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Cover Theme Game for 3/6

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, 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’s definitely gettable (I think I might have even used this theme once before. I don’t THINK so, but I might have. I know I considered it at one point but I don’t think I actually ever used it. If I did, it was a long, long time ago). However, there are enough characters in play that I wouldn’t be shocked if I see some strong alternate guesses, as well.


Each one has a character wearing a red and yellow costume and goggles.

What most of these covers are missing is “CYBERKILL!”

So, are we to ignore the Pink Lady, as she is a floating head?

So is Doop, when it comes right down to it.

This another one of those weeks where I keep coming up with themes that will fit two covers but not the third.

Travis Pelkie

March 8, 2013 at 8:22 pm

Oh man, that’s right, I still need to find that Wolvey/Doop mini! (And a few X-Statix issues, but y’all don’t care about my back issue desires).

Gotta go see if what I was thinking for last week was at all right.

From what I’ve seen from previously I believe the “floating heads” rule is to exclude characters who are not part of the proper scene and just shown symbolically around.

If that is a correct interpretation, Doop is actually present on the first cover and counts (the rule is to exclude characters symbolically portrayed as floating heads rather than characters who are floating heads), but people in the background in the second cover do not count (Terra is borderline…).

Got an idea (using Doop) but it’s a bit tenuous so may not be the right one…

Yeah, the floating head rule is mostly to reduce the amount of characters that you can use for the theme. Older covers tended to have a lot of floating heads, so it made it very difficult to use them otherwise (as a cover you’d be using because, say, Hercules was on it would also have Cap, Scarlet Witch, Wasp, Hawkeye, etc. on it).

So is Pink Lady a floating head? (And my solution kinda relies on Terra.)

Pink Lady is not a floating head, but Jeff is.

And if you get that reference, bravo.

With Terra, it looks to me like she’s in a part of the cover that’s part of a multi-tych (someone must have been looking for covers for another feature here ;) )

So is Pink Lady a floating head? (And my solution kinda relies on Terra.)

Probably, but I’d count an answer including her! And Terra definitely counts. She doesn’t factor into the “official” answer (I’ll give you a hint – Red Star is the key for that cover), but she is definitely usable.

Where is CTG for this week (3/13)? It’s the 100th edition!

Are we not getting a solution to this week’s CTG?

gave up on my idea …I had been doubtful about whether Cyborg fitted or not (the Smallville TV version did but that doesn’t count).
Can’t say what the idea was in case the Red Star fits it somehow
I would have been more confident if Donna had been on that cover…

Oops, sorry, folks.

Here it is! Apparently our 100th, if Cully is correct!

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