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Cover Theme Game for 5/4

The cover theme game works like this: I’ll show you three covers. They all have something in common, whether it be a character, a trait all three characters share, a connection between all three characters, a locale, a trait all three creators share, SOMEthing. And it isn’t something obvious like “They all have prices!” “They all have logos!” “They all feature a man!” “They are all Avengers (who ISN’T?)!” “They’re all dead (who HASN’T been killed off?)!” “They’ve all been cloned (who HASN’T been cloned?)!” “They’re all mutants!” (who ISN’T a mutant?) “They’re all orphans!” (who ISN’T an orphan?) “They’re all legacy heroes” (who ISN’T a legacy hero nowadays?)! “They’re all by the same artist!” (too obvious) etc.

In addition, please note that you must have some familiarity with comic book history to correctly guess these themes. You cannot guess the connective theme just by looking at the covers solely, you must have some knowledge beyond the covers. The connections will ONLY have to do with connections in the actual comic books (so no incidental connections like “they share the same last names of Vice Presidents,” etc. Now, if the three characters were each named Gerald Ford, that’d be another story, as that’d no longer be incidental).

If you come up with an answer that works outside of what I intended, I’ll give you credit (well, provided I think it fits, of course).

One more thing – if there are floating heads on the cover, ignore them! They don’t mean anything! Same thing with corner boxes!

If you think you know the answer, e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com. Don’t answer in the comments. This way, people who check in at different times of the day can still get credit for answering it correctly!

Here is an archive of all the past cover theme games, plus their answers. Before each new installment, I’ll post the answers to the previous week’s game.

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The Great Comic Book Cover Homage Streak: Week 188

It occurs to me that it seems like many comic book covers are homages. Which is fine with me. I have no problem with it. It just made me think, though, how long could I go before I hit a week where NO new comic book was released that had a cover that was an homage to something? Let’s find out! Here is an archive of all the cover homages featured in the streak so far!

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The Great Comic Book Cover Homage Streak: Week 187

It occurs to me that it seems like many comic book covers are homages. Which is fine with me. I have no problem with it. It just made me think, though, how long could I go before I hit a week where NO new comic book was released that had a cover that was an homage to something? Let’s find out! Here is an archive of all the cover homages featured in the streak so far!

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The Great Comic Book Cover Homage Streak: Week 186

It occurs to me that it seems like many comic book covers are homages. Which is fine with me. I have no problem with it. It just made me think, though, how long could I go before I hit a week where NO new comic book was released that had a cover that was an homage to something? Let’s find out! Here is an archive of all the cover homages featured in the streak so far!

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How Can I Explain? – The Galaxy Is At Risk! Eight Heroes Should Be Enough…

This is the latest in a feature that spotlights unexplained comic book plot points (unexplained in the comics themselves, of course, as quite often there are outside explanations, like “the artist made a mistake,” etc.).

Based on a suggestion by reader The Third Man, we look at the oddity of Hightfather’s plan in The Cosmic Odyssey…
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Adventure(s) Time – The Joker’s Television Addiction

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Someone else on the internet discussing Batman: The Animated Series?  Why not?  And while we’re at it, perhaps the cult favorite Batman Adventures deserves some attention, as well.  This is the first entry in a semi-regular feature called Adventure(s) Time, where I examine an episode of the animated series and an Adventures issue that shares some thematic link.
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Comic Book Questions Answered: Has the Hulk Ever Lifted Thor’s Hammer?

Comic Book Questions Answered – where I answer whatever questions you folks might have about comic books (feel free to e-mail questions to me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com). Here is a link to an archive of all the past questions that have been answered so far.

Reader Juan asked a pretty straightforward question – has the Hulk ever lifted Thor’s hammer?

Read on to see!
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Flippin’ through Previews – May 2016

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Previews #332 is out, and that means it’s time to see what’s going on! You know you love it!
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Top Five Coolest Moments From Marvel’s Original Civil War Series

Here is an archive of all the past top five lists I’ve done over the years.

In anticipation of the release of the Captain America: Civil War film, I thought it’d be fun to look at the coolest moments from the comic book that inspired it, Marvel’s Civil War, by Mark Millar, Steve McNiven and Dexter Vines.
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Oh, Is It That Week Again?

I tried. I really did. I wanted to come up with something this week that was cheerful and upbeat and celebratory about comics and fandom and this world that I love.

But literally just DAYS after I tried to caution a couple of my former students about this particular phenomenon, here we are again. Continue Reading »

Remember to Forget – That Time the X-Men Decided Hunting Down Mutants Was a Good Idea

In this series we spotlight comic book stories that are likely best left forgotten. Here is an archive of past installments.

Today, we take a look the short-lived career of the original X-Men as mutant hunters…
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Left Unresolved – What the Heck is Behind the Scarlet Witch’s Closed Doors?

In this feature, I spotlight storylines that have been, well, left unresolved. Click here for an archive of all storylines featured so far.

Today, based on a suggestion from reader Jason M., we try to figure out what the heck was behind the locked doors in Scarlet Witch’s house in New Avengers #26 (this story has been referred to so many times as being about Scarlet Witch’s CLOSET that I originally intended on just sticking with that terminology. I decided to change it the more accurate “closed doors”, but I kept it as closet for our CBR headline because its more famously known as the closet story)…
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When We First Met – When Did Iron Man Become Tony Stark’s Bodyguard?

In this feature we spotlight the various characters, phrases, objects or events that eventually became notable parts of comic lore, like the first time someone said, “Avengers Assemble!” or the first appearance of Batman’s giant penny or the first appearance of Alfred Pennyworth or the first time Spider-Man’s face was shown half-Spidey/half-Peter. Stuff like that. Here is an archive of all the When We First Met features so far! Check ‘em out!

Reader Steve asked a fascinating question. Did you all know that Iron Man initially WASN’T Tony Stark’s bodyguard? So when did that start? Read on to find out!
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Comic Book Legends Revealed #573

Welcome to the five hundred and seventy-third in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false. Click here for an archive of the first five hundred (I actually haven’t been able to update it in a while). This week, did Marvel edit out the “snap” when they reprinted the death of Gwen Stacy? Was John Byrne nearly part of Image Comics’ start? And finally, what amusing Jungle Book-related mistake occurred in Vertigo’s Fables?

Let’s begin!
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The Line it is Drawn #288 – Prince Tribute Week!

Welcome to our weekly gallery of amazing art by our great collection of artistic talent, all working from YOUR suggestions!

Go follow Comics Should Be Good on Twitter (if you have Twitter, that is – if you don’t, you can go sign up). Here is our Twitter page… http://twitter.com/csbg. And here are the Comics Should Be Good writers who are on Twitter (the links go to the person’s Twitter account) – myself, Greg Hatcher, Chad Nevett, Kelly Thompson, Bill Reed, Greg Burgas and Sonia Harris

I update the blog’s Twitter account updates whenever a new post is put up on the blog, so it’s an easy way to keep up with the blog. In addition, I post new content on the blog’s Twitter account.

Now on to the bit!

So every week, I ask a question here. You reply to it on our Twitter page (just write @csbg with your reply) and our artists will each pick one of your suggestions and I will post their drawings based on your suggestions here every week. So every week you will have a new question and you will see the choices picked from the previous week. Here is an archive of all the previous editions of The Line It Is Drawn!

To qualify, you have to be following us when you reply – so go follow us and then give your answer to the following question/challenge (All suggestions due by 3pm Pacific Friday).

The topic for the next Line is…

In honor of our own Xum Yukinori, we’re doing classic DC Comics Cover Homages! Suggest a comic book character and a famous DC Comics cover.

Read on for the drawings that came about courtesy of the last question/challenge!

In honor of the passing of Prince, the theme is, you know, Prince. Mash comic characters with Prince, illustrate his song lyrics with comic book characters, have comic book characters appear in Prince music videos, Prince album covers, comic book characters as Prince movie characters, whatever strikes your fancy!

Enjoy!
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