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Cover Theme Game for 8/21

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!




This one is VERY gettable. This one is about as straightforward as I ever get, so I should see a bunch of correct answers.

EDITED TO ADD: I changed the first cover just to avoid a possible tangent (that hasn’t occurred yet, but I feared it might). All the correct guesses so far based on the other cover will still count (as the theme is the same, just the character depicted on the first cover is different).


Why do you do the ABC thing like for voting?

I may have it, but I’d like to know what that other cover was to be sure.

I really feel like I should know this one. Kinda driving me nuts that I’m blanking. Flipping through the character bios on the Marvel Wiki is pretty depressing, though. Everybody, especially Crystal and Quicksilver, has this long list of deceased relatives.

They’ve all slept with Johnny Storm. Oh wait, oops, shoulda emailed that.

@buttler: With Charlie-27 it was only a dry hump.

Re last week Brian, see JLA (Vol 1) 83. She did, even if it was a little bonkers. Seeing your solution makes mine rather inelegant but still it’s A solution which is better than I usually do!

I meant seeing the other solutions!

Think I got it
I did see the original first cover and noticed one possible tangent removed by the change involving Crystal’s powers (though may be too commonplace).
If my answer is the right one then there was an obvious link between the original first cover and one of the others which helps make the answer clearer (especially if you see the link between the other original and the replacement)

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