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Comic Book Six Degrees: Rex the Wonder Dog to Maggie the Cat

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 Armaggon to Vincent Van Goat. Eric Henry was the only person to connect the two in four moves. Here is how Eric connected the two…

Armaggon was in “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures” #44 with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
TMNT were in “Gen 13″ #13B with Grunge
Grunge was in “Deathmate” #2 with Turok
Turok was in “Solar, Man of the Atom: Hell on Earth” #2 with Vincent Van Goat

Eric’s challenge is…

Rex the Wonder Dog to Maggie the Cat

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)!


Anyone else have trouble with getting the covers to show? All I get is a “file not found” notice…

Not that it ever helps ME in this game, but they might be useful, to people who , you know, actually have a chance at this…

Wouldn’t the Archie Adventures TMNT being clearly a different reality than the original TMNT negate the solution as presented?

@Nick: Haven’t read the issue but per a summary at http://tmntentity.blogspot.com/2011/01/gen-13-vol-2-13b.html , it sounds like the Gen 13 issue explicitly acknowledges multiple versions of the TMNT — and given its pretty heavy speckling of the fourth wall it’s a stretch to say that it’s “Image TMNT Canon”, whatever that is.

Brian, I’m assuming you’re a fan of the MGK blog? lol

Nope, I don’t see the covers either.

Thanks for fixing it….

Although it does blow my Tennessee Williams idea all to HELL!

Congrats to Eric. I didn’t think anyone would do better than 5, so hats off.

@Nick: My understanding is that the Turtles are the Turtles are the Turtles regardless of company using them, even though I came up with it with the Archie Turtles in mind (and it is doable from the Archie-verse as well, but not in 4; took me 6 originally).

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