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Comic Book Six Degrees: Tom Strong to Strong Guy

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, public domain 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 Skywise to Neil deGrasse Tyson. Stephane S. was one of a few people who connected the two in four moves. Here is how Stephane connected the two…

Skywise meets Cerebus in Cerebus #52
Cerebus appears with Madman in War of the Independants
Madman meets Superman is Superman/Madman Hullabaloo #1
and Superman meets NDT in Action Comics #14

Stephane’s challenge is…

Tom Strong to Strong Guy

For this challenge only, I’ll allow you to count public domain characters as the same across two comic book companies (so, for instance, Marvel’s Dracula can count as the same character as DC’s Dracula for the sake of a connection).

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)!

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I’m reminded of an old issue of Toyfare where one of the “action figure battles” they did as an insert in the price guide section was Tom Strong Vs. Strong Guy.

“For this challenge only, I’ll allow you to count public domain characters as the same across two comic book companies (so, for instance, Marvel’s Dracula can count as the same character as DC’s Dracula for the sake of a connection).”

It seems like this is a tip-off for the sort of thing we should be looking for. But, for clarification, Marvel Norse gods are still distinct from non-Marvel Norse gods, right?

It seems like this is a tip-off for the sort of thing we should be looking for. But, for clarification, Marvel Norse gods are still distinct from non-Marvel Norse gods, right?

Yes.

The Norse gods are about as public domain as you can get. Unless you want to count them under the “real people” rules, in which case I’m not gonna argue with you.

As it is just an exception for this week alone, it really doesn’t matter, so sure, I guess I’m fine with the Norse stuff working this week.

That Strong Guy cover is one of the worst examples of superhero art I’ve EVER seen

Didn’t grow up in the ’90s, did ya, Matthew? ;)

That…isn’t anywhere near out of place for the look of the decade. It was a sad sad decade for comics art.

Luckily there were a whole bunch of awesome artists who came of age in that decade too. (See Chris Sprouse, on that Tom Strong cover.)

Last week I wondered about using NextMen for a Monkeyman, Fairchild, Superman route but didn’t send in as uncertain about precise comics for final stages.

While again hard to get started I think I see a 4-step route (using the special rule) hunting for better..

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