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Comic Book Six Degrees: Kickers. Inc. to Justice, Inc.

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 – you just can’t use modern appearances by Jack Kirby from one company to connect to Jack Kirby appearances from Marvel Comics, since obviously Kirby can no longer give approval for his appearance). Approval tends to be the key.

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 Gullivar Jones to Indiana Jones. Steve F. was one of three folks who got it in six moves. Here is how Steve connected the two…

Gullivar Jones to Jekyll/Hyde in LOEG II #1
Jekyll/Hyde to Jonah Hex in All-Star Western #15
Jonah Hex to Batman in the most recent issue of All-Star Western
Batman to Captain America in Batman/Captain America #1
Captain America to Hitler in that great John Byrne anniversary issue of Cap
Hitler to Indiana Jones in the Last Crusade adaptation by Marvel

Steve’s challenge is…

Kickers, Inc. to Justice, Inc.

I made Steve further clarify that the connection is between Jack Magniconte and Richard “The Avenger” Benson.

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)!

19 Comments

Does it need to be the entire Kickers, Inc team or will a single member suffice?

So for this one, does it have to be the full teams, or do members of the teams count?

Never mind, got a solution that had the teams. :)

So, do all the answers include Hitler? ‘Cause that’s messed up.

Does it need to be the entire Kickers, Inc team or will a single member suffice?

So for this one, does it have to be the full teams, or do members of the teams count?

I noted in the piece that….

I made Steve further clarify that the connection is between Jack Magniconte and Richard “The Avenger” Benson.

I’m surprised that there wasn’t a direct Batman-Hitler connection, perhaps in one of the pre-Crisis JSA/Earth-2 books.

So, do all the answers include Hitler? ‘Cause that’s messed up.

There’s another way to connect Indiana Jones to the Marvel Universe, but it is more circuitous than using Hitler.

I’m surprised that there wasn’t a direct Batman-Hitler connection, perhaps in one of the pre-Crisis JSA/Earth-2 books.

With the way that the game works, you’d have to get from the DC usage of Hitler to the Marvel usage of Hitler before connecting to Indiana Jones’s Marvel comic. Essentially, Hitler by himself can’t connect across comic book companies, since he’s made so many appearances that otherwise he’d make nearly every comic book connectable through Hitler.

I assume the Jekyll/Hyde appearance in All-Star Western wasn’t a LOEG crossover, so wouldn’t those be different characters under the “public domain” rule? Or does the fact the DC published LOEG mean it’s considered the same “universe” for this game?

Doesn’t this latest solution break the rules of the game? Surely Jekyll/Hyde in All-Star Western isn’t the same character as Jekyll/Hyde in LOEG, nor Hitler in Captain America the same as Hitler in Indiana Jones? Don’t these series take place in different universes?

Whoops, S managed to post the same thing before me.

Or does the fact the DC published LOEG mean it’s considered the same “universe” for this game?

Correct.

Which is really the reason why Alan Moore was ok with DC buying Wildstorm (and therefore ABC): so that his version of Jekyll and Hyde could count as a DC version for Comic Book Six Degrees.

Huh, Hitler wasn’t actually in that Batman/Cap book? Just read that recently. Great stuff, though.

I thought the same thing about Hitler being in Batman/Cap book but, when I checked, it turns out he’s not.

You can still do it in six steps without having to go through LOEG, by going via John Carter and Tarzan.

I thought the same thing about Hitler being in Batman/Cap book but, when I checked, it turns out he’s not.

Yeah, it’s odd, isn’t it?

“DC’s Ronald Reagan is different from Marvel’s Ronald Reagan, etc.).”
“Approval tends to be the key (except for truly public figures like Presidents, of course).”

I thought I understood the rules until I read that last sentence, which seems to contradict the other one.

“DC’s Ronald Reagan is different from Marvel’s Ronald Reagan, etc.).”
“Approval tends to be the key (except for truly public figures like Presidents, of course).”

I thought I understood the rules until I read that last sentence, which seems to contradict the other one.

It just means that truly public figures are never going to actually give you approval. I can see how it could be confusing, so I’ll just jettison the line. It was just an aside and not really necessary.

I’m the one who posed this challenge, and I could only do it on 7 moves, not through Hitler but through another trickier back door into the Lucas universe. I was hoping that someone who’s read more of Indy’s Dark Horse run than I have would find a Hitler appearance in a DH Indy book, because if there is one, you can connect the Joneses in just four moves.

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