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Comic Book Six Degrees: Prez Rickard to Barack Obama

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Comic Book Six Degrees: Prez Rickard to 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 and real people 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 David Letterman to H.P. Lovecraft. Cully was one of a bunch of people who got the connection done in four turns. Here is how Cully connected the two characters:

David Letterman appeared in Avengers #239 with Hawkeye
Hawkeye appeared with Batman in JLA/Avengers
Batman appeared with Jakita Wagner in Planetary/Batman: Night on Earth
Jakita appeared with HP Lovecraft in Planetary/Authority

Respondent Omar Karindu had a fair point when he noted that Lovecraft is not actually named in the Planetary/Authority issue. For the sake of this game, though, let us say that if a person is not named but it is made clear that it is a famous person, then it counts (like when Reagan appears in the Justice League, they don’t call him Reagan but it is clear that it is Reagan). What doesn’t count is if the famous person is given a fake name, like President Raygun or David Endochrine (in Dark Knight Returns).

Cully’s challenge is…

Prez Rickard to Barack Obama

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)!

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