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Comic Book Six Degrees: Captain Sprocket to Captain Storm

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 American Flagg to Flag-Smasher. Eric Henry was the only person to connect the two in five moves! Here is how Eric connected the two…

Reuben Flagg was in ‘American Flagg’ #7 with Luther Ironheart
Luther Ironheart was in ‘Crossroads’ #3 with Badger
Badger was in ‘War of the Independents’ #1 with Shi
Shi was in ‘Wolverine/Shi: Dark Night of Judgment’ with Wolverine
Wolverine was in ‘X-Men Unlimited’ #22 with Flag-Smasher

Eric Henry’s challenge is…

Captain Sprocket to Captain Storm

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)!


“Wolverine was in ‘X-Men Unlimited’ #22 with Flag-Smasher”

Ooh, good issue. Some very early work by Brian K. Vaughan.

That’s the extent of my contribution to this one.

Travis Pelkie

July 24, 2012 at 5:10 am

Ah, when Niels pointed that out, I realize I have that issue. Forgot Flag Smasher was in it, but I think Kitty is.

Anyway, I got nothing on this one either.

Last week’s was a toughie beacuse, as far as I know, Ironheart’s appearance in ‘Crossroads’ is the only time a character from ‘American Flagg’ ever crossed over with another title, so the the first steps were pretty much set in stone.

According to the Grand Comics Database, American Flagg appeared in Ultraverse/Avengers #1 (1995), as did Captain America, who battled Flag Smasher a whole bunch of times.
Too late I know, but that’s linked in two moves

I’m pretty sure Flagg’s appearance in ‘Ultraforce/Avengers’ is one of those unoffical cameos, in a crowd scene of alternate universe Avengers.

I remember all the super hero IDs of the regular Archie gang, like Superteen and Captain Hero, but “Captain Sprocket” doesn’t even ring a bell.

Travis Pelkie

July 24, 2012 at 9:10 pm

I think he dressed all in black and told us all that this is the time during reading the comic that we dance.

Oh, no, I think I have that wrong.

The Crazed Spruce

July 24, 2012 at 11:29 pm

It took a bit of googling, but I think I have this one figured out. ‘Spose we’ll find out next week, won’t we?

Eric – The only other Flagg character to appear outside the regular series besides Luthor Ironheart was Bob Violence, who guest-starred in a “Munden’s Bar” story in “Grimjack” #24, which also ties the Flagg-verse to Omaha the Cat Dancer, Ms Tree, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Judah the Hammer (from Nexus), Beanworld, and Sam & Max, among many others.

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