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Comic Book Six Degrees: Hellcat to Pureheart the Powerful

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 I, Vampire to Morbius, the Living Vampire. The Crazed Spruce was one of a bunch of people who got it in three moves (almost the same exact three moves). Here is how the Crazed Spruce connected the two…

Andrew Bennett was in The Brave and the Bold #195 with Batman.
Batman was in DC Versus Marvel #1 with Spider-Man.
Spidey was in Amazing Spider-Man #101 with Morbius

the Crazed Spruce’s challenge is…

Hellcat to Pureheart the Powerful

For this one, you have to find a link between HELLCAT (not Patsy Walker, she actually has to be in her Hellcat uniform) to Pureheart the Powerful (not Archie Andrew, he actually has to be Pureheart).

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)!


Let’s see…Archie was played by David Caruso…aw, drat, can’t use that!

This is easy.

Patsy Walker was in Archie Meets the Punisher, and so was Archie Andrews. Their secret identities did not meet or appear, but there they both were.

However, that feels like a bit of a cop-out, no? After all, that wasn’t Pureheart, and it’s not clear it was actually Hellcat either (although it probably was.)

So let’s try this.

Hellcat and Spider-Man were in Marvel Team Up #8.
Spider-Man and Barack Obama were in Amazing Spider-Man #583
Barack Obama met Pureheart the Powerful in Archie #616

I’m not sure Obama approved of these appearances, though.

It would have been a far, far better thing if the Crazed Spruce had chosen another crossover like Spider-Man and Batman for the middle part, because the Spider-Man in DC vs. Marvel was explicitly Ben Reilly, not Peter Parker.

For this challenge, do characters have to have been featured in the same story as Pureheart the Powerful in his superhero identity, or does his mild-mannered alter ego count?

Thanks, buttler, I was just going to edit the piece to specify that the other characters have to be featured in the same story as Pureheart the Powerful in his superhero identity, but now you gave me a cue to do so!

It would have been a far, far better thing if the Crazed Spruce had chosen another crossover like Spider-Man and Batman for the middle part, because the Spider-Man in DC vs. Marvel was explicitly Ben Reilly, not Peter Parker.

When DC vs. Marvel came out, it was Ben Reilly who was the Spider-Man who met Morbius in #101, so it could work that way. ;)

But the continuity was a lie! Which is to say, well played, Cronin. Well played.

Ben may have been Spidey at the time, but Peter still showed up in DC vs Marvel. In fact, the profiles for the DC guys were framed as Peter’s writeups for the Bugle (Clark did the Marvel writeups for the Planet). So either way it works.

Yeah, but that was Ben pretending to be Peter to avoid confusion.

(Which obviously worked wonders.)

I thought of it sort of like DC’s way of saying, “Yeah, we know you’re not actually going to stick with this whole Ben Reilly thing, Marvel.”

How funny is it, really, that the first expansive crossover between the two biggest companies happened when Spider-Man was Ben freakin’ Reilly? Hilarious.

It’d be like it DC versus Marvel had Blue Energy Superman in it. Although it DID have mullet Superman, so I guess that’s just as bad in many ways.

Or if it featured the Azrael Batman, which actually did happen with one of the Batman/Punisher crossovers.

There should totally be a DC/Marvel crossover with only the lame fill in versions of different characters. All those shitty Punishers in Suicide Run, Az-Bats, Electric Boogaloo Supes, Ben Reilly…

C’mon, help me think of more lameness!

Whoops, guess my memory isn’t as good as it was. Now that I think of it though, I do remember finding it odd that Ben was brown haired again for no explained reason.

The Crazed Spruce

September 4, 2012 at 6:12 pm

Yeah, I know I should’ve used a crossover that was more explicitly Peter Parker than Ben Reilly, but I was kinda rushed. Besides, I didn’t think my name would be picked again.

Then again, Brian apparently thinks I’m some guy named “Leo”, so it kinda balances out…. :)

You totally look like a Leo, though. I can see Brian’s confusion.


Then again, Brian apparently thinks I’m some guy named “Leo”, so it kinda balances out….

Hehe, the perils of cutting and pasting. ;)

@Travis Pelkie: We could add Roscoe as Captain America, Strange (the Doctor Strange personality fragment guy), Rick Jones Hulk, the Scarlet Spiders from Avengers: The Initiative, the Word (a Spectre stand-in from some Swamp Thing stories), Shift the Metamorpho copy, Speedball from that odd New Warriors 1990s arc, Eddie March as Iron Man, Walter West, Nick Fury Jr., and Red Electric Boogaloo Supes…and have them fight Kristoff-as-Doctor-Doom, Jakar the Stranger impostor, the Jack Nimball version of Toyman, female Doctor Octopus, the Bart Hamilton Green Goblin, Korvac-posing-as-Kang, Josephneto, and Cobra Commander Fred IV.

Damn, Omar. Thank you for that. I think. Wow, there are a LOT of crap characters around, huh?

Alright, let’s get to work plotting this. I think we need a fourth wall break acknowledging how crappy some of these characters are. Is there a fake Deadpool or Ambush Bug?

Do all versions of Patsy Walker count for this one?

Don’t forget the ‘Teen Tony’ Iron Man, Adam Cray as the Atom, the teenaged Ray Palmer version of the Atom, John Walker as Captain America, Dominic Fortune’s son, Lauren Sherwood as Mantra…

Brian, do all the different versions of the Red Circle characters count as the same character? (Eg., are all the different versions of the Fly or the Jaguar the same character?)

On the other hand, a crossover between Bucky Barnes Captain America and Dick Grayson Batman could have been fun.

Not that it would ever have happened, between the current regimes being so dead set against those crossovers and the fact that it would have drawn too much attention to the fact that those two franchises were basically doing the same story (“death,” time-displacing bullets, Battle for the Cowl/Who Will Wield the Shield, old sidekicks take over, originals struggle their way through time to the present).

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