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Comic Book Six Degrees: Lord High Papal to Deacon Dark

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 Kickers. Inc. to Justice, Inc.. buttler was one of three folks who got it in three moves. Here is how buttler connected the two…

Jack Magniconte appeared in Starblast #4 with Monica Rambeau.
Monica Rambeau appeared in JLA/Avengers #3 with Batman.
Batman appeared in First Wave #2 with Richard Benson.

buttler’s challenge is…

Lord High Papal to Deacon Dark

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)!


I figured Kickers, Inc. to Justice, Inc. was going to go through Starblast and JLA/Avengers, but I didn’t have the DC knowledge to complete it. I’m going to assume this week’s challenge has to go through a certain issue as well, but once again I lack the DC knowledge to complete it.

Zero steps: As soon as I get approval from Starlin and DC, I draw a comic featuring both characters.

Hey, Omar, I can connect Lord High Papal to Deacon Dark in Zero Steps, as well… they are both obviously the exact same guy!

No doubt he is / they are one of those pesky Thanosi clones who went both rogue and pasty-white :)

And one of them had his nose fall off. But yeah, the similarity is why I thought it might be fun to connect ‘em.

Lord High Papal has no nose.

How does he smell?


Thanks, I’m here all week.

Has anyone ever put together a list of all of the characters created by Jim Starlin who resemble Thanos?

The funny thing is that most of them resemble Darkseid more than they do Thanos (who, of course, also resembles Darkseid).

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