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Comic Book Six Degrees: Miracleman to Stardust the Super Wizard

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 Fin Fang Foom to Lord Fanny. buttler was one of a few people to get it in three moves. Here is how buttler 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!

Lord Fanny was in The Invisibles #14 with Tezcatilpoca
Tezcatilpoca met Wonder Woman in Wonder Woman #316
Wonder Woman fought Fin Fang Foom in JLA/Avengers #1

buttler’s challenge is…

Miracleman to Stardust the Super Wizard

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

This one is intriguing.

I can’t imagine either one crossing over with anyone else.

Whoops, “and Lord Byron” is left over from a different route I had tried out to connect them through entirely different characters, but that one required one more step.

It also would have required a judgment call: Just as an example, if Napoleon showed up in a Fawcett Captain Marvel story, a Quality Comics Plastic Man story, or a Charlton Blue Beetle story, would that be considered the same as DC Comics Napoleon? My assumption would be yes because those stories “count,” but it’s an interesting question.

To make things more difficult, I’ll say no.

OK, cool. It’s just as well that I abandoned the Byron route, then.

I cannot stop smiling over this.

Damn! I thought I had this but then I realised my solution involved a non-superhero public domain character. Back to the drawing board, although I’m convinced on I on the right track. I just need to find a different final step.

Stardust is mentioned in loeg vol 3 I think written by Moore who wrote miracleman. Something tells me this doesn’t count as It’s not an appearance…

I’ve worked out that elusive final step. Now I’m just trying to work out if I can cut a step out someone along the path.

Oh look….he’s in London ….flying near Big Ben as all superheroes who live there do. For shits sake…..how about having him fly by the ‘gherkin’ or some other London landmark. Stupid

In response to Keith’s question – the comic is a reprint of a story originally published 20 years before the “Gherkin” existed so placing it on the cover could qualify as an anachronism

although maybe not as bad as the Spiderwoman story having criminals worrying about the death penalty years after the last execution … or the Spiderman story when he visited London and struggled to understand small change which had not been legal tender for roughly 15 years…

so who won this? I know a new stardust story was done by image comics for the next issue project and miracleman has some eclipse stories and marvel comics bought him and made some so who won this?

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