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A Month of Cover Theme Games #13

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 is a lot tougher than yesterday’s!


I got nothin’.

Wow, the first time I got some kind of answer. Possibly not the one Brian was looking but…

Two people gave me the same alternate answer that I think is good enough to count, and because of that, I’ve changed one of the covers to make that alternate answer no longer applicable (I’ll still give credit to those who answered before I made the change, of course).

Picard looks freaky and angry on that cover.

Whoa. That is one varied selection.

I think I’ve got it, and faster than yesterday’s.

They went to such lengths in those days to discourage boys from playing with dolls.

Should have got him an action figure of malice and evil, I tell you!

To be fair that is one bad looking doll.

At the risk of hardcore nerdery, (and spoilers or whatever since the answer is revealed and not applicable)Data specifically mentions that he’s not a robot at least once, making the “artifical life form” answer more technically accurate if less specific.

Even with Brian’s explanation, I had to use Google to understand what it means. Many of these connections are much easier if you’re American and/or in the correct age bracket to get correct cultural reference, which is a bit sad, though I guess inevitable.

I figured my guess wasn’t what Cronin was going for, but if I had the same guess as buttler, then at least I’m not a complete idiot. Thanks Brian!

Yeah, some of these are a bit “is it based on some cultural reference I have no chance of knowing?”, like this one (I also had to google the answer to get what it was about).
That said, more often than not I don’t even recognize all the characters on the covers, so without extensive research I am anyway out of the game…well, except in this one :)

Jack, Janet, and Chrissy… I’m still not getting it. Can you be a bit more specific Brian?

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