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Comic Book Six Degrees: Kismet Deadly to Hitman

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 Ren and Stimpy to Prince William. Paul Lehnert was one of a couple of people who connected the two in three moves! Here is how Michael connected the two…

Ren and Stimpy appeared in Quasar #50 with Quasar
Quasar appeared in Quasar #11 with Rachel Summers
Rachel Summers appeared in Excalibur #12 with Prince William

It is debatable whether Chris Claremont intended the Prince William who appeared in Excalibur #12 to be THE Prince William, but it a close enough call that I gave it to Paul.

Paul’s challenge is…

Kismet Deadly to Hitman

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)!


X to “anyone Superman has ever been in an issue of” or “anyone who has directly met the JLA or Avengers”.

The challenge is lost once the core paths are taken.

Additional restrictions should be placed on these challenges to prevent certain obvious characters or issues from being used.

I’d like to see restrictions on these proposals beyond shortest.

For example: Cannot use JLA/Avengers, Cannot use War of the Independents, Cannot use Superman, Cannot use Thing.

One of my favorite challenges here was the recent “He-Man to Abslom Daak”, and sure it used the appearance of Superman, but while it could have gone JLA/Avengers, the submitter used Superman/Hulk instead. And I feel that challenge is an excellent example of what I feel is a challenging Six Degrees submission.

It’s like using “New York, I Love You” when playing Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon.
Look it up.
That movie alone destroyed many challenges.
It’s the War of The Independents | JLA/Avengers for Kevin Bacon.

Rather than restrictive rules like “Cannot use War of the Independents” I’d rather see mandatory links, which is a variant on the original 6 Degrees game. For instance: Marvel Girl (Jean Grey) to Saturn Girl, but you must pass through Uri Geller.

Travis Pelkie

July 11, 2012 at 4:42 pm

I don’t like fun. Let’s make things have a ton of rules to prevent us all from having fun, because it’s no fun.

I’m kidding, and I do understand your point, Squashua, but this is just a bit of fun on the internet. It’s not like people get cash or prizes, just the satisfaction of having beat out everyone else, and choosing the next challenge.

And I’ve got to do this.

“Kismet once!

Kismet twice!

C’mon pretty baby


Wait, Ren and Stimpy had an official apperance in Quasar?!

“DC’s Ronald Reagan is different from Marvel’s Ronald Reagan” We talked about this rule a bit last week but I still don’t understand it really.

If famous people were considered connection-eligible in all universes, then you could connect pretty much anyone to anyone just by having the President make an appearance. Famous people would be the only connectors you would ever need. Heck, Barack Obama alone.

Right, but when does the rule not apply? I get that people connected to comics, like Grant Morrison and Roy Thomas would be excepted if they’re in comics… but what about Prince William

Anyone who is not approving the use of their likeness. So mostly just politicians and royalty. Oh, and famous dead people. Like Elvis Presley, James Dean, Marilyn Monroe, Jesus Christ, etc. All those people are considered unique to their own respective comic book universe. So the John F. Kennedy in Before Watchmen: Comedian #1 is different from the John F. Kennedy in Journey into Mystery #96.

Travis Pelkie

July 14, 2012 at 1:49 am

I think what the rule is trying to say might be explained by an example:

Say we’re connecting Green Goblin to Savage Dragon. Goblin’s been in Marvel Comics with Obama, and Obama’s been in Savage Dragon comics. But the rule is saying that you can’t go from a book with Goblin and Obama to a book with Obama and Dragon, because those Obamas are not in the same universe. You need to find another path.

Or a Prince William in, say, Judge Dredd wouldn’t be the same Prince William in Excalibur.

Am I right, Brian?


Ah, wait, now I get it—the solution is that only one company’s William is needed in this case since he’s an end node—the Excalibur one will do fine.
It is if we wanted to connect Dr. Doom to Obama we don’t have to go to the Savage Dragon Obama.

(I was confused since I thought it had to be the Bluewater William specifically.)

Ah, I gotcha. Yeah, that’s understandable confusion. That’s why you’ll see a lot of these bits have a famous person as the end bit, so you don’t have to connect to a famous person more than just once.

For what it’s worth, I didn’t know about the Excalibur version of Prince William, the only one I knew of was Bill Windsor-Jones from “American Flagg”. So my original chain that I proposed to Brian was:
1. Ren & Stimpy met Spider-Man in “Ren & Stimpy” #6
2. Spider-Man met Wolverine many times
3. Wolverine met Shi in “Dark Night of Judgment”
4. Shi met Badger in “War of the Independents”
5. Badger met Luther Ironheart in “Crossroads” #3
6. Luther Ironheart met Bill Windsor-Jones in “American Flagg” #8

Which was a very clever solution, Michael!

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