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Comic Book Six Degrees: X-O Manowar to X-Wing Rogue Leader

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 Prince Ra-Man to She-Ra. Mike L. was one of a few people who connected the two in three moves. Here is how Mike connected the two (it is the exact same connection a few other people used, as I believe Crisis #12 is the only comic Superman has shared with Prince Ra-Man)…

Prince Ra-Man was in Crisis on Infinite Earths #12 with Superman
Superman was in DC Comics Presents #47 with He-Man
He-Man was in The Secret Of The Sword with She-Ra.

Mike’s challenge is…

X-O Manowar to X-Wing Rogue Leader (Wedge Antilles)

Wow, this one is a toughie (at least based on what Mike gave me as how he connected the two – it took all six degrees. The problem is that the Star Wars comics only really ever had one official crossover)!

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)!

14 Comments

This is going to be tricky. I’m pretty sure I know what the Star Wars crossover is, but I’m not sure to what else that leads me to.

To the intertubes!

The Star Wars crossover is the one I have trouble with, actually–I only know of one crossover with another franchise off the top of my head, and that one doesn’t really get me any further. X-O Manowar should be no problem.

Wedge is a favorite of mine though, so I’m determined to work it out.

You’re killing me on this one, Brian! I actually know of two Star Wars crossovers, but I guess it’s a question of whether you consider it “official.” (I think most SW sites I frequent do consider it official, but you might not. As it is, I think it’s a dead end.)

The “no outside appearances” rule also makes this a lot harder!

Brian Cronin

May 7, 2013 at 1:06 pm

This definitely requires you to know the rules we go by pretty closely.

But to reiterate – “If a character is licensed to a company when the comic book crossover in question happened (or if it is obviously licensed, like JLA/Avengers) then it counts. Like Conan appearing in an issue of What If…?”

By this rule, I believe there was really only one official crossover for Star Wars comics. And none of them ever happened during their Marvel days. And I don’t mean stuff like Hellboy appearing in the background of a panel. I mean a flat out “This is clearly meant to be Character X and it is clearly approved by Company That Owns Character X.”

The biggest stretch of this rule we ever had was ALF appearing on a television while he was licensed to Marvel. The theory there was that it was actually an appearance by ALF, not just like a poster of him snuck into a background or anything like that. It was just HIM at a time when Marvel owned his license. So it counted. But perhaps I shouldn’t have allowed that if that would confuse people into using stuff like Star Wars posters in the background when Marvel owned the Star Wars license.

Brian–

No, both “crossovers” that I’m thinking of aren’t anything like a poster or a tongue-in-cheek appearance. All I can say at this point is that I’m at an absolute dead end on where to connect the characters. Depending on what answer you approve at the next “Six Degrees,” I’ll have to ask you whether a particular Star Wars story counts as an official appearance or not. All I’ll say at this point is that I am aware of TWO meetings between a Star Wars character and a non-SW character in a comic. One is definitely acceptable, and one I would argue is, but I could see you shooting down.

Either way, both meetings lead to a dead end as far as I can tell. But we’ll see what others come up with!

Travis Pelkie

May 7, 2013 at 4:17 pm

OK, next week I totally want to know what the crossovers Adam is thinking of are. Cuz I’m totally stuck.

Ethan Shuster

May 7, 2013 at 8:25 pm

Wait… who are we referring to when we say “X-wing Rogue Leader?” Are we going with the example on the cover here, the character Wedge Antilles? Or anyone who’s used the title Rogue Leader? That could be at least a few comic characters, including Luke Skywalker.

Brian Cronin

May 7, 2013 at 9:15 pm

Wedge Antilles.

Waitaminute! I don’t remember seeing all of these ‘official appearances only, no unlicenced cameos’ rules when I quickly skim read this yesterday, whilst clearly not paying as much attention as I should have.

Dammit!

Brian Cronin

May 8, 2013 at 4:16 pm

Also, as a hint, a key to this link is the whole “Public figures count, but they’re unique to each comic book universe, so Marvel’s Abraham Lincoln is different from DC’s Abraham Lincoln” rule.

At least one person has made a clear legit link and they’ve used that rule to do it. In fact, he actually did one better than Mike’s initial link (which needed the full six degrees).

So would a public figure appearing in a licensed comic from Marvel count as the same person as the public figure appearing in a Marvel Universe comic?

Brian Cronin

May 9, 2013 at 2:03 pm

So would a public figure appearing in a licensed comic from Marvel count as the same person as the public figure appearing in a Marvel Universe comic?

Yes. Essentially, there has to be SOME cut-off point, and that’s the one we’re going with.

With that clarification I’ve got it, but I can’t beat five degrees.

I’ve got an idea for a starting point but am going to be incommunicado so will give up and see if my idea is the link used (oddly enough the person I’m thinking of not only appears in a Dark Horse Star Wars comic but also has a non-qualifying appearance in a Marvel Star Wars comic)

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