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Comic Book Six Degrees: Joe Kubert to Volton

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 G.I. Robot to Dynamo Joe. Brendan M. connected the two in five moves. Here is how Brendan connected the two…

GI Robot was in Action Comics with Superman
Superman crossed over with Madman
Madman crossed over with Nexus
Nexus met Grimjack during First Comics’ Crossroads series
Grimjack #30 guest-starred Dynamo Joe

Brendan’s rather topical challenge is…

Joe Kubert to the first comic book character he penciled, Volton

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)!


Am I the only one who thought the title said “Voltron?”

Nice challenge, Brendan.

But hey, WHICH issue of Action did GI Robot meet Superman? I’m cool without issue numbers on the rest of it, but there’s a lot of Action issues to choose from!

I just presumed he meant the recent storyline during Geoff Johns’ run.

Yeah, that’s playing pretty fast and loose with the citations, but for the record, it was indeed during Johns’s run, in #872.

Hmm…was that the same GI Robot, though?

Oh no, I just got us into a “but it was a Skrull!” argument, didn’t I?

Ah, it was the open of the 6 degrees chain, so it’s ok. If it was the middle, I’d cry foul.

That was that whole “Superman’s on New Krypton, here are his replacements” storyline, wasn’t it? Meh. OK idea/plot, not great on the execution, imo.

“Am I the only one who thought the title said “Voltron?””


The connection from G.I. Robot to Dynamo Joe is excellent as it didn’t use any of those lousy mega crossovers.

I ache for a collection of those Golden Age Catman Comics, mainly cause they cost an absolute fortune, if you can find them

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