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Cover Theme Game for 5/22

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!




I think this theme is a really good one, if I do say so myself (which I just did). I dunno if it is harder or easier than normal, but I think it is a pretty clever one.

HINT: Ms. Marvel has nothing to do with the theme.


Travis Pelkie

May 23, 2013 at 4:27 am

Aw, man. This is really interesting since character-wise, the first 2 are basically the same. Huh.

I never know this anymore!!!

Oh, wait, I never DID know them.

All three covers use a similar sort of radial layout, forcing the letterers to figure out how and where to fit the captions in. Also, all three covers feature two, and only two carbon-based lifeforms.

The Crazed Spruce

May 23, 2013 at 5:46 am

They all feature a character with “Marvel” in their name.

What do I win? :-:-)

This is intriguing, but as usual, I have no idea.

I’ll just have to go with “they all got tied up and forcibly kissed by Hawkeye in Avengers #189″.

I sent two answers that could work, but I think the two Cyclops/Marvel Girl covers indicates something that I am missing.

Yeah, I also feel like the answer is floating somewhere just beyond my reach. Oh well.

I’ll help folks out. Ms. Marvel is not involved in the theme.

I’ve seen lots of guesses with Ms. Marvel. She’s had so many weird things happen to her over the years that I should know better than ever to include her on a cover. But even then, it is almost depressing to note that cosmic possession really isn’t all that uncommon in the Marvel Universe, so I dunno if I’d even count that as a theme, if that was a provided guess.

Oh well, that knocks out my ‘had children suddenly aged to adulthood’ theme. :(

Back to the drawing board.

I had four different ideas, all with Ms Marvel.

Well, I guess that means I can stop trying to figure out when Cyclops might have had a costume with the Cockrum sash, then.

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