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A Month of Cover Theme Games #2

Every day this month, I’ll give you a new cover theme game! If you don’t know the game by now, it 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 locale, a creator, 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?)!” etc.

In addition, please note that you must have some familiarity with comic book history to correctly guess these comics. You cannot guess the connective theme just by looking at the covers solely, you must have some knowledge beyond just the covers.

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!

If you think you know the answer, e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com (make sure to write which number game you’re answering). 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! After two days, I’ll post the people who answered today’s game correctly! Here is the list of all the games, along with the answers to each one (after two days go by, of course).

Good luck and enjoy!




This is a bit of a tough one, but I’m sure you folks are up to the challenge!


I hope there’ll be some easier ones coming up. So far, I haven’t known anything about any of the issues you’ve shown. I thought I was reasonably knowledgeable about Marvel, at least, but I’ve never even heard of Blink.

We have to make them challenging enough for buttler. ;) I think this one might even give him pause, though. :)

Yeah who the heck is blink? These are gonna be loads of fun, thanks Brian!!

Blink, I know, started out in the Age of Apocalypse universe, then somehow came to be in the Exiles book. Dunno where she is now.

Wow, that I know ANYTHING about XMen is amazing. Although I did read that CBR top 50 list. I never knew about Bobby Drake, either…

But yeah, I thought I had a chance since I’ve got that Superman book, but no, nothing today either.

Dudes with long hair gritting their teeth and looking to the left?

Well, the first cover changed I assume to make it easier but I’m still stumped.

Well, both before and after the change, the first cover had the Parasite, so I assume that’s important. Unfortunately, I know nothing about the Parasite.

Blink was actually first introduced in a couple issues of the “Phalanx Covenant” storyline, and was almost immediately killed off–I guess she was supposed to be Generation X’s version of Thunderbird. But she was apparently popular enough that, soon afterwards, her alternate-reality counterpart played an important role in the Age of Apocalypse.

all three covers have the heros boxed in . super man trying to keep from being the parisites lunch . the avengers trying to escape bull guys death trap and blink crawling around what looks like she is trying to find a portal to get out of her boxed in area.

Wild guess . . . all three had storylines where other writers had to jump in after the given issues. I know that was true for the Blink miniseries, where Judd Winick worked on issues 2-4 as a run-up to Exiles.

Maybe you should check your coding, Brian, because apparently not everyone can see the boldfaced “DON’T” guess in the comments section.

Perhaps Professor Xavier would like to recruit them :)

Brian, are you posting the answers anywhere for the previous installment? I need to know just how stupid I am.

Hey, the first cover changed! Glad I didn’t guess something having to do with Firestorm. Probably a wise move, though, because Parasite really didn’t keep that green look for long.

What the hell is going on with Blink’s left leg? Is she splinched with the logo?

Each of those cover artists have an older, successful relative in the industry. Kieron Dwyer – John Byrne, Andy Kubert – Joe, John Buscema – Sal

Whoops I mean Adam – Joe

I thought John was older than Sal.

Sal is the younger brother.

It’s funny, I’d pondered the family connection, but at the time there was a Joe Brozowski cover up top instead of the Dwyer one, which didn’t work quite so well with that line of thought.

I didn’t even know Kieron Dwyer was related to John Byrne.

Byrne was once married to Dwyer’s mother.

I only know Blink through Exiles. I know there was a 616 version of her, but I must have, um, blinked and missed her. It doesn’t help that I haven’t really read the X-books since they were all dead in Australia.

Only mistake I would see is that the cover artist for Avengers seems to be John Romita, with his trademark broad-shouldered look on characters, instead of it being John/Sal Buscema. Although, Rpmita has his talented son, JRJR, so the guess seems to be dead-on.

But Romita wouldn’t work any better than Buscema, since, again, JRjr is the younger one, not the older one.

So, it has nothing to do with being relatives?


Do note that this is a tough one. Only buttler has gotten it right so far.

And afterward I said to my wife, “I’m actually a little embarrassed that I got that.”


I just like that I had total confidence that you would get it.

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