!!Examples of type 1 (characters involved in production)

* Johnny C., the crazy main character of ''JohnnyTheHomicidalManiac'', draws a comic book that is the next "level" of insanity: ''[[TalkativeLoons Happy Noodle Boy]]''.
* The ''CaptainUnderpants'' books frequently feature comics based on the title character created by George Beard and Harold Hutchins. Almost every book begins with George and Harold presenting a comic providing exposition on the series up to that point. The ''Super Diaper Baby'' spinoff books have the ''entire books'' in the same comic format.
* ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' includes excerpts from the autobiography of one of the characters, as well as interviews with various others. ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' also includes the meta-comic ''Tales of the Black Freighter'' which is drawn by an artist who is [[ChekhovMIA missing throughout the story]].
* Bolivar Trask's sci-fi pulp series ''The Sentinels'' in ''X-Men Noir''. For bonus points, the original series featured chapters from ''The Sentinels'' as back-ups. ''Punisher Noir'', meanwhile, has Frank Castelione, Jr.'s favorite radio drama, ''The Punisher''. ''Iron Man Noir'' has ''Marvels: A Magazine of Men's Adventure'', a pulp magazine featuring the (heavily fictionalized) exploits of Tony Stark as written by his friend Virgil Munsey and, later, Pepper Potts.
* 'MazingMan's friend Denton Fixx wrote comic books. His ZootSputnik stories appear in a few issues of '''Mazing Man''.
* In ''ComicBook/ReidFlemingWorldsToughestMilkman'', Lena plays Betty on the local kids show, ''Commander Bob and Betty''.
* ''Comicbook/AmericanFlagg'' ran ''Bob Violence'' (a popular InUniverse animated show) as a backup feature for several issues.
* SpiderMan's former wife Mary Jane was an actress in a soap opera called ''Secret Hospital'' for a while. (Her character's name was "Sybil Shane" and from what we saw of the show - which was very little - her character seemed to be a vixen of sorts, and the show pretty much had every soap opera stereotype included.)
* In one issue of ''ComicBook/TheSandman'', Shakespeare and his actors perform ''AMidsummerNightsDream'' for Oberon, Titania, and numerous members of the fairy realm. Since, as noted above, ''A Midsummer Night's Dream'' already contains a ShowWithinAShow, this makes the play about Pyramus and Thisbe a show within a show ''within a show''.
* Comicbook/AnimalMan's wife Ellen used to be the artist for a parody of ''Comicbook/ThePunisher'' called ''The Penalizer''. This gets a MythologyGag in Comicbook/TheNew52, where it's his son's favourite comic book.
!!Examples of type 2 (characters are fans)

* In the comic book ''ComicBook/YoungJustice'', the characters watched a TV show called ''Wendy the Werewolf Stalker'', a parody of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. This eventually became a Type 3 for a couple of issues when Cissie King-Jones (Arrowette) guest-starred in an episode after becoming famous during the [[OlympicGames Sydney Summer Games]].
* In the ''SuperMarioBros'' comic books, Mario is a huge fan of comic-book-within-a-comic-book ''Dirk Drain-Head'', which is hated by the other good guys (including Luigi, who ironically looks exactly like Dirk), but loved also by Bowser's minions.
* One issue of ''HackSlash'' has Cassie and Vlad battling a slasher at a comic book convention; needless to say, there are a few comics within the comic. The most significant one, ''Wunderkind'', is a blatant CaptainErsatz of ''[[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]]''.
* Al Capp's classic comic strip ''LilAbner'' had the comic-strip-within-a-comic-strip [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fearless_Fosdick ''Fearless Fosdick'']], which was a parody of ''ComicStrip/DickTracy'' that became almost as popular as ''Li'l Abner'' itself. Later Capp did a similar parody of ''{{Peanuts}}'' called ''Pee Wee''.
* ''Justice Girl'' is a comic within a comic in ''TheMazeAgency'' (and, in universe, spawned a short-lived TV series). jen was a huge fan of ''Justice Girl'' when she was younger.
* The comic strip ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' sometimes has Garfield watching the kids' shows "Uncle Roy" and "Binky the Clown", parodies of ''MisterRogersNeighborhood'' and ''TheBozoShow'', respectively.
* In ''ComicBook/ReidFlemingWorldsToughestMilkman'', Reid is a huge fan of the show ''Dangers of Ivan'' -- which later becomes [[spoiler:''Horrors of Ivan'']] after [[spoiler:Ivan dies]].
* There's a running gag in ''{{Hawkeye}}'' vol. 4 #6 concerning a show called "Dog Cops", which is apparently a very popular program among members of the Avengers. We know nothing about it except that one of the characters is "Sergeant Whiskers", but its existence has occasioned manic speculation among fans to the point where fan art exists.
* In ''Comicbook/{{FF}}'', Luna of TheInhumans is shown to be a fan of a [[{{Shoujo}} Shoujo]] {{anime}} about Marvel heroes.
* In Paul Chadwick's ''ComicBook/{{Concrete}}'', the title character enjoys watching "Sky of Heads", an in-universe TV show about an afterlife where the heads of the deceased float around aimlessly and tell each other stories about their former lives. At one point, Concrete wonders: "If I showed up there, would I have this head, or my old human one?"
* A few issues of ''Comicbook/GreenLantern'' in the Kyle Rayner days mention that Kyle used to be a fan of a comicbook character called the Cannoneer. One splash page shows that the Cannoneer is a cross between Cable and Shatterstar, drawn in a parody of Creator/RobLiefeld's style. He used to be a member of a group called the Y-Contingent, who are presumably equivalent to Comicbook/XForce.
!!Examples of type 3 (SWAS is plot point)

* A show-within-a-comic plays a pivotal role in ''ComicBook/{{Ronin}}''.
* In ''ComicBook/TheTaleOfOneBadRat'', Helen imagines herself finding a lost book by Creator/BeatrixPotter, ''The Tale of One Bad Rat'', which is told and drawn in the style of Potter's books.
!!Examples of type 4 (PlotParallel)

* There are several in the comic ''YTheLastMan''. ''The Last Man'' is a play written and performed by the Fish & Bicycles acting troupe (Yorick, the ''real'' last man is not happy to discover that the play ends with ''him'' dying). The same people are seen several years later (unsuccessfully) trying to make an action movie about the radical man-hating Daughters of the Amazon, then finally end up creating a successful comic series about the last woman on Earth (Yorick is equally unimpressed with it). And when the protagonists are in Japan they watch traditional Noh theatre featuring a demon called Hitogoroshi (Manslaughter).
* In the MarvelUniverse, there's an actual MarvelComics company that produces licensed comics based on the real-life adventures of the heroes. This started as early as ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'' #10, January 1963. The ''She-Hulk'' series uses these in-universe comics in the title character's legal cases. DCComics, after abandoning [[LiteraryAgentHypothesis Earth-Prime]], took this idea into their own canon.
** Amusingly, since in most cases the superheroes themselves gain licensing money and are actually somewhat involved in the comic's production, it's implied that the in-universe Marvel comics are slightly more skewered to portray the heroes in a better light than our real-world versions of the same comics. The heroes themselves usually answer the fanmail in the comics, too, which leads to some really odd things being said -- like Reed Richards wanting to get rid of fashion and force everyone in the world to wear a Fantastic Four-style uniform.
** At one point, the Marvel Universe Marvel Comics company hired a new artist for their Captain America comic... named Steve Rogers.
** While some heroes, like the aforementioned She-Hulk and Fantastic Four, are public figures in the Marvel Universe, others, like Franchise/{{Spider-Man}} or ComicBook/{{Daredevil}}, aren't about to spill their secret identities on newsstands, so their comics-within-a-comic are only accurate as far as the superheroics go, and make up the heroes' personal lives and origin stories out of whole cloth.
** Marvel once printed a [[FifthWeekEvent series of one-shots]], called 'Marvels Comics' which were supposed to be the comics that exist in the 616 universe.
* ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' also has ''Tales of the Black Freighter'', a dark pirate comic (since superhero comics didn't catch on in a world with real superheroes, pirate comics became common instead) which is used as a metaphor for various parts of the story and the characters' plights.
* DanielClowes' comic ''David Boring'' has the protagonist find "The Yellow Streak," a one-shot comic by his father that seems to suggest why his parents divorced, while individual panels are used in the main story to suggest David's reactions.
* In issue #17 of Matt Fraction's ''ComicBook/{{Hawkeye}}'', the main character watches a TV special, which parallels his life, featuring the "Winter Friends," a group of super heroic animals (an analogue to the Avengers), including a non-powered dog who wants to take his matters on his own hands (analogue to Hawkeye), who has a fellow canine friend who supports him (analogue to Kate Bishop), as well as three super-powered allies (analogues to Mockingbird, Spider-Man and Black Widow), and a group of tracksuit dogs (analogue to the "Tracksuit Draculas").