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Comic Book Six Degrees: Tomorrow Woman to Mega Man

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 Optimus Prime to Xena. Smokescreen was one of a lot of you folks to get it in three moves. Here is how Smokescreen connected the two…

Xena appears with Ash in Army of Darkness/Xena #1
Ash appears with Spider-Man in Marvel Zombies/Army of Darkness #1
Spider-Man appears with Optimus Prime in Transformers #3 (Marvel, first series)

Smokescreen’s challenge is…

Tomorrow Woman to Mega Man

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)!


Hey Brian, can we use appearances in the same story but different issues? Like, I dunno, if the Phantom Stranger was in FINAL NIGHT #1 and Hal Jordan was in FINAL NIGHT #4, can I say “Phantom Stranger and Hal Jordan were in FINAL NIGHT”? Or do separate issues split it up even if they’re collected as a whole later? I might be able to skip a step doing this. Thanks!

Pretty sure they have to be in the same issue of a series, even if it’s in a trade — like the solution to last week’s.

I hope not! I could have sworn I saw Brian post an answer once which just gave a generic “X and Y were in SERIES Z” without specifying issues. Of course, X and Y could have been in every issue of Series Z, so it didn’t matter.

I hope it’s not “per issue,” as I can skip a step if the whole trade counts. If not…well, then I get it in one extra step, until I kick myself for not being aware of the obscure issue that had both characters together. :)

I think I got it in four without having to resort to what I’m asking about. I am curious, though, if we can do “Same storyline/TPB, different issues” in the future. Thanks!

Adam: I think Brian has posted an answer like that more than once, but I think it was either that the two characters were in every issue of that series (“Michael Mauser was in The P.I.s with Ms. Tree”) or that the person couldn’t be bothered to look up the issue number (“Spider-Man and Red Sonja met in Marvel Team-Up”). The rule as Brian’s clarified it in the past is that the two characters have to have appeared in the same story within the same issue (whether or not they actually met).

Yeah, they have to appear in the same story. The examples buttler refers to are correct (like “Martian Manhunter appeared in JLA with Superman” or whatever).

Well, ok…my lawyer’s brain still sees “story” as an ambiguous answer. I assume that by “story,” you mean “issue”–hence, my Phantom Stranger/Hal Jordan example from above wouldn’t apply.

Sure, they must appear in the same story in a specific issue.

I’m disappointed this isn’t connect Dr. Light to Dr. Light.

Thok: There were a lot of ways I thought about this one, but that didn’t occur to me (what did occur to me about day after I submitted my answer last week was “Hey, Amazo would have made sense as well”). Instead, when I put it together, I was thinking about the themes that surround both characters (i.e., what humanity is/what constitutes human).

Which yeah, is probably way too much thought for this exercise…but that’s me. I’m weird like that.

BTW, Mega Man is a pretty decent book for the source material. Yeah, kid-oriented, but the creators are really trying to develop the back story and make it something deeper than what Capcom has originally laid out. Being a fan of the games, it’s fun to see them take it in some different directions while still maintaining the feel of the source material.

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