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Cover Theme Game for 8/1

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?)!” “They’re all legacy heroes (who ISN’T a legacy hero nowadays?)!” 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 connections in the actual comic books (so no incidental connections like “they share the same last names of Vice Presidents,” etc. Now, if the three characters were each named Gerald Ford, that’d be another story, as that’d no longer be incidental).

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!




Sandy Brophy suggested this week’s theme! It is a gettable one.


They all feature the Invisible Woman!

Sadly, once the covers come up, I will still have no clue what the connection is.

A peril of cutting and pasting the format, when the month changes, the previous month codes on the images don’t work for this month’s images. ;) Fixed now!

No idea about the theme, but this may be the first time that a Liefeld cover *isn’t* the worst. That New Warriors cover is horrible.

[…] Cover Theme Game for 8/1Comic Book ResourcesEvery 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, … […]

Odd, all the pictures are coming up as little white boxes with a red X in the center.

Even odder… as soon as I posted that comment, the page corrected itself and now I can see the pictures.

The sudden assault of 90s art gave me vertigo.


August 2, 2012 at 11:27 am

holy jeebus I might have one

Each features someone rocking a headband, though that’s probably too simple for this thing

@cool arrow: Sorry, but that New Warriors cover, while horrible, is still light-years ahead of that Liefeld-penned horror. At least Zircher knows the meaning of “perspective” and how to draw people with something that resembles correct anatomy. And take a look at how all the men in the Liefeld picture are drawn as though they’re being shot out of a cannon towards the viewer and, aside from the archer, all have their arms at their sides. The woman, on the other hand, is drawn in a really odd pose. Is she jumping from a plane and just realized she doesn’t have a parachute as she’s landing? Is she being knocked back on her ass? Is she pretending to be a kangaroo? And the guy in the lower right hand corner looks like he’s about to be eating dirt in a matter of seconds (all the other characters are drawn at an angle that would be parallel to the “ground”–even the two guys at the top are basically parallel to the “ground”; his angle is drawn at least 45 degrees “down” from the others’ line).

With the Zircher drawing, there’s a clear overhead angle where the viewer is slightly above the action. Justice and Firestar and clearly on a “floor” (and Firestar is behind Justice). Sabra can fly whereas the Syrian guy, well I don’t know if his powers included flight or if he’s in mid-jump. The only read downside on that cover for me is that pretty atrocious background color. That pink-and-purple just really clashes with the rest of the colors. Of course, when you’ve eliminated black, white, blue and red because of all the costumes, your pallette is a bit limited (especially when yellow and green had to be dropped because they would’ve conflicted with the logo).

All of the covers have speed lines!

No clue, but I really want to pick up that Superman comic so I can learn all about Krypton’s gay neighborhood.

I have that Superman comic, but I haven’t read it yet.

I KNEW last week my guess was way too easy. Dang it!

I think that last comment of yours was meant for the Legends, Brian.

Good ol Liefeld art, seven charecters on the cover. Not one foot.

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