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Cover Theme Game for 9/11

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 gettable. However, since it involves mutants, there is so much convoluted histories involved that I could easily see you all go off on different tracks from intended theme (which is very straightforward).


X-Men covers? All Marvel covers? Again? I’m not complaining it’s just…

It’s almost as if there is some sort of celebration or anniversary this month involving the Avengers and the X-Men…

Yay, I got last week’s right! (I’m Adam J.) I know it was a relatively easy one, but I almost never get these.

Are the background characters on the Young Xmen cover “floating heads”?

This one involves the X-books so my chances of getting it are practically nil.

Are the background characters on the Young Xmen cover “floating heads”?


They all have Cable or his parents!

What do I win?

I knew I was on the right track on last week’s theme and then I just forgot about it. Par for the course.

Gotta say I dig Liefeld’s Sabretooth in that New Mutants cover. He looks truly horrifying. I’m sure he wouldn’t have made the same kind of money he wound up making, but critically, I think Liefeld would’ve fared a lot better as a horror artist, in the same way that Kelly Jones has been praised, despite his playing fast and loose with anatomy.

In Young X-Men #1, the part of Cyclops will be played by Marty Feldman.

@Kid Kyoto: That’s not true, but revealing why may put you on the right track.

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