Earth’s Mightiest Cameos!
Bizarre cameo appearances from the books analyzed on this site–the FF and The Avengers–and maybe others!
In FF#141 and 142, we learn that Ben loves to decorate by hanging photos of movie stars (1974)
Stan, Jack and other Bullpenners from #176. Check out the autographed Vision poster! (1975)
NYC Mayor Abe Beame and three Presidents. Carter is eating peanuts, Gerry has a band-aid and Reagan mentions another actor. What is this, Mad Magazine? From F4 #178. (1975)
John Wayne, from Fantastic Four #196. (1979)
A statue of Jim Shooter, from Fantastic Four #229 (1981). I suspect this was part of Marvel’s effort to make Jim Shooter as much of a personality as Stan Lee, who himself had gone to Hollywood to try to sell and develop Marvel TV and movie properties.
Ann Nocenti from Avengers #215 (1982). A cameo by one of Marvel’s first female writer/editors, and one of its most controversial.
Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy from Avengers #218 (1982)
Al Milgrom, the artist, draws himself into Avengers #237 (1983). I can’t find any relevant significance to the name “Sikorski.” Maybe Al was really Polish? Anyway, he became an ongoing character–but this was his first appearance.
John Byrne from Fantastic Four #262 (1984)
David Letterman and Paul Shaffer Avengers #239 (1984)
Ronald Reagan from Avengers 246 (1984)
Pogo and the Walt Kelley crew, from Dave Giffen’s “Maximum Security” event, issue #2 (2001)
Grommit! from Captain America: What Price Glory? (2003)
Illustrated by Frank Cho, of course.