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Comic Book Six Degrees: Bill Murray to Peter Venkman

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 Mr. Spock to ALF. Will V. was one of a couple of people who connected the two in two moves using the previously accepted Infinity Gauntlet #2 connection. Here is how Will 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!

Spock puts a Vulcan nerve pitch on Wolverine in *Star Trek/X-Men *(I think maybe this is officially called *Star TreX* or something? But that’s dumb.)
Wolverine appears with ALF in *Infinity Gauntlet* #2

Will’s challenge is…

Bill Murray to Peter Venkman

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)!


Wait, ALF made an official appearance in Infinity Gauntlet #2? I do not remember seeing that.

I forgot about the IG appearance. I got it in 3 steps tying through the High Evolutionary appearing in the Evolutionary War tie-in in one of ALF’s annuals.

Pip the Troll was watching ALF on TV…

I had Spock/Wolverine in Star TreX
Wolverine/Alf in UXM #245 (the Jean Bomb).

I submit that that was an “official” appearance, even though he did not have a speaking part, because Alf was a Marvel licensed property at the time.

Sure, that was an official appearance.

I considered using UXM #245, but wasn’t sure it would count, so I played it safe and went with Infinity Gauntlet, which I knew had already been given the OK.

I probably would have gone with unofficial Easter Egg if it weren’t for ALF actually having a line in the comic. It sort of clinches official usage when you’re giving the guy LINES even, ya know?

Except that he doesnt. ALF may look like he talks on the tvscreen in IG but the only text we get are from Pips thoughs.

Yeah but IG was also published during the time that Marvel had the rights to Alf so while he may not have had any lines still an official appearance because of the rights.

Out of curiosity, does anybody have a copy of “Alf” #4 handy? The plot deals with Alf watching an episode of ‘Star Trek’ and revealing he has mind-melding powers, so I wouldn’t be surprised if Spock makes an appearance, just to add another wrinkle to the “cameos on television” thing. (I’ll check it when I get home, I’m at work now.)

Using the Ronald Reagan example cited in the intro text, if a character were showing watching “Bedtime For Bonzo”, and the actors were depicted, that would count as a Ronald Reagan appearance?

For the record, Spock appears in “Alf” #4 on a television set, identified by dialogue.

For the record, Spock appears in “Alf” #4 on a television set, identified by dialogue.

Marvel did not have the Star Trek license at that time, so it would not be an official usage.

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