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Paul Finglemore is the name given by Philip José Farmer to two figures in Victorian literature that he believed were identifiable. In Doc Savage: His Apocalyptic Life he gives Finglemore's parents as General Sir William Clayton and Josephine Balsamo II. Paul, their illegitimate son, was adopted by a couple named Finglemore after he was abandoned by his mother. Urania Moriarty was Finglemore's mistress at times, and their relationships resulted in the births of Dr. Caber and Carl Peterson.

John Clay

John Clay is a con-artist in the Sherlock Holmes story The Red-Headed League, one of the most wanted men in London. Clay is popularly believed to be the grandson of a Royal Duke (that is, the great-grandson of King George III). Farmer's Paul Finglemore is, rather, the grandson of the slightly more humble 3rd Duke of Greystoke.

Colonel Clay

Colonel Charles Clay is the villain of the novel An African Millionaire by Grant Allen, in every chapter of which Colonel Clay - a master of disguise - cons money out of the same victim each time. During the course of the novel, Clay's real identity is revealed as that of Paul, the black sheep of the Finglemore banking family.

The Lethal Luthors

Wold Newton scholar Dennis Power's article The Lethal Luthors identified Finglemore as the father (by Huckleberry Finn's granddaughter Sally]] of four brothers, surnamed Luthor:

  • Lawrence, whom he identified as the Silver Age version of DC Comics' supervillain Lex Luthor
  • Alexander, identified as both the Golden Age Lex Luthor and Prince Zarkon
  • David, considered the loose basis for Daddy Warbucks
  • Scott, aka Dr. Evil from the Austin Powers movie series

Subsequently, Mr. Power heavily revised his theories (particularly in light of the movie Austin Powers in Goldmember, which disproved much of what he had originally proposed) to include two marriages, several further sons identifiable as figures from DC and Marvel Comics continuity, and various descendents including Dr. Evil and other characters from Austin Powers.

NB: Any and all reference to superpowered characters from comics, particularly from the big publishers, are widely considered to be controversial candidates for inclusion in the Wold Newton Universe.

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