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Comic Book Six Degrees: He-Man to Abslom Daak

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 (by the way, unless a fake name is used for a real person, like Ronald Raygun or whatever, you can use the person even if they are not officially named in the comic) 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). Approval tends to be the key (except for public figures, of course).

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 Judge Dredd to Marco Polo. Ryan Davies was one of a bunch of folks who got it in two. Ryan got picked at random. Here is how Ryan connected the two characters:

Judge Dredd met Batman in Judgement On Gotham(1991)
Batman met Marco Polo in World’s Finest Comics #42 (1949)

Ryan had an initial challenge that, after thinking about it, I just couldn’t accept Jimmy Bond’s appearance in the Black Dossier AS James Bond, so it couldn’t be done. Therefore, I asked Ryan to submit a new one (and this one definitely CAN be done).

Ryan’s challenge is…

He-Man to Abslom Daak

By the way, for the purpose of connections, the Doctor is the Doctor is the Doctor is the Doctor. Seventh, sixth, whichever, they’re all the same character.

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 and all Marvel characters in Savage Dragon/Destroyer Duck do not count)!


I suspected “Jimmy” from The Black Dossier was used in the James Bond solution, that’s why I asked whether James Bond is a licensed character (which would disqualify any unauthorized use of the character, such as in TBD). I was trying to look for a valid solution to that challenge, but I couldn’t find any authorized Bond comics that would cross over with some other franchise. I wonder if there are any?

There aren’t, which is why it couldn’t be done.

The text in bold over the two images still says “He-Man to James Bond.”

I would’ve said “James Bond appeared in comic with Queen Elizabeth II, who appeared in Superman #1, who fought against He-Man in Superman vs. Masters of the Universe”, but I don’t know if Her Majesty actually appeared in any Bond comics…

If she DID appear in an issue of James Bond’s Dark Horse comics, then that could work, provided she made an appearance in another Dark Horse comic (Hellboy, perhaps?). Remember, real people are specific to each comic book company (so DC’s Queen Elizabeth is different than Marvel’s Queen Elizabeth, etc.).

Ah, yeah, I thought of the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen appearance but was sure it wouldn’t count because Moore had to be so coy about the name (much like Master of Kung Fu’s Clive Reston was when claiming Bond as his dad).

I don’t think real people are specific to each comic book company, but specific to each continuity. Surely you wouldn’t allow Queen Elizabeth from Marvel and Ultimate Marvel to count as the same character. If Queen Elizabeth appears in two Dark Horse comics, that shouldn’t link them unless there are reasons to believe that the comics are set in the same continuity.

Ken: if that were the case then the game would be unplayable. (In particular, the dubious continuity status of most crossovers in general would kill almost every link dead. If we really had to treat the Earth-M and Earth-1 versions of the same character as different…)

So Bond’s appearance in Fantastic Four True Story #4 doesn’t count.

Much less stressful. I was starting to wonder if there was a crossover I was unaware of in one of the James Bond comics published in Sweden.

Please, STOP using He-Man because we all know he’s got that Superman connection. Or don’t use the Superman connection. It’s really getting ridiculous at this point. And don’t delete my post; everyone knows the first He-Man comic is He-Man meeting Superman.

This is the first time He-Man has been used.

Remember, don’t post answers in the comments section or even hints to the answers, whether you believe others know them already or not.

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