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Cover Theme Game for 7/3

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 one is pretty easy, but I could be waaaaay off!


These covers, two of them vellum sleeves and one a crude envelope of reedy fibers, are of particular interest to collectors and philatelists because of the rare cancellation marks they bear. While the stamps themselves are of little interest, the marks derive from the sign of Trystero, an obscure private postal service and the subject of an unusual Jacobean tragedy by minor playwright Richard Wharfinger. They are the three suvriving pieces from the collection of Richard Wharfinger’s alleged descendant John Wharfinger. Sadly, much of Wharfinger’s collection, stored at his office at Yoyodyne Propulsion Systems, was sadly lost in an unexplained fire in the 1980s, along with Wharfinger himself and many of his coworkers.

I had thought that part of the collection was held in the confidence of John Bigboote in a secret bunker, but perhaps I had heard wrong.

The Crazed Spruce

July 4, 2013 at 2:17 pm

I’d heard that the Wharfinger collection was cryogenically preserved within an ancient cache in the Yukon, about 20 km north of Whitehorse, to be released only when one who is deemed worthy of its glory reveals himself (or herself) when the planets align perfectly and the moon reaches its orbital apogee.

Of course, the guy I heard this from was tripping on peyote, so I could be mistaken….

When I try to look up the answer to last week’s challenge, I get a ‘Page Not Found’ message. Is this happening to anyone else?

Rollo Tomassi

July 4, 2013 at 3:23 pm

I stood in line behind John Bigboote once while he was in a cupcake store, but I was too nervous to say anything to him. I regret not asking him about the Wharfinger collection.

I get a Page Not Found notice for last weeks answer, too. Maybe that was the answer? They were all missing pages?

Yeah, Page Not Found here too.

Seems like there was a missing word in the link. It should be fixed now!

Two in the same year? I’m on a roll!

Travis Pelkie

July 5, 2013 at 5:08 pm

The part of Jorge Luis Borges will be played by Omar Karindu…

This one is stumpin’ me. It’s all comics I would willingly buy? (I own that ish of SiP already)

Well, I’ve found a connection, but I’m not sure if it’s the connection…

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