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Comic Book Six Degrees: Taz to Taz

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 Stephen Colbert to Glorious Godfrey. Jeff R. was one of about half a dozen people who got the connection in three moves. Here is how Jeff connected the two…

NOTE: Before I begin, let me request that when you folks send in your answers to please include your suggestion for next week if your answer is chosen. I know it takes a little time to think of an idea, but just bear in mind that it makes things go a lot smoother (as it allows me not to have to contact you and you write back to me) and you only really have to do it once in a while, since you can just keep on repeating your suggestion the next time if you aren’t chosen this time. A good chunk of you (like Jeff) DO do it that way, and I appreciate it, but I’d like it if all of you could do it. Thanks! Okay, on to how Jeff connected the two!

Colbert to Spider-Man from the first book you’ve got pictured, ASM 573
Spider-Man to Superman through the Superman/Spider-Man tabloid
and Superman to Godfrey any number of ways; I’ll say Legends #5 because I can’t be sure the big guy actually appeared in #4 and you’re not trying to trick people with that cover.

Jeff’s challenge is…

Taz (from Atari Force) to Taz (from Looney Tunes)

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)!



Travis Pelkie

March 4, 2014 at 5:59 pm

I’m going to look into this one, if only to see if I can fit another particular character in there.

Got to think of a challenge for the future, though.

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