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Comic Book Six Degrees: Dawnstar to Purgatori

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 ‘Mazing Man to Amazing Joy Buzzards. Eric H. was one of a few peoples to get it in three moves. Here is how Eric 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!

‘Mazing Man was in “Ambush Big: Year None” #1 with Superman
Superman was in “Superman & Savage Dragon: Metropolis” with Savage Dragon
Savage Dragon was in “Savage Dragon” #137 with the Amazing Joy Buzzards

Eric’s challenge is…

Dawnstar to Purgatori

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.


Can someone explain the logic of Dawnstar to me?

She is a nifty C-list character with her wings and tracking ability, but as a Legionaire she is pretty useless. Every member of the LoSH flies, so her main power is useless. They all have access to space ships that zip around the universe with more ease than I can fly to Detroit (no connections in the future!) Her tracking ability is the kind of thing that they have to create a specific roadblock to utilize because (again) the future.

When they did the nu52, why not move some of those “poor fit in the 31st Century” Legionaires to the present?

When they did the nu52, why not move some of those “poor fit in the 31st Century” Legionaires to the present?

That was precisely the plot of the New 52 title Legion Lost, which featured…Dawnstar. ;)

Dawnstar has an awesome visual which was devised by Mike Grell, and I suspect that is a major part of her appeal.

Besides, I’ve always been fond of the Legion members who, at least on the surface, do not appear to have very significant powers. It demonstrates how good a writer is when he or she can take those characters and do cool things with them. That’s more interesting to me than tossing in someone like Superboy or Mon-El who can juggle planets without breaking a sweat.

@ Brian Cronin

In my defense, there were 52 of ‘em and the dozen that I read were not my taste.

I will not hear a word against Bouncing Boy or Matter-Eater Lad. Or, for that matter, Triplicate Girl, with her fearsome power of splitting into three regular people.After all, who can defeat three regular people?

Maybe this is why whenever the Legion’s active roster fell under 30 or so, they complained about how perilously short-handed they were.

Hey, Duo Damsel’s power of splitting into two regular people once allowed her to defeat Nemesis Kid, whose powers allowed him to possess whatever superpower he needed to defeat any single foe.

Travis Pelkie

July 30, 2014 at 2:11 am

Oh man, Bouncing Boy and Matter-Eater Lad are the parts of the Legion that I think made me love comics. I got the Legion #1 from ’73 (I think) as a back issue early on in my collecting, and I didn’t realize it was a reprint and the cool text pieces referring to other adventures intrigued me. And Bouncing Boy wasn’t able to bounce, or something, but took a potion as a temporary way to bounce again, I think. Ergo, awesomeness.

That’s part of the appeal of the Legion being primarily a team rather than individual heroes who form a team–you get characters who probably wouldn’t be effective on their own. Having a tracking ability. Making things super lightweight. Etc. I like it.


July 30, 2014 at 9:33 am

I think a better question is:

Can someone explain the logic of Purgatori*?

*A character I’ve never heard of, but it’s from Chaos so it must be good!


July 30, 2014 at 9:36 am

I’m generally not a fan of the Legion, but I do find it’s goofier characters to be very endearing
Discovering characters like Color kid or Matter Eater Lad really made the Who’s Who a lot of fun.

The Keith Giffen art didn’t hurt either.


To me, the Legion is a microcosm of the DC Universe for better and worse.

It was established by some nifty Silver Age stories with a premise that has not aged very well. It had a whole mountain of continuity built on that foundation (much of it under-rated). COIE came along and fundamentally broke its story-telling engine, but everyone was in denial and no one really wanted to fix it. Despite that (or maybe because of it), that a few classic Dark Age stories got told. Ever since, the title has veered wildly from nostalgia to MOAR DARKNESS!!! and back again.

Dawnstar is not only a super tracker but also the fastest flier in the Legion -she has uses. The Legion may be many but they protect a large area and so need numbers.

Also consider what the question does to the JLA
Batman has no powers at all – what’s the logic to him being on the team?
and the Flash main power is to run fast – but they all can run so that’s “useless ”
..such examinations are nonsense and thus I unask the question about Dawnstar

(though I point out there is no need to defend yourself for not buying a new 52 title)

On Purgatori
She is supernatural – logic doesn’t enter into it
She is a hedonistic, demonic, lesbian vampire who revels in being evil
what’s not to love?

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