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Comic Book Six Degrees: The Phantom to the Phantom Stranger

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 Rocketeer to Rocket Raccoon. Kamino N. was one of about two dozen people to get it in four moves. Here is how Kamino connected the two…

Rocketeer appeared with the Spirit in Rocketeer/Spirit #1 (and the rest of the series, too).
Spirit teamed up with Batman in the Spirit/Batman one-shot.
Batman fought Captain America in Marvel vs DC #3.
Captain America and Rocket Raccoon both appeared in Avengers Assemble #6.

Kamino’s challenge is…

The Phantom to the Phantom Stranger

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)!

6 Comments

Bonus points if you work a Phantom Blot connection in there, right?

Hope get this right

My middle link is “Let’s be honest, Zatara is basically Mandrake the Magician.”

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Huh. I’m a bit surprised at the resolution from last week. I would have gone this route:

Rocketeer -> Doc Savage (his own series)
Doc Savage -> Ben Grimm (Marvel Two-In-One)
Ben Grimm -> Rocket Raccoon (several titles, inc. Avengers Assemble)

Oh well, maybe I’ll just play myself next time.

I considered something similar, but Doc Savage’s appearance in the Rocketeer series was not an authorised appearance (and Doc is never names as such).

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