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A Month of Cover Theme Games #8

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!




This one’s tough (well, so long as you try to answer it without independent research, that is).


Ha, I think this is the first time that I’ve gotten it.

I have no idea, but seeing W.C. Fields on a comic book cover warms my curmudgeonly heart.

all three have one character looking pissed while another one looks on in shock over their comrad ready to go postal.

Got it, but only after research. In the process, I now know more about W. C. Fields than I ever did before.

These keep getting more and more impossible. But now I really want to track down Pajama Chronicles.

I thought, aha! The hero’s figure goes right over the book’s logo…until I got to number three.

I never got these when Peter David did them either.

All I’m going to say is I didn’t know the creator of Pajama Chronicles did anything before Purgatory USA.

Normally, I’d say that Patrick Joseph gave it all away, but given that he led me to look up Purgatory USA (something new for the want list!), I’ll forgive him.

I’ll send an email soon, Brian

What’s funny about that Hawkeye cover is how anticlimactic Mockingbird announcement is without the usual old school Marvel exclamation point that accompanied most cover text. It almost feels like an afterthought.

Yay, I did get it, but I feel dirty how it happened.

I’d call Patrick Joseph a “lowlife” for giving it away, but that’s a “detour” that I don’t want to make. :)

Now, the answer involves the covers, did the person who did the Pajama Chronicles cover also do the interiors?

I have a Comics Journal interview with that person, and don’t recall PJC being mentioned. But it’s been awhile since I read it, too.

You know, Blackthorne was a decent publisher (as in, they put out good stuff). William Van Horn’s Nervous Rex, Roachmill started there, um, some…other…stuff. Yeah, I guess that’s why no publisher now is raiding their archives, cuz no one cared at the time. Ah, the ’80s!

Now, the answer involves the covers, did the person who did the Pajama Chronicles cover also do the interiors?


Yay! I finally got one … out of 8

Travis, I was figuring Purgatory was about equally obscure to what was shown here. At least the cover artists are different on the two books.

well, Patrick, Purgatory was actually chronicled on comics.org, which is how I got it (PJ Chronicles has no data). But yeah, holy crap that’s awesome who did the cover to Purgatory!

Also, in Brian’s answer he refers specifically to the covers for the answer, so he couldn’t use Purgatory.

And just so you don’t think I was trying to be an insulting ass, Patrick, I was referring to 2 OTHER books by the same creator (Lowlife and Detour). I wasn’t seriously calling you names, so I hope no offense was taken.

Like I said, finding out about the PJC and Purgatory is cool enough that I don’t feel too bad that I wouldn’t have gotten the answer otherwise.


Hi there! I could have sworn I’ve been to this site before but after checking through some of the post I realized it’s new to me. Anyhow, I’m definitely delighted I found it and I’ll be book-marking and checking back often!

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