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Comic Book Six Degrees: Mr. Spock to ALF

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 The Captain to Charles Barkley. Stephen B. was one of about a dozen people who connected the two in three moves. Here is how Stephen 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!

The Captain was in Nextwave #12 with Devil Dinosaur.
Devil Dinosaur was in Godzilla #22 (the Marvel series) with Godzilla.
Godzilla fought Barkley in Godzilla vs. Barkley.

Stephen’s challenge is…

Mr. Spock to ALF

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)!

11 Comments

I wonder how many of us connected the two through exactly the same steps. When I was sending it in, I thought surely most of us would do it exactly the way detailed above. (I know I did.) But part of that may be because Devil Dinosaur is awesome. There are a few Avengers who could also be used to connect Nextwave to Godzilla instead, but surely that’s not as fun.

I got hung up on trying to find a direct Godzilla to Fin Fang Foom connection (which doesn’t exist), and so I went roundabout and came up with:

Charles Barkley appeared with Godzilla in Charles Barkley v. Godzilla
Godzilla appeared with Tony Stark in Godzilla King of Monsters #3
Iron Man appeared Fin Fang Foom in Iron Man #261-264
Fin Fang Foom appeared with The Captain in Nextwave

One step too many.

Michael Harris

May 6, 2014 at 2:01 pm

In a perfect world, this would have a one-step solution.

Brian Cronin

May 6, 2014 at 2:03 pm

I got hung up on trying to find a direct Godzilla to Fin Fang Foom connection (which doesn’t exist), and so I went roundabout and came up with:

Charles Barkley appeared with Godzilla in Charles Barkley v. Godzilla
Godzilla appeared with Tony Stark in Godzilla King of Monsters #3
Iron Man appeared Fin Fang Foom in Iron Man #261-264
Fin Fang Foom appeared with The Captain in Nextwave

One step too many.

A bridge too far!

I’m pretty sure Iron Man was actually in Nextwave, too, in Monica’s flashback to her time as Avengers leader.

Travis Pelkie

May 6, 2014 at 4:50 pm

Spock and Alf starred in my slashfic fanfic.

Wait, that doesn’t count, does it?

I did it through Captain America, since well The Captain to Captain America seemed like a natural first step. ;) But yeah there were Avengers in Nextwave as well.

Too bad this is restricted to comics. That Simpsons/X-Files episode had Leonard Nimoy and Alf. Is there a comic book adaptation I don’t know about?

I did it through Iron man to Godzilla link. I actually hoping there was a the Captain/Spider-Man crossover so I could do it via Bill Murray, but it was not to be.

I went Captain to the Thing in World War Hulks: Captain America vs. Wolverine #1, then Thing to Godzilla in Godzilla #20, and finally Godzilla to Charles Barkley.

Torsten Adair

May 12, 2014 at 3:19 pm

While you figure out Spock and ALF, you might enjoy my review of the Star Trek comic pictured above:

http://comicsbeat.com/from-the-archives-star-trek-7-march-1970/

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