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Meta-Messages – The Great Lakes Avengers Poke Some Fun At Identity Crisis

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 request by reader Taimur D.) we take a look Dan Slott poking some fun at DC Comics’ Identity Crisis with the final issue of Great Lakes Avengers.
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Meta-Messages – Jim Starlin Makes Clowns Out of Stan Lee and John Romita

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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!

No Abandoned an’ Forsaked this week! Instead, you get a new edition of Meta-Messages! Today we take a look at Jim Starlin’s rather aggressive satire of the state of Marvel Comics in 1975 with one of his earliest Warlock stories!
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Meta-Messages – Chris Claremont Sticks Up for Ms. Marvel

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 Chris Claremont’s resolution of the still-bizarre Ms. Marvel storyline from Avengers #200, where we see Claremont tear that story apart.

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Meta-Messages – Jack Kirby Takes Some Shots at Stan Lee

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 famous example of Jack Kirby taking out some of his frustrations with his time at Marvel Comics with a satiric look at his old company in the pages of Mister Miracle #6.

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Meta-Messages – Grant Morrison Meets Animal Man

All October long I explored 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!

What better way to cap off the month than with one of the most famous instances of metafiction in comic book history, Animal Man #26, Grant Morrison’s final issue of his remarkable run, as he comes face to face with Animal Man.

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Meta-Messages – The Dark Albatross Saga

All October long I will be exploring 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 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!

Based on a suggestion from my pal Peter, let’s take a look at E-Man #3, a parody of the Dark Phoenix Saga by Marty Pasko and Joe Staton titled, “Dark Albatross Must Be Rendered Inoperative, Lifewise”

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Meta-Messages – Joe Casey and Ashley Wood Say Goodbye to a Friend…

All October long I will be exploring 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 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 final issue of Automatic Kafka (#9, to be precise), where the creators of the book, Joe Casey and Ashley Wood, meet their creation and explain the book’s cancellation to him.

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Meta-Messages – Steve Gerber Lets Us Into His Head…

All October long I will be exploring 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 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 Steve Gerber’s famous (infamous?) issue of Howard the Duck #16, where the late, great Gerber devoted the entire issue to basically his own ruminations upon his run on the title.

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Meta-Messages – Bill Mantlo’s Bizarre Goodbye to Alpha Flight!

All October long I will be exploring 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 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!

Erich, of the awesome comic book blog, Fish-Flavored Baseball Bat, suggested that I feature Bill Mantlo’s final issue of Alpha Flight, where one of the characters in the comic realize that they are in the comic and decide to fight back against the whims of his creator – Bill Mantlo!

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Meta-Messages – Squirrel Girl Tries to Show Penance the Error of His Ways…

All October long I will be exploring 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 using the characters 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! If you have a suggestion for a future meta-message, e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com.

Today, based on a suggestion from reader Paul L., we look at how Fabian Nicieza and Dan Slott used Squirrel Girl to poke some fun at the changes made to Speedball following Civil War.

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Meta-Messages – Brian K. Vaughan Would Like to Tell You a Useless Factoid…

All October long I will be exploring 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 using the characters 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! If you have a suggestion for a future meta-message, e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com.

Today we look at the clever Ex Machina #40, where the book’s creators Brian K. Vaughan and Tony Harris appear in the comic pitching a comic book starring the main character of Ex Machina.

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Meta-Messages – Alan Grant and Lobo Go Meta Crazy!

All October long I will be exploring 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 using the characters 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! If you have a suggestion for a future meta-message, e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com.

Reader Alex B. suggested that I feature Lobo #60-62, a three-part story that is basically about a meta-fictional as a comic storyline can get. In it, Alan Grant (writer of Lobo) is ordered by Mike Carlin to turn Lobo into a superhero because of complaints about Lobo from Wizard: The Magazine. Hilarity, as the say, ensues.

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Meta-Messages – Grant Morrison Spoofs the Punisher

All October long I will be exploring 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 using the characters 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! If you have a suggestion for a future meta-message, e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com.

Reader Tyler G. suggested I spotlight Grant Morrison’s satire of the way that characters like the Punisher and Wolverine were written with Doom Patrol #45’s introduction of…the Beard Hunter!

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Meta-Messages – Garth Ennis Takes a Fond Look at Crossovers

All October long I will be exploring 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 using the characters 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! If you have a suggestion for a future meta-message, e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com.

Reader Alex suggested I take a look at a fun bit in Hitman #37 where Garth Ennis finally acknowledged all the DC crossover that took place during Hitman’s tenure (this is a more general meta-message about a BUNCH of creators rather than just one).

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Meta-Messages – Christopher Priest Gets the Last Laugh on…Himself?!

All October long I will be exploring 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 using the characters 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! If you have a suggestion for a future meta-message, e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com.

Commenter Jason suggested I feature this sequel to a previous Meta-Message (that you can see here) from Christopher Priest’s first issue of Deadpool. This is from Priest’s LAST issue of Deadpool!

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