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Cover Theme Game for 5/21

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 orphans!” (who ISN’T an orphan?) “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!

No one guessed last week’s game correctly, so you’ll have another crack at it…




I think people might be overthinking this one.

Now here’s this week…




I made this one on the simpler side of things, since y’all have to still guess last week’s correctly, so I didn’t want to distract you too much!

EDITED TO ADD: Simpler, but not so simple as “Batman, Catwoman and Joker were all created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger.” ;) That’s true, but come on! :)

EDITED TO ADD AGAIN: To help my pal, Eric Henry, let’s also say that Batman is not involved in the theme this week. That should help matters, as well!


Travis Pelkie

May 22, 2014 at 3:00 am

Either you have a demented sense of simpler or I’m dum.

Man, the Joker really did get something out of that seminar that Norman Osborn held for “Improving Your Villainy”, huh?

Legit question: On the SotB cover (the second one on the list), am I suppose to assume that I’m looking at Batman, or the person playing him?

For the previous game I had one very obvious theme for two of the covers, and other possibly solid theme for two covers, partially for the third cover too. Sent it anyway in hopes I’m correct.

The second game was much easier.

I severely doubt this is what you’re going for, which is why I’m putting it here: Joker, Batman, and Catwoman have all been portrayed on screen by winners of the Supporting Actor/Actress Oscar (twice, for Batman and Joker). Anne Hathaway, Christian Bale, George Clooney, Heath Ledger, and Jack Nicholson.

Like I said, probably not what you’re going for, but kinda unique nonetheless. If only you had a Lex Luthor cover instead of a Catwoman cover, because Luthor has also been portrayed by two different Best Supporting Actor winners (Spacey and Hackman).

Wouldn’t that be something outside of comics, though? It IS a very interesting connection!

…and then there are some days when I feel like I’m the worst ever at this.

But then, Cable is my Kryptonite, so maybe it’s understandable.

Do you know how many possible themes could be filled by a combo of Joker, Catwoman and Batman? Makes me wonder if I should be looking at some of the secondary characters on those covers…

Sure, let’s eliminate Batman from contention for the theme, then. ;)

Thanks. That should help. (I think).

Travis Pelkie

May 23, 2014 at 4:28 pm

Thanks for killing my guess, Eric! ;)

Sorry. *does innocent whistle*

But has helped me narrow down a theme (which I probably wouldn’t have arrived at if I was still thinking about Batman.

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