Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Of Wikis and Wold Newton: Part 5

Other than the usual characters who haven't been referenced in any articles, the "E"s are fairly unremarkable, so I'll move on to F...

"The Fausts are all other relatives of a Wold Newton meteor strike survivor."
These appear to be more characters from the (probably) nonexistent German Wold Newton site.

"Maxwell "Max""
Max's inclusion in the Faust/Faustus gobbledygook tree is one of the most puzzling, in my opinion.

"Earl Firefly , great grandson of Rufus T. Firefly, father of Tiny Firefly and Rufus Firefly by Eve Wilson ."
The Devil's Rejects seems to imply that the members of the Firefly clan and their associates are actually using aliases taken from the Marx Brothers' films, rather than those being their real names. Once again, Henry Zeo Covert is working on the Fireflys' family tree in a way that is much more faithful to the source material.

"Axel Foley, nephew of John Shaft."
Although Dennis Power has included Shaft in a genealogy, which Mr. Covert has modified and expanded upon, neither gentleman's research connects to Axel Foley.

"Sydney Fox
, daughter of Fah Lo Suee by an unnamed archaeologist (potentially Indiana Jones' unnamed daughter)."
Once again, this ignores existing research on Sydney's ancestry, as well as her father appearing in the TV series. Also this sentence is unclear. Is the "unnamed archaeologist" (ignoring the fact that Sydney's father, Randall, is an engineer) Indiana Jones? Because otherwise, I would love to know how Fah Lo Suee and Indy's daughter were able to conceive a child.

"Sarah, wife of Walter Hazlett and mother of John Hazlett, Brian Johnson, Gary Wallace, and Ted (last name unknown) by John Smith II."
While one of the people who contributed to this page, Dawn M. "Lady Aleena" Burge, actually wrote an article dealing with this, I suspect that Ms. Burge has not actually read The Dead Zone before speculating about its characters. In it, Sarah's last name is Bracknell, and she is, like Johnny Smith, a Maine native.

"Fu Manchu (1875 - 1982), father of Fah Lo Suee, Shang-Chi, Charlie Chan, and Julius No as well as other children."
No article has speculated that Dr. No was Fu Manchu's son. Win Eckert's piece "Who's Going to Take Over the World When I'm Gone?: A Look at the Genealogies of Wold Newton Family Super-Villains and Their Nemeses" found in Myths for the Modern Age (also edited by Eckert) argues that No's mother was Madame de Medici, an agent of Fu Manchu.

I will post part 6 either today or tomorrow.

1 comment:

Toby O'B said...

Really good work, Sean. I didn't realize that "Relic Hunter" was analyzed for its WNU aspects and will be now going to read that research. A light-weight show, but it was always fun for its Toobworld potential (like the episode dealing with the tunnels of Fenway....)