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Cover Theme Game for 6/6

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!

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#2

#3

HINT: Time travel does not play into the answer this week.

EDITED TO ADD: I changed the initial cover because I wanted to make sure no one thought the theme had anything to do with the Summers and their ever-present DNA (Tumoas had made a guess based on Summers’ DNA and I figured others were bound to, as well, since Summers’ DNA is, well, ever-present in the X-Books). Time-traveling and weird genetics are two constant X-Men themes that are not at play this week.

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Ummm, 3 cover artists that finished really really high in the CSBG Favorite artists vote?

I know a lot about X-Men lore, so I feel like I should be able to get this… but nothing’s coming to me.

Out of curiosity…Ghost Rider counts?

No. Floating head rule!

So my solution to last week’s game (Batman, Flash and Wiccan have fathers [albeit adoptive in Wiccan's case] who are doctors) wasn’t good enough to rate a mention, even it wasn’t the solution you had in mind?

It wasn’t a bad guess but I think doctor parents are common enough that I didn’t count it as a theme. Here are just a few superheroes with doctor parents:

Batman
Flash
Wiccan
Human Torch
Invisible Woman
Hulk
Cyborg
Beast Boy
Beast
Power Pack
Spider-Woman
Jean Grey
Professor X
Madrox
Wasp
Talisman
Thing (adopted father)
Captain Britain
Psylocke
Mimic

Are doctor fathers really more common than twin brothers, which was the actual answer? I bet you could make an equally long list of superheroes with twin brothers.

Are doctor fathers really more common than twin brothers

Yes.

Did cover #1 just change? I already sent an answer based on the cover that was there earlier…

Yeah, I just edited the piece.

For a moment, I thought you wer going to edit it to another cover featuring Bishop and Gambit.

They all have folks with red eyes.

All these characters are now gay.

It would be too crude to point out that Emma probably has some Summers DNA in her too, so I won’t go there.

Is that Stryfe in the last one?

Mutants! They all have mutants! It’s the secret link that no one else was able to see! I figured it out! Hahahahahahahahaha!!!! (I should probably head home now.)

All their weapons are smoking?

Mutant battles involving characters w/chess-themed names?

Wow! I think I got one… VAMPIRES!

Selene is a “psychic vampire”, Jubilee is now a vampire, and Baron Blood was pretty much always one. That *is* Baron Blood, right?

Well, I’m an idiot. “Do not answer in the comments” is right there. :(

Plus, that’s not Baron Blood, is it? Kill me.

I haven’t read an X-Men comic since 1996. What’s Bishop up to these days?

Travis Pelkie

June 14, 2012 at 1:21 am

“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.).”

OK, pedantic time here. Now that this answer has been revealed, it seems that not only could one have guessed this one based solely by looking at who’s on the covers, but that the connection is not only a comic book one.

Unless there have been in story explanations of how the names were derived from where the answer is. I will bow to your knowledge-fu if that is the case. Cover 1, yes, those I’ll say would be in story from … that (trying not to reveal the answer for anyone who didn’t look, but hey, game’s over now, actually). Were the other 2′s names explained as being from that (as in, I’m Bishop, like the chess piece?)

I suppose I’m nitpicking because this one WAS pretty easy, after all, so I’m just kicking myself for not getting it, but it seems that it falls outside of the newer rules.

Granted, I AM being pedantic, and hey, it’s just a game, so I’m not angry or nothin’.

it seems that not only could one have guessed this one based solely by looking at who’s on the covers,

You would have to know the names of the characters on the first cover to know that they were the Black Queen and the White Queen. The “solely looking at the cover” thing is to say you can’t guess based on “They all have sideburns!” or “They all have their left arm pointed to the sky” or whatever. You have to have some familiarity with comic book history, like the fact that Emma Frost was the White Queen and Selene was the Black Queen.

but that the connection is not only a comic book one.

Only to do with comics is only to say that there is no incidental connection like, say, three characters who share names with U.S. Vice Presidents or three characters who share names of characters from Doogie Howser, M.D. (which I have used in the past). The difference is intent. For instance, a few weeks back the answer was that the characters’ names had K’s where C’s should normally be. That’s technically outside comics, no, that the words were all misspelled with K’s instead of C’s, right? But because they were intentionally named that way IN the comic, it’s all good. Same here, they were all intentionally named after chess terms in the comic. The characters were not actually named after Vice Presidents, not was the Scarlet Witch named after Wanda from Doogie Howser. They WERE actually named after chess terms, though. There is no coincidence here. So there won’t be any out of left field attempts at connecting people (like “they all share last names with baseball players,” which could very well be true if you have enough comic book characters and enough baseball players, there are bound to be overlap. Now, if you had three superheroes named Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays and Ken Griffey, then THAT would be okay, since that’d clearly be intentional).

So Bishop is explicitly named after the chess piece, and not the clerical rank?

I’d say so, yes. His first appearance opened with Forge and Professor X playing chess.

Travis Pelkie

June 14, 2012 at 1:50 am

I kinda knew all that, I suppose, and like I said, it’s just a game so I’m not mad or nuthin’.

Funny, though, if you had had a cover with the White Queen and the Black Queen named on the cover, we COULD have gotten it from just looking at the covers :)

I feel a little better that Tuomas wondered about it too.

OK, when does Gambit say “chere, I am named after zee term in zee, how you say, chess board game, uhn huh huhn!”

Or words to that effect…

Funny, though, if you had had a cover with the White Queen and the Black Queen named on the cover, we COULD have gotten it from just looking at the covers

Indeed. Which is why I made a specific point to NOT pick one where either were named on the cover. ;)

Travis Pelkie

June 14, 2012 at 1:51 am

And right after I posted that comment, I wondered if Gambit and Batroc ever encountered each other. The francophilia would be, how you say, OUTRAAAGGGGEOOUSSSSSSS!

During the X-Men: Serve and Protect mini-series, Fantomex and Batroc have just such an encounter. Their accents are exaggerated to great effect.

By the way, just to be safe, I’ll be sure to avoid similar themes in the future. I certainly don’t wish to confuse anyone. Or, if I do use a similar theme, I’ll pick ones where the connection is more blatant (like include a cover with the Chessmen instead of Bishop, for instance).

Travis Pelkie

June 14, 2012 at 1:59 am

Oh, tres magnifique!

Serve and Protect? Never even heard of that. Just looked at the covers at GCD and STILL don’t know what it is.

And the Chessmen? Didn’t they do “Louie Louie”? ;)

Oh crap…. sorry for not reading the rules more carefully, Brian. This is a really cool feature and a fun brain teaser, so I apologize to you and anyone I kinda spoiled it for. As a very wise man once said, “D’oh!:”

I assume that just like myself many others ignored what was essentially the answer, because it obviously went against the “non-comics connection” rule. Otherwise, I would’ve sent it right away.

Oh crap…. sorry for not reading the rules more carefully, Brian. This is a really cool feature and a fun brain teaser, so I apologize to you and anyone I kinda spoiled it for. As a very wise man once said, “D’oh!:”

S’all good, I think I nabbed it right after you posted it so no one really saw it. I made it invisible until the answer went up.

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