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A Month of Cover Theme Games #20

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!




I like this one as much as I liked yesterday’s. If you get this one, I recommend looking back at yesterday’s and trying again, as the themes are similar between today and yesterday’s. I know for the one person who got yesterday’s right so far, that is a major hint, but eh, it’s just one person, so whatever!


It looks like the Vision is getting the worst (or best?) neck massage of all time!

Boy, I forgot how ridiculous Metamorpho looked in the ’90s.

Help a non-DC reader out. Who are the two females on the Justice League cover?

The Justice League member Crimson Fox was actually two twin sisters. They faked the death of one of the twins so that they’d have the perfect superhero alibi. One twin would be the Crimson Fox while the other one would run their family company. Their charade was ruined permanently in the storyline shown above, when one of the sisters is killed. Eventually, the OTHER sister ALSO was killed off.

I still think my answer was spot-on

It was, Tony, remember, that’s why I changed the second cover! You and Philip both had applicable answers using the Huntress cover, so I changed it to one that no longer applied.

Oh I meant for today, Brian

Every cover has a character twisting their neck in strange fashion. No?

Marvel Team-Up #22 has one of my favorite “oops” moments ever. The letters page includes an essay detailing how the price increase, from 20 cents to 25 cents, is entirely due to the cost of paper and general inflation, and even goes so far as to basically say, “we’re not trying to rip you off so that we can go vacation on the Riviera.” On the very next page, is Stan Lee’s Soapbox, where he begins by apologizing for the tardiness of his column because he has just been vacationing in “sunny Italy.” Hilarious. That little gem is worth the nickel increase alone!

What about my alternate answer of characters (Metamorpho, Vision, Hawkeye) who died as a result of their teammate turning against the group?

I liked my tandem answer with this one and 19. I thought they were tied together entirely differently.

I thought 19 had resurrected characters (not that that narrows anything down, mind you).

And here, on the covers, there are references to Toad KING, Metamorpho is REX, and the MESSIAH Machine, all terms that can be applied to Jesus.

Yeah, my mind went totally different than Brian.

I’m surprised no one had my alternate guess. I wish I had seen this one in time to make it. All three have been replaced with some kind of clone. Vision had his code copied into Iron Lad’s armor, Metamorpho accidentally made a duplicate of himself during his near death experience that served on the Outsiders for years and thought it was the real Metamorpho, and Spider-Man had The Clone Saga.

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