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Meta-Messages – The Hidden Spidey Insult That Got an Inker Fired

In this feature I explore the context behind (using reader danjack’s term) “meta-messages.” A meta-message is where a comic book creator comments on/references the work of another comic book/comic book creator (or sometimes even themselves) in their comic. Each time around, I’ll give you the context behind one such “meta-message.” Here is an archive of the past installments!

Today, based on a suggestion from reader Frank W., I feature a story I did as a Comic Book Legends Revealed nearly a decade ago that also works as a Meta-Message, so it should be featured here, as well, which is the hidden insult in Universe X: Spidey that led to the book’s inker losing his job.
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Meta-Messages – Mister Fantastic Disses Heroes Reborn

In this feature I explore the context behind (using reader danjack’s term) “meta-messages.” A meta-message is where a comic book creator comments on/references the work of another comic book/comic book creator (or sometimes even themselves) in their comic. Each time around, I’ll give you the context behind one such “meta-message.” Here is an archive of the past installments!

Today, based on a suggestion from reader John, we take a look at Scott Lobdell’s not-so-subtle swipe at Heroes Reborn in the first issue of Fantastic Four following Heroes Return…
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Meta-Messages – Dwayne McDuffie Explains His Justice League Problems IN the Pages of Justice League!

In this feature I explore the context behind (using reader danjack’s term) “meta-messages.” A meta-message is where a comic book creator comments on/references the work of another comic book/comic book creator (or sometimes even themselves) in their comic. Each time around, I’ll give you the context behind one such “meta-message.” Here is an archive of the past installments!

Today, we take a look at a time that Dwayne McDuffie worked some of his frustrations over how his Justice League was handled into the comics themselves!
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Meta-Messages – That Time John Byrne Nuked Jim Shooter’s Hometown

In this feature I explore the context behind (using reader danjack’s term) “meta-messages.” A meta-message is where a comic book creator comments on/references the work of another comic book/comic book creator (or sometimes even themselves) in their comic. Each time around, I’ll give you the context behind one such “meta-message.” Here is an archive of the past installments!

Today, based on a suggestion by Brian B., we take a look at the time that John Byrne and Mark Gruenwald decided to nuke Jim Shooter’s hometown…
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Meta-Messages – Spawn Tries to Save Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, Wolverine and More

In this feature I explore the context behind (using reader danjack’s term) “meta-messages.” A meta-message is where a comic book creator comments on/references the work of another comic book/comic book creator (or sometimes even themselves) in their comic. Each time around, I’ll give you the context behind one such “meta-message.” Here is an archive of the past installments!

Today, based on a suggestion by Stephen M, we take a look at a famous meta-message by Dave Sim and Todd McFarlane in Spawn #10…
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Meta-Messages – Captain America Sticks Up for France

In this feature I explore the context behind (using reader danjack’s term) “meta-messages.” A meta-message is where a comic book creator comments on/references the work of another comic book/comic book creator (or sometimes even themselves) in their comic. Each time around, I’ll give you the context behind one such “meta-message.” Here is an archive of the past installments!

Today, we look at Ed Brubaker addressing the whole Captain America/France situation in Captain America #3 by Brubaker, Steve Epting and Michael Lark…
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Meta-Messages – “This E Doesn’t Stand For America!”

In this feature I explore the context behind (using reader danjack’s term) “meta-messages.” A meta-message is where a comic book creator comments on/references the work of another comic book/comic book creator (or sometimes even themselves) in their comic. Each time around, I’ll give you the context behind one such “meta-message.” Here is an archive of the past installments!

Today, we look at Warren Ellis and Stuart Immonen having a little fun with Mark Millar and Bryan Hitch’s famous “You think this latter stands for France?” scene from Ultimates #12.
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Meta-Messages – The Great Marvel/DC “You’re Imitating Us” Debate of 1965-67

In this feature I explore the context behind (using reader danjack’s term) “meta-messages.” A meta-message is where a comic book creator comments on/references the work of another comic book/comic book creator (or sometimes even themselves) in their comic. Each time around, I’ll give you the context behind one such “meta-message.” Here is an archive of the past installments!

Today, based on an idea by readers Keith Alan Morgan and David B., we look at an interesting back-and-forth between Marvel and DC during the mid-60s…
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Meta-Messages – Hulk With a Fin on His Head Revisited

In this feature I explore the context behind (using reader danjack’s term) “meta-messages.” A meta-message is where a comic book creator comments on/references the work of another comic book/comic book creator (or sometimes even themselves) in their comic. Each time around, I’ll give you the context behind one such “meta-message.” Here is an archive of the past installments!

Today we look at Erik Larsen’s response to the “Hulk with a fin on his head” issue of Incredible Hulk…
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Meta-Messages – “Hey, It’s the Hulk With a Fin on his Head!”

In this feature I explore the context behind (using reader danjack’s term) “meta-messages.” A meta-message is where a comic book creator comments on/references the work of another comic book/comic book creator (or sometimes even themselves) in their comic. Each time around, I’ll give you the context behind one such “meta-message.” Here is an archive of the past installments!

Today we look at some teasing from Peter David about Erik Larsen’s Savage Dragon…
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Meta-Messages – The Claremont/Byrne Crossover “Battle”

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In this feature I explore the context behind (using reader danjack’s term) “meta-messages.” A meta-message is where a comic book creator comments on/references the work of another comic book/comic book creator (or sometimes even themselves) in their comic. Each time around, I’ll give you the context behind one such “meta-message.” Here is an archive of the past installments!

Today, based on a suggestion from reader Smokescreen, we take a look at an amusing piece of meta-commentary by Chris Claremont and Alan Davis about Claremont and John Byrne’s rival Marvel crossovers from the late 1980s.
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Meta-Messages – Spider-Man Makes Fun of Superman vs. Muhammad Ali

In this feature I explore the context behind (using reader danjack’s term) “meta-messages.” A meta-message is where a comic book creator comments on/references the work of another comic book/comic book creator (or sometimes even themselves) in their comic. Each time around, I’ll give you the context behind one such “meta-message.” Here is an archive of the past installments!

Today, we take a look at Marv Wolfman poking fun at DC Comics’ Superman vs. Muhammad Ali in the pages of Amazing Spider-Man…
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Meta-Messages – Joe Madureira Takes a Swipe Over a Swipe

In this feature I explore the context behind (using reader danjack’s term) “meta-messages.” A meta-message is where a comic book creator comments on/references the work of another comic book/comic book creator (or sometimes even themselves) in their comic. Each time around, I’ll give you the context behind one such “meta-message.” Here is an archive of the past installments!

Today, based on a suggestion by reader Earl Y., we take a look at Joe Madureira taking issue over an artist swiping his work one time too many.
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Meta-Messages – Jim Shooter’s “Secret War” on Steve Gerber

In this feature I explore the context behind (using reader danjack’s term) “meta-messages.” A meta-message is where a comic book creator comments on/references the work of another comic book/comic book creator (or sometimes even themselves) in their comic. Each time around, I’ll give you the context behind one such “meta-message.” Here is an archive of the past installments!

Today we take a look at Jim Shooter (himself the “victim” of the previous Meta-Message) taking on then-former Marvel writer Steve Gerber in the pages of Secret Wars II.
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Meta-Messages – John Byrne “Burns” Jim Shooter

In this feature I explore the context behind (using reader danjack’s term) “meta-messages.” A meta-message is where a comic book creator comments on/references the work of another comic book/comic book creator (or sometimes even themselves) in their comic. Each time around, I’ll give you the context behind one such “meta-message.” Here is an archive of the past installments!

Today we take a look at something that I’ve been meaning to spotlight for as long as I’ve been doing this feature but a few people have also suggested it to me over the years, including our very own Greg Hatcher. The moment is in 1987’s Legends #5 by Len Wein, John Ostrander, John Byrne and Karl Kesel and the target of their teasing was Byrne’s former boss at Marvel Comics, Jim Shooter. Continue Reading »

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