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Cover Theme Game for 1/30

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 one is relatively simple, as far as these things go.


Well, I’m out for this week. I know absolutely nothing about Youngblood or the classic Guardians.

Does “all three are butt-ugly” count as a theme?

My god, what’s so amazing about the person floating on the Guardians cover? Are they going commando under the robe, and the sight so awesome to behold that it has transfixed the crowd?

It sure looks like everyone is trying to look up her(?) robes…..

Finally! I got one! All these characters have no feet! (Although that may be too common in some comics to be a theme).

At Extreme Studios in the 90s it may even have been an editorial mandate !

@Basara: the floating kid (who’s a dude, I think — I think the look was based on one of Valentino’s sons) is a messianic figure in the GotG universe. The original intention was that the character was going to become the Beyonder, iirc.

There’s a connection between 1 and 3, but it can’t relate to 2. Dammit.

Actually, I think I have A theme. I don’t think it’s what Brian’s going for, though.

on last week I was wondering about something to do with hair loss/baldness (Black Panther shaving his head, a certain attempt to “disarm” medusa, etc)…

This time, I wondered about creations from Image founders and sex-changes but couldn’t fit the 3rd cover (fortunately)…then I remembered something and got the actual connection

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