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Comic Book Six Degrees: Bob Hope to Woody Allen

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 Doctor Who to Mr. Who. buttler was one of three folks to get it in three moves. Here is how buttler connected the two…

The Fourth Doctor met Captain Kirk in Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who: Assimilation #3
Captain Kirk and Brainiac 5 met in Star Trek/Legion of Super-Heroes #3
Brainiac 5 and Mister Who appeared in All-Star Squadron #53

buttler’s challenge is…

Bob Hope to Woody Allen

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)!


Woohoo! I had a good feeling about that solution.

Two other people went with the All-Star Squadron idea, as well. It was definitely a good one!

For all my grousing about retcons, reboots and mega-crossover events, I do love the original Crisis on Infinite Earths. They really seemed to put a lot of thought into that one.

My solution was almost identical, but I went via Blok rather than Brainiac 5 (Blok doesn’t get enough love).

I know how to solve this week’s. Now I’m just trying see if I can cut a step out of the chain anywhere. It would have been easier if it was Jerry Lewis rather than Bob Hope.

How funny; I actually thought about Blok first, but settled on Brainy because as I recall, Blok was just a group-shot cameo in the Star Trek crossover. And that totally counts, but I decided to do with Brainiac 5 because he was actually present in the merged universe.

Heh. Good for you guys. The solution I sent Brian had four steps–Dr. Who to Death’s Head, DH to Iron Man, to Dr. Fate, to Mr. Who. I’m glad people found it in three!

I haven’t actually read the LSH/Star Trek crossover (I’m not really a Star Trek fan), so I was working off online summaries of who appeared in it. For some reason Blok leapt out at me.

Adam, I didn’t enter but thought about Death’s Head. Glad he didn’t go to waste.

Mine was Doctor 7 to Death’s Head to The Thing to Superman to Mr. Who (via Infinite Crisis) Glad I didn’t bother sending it in.

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