Earth’s Mightiest Cameos!

Bizarre cameo appearances from the books analyzed on this site–the FF and The Avengers–and maybe others!


Stan and Jack, from F4#10 (1962)

JFK’s hair, from issue F4#17 (1963)
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Richard Nixon from F4#103 (1970)

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In FF#141 and 142, we learn that Ben loves to decorate by hanging photos of movie stars (1974)

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Stan, Jack and other Bullpenners from #176.  Check out the autographed Vision poster! (1975)

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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)

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John Wayne, from Fantastic Four #196. (1979)

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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)

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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.

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John Byrne from Fantastic Four #262 (1984)

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David Letterman and Paul Shaffer Avengers #239 (1984)

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Ronald Reagan from Avengers 246 (1984)

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Pogo and the Walt Kelley crew, from Dave Giffen’s “Maximum Security” event, issue #2 (2001)

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Grommit! from Captain America: What Price Glory? (2003)

Liberty Meadows in New Avengers #14 (2008)

Liberty Meadows in New Avengers #14 (2008)

Illustrated by Frank Cho, of course.

Popeye's arm, from What If? #29 (1981)

Popeye’s arm, from What If? #29 (1981)

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