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A Month of Cover Theme Games #5

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?)!” “They’re all dead (who HASN’T been killed off?)!” 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!





If I knew who that was on the last cover, it MIGHT help me figure this out.

Probably not, but who knows?

5 days down, 26 to go. Maybe I’ll have a guess for one of them…

Travis – it is Cypher of the New Mutants (hugging either Magik or Magma).

“…(hugging either Magik or Magma).”

Thanks for that, James. I honestly thought he was ‘Vogue’-ing!

Man, I enjoy the Cover Theme games, but I have yet to even have a guess on any of these. Maybe I’ll get lucky one of these days.

The goat!

Ummm, they are all comics I’ve never read?

Yeah, I don’t know if I’ve ever gotten a single one of these even when they were in Snark Free Corner every week. I still like seeing other people get the answer, though.

i lose at all of these.

ugh, i lose at all of these.

I’ve got one of these, but I still have no idea.

They all feature mutants?

the main image on the cover tend to be staring or looks posessed

that wasn’t an answer…it was a snarky comment

In my day, Cover Theme Games were snark free!

No idea but thanks Brian for making me aware of The Goat – in my book superheroes don’t get more awesome than a goat. Except for Streaky the Supercat of course. And Proty (but only Proty, Proty II was a pill).

They (the issues, not the covers themselves) all feature characters with creatively misspelled names?

Vincent Van Goat, Dell Rusk (the Red Skull in disguise), and Cypher (who, as they pointed out several times back in the day, would have been better named “Cipher”)?

It’s a stretch, but it’s all I got at the moment.

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