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Comic Book Six Degrees: Ren and Stimpy to Prince William

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 Captain Carrot to Flaming Carrot. Michael Grabois was one of a couple of people who connected the two in three moves! Here is how Michael connected the two…

Captain Carrot met Superman in “Captain Carrot & His Amazing Zoo Crew” #1
Superman met Madman in “Hullaballoo”
Madman met Flaming Carrot in “War of the Independents”

Michael’s challenge is…

Ren and Stimpy to Prince William

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’ve been waiting for weeks to be able to use this one!

Travis Pelkie

July 4, 2012 at 12:10 am

If that Ren and Stimpy is a personal collection issue of yours, Brian, it’s a good thing you didn’t open the bag. Ren would have yelled at you!

Damn, that was a good comic. Did that Dan Slott guy ever go on to do anything else? ;)

I have no idea how to get this answer, but boy, I can’t wait until next week to find out!

I think I already know the answer to this, but does the Prince William who appeared in Excalibur count? He was on one of the alternate Earths that Excalibur travelled to and good be an counterpart of our Prince William.

DC’s Ronald Reagan is different from Marvel’s Ronald Reagan

So we need to find BlueWater appearances of this William guy

Judging by Middleton’s face I would say the connection will involve a coal mine…

Sandra, no, the BlueWater cover is there just to show that he’s in a comic. All that the “Reagan” clause is saying is that you can’t say “Superman met Reagan in a DC comic, and Reagan met Spider-Man in a Marvel comic, so therefore Superman –> Reagan –> Spider-Man”. You can use any version of Prince William at the end (Marvel, DC, BlueWater, Dark Horse, Image, Charlton, EC, etc.).

I always forget, do non-named but obvious versions of the characters count?

Paul, from the intro: 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

sandwich eater

July 5, 2012 at 10:59 pm

Wow, the faces on British royalty comic are seriously disturbing. They look like creepy robot versions of the real William and Kate.

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