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Comic Book Six Degrees: Frankie Stein to The Machine

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 Taz to Taz. Loki was one of two people who got the connection in three moves. Here is how Loki connected the two…

NOTE: Before I begin, let me again 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 Loki) DO do it that way, and I appreciate it, but I’d like it if all of you could do it. Oh, and it would be nice if you demonstrate that it IS possible to connect your two suggested choices. Thanks! Okay, on to how Loki connected the two!

Taz (Atari Force) to Pakrat in Atari Force #15’s first story
Pakrat to Martian Manhunter in Atari Force’s second story
Martian Manhunter to Taz (Looney Tunes) in Superman & Bugs Bunny #2

Loki’s challenge is…

Frankie Stein to The Machine

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)!


Hoping I haven’t made it too hard. When I originally tried to figure out a challenge, I thought Frankie Stein to Re-Animator (Herbert West) would be appropriate, but I could only figure out a seven step link for that one. Frankie to his spiritual brother the Machine seemed like the next best option. To anyone taking up the challenge, best of luck on finding the crossovers!

I used to read Frankie Stein back in ‘Monster Fun’ when I was a kid, but finding a crossover that can get me out of the world of British kids comics is proving a challenge. But I shall persevere.

Yeah, this is entirely outside my realm of knowledge, alas, but I’m looking forward to seeing the results!

I think I’ve found a starting point. Now to see if I can cut it down to six steps or less.

Best of luck! When I proved it could be done in order to pick it as my challenge, I did my best to use as many links as I could that haven’t been used in previous CB6D installments, because I think half the fun of this column is discovering new connections you were unaware of. Before I started reading this column, I wasn’t aware of all the independent character cameos in Ultraforce/Avengers or E-Man, Blue Beetle and Captain Atom having cameos in the same story in Ghost Manor. So half of me is hoping this will introduce new connections to the other readers here, and the other half is hoping that whoever wins the challenge finds different links from the ones I found so I get to learn of some new ones!

At the moment, I can’t get it to six steps or fewer, and I’m starting to think that my initial starting point is a red herring.

I think I’m going to have to give up on this. I can’t get a solution below six steps. One path I came up with is closed because the character in question is referred to by a different name, even though it’s obvious who it is intended to be.

Sorry to hear that. Once the next one is up, I’d love to hear the route you tried to take.

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