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Comic Book Six Degrees: Doctor Who to Mr. Who

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 Cerebus to Howard the Duck. Adam F. was one of three folks to get it in three moves. Here is how Adam connected the two…

Cerebus and Shi were in War of the Independents #1
Shi and Wolverine were in Wolverine/Shi: Dark Night of Judgment
Wolverine and Howard were in Fear Itself: Fearsome Four #2.

Adam’s challenge is…

Doctor Who to Mr. Who

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)!


To clarify, does this have to be the Tom Baker Doctor Who, or any incarnation of Doctor Who?

I could only do it in 8 degrees… i suck.

I did it in five! :)

I came up with this week’s challenge. It hadn’t occurred to me whether the incarnation of the Doctor mattered. I’m not up on my Who lore, but he’s always the same guy in a different body, right? It’s Brian’s game, so I guess it’s his call!

My guess is that if Brian actually meant to specify the Fourth Doctor, he would have done so. But we’ll see!

(I used the Fourth Doctor in my solution anyway.)

It’s a bit odd looking at that US DW cover and seeing City of the Cursed on it! On it’s original UK publication it was called City of the Damned!

Does it ruin the theme if someone points out the name of the character is “The Doctor” and not “Doctor Who?”

Cool Arrow — True, but there have been more seasons of the series where his name in the closing credits were listed as “Doctor Who” (Seasons 1-18, plus new Series 1) than “The Doctor” (Seasons 19-26, and new Series 2-7).

A ruling on a previous challenge (the Absalom Daak, Dalek Killer one) said all incarnations of the Doctor count as the same character. I’ll run with that ruling unless Brain says differently.

I’ll run with that ruling unless Brain says differently.

And what of Pinky?

I was totally aware that he’s just “the Doctor,” but he’ll always be “Doctor Who” to me (and a lot of people). He and Frankenstein’s Monster can join a club for mis-identified Hollywood characters!

Yeah, sorry, folks, I already had ruled that all Doctors are the Doctor, so I didn’t think to mention it again. But I should have!

Travis Pelkie

July 2, 2013 at 4:55 pm

Bonus points to anyone who works Keith Moon into the solution.


July 2, 2013 at 5:13 pm

Did my two move solution not count? It was Cerebus to Turtles in TMNT #8 and Turtles to Howard in Savage Dragon/Destroyer Duck…

I got it in 4, but I can’t think of another one for next week.

Travis Pelkie

July 2, 2013 at 5:41 pm

Well, that wasn’t *really* Howard in SD/DD. As Brian points out in the last line of every one of these 6 Degrees.

I was able to get this one in four. And yeah Howard in SD doesn’t count. Which I forgot about when I sent in my first email. Sent one in a few minutes later, saying Whoops forgot they don’t count. If they counted it could be done in one move.

LuciferanHeart: Read the last sentence of the instructions above, which is there every week:

“Remember, only authorized appearances in comic books count (for instance, all the Marvel characters in Savage Dragon/Destroyer Duck do not count)”

Travis Pelkie

July 2, 2013 at 9:18 pm

buttler: read my last comment ;)

It says “buttler: read my last comment”

Whew, that’s enough comment readin’ for one day. I’m all tuckered out.

Travis Pelkie

July 2, 2013 at 9:25 pm

Dammit, tricked by the English language! Curse you buttler, curse you!!!!

Looking back, it’s a bit surprising that Mr. Who never got much of a revival, especially since he was the most frequent opponent of Doctor Fate back in the 1940s. His “Solution Z” gimmick allowing him to adapt physically to any circumstance is exactly the sort of thing you’d have thought John Broome or Cary Bates or someone would play around with. But nope, three issues of Roy Thomas using deliberately obscure villains like Oom and Nyola (who didn’t even have powers in her one Golden Age appearance!) and that’s it.

Of course, he’s also from the weak period of Fate’s Golden Age stories, which might explain it. Those later Dr. Fate stories from the 40s are bizarre; Kent Nelson loses the “sorcerer” bit entirely and becomes some kind of third-rate flying brick muttering about “energy” as a catchall excuse for doing — or failing to do — whatever the plot required. Certainly Gardner Fox wasn’t going to revisit that, since it replaced his “Weird Tales for young’uns” style. Say, did anyone ever bring back the Fishmen of Nyarl-Amen, other than that one-off cameo as a Psycho-Pirate-induced hallucination alongside Wotan and Mayoor in Showcase #56?

That was back when Doctor Fate used to wear an onion on his belt, as was the style at the time. I remember he used to *cough* *snort* ZzzZZZzzZzzzzz…….

Do non-canon comics count? E.G. Super Powers mini-series.

Frankly, I was surprised that Mr. Who got a cover spotlight in that Wanted: The World’s Most Dangerous Villians reprint series that DC used to do. At the time I was like, “Mr. … who?” But then other issues proudly featured Golden Wasp, the Iron Mask, the Nightshade, Master Man, the Dummy, the Human Fly Gang, Dr. Clever and Dr. Glisten, so they certianly weren’t averse to obscurity.

That was a pretty great series for that very reason, actually.

Do non-canon comics count? E.G. Super Powers mini-series.


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