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Cover Theme Game for 5/28

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!

Still no correct guesses for the 5/14 one, so you’ll have another crack at it (a lot of guesses involving fathers in some way – the answer is never going to have to be something you have to stretch like that. If it is about fathers, for instance, it would be three no doubt about it fathers, not “I guess Bruce is sort of Dick Grayson’s father”. There were also some “they’re all adopted” guesses, but again, I don’t think it’s clear that ANY of them were ever definitely adopted. Perhaps it could work, but you’d have to stretch it, and you never going to need to stretch these answers to fit)…




Here’s another hint for this one – Chris Kent does not play into the answer.

Now here’s this week…




This one amused me, which is the most important thing, right?

HINT: Batman is not involved in the answer. Nor is Captain Carrot.


The alternate theme for last week’s covers doesn’t work, as the The Joker cover is set in Star City.

Yeah, that’s what I figured, Eric. Thanks for the confirmation!

I’m still no wiser as to 5/14 themes (although I can now rule out the possibility that Cable once used the alias Nightwing).

But Bruce Wayne did officially adopt Dick Grayson in Gotham Knights #17.

But Clark and Lois never officially adopted Chris Kent and no one ever actually adopted Cable, right? He was just raised by the Askani.

There’s something wrong with this article… When I click on the link to it on the front page, it opens the article on a mobile phone version of the site, even though I’m on a regular computer. There’s no way to open the regular version of the article; I removed the cookies for this site, but I still only see mobile version. Does anyone else have this problem?

Nope, Tuomas, I haven’t seen that happen. Weird!

I’ve got a cute theme that fits two of the covers, but I’m trying to see if I can fit it to the third.

Who is that on the Secret Avengers cover? It’s Black Widow, Spider-Woman and… Henry Peter Gyrich?

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