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Comic Book Six Degrees: Green Glob to Green Goblin

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 Manhunter 2070 to Angie Thriller. Michael G. was one of roughly a dozen people who connected the two in four moves. Here is how Michael connected the two…

Angie Thriller and Scabbard were in THRILLER #1.
Scabbard and Ambush Bug were in AMBUSH BUG #4.
Ambush Bug and Aquaman were in GUY GARDNER WARRIOR # 29.
Aquaman and Manhunter 2070 were in SHOWCASE #100.

(A quick note: Roughly 30% of the guesses used the Showcase #100 connection. The other 70% used Manhunter 2070’s appearance in Walter Simonson’s recent excellent graphic novel, The Judas Coin, which also featured Batman. I am only mentioning this because my pal Johnny Bacardi, was interested. He has a Thriller website here, which I presume is why he was interested).

Michael’s challenge is…

Green Glob to Green Goblin

I normally insist that each of the characters have appeared on covers, and Michael actually DID give me a cover appearance of the Green Glob, but in this instance I think the cover appearance gave away too much, so I’m going without one this week.

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)!


I’m guessing the version of Manhunter 2070 that appeared in Chaykin’s Twilight wouldn’t count, because it was an Elseworlds. Did anyone try that as a connection?

When I initially proposed it, the best connection I could think of through The Judas Coin was 5 steps:

Manhunter 2070 appeared in The Judas Coin with Captain Fear
Captain Fear appeared in Tales of the Unexpected #8 with Infectious Lass
Infectious Lass appeared in DC Comics Presents #59 with Ambush Bug
Ambush Bug appeared in Ambush Bug #4 with Scabbard
Scabbard was in Thriller #1 with Angie Thriller

But with Showcase #100, four-step solutions are relatively plentiful. Another would be:

Manhunter 2070 was in Showcase #100 with Dumb Bunny
Dumb Bunny was in Ambush Bug: Year None #3 with Ambush Bug
Ambush Bug was in Ambush Bug #4 with Scabbard
Scabbard was in Thriller #1 with Angie Thriller

Yeah, there were some Twilight guesses. I dunno if I’d count ‘em.

My connection was through the Showcase 100 and the New Doom Patrol (which in turn connected to Ambush Bug through the Bug’s first appearance in DC Comics Presents)

Well, that’s pretty cool. Thanks, Brian! And to anyone who clicks that link, I promise, I’ll get back to finishing it one of these days!

I did the Judas Coin route in 4. Last week was the first time I managed to get the connection.

Showcase #100 is another nexus-of-realities comic, although just within DC. Or at least nexus of all realities that appeared in the first 99 issues of Showcase,

Showcase #100 is one of my favorite comics. Looking back on it now, it reads like a trial run for Crisis on Infinite Earths.

Stephen: Oh yeah, I guess either Batman or Bat Lash could take you from The Judas Coin to World’s Funniest to rendezvous with Ambush Bug, or Batman and the Bug were in Action Comics #565 as well. So yeah, that could be done in four steps too.

I went the Showcase #100 route via Robin to Starfire to get to Ambush Bug #4.

My Showcase connection was Rocky Davis, who also turned up in the Giffen Doom Patrol stuff with Ambush Bug. Was Ambush Bug to Scabbard the only DCU link to Thriller, or were there others?

As far as I know, Omar, Ambush Bug is the only DCU connection.

Hmmm, in Amazing Spider-Man #14, Ox of the Enforcers could be seen in the background picking his nose. Of course, this was also the first appearance of the Green Goblin, so I have green glob to Green Goblin in one. I’ll e-mail you my challenge in a few.

I got there in zero thanks to some faulty coloring in a reprint of ASM #96, so that the Green Goblin *was* a green glob!

I tried Twilight
I wondered about using Judas coin and Two-face (who appeared in an issue of Ambush Bug),

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