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Cover Theme Game for 5/16

Every week 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?)!” “They’ve all been cloned (who HASN’T been cloned?)!” 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. The connections will ONLY have to do with comic books (so no “they share the same last names of Vice Presidents,” etc.).

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! Same thing with corner boxes!

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!

This week’s theme was suggested by buttler.





I guess it won’t happen under the current regimes, but I wish they’d collect DC/Marvel: All Access and Unlimited Access in a trade. Those weren’t exactly good series, but their absence is pretty glaring seeing as how all the other DC/Marvel crossovers have been collected.

All this is just by way of saying that I love that you used that cover.

I concur with Buttler on Access trades. Just file that away with ‘Wont happen soon’ along with ‘Access, Agent of ARMOR’ which needs to totally happen someday.

Who is that on the New Mutants cover with Cannonball and Magik? Is that Warlock?

It is Magma.

Travis Pelkie

May 17, 2012 at 1:51 am

I’ll try again — they’ve all had sex with Hawkeye?

I’m going to say the common element is Husk. Angel dated her, Cannonball is her brother, and Jubilee was teammates with her.

At this point who hasn’t had sex with Hawkeye?

The sons of Hercules? I only see one.

If I were Herc, I’d avoid low camera angles wearing that half-skirt thing. The only thing making that book code-approved is judicious inking.

Each cover has at least one X-Man, but I suppose that’s too obvious.

I never heard of DC/Marvel Access. I guess it came out in the ’90s sometime?

Mary: Yep, it was a 1996-97 sequel to the DC vs. Marvel miniseries and its Amalgam offshoots. Another limited series, Unlimited Access, followed it in 1997-98. Both series featured random-seeming encounters between the DC and Marvel universes enabled by Access, the guy who could pop back and forth between the two universes willy-nilly. More wacky amalgamations ensued, plus time travel in the second series.

Each cover artist drew an issue of Uncanny during Claremont’s unbroken 15 year run, but I suspect that’s also too obvious (or I’d have emailed it).

They each have an X-Man, so I’m going to say the common theme is “people who have been molested by Professor Xavier”.

Travis Pelkie

May 19, 2012 at 12:28 am

I assume that the “sons of Zeus” is a euphemism, and the reason Herc wears the skirt, so that the “sons” can be free.

In other words, Herc’s answer to “boxers or briefs” is “neither”.

This has got me stumped. The only answers I can think of are too obvious to count (all mutants, all have been members of the X-Men, all have had inappropriate sexual relationships with Wolverine…)

Honestly, Travis, I’d be surprised if that WASN’T the case. It is Herc we’re talking about, after all.

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