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* ''ComicBook/{{Tintin}}'' has many of these moments:
** In ''Tintin in the Land of the Soviets'' Tintin is in the USSR brought to a torture chamber with two Chinese executioners. Back in 1929 this seemed very odd to have two Chinese men work for the Soviets. Cue to 20 years later, in 1949, when China became Communist and suddenly it doesn't seem that strange anymore.
** In "Explorers On The Moon" (1954) Tintin becomes the first man to walk on the moon. Almost 15 years later man would really walk on the moon surface.
** British author Harry Thompson noted in his biography "Tintin and Hergé: a double biography" that in "The Mysterious Star" (1940) mushrooms grow to enormous size before they explode. Five years later, he wrote, the first atomic bomb would explode and produce large mushroom clouds...
* ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'' : In "Recap/AsterixInBritain" (1966) Asterix, Obelix and their British friend Anticlimax cross the English Channel and arrive while it rains. Obelix remarks that building a tunnel between the French and British coast might be a good idea. Anticlimax answers: "We thought of a tunnel ourselves. We've even started digging one but it seems to be taking a jolly long time, what." When the story was first published in 1966 people had thought of building a tunnel between Great Britain and France for centuries, but it didn't seem likely that this plan would ever come to fruition.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Nero}}''
** In ''De Ark van Nero'' (''Nero's Arc'') (1953) Nero predicts a great flood and builds an arc in prevention. Only a few months later Flanders and the Netherlands were indeed struck by a large flood, causing many casualties.
** In ''De Paarse Futen'' (1968) Adhemar sends two American astronauts to the moon with a magic wand, thus beating the Soviets in the space race. Only a year later the Americans landed on the moon for real.
** In ''De Grote Geheimzinnigaard'' (1993) Nero wishes Colombian drug baron Pablo Escobar literally to the moon, thus killing him. Ironically enough Escobar would be shot dead by the police that same year.

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* If only one of them wasn't spoileriffic as hell, [[http://www.comicvine.com/images/1300-1709233/ these]] [[http://www.comicvine.com/images/1300-120310/ three]] [[http://www.comicvine.com/images/1300-123107/ "Homage]] [[HomageShot Covers"]] would be the perfect image for this page because ''[[ComicBook/OneMoreDay they all]] [[ComicBook/RedHulk are canon]] [[ComicBook/{{Thor 2014}} now]].''
* The ComicBook/IncredibleHulk #418 featured Marlo selling her soul to Mephisto (she thought it was just a dream) in order to have a perfect wedding day. Over a decade later ''Spider-Man: One More Day'' comes out, a story which involves Mephisto convincing Peter Parker to sell his ''marriage'' to him.
* The Marvel humor Comic ''What The?'' did a Franchise/{{Batman}} parody where all the actors playing Batman's villains were being killed. Near the end it is revealed that everyone in Hollywood is afraid to work with him, including MichaelCaine, who would go on to play Alfred in ''Film/BatmanBegins'', ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' [[Film/TheDarkKnightSaga and]] ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises''.
** This is also a normal FunnyAneurysmMoment, what with Creator/HeathLedger and all.
* In ''Amazing Fantasy'' #15, the introduction of Franchise/SpiderMan back in 1962, the wrestler Peter defeats is called Hogan...
** When Creator/JohnByrne redid the origin in the late '80s, he deliberately redesigned Crusher Hogan to look like Wrestling/HulkHogan as a result of this.
** TheMovie referenced this by having Macho Man Randy Savage play the wrestler, who was called Bonesaw. Macho Man and Hogan have a long past.
* A 1996 issue of ''{{ComicBook/Excalibur}}'' has Pete Wisdom, in a wheelchair and a bald cap, humorously pretending to be Professor Xavier, including a reference or two to [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Jean-Luc Picard]] while he's at it. Four years later, Creator/PatrickStewart was in fact cast to play Xavier in the ''Film/XMen'' films.
** This similarly makes the X-Men/Next Generation crossover comics/novels that much funnier, since many people pause at the resemblance between Xavier and Picard. It's even [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by Storm in the novel.
** Even more hilarious, Patrick Stewart related a tale from that comic while on the ''TheDailyShow'' promoting ''Film/X2XMenUnited''. Apparently, he was told about the comic during its production, as well as the fact that Picard and Xavier would be "facing off" on the cover. Sir Stewart jokingly objected, claiming "If I took that role someday, I'd be on the cover twice. That just doesn't seem fair." It's good to know that Sir Patrick Stewart himself appreciates this trope.
* In issue #41 of ''ComicBook/GenerationX'', Skin went to rent a bunch of horror movies, the titles of which were parodies of classic horror movies (like ''Yell!'' instead of ''Film/{{Scream|1996}}''. But among these horror flicks was a film called Sicko, which nowadays makes readers think more of MichaelMoore and less of ''Film/{{Psycho}}''.
* Once, SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}} claimed, "If you looked like Ryan Reynolds crossed with a shar-pei, you'd understand!" Creator/RyanReynolds had already outed himself as a Deadpool fan and expressed interest in playing him in a movie at this point, though.
** And then he ''did'' play a ...version of Deadpool in ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'', as well as signing on to do an official Film/{{Deadpool 2016}} movie.
** An old solicit cast doubt on the prospect of the character dying, humorously suggesting that Marvel would never kill off a character who might have a movie deal (this was when it was rumored Deadpool would be getting a spin-off from ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine''). When you consider that Marvel has recently been accused of deliberately sabotaging characters whose film rights they do not own (such as the Fantastic Four and X-Men), it becomes easier to come to the conclusion "Yes. Yes they would."
** A variant cover for the first issue of ''Comicbook/UncannyAvengers'' had Deadpool listing reasons why he should be part of the group, despite lacking any real qualifications to be an Avenger. A few years later, he was confirmed to be part of the post-''Comicbook/{{Secret Wars|2015}}'' relaunch of ''Uncanny Avengers'' as an official member of the team.
* In the 1990s, Marvel published a few comic books starring Creator/{{Disney}} characters. They have since been bought by Disney.
* In the early days of ''ComicBook/TheMightyThor'', Thor, in his human guise of Dr. Donald Blake, had a romance with his nurse, Jane Foster. However, he kept the secret of his dual life from her, and Jane, knowing that there was some deep secret that the man she loved refused to tell her, slipped into a crippling depression that took a toll on her physical health. Donald finally snapped her out of it by transforming into Thor at her bedside to prove his love, saving her from "dying of a broken heart". Guess who got to play Jane in the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse? [[Film/RevengeOfTheSith Natalie Portman]].
* In ''Marvel Year In Review 1993'', there was a fake ad for ComicBook/AlphaFlight: "We're the UsefulNotes/CanadianFootballLeague of superhero teams! (Except our best heroes don't go to the U.S. and join the Avengers)". Several years later, {{Wolverine}} joined the Avengers.
** They also had a bit where they discussed the progression of DarkerAndEdgier versions of characters, and theoretical Darker-er and Edgier-er extensions. One of them was named ComicBook/RedHulk. Later on, Red Hulk became a Hulk villain.
** There's also a ReverseFunnyAneurysm when US Agent and ComicBook/SpiderWoman, two American heroes, joined Omega Flight.
** Another ''Year In Review'' special had a joke about how many members of the Avengers are white males with blond hair, as well as how [[OnlySixFaces many of them look exactly alike]]. Decades later, one of the major criticisms of the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse would be the overabundance of {{White Male Lead}}s.
-->The MasterRace is alive and well and comprises the core of the Avengers!
* Another one with Spider-Man. Creator/PeterDavid wrote that Ned Leeds was the original Hobgoblin. Not only was this questionable, but the original writer of the Hobgoblin mystery, Roger Stern, came back to do a miniseries where it was revealed Leeds wasn't the original Hobgoblin at all. [[http://groups.google.com/group/alt.fan.peter-david/msg/4e9186e3c4855006?hl=en& Even if David himself doesn't appreciate the irony]], one does have to find it a little funny that the same thing happened to him about the (Green) Goblin mystery in ''ComicBook/SpiderMan2099''. That said, you can't really place the blame on Creator/PeterDavid, though, since it was all a [[http://www.spideykicksbutt.com/SquanderedLegacy/SquanderedLegacyPart2.html massive editorial imbroglio]]. Not quite as bad as the Clone Saga, but every time the writer or editor on Amazing Spider-Man was changed, the Hobgoblin story got further and further from where Stern had meant it to go.
* There's a scene in ''Comicbook/OneMoreDay'' where Mephisto tells Spider-Man of the infinite number of alternate paths his life could have taken, and Spidey asks if there's one where he was a little girl. Years later in ''Comicbook/SpiderVerse'', at least two alternate young girl versions of Spider-Man (Penelope Parker and Peni Parker) were both introduced.
* In ''Marvel ComicBook/CivilWar'', shapeshifting alien Hulkling of the YoungAvengers replaced Hank Pym to free the anti-registration heroes. This becomes funny when ''ComicBook/SecretInvasion'' reveals that the Hank Pym Hulkling replaced was himself a shapeshifting alien that had replaced Hank Pym.
** And before that in an issue of Fantastic Four, as a prank, it showed Hank Pym using an image inducer to pose as a car stealing skrull.
* This cover of [[http://www.comics101.com/archives/comics101/images/2003/nov12/avengers221.jpg Avengers 221]] published in 1982 is amusing when you look at the original lineup for Brian Michael Bendis's Comicbook/NewAvengers published 23 years later.
** Back in ''Avengers'' #151, a news report cited Comicbook/SpiderMan, Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}, and [[ComicBook/SubMariner Namor]] as three solo heroes who had turned down offers to join the team, closing with "Some people just aren't meant for teams, it seems." All three of those characters have since had high profile stints with the team, with Spider-Man and Daredevil joining in the above-mentioned New Avengers era.
* The ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibleHulk'' cartoon from the 90's had a subplot where Rick Jones became exposed to Gamma Radiation and transformed into a teen Hulk. Marvel eventually introduced a teen Hulk (the above-mentioned Hulking) in ''ComicBook/YoungAvengers'', while Rick Jones gained a Gamma-powered alter ego in Creator/JephLoeb's ''Hulk'' run.
* Franchise/SpiderMan's [[ComicBook/TheCloneSaga Clone Saga]] was originally going to be revealed as the work of Mephisto, but it was decided that [[ComicBook/OneMoreDay it was stupid for Mephisto to get involved with Spider-Man]].
* In ''ComicBook/TheUltimates'', ComicBook/CaptainAmerica was apologizing to Nick Fury about breaking his nose. Nick just waved it off and said, "My nose has been smashed more times than Creator/RobertDowneyJr." And later on, guessed who played ComicBook/IronMan?
** [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/nothip.jpg This panel]] becomes funnier after knowing what Captain America does during the Civil War storyline.
* [[http://superdickery.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&catid=29%3Aconfounding-comic-covers-index&id=978%3Aa-whole-issue-of-qlois-gets-married&Itemid=32 This]] Superman cover is more funny after Spider-Man's breakup with Mary Jane...
* Look at the first panel of [[http://blog.oregonlive.com/news_impact/2009/01/spideyobamapanel.jpg this]] Spider-Man comic. [[http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/01/21/obama.oath/index.html Yeah.]]
* An old ''[[ComicBook/MarvelStarWars Marvel Comics Star Wars]]'' comic dated about 1980 (before Empire or Jedi came to theaters) had a letter to the editor complaining about how the writers of the comic were writing Luke and Leia out of character saying and I quote "they're obviously in love with each other but you're writing them like they're brother and sister or something."
** One issue of the Marvel Star Wars comic, also pre-Empire, had a story about Darth Vader and Luke's father as two different people. Naturally, going off the first movie there was no reason to suspect they ''weren't'' two different people, but it's still hard to ignore.
** Much of ComicBook/MarvelStarWars came out between the films. After ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', they ran a storyline involving a new Imperial superweapon called the Tarkin. During a briefing, someone says to our heroes, "It answers a lot of questions we've been asking ourselves lately. Like for instance, why hasn't the Empire constructed a [[Film/ReturnOfTheJedi second battle station like the Death Star]] that almost destroyed our base on Yavin?"
* Creator/JoeQuesada once said the Classic and Ultimate Marvel universes meeting would be a sign that Marvel had "officially run out of ideas." The makers of ''VideoGame/SpiderManShatteredDimensions'' didn't get this memo. Well, granted, they don't actually interact with each other, but still.
** Knowing Creator/JoeQuesada, he was, and is, wrong because ''VideoGame/SpiderManShatteredDimensions'' was great and didn't feel stale at all.
** And then in 2012 [[FlipFlopOfGod came the]] ''ComicBook/SpiderMen'' [[http://www.comicbookresources.com/prev_img.php?disp=img&pid=1334149387 series]]. Like the above, also well-written and fun.
* An issue of ''ComicBook/TheAvengers'' from the 80's had ComicBook/AntMan claiming he and ComicBook/TheWasp had as much chance of beating Absorbing Man and Titania as Creator/StevenSpielberg had of winning an UsefulNotes/AcademyAward for his directing. Fast forward to the 90's and the release of ''Film/SchindlersList'' and ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan''...
* An issue of Creator/MarkWaid's ''Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}'' run had [[AlternateCompanyEquivalent someone mistakenly referring to the hero]] as "Red Franchise/{{Batman}}". Cut to a few years later when it was announced that Creator/BenAffleck would be playing Batman in the ''Film/ManOfSteel'' [[Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice sequel]]...
* Issue #58 of the second run of ''ComicBook/WhatIf'', released in 1994, asked the question of what would have happened if the Punisher had killed Spider-Man. One splash page of the issue shows a montage of big name Marvel superheroes with ties to Spider-Man beating the crap out of the Punisher. This was released only one year before Creator/GarthEnnis's ''Comicbook/ThePunisherKillsTheMarvelUniverse''.
** The very first issue of ''What If...?'' asked "What If Spider-Man had joined the Fantastic Four?"; since then, this has actually happened not once, but ''twice'' in 616 continuity - Spidey was a member of the short-lived New Fantastic Four, and later a member of the proper team [[spoiler:in place of his dead friend Johnny Storm]].
*** Moreover, ''What If...?'' #30's premise was "What If Spider-Man's Clone had not died?", based on a then-recent story arc. Then in the 90s, the idea was revisited in earnest in the infamous ComicBook/TheCloneSaga.
** Similarly, issue #51 of volume 2 was "What If the Punisher became Captain America?", which later became an actual ''Punisher: War Journal'' storyline in 2007. Granted, he was never ''officially'' Cap, but this was before ComicBook/BuckyBarnes stepped into the role, meaning he was effectively the closest thing to the real deal out there.
*** Speaking of Bucky, there's an issue of the first volume ("What If Captain America & Bucky had not disappeared at the end of World War II") where at one point, he takes up the Captain America mantle to replace an aging Steve Rogers. That's right, Bucky was Cap a good 31 years before he takes up the identity in the main MarvelUniverse.
*** An issue of ''Comicbook/TheInvaders'' from the 70's had a scene where Bucky makes a joke about going through an identity crisis. This was years before readers found out he'd been {{Brainwashed}} and transformed into a murderous Soviet assassin.
** Not only that, but issue #9 of the second volume asked "What If the New X-Men had died on their very first mission?" ''X-Men: Deadly Genesis'' would reveal that this is ''exactly'' what actually happened, because Professor X had gathered a new team to save the originals from Krakoa ''before'' the more familiar "All-New, All-Different" guys.
* Washed-up actor Henry Hellrung, alias Anthem, was made leader of ''The Order'', California's Initiative team, by his friend Tony Stark. Henry was famous for playing ''ComicBook/IronMan'' on television, until alcoholism ruined his career. To recap, he's an actor who got fired because of issues with addiction, then came back into the fore of media attention after accepting an offer to do with Iron Man... not unlike Robert Downey, Jr. ''The Order'' ran for 10 issues in 2007; ''Film/IronMan'' came out in May 2008
* In a 70's issue of ''ComicBook/CaptainAmerica'', ComicBook/{{Quasar}} jokingly says he didn't know ComicBook/NickFury was black after ComicBook/TheFalcon starts barking orders. Decades later, Fury received a RaceLift in the ComicBook/UltimateMarvel universe and the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse, where he is played by Creator/SamuelLJackson.
* In a 2005 issue of ''ComicBook/SheHulk'', Spider-Man had some fun with J. Jonah Jameson by claiming that the real reason Jameson hated him was because he was black. The current ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan, introduced in 2011, is Miles Morales, a black Hispanic who was heavily criticized by real life political pundits like Lou Dobbs and Glenn Beck.
* The ''ComicBook/BlackPanther'' tie-in to ''ComicBook/CivilWar'' has a scene where a group of NSA employees discuss the public backlash stemming from the death of Goliath, and one of them claims that it's irrelevant since the black vote won't matter in the next presidential election anyway. [[BarackObama He was slightly off with that prediction]].
* An old issue of ''ComicBook/{{Thunderbolts}}'' had a scene where ComicBook/{{Hawkeye}} mentioned that ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} was the exact kind of loose cannon who would never be admitted into ComicBook/TheAvengers. Guess who joined the Avengers back in [[Comicbook/NewAvengers 2005]] and is still a member of the team to this day?
** There was also a much older story where Captain America himself told Wolverine he'd never be an Avenger. This is ''such'' a prominent example of this trope that when a recent ''Deadpool'' issue featured Cap recounting this incident, Deadpool immediately burst out laughing at the irony.
* Another Hawkeye-related one; Hawkeye decided to become a hero after watching Iron Man in action and wanted to be a superhero like him. In the mid-late 2000s ''Film/IronMan'' came out, and reportedly, when Creator/JeremyRenner watched it, he wanted to play a superhero, just like Iron Man. He got his wish, how? By playing Hawkeye in ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}''. Too bad they didn't explore Hawkeye's backstory or explain who he is.
* In an issue of Creator/KurtBusiek's ''Avengers'' run, [[ComicBook/SubMariner Namor]] mocked D-Man and suggested that he go join the Comicbook/XMen since they have much lower standards when it comes to recruitment. Namor later ended up joining the X-Men and played a major role in the ''ComicBook/AvengersVsXMen'' CrisisCrossover.
* In one of the first issues of ''[[Comicbook/JourneyIntoMystery Thor]]'' to feature Loki, Jane Foster remarks that [[HorribleJudgeOfCharacter Loki must be good]] since [[BeautyEqualsGoodness he's so handsome]]. Especially funny considering all of the modern fangirls insisting that [[DracoInLeatherPants Loki is redeemable]] due in no small part to him being played by the handsome and charming Creator/TomHiddleston.
** Lampshaded by the official Marvel Tumblr, which called the issue "the first appearance of Loki, and the first appearance of a Loki fangirl."
* As the "One Nation Under Doom" event in the ''Franchise/{{Marvel 2099}}'' line drew to a close [[spoiler: John Herod used a clone of Captain America as a puppet to overthrow Doom with the cover story that Steve Rogers had once again been put in suspended animation in a block of ice. In ''Manifest Destiny'', we find out the real Steve Rogers's fate and as it turns out, history really did repeat itself.]]
* A major reason Marvel cancelled ''ComicBook/TheAvengers'' and relaunched it as ''Comicbook/NewAvengers'' was because they wanted to get rid of the "dead weight" (characters who weren't in [[Film/SpiderManTrilogy live action]] [[Film/XMen movies]]) and focus on their A-listers like Franchise/SpiderMan and ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}, with ComicBook/{{Hawkeye}} and the Scott Lang version of Comicbook/AntMan specifically chosen to die because editorial thought they were worthless characters. Now, of those "dead weight" heroes, Hawkeye was one of the stars of ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' (one of the highest-grossing films of all time), ComicBook/TheFalcon, ComicBook/ScarletWitch and ComicBook/TheVision are all Avengers as of ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'', and Film/AntMan and TheWasp, ComicBook/BlackPanther and [[ComicBook/MsMarvel Carol Danvers]] are all getting their own solo films, while the X-Men are supposedly being buried because Marvel doesn't have the rights to make movies off of them, and Spider-Man may only be escaping that fate because Marvel and Sony were able to reach a deal to integrate Spidey into the MCU. What a difference a few years makes...
* When ComicBook/TheInhumans first appeared in ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'', the Human Torch initially mistook them for {{mutant}}s. This becomes funny when you consider that Marvel and Disney have been trying to make the Inhumans into {{Suspiciously Similar Substitute}}s for mutants, who can't be used in the [[Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse MCU]] thanks to [[ExiledFromContinuity rights issues]].
* During the infamous "Armor Wars" storyline in ''Comicbook/IronMan'', there was an issue where [[Comicbook/WarMachine Rhodey]] dressed up in [[{{Blackface}} Whiteface]] in order to pose as the villain Electro. While removing the makeup, a thoroughly embarrassed Rhodey said he hoped there weren't any black people around to see him like this. This becomes funny when you realize that in ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan2'', Electro was {{Race Lift}}ed into a black man.
* Another hilarious moment caused by Electro's RaceLift comes from Mark Waid's ''ComicBook/{{Irredeemable}}'', where the character Volt complains about black men with electrical powers being a stereotype. At the time, this was referencing characters like ComicBook/BlackLightning and ComicBook/{{Static}}.
* During Mark Gruenwald's historic ''ComicBook/CaptainAmerica'' run, there was a scene where the government was looking up potential candidates to become the new Cap after Steve Rogers retired from the role. ComicBook/TheFalcon was briefly brought up as a candidate, but one of the politicians present shot down the idea while saying something to the effect of "The public isn't ready for a black Captain America". When you realize the controversy around the later ''Truth: Red, White, & Black'' series (which established there WAS indeed a black Captain America), you can't help but feel that maybe the politician was (sadly) onto something...
** Even more hilarious now that [[http://www.newsarama.com/21624-tom-brevoort-on-the-new-captain-america-this-decision-was-incredibly-easy.html Falcon is indeed going to be the new Captain America]]!
* In issue #101 of ''[[ComicBook/SpiderMan The Amazing Spider-Man]]'', Peter takes a potion that was intended to remove his powers, but instead gave him two extra pairs of arms. While lamenting his situation, Peter calls himself a "Human Centipede". Forty-seven years later, Peter turned out to actually have it a lot better than the ''other'' [[Film/TheHumanCentipede Human Centipede]].
* In the Comicbook/MarvelNOW parody ''Marvel: Now What?!'', the High Evolutionary predicted that the next CrisisCrossover would involve the heroes and villains swapping allegiances, with Stilt-Man being forced to defend the Earth from the Avengers. Then came ''Comicbook/{{Axis}}''...
* After ''Comicbook/AllNewXMen'' revealed that Iceman was gay, a number of fans jokingly pointed out that a CutawayGag from ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' predicted this development years earlier.[[note]]The joke involved Iceman being a closeted gay man who would secretly sneak out at night and hang out at gay bars.[[/note]]
* [[http://rockofeternity.tumblr.com/image/99433909546 This]] {{Main/Superdickery}}-style cover given Reed becoming Doctor Doom in the UltimateMarvel universe.
* In 1993, Marvel did a line-wide stunt where each annual introduced a brand new character. Mark Gruenwald built these guys up as the next big thing while contrasting them with ComicBook/SquirrelGirl, whom he used as an example of a new hero who likely wasn't ever gonna appear again. In 2015, Squirrel Girl remains a fan favorite and has her own [[ComicBook/TheUnbeatableSquirrelGirl series]], while the vast majority of the new characters from the 1993 annuals are either dead or in ComicBookLimbo.
* In ''[[ComicBook/AdamWarlock Warlock]] and the Infinity Watch'' issue #34, Gamora accidentally punches Drax the Destroyer, who responds, [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/supposed_to_be_my_friend.png "You're supposed to be my friend!"]] Twenty years later, Drax would [[Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy appear in live-action]] portrayed by [[Wrestling/{{Batista}} Dave Bautista]], who previously turned [[https://youtu.be/GRDFskVrvGI?t=1m23s the phrase]] into a meme among Wrestling/{{WWE}} fans (before reading any comics about Drax, to boot).
* ''ComicBook/NewXMen #115'' had a minor character named Negasonic Teenage Warhead. For years, she was never mentioned anywhere outside of [[AtrociousAlias Worst Superhero Names]] lists. Then ''Film/{{Deadpool 2016}}'' came out, where she was a character, and and 'Pool declared her to possess [[AwesomeMcCoolname the best name ever]].
* Disney once threatened to sue Marvel for Howard the Duck's overly close resemblance to Donald Duck, and Marvel had him finding a new outfit in-universe. And to think that Marvel itself was since bought out by Disney.
* In [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]]'s review of ''Comicbook/{{Ultimatum}}'', he said that Doom's plan was so stupid and full of [[GambitRoulette uncontrollable variables]] that it had to have been thought up by [[ActuallyADoombot a Doombot]]. A few years later in ''Ultimate FF'', it was indeed revealed that the Doctor Doom seen in ''Ultimatum'' was an impostor wearing Doom's armor.

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* The 1992 miniseries ''Lobo: Infanticide'' has a extended parody of ArchieComics (drawn by Archie Comics house artist Dan [=DeCarlo=]) with a teen-age Lobo dating a crazed, shaved-headed... Music/BritneySpears.
* Anyone in the old "Who's Who in DC" series. Really, pick a character who's still around, and HilarityEnsues as you see how terribly different the Franchise/DCUniverse is some 20 years later.
** You can do the same for ''The ComicBook/OfficialHandbookOfTheMarvelUniverse''. Take a look at the Book of the Dead and Inactive from the initial print and see who's still dead...
* From Amazing World of DC Comics, July 1976, describing the Great Disaster at DC Comics:
-->The pivotal time will be October, 1986 ... and in that month, the future of the world will be decided. Either the path of the Great Disaster will be taken, and civilization will fall, or the path of sanity will prevail and the Legion of Super-Heroes will emerge triumphant a thousand years later.
** That's just IWantMyJetpack, right? Well, not quite. 1986 was the turning point for UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks. And DC comics from October 1986 include ''Man of Steel #1'', which began the modern revamping of Superman, and ''Batman #400'', which was the last pre-revamp Batman. Depending on whether you think the Dark Age was a great disaster, this may be amusingly prophetic...
** And don't forget ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths, which destroyed the DC Multiverse, concluded in 1986 as well.
* A 1997 Franchise/{{Justice League|Of America}} story had the JLA take on a mad scientist who had created a "luck machine" that altered probability in his favor, letting him win the lottery, the Nobel Prize, and become President of the USA in short order. The JLA confront him in the Oval Office and destroy his device, but when reality reorders itself, the President who thanks the team isn't the right President either, and the team realizes that reality is still broken. What's so funny about this? The "wrong" President looks ''just like Sarah Palin''.
* Then-current ''Adventures of Superman'' writer Jerry Ordway would often say "Let's just kill 'im!" whenever the Superman writing team are stuck on ideas. When their proposed "Superman marries Lois Lane" story arc was temporarily shelved to avoid conflict with the ''[[Series/LoisAndClark Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman]]'' TV series (which also planned to marry Superman and Lois in a future episode), Ordway, at the next meeting, said, "Let's just kill 'im!" The end result was ''ComicBook/TheDeathOfSuperman''.
* On the back cover of the ''Franchise/{{Batman}}: ComicBook/ADeathInTheFamily'' trade paperback, in which Jason Todd, the then-current Robin, was killed off, then-Batman editor Denny O'Neil jokingly said, "It would take a sleazy stunt to bring (Jason) back", though he did admit that he voted for Jason to live. In 2005, Jason was brought BackFromTheDead.
** Similar WordOfGod tripping-up occurs in the afterword to ''[[ComicBook/TheFlash The Return of Barry Allen]]'', a storyline in which Barry Allen does not actually return (yet). Mark Waid hyperbolically describes being driven up a bell tower with a rifle out of sheer exasperation at people asking him to bring back Barry.
-->"What is it with you people?" I screamed. "Barry is Dead! Gone! Hearsed! Why can't you let him rest honorably, in peace?"
* The Franchise/GreenLantern story arc, ComicBook/SinestroCorpsWar, features a rooftop fight with the sound effect "eepaa". The sound effect's origin? A one off gag in TheSimpsons Movie.
-->'''Comic Book Guy''': I believe that's the sound the GreenLantern made when Sinestro threw him into a vat of acid. ''Eepaa!''
** Sadly, no vats of acid were involved.
* The original ComicBook/{{Batwoman}}, Kathy Kane, was introduced in the '50s in response to [[MoralGuardian Dr. Frederic Wertham's]] allegations that Batman and Robin were [[HoYay lovers]]. The current version of Batwoman, Kate Kane, is a lesbian.
* An issue of ''JLA'' featured Superman attending the funeral of ComicBook/{{Metamorpho}} (again...), and was the only one there. When he questioned the priest about it, he was told that since Superman came back, everyone expected superheroes not to stay dead, so they'd lost interest in memorial services. The service took place in a park dedicated to fallen superheroes, and in an obvious bid to make the point that this wasn't always the case, that sometimes dead heroes stayed dead, the artist had four memorial statues in the scene: Ice, Oliver Queen (Green Arrow), Hal Jordan (Green Lantern) and Barry Allen (the Flash). All of them have since come back from the dead.
* [[http://www.hembeck.com/Images/FredSez/BlueBeetleJLA380.jpg This panel]] from Justice League America #33. At the time, it was meant as a dig at Barbara Gordon's fate in ''ComicBook/TheKillingJoke'', but with the events of Countdown to Infinite Crisis (Max actually does shoot ComicBook/BlueBeetle in the head) it becomes hilariously prophetic. (Perhaps justified in that ComicBook/{{Booster| Gold}} was from the future. Was he trying to subtly warn his friend without disrupting the space-time continuum?)
* [[http://www.misterkitty.org/extras/stupidcovers/chuck8.jpg This]] ''Creator/ChuckNorris: Karate Kommandos'' panel states a [[MemeticBadass Chuck Norris fact]] 20 years early.
* In the 1970s Batman story "The Man Who Falls", which chronicles young Bruce Wayne's training to become Batman, Bruce meets with an FBI agent who says "we don't pull our piece much. We leave that to Efrem Zimbalist, Junior", in reference to the TV show ''F.B.I.'' which starred Zimbalist Jr. Efrem Zimbalist Jr would later be the voice actor for Alfred Pennyworth on WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries.
* Issue 3 of ''JLA: Year One'' (written in March 1998) has a moment that seems to be intended as a Funny Aneurysm Moment, due to being set in the past; ComicBook/TheFlash (Barry Allen) and Franchise/GreenLantern (Hal Jordan) have a heart-to-heart conversation about the life expectancies of superheroes, which ends with Hal assuring Barry that "I predict we'll both live to a ripe old age". At that point in continuity, both Hal and Barry were dead. However, these days that moment has reversed into Hilarious in Hindsight due to both having been brought back from the dead throughout the 2000's.
* In the "World's Finest" where ComicBook/{{Robin|Series}} (Tim Drake) and ComicBook/{{Superboy}} (Kon-El) first meet, Superboy wisecracks that even with the costume, he knew it wasn't one of the legendary Flying Graysons. Guess which Robin was made into a contemporary of Superboy in ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' cartoon?
** Speaking of Tim and costumes, DC once released a book about Bruce Wayne's costume designs for him and his team (''Knight Gallery''). Tim's section 2 entries stating "yeah, cape-wings are stupid". Cue the ComicBook/{{New 52}} reboot, and just guess what Tim is now wearing (and everyone is making fun of)...
* ''ComicBook/YTheLastMan'' features a GenderBender FTM in later issues who bears a striking resemblance to Chris Crocker.
* [[http://www.milesteves.com/gallery/v/ILLUSTRATION/batman+and+robin/Robin+front.jpg.html This]] rejected Robin design from the camptastic ''Film/BatmanAndRobin'' looks very similar to the ComicBook/{{New 52}} Reboot's ComicBook/{{Nightwing}} suit, minus the belt and the nipples.
* In Messner-Loebs's run on ''ComicBook/TheFlash'', there were several references to T. O. Morrow being stricken with depression after seeing something unspecified and horrible in the future. 15-20 years of canon developments and potential things for a reader to dislike later...
* Back when ComicBook/TwoFace was still known as Harvey Kent, the editors decided to give him a happy ending, and his face was restored by a doctor. And the doctor's name? Ekhart. In ''The Dark Knight'', Aaron Eckhart would play Harvey Dent.
* Some older comics contain fan letters from one Geoffrey Johns, who had suggestions like "What if Superboy's DNA was half Lex Luthor?" and "Could you do another story with [dead at the time] Professor Zoom?" He got responses like "Sorry, in the time since you sent your letter the other half's been revealed as Paul Westfield" and "Sorry, Professor Zoom's dead and we're cutting back on time travel stories." Then [[Creator/GeoffJohns he grew up]] and [[RunningTheAsylum made his dreams come true]].
* The second issue of Creator/GrantMorrison's ''Comicbook/AnimalMan'' run has a scene where Buddy runs into a teenager in LA named "Jaime", who collects autographs from famous superheroes. When he opens up his autograph book to try to get Buddy to sign it, the first visible page reads, "''To my good friend Jaime'' - The ComicBook/BlueBeetle". That issue came out about 18 years before a teenager named Jaime Reyes officially became the third ComicBook/BlueBeetle in ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis''.
** The fact that Jaime Reyes is depicted as an AscendedFanboy in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' makes this even funnier.
* The Marvel Comics character Black Cat is often (mistakenly) called a rip-off of ComicBook/{{Catwoman}}. At one point, Creator/AnneHathaway was set to play a [[InNameOnly heavily modified]] version of Black Cat in the [[WhatCouldHaveBeen fourth]] ''[[Film/SpiderManTrilogy Spider-Man]]'' movie, but the film was never made. The big superhero movie role Hathaway did end up playing years later? Catwoman, a.k.a. Selina Kyle, in ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises''.
* In the ''ComicBook/{{Deathstroke}} the Terminator'' tie-in with the ''[[Comicbook/TeenTitans Titans]] $ellout $pecial'', a toy company is producing a Deathstroke action figure set, including "Wintergreen: Friend from Down Under!" When one of the execs points out Wintergreen's British, they're told that Australia is cooler. In ''Series/{{Arrow}}'', not only is Wintergreen an Australian, so is Slade himself!
* In an old issue of ''ComicBook/JusticeLeagueInternational'', ComicBook/BoosterGold and ComicBook/BlueBeetle tried to recruit new members for the JLI, but met with failure at every turn. Eventually, the two suggested that they get Congorilla to join the League in a very derisive "We're really scraping the bottom of the barrel" way. Decades later, Congorilla did actually join the team in the [[BaseBreaker polarizing]] ''ComicBook/JusticeLeagueCryForJustice'' series.
* In the ''Magazine/{{MAD}}'' parody of the 1966 ''Series/{{Batman}}'' TV show, the villain who's been trying to kill Batman turns out to be Robin in disguise. Fast-forward 35 years to Creator/FrankMiller's ''ComicBook/TheDarkKnightStrikesAgain'', where the maniac posing as the new SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker, who's been taking out heroes left and right turns out to be...Dick Grayson.
* [[http://superdickery.tumblr.com/post/33538729043/comicbookcovers-action-comics-317-october This]] comic, depicting Superman's face turning various colours from different emotions. Including [[Franchise/GreenLantern "yellow from fear".]]
* During [[ComicBook/GrantMorrisonsActionComics Grant Morrison's run]] on ''ComicBook/ActionComics'', there was a one-shot issue about an AlternateUniverse version of Superman who literally began life as a comic character. In the story, it's stated that the corporation that owned Superman made him DarkerAndEdgier to [[WereStillRelevantDammit appeal to a modern audience]], thus missing the entire point of the character. Then ''Film/ManOfSteel'' came out the following year, with one of the [[BaseBreaker major complaints]] being that WB had tried too hard to make Superman DarkerAndEdgier, to the point that he [[spoiler: killed General Zod]].
* Franchise/{{Batman}} and ComicBook/CaptainAmerica [[IntercontinuityCrossover have met up]] [[ComicBook/AmalgamUniverse more than]] [[ComicBook/JLAAvengers a few times]], which makes it somewhat amusing now that they've also happened to recently share [[Creator/RogerCraigSmith the same voice actor]] in [[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamOrigins respective]] [[WesternAnimation/AvengersAssemble works]].
* In the ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' arc "Shaman", Batman ambushes a group of thugs in a drug deal and interrogates the last one, saying "So if you don't tell me every little thing I might want to know, you'll be going to jail in a baggie. Believe it." Anyone who watches anime will know [[Manga/{{Naruto}} why it's hilarious]] to have Batman say this.
* In the second season of ''Anime/TheBigO'', Alan Opperheimer voiced Norman Burg, an {{Expy}} of Alfred; In ''WesternAnimation/TheSuperHeroSquadShow'', Creator/TravisWillingham voiced the Comicbook/SquadronSupreme's resident Superman expy Hyperion; and in ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'', Creator/SteveBlum voiced Vilgax, an expy of Comicbook/{{Darkseid}}. Guess who got to voice the characters said expies were based on in, respectively, ''WesternAnimation/SupermanBatmanPublicEnemies'', ''[[VideoGame/LEGOAdaptationGame Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes]]'', and ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueWar''.
** Psyphon's Vilgax's [[TheDragon Dragon]] and an expy of Desaad was voiced by Creator/DeeBradleyBaker? Guess who voiced Desaad in ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice''.
* From ''ComicBook/TheSupermanAdventures'', the title "Jimmy Olsen vs. Darkseid", come ''ComicBook/CountdownToFinalCrisis'', when Jimmy does briefly have a battle with the lord of Apokolips.
* Creator/{{Seanbaby}} joked about [[http://www.seanbaby.com/superfriends/supermanc.htm rainbow Kryptonite that turns Superman gay]]. Later on, the comics would introduce pink Kryptonite, which reverses nearby Kryptonians' sexual orientations.
* Website/DeviantArt user [=CrimsonHorror=] made a [[http://crimsonhorror.deviantart.com/art/Too-Many-165246295 gag comic about Batman trying to adopt a dozen or so Robins at once]]. Cue ComicBook/RobinWar.

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* ''Comicbook/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|Mirage}}'' issue #1 was meant to parody several things, when something happened to those tropes or something.
** [[FunnyAnimal Animal Teams]], which ironically ''made'' the meme of Animal Teams.
** The works of Creator/FrankMiller, who would later go on to inadvertently parody ''himself''.
* The classic ''ComicBook/SinCity'' story "That Yellow Bastard" at one point has Hartigan talking about how something is "just plain damn screwy" repeatedly. Cue Frank Miller's ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5xWXJpSvzM&feature=fvst The Spirit]]''...
* Straddling the line between this and FunnyAneurysmMoment: read the ''ComicBook/AstroCity'' story "A Nearness of You", keeping in mind ''ComicBook/OneMoreDay''.
* ''Image United'' is a CrisisCrossover designed to celebrate the history of ImageComics. Due to massive ScheduleSlip, it's now fallen many months behind. One of the most infamous issues of early Image being its delays.
* ComicBook/JudgeDredd's ''Democracy Now'' 1990s story line had the quote "When some creep's holding a knife to your throat, who do you want to see riding up...me - or your elected representative? Think about it." Fast forward to 2009 and the elected Mayor of London [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass Boris Johnson]] saved a woman from a mugging that he witness as [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boris_Johnson he cycled home]]. Since Mayor Of London comes with no 24 hour bodyguards or police escort it seems elected representatives are a better choice than coppers.
* Can be considered an inversion, Creator/DrSeuss's [[http://civilianmilitaryintelligencegroup.com/?p=5958 wartime political cartoon]] showing a man in the future telling his grandson about his days during WWII, which he apparently spent complaining about fuel shortages. This becomes much less ludicrous when you look at the date this is supposed to be taking place: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1973_oil_crisis 1973]], when everybody talked about fuel shortages. If you didn't know this was written in 1943, there isn't much of a joke, since it is perfectly reasonable that the grandfather is recounting his past experiences with fuel shortages.
* ComicBook/DonRosa's 2002 [[ComicBook/TheLifeAndTimesOfScroogeMcDuck Uncle Scrooge]] story "The Dream of a Lifetime" features the Beagle Boys using an invention stolen from Gyro Gearloose to sneak into Scrooge's dreams and learn the combination to his money bin's main vault. It also features a staggering amount of similarities to the lucid-dreaming mechanics, and some of the plot elements, of ''Film/{{Inception}}''.
* In 1996 Marvel and DC made a crossover ({{Elseworlds}}) Batman & Captain America. No comment about the story itself, however epilogue has a very significant detail. Batman and Robin found frozen Cap, and save him. Then they reveal that Batman is now Dick Grayson former Robin (and Bruce retired now), and Robin is... Bruce Wayne Jr. son of the original Batman! Now where have i heard that one before?
** The idea of Dick Grayson teaming up with Bruce Wayne's son was a reasonably common one in [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] "imaginary stories".
* 2010: ''ComicBook/TheTransformersLastStandOfTheWreckers'' contains a memorable scene where Rotorstorm jokingly shouts "[[CombiningMecha Wreckers, combine!]]" (they have no such ability). 2012: Hasbro announces a Wreckers combiner. Rotorstorm isn't part of it.
* For the GrandFinale of his ''Comicbook/LeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'' saga, Creator/AlanMoore wrote a scene involving a climactic face-off between a deranged ''Literature/HarryPotter'' and a GuardianAngel MaryPoppins...about two or three months before anyone knew that the Opening Ceremony of the London Olympics would feature almost the same thing. Sure, it was ''Voldemort'' against a swarm of Mary Poppinses in the latter case, but the coincidence is still pretty astounding. Especially since the book finally hit the stands almost exactly a month before the London Olympics started.
* Creator/AlanMoore's ''Lost Girls'' has Wendy from ''Literature/PeterPan'' married to a man named Literature/HarryPotter.
* The ''Franchise/StarWars'' comic compilation ''Star Wars Tales'' has a throwaway drawing in one of the stories of the Empire's sigil with Mickey Mouse ears on it. The gag became a lot funnier when Disney bought the rights to ''Star Wars'' in late 2012 and announced production of a new series of films.
* ''ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW'':
** [[http://www.strangekidsclub.com/2012/03/01/check-out-the-sexy-new-superheroine-cast-of-my-little-pony/ This article]], posted before the comic series was announced, showing fanart of the (humanized) Mane Six as pin-up superheroines, mentioning "Somewhere 'bad girl artist' J. Scott Campbell is smiling". Campbell ''did'' do a [[http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-0onesXxyp30/UPhh3un3E-I/AAAAAAABPIA/AHYyvYyHrBc/s1600/image.jpeg variant cover]], with no {{Fanservice}} in sight!
** In ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'', a unique unicorn monster found in [[JokeLevel Whimsyshire]] was named "[[PunnyName Nightmarity]]". [[spoiler:The name isn't used in the comic, but Rarity becomes the second Nightmare Moon]].
** The many "What If [[spoiler: Rarity]] Were Evil?" fan-remixes, ''especially'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtvNZdIwWjc this one]], are all very much HilariousInHindsight now.
** The two Doctor Whooves in #7 is quite prophetic, since the Series/DoctorWho 50th anniversary special [[spoiler:will be bringing back Ten and Rose]].
* ''ComicBook/KickAss'': In the ''Hit-Girl'' interquel, Mindy mentions that she hopes to gain friends in school with knowledge on ''Film/TheHungerGames''. Not only was Creator/ChloeMoretz considered for the part of Katniss, but Creator/AaronJohnson for Peeta.
* In the very first issue of ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog''[[note]]#0 of the mini-series, that is[[/note]], there was a short strip which mocked ''Series/TheLateShowWithDavidLetterman'''s Top 10 Countdown. Two of the entries were that the comic would not rely on crossovers and that it was the only comic with a female character with very little clothing[[note]]Sally with just boots[[/note]]. Four years later, Sonic would crossover with Creator/ImageComics then again two years later with ComicBook/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch and twenty years later, a CosmicReboot affected Sally would put on a ''lot'' more clothes.
** Another early issue had a comic proclaiming a "darker and grittier" Sonic, though it was him as a chimney sweeper. About two years later, the comic ''would'' start getting DarkerAndEdgier.
* Franchise/ArchieComics has had zombies in a few issues and in ''WesternAnimation/ArchiesWeirdMysteries''. It's usually somewhat funny and not too serious. Family friendly, lovable Archie's and zombies just doesn't mix... Until ''ComicBook/AfterlifeWithArchie'' and it's terrifying now.
* A issue of [[ComicBook/TheSimpsons Simpsons Comics Presents Bart Simpson]] from 2006 had Bart wining a toy store shopping spree contest, but everyone started demanding Bart free toys. During the spree he picks up the Kid-Tastic Krusty-Bot he had been wanting but everyone else started chasing him because he did get them the toys they wanted. He ended up crashing into the toy store's My Pretty Expensive Pony dispaly causing him to have a shopping trolly full of rainbow ponies. Four years later [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic A certain show would spark a certain fandom]].
* In the ''{{MAD}}'' magazine parody of ''Series/TheIncredibleHulk'', David Banner [[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-a-67spd4xMI/U9DseEQlIzI/AAAAAAAAUSg/QxP1-nbd6LA/s1600/mad+hulk+1979+ferrigno+6.png explains]], "My name is 'Bruce' in the Comic Book version! But the Producers felt it wasn't a masculine enough name for TV!" A voice coming from a television set next to him then announces, "And Jenner wins the Decathlon!! BRUCE is the WORLD'S GREATEST ATHLETE!" The panel added an additional level of irony in 2015 when Bruce Jenner announced that he was {{transgender}} and transitioning to female.
* In the old ''[[ComicBook/TheLegendofZeldaALinktothePast The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past comic]]'' that ran in "Nintendo Power" Magazine, Link used a hang-glider made from the feathers of a [[VideoGame/TheLegendofZeldaSkywardSword large bird that carried Hylian Knights into battle]] and later [[VideoGame/TheLegendofZeldaTwilightPrincess turned into a wolf]] in the Dark World on occasion.
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