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Cover Theme Game for 7/30

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!




After a couple of weeks off, we’re back with a relativetly easy one (as easy as any of these things are, of course, which is not very easy). More importantly, this theme amused me, and that’s what really matters. ;)


Thanks for giving it to me for the last one. I got the theme, even if I didn’t identify the correct individual on the last cover, so thanks!

No clue what the theme is, but I used to have that issue of GI Joe. Bought it for the sweet Michael Golden cover.

So how did Power Pack tie into the teaching assistant theme? Was Julie a TA at Avengers Academy?


Man, I was so close on that last one. I thought the theme was Empire State University, wasted like half an hour researching if Franklin Richards ever attended ESU.

I…I might know this one. Just gotta check into something. Oh joy!

Yeah, Empire State U was my first fixation, too. And it was so on the right track, but I never quite got there.

Honesty, I think Ivory attended college in New York, as well, so she actually MIGHT have attended ESU! Let’s retroactively say that she did! :)

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