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Comic Book Six Degrees: Jack T. Chance to Jack B. Quick

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 Bill Murray to Peter Venkman. Jim S. was one of a handful of people who connected the two in three moves. Here is how Jim 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!

Bill Murray met Spider-Man with the rest of the original cast of Saturday Night Live in Marvel Team Up #74
Spider-Man met Optimus Prime in Transformers #3
Optimus Prime was in Infestation #2 with Peter Venkman

Jim’s challenge is…

Jack T. Chance to Jack B. Quick

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)!

NOTE: A reader asked me if a character appears in a comic but as a voice only, does that count? What do you all think? Vote in the comments – I’ll accept whatever the majority says.


Travis Pelkie

May 20, 2014 at 1:59 am

Ooh, nice link. Dem Jack boys are pretty good. I’ll have to come up with a new link myself and enter this one, maybe.

As to voice only appearances…hmm. I can’t think of a good example myself, but I’d lean towards no. Either it’s someone who’s an Easter Egg, someone revealed in a later issue, or someone who should be linkable otherwise, so I think it’s a needless complication to the game. However, if there’s a good example to the contrary, I’d like to see it.

I have to be the one to ask this. Didn’t we do this exact one already? It was towards the end of last year but I remember both of these characters being in the same one previously.

As for the voice only appearances. Well I think it makes things a little complicated. And as Travis said, anyone I can think of is linkable otherwise.

Personally I’d allow a voice only appearance, if it is incontrovertible that the voice actually is the character in question, i.e. the character is identified either in that issue or it is established in a latter one that that voice belonged to that particular character. But if it is just someone going “I think that voice must have been character X” with nothing to back it up, then no.

I’m certain we have had this challenge (in fact, I think I won). But, hey, my solution should still be good.

Ha, I suppose it was bound to happen that two readers would come up with the same suggestion! :)

I guess I will put the idea through the search engine in the future to make sure we haven’t featured it already.

Cards on the table – I was the one who asked Brian about this one. And I asked because it would provide a link to someone who is otherwise unlinkable. The way I see it, if we had an issue where, for example, the Fantastic Four apart from Invisible Woman made a guest appearance, but Sue’s voice was shown coming from thin air, we’d probably accept that as Sue being present. This isn’t quite the same situation (I don’t want to reveal details because it might give the link away), but it is close enough I feel to make the comparison. Someone not actually shown in a panel is talking to someone in the story, and we do see their words, just not the person. They are taking part in the story, so they are present, just not visible.

I looked into it and turns out last time the reverse was asked from; Jack B. Quick to Jack T. Chance. http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/2013/12/09/comic-book-six-degrees-jack-b-quick-to-jack-t-chance/

Ha! I even chose the same covers! So funny that this week’s suggestion didn’t strike me as overly familiar.

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