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Comic Book Six Degrees: Hero Zero to The 22 Brides

I name two comic book characters. You then have to connect the two using only shared appearances in comic books (official appearances in comics only – no cameos like Terry Austin sneaking Popeye into the background of a panel and no outside comic book appearances, like cartoons and the like). You have to do so using less than six comics total. Covers and pin-ups do not count – only actual appearances in the same comic book story (so it doesn’t count if they each appeared in separate stories inside the same anthology). Mythological characters and real people are unique to their own comic book appearances (so DC’s Thor is different than Marvel’s Thor, DC’s Ronald Reagan is different from Marvel’s Ronald Reagan, etc.). But a licensed character is the same in all of their various comic book companies (so the Marvel Red Sonja is the same as the Dynamite Red Sonja) and approved appearances by a real person can go across comic book companies, as well (so, for instance, you can use Marv Wolfman from his Teen Titans appearance to connect with Marv Wolfman in his Fantastic Four appearance).

Every week, whoever connects the two characters in the least amount of turns gets to pick the next week’s match- (in the event of a tie, the winner is chosen randomly). Last week was Gumby to NFL SuperPro. Andrew was one of many who got the connection done in four turns. Here is how Andrew connected the two characters:

Gumby appeared in War of the Independents #1 with Shi
Shi crossed over a couple of times with Daredevil
Daredevil appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #16 with Spider-Man
Spider-Man appeared in NFL SuperPro #1 with NFL SuperPro.

Andrew’s challenge is…

Hero Zero to The 22 Brides

E-mail me your answers at bcronin@comicbookresources.com. Do NOT post your answers in the comments section!

Whoever connects the two characters in the least amount of comics gets to pick the connection for next time around (I’ll pick a random winner in the event of a tie)!

Remember, only authorized appearances in comic books count (for instance, Wolverine in Gen13 #13 does not count)!


Wow, I have literally never heard of either of these comics till this moment. Clearly I need some education.

And I’m glad that substituting Starro for Superman applies to all situations, even when neither is used as a connection. That’s as it should be. I’d substitute Starro for Superman any day.

Andrew, not Anthony.

Oops, sorry! Fixed it.

Er, not to pick nits, but the 22 Brides were not a single character, but a loose group of girls. And mostly existed for Joey Q. (I still can’t figure out how he got to be editor and chief at Marvel) to portray him self as a mobster (Oh, now I see how he, er, I mean, There Is No Mob, of course) surrounded by hot chixs with gunz.

I can do it in 5, but I’m pretty sure it can be done in 4.

I have it in four but think it should be possible in three.

ACtually no I can’t.

Too little sleep.

I can’t connect the comics, but I can say that the first album by 22 Brides in 1994 had a Joe Quesada /Jimmy Palmiotti cover. One of the sisters was dating.. Joe, I think?

I used to do an alternative music show in the 90s, and had the band play in studio when they were on their first national tour. Really swell group of people!

My solution to the Gumby puzzle included the same issues in the first and last links, but other characters in the middle:
– Gumby to Madman in “War of the Independents”
– Madman met Superman in “Superman/Madman: Hullabaloo”
– Superman met Spider-Man in (among other places) “Superman vs The Amazing Spider-Man” tabloid
– Spider-Man to SuperPro in “NFL SuperPro” #1

Michael G: I almost did exactly the same thing, but then I decided to take an equally easy path that didn’t involve Superman, just because he’s such a crossover glutton. But mine ALSO relied on the same issues for the first and last links:

Gumby was in War of the Independents #1 with Shadowhawk
Shadowhawk was in The Pact v2 #1 with Invincible
Invincible was in Marvel Team-Up v3 #14 with Spider-Man
Spider-Man was in NFL Superpro #1 with NFL Superpro

Did the last one the same as others who had the Madman/Superman connection with Captain America replacing Spider-Man; Cap and Superpro met in Superpro 8, FWIW.

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