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A Month of Cover Theme Games #10

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!

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This one is gettable!

15 Comments

Tom Fitzpatrick

January 11, 2011 at 4:32 am

Honestly, I don’t see how anyone who haven’t read the book can figure out what’s the theme of these books, without independent research?

Honestly, I don’t see how anyone who haven’t read the book can figure out what’s the theme of these books, without independent research?

You almost never have to know the story in the books shown, just general knowledge of the characters on the covers (or the creators who drew the covers).

Well, none of them feature anyone who was an Avenger… :)

and please nobody give away the answers in the comments. It breaks my confidence in humanity when people post the answers, despite instructions telling us not to do that.

Cronin’s calling peoples’ guesses “cute” and “a stretch” but then he’s giving us actual answers like all the characters share a name with a member of the Brady Brunch. I enjoy these, but it’s a bizarre game.

My god, who is the headless guy? I thought I knew Doll Man pretty well but this foe is a mystery!

I don’t know who he is, but I’m sure the fact that he has no head has something to do with his habit of running with knives.

I think Kelly should do a special He Has No Head! column just about that guy.

So, I just read the answer, and when did the event that connects these characters happen to Doll Man? I don’t remember it, and Wikipedia doesn’t have a mention. I’m really curious. And thanks for doing these each day, Brian. They’re a lot of fun.

I’m with Matt. I’m really curious when the thing or things that ties all of these together happened.

Yeah, as far as I know Doll Man’s still struggling along. But maybe he got better. I did, however, get as far in my pondering as That Thing happening to the other characters for no good reason.

So, I just read the answer, and when did the event that connects these characters happen to Doll Man?

In James Robinson’s awesome mini-series, The Golden Age.

D’oh! Of course. Many thanks.

Thanks for the credit for my guess, Brian but it’s a poor cousin compared to the actual answer – which I ‘knew’, like so many of these things, but didn’t ‘realise’ until the connection was pointed out which is half the fun of these things – that head-slapping moment where you go ‘of course’.

Ah well, like Dominic said. Obvious when stated, though I never read the story where Lian was killed (I did know about it).

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