Monday, April 10, 2017

Julius Caesar in the TVCU

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Yes, another historical figure who has a doppelganger whose TVCU presence is of major importance to us.

The Time of HERCULES:  THE LEGENDARY JOURNEYS and XENA:  WARRIOR PRINCESS--I'm more and more inclined to believe that these series took place in some pocket dimension, although both heroes survived into the modern day of the main TVCU.  There are so many anachronistic appearances in this series.  A young Julius Caesar appears in both series, but most of the Hercules/Xena series should place those series centuries before the life of Julius Caesar.  Some argue that Hercules and Xena were time travelling in their journeys, but it feels more likely that they exist in some pocket fairy tale dimension.



100 B.C. to 44 B.C.--G.I. JOE # 50 & 73/YEARBOOK # 3/SERPENTOR'S FILECARD--"The Battle of Springfield/Divided We Fall/My Dinner with Serpentor"--Life of Julius Caesar, whose DNA will be used to create Serpentor.  Julius Caesar has also appeared in THE ABBOTT AND COSTELLO SHOW, ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN, BEWITCHED, HERCULES:  THE LEGENDARY JOURNEYS, RELIC HUNTER, XENA WARRIOR PRINCESS, and CARMEN SANDIEGO'S GREAT CHASE THROUGH TIME.  A full list of appearances of Julius Caesar in television and film can be found here.  I'm only going to list the most significant for TVCU purposes.  

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October 49 BC – 15 March 44 BC--Reign of Julius Caesar as Dictator of the Roman Republic.

Asterix and Obelix Meet Cleopatra PosterAsterix and Cleopatra Poster

During the reign--ASTERIX AND OBELIX MEET CLEOPATRA--Astérix and Obélix go to Egypt to help architect Numérobis who is building a palace for Cleopatra.  Julius Caesar also appears.  


Asterix and Caesar Poster

During the reign--ASTERIX AND CAESAR--Obelix falls for a new arrival in his home village in Gaul, but is heartbroken when her true love arrives to visit her. However, the lovers are kidnapped by Romans; Asterix and Obelix set out to rescue them on a dangerous journey that will involve gladiators, slavers and beauracracy - and a personal encounter with the Emperor himself, Julius Caesar...

Asterix in Britain Poster

During the reign--ASTERIX IN BRITAIN--The diminutive Asterix and his rather larger companion Obelix, warriors of the last village in Gaul still free after the Roman invasion, set out on a mission to deliver a barrel of their druid's famous magic potion to help Asterix's cousin in Britain fight off the invading Roman army.

Asterix in America Poster

During the reign--ASTERIX IN AMERICA--Caesar has had enough when another legion is hacked to pieces by the damned single indomitable village in Gaul because of the druid's magic potion, so he decides to tackle the problem at the root before conspiratorial senators exploit his humiliation: sycophant Lucullus is ordered to capture the druid (believed immortal) and push him over the edge of the earth (according to the story still believed to be flat as a pizza; actually Greeks and Romans knew better). By pure luck, Lucullus' first net traps both druid and Obelix's pet dog, so the giant and Asterix follow them by ship on the Atlantic, and crash after a storm on the North America coast in pursuit of the druid who was catapulted off the Roman galley before Lucullus triumphantly sets sails back for Europe. They find the druid and meet a tribe of Indians (believing to be in India), literally a whole New World for the equally primitive Celts. At the home front, Caesar sees his chance to overrun the village, but has to wait till the last magic potion has run out, hoping the heroes won't return. In America, the medicine man has a bad eye in the foreigners, especially when the druid proves a dangerous rival...

Asterix and Obelix vs. Caesar Poster

During the reign--ASTERIX AND OBELIX VS. CAESAR--The well-known little village from the Asterix and Obelix-comic books is in trouble: It is the last place not controlled by Rome. When Tax collector Claudius Incorruptus does not get his money from the villagers, Julius Caesar himself comes to the place to see what's so special about their resistance. A special magic potion, prepared by the village's druid, gives incredible power to those who drink it. And Obelix, who fell into the pot as a child has been invincible ever since. With the help of Tullius Destructivus, an intrigeur, the Romans try to get Obelix and the druid into their hands in order to wipe the little village off the map, when the last potion of it's stock has been used up. But each individual also has some plans of his own...

Time Traveling: Part 2 Poster

During the reign--CELEBRITY DEATH MATCH--"Time Travelling:  Part 2"--The search for Debbie leads Johnny and Nick to the Coliseum, where the latter must fight the Satyr.  Julius Caesar also appears.  

Asterix at the Olympic Games Poster

During the reign--ASTERIX AT THE OLYMPIC GAMES--Astérix and Obélix compete at the Olympics in order to help their friend Lovesix marry Princess Irina. Brutus also tries to win the game with his own team and get rid of his father Julius Caesar.

Astérix and Obélix: God Save Britannia Poster

During the reign--ASTERIX AND OBELIX:  GOD SAVE BRITANNIA--Asterix crosses the channel to help second-cousin Anticlimax face down Julius Caesar and invading Romans.

Asterix and Obelix: Mansion of the Gods Poster

During the reign--ASTERIX AND OBELIX:  MANSION OF THE GODS--In order to wipe out the Gaulish village by any means necessary, Caesar plans to absorb the villagers into Roman culture by having an estate built next to the village to start a new Roman colony.

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47 B.C.--THE MR. PEABODY AND SHERMAN SHOW--"Cleopatra"--Beautiful Cleopatra turns out to be a belching queen.  Julius Caesar also appears.  



45 B.C.--EPIC RAP BATTLES OF HISTORY--"Shaka Zulu vs. Julius Caesar"--Using the Epic Rap Battles time machine, Shaka Zulu and Julius Caesar have a rap battle.  

Carmen Sandiego's Great Chase Through Time Poster

During the reign--CARMEN SANDIEGO'S GREAT CHASE THROUGH TIME--Master thief Carmen Sandiego has a time machine called Chronoskimmer and plans to steal historical reaches, such as the Declaration of Independence. Travel to various eras, find out why she's there and stop her plan.  Julius Caesare appears.  

44 B.C.--RELIC HUNTER--"Roman Holiday"--An alchemist creates an impenetrable armor for Caesar. 













Great Caesar's Ghost Poster

Adventures of Superman--Great Caesar's Ghost--Everybody knows that the favorite expletive of "Daily Planet" reporter Perry White (John Hamilton is "Great Caesar's Ghost!" With this in mind, imagine White's shock and dismay when he is confronted with the ghost of Julius Caesar (Trevor Bardette). Before long, all of Metropolis is seriously questioning White's sanity--which is precisely the intention of a gang of crooks who hope to discredit Perry's testimony at a criminal trial. Looks like Superman (George Reeves) is going to have to do some ghost-busting in this one!

October 1969--BEWITCHED--"Samantha's Caesar Salad"--Esmerelda accidentally pulls Julius Caesar from the past.  Julius Caesar has also appeared on THE ABBOTT AND COSTELLO SHOW, THE ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN, HERCULES:  THE LEGENDARY JOURNEYS, RELIC HUNTER, and XENA:  WARRIOR PRINCESS.

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SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP # 9--Superman

  • This is classic Pre-Crisis Superman.  Krypto is not from the cartoon but the silver age version.  References to Elastic Lad, signal watch, that pool at the fortress that gives powers, the Fortress itself, the Jimmy Olsen Fan Club etc.
  • No Z in Brazier reference to Margot Kidder’s Lois from the Christopher Reeve movies.
  • Perry White references  the classic George Reees episode where a crook pretends to be ghost of Caeser to drive Perry crazy.
  • Reference to the previous Super Friends issue.
  • Lois’ costume looked a bit like the one seen in Lois and Clark
  • Lots of classic villains, Professor Pottor, Space Canine Patrol Agency

Roman Holiday Poster

2000--RELIC HUNTER--"Roman Holiday"--Sydney and Nigel are on a trip, so Claudia decides to help Sydney's friend Roger to find Caesar's Armor. But relic hunting is not her strongest talent.

2013—Deadpool Killustrated; Cullen Bunn, Matteo Lolli, Sean Parsons, and Veronica Gandini

One of the infinite Deadpools in the infinite multiverse has a problem.

He knows he's fictional. He's a puppet dancing at the edge of a pen, colorist's brush tickling his funny places.

So he sets out, guns and swords and insanity and incredibly awful one-liners in tow, to kill every fictional universe, and keep on killing every fictional universe, until he arrives at Earth Zero and can murder every last writer. So it goes. We find him at the far end of the Marvel multiverse, having carved and shot and exploded his way from somewhere near the center out to the fringes. He forces captive mad scientists to make him a portal into the next multiverse over. As he leaves, he murders them with a pre-prepared trap.

But before they die, the mad scientists send a distress signal through the portal. It arrives in 1895 London, where it is swiftly brought to 221b Baker Street. The Holmes tulpa quickly gets the signal in order; and discovers that a madman is out, killing the universe. Because, as Deadpool thinks, killing the Commonwealth--or, as he calls it, the "Ideaverse"--will wipe away every character inspired by the tulpa.

Therefore, killing Mowgli prevents the existence of Tarzan and Ka-Zarr; or murdering the Little Meremaid prevents Namor. It's incredibly unlikely, but other kind of plan would you expect Deadpool to concoct?

While's he's out and about, killing everything you ever loved, Holmes fetches The Time Traveller's time machine. He and the Watson tulpa collect their own team to hunt down Deadpool: Beowulf, the monster-killer; Natty Bumpo, the tracker, Hua Mulan, the warrior; and the ever-trusty Dr. John H. Watson. 

During this time, Deadpool implants one of his alternate personalities in Frankenstein's monster.

Holmes and his hunters track Deadpool all across the Commonwealth; finally, they confront him in 1627 Paris, over the corpses of the Three Musketeers. A fight ensues. Beowulf dies at the hands of Frankenstein's Monsters, which Watson then guns down. Deadpool steals the time machine, planning to deal a final blow to the Commonwealth. Holmes clambers aboard himself, and the two battle as spacetime passes them by. Just as Moriarty before him, Deadpool is thrown far away into the void of space.

The Commonwealth, however, is mortally wounded. No-one remembers the stories as they were. Things break apart, break down, like a wound allowed to fester. All that can repair it is memory. And so Holmes begins to recite, from memory, every altered story...

"My father's family name being Pirrip, and my Christian name Philip, my infant tongue could make of both names nothing longer or more explicit than Pip. So, I called myself Pip, and came to be..."

The Commonwealth begins to heal.



Deadpool murders, in order:  Don Quixote and Sancho, Moby Dick, Pinocchio (who was inside Moby Dick's belly), Ismael (from Moby Dick), Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Fin, Dracula and his brides, the Headless Horseman (in reality, Brom Bones), the Little Women, Ebenezer Scrooge and the Ghost of Christmas Future, Dr. Frankenstein, Dr. Moreau and his ani-men, the entire island of Lilliput, Julius Caesar and all of his murderers, the wonderfully heroic Kaa, Baloo Mowgil, and Baghera, the entire crew of the Hispaniola (from Treasure Island), Captain Ahab, Captain Nemo, and the Little Mermaid, Scylla and Charybdis, the three witches (from Macbeth), the narrator and the Raven (from Poe's "The Raven"), Dorian Grey, Gregor Samsa (from Kafka's The Metamorphosis), The Three Musketeers (and D'artagnan), Natty Bumpo, and, lastly, Beowulf.

With the universe restored, all of Deadpool's murders are undone and the stories resume their natural course.  [Deadpool entry provided by James Bojaciuk from his timeline on the Sherlock Holmes tulpa, ONE GHOST NEED APPLY.]


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