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Comic Book Six Degrees: Captain Koala to General Glory

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 Valkyrie to Valkyrie. Steve B. was one of a few people who connected the two in three moves. Here is how Steve connected the two…

Valkyrie was in Total Eclipse with the Heap
The Heap was in the Kree/Skrull War (I forget the precise issue) with Clint Barton
Clint Barton was on the Secret Avengers with Valkyrie

I was impressed with the Heap link. Rob Means also used the Heap link.

Steve’s challenge is…

Captain Koala (Teddy Q) to General Glory

Steve sent me his suggestions for this week along with his answer for last week, 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)!


Which General Glory? Weren’t there two of them?

Really?! The Heap showed up in The Kree-Skrull War? And it was authorized? That blows my mind. I knew about his cameo in Swamp Thing, but was pretty sure it didn’t count.

Really?! The Heap showed up in The Kree-Skrull War? And it was authorized? That blows my mind. I knew about his cameo in Swamp Thing, but was pretty sure it didn’t count.

We established awhile back that public domain characters can count as authorized if they show up in another comic. While some companies have tried to claim the Heap as their own, it seems he’s pretty much up for grabs, public domain-wise.

Which General Glory? Weren’t there two of them?

The one who was a Justice League member.

Oh gosh, I didn’t know the Heap ever lapsed into public domain. I thought Eclipse owned the rights, which were then sold to Image. Well, that would open things up somewhat.

Eclipse’s take was that they had purchased the rights to the Heap. However, them believing that did not mean that that was actually the case. The Marvelman/Miracleman stuff is a testament to that, as well. It comes down to a general (and very common) misapplication of the concept of intellectual property rights that was prevalent for decades in all facets of the entertainment industry (this is why a whole bunch of movies and TV series all became public domain in the late 1970s/early 1980s, people didn’t know what they were doing).

Which is also why It’s a Wonderful Life was on every TV station all throughout the ’70s and ’80s, until someone figured out how to reassert the copyright on that. I hear ya.

I know a guy who spent a good deal of the 1980s trying to find old movies that had not properly filed their paperwork so that he could then sell VHS copies of the movies.

Whether or not Eclipse bought the rights to the Heap, Avengers #92 was published in 1971, long before even Eclipse started.

Right. It’s just that if there were any rights to be bought, it was surprising to me to hear that the character had shown up in a comic by a company that hadn’t bought the rights, without it being one of those unauthorized cameos anyway. Anyway, Brian answered my question, so that’s cool.

I didn’t think of the Avengers appearance of the Heap (who does tie in with Valkyrie in Airboy – I don’t know if they met in Air Fighters in the 1940s).
Instead I had a longer route as a demonstration link involving Gen 13 issue 13 and Beanworld.

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