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Cover Theme Game for 9/19

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, a trait all three creators share, 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 mutants! (who ISN’T a mutant?)” “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!




This week, the connection is actually relatively straightforward but since there are so many characters on each cover, the tricky part is figuring out which three characters are meant to be connected. HINT: It isn’t Metamorpho, Shade or Joshua Clay/Tempest.


I…I actually think I got it for once….

Last week’s solution does not appear to have been posted yet.

Great contest. I wish I had an idea, but I don’t. I look forward to seeing the answer (s).

Finally a cover theme game tailored to me.

Yep. Every time you post all DC covers, I just stare at ‘em blankly. I had no idea I was such a Marvel man.

Why no answer to last week’s game?

Maybe it’s one of life’s unanswerable questions, much as it might have seemed otherwise.

Previously, Brian’s played a little passive-aggressive game and waited until no one nagged him for a few days before he delivered on his promise. Maybe if we all just ignore him for a little while, he will give us that answer…

Last week’s solution has been posted. Not what I thought it was, but he counted my alternate answer, so I’m happy.

On last week’s, at first I wanted to add “and stole stuff from them,” but I couldn’t make it work with the first cover.

Nice, buttler. It would have worked if the first one was…Composite Superman, right?

Or possibly Silver Age Hawkman, though he may have put the priceless artifacts back on display after bashing people over the head with them. (Actually, he often replaced them with exact duplicates made with a Thanagarian machine if the originals got, you know, damaged in battle–I’m pretty sure that qualifies as straight-up antiquities theft.)

“Duhhh, Shayera, I bash’t da Shadow T’eef too hard in the haid and I done broke this mace from ancient Egypt.”

“Well just replace it awready whydon’tcha?”

Wait a second, if this answer is right, then how was the character on the first cover available for Identity Crisis? Are you saying we could have been spared that if an editor had said, no, can’t use that person?


He got better. Also, the horribleness in question happened (or rather, was retconned as having happened) earlier than that.

Also, he’s on the first cover this week too! Coincidence? I think so!

Whoops, disregard that last couple of sentences. I’m sick at the moment, and got confused about which week I was looking at.

The first part, though, I’m pretty sure is still valid. If it doesn’t quite make sense either, well, that’s comic continuity for you.

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