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Comic Book Six Degrees: Sarah Jane Smith to Silk Spectre

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 time was Master Menace to Menasor. buttler was one of about six people who got the connection in three moves. Here is how buttler connected the two…

Master Menace was in Squadron Supreme #7 with Captain America
Captain America was in New Avengers/Transformers #1 with Bumblebee
Bumblebee was in The Transformers #6 with Menasor

buttler’s challenge is…

Sarah Jane Smith to Silk Spectre

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’ll be interested in how people get to Watchmen because of how insular it is…

Jenos Idanian #13

February 4, 2014 at 4:36 am

Yes, Watchmen is insular, which means the few times its characters have appeared elsewhere very notable. And that makes working from that end quite simple.

On the other end, I can think of a certain Time Lord’s appearance as a cameo not being quite official, and into another very insular book, so I’m lost in the middle.

Have the Watchman characters even appeared anywhere outside of Watchmen and Before Watchmen (at least ‘officially’)? I genuinely can’t think of any other appearances…

Extra points for connecting them through Princess Leia!

(Well, not really. Though I’d certainly be impressed!)

Yeah, I think there’s like, one comic I know of where Watchmen characters made an approved appearance with anyone else.

And here I was thinking that Circuit Breaker’s Secret Wars II appearance was the only way to do it in three… :-D

I *might* have managed this week’s in a safe-ish five or a risky four. Either way it may require a slight bending (if not breaking) of one of the rules detailed at the top of the article.

We shall see!

I’m curious to see how this one works since I own more than half the comics needed to make it work. I can only do it in 7 so far. I’ll have to sleep on it.

Jenos Idanian #13

February 4, 2014 at 12:45 pm

I can think of two appearances by Watchmen characters outside of their own books… would it be a bit of a spoiler if I were to mention them here?

Yeah, it’s best to sit on that info till next week, at least.

If you try to do it via the Doctor, does it have to be the Jon Pertwee version (picture here), or would leaping to, say, Peter Davison, still count as unbroken chain?


I guess there are more important things in the world.

I think I got this. One of my connections is a bit dodgy, but I think it counts as official. Now I just need to make sure it is the shortest path I can find.

Ken: That’s Brian’s call to make, but I think in the past he’s ruled that the Doctor is the Doctor is the Doctor.

I’ll be waiting to see the solution next time, and I wanna know then what the other connections people come up with. I have a notion of how it would go, but I’m not sure how it would do so.

@ Jenos Idanian #13 and Buttler – Yeah, don’t spoil it! But I definitely want to find out what they are next week! I’ve managed to find one very tenuous non-Watchmen appearance, which means I can get it in 5.

I feel like there has to be a way to do it in three. Four, tops. I just don’t have my Doctor Who comics handy to page through them all. :)

I can do it in four. If it was a different companion, depending on which it was, I could do it in three. Waiting to see the outcome of this one and what the next one is. We seem to be a touch overdue.

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