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Cover Theme Game for 1/16

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, 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!




Last week ended up being too complicated, so hopefully this one is more straightforward!

NOTE: When I mean straightforward, I don’t mean EASY. This one is not easy. It is actually pretty tough. It is just that it is a straightforward tough one. You can’t really confuse it with other themes, ya know?


Regarding last week, the funny thing is that I was leaning toward theme #2 (even though it was very similar to previous weeks’) and tried and tried and tried to find a character on the X-Men cover who applied to it, but was thwarted by my ignorance of mutant lore–I had no idea who the hell that one guy was, and the theme didn’t fit any of the others. But then I noticed another theme that did totally fit, and went with that.

Who’s that guy on the third cover? I wish he was wearing a name tag or something.

One really obvious answer leaps out at me, but given you say this is a hard one, I figure it is too obvious to be the one you’re looking for.

So it’s not “gingers”, in other words?

On the archive page, you don’t have a link to 1/9, although the answer is there. The link comes to this page.

I generally try to link 2 covers and then see if that link also applies to the 3rd.
cover 1 Medusa
cover 2 Medusa
cover 3 Jimmy Olsen
Well, too obvious anyway – try again ignoring Medusa
cover 1 – Black Panther – created by Kirby and Lee, debut in Fantastic Four, member of both Avengers and Fantastic Four
cover 2- Crystal – created by Kirby and Lee, debut in Fantastic Four, member of both Avengers and Fantastic Four
cover 3 – Jimmy Olsen

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