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Comic Book Six Degrees: Killraven to Marvin the Martian

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 G-Man to 3-D Man. Kyle M. was one of three people who connected the two in four moves. Here is how Kyle connected the two…

G-Man met Savage Dragon in G-Man: Cape Crisis #3
Savage Dragon had two crossover one-shots with Superman
Superman met Captain America in JLA/Avengers
Captain America was in Avengers Vol. 3 #50 with 3-D Man

Kyle’s challenge is…

Killraven to Marvin the Martian

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 think I got this one, using a last link that almost everyone else will likely use.

Right, I think there’s multiple ways to go on the first two or three links (sorry, not saying how many!), but everyone’s going to have the same last link. If there’s something other than what I think we’re all thinking that meets Brian’s rules, I’ll be amazed.

In fairness, the planet Earth blocks everyone’s view of any other last links, and we’d need some Iludium P238 to fix the problem.

You know, I just read on Wikipedia that Marvin’s appearance was inspired by Ares (Mars, natch!), which means we could have just as easily had a six degrees from Marvin to Marvel’s Ares.* It would have only changed one link in what I came up with.

* Yeah, I know, DC has an Ares too. Marvel’s is (IHMO) more fun!

Hmm, I can think of a different comic for the last link than the one everyone’s probably thinking of, but it would add a step.

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