Friday, November 11, 2005

Snark Free Theme Day for 11/11

Today's theme is "Writing yourself into the comic"

1. Robert Aguirre-Sacasa JUST wrote himself into the last two Marvel Knights 4, as the most recent writer of the Fantastic Four comic book.

2. The most famous example of this, of course, is John Byrne being taken to the Trial of Reed Richards to be the chronicler.

3. Jack Kirby and Stan Lee were turned away at the wedding of Sue and Reed.

4. Curt Swan drew himself into a story (penned by Cary Bates, I believe) that has to have the record for the least pretentious "comic book creator in a comic with a hero" comic ever.

5. Grant Morrison appeared in Animal Man as, what else, "The Writer."

6. Elliot S! Maggin and Cary Bates tried to go so over the top that no one would ever want to do this theme again, when they teamed up (and fought) the Justice League of America. Didn't work (as seen by the above stories).

I KNOW I must be missing some, but can't think of any! Feel free to fill me in!


Blogger Luke said...

Brian Michael Bendis appeared in the two What If? stories he did last year, as a man talking about what ifs in a bar...or maybe it was a coffee shop, but I doubt it :)

Slightly off topic: Bendis is a serial-writer-inserter. He put Warren Ellis (with permission) into an issue of Powers as a comic author doing crime drama research. He also put Jenkins into Avengers recently as the guy who wrote The Sentry (which he, of course, did).

I believe Erik Larsen put himself into a few issues of Savage Dragon, but I'm not totally sure. Maybe someone else remembers?

And Dave Sim showed up in Cerebus at least once, I believe.


11/15/2005 4:17 AM  
Blogger S Bates said...

Feel free to fill me in!

Ooher! F'nar, f'nar.

Ahem. Well, I just reread an old Uncanny X-Men story in which Claremont and Cockrum appear. I think they were in a park whilst Phoenix and Firelord are fighting nearby.

Don't these things happen quite often?

(Hmm, my verification word was "Eejxk". Sounds like something Blue Devil might shriek)

11/15/2005 5:47 AM  
Blogger David C said...

My favorite "other-writer insert" was when John Ostrander actually wrote Grant Morrison ("The Writer") into *Suicide Squad* - and killed him.

11/15/2005 8:33 AM  
Blogger Mark Fossen said...

FF #176 ....

I'll just point you to Jim's site for the details: Double Articulation

11/15/2005 10:29 AM  
Blogger Ken Robinson said...

Walt and Louise Simonson showed up at the end of one Walt's Thor issues (359, I think). George Perez and Roy Thomas put themselves (along with Stan the man and Jack the king) into an issue of Fantastic Four (180-something?). Alan Moore and J.H. Willimas (along with Williams' wife) showed up in an early issue of Promethea. And Moore, along with Grant Morrison, were seen as a slaves in an issue of Top 10. Not sure if Grant was in on that slave one...

11/15/2005 11:24 AM  
Blogger Ken Robinson said...

Curses! Mark beat me to posting that FF one with George, Roy, Stan and Jack.

11/15/2005 11:26 AM  
Blogger Axel M. Gruner said...

Avengers #83 "come on in, the revolution's Fine": The Avengers meet Roy Thomas and wife (who asks whre Mrs. Peel is.) That is the issue with the "Lady Liberators" (Black Widow, Wasp, Medusa and the Scarlet Witch, led by the first Valkyrie).

11/15/2005 6:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chris Claremont and a couple other writers, that I can't remember off the top of my head, appeared in Excalibur: Mojo Mayhem. Shadowcat and the X-Babies steal their stationwagon.

11/16/2005 12:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One of the most memorable examples of this was The Brave And The Bold #124, in which the terrorist organization The Thousand attempt to stop artist Jim Aparo and writer Bob Haney from completing the issue and thus insuring their defeat by Batman and Sgt. Rock. The cover even depicts Aparo at his drawing board being menaced by a machine gun wielding thug!

This issue really blew my mind when I was thirteen.

11/16/2005 2:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Umm Warren Ellis was in an ih of Transmetropolitan (the election story with party at Spider Jerusalem house) second he was on the radio in one of the last ish of Preacher screamin F*ck all the time :) a little joke from Ennis

11/17/2005 4:12 AM  
Blogger Chris Griswold said...

Peter David officiated the wedding of Rick and Marlo Jones in an early 400s issue of Incredible Hulk, drawn by the Incredible Gary Frank.

11/17/2005 9:26 AM  

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