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Meta-Messages: Todd McFarlane Makes Fun of….Todd McFarlane?

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 Todd McFarlane giving a hard time to…Todd McFarlane?
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Meta-Messages: The Origin of Lex Luthor’s Terrible Cake-Stealing

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 the secret origins of Luthor’s terrible cake-stealing…
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Meta-Messages: “Will Anyone Remember Our 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!

This time around, based on a suggestion from readers Jonathan S. and Sergio S., we take a look at how James Robinson had his characters treat their farewell from continuity right before New 52 in the final issue of Justice League of America…
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Meta-Messages: Deathstroke Stabs…Deadpool?!?

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!

This time around, based on a suggestion from reader Christine S., we take a look at the time that Deathstroke and Deadpool fought in the pages of Superman/Batman…
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Meta-Messages: A Touching Legion Tribute to a Superman Art Legend

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!

This time around, based on another suggestion from reader David B., we take a look at a touching tribute in the pages of Legion of Super-Heroes to a Superman art legend…
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Meta-Messages: A Heartfelt Bat-Tribute to a Legendary Comic Book Editor

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!

This time around, based on a suggestion from reader David B., we take a look at a heartfelt sendoff to one of Batman’s greatest writers and editors…
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Meta-Messages: Everyone Can’t Wait Until Weapon X Ends, Including the People Working on it

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!

This time around, we take a look at the final issue of Marvel’s Weapon X ongoing series from the early 2000s where someone working on the book let us know that they’re happy that the series is over.
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Meta-Messages – The Classic Creator Who Wanted Readers to Know His Comic Was 5H17

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, I feature another Meta-Message that I did as a Comic Book Legend years ago, the story of Mike Sekowsky expressing his feelings about the 1970s series, The Brute…
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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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