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Comic Book Six Degrees: Darkseid to Darth Vader

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 among the people who sent in challenges for next week). Last time was Wolverine to Wolverine MacAlistaire. Matt L. was one of three people who connected the two in three moves. Here is how Matt 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. Oh, and it would be nice if you demonstrate that it IS possible to connect your two suggested choices. Thanks!

Wolverine was in Wolverine/Shi: Dark Night of Judgment #1 with Shi
Shi was in War of the Independents #1 with Megaton Man
Megaton Man was in normalman vs. Megaton Man #1 with Wolverine MacAlistaire

Matt’s challenge is…

Darkseid to Darth Vader

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 didn’t think Wolverine MacAlistaire was in normalman/Megaton Man – heck, I’ve rechecked it and I still can’t spot him. I guess I’m missing him somehow. Still, that means this challenge could have been shortened down to 2 steps – Wolverine was in Gen13 #13C with Madman, who was in normalman/Megaton Man with Wolverine MacAlistaire.

Loki, I think you’re right. I’m the one who suggested this match, and I had it in four, using WMac’s encounter with normalman in Journey, then going through normalman/Megaton Man. I haven’t read Gen 13 #13c, and don’t know if WMac’s appearance there was legit or a Popeye-style cameo.

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