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Comic Book Six Degrees: Bessie the Hellcow to Sonic the Hedgehog

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 Jon Sable to Dominic Fortune. buttler got the connection done in four turns. Here is how buttler connected the two characters:

Jon Sable met the Badger in Crossroads #2
Badger and Shi were in War of the Independents #1
Shi and Wolverine met in Shi-Wolverine: Judgment Night #1
Wolverine and Dominic Fortune were in New Avengers #11

buttler’s challenge is…

Bessie the Hellcow to Sonic the Hedgehog

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)!


I still think it’s a shame that Badger and Wolverine haven’t met yet, just on general zoological principle.

Well, I’ve worked out a way of doing this. Now I just need to see if I can cut a step out of this. It’s a shame Howard the Duck’s unauthorised appearance in Savage Dragon/Destroyer Duck doesn’t count.

I totally had hoped that someone would have worked in the Sable and Fortune mini from a few years back, but alas.

Man, I keep dropping the ball and not looking into these, but it’s still a fav feature.

Join us. It’s a lot of fun (in a sad, obsessive way).

There is a way to use the SD/DD book, though it adds an extra step….

I found a route totally different to the one I originally envisioned; one which doesn’t involve Howard the Duck at all. (And involves what must be one of the oddest Sonic team-ups of all time.)

I had no idea that Hellcow had made any appearances since Giant Size Man-Thing.

(Just typing that makes me giggle)

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