Posts Tagged ‘Fictional Crossovers’

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is a series of comic book initially centered on Victorian era characters from early science fiction/horror/adventure literature. It is written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Kevin O’Niel. Moore’s initial concept was that of a Justice League of the Victorian era, using characters that have lapsed into public domain. Subsequent editions expanded in an attempt to include almost all of fiction.

The first two volumes were 6 issue mini-series. The latest edition is being released as three separate graphic novels. The first one was released in 2009.

Volume One, originally puin 1999, featured the team of Mina Murray (From the Dracula Novel), Mr. Hyde, The Invisible Man, and Captain Nemo battling Sherlock Holmes villian Moriarty.

Volume Two had the same team, with the aid of Dr. Moreau, fight off the Martian invasion from War of the worlds.

 

The first part of Volume III has a turn of the century league investigates an occult menace.

Between volume’s 2 and 3 was The Black Dossier, a sort of guidebook to the world of the League,revealing it’s long history and inclusion of many characters.

Other characters/works appearing, or at least referenced in the League include; Conan, Chtulu, James Bond, Fu Manchu, Popeye, Time Traveler, Frankenstein, Lupin, Lost World, Characters from Beatnik Literature, Shakespearean Characters, 1984, Dan Dare, Beowulf, Robin Hood, Gulliver, Batman, Fantomas, Phantom of the Opera, Metropolis, and countless others.

It should also be noted that there was a League movie in 2003, starring Sean Connery as Allan Quatermain. Tom Sawyer and Dorian Gray were part of the fictional cast. It was mostly unpopular with fans, hence planned sequels were never made.

 

In a sense The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is the Ultimate Crossover or sorts. In it’s own way it is that which I have always dreamed, one fictional world containing huge quantities of popular fictional characters.

Here are some League Links

Jess Nevins Annotations to The League and other comics.

League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
Very thorough site on the League. Details the various incarnations/memberships of the League as well as their missions of the centuries. Also has news on upcoming tales.

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Science Fiction author Phillip J. Farmer developed the concept of the Wold Newton family, of which other authors have expanded upon into the Wold Newton Universe. The central conceit is that several early pulp fiction of novel characters are all related.

What ties together the Wold Newton world is the real life meteor that landed on 12/13/1795, at Wold Newton, Yorkshire England. Farmer created the conceit that several fictional characters were present at the meteor strike. Radiation from the meteorite affected the genetics of all present, and they, or their descendants, are the great heroes and villains of early adventure literature.

Farmer wrote two books chronicling his theories, Tarzan Alive, and Doc Savage, his apocalyptic life. Both are pseudo “real” biographies which link both characters to other works of fiction. Another conceit is that these characters exist in the real world, and the books, comics, etc we read about them are simply the accounts of real life exploits.

In 1997, Win Scott Eckert coined the actual phrase Wold Newton Universe on his website in 1997, and expanded upon the concept, including, by association of crossovers, Star Trek, Conan, Cthulu, and a large number of other fictional characters.

The following is taken from the Wold Newton webpage.

“Popular characters that Philip José Farmer concluded were members of the Wold Newton mutant family include: Solomon Kane; Captain Blood; The Scarlet Pimpernel; Harry Flashman; Sherlock Holmes and his nemesis Professor Moriarty (aka Captain Nemo); Phileas Fogg; The Time Traveler; Allan Quatermain; Tarzan and his son Korak; A.J. Raffles; Professor Challenger; Richard Hannay; Bulldog Drummond; the evil Fu Manchu and his adversary, Sir Denis Nayland Smith; G-8; The Shadow; Sam Spade; Doc Savage, his cousin Pat Savage, and one of his five assistants, Monk Mayfair; The Spider; Nero Wolfe; Mr. Moto; The Avenger; Philip Marlowe; James Bond; Lew Archer; and Travis McGee.”

Click here for the Wold Newton page,