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Comic Book Six Degrees: Skywise to Neil deGrasse Tyson

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 Abraham Lincoln to Archie. Cully was one of a few people who connected the two in ONE move. Here is how Cully connected the two…

Abraham Lincoln appeared in Jughead’s Time Police #5 with Archie Andrews

Cully’s challenge is…

Skywise to Neil deGrasse Tyson

I made an exception this time because I forgot to mention this “requirement” to Cully (and I didn’t feel like making him pick again), but in the future, for all of you folks who end up winning any particular week, the two characters have to each been featured on a comic book cover. Both because it looks better for the bit and because I think it forces you to pick slightly less obscure characters (as they have to be notable enough to have at least once been featured on a comic book cover).

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)!


For the first time, one of these challenges has left me completely baffled. I’ve never heard of Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Baffled here too, because I can’t ever remember any Elfquest cross-overs!

Neal DeGrasse Tyson has a wiki page and was interviewed by some people over here on CBR..and he made an appearance in comics too ….

and some rule brian may have forgot… i dont think the photo i have of Neal DeGrasse Tyson shaking hands with wendy counts

Do they have to appear in the same story? Or just the same issue?

“Baffled here too, because I can’t ever remember any Elfquest cross-overs!”

That end of it I can get.

Do they have to appear in the same story?

Same story.

Eric L. Sofer, the Bad Clown

January 16, 2013 at 6:36 am

Abraham Lincoln to Archie in ONE STEP?!?!? Dang! I had a little longer chain in mind…

Abraham Lincoln appeared in Superboy #85 – “The Impossible Mission”
Superboy teamed up with Batman in Brave and the Bold #192 (thus the Superman/Superboy separate character restriction…)
Batman (Bruce Wayne) met the Punisher in Batman/Punisher.
And of course, the Punisher met Archie!

Hardly fair when they get ‘em in one… :) :) :) ‘Grats to those who got it correct!

I remain,
Eric L. Sofer
The Silver Age Fogey

One thing you’ll learn playing this game is that the route others find to solve your challenge is almost never the one you originally thought of.

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