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Comic Book Six Degrees: Glob to Glob

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 Sarah Jane Smith to Silk Spectre. Gareth J. was one of three people who got the connection in five moves. Here is how Gareth connected the two…

Sarah Jane Smith was in Doctor Who Magazine #159 with the Seventh Doctor (in the comic strip Train-Flight)
The Seventh Doctor was in Doctor Who Magazine #147 with the Sleeze Brothers (in the comic strip Follow That TARDIS)
The Sleeze Brothers were in the Comic Relief Comic (1991) with Batman (on the same panel!) :-)
Batman was in Action Comics #309 with President John F. Kennedy
President John F. Kennedy was in Watchmen #4 with the Silk Spectre

Gareth’s challenge is…

The Glob to Glob

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)!

19 Comments

Interesting that no one went through Kingdom Come, where Rorschach has a cameo. (Hilariously, he’s trying to break Brother Power’s boneless fingers.)

Heh. “Giant-Size Man-Thing.”

Gets me every time.

I could only think of another Watchmen “crossover” that I think counts (but I’m not saying because we may need to use it later on!). I was thinking that the challenge probably would hinge on real life people’s appearances.

The Comic Relief Comic? Man, something new for me to look for, apparently.

Oh man, that IS an interesting connection. I did have JFK in mind when I proposed it, though I knew there were other ways of getting there.

Jenos Idanian #13

February 11, 2014 at 6:20 pm

Yeah, I was thinking of Rorshach’s appearances outside Watchmen. The idea of using Kennedy (or Nixon, or Kissinger, or any of the other real-world figures) who appeared in Watchmen didn’t occur to me.

I had a five step solution that through “Kingdom Come”.

I’m never quite sure what ‘story’ means in this context, but there is a faster route if different issues of a single mini-series count:
Sarah Jane to Captain Kirk (Doctor Who/Star Trek: Assimilation^2, in separate flashbacks in issues 4 and 5; this is the dodgy link)
Captain Kirk to Brainiac 5 (Star Trek/Legion of Super-Heroes)
Brainiac 5 to JFK (Action #285)
JFK to the Silk Spectre (Watchmen #4)

(The arbritrary way in which the Watchmen and DCU JFKs are the same but another publishers’ is different is another rule that I never get right in my head; which is why the back end of this didn’t occur to me last week…)

Jeff that’s one I’ve stumbled over too.

Different issues of a miniseries don’t count as the same story in the same issue.

I also used Doctor Who/Star Trek and Star Trek/Legion in my solution, though I needed an extra step to get to Sarah Jane.

And yeah, I used JFK specifially to take advantage of that loophole that came up when Marvel Indiana Jones Hitler was ruled to be the same as Captain America’s Hitler.

The rule is stated as “in the same comic book story”; no mention of issues. I’m pretty sure that some selected links have used “Kingdom Come” as a unified whole before to link characters who appeared only in two different issues of it.

Brian has clarified this in the comments in the past, that each issue has to be considered separately–and if the issue has multiple stories in it, each of those stories is separate.

http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/2013/06/17/comic-book-six-degrees-tomorrow-woman-to-mega-man/

Maybe it should go into the intro too–man, that intro just gets longer & longer & longer as the same FAQs come up again & again.

We’re probably lucky no one tried to use the Watchmen entry in the 1987 Who’s Who in the DC Universe update series to claim a link to any other DC character in it. (Actually, it’s kind of refreshing that everyone has sensibly accepted the rule against handbooks and so on without Brian having to make it official.)

Side note: that handbook entry was actually where I first heard about Watchmen, at an age when I was too young to read it. It still works brilliantly even if you know all the general plot turns going in, like most good literature, film, comics, and so on.

Oh yeah, Watchmen got spoiled for me by Wizard, dammit! and I still enjoyed it just fine, because it’s so damn good.

Wow, there’s a Who’s Who about Watchmen? Heck, there was one about Electric Warrior, so I guess it makes as much sense as anything else.

Who’s Who gave quite a few entires toc haracters who were — in the entries themselves — placed outside the “mainstream continuity.” Both the Minutement and the main characters of Watchmen got entries, as did the Electric Warrior. The original series released alongside Crisis on Infinite Earths also gave entries to ‘Mazing Man and its strip-within-a-strip, Zoot Sputnik, as well as Nathaniel Dusk, PI.

Oh for the good old days when issues of the Who’s Who and Handbook of the Marvel Universe were coming out simultaneously. It was a great way to get introduced to the companies, their characters and their different approaches.

Sorry, all this talk about the Who’s Who made me a little nostalgic for ’86.

I have to admit that I’m perturbed. When the last entry went up I sent Brian a four step link between Sarah Jane and Silk Spectre. All the steps were valid as far as I can see, so I’m not sure why it didn’t beat the five step links.

without seeing that 4-step solution I cannot comment on it’s validity

I didn’t think of JFK the best I could come up with was 6-steps going through the Doctor, Captain Kirk, Lightning Lad, the Question and Rorschach

I went Sarah Jane in Doctor Who Magazine #238’s story, Ground Zero with Ace, Susan or the Doctor
All three of them appeared in the Comic Relief Comic, as did Superman
Superman and Rorschach in Kingdom Come #2
And then Rorschach to Silk Spectre in any issue of Watchmen.

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