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Cover Theme Game for 7/17

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 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?)!” “They’re all by the same artist!” (too obvious) 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!

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I know you folks can figure this one out! Do note the examples at the top for obvious themes that are not eligible, though!

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Hmmm, not that I ever know these anyway, but in this case I’m kind of confused as to what would even constitute a valid answer.

For example, would finding a not-completely-obvious theme between Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman count? It seems like you’d have to discount those, just for the sheer number of possible correct answers it would create. On the other hand, a theme between Felix Faust, Superman, and Alan Scott probably should count. So is there a cap on the number of A-listers you can have in your theme?

Sorry if I’m being a pain, but I think without more rules, you’re going to get a flood of “A, B, and C were all brainwashed by the Mad Hatter” type answers.

While officially there was only one admission price to and, the hottest nightclub in Los Angeles, unofficially there were three separate covers, only the first of which was financial and paid at the door. Even before the opportunity to pay for entry, would-be partygoers were scrutinized by a well-trained staff of Mongolian bouncers, each of them debriefed from week to week regarding which celebrities were on the A-list and which were not. Additionally, the clothing and entourages of each would-be entrant were subjected to a review.

Once this test was passed, and the fee paid, there was still no guarantee of a full night in and. Anyone who had run afoul of the club favorites, once inside, might soon find themselves “out of the movie,” as the phrase (of unknown origin) went. More than one celeb or hanger-on who had fallen out of favor with and doyennes such as owner Jeremy Piven, longtime patron Mark Cherry (the babyfaced singer, not the babyfaced showrunner), or wild child Rebel Alley (usually making a huge mistake while blowng off steam from her steady schedule of court-ordered PSA shoots) might be quietly told to leave by a bouncer murmuring a few bars of Cherry’s hit single, “Getaway.” More than a few unlucky patrons were heard to shout protestations when rudely hoisted by the lapels of their $6500 suits and kicked out the side door like so many unwanted bits of typical LA street debris, as if they were the human equivalents of torn-up film contracts or slightly used pre-fab mud caves. Despite this mistreatment, many of the rejected came back only to be thrown out again, night after night, as if trapped in a roofie circle.

Though briefly a hive of A-listers and their sycophants, the and colony collapsed after the infamous “wig incident” involving the daughter of a prominent Orange County developer, whose entry to the club had already been met by cries of “Come on!” and “Her?”.

— from the forthcoming book Entourages with Low Self-Esteem by John Beard, Jr.

Ohhh, I know this one. Cool theme, too.

Aren’t all the heads (and the bodies they’re attached to) floating in that last one?

Hmmm, not that I ever know these anyway, but in this case I’m kind of confused as to what would even constitute a valid answer.

For example, would finding a not-completely-obvious theme between Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman count? It seems like you’d have to discount those, just for the sheer number of possible correct answers it would create. On the other hand, a theme between Felix Faust, Superman, and Alan Scott probably should count. So is there a cap on the number of A-listers you can have in your theme?

Sorry if I’m being a pain, but I think without more rules, you’re going to get a flood of “A, B, and C were all brainwashed by the Mad Hatter” type answers.

If you come up with an alternate answer that works, I’ll give ya credit! As to whether something is too obvious, well, I’ll let your good judgment be your guide. That said, I think it is generally fair to say that this week’s theme is one you really have to either know on your own offhand, as I don’t think it’s one you can just piece together.

Aren’t all the heads (and the bodies they’re attached to) floating in that last one?

Very good point. So perhaps that means you shouldn’t use any of those characters to make a connective theme. ;)

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