* Comic books and comic book storylines that are all but universally considered terrible often end up being mocked in another comic book from the same company or even the same comic book series from which the reviled story came.
** The [[OverlyLongGag longest-running gag]] in the series: Whatever you do, don't talk to Franchise/SpiderMan about [[ComicBook/TheCloneSaga clones]]. Heck, even someone else showing up in the same costume as him will set him off!
-->'''Spider-Man''': I’m telling you now, if I ever see another clone again, I’ll throw it off the nearest bridge. [[IncrediblyLamePun Thus making an obscene clone fall]].
** Even Spidey's supporting characters get in on it:
-->'''Mary Jane''': If we're doing the clone thing again I'm moving back to L.A.
* Franchise/{{Superman}}, as a depowered Jordan Elliot in ''ComicBook/WhatEverHappenedToTheManOfTomorrow'', mocks his former superhero identity.
-->'''Jordan:''' Superman was overrated. Too wrapped up in himself. Thought the world couldn't get along without him.
* Creator/StanLee has remarked that ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' regular J. Jonah Jameson was based on how Lee imagined the fans viewed him: a cantankerous, money-hungry old man. Most comics fans today see Lee as an affable grandfather figure, so in this case the SelfDeprecation lost its relevance. Likewise, Jameson received multiple bits of character development over the years, painting him as harsh, aggressive, and sales-happy, but also honest, fair, and with a strong moral code. As a result, he ceased to be an effective parody.
* In Marc Guggenheim's ''Comicbook/CivilWar: Choosing Sides'', Mac Gargan is discussing selling his life story. He wants Guggenheim to do the movie, then says "No, the other Guggenheim, the one who wrote that hockey movie", simultaneously putting down Marc himself, and giving a ShoutOut to his brother Eric.
* Creator/KurtBusiek and Erik Larsen's early 21st-century resurrection of ''ComicBook/TheDefenders'': In addition to portraying its principal characters as supreme {{Jerk Ass}}es who eventually decide to take over the world so it won't ''need'' to be defended (and, more importantly, so they won't have to deal with one another), the series invoked StylisticSuck via references to Marvel's incredibly goofy SilverAge giant monster comics, and one of its covers proudly boasted a Wizard Magazine quote proclaiming ''The Defenders'' to be "the worst comic ever produced."
* During a ''Comicbook/NewAvengers'' arc dealing with TheMultiverse, Johnathan Hickman wrote a scene where Beast claims that Multiversal and ForWantOfANail concepts tend to be the foundation of "Every piece of bad science fiction ever written".
* French cartoonist Gotlib never misses an opportunity to make fun of his own limits as an artist. For example, while discussing the Italian westerns, he drew a typical protagonist of such films, [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed which suspiciously looked like a famous actor]]... and commented it with "Any resemblance to Creator/ClintEastwood would be one hell of a fluke" -- a jab at Gotlib's (self-perceived) poor skills in caricaturing real people.
* Creator/JhonenVasquez, big time.
** ''ComicBook/JohnnyTheHomicidalManiac'' is a huge source of OldShame, one ''Squee'' comic sends the titular character on a rant about how sometimes it seems like his life is controlled by a "suckish cartoon guy who can't draw", and one ''InvaderZim'' [[DVDCommentary DVD commentary track]] has one member of the voice cast remark that "Jhonen is genius, although I couldn't say that in front of him because he'd beat me up or something." Back when he was planning on making a movie (whatever happened to that?) he said it'd be "Coming soon to a bargain bin near you."
** For bonus points, he regularly uses the margins of his own comic to snark at elements of his writing and art he dislikes. During a particularly melodramatic bit of {{Wangst}} from Johnny, for instance, a caption remarks that he's "regressed back to stupid teen angst mode"; his caption to some odd flying creatures in the background of heaven admits he has no idea what they are or what he was thinking.
* During Creator/JMichaelStraczynski's run on ''Spider-Man'', one comic included a security guard claiming he dislikes ''Series/BabylonFive'' because of its KudzuPlot. In another issue, he mocks his own {{Retcon}} of Spider-Man's origin by having the director of the "Lobster-Man" movie claim that said hero's origin via radioactive lobster bite is lame and orders the writers to change it to the hero being TheChosenOne of a "Lobster God".
* Magazine/{{MAD}} called its writing staff "The Usual Gang of Idiots", published letters that insulted the magazine creatively, and often included shots on itself in articles. They were also well-known for putting pictures in their letters column of actors tearing up copies of issues that parody something they were in.
* Craig Kyle and Christopher Yost put a grave of "Kyle Yost" in one of their comics.
* In ''ComicBook/ExMachina'', Hundred interviews Brian K. Vaughan and Tony Harris for the possibility of them making a graphic novel style biography of him...then decides to get Garth Ennis and Jim Lee instead.
* Ennis did something similar in ''ComicBook/TheBoys'', in which he tries to get a job at Victory Comics and is literally told to go fuck himself.
* In the first issue of ''ComicBook/YoungJustice'', the PowerTrio have nightmares in which strange and irrational things happen to them ... things which strangely echo PeterDavid's work on ''ComicBook/{{Aquaman}}'', ''ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}'' and ''ComicBook/TheIncredibleHulk''.
* The point of ''ComicBook/CaptainAmerica: Who Won't Wield the Shield?'', Forbush Man is turned into a NinetiesAntiHero and goes after Marvel staff for [[DarthWiki/RuinedFOREVER ruining Marvel Comics]]. The whole thing is giant self-mockery. Just for example:
-->'''Creator/JoeQuesada:''' Tim, Axel, do you guys still read the comics we publish?
-->'''Axel Alonso:''' We still publish comics, Joe?
-->'''Tom Brevoort:''' First, it's ''Tom'', and second, I like that one with [[ComicBook/GreenLantern different]] [[ComicBook/BlackestNight color]] [[ComicBook/BrightestDay rings]]. Do we do that?
* Garth Ennis [[http://www.bleedingcool.com/2009/08/24/garth-ennis-when-2000ad-was-the-future/ here]] refers ''ComicBook/TwoThousandAD'' having its best ten years "before they got desperate and started employing people like me."
* Evan Dorkin. Although he never holds back on letting people have it the biggest butt of all his jokes is always himself.
* One issue of the ''ComicBook/NewAvengers'' featured Nighthawk telling the titular team that there is no reason for them to be called Avengers:
-->'''Nighthawk:''' I don't get it! Clearly you guys are the Defenders, but you're calling yourselves ComicBook/TheAvengers??? I mean, is it me? Am I the crazy one?
** The same gag was used in an earlier issue where ComicBook/{{Hawkeye}} met the New Avengers for the first time. Upon seeing their roster, he confusedly asked if they were supposed to be the newest incarnation of the Defenders.
* Creator/BrianBendis actually makes a cameo appearance in ''ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan'' storyline "Freaky" (where Spidey [[FreakyFridayFlip switches bodies]] with ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}), wherein he [Bendis] apologizes to the reader for coming up with such a hackneyed, ridiculous plot.
* Creator/BenTempleton appears in the ''ComicBook/WormwoodGentlemanCorpse'' issue "Segue to Destruction" at the Dead Alley, where Wormwood describes him as "my biographer". ''None'' of the cast have any respect for him at all, and mock his defensively citing his three Eisner nominations: "No idea what those are, but he seems obsessed with them."
* In [[Creator/ChristopherPriestComics Christopher Priest's]] first issue of ''ComicBook/{{Deadpool}}'', the title character arrives in Limbo, dragging a bag. He then has to throw the bag, labelled "Everything that made this book good", into the void. He's greeted by various characters whose books Priest was writing when they were cancelled. TheyIn tell him that his own cancellation is now inevitable. In Priest's ''final'' issue, 'Pool again arrives in Limbo dragging a bag ... a body bag. When the other characters realise he's [[RageAgainstTheAuthor killed the writer responsible for ruining their lives]], they all cheer.
* From Peter Milligan's ''ComicBook/XForce'' run:
-->'''Mr. Sensitive:''' Somebody is making fun of X-Force.\\
'''[[DeadpanSnarker Anarchist]]:''' Hell, that's our job.
* In the 1970s, Cary Bates once wrote himself into a ''Justice League'' story arc (in ''Justice League of America'' #173 and #174) as a villain. Not a thinly disguised version of himself named Barry Cates, not an alternate universe version of himself, just ''himself'' from our universe, where he's a comic book writer (in-story, being transported from our "real" universe to the JSA's Earth-Two made him go insane). Fellow writer Elliot S! Maggin also appeared as a character in the story; he was portrayed in a ''slightly'' more positive light (i.e., not an insane villain).
* Marvel's ''What The?!'' parody comic poked fun at their own plotlines and characters (they also took shots at DC, but less often). One issue even made fun of the ''hairstyles'', by having "The Mighty Sore, God of Blunder" stumble into the barber who does all of them.
* Near the end of ''ComicBook/JusticeLeagueInternational'' crossover "Breakdowns", ComicBook/BlueBeetle comments on the increasingly convoluted series of events the team is facing, saying that it seems like something a pair of mediocre comic writers would come up with. This sort of humor was commonplace in the series. A RunningGag involved former members of the "[[JusticeLeagueOfAmerica real Justice League]]" like {{Hawkman}} and ComicBook/{{Aquaman}} complaining about how the JLI was ruining their team's reputation by acting like a bunch of incompetent goofballs and jokesters.
* Creator/{{Viz}} delights in describing itself as "not as funny as it used to be". From time to time it will also proudly say that it was rubbish then, too.
* ''Sergio Aragonés Stomps Star Wars'' stars Creator/SergioAragones himself, and he [[TheDitz isn't that bright]]. Also, fun of his English, Yoda makes.
* The recent ''ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW'' "Reflections" storyline involving a MirrorUniverse is filled with jabs by the characters, mostly Pinkie Pie, attacking how ridiculous the story is.
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