History BreakingTheFourthWall / ComicBooks

28th Feb '16 7:45:43 PM nombretomado
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* Despite being practically an unknown, Rick Jones has seen a lot of the Marvel Comics world. This includes everything from being the stupid teenager Bruce Banner saved, resulting in his transformation into the Comicbook/IncredibleHulk, to serving as replacement Bucky for CaptainAmerica. This was brought to the forefront at the end of the 2004 ComicBook/CaptainMarVell series; while Marvel was blessed/cursed with "Cosmic Awareness", Jones, through his experiences, had acquired "Comics Awareness." It didn't usually manifest in actual fourth-wall breaking, so much as just being GenreSavvy. However, at the end of the issue, Jones calmly explained that sales weren't good enough, and the comic itself was literally rolled up in big sheets and put in storage by other out-of-print characters.

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* Despite being practically an unknown, Rick Jones has seen a lot of the Marvel Comics world. This includes everything from being the stupid teenager Bruce Banner saved, resulting in his transformation into the Comicbook/IncredibleHulk, to serving as replacement Bucky for CaptainAmerica.ComicBook/CaptainAmerica. This was brought to the forefront at the end of the 2004 ComicBook/CaptainMarVell series; while Marvel was blessed/cursed with "Cosmic Awareness", Jones, through his experiences, had acquired "Comics Awareness." It didn't usually manifest in actual fourth-wall breaking, so much as just being GenreSavvy. However, at the end of the issue, Jones calmly explained that sales weren't good enough, and the comic itself was literally rolled up in big sheets and put in storage by other out-of-print characters.
25th Feb '16 2:14:20 PM margdean56
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* ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis'', another serious moment out of DCComics. Alexander Luthor, a separate entity from the classic ComicBook/LexLuthor, is looking for a preferred reality out of uncountable thousands that lay spread before him. He finds it...ours. He turns straight towards the reader, gazing up and out of the comic page and...GRABS FOR THE READER. Alexander's plans are stopped.
* ''Jack of Fables'', a spinoff of ''Comicbook/{{Fables}}'', does this in every single issue to some extent - originally, it tended to just be throwaway gags, such as Jack giving fancifully ludicrous descriptions of what (allegedly, but in reality never) would happen in the next issue, in the little box at the bottom of the last page. However, pick up the "Turning Pages" collection (aka volume 5), and you'll run across a new character, a Literal called "Eliza Wall"... a temporary narrator who addresses the audience directly, deconstructs Jack's crazy fake teaser texts, acknowledges that certain things will happen in say, "seven pages" (acknowledging the medium itself), talks about the story in actual story terms (both blatantly and slyly: "that's why no one really likes [fellow Literal character] Deux Ex Machina"), and even warns the reader that she'll have to step in shortly in order to prevent an unpleasant outcome... on top of having three (identical) brothers who are shown circling her at a picnic and failing to understand "who she's talking to" as she looks over her shoulder at the reader. In short, she's not just a fourth-wall breaker, but is, perhaps true to form, ''the personification of the very '''act''' of breaking the fourth wall''. Talk about your PostModernism ...

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* ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis'', another serious moment out of DCComics. Alexander Luthor, a separate entity from the classic ComicBook/LexLuthor, is looking for a preferred reality out of uncountable thousands that lay lie spread before him. He finds it...ours. He turns straight towards the reader, gazing up and out of the comic page and...GRABS FOR THE READER. Alexander's plans are stopped.
* ''Jack of Fables'', a spinoff of ''Comicbook/{{Fables}}'', does this in every single issue to some extent - -- originally, it tended to just be throwaway gags, such as Jack giving fancifully ludicrous descriptions of what (allegedly, but in reality never) would happen in the next issue, in the little box at the bottom of the last page. However, pick up the "Turning Pages" collection (aka volume 5), and you'll run across a new character, a Literal called "Eliza Wall"... a temporary narrator who addresses the audience directly, deconstructs Jack's crazy fake teaser texts, acknowledges that certain things will happen in say, "seven pages" (acknowledging the medium itself), talks about the story in actual story terms (both blatantly and slyly: "that's why no one really likes [fellow Literal character] Deux Ex Machina"), and even warns the reader that she'll have to step in shortly in order to prevent an unpleasant outcome... on top of having three (identical) brothers who are shown circling her at a picnic and failing to understand "who she's talking to" as she looks over her shoulder at the reader. In short, she's not just a fourth-wall breaker, but is, perhaps true to form, ''the personification of the very '''act''' of breaking the fourth wall''. Talk about your PostModernism ...PostModernism...



* Some of the characters in Creator/AlanMoore's ''ComicBook/TomorrowStories'' had NoFourthWall to start with, but despite addressing the reader at the end of the story, [[MadScientist Jack]] [[TeenGenius B.]] [[InsufferableGenius Quick]] isn't usually one of them. However, in his last adventure, he makes a pair of [[TimeTravel time-travelling shoes]], heading back though history as he crosses town. But it goes wrong and he passes back before the formation of life, and even the start of time, then back to his first issue until he's left drifting on a blank white void, before the comic started. As there's no panel borders to keep them apart, he can talk to the other Jack B. Quicks on the page.

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* Some of the characters in Creator/AlanMoore's ''ComicBook/TomorrowStories'' had NoFourthWall to start with, but despite addressing the reader at the end of the story, [[MadScientist Jack]] [[TeenGenius B.]] [[InsufferableGenius Quick]] isn't usually one of them. However, in his last adventure, he makes a pair of [[TimeTravel time-travelling shoes]], heading back though history as he crosses town. But it goes wrong and he passes back before the formation of life, and even the start of time, then back to his first issue until he's left drifting on in a blank white void, before the comic started. As there's no panel borders to keep them apart, he can talk to the other Jack B. Quicks on the page.
25th Feb '16 2:08:12 PM margdean56
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* Mr Mxyzptlk is also able to do this, one time even telling the Joker straight up that no one remembers that the Joker had 5th dimension reality warping powers because a) Mxy didn't want everyone to remember and b) they hadn't collect those issues into a trade paperback yet.

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* Mr Mxyzptlk is also able to do this, one time even telling the Joker straight up that no one remembers that the Joker had 5th dimension reality warping powers because a) Mxy didn't want everyone anyone to remember and b) they hadn't collect collected those issues into a trade paperback yet.



* Breaking the fourth wall is also one of ComicBook/SheHulk's super-powers, though whether she gets it from [[ILoveNuclearPower gamma radiation]] is anyone's guess. Since her own title isn't as much of a GagSeries as it used to be, she doesn't do it that often, but one memorable scene in an early '00s run has her address the narrator while her supporting cast watches her apparently talk to herself. In her 100th issue, she is asked whether she really can see through the fourth wall, and she responds "No, I can't" - looking straight at the reader and smiling.

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* Breaking the fourth wall is also one of ComicBook/SheHulk's super-powers, though whether she gets it from [[ILoveNuclearPower gamma radiation]] is anyone's guess. Since her own title isn't as much of a GagSeries as it used to be, she doesn't do it that often, but one memorable scene in an early '00s run has her address the narrator while her supporting cast watches her apparently talk to herself. In her 100th issue, she is asked whether she really can see through the fourth wall, and she responds "No, I can't" - -- looking straight at the reader and smiling.
24th Feb '16 8:26:37 PM BattleMaster
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** In some stories, when a particularly violent or bloody scene is supposed to be happening (for instance, the duo being attacked by lions or huge guardian dogs, or receiving a severe beating by a big thug), Ibáñez himself will turn a corner of the panel so the image is hidden and warn: "Don't look, don't look! It's something frightening, believe me!".

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** In some stories, when a particularly violent or bloody scene is supposed to be happening (for instance, the duo being attacked by lions or huge guardian dogs, or receiving a severe beating by a big thug), Ibáñez himself will turn a corner of the panel so the image is hidden and warn: "Don't look, don't look! It's something frightening, believe me!".me!".
* [[MadScientist Brainstorm]] in ''ComicBook/TransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye'' invented a Metafictional Bomb that causes anyone exposed to it to believe that they're just a fictional character, ultimately causing them to lose the will to live. When Swerve was exposed to it, he immediately began breaking the fourth wall (for example, stating that he must have activated the bomb off-panel). The other characters were only able to save him by convincing him that he was one of the main characters.
15th Jan '16 1:43:47 PM morenohijazo
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* In ''ComicBook/SpiderVerse'', [[WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderMan animated Ultimate Peter]] keeps up with his fourth-wall-breaking schtick, confusing not only [[ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan Miles Morales]], but also [[WesternAnimation/SpiderMan1967 the '67 Spider-Man]].

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* In ''ComicBook/SpiderVerse'', [[WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderMan animated Ultimate Peter]] keeps up with his fourth-wall-breaking schtick, confusing not only [[ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan Miles Morales]], but also [[WesternAnimation/SpiderMan1967 the '67 Spider-Man]].Spider-Man]].
* ''ComicBook/MortadeloYFilemon'':
** Happens occasionally. The most prominent example is in "Robots bestiajos", where Mortadelo directly addressing the reader to turn the comic sideways so they could easily walk up the side of a building. Another example has a character comment on events he couldn't possibly see by looking in the panel next to his.
** In some stories, when a particularly violent or bloody scene is supposed to be happening (for instance, the duo being attacked by lions or huge guardian dogs, or receiving a severe beating by a big thug), Ibáñez himself will turn a corner of the panel so the image is hidden and warn: "Don't look, don't look! It's something frightening, believe me!".
31st Dec '15 6:05:29 PM Anddrix
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* In ''ComicBook/JourneyIntoMystery'', Selfdemonstrating/{{Loki}} basically outright asked the readers to write him happy AU fanfic: "It's beyond any of ''our'' power to end the story that way." He [[spoiler:the ''next'' he anyway]] also gave the reader a help wanted ad in the introductory one-shot of the ''Comicbook/YoungAvengers''. And there was the time when classic him broke Deadpool's brain by basically stating that none of this is real and there is a man with a typewriter. In ''Comicbook/LokiAgentOfAsgard'' [[spoiler:King]] Loki is really not fussed by the pesky panel borders and whatnot either.

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* In ''ComicBook/JourneyIntoMystery'', Selfdemonstrating/{{Loki}} Loki basically outright asked the readers to write him happy AU fanfic: "It's beyond any of ''our'' power to end the story that way." He [[spoiler:the ''next'' he anyway]] also gave the reader a help wanted ad in the introductory one-shot of the ''Comicbook/YoungAvengers''. And there was the time when classic him broke Deadpool's brain by basically stating that none of this is real and there is a man with a typewriter. In ''Comicbook/LokiAgentOfAsgard'' [[spoiler:King]] Loki is really not fussed by the pesky panel borders and whatnot either.
19th Dec '15 5:25:43 PM nombretomado
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* One of {{Deadpool}}'s powers seems to be the ability to let him break the fourth wall (which he uses constantly). In one example, he wonders in a yellow box whether his thoughts still appear in yellow boxes, leading him to say, "I'm good" out loud and to exclaim in another yellow box "Oooh, I've ''missed'' you, little yellow boxes! What ''fun'' we shall have together!"

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* One of {{Deadpool}}'s SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}}'s powers seems to be the ability to let him break the fourth wall (which he uses constantly). In one example, he wonders in a yellow box whether his thoughts still appear in yellow boxes, leading him to say, "I'm good" out loud and to exclaim in another yellow box "Oooh, I've ''missed'' you, little yellow boxes! What ''fun'' we shall have together!"



* Breaking the fourth wall is also one of SheHulk's super-powers, though whether she gets it from [[ILoveNuclearPower gamma radiation]] is anyone's guess. Since her own title isn't as much of a GagSeries as it used to be, she doesn't do it that often, but one memorable scene in an early '00s run has her address the narrator while her supporting cast watches her apparently talk to herself. In her 100th issue, she is asked whether she really can see through the fourth wall, and she responds "No, I can't" - looking straight at the reader and smiling.

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* Breaking the fourth wall is also one of SheHulk's ComicBook/SheHulk's super-powers, though whether she gets it from [[ILoveNuclearPower gamma radiation]] is anyone's guess. Since her own title isn't as much of a GagSeries as it used to be, she doesn't do it that often, but one memorable scene in an early '00s run has her address the narrator while her supporting cast watches her apparently talk to herself. In her 100th issue, she is asked whether she really can see through the fourth wall, and she responds "No, I can't" - looking straight at the reader and smiling.
17th Dec '15 11:03:29 AM Malitia
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* In ''ComicBook/JourneyIntoMystery'', Loki basically outright asks the readers to write him happy AU fanfic: "It's beyond any of ''our'' power to end the story that way."

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* In ''ComicBook/JourneyIntoMystery'', Loki Selfdemonstrating/{{Loki}} basically outright asks asked the readers to write him happy AU fanfic: "It's beyond any of ''our'' power to end the story that way."" He [[spoiler:the ''next'' he anyway]] also gave the reader a help wanted ad in the introductory one-shot of the ''Comicbook/YoungAvengers''. And there was the time when classic him broke Deadpool's brain by basically stating that none of this is real and there is a man with a typewriter. In ''Comicbook/LokiAgentOfAsgard'' [[spoiler:King]] Loki is really not fussed by the pesky panel borders and whatnot either.
4th Nov '15 5:04:28 PM nombretomado
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* The origin of Captain Marvel Junior featured some Fourth Wall breaking. In the title Master Comics, the villain Captain Nazi beat up veteran Fawcett hero Bulletman, leaving a note to [[{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]] warning him to "Stay in 'Whiz Comics'," and not get in his way. In the following month's "Whiz Comics", Freddie Freeman's father rescued a drowning Captain Nazi [[NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished who immediately killed him and crippled Freddie.]] Captain Marvel then rescued Freddie, brought him to the Rock of Eternity and, with the wizard Shazam's help, gave Freddie powers identical to his own. He then told then newly-minted Captain Marvel Jr, "I'm sending you back to 'Master Comics' to take on Captain Nazi."
* ''TheFabulousFurryFreakBrothers'' had a story where Fat Freddy is alarmed to find themselves in a comic book. Phineas ponders the metaphysical implications - "We could be erased at any moment!". Franklin gets them to change their look so they won't be associated with those losers. Then, after their transformations, they're chagrined to find themselves in a bar holding a Freak Brothers lookalike contest.
* ScottPilgrim breaks the fourth wall every now and then. Kim Pine, one of Scott's friends, is told several times to "read the book" when she asks about plot points that have happened previously, and when Ramona and Scott are discussing past jobs, Scott says that he'd like to save the story of his last job for a later volume.

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* The origin of Captain Marvel Junior featured some Fourth Wall breaking. In the title Master Comics, the villain Captain Nazi beat up veteran Fawcett hero Bulletman, leaving a note to [[{{Shazam}} [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]] warning him to "Stay in 'Whiz Comics'," and not get in his way. In the following month's "Whiz Comics", Freddie Freeman's father rescued a drowning Captain Nazi [[NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished who immediately killed him and crippled Freddie.]] Captain Marvel then rescued Freddie, brought him to the Rock of Eternity and, with the wizard Shazam's help, gave Freddie powers identical to his own. He then told then newly-minted Captain Marvel Jr, "I'm sending you back to 'Master Comics' to take on Captain Nazi."
* ''TheFabulousFurryFreakBrothers'' ''ComicBook/TheFabulousFurryFreakBrothers'' had a story where Fat Freddy is alarmed to find themselves in a comic book. Phineas ponders the metaphysical implications - "We could be erased at any moment!". Franklin gets them to change their look so they won't be associated with those losers. Then, after their transformations, they're chagrined to find themselves in a bar holding a Freak Brothers lookalike contest.
* ScottPilgrim ComicBook/ScottPilgrim breaks the fourth wall every now and then. Kim Pine, one of Scott's friends, is told several times to "read the book" when she asks about plot points that have happened previously, and when Ramona and Scott are discussing past jobs, Scott says that he'd like to save the story of his last job for a later volume.
31st Oct '15 8:44:01 PM nombretomado
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* Done several times in ''QuantumAndWoody'', once to explain using the word "noogie" to replace [[TWordEuphemism "the N-Word"]], and a second time at the end of issue #17 when the comic was abruptly canceled.

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* Done several times in ''QuantumAndWoody'', ''ComicBook/QuantumAndWoody'', once to explain using the word "noogie" to replace [[TWordEuphemism "the N-Word"]], and a second time at the end of issue #17 when the comic was abruptly canceled.
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