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Comic Book Six Degrees: Dakota North to Omaha, the Cat Dancer

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 Mister E to Ms. Tree. Matthew J. was one of a couple of people who connected the two in five moves. Here is how Matthew connected the two…

Ms. Tree meets E-Man in issue 1 of “The P.I.s.”
E-Man meets Savage Dragon in Savage Dragon #41.
Savage Dragon met Superman in Superman/Savage Dragon Vol 1.
Superman meets Phantom Stranger in, oh, say, Justice League of America vol 1 #103
Phantom Stranger meets Mr. E in Books of Magic vol 1.

Last week I told you I would reveal this week what Rob M.’s connection between Michael Mauser and Detective Chimp was last week since it would help so much in Ms. Tree to Mister E and I didn’t want to give it away. However, no one used his connection this week (which would have cut off at least one move, maybe two), so I think I’ll keep it as a secret until someone else guesses it. Once someone else guesses it, it’ll be fair game for everyone to use.

Matthew’s challenge is…

Dakota North to Omaha, the Cat Dancer

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)!

3 Comments

Hmm, JLA 103 is the one where the Stranger joined the League, I believe (or did he?) And a classic Rutland story, too.

I’m starting to think that Rob M. had no three-step solution and this all an elaborate bluff on Brian’s part :-P

Just to be clear, the Images of Omaha are out because they’re pin-ups, rights?

Just to be clear, the Images of Omaha are out because they’re pin-ups, rights?

Correct.

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