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Comic Book Six Degrees: The Captain to Charles Barkley

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 Darkseid to Darth Vader. Juancho A. (if that’s not your name, let me know – I was just going by the e-mail address) was one of a few people who connected the two in three moves. Here is how Juancho 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!

Darkseid was with Superman in Superman # 3
Superman Was with Sergio Aragones in Sergio Aragonés Destroys DC
Sergio Aragones Faces Darth Vader in Sergio Aragonés Stomps Stars Wars

I feel sort of bad for the people who went through the previous (longer) method we established for connecting to Star Wars characters, but I’ll be damned if this doesn’t work, as well.

Juancho’s challenge is…

The Captain to Charles Barkley

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)!



April 29, 2014 at 10:56 am

Whoops now that I think about it I probably did give something away with my former comment. My bad.

I got this one in the same number of moves.

Yeah. No worries, but that’s why I excised it.

Ooo, that’s a great connection. I had no idea Aragones did a Star Wars comic.

Somebody mentioned in the comments regarding one of the previous Star War challenges. It makes the path much shorter.

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Juancho is my given name (well in reality is Juan)
I’m glad this connection works.

Juancho is my given name (well in reality is Juan)
I’m glad this connection works.

Okay, cool, I just wanted to make sure I was crediting you correctly. I’ll probably use Juan in the future if you get another one! :)

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