror Crosses: Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos
The Story: The team deals with an open Hellmouth in Vegas.

Notes: This cross bings more super-heroes into the Horror Universe, but with connections to Buffy (a Hellmouth) and Lovecraft (an appearance of the De Vermis Mysteriis), I have no choice. Crossoverist James Bojaciuk has pointed out to me that the team leader John Lynch is meant to be an aged Nick Fury. Interestingly, in the A-Team film (which is not in the Horror Universe), Lynch is a typical false identity used by CIA agents.

2001--THE SLIM SHADY SHOW--The A Team rescues Kenny after he's kidnapped by the main characters,

November 19, 2001--WWF RAW--Hopefully he wasn't wrestling, but this was an era when many senior citizens were still wrestling.

2002--ALI G INDAHOUSE--When asked about defence budget cuts in Parliament Ali G answers "We is gonna call the A-Team".

October 2002--HOUSE OF MOUSE--"House Ghosts"--Mr. T is transported to the Looniverse where he visits the club called the House of Mouse.  Also appearing are Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Chernabog (FANTASIA), Pete (GOOF TROOP), Ed the Hyena (LION KING), Goofy, Pluto, Panic (HERCULES), Pain (HERCULES), Magic Mirror (SNOW WHITE), Daisy Duck, Mike (original character in this show), Pummba (LION KING), Timon (LION KING), and Minnie Mouse.

2003--CELEBRITY DEATHMATCH (VIDEO GAME)--Note that though Mr. T competes, it's likely not really him.  Celebrities fight to the death, and then are seen again.  I believe that scientist/wrestler Steve Austin clones celebrities to fight.  (Though sometimes the real celebrities appear, such as when Austin brought the Three Stooges forward in time to fight the Three Tenors.)

July 2004--JOHNNY BRAVO--"T is for Trouble"--Mr. T is pulled again into the Looniverse, where he meets Johnny Bravo.  I feel that some of these trips are astral, meaning that the soul leaves the body while they are sleeping and travels to the Looniverse.  That would explain how people seem to visit the Looniverse without going into shock, and how they return as if nothing had happened.  To them it was just a dream.

October 2004--GILMORE GIRLS--"Tippecanoe and Taylor, Too"--The GAH theme song is played by a band at a political inauguration. Probably unrelated to Ralph Hinkley but mentioned for attempt at completeness.

October 2004--EASTENDERS--"Mickey says to Zoe, "And look at my Dad, he still believes in The A Team."  Note that Eastenders is shown to exist in the Doctor Who Universe per Dimensions in Time and in the TVCU per League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

November 2005--FAMILY GUY--"Brian Goes Back to College"--After he is fired from his job at The New Yorker, Brian encounters a “No Dogs Allowed” sign, hears a booming voice enforcing the rule and then lays on top of a doghouse. This parodies the Peanuts character Snoopy in the 1972 film Snoopy, Come Home.  The beginning of this episode was used in the animated version of the Internet comic VG Cats. This can be found on boe entertainment.  Thomas Paul Jennings adds:  "In the A-Team episode of Family Guy before the logo of The A-Team appears in its red background there's a house that looks like the Simpsons but shorter."

2006--HULK HOGAN:  THE ULTIMATE ANTHOLOGY--Mr. T gives commentary.

2006--BRING BACK...THE A-TEAM--A documentary filmmaker attempts to get the now disbanded team to reform, though sadly without Hannibal, who has passed away.

February 2007--AMERICAN DAD!--"Black Mystery Month"--In the strip-club scene, the members of The A-Team are all present. In the establishing shot; Hannibal is front left, Faceman is front right, and B.A. (wearing a grey baseball cap) is back left, Murdoch is back right (wearing his brown leather jacket and blue baseball cap).

May 2007--MY NAME IS EARL--"The Trial"--There is a Mr. T impersonator (actually played by Mr. T.)

June 2007--STUDIO 60 ON THE SUNSET STRIP--"K&R"--Mary, talking about Trask Security's plan to rescue Tom's brother, says that she is a lawyer and not with the A-Team.

March 2008--BIG BANG THEORY--"The Cooper-Hofstadter Polarization"--Yes, this is a weak one, and you can feel free to ignore it if you wish.  Simply, a nerd is wearing a red shirt with the super suit symbol.  Now, I have the same shirt, so not really a crossover.  But based on the celebrity that led to Ralph losing the suit, it certainly could have led to merchandising.  

September 2008--IT'S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA--"The Gang Solves the Gas Crisis"--The guys decide to take action, with Mac as the brains, Dennis as the looks, and Charlie as the wild card.  Mac explains that this is a winning formula for this sort of team, and cites the Ghostbusters, Scooby-Doo, and the A-Team as examples of past successful teams using this formula.

Release Date: October 15, 2009 (Setting is 1700s to Contemporary Times)
Series: King Kong (Original)
Horror Crosses: King Kong (2005 remake); War of the Worlds (novel); War of the Worlds (radio); The Mummy (remake film series); Jurassic Park (film series); Kong: the Animated Series; Jurassic Park (novel)
Non-Horror Crosses: Buckaroo Banzai; Tarzan; Flash Gordon; Tales of the Gold Monkey; Journey to the Center of the Earth; Tales of the Shadowmen; Doc Savage; Indiana Jones; Mighty Joe Young; A-Team; Fu Manchu
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.

2012--SATURDAY MORNING RPG--Players can use the in-game phone to call 555-6162, which causes a man named Hannibal to answer the phone.  Note that this could mean that the rumors of Hannibal's death were greatly exaggerated.

August 2012--BLACK DYNAMITE:  THE ANIMATED SERIES--"Apocalypse, This! Or for the Pity of Fools Aka Flashbacks Are Forever"--Several characters appear, including B. A. Baracus (Mr T)

October 2012--WAREHOUSE 13--"We All Fall Down"--Claudia calls Steve "fool" and tells him they're the second "A-Team." B.A. Baracus often called his partner Murdock "fool."


EARTH-PRIME--Face is temporarily transported to Earth-Prime with a magical remote control on AMAZING STORIES.

ROBOT CHICKEN UNIVERSE--The A-Team appear, but I don't know enough about it.  Mr. T also appears twice, though I'm not sure what happens.

  • September 2007--ROBOT CHICKEN--"Yancy the Yo-Yo Boy"--A nerdy boy gets a super suit from aliens but knocks himself unconscious when he attempts to fly.  Bill Maxwell, who was contacted by the aliens, finds the unconscious boy and takes him along and uses him as a human shield.  He then drops him back home and the aliens take the suit back, thus leaving the boy naked lying outside.  He awakes to find himself exposed to onlooking girls.


TVCU2--This is the reality of the remake film.  I did try to fit it into the TVCU as a prequel, with the disclaimer to ignore topical stuff and imagine it's the 70s.  But that really doesn't work with my philosophy that it happened as we see it.

  • 2002--THE A-TEAM (FILM PRELUDE)--Hannibal and Face are on a mission in Mexico where they end up over their heads.  Luckily, Hannibal finds an Army Airborne Ranger (recently discharged) named B.A. Barracus who helps them out.  They find a guy in a mental hospital named Murdoch who was once known as the Army's best helicopter pilot.  They break him out and he aids them.  His crazy flying almost knocks B.A. out of the plane, mentally scarring him into fearing flying for the rest of his life.
  • 1963--THE A-TEAM:  WAR STORIES--The team have met as seen in the beginning of the movie but they didn't start working together right away after that.  They have gone their separate ways.  Hannibal kidnaps a scientist aiding the enemy.  Face is trying to get an expensive Motorcycle in the middle of a war zone.  B.A. has a mission in which he has to deal with his new fear of flying.  Murdock's story might not be true, as he tells it himself, and he's quite mad.
  • 2010--THE A-TEAM (FILM)--"In 2010, a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn't commit. These men promptly escaped from a maximum security stockade to the Los Angeles underground. Today, still wanted by the government, they survive as soldiers of fortune. If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire... The A-Team."  The film is certainly the prequel to the series, even though it is set in modern days.  
  • 2010--THE A-TEAM:  SHOTGUN WEDDING--This story could take place anytime after they were framed and went on the run.  But why not place it during their untold years?  So I arbitrarily placed it two years into their time as mercenaries.  One of B.A.'s old pals has a daughter getting married on a cruise ship, but her life is in danger, so the team goes undercover as cruise personnel.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Legendary Figures in the TVCU: King Arthur

Updated to incorporate material from the Horror Crossover Encyclopedia.

This is another in a series of blogs I will do in covering legendary figures whose place in history has become a merging of fact and fiction. Of course in this case, the fiction is the fact in at least the case of the TVCU appearances.

c. 1279 B.C.--HERCULES: THE LEGENDARY JOURNEYS--Merlin sends Arthur back in time to learn and train from Hercules.

Release Date: 1975 (Setting is the late 480s A.D.)
Series: Cormac Mac Art
Horror Crosses: Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos
Non-Horror Crosses: Kull; King Arthur
The Story: Cormac Mac Art battles an evil druid and the last of the Serpent Men.

Notes: The druid’s magic is tied to the Lovecraftian Mythos. The Serpent Men originate from the first Kull story. Though King Arthur was real, he likely has a Horror Universe counterpart whose canon should only be those mentions in this book. Arthur is not in this story, but is mentioned.

In the earlier days of King Arthur--MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL--Yes, because there are soooooo many crossovers with shows, movies, games, and literature that like to include holy hand grenades and other great bits from this film, I have to conclude that the TVCU Arthur and his knights did indeed have this adventure.  Sigh.  Note, this quest is the gathering of the knights, but it won't be until later that Swamp Thing helps find it, before the end of Camelot.

In the days of King Arthur--PRINCE VALIANT--Prince Valiant is an adventurer during the same time period of Arthur.

6th century A.D.--ADVENTURE COMICS--Sir Justin is a knight of the Round Table who is gifted by Merlin with a mystical sword and a flying horse. They get frozen in time and awaken in the 1940s.

6th century A.D.--BRAVE AND THE BOLD # 1--The man who was once Prince Khufu is reincarnated as Brian Kent, who serves King Arthur as the Silent Knight. Prince Khufu will later be the Western hero called Nighthawk and later still as Hawkman.

6th century A.D.--DEMON--Merlin traps his half-brother, the demon Etrigan, by placing him inside the body of Jason Blood.

500 A.D.--IRON MAN # 150--Iron Man and Doctor Doom travel back in time where Doom aligns himself with Morgan le Fay.

568--SQUAREHEADS OF THE ROUND TABLE--The trio are in England. They aid their blacksmith friend in wooing the princess while also stopping a plot against the king. Note that this tale takes place during the era of King Arthur of Camelot, but it takes place in a different kingdom.

6th century A.D.--REAL GHOSTBUSTERS--"A Hard Knight's Day"--Merlin punishes Sir Bruce by trapping him in a tapestry.

6th century--BILL & TED'S EXCELLENT ADVENTURES--"Nail the Conquering Hero"--James Bojaciuk says: Bill and Ted meet King Arthur. Not really a solid crossover, but as King Arthur exists within the TVCU, this is worth noting.

6th century A.D.--GHOSTBUSTERS: DISPLACED AGGRESSION #4 OF 4 - Ivan Ronald Schablotski says: Dr Ray Stantz is sent to the time of King Arthur's Camelot, and is accompanied by an influx of supernatural activity. Ectoplasmic dragons kidnap the bulk of Camelot's citizens and force them to build and operate a Munchausen's Wheel, which will open a gate to a pocket dimensional prison. Within a month's time Ray has adapted very well to life in Camelot and using a steam-powered "proto-pack" with an ionized sword to fight ghosts, when Dr Peter Venkmann and Rachel Unglighter arrive from approx. 1865 in Ecto-10. Together the three Ghostbusters and King Arthur rescue the locals and defeat Morgan leFay, who's spirit was orchestrating events to release her body from imprisonment by Merlin, and the Ghostbusters take off a possible future.

This takes place during Morgan leFay's exile by Merlin, and Merlin himself is nowhere to be found, so I'm guessing this fits after "A HARD DAY'S KNIGHT" but before the quest for the Holy Grail begins.

6th Century A.D.--SONIC AND THE BLACK KNIGHT--Sonic is sent to Earth and back in time where he meets an Arthur turned evil by magic.

6th Century A.D.--TIME TUNNEL--"Merlin the Magician"--This wasn't included the first time I posted this because I didn't think Time Tunnel was in, but I've since been yelled at that Time Tunnel is in.

6th Century A.D.--GARGOYLES--"Avalon"--Another one I left out was Gargoyles, who trace back their origin to the time of Camelot, and have had other crosses to bring them into the TVCU.

6th century A.D.--SWAMP THING # 87 AND 109--Swamp Thing travels back in time and aids in finding the Holy Grail. However, he becomes bound to Camelot, and thus it falls when he returns to the future.

Some 40 years after the fall of Camelot—Merlin’s mirror is brought to the Homelands (from the comic series Fables), most likely by some of the surviving Knights of the Round Table who chose to take up residence in the lands of fiction. They carved a castle within a mountain; this information can be reconstructed from the Seven Dwarfs’ discovery of Merlin’s Mirror within their mines. (Taken from James Bojaciuk's guest blog.)

12th century--ROBIN HOOD--"The Inheritance"--King Arthur's spirit appears in Sherwood Forest.

12th century--NEW ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD--"Return to Camelot"--Robin travels back in time to Camelot.

12th century--NEW ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD--"Legend of Olwyn"--Arthur appears in flashback in a tale told to Robin by Merlin.

December 1476--DRACULA VS. KING ARTHUR--Lucifer sends Dracula back in time to battle King Arthur during the time of Camelot.

1864--BONANZA--Adam encounters a man dressed as a knight claiming to be King Arthur.

October 1883 to March 1885--JEKYLL & HYDE: THE MUSICAL--Lady Elizabeth Beaconsfield dresses as Guinevere at a costume party.

May to August 1898--LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN--This mini-series brings in A CONNECTICUT YANKEE IN KING ARTHUR'S COURT, in which a man of the 19th century travels back in time to visit Camelot.

Release Date: 2007 (Setting is 1930)
Series: League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
Horror Crosses: Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos; Dracula (novel); Carnacki Ghost Finder
Non-Horror Crosses: Jeeves and Wooster; Allan Quatermain; Orlando (Virginia Woolf); Orlando Furioso; Orlando Innamorato; Orlando the Marmalade Cat; The Story of O; The Prisoner; 1984
The Story: Once again, Bertie Wooster and his manservant Jeeves find themselves mixed up with Lovecraftian horrors, but this time the 1930 incarnation of the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen comes to the rescue.

Notes: Jeeves and Wooster are from a series of comedic books and later a television series. The League at this time consists of Mina Murray, Allan Quatermain Jr., Orlando, and Carnacki. Mina is the heroine of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Allan Quatermain Jr. is an original character created by Alan Moore for LEOG, and is the son of Allan Quatermain, star of such novels as King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard. Orlando is a character creation of Moore that conflates the Orlando from Virginia Woolf's Orlando, Orlando Furioso, Orlando Innamorato, and Orlando the Marmalade Cat, as well as the Story of O, and Bion from Greek mythology and Sir Roland from Arthurian legend. Carnacki is the Ghost Finder already pulled into the Horror Universe. Note that all the original sources of these characters are in the Horror Universe. Additionally, the first two volumes of League are in the Horror Universe. However, though this story is in, after the first two volumes, I cannot accept the main body of the League Universe because it diverges too much. For instance, there is no Adolf Hitler in that timeline, and the events of Orwell’s 1984 took place in England of the late 1940s.

Release Date: 2006 (Setting is 1931)
Series: Tales of the Shadowmen
Horror Crosses: The Vampires
Non-Horror Crosses: Arsene Lupin; Akechi Kogoro; Fantomas; Fu Manchu; La Reine Margot; Three Musketeers; Le Bossu; The Sword Woman; Jirel of Joiry; The Grey Maiden; Scaramouche; Prince Valiant; Amber; Lupin III; Zatoichi; Yu’an He See Laughs; Doc Ardan
The Story: When famous swords go missing, famed thief Arsene Lupin is a suspect, so famed Japanese detective Kogoro Akechi must team with French police.

Notes: Les Vampires is the Paris set film serial whose characters appear frequently in Shadowmen tales. The rest of the crossovers are mostly series featuring sword wielding heroes. Sir Lancelot of Arthurian legend and historical figure Cyrano de Bergerac are also mentioned, but legends and historical figures do not count as crossovers.

Release Date: January 2, 2009 (Contemporary Setting as well as medieval times)
Horror Crosses: The Demon
The Story: Batman and Green Arrow are thrown back in time to the time of King Arthur where they must aid Merlin against Morgaine le Fey who has stolen Excalibur and controls the demon Etrigan.
Notes: The Brave and the Bold takes place in a divergent reality where super-heroes didn’t debut for another 70 years later, and are more public, while horror elements are lesser. However, because the nature of divergent realities is that there are multiple timelines that originate from a singular timeline, I believe the Batman and Green Arrow of the B&B timeline traveled back to a point before the split, thus they arrived in the 6th century of the Horror Universe.

February 1948--ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN--"The Last Knight"--Four men believe they are Arthur and three of his knights.

December 24, 1959--Merlin comes to Santa's aid when the devil tries to prevent Christmas from happening.

September 1966--THE REAL ADVENTURES OF JOHNNY QUEST--"The Alchemist"--Johnny meets Merlin.

1975--GHOST BUSTERS--"Merlin, the Magician"--The Ghost Busters (not the ones you know) help Merlin battle Morgan le Fay.

Summer 1977--WONDER WOMAN--"Diana's Disappearing Act"--Wonder Woman encounters both Count Cagliostro and Morgan le Fay.

1978--FREEDOM FORCE--Merlin joins a team with Isis, Hercules, Sinbad, and and Super Samurai.

January 1982--FANTASY ISLAND--"King Arthur in Mr. Roarke's Court"--King Arthur is transported from his time to the present.

Release Date: 1987 (Contemporary Setting)
Series: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Mirage/Eastman & Laird) from Turtles Prime; Trollords; Silent Invasion; The Realm; Wordsmith; Reacto Man; Eb’nn; Tales from the Aniverse
Horror Crosses: The Picture of Dorian Gray
Non-Horror Crosses: The Maltese Falcon; The Time Machine; The Pied Piper; The Shadow; Wizard of Oz (film); The Phantom Detective
The Story: When two movers find that the contents of the moving truck are missing, contents that include valuable artifacts, they call on real heroes to help.

Notes: Leonardo of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is sent to Central Park to retrieve Excalibur. This version of the Turtles is the original version created by Eastman and Laird. According to the film Turtles Forever, they exist on the divergent timeline called Turtles Prime. Of course, many of these mini-stories in this one shot seem to exist in alternate realities, but considering that one person owned all these artifacts, surely he is a man who can summon heroes from throughout time and space. Excalibur is from Arthurian legend, and thus doesn’t count for crossovers since Arthurian legend seems to exist in the history of practically every timeline. The Trollords travel to Hell to face Charon at the river Styx to retrieve his staff. The Trollords were from an independent comic about three trolls that cheated death and thereafter find themselves pursued by the Grim Reaper while at the same time working to convince humans of the value of their lives. Due to the nature of this story, it’s impossible to determine which timeline the Trollords come from, but they certainly exist within the larger Horror Multiverse. Charon comes from Greek mythology, which follows the same rules as Arthurian legend. Matt Sinkage (from the independent comic Silent Invasion) recovers the Picture of Dorian Gray. Silent Invasion is an alien conspiracy story set in the 1950s which fits nicely into the main Horror Universe timeline, which is good since obviously the PIcture of Dorian Gray is solidly in the main Horror Universe. Adventurers from “the Realm” retrieve the ruby slippers from the Wicked Witch of Oz. The Realm is about a group of friends who are transported to the realm of Azoth. The heroes may originate from the Earth of the main Horror Universe, but at least a divergent timeline, and Azoth is certainly a pocket dimension within the Horror Multiverse. Almost all the references to Wizard of Oz within this reference guide have been to the film version, so it’s clear that the film is the Horror Universe version. Dorothy must have come from the Horror Universe, and the Oz she visited must have been a pocket reality within the Horror Multiverse. The one anomaly is the Supernatural crossover that portrays a very different interpretation of Dorothy and her visit to Oz. We can assume that this is a totally different Dorothy who visited a different Oz. One problem with this story being about the film version is that the Wicked Witch should be dead, but more than one Oz sequel has portrayed a resurrected Witch. The Wordsmith is sent for the ring of the pulp hero called the Shadow, and the story also involves the Phantom Detective. The Wordsmith is an independent comic about a writer during the depression. The Shadow has been well established as a character in the Horror Universe. This story brings in the Phantom Detective. It’s clear from the story that the Wordsmith, the Shadow, and the Phantom Detective coexist in the same timeline, which would be the main Horror Universe. Reacto Man retrieves the Time Machine (from the novel of H.G. Wells). Reacto Man was a super-hero from an independent comic. Since the Time Machine from H.G. Wells is well established in the Horror Universe, Reacto Man is likely also from the main Horror Universe timeline. Eb’nn is sent to retrieve the Maltese Falcon. Eb’nn is a raven bounty hunter from a wild west reality of anthropomorphic talking animals. This pocket reality must exist within the Horror Multiverse. The Maltese Falcon, on the other hand, is well established as being in the main Horror Universe timeline. J.B. Space of the Aniverse goes after the Pied Piper’s pipe. The Aniverse is a futuristic reality of anthropomorphic talking animals which must be a part of the Horror Multiverse. The Pied Piper has been established via Tales of the Shadowmen to be a character in the Horror Universe that can travel through time. This comic features all heroes from independent comics and was created as a fundraiser for the Literacy Volunteers of Chicago.

November 1991--MACGYVER--"Good Night MacGyver"--MacGyver is transported back in time to the time of Camelot.

1993--HELLBOY--Hellboy is descended from King Arthur and his son Mordred.

February 1996--GARGOYLES--"Pendragon"--Arthur returns in the present to fight alongside the Gargoyles.  Though of course we know that he must die again to be reincarnated in 2003.

December 1997--SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH--"Oh What a Tangled Spell She Weaves"--Sabrina accidentally sends her aunts and cat to Merlin's castle.

October 1998--SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH--"Boy was my Face Red"--Sabrina meets King Arthur, though I don't know if time travel was involved or if it was his spirit.

September 2002--JUSTICE LEAGUE--"A Knight of Shadows"--The Justice League aid the demon Etrigan to fight Morgan le Fay.

2003--CHARMED--Wyatt Halliwell is the reincarnation of King Arthur.

September 2003--LAS VEGAS--"What Happens in Vegas Stays in Vegas"--A man is hired by the Montecito to play King Arthur, but he gets a little out of control.

Release Date: 2006 (Set in many time periods from the 19th century up to the final season of Angel)
Series: Buffy the Vampire Slayer; Angel
Horror Crosses: Dracula (see Notes); An American Werewolf in London; Dracula (Universal); Frankenstein (Universal); Wolf Man; Dracula (Silent Devil); Dracula (Topps)
Non-Horror Crosses: Abbott and Costello; Zorro
The Story: It is revealed that the gypsy tribe that cursed Angel and then was slaughtered by Spike, Dru, and Darla was the same tribe that was favored by Dracula. Though Dracula wouldn’t learn of Angel’s involvement for some time, he became an instant and unlifetime enemy of Spike, and this rivalry led to present day.
Notes: The Dracula of this story is not necessarily the Dracula of Stoker’s novel, though he claims to be. However, he does seem to be the same Dracula seen in the film “Dark Prince: The True Story of Dracula” which would imply he is the same Dracula. It may be he is indeed, but he may just as well be a soul clone with delusions of being the real deal. (If so, True Story may be his false memories.) I leave it up to each individual reader to make their own interpretation, but for crossover purposes, appearances of this Dracula make a Buffy crossover, but not a Dracula crossover. But there are other crossovers in this book. In the late 19th century, Spike inspires the customers and staff of an inn called the Slaughtered Lamb to grab their pitchforks and torches and storm Dracula’s country home. The Slaughtered Lamb appears as an important setting in the film “An American Werewolf in London”. In the modern setting, in Spike’s final fight with Dracula, he mentions that Dracula has also fought Frankenstein, the Wolf Man, King Arthur and Zorro. Spike is probably not aware of soul clones, and believes his rival to be the one and only Dracula. In battling the Frankenstein Monster and the Wolf Man, he is likely confusing this Dracula with the soul clone Armand Tesla (aka Dr. Leighos/Latos) from the Universal films. Dracula fought King Arthur in a Silent Devil Productions comic book mini-series, and Zorro in a Topps Comics Mini-series. Though Joss Whedon’s Dracula is too different to be the same as the Universal version, it’s not improbable for him to be the same guy who fought Zorro and King Arthur. Finally, this mention brings Zorro’s original stories and Topps series into the Horror Universe. King Arthur is a legendary figure so does not count for crossovers.

2004--ADVENTURES OF YOUNG VAN HELSING: THE QUEST FOR THE LOST SCEPTOR--Michael Harris discovers he is part of Van Helsing family and battles Morgan le Fay.

August 2004--JUSTICE LEAGUE--"Kid Stuff"--Mordred makes all adults on Earth vanish, and so Morgan le Fay transforms the Justice League into children so they can return to Earth and stop him. When his spell is broken, the adults return with no memories and the children's stories are not believed.

2004 to 2008--LIBRARIAN TRILOGY--Amongst the items kept by the librarian is Arthur's sword, Excalibur, or so they think. The real sword is in the possession of Piper Halliwell. Of course, it could be she entrusted the librarian to guard it.

Release Date: February 28, 2006 (Contemporary Setting, immediately after Paths Not Taken)
Series: Nightside
Horror Crosses: The King in Yellow; Evil Dead; Alien; Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos; Hawk & Fisher
Non-Horror Crosses: Doctor Who; The Water Babies; Monty Python and the Holy Grail; Alice in Wonderland; Shadows Fall; An Inhabitant of Carcosa; Alf’s Button; Fables; Adam Adamant; Eaters of the Dead; Bran Mak Morn; The Virginian; The Prisoner
The Story: As John Taylor and his friends return to the present, they find that John’s mother, Lilith, is gathering a powerful army to take over the Nightside and return it to the way she meant it to be when she created it. Apparently that’s bad.

Notes: The Yellow Sign is on a bathroom wall. Taylor’s secretary is armed with a Kandarian punch dagger. Kandarian demons are from the Evil Dead series. Suzie Shooter fights using a Colonial Marine smart gun that she got from the future. At least it must be from one of the possible futures that contains the Alien film series. Lilith’s army is claimed to have wiped out the Elder Spawn (code for Old Ones), though this is not likely to be true. The train runs to the Street of the Gods, the setting if Green’s Hawk & Fisher series. There are three Doctor Who references in this one. A sonic screwdriver has been left behind the bar counter at Strangefellows. John mentions the Travelling Doctor as a potential ally and Father Time blames the Travelling Doctor for attire. It’s said that some drunk flower fairies plan on beating up some water babies. Water Babies is a story by Reverend Charles Kingsley. Taylor suggests nobody go into the basement of Strangefellows without the Holy Hand Grenade of St. Antioch. This is a reference to Monty Python and the Holy Grail. (Shame on you if you didn’t know that.) Since the Nightside touches other realities, I don’t have to explain how this Monty Python fits in with the Horror Universe and Arthurian legend. But I’m going to anyways. Legend has it that Merlin himself was a temporal anomaly, aging backwards and living life in reverse, from future to past. Perhaps because of this, several divergent versions of Camelot and the Arthurian legend all existed in the same past of the Horror Universe timeline. This would explain how different versions are seen in so many past stories, flashbacks, time travel tales, and modern stories. This type of reasoning may offer the same types of reasoning for the heavily magical era of fairy tales. The dormouse appears, having doorways to many realms. He claims that there were more of his kind once, but they all went away. Shadows Fall is mentioned as one of the destinations of the dormouse's doors and a train destination. Father Time appears and is from Shadows Fall. Carcosa is mentioned as behind one of the doors and as a train destination. Carcosa is from “An Inhabitant of Carcosa”. The Nightside has a store called Alf’s Button Emporium. No, this is not a reference to the cute alien who eats cats. It’s actually based on a humorous 1920 novel. Julien Advent meets fairy tale characters expelled from their homes by the Adversary. These are the fairy tale characters from the Fables comic book, making that fairy tale realm part of the Horror Multiverse. (Sorry, Once Upon a Time. I know you have a Frankenstein, but who doesn’t? You never gave me a valid horror cross to pull you in.) This novel cements the idea that Julien Advent is Adam Adamant. The Eaters of the Dead (from the Michael Crichton novel) are said to have been wiped out by Lilith’s army. The same is said of the Worms of the Earth, who Bran Mak Morn once faced. John is attacked by a gun stolen from the grave of Dead Eye Dick, a character from the western television series The Virginian. The Collector is seen wearing the jacket of Number Six from the Prisoner. He says he also bought his car.

2006--TOMB RAIDER: LEGEND--Lara Croft seeks Excalibur. Excalibur at this time is supposed to be in the possession of both Piper Halliwell and the Librarian. Perhaps it was stolen, or perhaps Croft is seeking a fake, or perhaps this story takes place before 2003.

Release Date: December 27, 2011 (Contemporary Setting, immediately after the Good, the Bad, and the Uncanny)
Series: Nightside
Horror Crosses: Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos; Creature from the Black Lagoon; King in Yellow; Hawk & Fisher; 1408; Frankenstein (all of them); The Enquiries of Doctor Eszterhazy; The Wicker Man
Non-Horror Crosses: Secret Histories; Shadows Fall; The Door in the Wall; The Teletubbies (no, you didn’t misread); Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser; Alice in Wonderland; Doctor Who
The Story: John Taylor receives the legendary Excalibur in the mail and decides to deliver it to the descendants of the original Knights of the Round Table who reside in London. Along the way, Taylor finds himself in a dark mirror universe where England is called Albion and Merlin chose a different path and became the Anti-Christ.

Notes: Like most of the Nightside stories, this one is loaded with numerous Lovecraft references. Taylor passes a sushi stall run by “something from a black lagoon”. There is graffiti in the Nightside that includes the Yellow Sign from the King in Yellow. The train runs to Haven from Green’s Hawk & Fisher series. Hawk and Fisher themselves also appear in the story. In the mirror reality, King Arthur hides in room 1408 of the castle. At a bazaar, there is tattooing using Frankenstein blood. I’m not sure if this means the blood of a Frankenstein or a Frankenstein monster. Previous Nightside stories have confirmed that many of the Frankenstein family have created numerous monsters, thus confirming one of the major crossover connection rules of the Horror Universe. In the mirror reality of Albion, the streets are lined with Wicker Men filled with dead men. Green again makes numerous references to his Secret Histories series. The Nightside train also runs to Shadows Fall, as also seen in previous Nightside stories. Shadows Fall is another Green series. The only entrance to the castle of the knights is a green door, which may be a reference to H.G. Wells’ The Door in the Wall, in which a green door is a portal to a magical garden. At the bar called Strangefellows, there are four fuzzy little creatures with working televisions implanted in the stomachs. These would be the Teletubbies. They are said to be post-nuclear apocalypse mutants. Thus, we may assume that the Teletubbies exists in one possible alternate timeline of the Horror Universe. The Nightside exists outside of time and space, so it’s easy for visitors from other time periods to show up. John and his partner Suzie pass the Bazaar of the Bizarre from the Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser series. John and Suzie visit the dormouse. The dormouse has several doors that work as portals to other places, including Shadows Fall and Carcosa. Carcosa is a city that once existed. It is mentioned in the King in Yellow, though it’s first literary appearance was in Ambrose Bierce’s 1891 “An Inhabitant of Carcosa”. The fictional city may have been inspired by a real city, Carcassonne (Carcaso in Latin), that was in medieval France. There is also a door to Scytha-Pannonia-Transbalkania from Avram Davidson’s The Enquiries of Dr. Eszterhazy. Taylor mentions that his portable timeslip only works in time and space but not dimension. He adds that it’s not a TARDIS.

Release Date: April 3, 2012 (See notes for setting)
Series: The Time Travel Guide
Horror Crosses: Evil Dead; Alien
Non-Horror Crosses: Terminator; Doctor Who; Back to the Future; Forbidden Planet; The Time Machine; Time Cop; A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court; Star Trek; Timeline; Stargate; Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure; Hot Tub Time Machine; Star Wars; Futurama; Donnie Darko; Time After Time; Lost; Philadelphia Experiment; 12 Monkeys; Quantum Leap; X-Files; Gundam; Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers; Voltron; iRobot; Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy; Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (films); Superman (Christopher Reeve films); Land of the Lost; Battlestar Galactica; Star Trek (reboot); Planet of the Apes; Call of Duty; Muppet Show
The Story: Not so much a story, this is an actual guide for new time travellers written by some guys who live at some point in the future, but who came back in time to publish the book (presumedly to avoid an amateur time traveller from screwing up their timeline).
Notes: This story implies that all of the above crosses exist. However, because of the nature of time travel, it’s possible that some of the above may be in divergent timelines while others are part of the main Horror Universe timeline.


BONGO UNIVERSE--There is also a counterpart of King Arthur in this universe.

CINEMULTIVERSE--There are many different cinematic versions of the legend.

DOCTOR WHO UNIVERSE--The Doctor will eventually become Merlin. Morgan le Fay and Mordred are aliens.

EARTH-886--DOCTOR STRANGE battles Morgan le Fay.

FAR FAR AWAY LAND--In this reality, SHREK THE THIRD is the official version of the legendary events.

LOONIVERSE--In this reality, THE SWORD IN THE STONE (DISNEY) is the official version of the legendary events. In a past life, Bugs Bunny was a court jester in King Arthur's court. At one point, Yakko, Wakko and Dot travel back to Camelot where they help Arthur and his knights, along with Perry Mason and Dr. Strangelove, try to stop a dragon. Merlin also trained a past life version of Mickey Mouse to be his apprentice.


SIMPSONS--"E-I-E-I-(Annoyed Grunt)"--In this Simpsons episode, they are watching a film called "The Poke of Zorro", in which Zorro travels to France to rescue King Arthur who had been kidnapped by the Man in the Iron Mask. He must battle the Three Musketeers and also takes on the Scarlet Pimpernel who had been sleeping with Zorro's lover. Definitely not canon anywhere, but very fun little clip.

SKITLANDIA--This version has it's own version of Arthur, though he is constantly changing, likely due to time travel mishaps.

STARGATE UNIVERSE--In this reality, the Arthurian legend was based on an ancient alien species.

TOOBWOLD (AND ALTERNATE TELEVISION REALITIES)--There are many different TV versions of the legend.

TOONIVERSE--The Tooniverse has it's own legend, which changes often, no doubt due to time travelling interference.

VIDEO GAME UNIVERSES--There are many different versions of Arthur in video games.