Okay, on to the big guy.
1700s--Sailors had been discovering Skull Island at least as far back as this time.
19th to 20th centuries--THE ELDRITCH NEW ADVENTURES OF BECKY SHARP--Becky Sharp is from VANITY FAIR. Becky's adventures have her interacting with the CTHULHU mythos, SHERLOCK HOLMES, TARZAN, Ishmael (of MOBY DICK), Professor Lidenbrock (who took a JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH), SHE, THE SCARECROW, the dwarves from RIP VAN WINKLE, and of course, KING KONG.
1930--KING KONG: THE ISLAND OF THE SKULL (NOVEL BY MATTHEW COSTELLO)--This prequel to the 2005 version of the film features three separate stories actually, showing the events before the film’s story, from the point of views of film maker Carl Denham, actress Ann Darrow, and former Navy Diver Sam Kelly. Denham and Darrow will end up in the film. Kelly is the discoverer of the island who creates the map that ends up in Denham’s hands. I actually put a lot of thought as to whether King Kong was of the horror genre, and eventually decided it was, as it is a classic monster movie for sure. Of course, this crossover story brings in the 2005 remake from Peter Jackson. However, the original version is also in. The two versions are actually the same story, so we can consider them to be the same tale from different perspectives. As for the crossover, a native girl of Skull Island mentions R’lyeh (though spelled ry-leh) when dying. R’lyeh is the underwater city associated with the elder god Cthulhu. So it seems there’s a connection between Skull Island and Lovecraftian lore.
January to October 1931--KING KONG (FILM)--A film director obtains a map to a little known island where he plans to film a picture. He gets a crew and some actors and they head off to Skull Island, where they find a land filled with primitives and giant animals, including King Kong, a giant ape. Actress Ann Darrow is kidnapped by the natives as a sacrifice to Kong. Kong takes her but doesn’t kill her, but instead finds himself fond of her. Ann is rescued and Kong is subdued and returned to New York as an attraction. Surprisingly, bringing a giant monster into an overpopulated city turns out to be a bad idea. Kong breaks free, finds Ms. Darrow, and takes her to the top of the Empire State Building. Kong is shot down by bi-planes, but Ann survives. In the end, it was beauty that killed the savage beast. Well, plus being shot and falling off the Empire State Building. Even though these events happened in the Horror Crossover Universe, most of the world do not know of it, despite it being very public. Obviously, like with the War of the Worlds, there was a huge conspiracy by government and private concerns to cover things up. The making of the film, to come out two years after the events, being publicized as fictional, helped with this. Of course, in the modern era of iPhones, YouTube, and Facebook, it’s a lot harder to cover up something like this, but this was a different era after all. Note that the 2005 remake is the same story, just reimagined on film by Peter Jackson, which only can help support the fictionality of the events, as with other films and novels featuring Kong.
1931--KING KONG (FILM)--A film maker finds out about an undiscovered island and wants to shoot a picture there. He recruits some actors and they set sail. They find Skull Island, where the natives are primitive, animals and bugs are giants, and most importantly, they find Kong, who the natives worship. He is a giant ape, who abducts actress Ann Darrow, whom the natives capture to sacrifice to their god. Ann is rescued, and Kong is subdued, and brought back to New York for the sake of entertainment. Turns out, not such a good idea, and the beast escapes, finds Ms. Darrow, and climbs the Empire State Building, only to be shot down. This film and the original film are both in the Horror Crossover Universe, and are the same events from different perspectives. Though the original film is from 1933, several other sources have placed the film in 1931, under the assumption that the film was made based on a true story.
1931--WIZARD OF OZ 3: DOROTHY GOES TO HELL--An image of King Kong on top of the Empire State Building was shown during the time paradox montage.
1931--FAIRLY ODDPARENTS--"The Big Bash"--Timmy wishes himself to 1933 (the year of this movie's release) and fights King Kong at the Empire State building in a bi-plane.
1931--MONSTERS OF THE MOVIES MAGAZINE # 1 “THE LIFE STORY OF KING KONG” (STORY BY JIM HARMON)--In his 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. 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 are brothers. Smilin’ Jack Martin and Tailspin Tommy were comic strip aviators. Jimmie Allen was a radio aviator hero.
1931--SHOOTING STAR COMIC ANTHOLOGY # 3 “BEAUTY AND THE BEAST” (SHOOTING STAR COMICS)--Adventurer Rex Solomon is on the phone trying to get some info from his girl Ruth when he’s forced to hang up due to an assassination attempt. She gets upset and complains to the girl standing nearby, who happens to be Ann Darrow, having just survived the incident with Kong, who is laying there dead in front of the Empire State Building. Yet another person present at the events. Rex Solomon is a comic book adventurer, and this crossover brings him into the Horror Crossover Universe.
November 1931--THE BOYS’ MAGAZINE # 609 “THE MENACE OF THE MONSTERS” (STORY BY JOHN HUNTER)--Carl Denham returns to Skull Island and captures a bunch of dinosaurs (because his previous idea of bringing a giant monster back to civilization worked so well.) Wouldn’t you know the boat crashes and the dinosaurs rampage through London. I know very little about this. I couldn’t find anything online to elaborate. I was barely able to even confirm the existence of this story. But it does exist, and I assume there are monsters, and they cause a menace.
November 1931--SON OF KONG (FILM)--Turns out bringing a monster into the city who goes on a rampage has consequences. Denham finds himself broke, facing numerous lawsuits after Kong’s rampage. Denham flees the United States on the Venture with Captain Englehorn, and seek to make a living in trade in the Orient. Eventually they hear a rumor that there was treasure on Skull Island and decide to return. A Dutch woman named Hilda, with troubles of her own, stows away. Oddly, the crew don’t want to return to the dangerous island of deadly monsters. Go figure. So they mutinee. Denham, Englehorn, Hilda, the cook, and ironically the guy who started the mutiny get thrown overboard and swim to Skull Island, stranded. And turns out abducting a god has consequences as well. It so turns out that the natives also remember Denham and company and aren’t too happy to see them. The trespassers are forced to flee into the jungle. There they find a white albino ape about twice the height of a man. Denham presumes this to be Kong’s child. This ape is much more benevolent than Kong, and ends up dying saving Denham’s life. This is a direct sequel to the original King Kong film, and out of all the sequels to follow, this is the most official one.
1932 to 1948--THE WORLD OF KONG: A NATURAL HISTORY OF SKULL ISLAND--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 amongst 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.
1933--DOUBLE OR DIE (NOVEL BY CHARLIE HIGSON)--This is part of a young James Bond series, featuring James Bond as a teen in the 1930s. One of Bond’s classmates mentions that Kong was recently found on Skull Island. Based on the date of the setting of the story, this works well to fit with the events of King Kong. Even though the events were covered up, some still believe the events happened. I love these kinds of crossovers, where one little line of dialogue brings together two very different series into the same canon.
September 1936--DOC SAVAGE MAGAZINE # 6 “THE SKY STEALERS” (MARVEL COMICS)--Doc and his team investigate a mysterious force that can destroy cities. Like Holmes, Doc isn’t one to buy into the supernatural, but like Holmes, he’s had his fair share of encounters with it. Doc’s original tales are included in the HCU, and all the crossovers mentioned in this book. The Scroll of Thoth appears in this story, which first appeared in Universal’s The Mummy. It was also regularly featured in the Simon of Gitta stories and is named for Thoth-Amon, an enemy of Conan. King Kong is referenced here when Ham jokingly makes a comparison between the beast and Monk. Of course, in “When Kong Fell”, Doc and his assistants were present at the aftermath of the events of King Kong, so they would have direct knowledge. Though I didn’t mention it as a cross, there is also a mention of an archaeologist named Petrie. This man is important in an essay that appears in the collection “Myths for the Modern Age” entitled “Who’s Going to Take Over the World When I’m Gone?” This essay originated online, and though I don’t include online posted material, since this has since been published in book form, the essay should be considered valid for the HCU.
March 3, 1945--ROCKETEER ADVENTURES # 1--Cliff is sending letters to Betty with photos in the letter Dated 3/3/45 He's fighting a gigantic samurai sword wielding samurai armor wearing King Kong On skull island
1947--MIGHTY JOE YOUNG--Both 1949 and 1998 films are versions of the same event. Jill Young is a distant cousin of Ann Darrow.
1956--KONG: KING OF SKULL ISLAND (NOVEL BY JOE DEVITO AND BRAD STRICTLAND)--The son of Carl Denham travels to Skull Island. This is a book authorized by the estate of the original film’s director.
1960s--KING KONG VS. FRANKENSTTEIN--In this unproduced film idea, one of the Kong species battles a very large Frankenstein creation.
1962--KING KONG VS. GODZILLA (FILM)--Both monsters rise once more, menace civilization, and fight each other. What else were you expecting? This is a Toho film that is a sequel in the Godzilla series, and the first of two Toho King Kong films, that is meant to be a sequel to the original King Kong. Faro Island, which is where they find Kong, must be another name for Skull Island. This obviously isn’t the original King Kong, but considering Son of Kong, and common sense, it’s doubtful that Kong would have been the only one of his kind. There must be many giant apes, who do not live in tribes but isolate.
1965--A THOUSAND CLOWNS--Murray yells to Arnold to look out the window, and claims King Kong is climbing the Time-Life building
1967--MAD MONSTER PARTY?--The Character "It" is an unnamed King Kong. The film with the planes attacking him references the 1933 film
1967--KING KONG ESCAPES (FILM)--King Kong returns, discovered by folks who visit the island, while a mad scientist creates his own mechanical version of Kong. This is not the original Kong but the Kong who fought Godzilla. This film is based on the Rankin-Bass King Kong Show, which means this is also the same King Kong who appears in Mad Monster Party. Incidentally, I should point out the mad scientist in this movie is named Dr. Hu (pronounced “Who”). No relation to the Time Lord, and I’m not sure if this was intentional or coincidental.
1969--THE WEREWOLF CULT CHRONICLES: VIETNAM 1969--Skull bay is a variation of Skull Island.
January 1, 1973 (No date setting as it’s a biography)--DOC SAVAGE: HIS APOCALYPTIC LIFE (NOVEL BY PHILIP JOSE FARMER)--Philip Jose Farmer, after research, investigation, and interviews, puts forth the real biography of the man most famously known as Doc Savage. 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 HCU. 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.
1973--BAD, BAD LEROY BROWN--"Badder than old King Kong"
1975--THE GHOST BUSTERS--"The Vikings Have Landed"--Jake Kong notes that Tracy's grandfather has experience climbing on the Empire State Building.
September 1975--THE GHOST BUSTERS--"Dr. Whatsisname"--Kong notes that Tracy's grandfather had an unfortunate occurrence at the Empire State Building.
October 1977--SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN--"Bigfoot V"--An expert on catching Bigfoot states she's created a net that could hold King Kong. Since they both exist in the TVCU already, she may be speaking of the real creature.
1980s--EVERYBODY HATES CHRIS--"Everybody Hates Superstition"--Chris mentions King Kong failing to defeat the planes in his class presentation
1981--CARNIVAL MAGIC--The police refer to a crime in progress as a "King Kong: An ape kidnapping a beautiful woman."
November 1983--A-TEAM--"Steel"--One of Denham's grandkids is a crook in L.A. who is taken down by the A-Team.
between 1987 and 1989--SUPER SCARY SATURDAY--That time grandpa monster met Jim Cornette and Michel P.S. Hayes while the managed King Kong and Godzilla
August 1989--JURASSIC PARK--When researching the article that I am heavily relying on for this timeline, he was assisted by Dr. Jill Drake, who survived the incident where cloned dinosaurs went amok. Drake's Cineverse counterpart is Ellie Sattler. FU MANCHU may have been a secret mastermind behind these events.
1992--DEAD ALIVE--The Rat Monkey is captured from Skull Island (where King Kong was from) and taken abroad, the expeditioners also are confronted by tribal local people who try to stop them.
1993--LAST ACTION HERO--Benedict suggests bringing King Kong into the real world
1994--NEW NIGHTMARE--Heather says "Every kid knows who Freddy is. He's like Santa Claus... or King Kong".
1997--LOST WORLD: JURASSIC PARK--Ship transporting T. Rex is the S.S. Venture.
Spring 2000--THE EXECUTIONER # 264--"Iron Fist"--Mack Bolan takes on a CTHULHU based group that creates a super-agent. This super-agent is compared to KING KONG, the FRANKENSTEIN monster, the Riddler (foe of BATMAN), DOC SAVAGE, and CROCODILE DUNDEE. The cult utilized helicopters with a similar design to BLUE THUNDER. There is also a reference to the T1000 TERMINATOR. The Terminators exist in several realities, including the TVCU, in which the first two films, the fourth film, and the television series all occur, along with appearances in WAYNE'S WORLD and LAST ACTION HERO.
2000--THE CRITIC--"Episode #1.8"--Jay and Jennifer see King Kong while atop the Empire State Building
Winter 2001--THE NEW ADVENTURES OF FRANKENSTEIN--"Frankenstein in the Lost World"--The original FRANKENSTEIN monster and friend are pulled through space and into the past to THE LOST WORLD. They find a stranded professor of the Marshall Natural History Museum, which features heavily in most of the works o DONALD F. GLUT. Amongst the primitive species in the Lost World are the giant apes that are the same species as KING KONG.
2001--KONG REBORN (NOVEL BY RUSSELL BLACKFORD)--The grandson of Carl Denham clashes with a business magnate who decides cloning Kong is a good idea. Even though it’s released at the time of the remake, it’s actually a sequel to the original. Not that it matters much for our purposes, since both versions are the same events.
July 2003--TREMORS--"The Sounds of Silence"--Skull Island is mentioned
2005--THE DEVIL'S REJECTS--Billy Ray Snapper says to Wydell that when they attack the Firefly's it will be like King Kong attacking Skull Island.
January 2006--BOONDOCKS--"Return of the King"--one of the 'other kings' (besides MLK) that is recognized
2006--DOOGAL--when they reach skull island, dylan says "hey, looks just like the movie" refering to the movie king kong
2006--DESTROY ALL HUMANS 2--Crypto: "King Kong ain't got nothing on me!" Milenkov: "King Kong died, Cryptosporidium."
2007--SHREDDERMAN RULES--Bob Bixby mentions a giant monkey climbing up a tower and is seen doing so.
2008--CABIN IN THE WOODS--So first, I wrote this initially after seeing the film and having a discussion with James. Wolfram and Hart are responsible for keeping the old ones from rising and destroying the Earth by making regular ritual sacrifices. Basically, every few years they lure teens to a rural setting and set up a situation for them to become victims of some sort of slasher. This film crosses BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, FIREFLY, EVIL DEAD I and II, HELLRAISER, ANGEL, CLOVERFIELD, GRUDGE, MUMMY, FRIDAY THE 13TH, A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, THE SHINING, ROMERO ZOMBIE FILMS, RE-ANIMATOR, LEFT 4 DEAD, FRANKENSTEIN, HALLOWEEN, RESIDENT EVIL, TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, and DOC SAVAGE. James and I also infer a link to SCOOBY-DOO, but that link is harder to prove. Note these aren't the only crossovers, but the only ones that James and I caught on our first viewings. Once we have it on video, I'm sure we'll find more. The results of the end of the movie lead to two alternate events. In the TVCU, Gort comes to Earth to reclaim the Earth, but in the end, chooses to give humans another chance. But in the TVCU2, Gort allows for the release of giant monster, as seen in the film Cloverfield. 2008 is a key year for divergence between the TVCU and TVCU2. This is also the year vampires and mutants go public. I can only imagine that four men's trip in time via a hot tub during this year (with one of them staying behind to intentionally alter history has some major effect.) But then James posted this more recently: The internet has seen fit to discover more CABIN IN THE WOODS crossovers, get em while they're hot! The controller's talisman (and symbol on the floor) is the Circle of the Black Thorn from Angel. Someone else has seconded Rob's research that the Cabin in Cabin in the Woods is literally identical to the cabin Ash stayed at in Evil Dead I & II. During the Monster Mash finale: There's an Xenomorph, from Alien. There's said to be a dead ape from the Kong family. A number of men and women in suits wearing porcelain masks, which crosses over with The Strangers. A torturer in mask and apron from Hostel. And Scarecrows from, well, Scarecrows. Of course, there are probably still well over a dozen crossovers lurking in that movie we've yet to find. Sheesh. This is the Tarzan Alive for horror movies.
2009--THE HAUNTED WORLD OF EL SUPERBEASTO--King Kong's corpse is mentioned
October 15, 2009--GLIMMERGLASS: THE CREATIVE WRITER’S ANNUAL, VOLUME 1 “THE BEAST” (STORY BY JOHN SMALL)--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. 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 of 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 amongst 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. On Kong Reborn, Dr. Jill Drake is involved in this incident. Jill discovers the 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. Amongst 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.
31st century--FUTURAMA--"Beast with a Billion Backs"--King Kong is still alive but quite aged in the 31st century according to the Futurama film "Beast with a Billion Backs". Maybe is the clone kong form that 90's cartoon. The book Kong Reborn also has a cloned King Kong.
ALTERNATE REALITIES: (Note all the events of the AUs are fictional in the TVCU, as part of the cover-up, or simply films made in ignorance of the true events.)
BANGLADESHI CINEVERSE--BANGLAR KING KONG occurs here.
CINEVERSE 2--The events of th 1976 film, KING KONG, and its sequel, KING KONG LIVES, occur here. Also BYE BYE MONKEY.
Cineverse 3--The events of QUEEN KONG occur here.
IMAGINATIONLAND--King Kong lives in this world where he lives on the side of the good characters.
JAPANESE CINEVERSE--This is the world of Japanese films. American remakes occur in the Cineverse, rather than Cineverse 2. Anyways, here , the events of JAPANESE KING KONG occur, where the same events as in the TVCU occur, only in Tokyo rather than New York.
LOONIVERSE--In this reality, Mickey Mouse has to save Minnie Mouse from King Kong.
MARVEL UNIVERSE--The events of THE KING KONG SHOW. Also the series IKE! GREENMAN, which Kong appears in episode # 38.
SKITLANDIA--In THE GOODIES, Kitten Kong terrorizes London. In THE MR. MEN SHOW, King Kong carries LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE up the Empire State Building.
TOONIVERSE--Kong also appears in YELLOW SUBMARINE. Kong appears in the episode of WHERE MY DOGS AT? entitled "Buddy and Woof do the Movie Awards". Kong later reappears in KAPPA MIKEY "Where's my Werepuff", where the giant ape captures actress Lily and climbs LilyMu Studios, only to be shot down by Guano.
TOONIVERSE 2--This is a new one for me, but it's created out of necessity. Here the events of THE MIGHTY KONG occur, where everything is the same as the TVCU events, only it's a musical.
TREEHOUSE OF HORROR--At least one reality in this multiverse has a counterpart that is a conflation of Homer Simpson and King Kong.