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Cover Theme Game for 2/26

The cover theme 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 themes. You cannot guess the connective theme just by looking at the covers solely, you must have some knowledge beyond 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 harder than last week’s, but not by a lot!


An immediate connection between two of the covers leapt out at me, but I can’t see any way to get the third to fit the theme. Back to the drawing board…

I’m sitting here stumped at the answer to the last one. What does “nothing at all in common” mean and how is that a theme?

Oh, Cass…

*Facepalm* Okay, that was dumb, but I just woke up! My brain doesn’t process humor until lunch time at the earliest.

I’m expecting perhaps the theme will be Peter Benchley.

I’m guessing it’s the buched up, ready to punch someone arm: Almost all character’s have one arm drawn back and are making a fist, save for the purple haired Green Lantern chick who’s name escapes me at the moment and also has her hands all balled up. Maybe that’s it: No open hands.

If Guy’s haircut counts as a “helmet”, I’d pick that as a theme, but I don’t think that’s the case.

While I do like the “theme” from 2/12, and it was timely, shouldn’t that theme not have counted, as it’s the last of the “it’s not something obvious” examples in the first paragraph of the rules?

Forgive my pedantic nature. I live to nitpick. I assume it’s some sort of other-channeled Darwinian adaptation — since I can’t groom other humans for actual nits, I must pick at other things.

Since no one noticed they were all drawn by the same guy, then it inherently wasn’t obvious, no? While I’m a big De Landro fan, it’s not like he’s at the instantly recognizable level of comic artist stardom, which is why the bit worked.

Travis Pelkie

March 1, 2014 at 6:28 pm

I forgot that the thrust of my argument was that perhaps because they were all by the same guy, and that is explicitly ruled out, people didn’t get it/guess it. People may have said, well, they’re all by the same guy, but that can’t be the answer.

However, it was a clever theme, and just ignore me babbling on about it.

Ah, gotcha. Sure, in that case, fair enough, I’ll try to hold to that in the future!

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