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Comic Book Six Degrees: Abraham Lincoln to Archie

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 Lionheart to Lion-O. Eric S. was one of a BUNCH of people who connected the two in three moves. Here is how Eric connected the two…

Lionheart appeared in several issue of “Avengers” – let’s connect her to Captain America.
Captain America met Superman in “JLA/Avengers”.
Superman met Lion-O in “Superman/Thundercats.”

Eric’s challenge is…

Abraham Lincoln to Archie

For this specific game, Eric requested that younger versions of characters counted as separate characters (so Li’l Archie is different from Archie Andrews, Superboy is different from Superman, etc.) So please keep that distinction in mind while making your guesses!

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)!


Brian, I thought one of the rules was that historical figures at different companies are separate and distinct? Is that rule being ignored for this one? Or is there seriously some way to connect Dell’s Lincoln to a bunch of fictional characters?

(Here’s one that I’m curious about: Bill Clinton appeared in LEGENDS OF THE DAR CLAW #1, which was a joint Marvel/DC “Amalgam” book. Would the Amalgam Clinton count for both Marvel and DC’s appearance, or are Amalgams separate from the Marvel and DC versions? Not relevant to this contest AFAIK–just curious in general.)

Are we talking about Dell’s Abraham Lincoln or Abraham Lincoln in comics in general.

I don’t usually know enough about inter-company crossovers to take a stab at these, but if you’re waiving the normal historical figure rule then I actually have a guess.

Are we talking about Dell’s Abraham Lincoln or Abraham Lincoln in comics in general.

Abraham Lincoln in general.

Well, you could have used the supplied cover, and used Captain Britain via the same series.

Or, if using Avengers, then you can use Thor, who actually FOUGHT Superman in the Marvel vs. DC crossover.
Or Spider-Man, who appeared in the FIRST crossover with Superman.
Or Silver Surfer, who also had a crossover with Supes (plus the antagonists for extra spice!)
Or Mr. Fantastic (Superman/Fantastic Four: The Infinite Destruction)
Or Hulk. (The Incredible Hulk vs. Superman)

And you really missed out…
Master of the Universe (DC Comics Presents #47) Superman >>> Lion-O

Do comic books solicited count?


Wait, did you say “Superman/Thundercats”? That was a real, published comic?

Did my 8-year-old self write for DC at some point?

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