Hi. So, welcome to the TVCU 2013. A few things.
I' m writing a book, sort of a spin-off of this blog called the Horror Crossover Universe. So I'm spending less time here. But I will be posting new material, and James has some stuff in the works as well. Some of the blogs will have major revisions, while others just need to have some new material added to it.
The Crossovers Forum is no longer the best place to discuss this blog, as I'm not there anymore. I've created a new forum just for this blog, which can be found at https://www.facebook.com/groups/397263440360228/?fref=ts.
I know my last blog said my next one would be about Scrooge, but that one will be coming later on down the road. Sorry if you were looking forward to it.
I've been writing this blog for two years now. January 10 will be the blog's 2nd anniversary. I've covered lots of ground and lots of varied material, and along the way, I've had some help from James, Gordon, and Brad to expand the universe. I'd love some feedback from readers of this blog on what shows and film series you'd love to see covered here in 2013. You can leave your comments in the section below this blog, or in the forum I provide the link for above.
Now, on to the Avengers...
No, this isn't about Marvel's "world's mightiest mortals". This is about that cool duo from jolly ol' England saving the world as super spies.
1769 to 1821--G.I. JOE # 50 & 73/SERPENTOR'S FILECARD--"The Battle of Springfield/Divided We Fall"--Life of Napoleon Bonaparte, whose DNA will be used to create Serpentor. Napoleon also appeared in THE AVENGERS, THE TIME TUNNEL, I DREAM OF JEANNIE, THE PRISONER, BEWITCHED, TIME BANDITS, BILL & TED''S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE, MARRIED WITH CHILDREN, and BLACKADDER BACK & FORTH.
1934--JOHN STEED: AN AUTHORIZED BIOGRAPHY, VOLUME 1: JEALOUS IN HONOUR--While in school, Steed is bullied constantly by James Bond, his classmate.
November 1952--BEWITCHED--"Samantha's French Pastry"--Uncle Arthur accidentally pulls Napoleon from the past. Napoleon has also appeared on THE AVENGERS, THE TIME TUNNEL, I DREAM OF JEANNIE, THE PRISONER, TIME BANDITS, THE NEVER SAY U.N.C.L.E. AFFAIR, MARRIED WITH CHILDREN, and BLACKADDER: BACK AND FORTH.
1958--LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN: BLACK DOSSIER--Though League takes place in a divergent timeline, there is no reason that some elements from this series can't also be part of the main TVCU timeline. In this case, this volume of League shows that "M" of British Secret Service (as seen in JAMES BOND novels and films) is also "Mother", the head of the Avengers. A young Emma Peel also appears in this story.
1960--THE AVENGERS--Agent John Steed begins working with Dr. David Keel and The Avengers are formed. Over the years, Steed will work with Cathy Gale, Emma Peel, and Tara King, as well as Mike Gambit and Purdey (The New Avengers).
1961--THE AVENGERS--With Dr David Keel (Ian Hendry).
1962–64--THE AVENGERS--With Venus Smith (Julie Stevens) and Cathy Gale (Honor Blackman).
1965--THE AVENGERS (FILM)--Emma Peel becomes Steed's newest partner. This film "remake" actually works well as a "prequel" instead.
1965–68--THE AVENGERS--With Emma Peel (Diana Rigg).
1966 to 1969--THE AVENGERS--The ongoing adventures of some super cool spies.
May 1967--THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E.--"The Rainbow Affair"--U.N.C.L.E. agents Solo and Kuryakin meet Steed and Peel of THE AVENGERS, as well as Inspector Roger West, Sir Denis Nayland Smith, Fu Manchu, Simon Templar (aka The Saint), Miss Marple, Father Brown, and Sherlock Holmes (aka William Escott). James Bond is also referenced, along with an enemy of the Saint. Also this book reveals that Department Z founded U.N.C.L.E. For more information on The Avengers and an episode guide, see The Complete Avengers, by Dave Rogers, St. Martin's Press, 1989.
February 1968--THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E.--"The Power Cube Affair"--Solo and Kuryakin of U.N.C.L.E. meet Charles, the former head of the AVENGERS.
1968--GET SMART--"Run, Robot, Run"--Two evil British agents are posing as Steed and Peel.
1968–69--THE AVENGERS--With Tara King (Linda Thorson)
Winter 1972--TALES OF THE SHADOWMEN VOLUME 3: DANSE MACABRE--"A Day in the Life of Madame Atomos"--Like all stories in the Tales of the Shadowmen series, this one is loaded with crossovers. Of course, the appearance of the Pink Panther diamond is why I'm talking about it, but other crossovers are: FU MANCHU, THE AVENGERS, BOB MORANE, THE DA VINCI CODE, JERRY CORNELIUS, MEPHISTA, TEDDY VERANO, THE PRISONER, VIC ST. VAL, MODESTY BLAISE, MADAME HYDRA, DEREK FLINT, SUMURU, THE NYCTALOPE, THE SAINT, THE BLACK LIZARD, AND MADAME ATOMOS.
1973--DOCTOR WHO--"Verdigris"--Jo Grant, the Doctor's companion, mentions she went to spy school with Tara King of THE AVENGERS. It has been the contention of mine that Doctor Who is in an alternate reality. Recently, the Doctor Who/Star Trek crossover confirmed this to be true. There is tons of evidence placing Avengers into the TVCU, not the Doctor Who Universe. But Jo Grant is clearly not from the TVCU, but is from the Whoniverse. Perhaps Avengers has a counterpart in the Whoniverse.
MARCH 14, 1974-NOVEMBER 9, 1989--THE EUGENICS WARS: THE RISE AND FALL OF KHAN NOONIEN SINGH, VOLUME ONE--THIS IS A MAJOR, MAJOR, MAJOR CROSSOVER. THIS IS THE STORY THAT RECONCILES HOW KHAN'S HISTORY IN STAR TREK COULD HAVE HAPPENED ONCE OUR REAL HISTORY CAUGHT UP TO IT. LIKE A TALES OF THE SHADOWMEN STORY, I'M JUST GOING TO LAY OUT ALL THE CROSSOVERS THAT ARE BROUGHT IN OR CONFIRMED HERE: STAR TREK, ASSIGNMENT: EARTH (THIS COUNTS AS A CROSSOVER BECAUSE ASSIGNMENT: EARTH WAS ORGINALLY MEANT TO BE A SPIN-OFF OF STAR TREK), AVENGERS, SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN, STEPFORD WIVES, STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION, FRANKENSTEIN, MODESTY BLAISE, PRETENDER, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, BIONIC WOMAN, KNIGHT RIDER 2010, EQUALIZER, THE INVISIBLE MAN, JOHNNY QUEST AND ANDROMEDA STRAIN.
Summer 1977--ROVER # 6--"Acid Test"--Upon retirement John Steed of THE AVENGERS is taken to the Village, where he is reunited with Mrs. Emma Peel. He also recognized No. 2, as John Drake. However, John Drake didn't snap and turn evil after the dismantling of the last Village. He has been brainwashed. Steed and Peel help restore Drake to sanity and the three try to escape. However, only the former AVENGERS manage to escape while Drake is captured and reassigned as Number 6 in this new Village.
1978--THE NEW AVENGERS--More adventures of those super cool spies.
October 1978--THE HARDY BOYS/NANCY DREW MYSTERIES--Joe and Frank Hardy go to London to find their missing father, but when Frank goes missing as well, Joe has to seek help from a member of British Intelligence. It's being hinted that the character Patrick Macnee plays is Steed from The Avengers. He's a spy and has his iconic bowler hat and umbrella. But no doubt because of rights to the character, he is simply billed as "S." Andrew Brook adds: There's a book about "The Avengers" (no, not that one) which postulates that the entire television series was filmed live at real events. It ends up pretty much suggesting that anybody Patrick Macnee played subsequently was really Steed, but I don't remember reading about this one before - http://www.tv.com/shows/the-hardy-boysnancy-drew-mysteries/assault-on-the-tower-44973/
1983--THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E.--"The Fifteen Years Later Affair"--Sir John Raleigh, the new head of U.N.C.L.E.'s New York headquarters, bears an uncanny resemblance to John Steed of The Avengers. James Bond also appears, meeting with Solo.
October to November 1987--THE PRISONER: SHATTERED VISAGE--A retired agent is sent to the Village, which is weird. They send her to the abandoned one that is no longer operational. And John Drake is there. He must have escaped the new one and returned to the old one. Apparently the psychological torture and brainwashing has really messed him up. John Steed and Emma Peel of THE AVENGERS are seen attending a funeral back in England, and they mention agent GEORGE SMILEY. At this point, Steed has taken a new alias as Sir John Raleigh and is now running things as a MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E.
January 1989--ACTION COMICS WEEKLY # 636--In DC Comics Université Notre Dame des Ombres (French: Our Lady of the Shadows University) is a special university in France which was attended by the Crimson Fox twins and Dee Tyler (Phantom Lady). Sandra Knight, the original Phantom Lady, became the dean of this School in her later years. She may have been an 'old girl' herself, as was the English girl Emma Knight, daughter of Sir John Knight, who went on to become an agent herself in the 1960s as Mrs. Emma Peel (see Action Comics Weekly #636). Records of other graduates are still classified as "Top Secret", but given the school's location and 200 year history, it is possible that other female spies may well have passed through the doors of this fabled institution, including such as agents known under the code names of Sandra of the Secret Service, Mademoiselle Marie and Madame Zero. Obviously, given the nature of these ladies' line of work, any form of verification is impossible. Action Comics Weekly #641 reveals that the future Diana Tyler, mother of the second Phantom Lady, was connected to the college until the mid 1960's, although she may well have been a tutor rather than a trainee agent.
1996--DUKE NUKEM 3D--Seen in a locker room is Steed's classic umbrella and bowler hat, along with his name, J. Steed.
September 1996 to February 1997--MARRIED WITH CHILDREN--"Damn Bundys"--Al Bundy makes a deal with the Devil to play in the NFL, but on the day of the Super Bowl, the Devil comes to collect Al's soul, and sentences him to an eternity of spending time only with his family and his neighbors, the D'Arcys. Napoleon also appears. Napoleon has also appeared on THE AVENGERS, THE TIME TUNNEL, I DREAM OF JEANNIE, THE PRISONER, TIME BANDITS, THE NEVER SAY U.N.C.L.E. AFFAIR, BEWITCHED, and BLACKADDER: BACK AND FORTH.
Summer 2000--THE INVISIBLE MAN--"A Sense of Community"--Darien Fawkes and Bobby Hobbes are taken to a new American version of the Village called the Community. Fawkes sees John Steed of THE AVENGERS and also learns that JAMES BOND is also real. (He's not there, but a woman there knows him.)
2009--LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN: CENTURY--As stated earlier, LEOG is a divergent timeline, but some elements may still be incorporated. In 2009, Emma Peel is now M, head of British Secret Service, and now resembles M as portrayed by Judy Dench in recent JAMES BOND films, which may bring at least those later films into the TVCU.
2269--ASSIGNMENT: ETERNITY--Gary Seven visits the 23rd century. Seven says that he has encountered or know of in his time period THE AVENGERS, THE GIRL FROM U.N.C.L.E., THE QUESTOR TAPES, KOLCHAK THE NIGHT STALKER, MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE, JAMES BOND, THE PRISONER, THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN, and Dr. Evil (enemy of AUSTIN POWERS: INTERNATIONAL MAN OF MYSTERY.)
**Incidentally, those other Avengers will be covered later this year when I expand the Hulk blog to an Avengers blog.