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Cover Theme Game for 1/18

Every Wednesday you’ll get a brand-new comic cover theme game! The game 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 connection between all three characters, 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. 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!

Here is an archive of all the past cover theme games, plus their answers. Before each new installment, I’ll post the answers to the previous week’s game.

Good luck and enjoy!




Like I told you all last week, I’d make this week’s on the easy side (as far as these things go, that is). So I better see a bunch of guesses for this one!


They all feature first appearances? Vulture 2, Polaris, and Omega.

X-Men #50 was featured on Covered earlier this week: http://coveredblog.bogspot.com

It’s a fun site if you have noever checked it out :)

They all feature first appearances? Vulture 2, Polaris, and Omega.

While true, having “these are all the first appearances of a character” as the theme seems TOO easy for one of these games. Still, it definitely is true, so I changed the first cover so that it is not true anymore.

Ack, foiled! Again, my apologies for not reading the fine print about guessing in the comments.

They’re all worth more than $10?

Extended left arms? Doc Ock alone has three of them.

This game sucks eggs. There are too many ‘correct’ answers and the game rarely relies on the content of the covers as much as requiring a person to know the history of too many characters. This exclusivity has burned me out to the point where I really don’t care at all about this column or game anymore and more to the point, burned me out on comics all together. I’m going to remove CBR from my list of favourites, stop collecting/reading comics and use my time/money more productively. I had this same revelation last year over the collectible card game Magic: The Gathering. Too much time and money sunk into something with a decreasing satisfaction as the end result. Peace everyone, I hope you all find what satisfies you.

That was quite possibly the greatest internet comment ever. It should win some sort of award.

Man, I hope that comment is real and not just a joke. It would be so much better that way.

Brian, how are you going to work into your resume the fact that one of your columns made some quit comics all together? That seems like something that could open doors for you.

Neither the X-Men story nor the Spider-Man one are first appearances. Both new characters first appeared in the PRIOR issue of the title.

To clarify, since Brian changed a cover: Vulture II first appeared in ASM #48, not #49, and Polaris was introduced at the end of “Uncanny” X-Men #49.

But is she friend…. or foe?

I can do this! They’re all Marvel comics! No wait! They’re all approved by the Comics Code. They all have words?

You know what? I quit comics.

The first cover has Spider-Man, the third shows a couple of Spider-Man comics on the bed, and the second shows Lorna doing the web-shooting gesture with her right hand.

the answer for the last batch was that they were all names of dances. This is why i hate this feature.

Who are the characters on the Omega: The Unknown cover? There isn’t a connection I can find between the contributors to each issue, although my knowledge isn’t that deep. I know nothing about Omega, except for the fact that it exists.

Googling omega and octopus reveals that octopi are a source of omega-3, fwiw.

I didn’t guess last week’s, but the myriad possibilities for possible connections is in fact is why I love this feature.

I think I got the answer. I hope I did anyway, because then I won’t have to give up reading and collecting comics. Also, I won’t have to remove CBR from my bookmarks.

Pfft… I already quit reading comics and CBR after last week’s cover game. Thankfully, I’m not a dancer, so I didn’t have to quit that too.

Holy crap, I don’t have to quit comics. I just figured this one out. Go me!

Something tells me that given the fact that this one little brain teaser (which is totally optional, by the way) could throw someone over the edge to not just quit comics alltogether, but actually let us all know how he feels, there was much more than this going on. I can totally relate,,watching all the Sopranos seasons, as well as Casino, The Departed, Godfather 1,2 and 3, and Good Fellas last weekend has made me quit my organized crime ways, and I have made a clean break to a different life. As long as my former partners in crime can’t trace me, I am ok,,,awww crap.,,,

Hahaha i had to come back and see the replies. My collection is now gone. Really did give it up. Peace kids. It wasn’t just this game, but a myriad of factors that lead to my decision. Hey it’s not all bad though, Comic Book Legends Revealed had been a pretty good read. I’m sure it always will be.

does it have something to do with how spider-man, the x-men and the kid are all positioned in defense?

All three highly emphasize an contrast of yellow and black

Probably not though

all the artists have ‘o’s in their names…Ditko, Steranko, Mooney!

They all have so much yellow ;)

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