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Comic Book Six Degrees: Lord C’thulu to Shuma-Gorath

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 Silver Sable to the Ferret. buttler was one of a few people to get it in three moves. Here is how buttler connected the two…

The Ferret and Ryu were in Street Fighter #3
Ryu and Dr. Doom were in Marvel vs. Capcom: Fate of Two Worlds #1
Dr. Doom and Silver Sable were in Avenging Spider-Man #8

buttler’s challenge is…

Lord C’thulu to Shuma-Gorath

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)!



Cthulhu is how Lovecraft spelled it, but it’s spelled here the way it’s spelled in the Savage Henry series, where Lord C’thulu played keyboards for the band the Bulldaggers. The character is a bit different there.

So it has to be the character from Savage Henry?

I did intend it to be specifically the Savage Henry character, but ultimately it’s Brian’s call.

I NEVER get these, but dear lord I’m hoping The Residents play a part in this.

I think there should be extra credit for making the Residents a link in the chain.

Oh yeah, it is just the character from Savage Henry.

Who are The Residents?

A band. They wear eyeball heads and top hats. Sometimes. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Residents

Thanks.The Residents do appear in Savage Henry according to Comicvine, but they do not feature in my solution.

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