real people making cameo appearances in comic books

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I guess there must be a thread for this already but I can't find one. Inspired by that 'Avengers appear on Late Night' issue being linked to in the Letterman thread

Category:Low-importance biography (musicians) articles (soref), Sunday, 24 May 2015 17:09 (nine years ago) link

Richard Branson in the UK Transformers comic, looking kinda photo-referenced

Category:Low-importance biography (musicians) articles (soref), Sunday, 24 May 2015 17:27 (nine years ago) link

Tim Duncan with The Punisher

brimstead, Sunday, 24 May 2015 22:35 (nine years ago) link

Chuck_Tatum, Monday, 25 May 2015 10:03 (nine years ago) link

who wouldn't be envious

Category:Low-importance biography (musicians) articles (soref), Monday, 25 May 2015 10:06 (nine years ago) link

The pop group Madness once appeared as themselves in a strip as did singer-songwriter Joan Armatrading. Singer Tom Jones and TV presenter Dickie Davies have also received mentions.

'appeared as themselves'seems a weird phrasing in this situation

Category:Low-importance biography (musicians) articles (soref), Monday, 25 May 2015 10:08 (nine years ago) link

[and also Letterman I guess]

NotKnowPotato (stevie), Monday, 25 May 2015 18:05 (nine years ago) link

this was a special feature of Action Comics Weekly: Oprah was in Green Lantern--or should I saw Green Lantern was on Oprah?!?--Deadman, in a single adventure, inhabited the bodies of Ronald Reagan, Mikhail and Raisa Gorbachev, and D.B. Cooper. And Randy Travis had a walk on in Secret Six.

Tuesday, 11 January, 2000, 16:50 GMT

Former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell and a host of other celebrities make guest appearances in the 3,000th edition of the children's comic The Beano.

The landmark issue of the comic also features Brooklyn Beckham, the son of Posh Spice and soccer star David Beckham, Boyzone's Ronan Keating and comic Ken Dodd.

This week's special edition features sketches in which celebrities appear alongside the famous Beano character judged most like them.

The celebrity matches were chosen by some 4,000 of the comic's readers who cast their votes on the Beano website.

Pop star Geri Halliwell narrowly beat EastEnder Patsy Palmer to feature as Minnie the Minx's opposite number.

Virgin DJ Chris Evans appears as Dennis the Menace, while Brooklyn Beckham changes sexes to become Dennis' baby sister, Bea.

Rowan Atkinson, as Mr Bean, is lined up as Calamity James, although Manchester United's Gary Neville - whose errors helped Vasco da Gama to their 3-1 victory over the Reds in Rio - got some late votes.

Del Boy, from BBC TV's Only Fools and Horses, appears with Roger the Dodger, despite facing stiff competition from Tory peer Lord Archer.

Elsewhere Linford Christie is likened to Billy Whizz and soccer stars Alan Shearer and Michael Owen feature with Ball Boy.

Veteran comedian Ken Dodd appears with the gruesome dogs, Gnasher and Gnipper, while pop heart-throb Ronan Keating shares some fun with the goofy Plug.

Euan Kerr, the editor of Beano, which has been running continuously since 1938, commented: "In the past we have featured personalities like Tony Blair and Mr Motivator.

"All these people have been delighted to appear in the comic, so we thought that this competition among celebrities was a good idea to mark this great occasion for Beano - moving into its third millennium well ahead of the rest of mankind."

Category:Low-importance biography (musicians) articles (soref), Monday, 25 May 2015 19:27 (nine years ago) link

a companion thread of transparent analogues of real-life people would be cool

Pierre Trudeau:

Doctor Casino, Monday, 25 May 2015 20:02 (nine years ago) link

also, just getting this one out of the way

Doctor Casino, Monday, 25 May 2015 20:03 (nine years ago) link

on a 'transparent analogues of real-life people' tip, Brick Springhorn and the Tenth Avenue Band

Category:Low-importance biography (musicians) articles (soref), Monday, 25 May 2015 20:39 (nine years ago) link

love the creepy/enervated balloon and letterforms there

Doctor Casino, Monday, 25 May 2015 22:14 (nine years ago) link

ugh, really struggling to find a jpeg of that time bill clinton appeared on a monitor to yell at Prime (from the Ultraverse) about his responsibilities to the nation. like most adult males in breyfogle's Prime, he just had spooky shadows for eyes, it was pretty great.

Doctor Casino, Monday, 25 May 2015 22:19 (nine years ago) link

Thomas Jefferson as a Satanist in Batman/Detective Comics

as verbose and purple as a Peter Ustinov made of plums (James Morrison), Tuesday, 26 May 2015 06:09 (nine years ago) link

Not really a cameo, because he's the the other protagonist, but:

Tuomas, Tuesday, 26 May 2015 06:59 (nine years ago) link

is the Red Skull in disguise as Spider-Man in that Obama story?

( who ALSO my boss and his sister!) (sic), Tuesday, 26 May 2015 13:53 (nine years ago) link

I give up, who?

( who ALSO my boss and his sister!) (sic), Saturday, 30 May 2015 18:08 (nine years ago) link

norman osborn

bizarro gazzara, Saturday, 30 May 2015 18:14 (nine years ago) link

Khrushchev practically a regular in early 60s marvel comics

soref, Saturday, 30 May 2015 18:23 (nine years ago) link

I remember reading some 1970s marvel uk comics that reprinted 60s Iron Man stuff + marvel uk's preoccupation with changing random things for no good reason had extended to drawing hair and a beard on Khrushchev, and tippex-ing out his name and replacing it with 'The Mad Ghost', written in a different font to everything else. I guess they thought that Khrushchev's presence would confuse the kids as he hadn't been soviet premier for about 10 years at that point?

soref, Saturday, 30 May 2015 18:30 (nine years ago) link

they's also removed all references to 'the soviet union' in the dialogue and captions and replaced them with some made up country name, but hadn't done anything about the hammer + sickles on the walls etc

soref, Saturday, 30 May 2015 18:32 (nine years ago) link

hahhaha, that's awesome. they should have done that with everybody. wrinkles and jowls awkwardly ghosted onto kennedy.

Doctor Casino, Saturday, 30 May 2015 18:35 (nine years ago) link

just looked it up and apparently 'the mad ghost' was actually the replacement name they gave to a 60s marvel villain called the red ghost in the US books, so maybe I'm getting this mixed up? or maybe they drew hair on pictures of Khrushchev and tried to make out it was all the same character? that seems plausible as red ghost looks not unlike Khrushchev with added hair anyway

soref, Saturday, 30 May 2015 18:40 (nine years ago) link

maybe marvel's UK reprints take place in a parallel universe where everything is the same except that nikita khrushchev moonlights as the red and/or mad ghost.

Doctor Casino, Saturday, 30 May 2015 18:41 (nine years ago) link

reagan, ford, carter, and abraham beame, all in one page. many more at . i also like the x-men #150 one with reagan, brezhnev, deng, thatcher, daniel moi, and king khalid i guess. but of course, just wheeling world leaders in to indicate a high-stakes situation is sort of old hat.

Doctor Casino, Saturday, 30 May 2015 18:47 (nine years ago) link

written in a different font to everything else

people's hands aren't fonts

( who ALSO my boss and his sister!) (sic), Sunday, 31 May 2015 01:43 (nine years ago) link

i can't make my hand turn into a font

bizarro gazzara, Sunday, 31 May 2015 19:42 (nine years ago) link

So many in Herbie - kruschev, lbj, kennedy, various movie actors etc.

Οὖτις, Sunday, 31 May 2015 22:19 (nine years ago) link

The Joker met Ayatollah Khomeini (and became ambassador to the UN for Iran) in the death-of-Robin story

Οὖτις, Monday, 1 June 2015 16:10 (nine years ago) link

Well done, "Shane O'Shea". Well done.

Nhex, Monday, 1 June 2015 17:52 (nine years ago) link

I'm sure the cover of that is a dead link upthread btw

sans lep (sic), Thursday, 3 January 2019 22:11 (five years ago) link

two months pass...

An unnamed Johnny Carson and Ed McMahon in Amazing Spider-Man 99.

Country Joe & the Fish in Nick Fury, Agent of SHIELD 15.

Goody Rickels on the Dime (Old Lunch), Monday, 18 March 2019 14:24 (five years ago) link

my man Hannity

⅋ (crüt), Monday, 18 March 2019 14:29 (five years ago) link


Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 18 March 2019 14:31 (five years ago) link

Give it up for Spidey, he uses his first nationally-broadcast television appearance as a platform for prison reform. Good dude.

Goody Rickels on the Dime (Old Lunch), Monday, 18 March 2019 14:48 (five years ago) link

wow @ country joe and the fish

|Restore| |Restart| |Quit| (Doctor Casino), Monday, 18 March 2019 14:50 (five years ago) link

Meta - Roy Thomas and his first wife Jeanie make an appearance in Avengers (written by R Thomas):

Ward Fowler, Monday, 18 March 2019 14:54 (five years ago) link

I admit, there are lots of examples of 'real' comics creators appearing in comic books

Ward Fowler, Monday, 18 March 2019 14:54 (five years ago) link

For real, just read a '70s Daredevil at the weekend featuring Stan & Joan.

Country Joe was a holy grail appearance I'd been meaning to post here for forever but couldn't track down because I misremembered the band in question as the Lovin' Spoonful.

Goody Rickels on the Dime (Old Lunch), Monday, 18 March 2019 14:57 (five years ago) link

one year passes...

Just took this... I see it was already posted above, but don’t wanna waste an imgur upload:

Pat McGroin (morrisp), Saturday, 4 July 2020 03:53 (four years ago) link

seven months pass...

Who the fuck is that punchable-faced dude?

Tsar Bombadil (James Morrison), Wednesday, 3 March 2021 01:01 (three years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Ah, the Trump enabler.

Tsar Bombadil (James Morrison), Thursday, 18 March 2021 23:46 (three years ago) link

no, that's a different Jimmy, who recently fired his (hired-six-months-earlier) head writer over disagreement re: what constitutes Trump enabling.

In a separate post, Drysdale noted that the extensive amount of jokes made at the expensive of President Donald Trump was a sticking point for her, not because of an underlying support for the president but how she sees comedy aimed at him potentially helping his image to the world at large. She wrote: “I believe that comedy is a powerful tool. I believe that it can handle anything, no matter how unfunny. I don’t believe that making fun of this man, doing impressions of him, or making him silly, is a good use of that power. It only adds to his.”

“I am making the decision for myself to never work on, write, or be involved with, another Trump sketch ever again. I have landed in several jobs and situations over the last few years, not just The Tonight Show, where the project of making fun of Trump, or doing material about Trump, has led to divided creative teams, anxiety, tears and pain. I can’t decide the outcome of this election, but I can make the choice for myself, to vote him out of my creative life.”

armoured van, Holden (sic), Friday, 19 March 2021 00:00 (three years ago) link

Kimmel pivoted from being bro-tinged middle-America-friendly snark to being comparatively radicalised against Republicans on health care (and personally lying to his face about letting newborns die) grounds during the last administration.

armoured van, Holden (sic), Friday, 19 March 2021 00:12 (three years ago) link

"made at the expensive President Donald Trump"

this honking's on a bobo (Doctor Casino), Friday, 19 March 2021 00:50 (three years ago) link

betting the writer's fingers were still thinking of "extensive" four words earlier

armoured van, Holden (sic), Friday, 19 March 2021 01:05 (three years ago) link

five months pass...

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Scanning back through the thread and spotting Jackie Kennedy reminded me of this wtf reveal from Action #309, where it turns out JFK stood in for Clark Kent to protect Superman's secret identity. Which with spectacularly unfortunate timing, hit the newsstands a week after Kennedy went to Dallas.

"Spaghetti" Thompson (Pheeel), Sunday, 22 August 2021 11:01 (two years ago) link

Well, at least Supes didn't have to worry for long about JFK accidentally revealing his secret identity.

Tuomas, Monday, 23 August 2021 08:27 (two years ago) link

That’s why the ballistics are so confusing - first shooter missed, Supes caught the bullet in his mouth, and spat it back through JFK’s dome to keep him quiet.

bobo honkin' slobo babe (sic), Monday, 23 August 2021 15:06 (two years ago) link

two months pass...

Of related interest

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one month passes...

Ladies and gents, here come Glennan, Saul, Benji and Hal...the TWISTS!

I'm not sure why the Paul stand-in looks like more like Jason King dressed in Dr Strange's wardrobe though.

"Spaghetti" Thompson (Pheeel), Tuesday, 28 December 2021 01:13 (two years ago) link


i cannot help if you made yourself not funny (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 28 December 2021 03:31 (two years ago) link

"new arrangements and stuff" lol

I Am Fribbulus (Xax) (Doctor Casino), Tuesday, 28 December 2021 04:21 (two years ago) link

It's funny how late this was to capitalise on Sgt Pepper era Beatles as well, 1970?? I guess in the DC universe every fashion trend is about three or four years behind the real world, so at this point hip and trendy youngsters are still wearing beads and kaftans and confusing oldsters with beatnik lingo.

"Spaghetti" Thompson (Pheeel), Tuesday, 28 December 2021 12:40 (two years ago) link

one year passes...

Captain Britain commits regicide

soref, Thursday, 5 October 2023 18:47 (nine months ago) link

disappointing cop-out in this Superman comic (from Jan 1969, so they could have gone with LBJ or Nixon)

soref, Thursday, 5 October 2023 18:53 (nine months ago) link

Lol at that Ed. note

Chavez video on MTV, July 1995 (morrisp), Thursday, 5 October 2023 18:57 (nine months ago) link

bonus Queen vs Captain Britain content

soref, Thursday, 5 October 2023 19:02 (nine months ago) link


Lumpy pillows, kiss my ass. Put that in your book (stevie), Friday, 6 October 2023 10:30 (nine months ago) link

iirc the Captain Britain artwork is by Ron Wilson and Pablo Marcos, neither of whom were Brits.

Ward Fowler, Friday, 6 October 2023 10:42 (nine months ago) link

Although looking again at those pages, the royal faces look like the work of another artist entirely (possibly an art droid in the Marvel UK offices)

Ward Fowler, Friday, 6 October 2023 10:45 (nine months ago) link

the first image is from issue 38 of Captain Britain, the second and third from issue 39 (the final issue before it was cancelled). Pencils for both are by Ron Wilson, the inking on #38 by Mike Esposito, inks on #39 by someone called Brian H. Moore who doesn't seem to have any other credits other than the final issue of the original run of Captain Britain ... unless he's the same person as this Brian H Moore, who drew cartoons for Sinn Fein's newspaper An Phoblacht under the name Cormac:

Maybe someone at Marvel UK knew him and as a laugh hired him to ink an issue of Captain Britain where the title character attempts to kill the queen? (Or an Irish-American working at Marvel US, maybe?)

soref, Friday, 6 October 2023 11:23 (nine months ago) link

sorry, I've just double checked the issue, and the full credits are "ART BY RON WILSON AND PABLO MARCOS * ZIPS BY BRIAN H MOORE". idk what 'zips' means here ... but maybe it was an Irish Republican Marxist cartoonist who drew the faces of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh rather than a Marvel UK art droid?

soref, Friday, 6 October 2023 11:36 (nine months ago) link

is zips short for zip-a-tone?

Nhex, Saturday, 7 October 2023 19:33 (nine months ago) link

it is.

is the second Queen/CapB also Budiansky?

FPing jimbeaux for putting those digital recolors into my corneas.

vashti funyuns (sic), Saturday, 7 October 2023 20:05 (nine months ago) link

love it, but also why is Nixon shooting himself a KRAK rather than a BANG

Nhex, Saturday, 7 October 2023 20:13 (nine months ago) link

Looks like a Luger

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Saturday, 7 October 2023 20:16 (nine months ago) link

is the second Queen/CapB also Budiansky?

both issues credit Budiansky with plot and Jim Lawrence with script

soref, Saturday, 7 October 2023 20:25 (nine months ago) link

Always fascinating / bemusing how Marvel had an actual office in the UK but would still employ US-based authors for piecework

I see Jim Lawrence wrote some James Bond comics, so “blasted superhero’s done his nut, like I always said he would!” could have a genuine ring of authenticity about it

vashti funyuns (sic), Saturday, 7 October 2023 21:38 (nine months ago) link

This is making the rounds online ("real bands being name-checked in comic books"):

Chavez video on MTV, July 1995 (morrisp), Wednesday, 11 October 2023 22:21 (nine months ago) link

during the ridiculous part of the 90s, mutant military posse x-force were seen dancing to a porno for pyros song in a club

why this stuck with me idk!

ɥɯ ︵ (°□°) (mh), Wednesday, 11 October 2023 23:08 (nine months ago) link

i’m probably posting the wrong url, but here’s aerosmith in shadowman from the early 90s:

brimstead, Wednesday, 11 October 2023 23:42 (nine months ago) link

brimstead, Wednesday, 11 October 2023 23:43 (nine months ago) link

one month passes...

Topical (this may be one of the dead links above; I see another Kissinger appearance w/Captain America):

This field is required (morrisp), Thursday, 30 November 2023 16:53 (seven months ago) link

one month passes...

from BlueSky, a 1979 edition of the Spiderman newspaper strip where Flash Thompson and Harry Osbourne open a discotheque

soref, Monday, 22 January 2024 19:41 (six months ago) link

Wow. I'm sure a bunch of those folks must turn up frequently, but I can't imagine there are too many Gene Shalit appearances out there. Oddly, he seems like he'd be the most at home if he had a page in the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe. I'd believe it if he turned out to be some worthless one-off villain from Marvel Team-Up, or the very tail end of Stan Lee's Spider-Man.

not the one who's tryin' to dub your anime (Doctor Casino), Monday, 22 January 2024 20:25 (six months ago) link

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