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Comic Book Six Degrees: The Fat Fury to Galactus

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 Timber Wolf to Street Wolf. Michael Grabois was one of a couple of people to connect the two in five moves. Here is how Michael connected the two…

Timber Wolf met Superman in (among many other places) “The Lightning Saga” story arc in the JLA and JSA series
Superman met Madman in “Hullaballoo”
Madman met Badger in “War of the Independents”
Badger met Jon Sable in “Crossroads” #2
Jon Sable met Street Wolf in “Word Warriors” #1

Michael’s challenge is…

Fat Fury to Galactus

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, all the Marvel characters in Savage Dragon/Destroyer Duck do not count)!


This week’s solution makes me wonder: Do Pre-Crisis Superboy and Pre-Crisis Superman count as the same person for the purposes of this game?

I’d say yes, though just to hedge my bets I used Superman instead of Superboy.

And bravo! to Eric Henry on picking Street Wolf as an obscure character with (as far as I know) only a single crossover issue. I was hoping to save that one for myself and do Street Wolf to Galactus, but my Fat Fury one is nice too.

So for the purposes of this game, does he have to have appeared in a story with another character while in the Fat Fury outfit, or does his not-so-secret identity count just as well?

Just as Clark Kent out of costume is the same as Superman in costume, as far as I’m concerned, either the Fat Fury in costume or his not-so-secret identity are good enough.

I think the only time this was an issue in an earlier contest, the rules for that particular one specifically stated that it had to be in costume.

Thanks Michael.

I was a little worried that I might have gone too obscure in selecting Street Wolf. As a huge fan of both Jon Sable and Ms. Tree I was aware of his one crossover, and hoped he would make an interesting destination. (Incidentally, either Sable or Tree could have been used to get a five step link to Street Wolf.)

Yeah, Fat Fury’s secret identity is fine for a connection.

As for whether Superboy and Superman are the same person, Pre-Crisis, I think it works better with them as two characters but I don’t particularly care either way.

Man, by the end of the Fury Max series, Nick should totally gone a ton of weight. Then there could be 2 Fat Furys!

Dammit! GAIN a ton of weight! My stupid jokes work even less when I blow the important word!

Leave it as is. I want to look stupid.

Might as well throw in my other dumb joke:

Didn’t Antarctic do a series about Herbie where he liked wearing animal costumes?

No, wait, that was the Fat FURRY. Sorry.

Well, Travis, just mentioning Fury MAX in a post about The Fat Fury made me giggle.

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