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Comic Book Six Degrees: President Matt Santos to President Barack Obama

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Comic Book Six Degrees: President Matt Santos to President Barack Obama

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). Last week was Lord High Papal to Deacon Dark. Our own Chad Nevett was one of three folks who got it in five moves. Here is how Chad connected the two…

Lord Papal appeared with Vanth Dreadstar in… well, almost any issue of Dreadstar
Vanth Dreadstar appeared with Nexus in Crossroads #5
Nexus appeared with Madman in Nexus Meets Madman
Madman appeared with Superman in Superman/Madman
Superman appeared with Deacon Dark in Strange Adventures #5

Chad’s challenge is…

President Matt Santos to President Barack Obama

This doesn’t fit under our normal rules, as obviously there has not been an official adaptation of the West Wing, so President Santos’ appearance in a comic book would necessarily have to be an unapproved appearance. However, I thought that this challenge idea was clever enough that I’ll make a one-time exception. So if you can find a comic book where President Matt Santos is clearly shown to be making an appearance (including being referred to as President Santos) then I’ll let you count it just this once.

E-mail me your answers at 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)!

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