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Comic Book Six Degrees: Mister E to Ms. Tree

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 (other than public domain comic book characters, they’re free game) 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 Michael Mauser to Detective Chimp. Rob M. was the only one to connect the two in three moves. Here is how Rob connected the two…


Rob’s answer involves a major clue to this week’s challenge, so I decided I’m going to wait until next week to show you how Rob connected the two. You’ll just have to trust me that it made sense. ;)

Rob’s challenge is…

Mister E to Ms. Tree

Rob, by the way, presented his challenge along with his answer in case he won, which is always appreciated.

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)!


Did Rob hit too much of a giveaway? I can’t be the only one that wants to know how Detective Chimp and E-Man are connected. Best I’ve got is Infantino, Broome, and Staton all worked on the Flash at some point.

Think I have this link.

I will admit I’m curious, because the solution I had in mind when I proposed the Mauser to Chimp challenge was 4 steps.

Random question, but didn’t First Comics pop up a couple years ago and announce they were resuming publishing comics, starting with some new Ms. Tree material? Anybody know whatever happened to that plan? I haven’t seen any mention of it pretty much since then…

I had it in four steps:
1. Mauser worked with E-Man in the First Comics “E-Man” series
2. E-Man was in “War of the Independents” #1 with Madman
3. Madman was in “Hullaballoo” with Superman
4. Superman was at the Oblivion Bar with Detective Chimp in “Superman/Batman” #46

Did Mauser appear in “Independents” too? If so, that would have cut mine down to 3 steps too.

that’s the sequence I was thinking about.
I was also wondering about using Ms Tree quarterly which was published by DC but I can’t remember her appearing in any stories with DC characters (and separate stories in the same comic don’t count).

And I do remember talk of a revival of First including E-man but not seen anything definite yet.

bad johnny got out

February 24, 2013 at 1:34 am

Ms Tree writer Max Allen Collins wrote the novelization for Air Force One, a movie starring Harrison Ford, who played Deckard in Blade Runner, which inspired the White Zombie song More Human Than Human, which Mr E writer K.W. Jeter took for the title of a Blade Runner paycheck novel.

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