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Meta-Messages – Christopher Priest Makes Fun of…Christopher Priest?!

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!

Today we examine Christopher Preist’s first issue of Deadpool, where he makes fun of the past work of…Christopher Priest?!?

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Meta-Messages – Gerard Jones Asks Green Lantern a Question About Skin Color…

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!

Today, I’ll feature a suggestion that reader Ben M. sent in by e-mail. It deals with then-Green Lantern writer Gerard Jones having a little fun with a famous scene from Denny O’Neil and Neal Adams’ Green Lantern #76.

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Meta-Messages – Bob Haney Lets Spider-Man Know His Place

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!

Today, I’ll feature a suggestion that reader Gary S. e-mailed me (I think someone else did, as well, I can’t find the e-mail, though), where Bob Haney ever so gently pushed back at the prevailing attitude of the mid-1960s that Marvel was home to more original ideas.

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Meta-Messages – Peter David Has Some Fun With Hulk: Chapter One

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!

Today, I’ll feature one that I was planning on using from the start, but I’ll note that reader Ben Herman suggested it recently, as well. It is Peter David using Rick Jones to comment on John Byrne’s revamped Hulk origin.

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Meta-Messages – Roger Stern: Not Tarantula’s Biggest Fan

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, based on a suggestion by commenter trajan23, we look at how Roger Stern expressed some slight dissatisfaction with how previous encounters with the Tarantula turned out (which can, itself, be read as a broader critique of the general level of Spider-Man villains during the 1970s).

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Meta-Messages – Frank Miller Comments on Jim Lee’s New Art Style

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 Frank Miller expressing his displeasure with Jim Lee using an art style influenced by Miller.

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Meta-Messages – Joe Kelly Wonders What IS So Funny ‘Bout Truth, Justice and the American Way?

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 writer comments on/references the work of another comic book 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 Joe Kelly’s famous “defense” of Superman in Action Comics #775.

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Meta-Messages #6

This is the sixth in a series (of indefinite length and regularity) explaining the context behind (using reader danjack’s term) “meta-messages.” A meta-message is where a comic book writer comments on/references the work of another comic book 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 an instance of Peter David referencing a Hulk/Doctor Octopus fight in an Erik Larsen comic…
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Meta-Messages #5

This is the fifth in a series (of indefinite length and regularity) explaining the context behind (using reader danjack’s term) “meta-messages.” A meta-message is where a comic book writer comments on/references the work of another comic book 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 an instance of Dan Slott poking a little fun at Infinite Crisis..
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Meta Messages Archive

Here is an archive of all the past installments of Meta Messages, which is a term for where a comic book writer uses the characters in a comic book to comment on/reference the work of another comic book creator! In each installment, we give you the context behind the message! If you want to make a suggestion for a future Meta-Message, e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com (don’t post your suggestions in the comment section).

1. John Byrne’ comments on Chris Claremont’s usage of Doctor Doom

2. J. Michael Straczynski comments on DC Comics

3. Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang reference the writers of 52.

4. Garth Ennis’ Cassidy parodies Neil Gaiman’s Sandman

5. Dan Slott pokes a little fun at Infinite Crisis.

6. Peter David responds to an Erik Larsen penned Hulk/Doctor Octopus fight

7. Joe Kelly comments on the relative popularity of Superman and the Authority.

8. Frank Miller takes issue with Jim Lee’s (then) new art style

9. Roger Stern comments on the state of Spider-Man villains during the 1970s

10. Bob Haney lets Spider-Man know his place.

11. Gerard Jones asks Hal Jordan a question about skin color

12. Christopher Priest Makes Fun of…Christopher Priest?!?

13. American Flagg Goes Through Chaykin Withdrawal

14. Peter David commiserates with his characters

15. Gerard Jones explains how Hal Jordan became a “Hard Traveling Hero.”

16. Peter David Gives his Young Justice Characters Rather Familiar Nightmares

17. The Question Thinks Rorschach Sucks

18. Christopher Priest gets the last laugh on…himself?!?

19. Garth Ennis takes a fond look at superhero crossovers

20. Grant Morrison spoofs the Punisher

21. Alan Grant and Lobo go Meta Crazy!

22. Brian K. Vaughan Would Like to Tell You a Useless Factoid

23. Dan Slott and Fabian Nicieza Have Squirrel Girl Try to Show Penance the Error of His Ways

24. Bill Mantlo’s Bizarre Goodbye to Alpha Flight!

25. Steve Gerber Lets Us Into His Head

26. Joe Casey and Ashley Wood Say Goodbye to a Friend

27. The Dark Albatross Saga

28. Grant Morrison Meets Animal Man

29. Jack Kirby Takes Some Shots at Stan Lee

30. Chris Claremont Sticks Up for Ms. Marvel

31. Jim Starlin Makes Clowns Out of Stan Lee and John Romita

32. Great Lakes Avengers Poking Some Fun at Identity Crisis

33. Kyle Baker Buries the DC Universe

34. John Byrne “Burns” Jim Shooter

35. Jim Shooter’s “Secret War” on Steve Gerber

36. Joe Madureira Takes a Swipe Over a Swipe

37. Spider-Man Makes Fun of Superman Vs. Muhammad Ali

38. The Claremont/Byrne Crossover “Battle”

39. “Hey, it’s the Hulk with a fin on his head!”

40. Hulk With a Fin on His Head Revisited

41. The Great Marvel/DC “You’re Imitating Us” Debate of 1965-67

42. “This E Doesn’t Stand For America!”

Meta-Messages #4

This is the fourth in a series (of indefinite length and regularity) explaining the context behind (using reader danjack’s term) “meta-messages.” A meta-message is where a comic book writer comments on/references the work of another comic book in their comic. Each time around, I’ll give you the context behind one such “meta-message.”

Today we look at an instance of Garth Ennis parodying Neil Gaiman…
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Meta-Messages #3

This is the third in a series (of indefinite length and regularity) explaining the context behind (using reader danjack’s term) “meta-messages.” A meta-message is where a comic book writer comments on/references the work of another comic book in their comic. Each time around, I’ll give you the context behind one such “meta-message.”

Today we look at Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang’s take on…the Architects!
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Meta-Messages #2

This is the second in a series (of indefinite length and regularity) explaining the context behind, using reader danjack’s term, “meta-messages.” A meta-message is where a comic book writer comments on/references the work of another comic book in their comic. Each time around, I’ll give you the context behind one such “meta-message.”

Today we look at some commentary on DC Comics by then Marvel writer, and now DC writer, J. Michael Straczynski…
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Meta-Messages #1

Reader danjack requested this, and since we’re such a full-service blog here, I will oblige. This is the first in a series (of indefinite length and regularity) explaining the context behind, using Dan’s term, “meta-messages.” A meta-message is where a comic book writer comments on/references the work of another comic book writer in their comic. Each time around, I’ll give you the context behind one such “meta-message.”

Today, we have one of the most famous “meta-messages,” courtesy of John Byrne.
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