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Comic Book Six Degrees: Rocketeer to Rocket Raccoon

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 Supergirl to Kwinn the Eskimo. John W. was one of six or so people to get it in four moves. One of them did it through JLA/Avengers and the other five did it through G.I.Joe/Danger Girl. Here is how John connected the two…

Supergirl appeared with Batman in a number of comics, probably most notably the Superman/Batman Supergirl arc
Batman appeared with Abbey Chase in Batman/Danger Girl
Abbey Chase appeared with Stalker in Danger Girl/G.I. Joe #3
Stalker appeared with Kwinn in G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #2

John’s challenge is…

Rocketeer to Rocket Raccoon

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)!

One Comment

Here’s some completely unsolicited and superfluous advice: I think this column would be more popular if the the two characters you connect in it, were the two characters you tease in the headline. I’ve been coming to CBR for nearly a year, and I always bypass this column because I know that the headline is just the challenge and when I open the article, it will probably be about connecting two characters I have no interest in (like Supergirl and Stalker).

For instance, I would like to hear how the Rocketeer connects with Rocket Raccoon, but I probably won’t remember to look for it next week, because the headline will be something like “Deimos to Devil Dinosaur” and I won’t care.

Anyway, just my opinion. Do as you like.

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