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Comic Book Six Degrees: Angel and Ape to Monkeyman and O’Brien

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 Joe Kubert to Volton. Eric Henry was one of a few people who got it in three moves. Here is how Eric connected the two…

Joe Kubert was in “DC Sampler” #1 with Sgt. Rock
Sgt. Rock was in “Batman & Captain America” with Captain America
Captain America was in “Invaders” #1 with Volton

Eric’s challenge is…

Angel and the Ape to Monkeyman and O’Brien

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)!


Art Adams sure draws pretty ladies and monkeys.

I actually have that entire Angel and the Ape mini signed by Art Adams and Howard Chaykin. Now I just gotta meet Tischman and Bond some day.

But man, this one…I have a vague notion of where to start on one end, but the other end is puzzling me. grr.

That Angel & the Ape mini was proof that Chaykin could make literally anyone he writes into the standard American Flagg/Dominic Fortune Chaykin hero. Even Sam Simeon.

Did it in 5, and can’t think of a shortcut — but I’m sure someone has….

Stupid question: was the Volton in Invaders #1 intended to be the same Volton that appeared in Cat Man Comics?

Yes, it was indeed meant to be the same Volton. All of the Battle-Axis were 1940s heroic lead characters from defunct publishers.

The Crazed Spruce

August 22, 2012 at 8:51 pm

I managed to do it in 4.

And is it just me, or does that Vertigo Angel & the Ape mini look epically horrible?

Spruce, it’s actually a pretty good mini. How good of a Angel and the Ape comic it is, I can’t say, but taken on its own, it is pretty cool. The Philip Bond art is wonderful, but it is a Chaykin/Tischman story, so if you don’t like that, you won’t like the mini.

It’s a case involving a stripper named Bambi Dextrous, so that’s a hint of what’s inside. I think it’s pretty cool, but YMMV.

The Crazed Spruce

August 22, 2012 at 10:18 pm

I’ll have to look it up, then, if I’m ever within spitting distance of a comic shop. Doesn’t look like it’ll have the kooky charm of the original series, or the Phil Foglio mini, but if you say it’s good, I’ll take your word for it.


somebody write down the date, someone’s taking my advice on something! Oh my, I have the vapors!

Yeah, it’s definitely a more adult take, and the art is certainly the star, but it’s pretty good.

Head rush…from being listened to…demand…more…ego…feeding!!!

I need to get out more, maybe.

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