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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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'll level with you. If you can actually figure this one out, then I would almost fear for your sanity. It's THAT hard. It just amused me, though, so I went with it. Of course, now that I say that, watch someone actually get it correct. As you all know, I typically don't reveal the answer until someone has actually guessed it, but I'll make a rare exception in this case, so expect an answer next week.
NOTE: When it comes to comics set in the middle of the 20th Century, pretty much every character was involved in World War II in some capacity. So pretty much assume that World War II in general is not going to be the connective theme. Now if they were all, say, Generals in World War II, that'd be something more specific. Or if they all punched Hitler or something like that. But just a general "they all were involved in World War II" is not going to cut it.