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A Month of Cover Theme Games #16

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 harder than the gimme I gave you folks yesterday, but it is still gettable!


The Crazed Spruce

January 17, 2011 at 5:47 am

I though I had it, then realized it didn’t exactly go with the character I was thinking of, but then realized it went with another character on the same cover, so I went for it anyway.

I have a feeling it’s not what Brian’s going for though.

Brian’s getting as much use out of that Extreme Justice cover as Crest Toothpaste did.

Brian’s getting as much use out of that Extreme Justice cover as Crest Toothpaste did.

Hehe…I could have used another cover, but then I thought, “How do I turn down the chance to use that cover again?” :)

Aha I have the theme this time! Sorry to spoil it guys, but the common link is that I can’t identify any of the characters who aren’t already named on the cover.

Did Manhunter and Sandman actually team up in that comic or was it just a cover thing?

I dunno, it was pretty common back then to have characters hobnobbing on the cover when they never met in the comic–and even more common to have the cover have nothing to do with what actually went on inside. (Though I would have really liked it if Superman, Batman and Robin really did spend all their time playing sports and carnival games together the way they did on old World’s Finest covers.)

…The answer wasn’t characters/titles that share names with models of Nissan? Just a coincidence, huh?

It was a really clever guess, Eric, but I wouldn’t mix title name and character name up like that. It was definitely a very clever guess, though, and you’re right that I should have mentioned it, at least! I’ll edit in a mention of it now!

Gambit looks pretty ugly on that cover

Every time I get excited to finally be able to guess one of these, you take it away from me, Cronin!

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