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Comic Book Six Degrees: Shadowman to Normalman

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 Elric to Elrod. Jamie Q. was one of three people who were able to connect the two in five moves (a few others got it in six). Here is how Jamie connected the two (for what it is worth, all three people connected it the same basic way)…

Elric and Conan were in Conan the Barbarian #14
Conan and Wolverine were in What If…? #16
Wolverine and Shi were in Wolverine/Shi
Shi and Cerebus were in War of the Independents
Cerebus and Elrod were in Cerebus #34

Jamie’s challenge is…

Shadowman to normalman/strong>

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)!

9 Comments

Ha! That’s exactly the Elric-Elrod connection that came to mind when I suggested it. I wonder if there is a different route to do it in five moves.

I’ve never heard of Normalman, but he looks like Jasper Sitwell.

I think Normalman was the last Valentino project I read.

I believe that was exactly the same way I got the Elrod/Elric connection. I couldn’t figure out a way to get from Elric to Cerebus in any less moves.

Someone on the other post suggested that Spawn 10 would probably play a role, but I don’t think so.

I tried using the Spawn connection (originally going Cerebus-Spawn-Witchblade-Red Sonja) but couldn’t get down below six steps, so fell back on the same route as the winner.

This comment won’t make sense until Brian “undeletes” a comment that popped up in my email, but it’s amazing that someone can read itty bitty indicia print, and read this post enough to complain about authorized appearances, but can’t read the bit RIGHT ABOVE THAT that says DO NOT GUESS IN THE COMMENTS!!!!!

Sigh. I’m better now.

Wow, the tiny fist of that guy on the Shadow Man cover is really fucking creepy!

“This comment won’t make sense until Brian “undeletes” a comment that popped up in my email, but it’s amazing that someone can read itty bitty indicia print, and read this post enough to complain about authorized appearances, but can’t read the bit RIGHT ABOVE THAT that says DO NOT GUESS IN THE COMMENTS!!!!!

Sigh. I’m better now.”

That was me. I somehow skimped the part about not guessing in the comments, sorry.

But I will say that Wolverine’s appearance in Gen 13 #13 WAS authorizied by Marvel, according to the book’s legal indicia (Hulk, Wonder Woman, Youngblood and “Shi-Ra”‘s appearances were all unofficial, though, IIRC).

last one, I was thinking of using the Shi\Cyblade War of independents to link Cerebus to Witchblade and then using the recent crossover with Red Sonja, etc…

This time we have Shadowman, a Saxophone player who got his powers after being raped by a spider-alien, last-seen alive jumping off a tall building in a suicide attempt, later found dead with his saxophone inserted.

..and Normalman sent away from his homeworld by rocket to end up as the only normal person on a world of superheroes and supervillains – a concept previously used in the origin of Private Normal in Earth 33 1/3 the movie -a 3 page cartoon by Marvel UK’s Tim Quinn and Dicky Howett (I don’t know if Valentino read it – probably just a mixture of coincidence and common influence)

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