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Cover Theme Game for 6/18

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!




I know I seem to say this a lot, but I think that this one really is relatively straightforward, as far as these things go (easier than last week’s, which a goodly amount of you guessed correctly, so I will hopefully see even MORE correct answers THIS week!)


Easier than last week? Maybe the theme is (I don’t know. I haven’t figured it out yet), but last week had two covers with essentially only one character the theme could apply to. There’s over 15 characters on this week’s covers. That’s a lot to sort through.

Definitely true, but the connection is so obvious that if I didn’t throw in a bunch of red herrings it would be just WAY too easy.

Travis Pelkie

June 19, 2014 at 5:34 pm

Man, I could have gotten last week, but I kept overthinking the whole thing. I liked my guess, even though it didn’t actually fit for everything. ;)

Sent in my guess. And yeah even with all the characters it was pretty easy.

Maybe I’m overthinking this then, ’cause nothing obvious is leaping out at me.

And, having just posted that, a connection suddenly leapt out at me. Palm, meet forehead.

Initially baffled due to the sheer number of characters – then Comic Book Resources revealed the linking characters and I got it the moment I refreshed my knowledge on the character I remembered least about.

Yeah, same as John, I saw the thing on the mothership and then…argh! OK, that’s easy.

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