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Comic Book Six Degrees: Astro to Vance Astro

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 Lord C’thulu to Shuma-Gorath. George B. was one of a couple of people to get it in five moves. Here is how George connected the two…

Lord C’thulhu was in Those Annoying Post Bros. #63 with the Post Brothers
The Post Brothers were in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #41 with, let’s say Raphael
Raphael was in Gen 13 #13B with Grunge
Grunge was in Gen 13 #13C with Wolverine
Wolverine was in Wolverine: First Class #12 with Shuma-Gorath

George’s challenge is…

Astro to Vance Astro

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)!

5 Comments

I get the feeling that “Avengers Forever” is going to be involved.

I’m wondering if “Justice” Vance Astro can be used, or if it’s limited to the Guardians of the Galaxy version of Vance. I believe alternate reality versions of characters have been allowed before, but Justice-Vance seems like a special case in which he’s wholly distinct from Guardians-Vance.

Then again, I’m not sure it matters, as there’s probably considerable overlap among characters who’ve met both versions.

Technically speaking, “Justice” is Vance Astrovik, isn’t he?

Vance Astro =/= Justice.

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