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Comic Book Six Degrees: He-Man to Abslom Daak

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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 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). Approval tends to be the key (except for public figures, of course).

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). Last week was Judge Dredd to Marco Polo. Ryan Davies was one of a bunch of folks who got it in two. Ryan got picked at random. Here is how Ryan connected the two characters:

Judge Dredd met Batman in Judgement On Gotham(1991)
Batman met Marco Polo in World’s Finest Comics #42 (1949)

Ryan had an initial challenge that, after thinking about it, I just couldn’t accept Jimmy Bond’s appearance in the Black Dossier AS James Bond, so it couldn’t be done. Therefore, I asked Ryan to submit a new one (and this one definitely CAN be done).

Ryan’s challenge is…

He-Man to Abslom Daak



By the way, for the purpose of connections, the Doctor is the Doctor is the Doctor is the Doctor. Seventh, sixth, whichever, they’re all the same character.

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, Wolverine in Gen13 #13 and all Marvel characters in Savage Dragon/Destroyer Duck do not count)!