Shout Out / Comics
aka: Shout Out Comics

This page lists Shout Outs seen in comic books.

Many, many comics' covers count as homage shots, so, without further ado, take a look at this archive for reference.
Works with their own pages:

Comic books

  • When Araña was first being fitted for costumes in Amazing Fantasy, several of her potential outfits resembled those of Supergirl, Sailor Moon, Trinity, and The Bride.
  • There's a lovely and rather subtle one in issue 16 of Grant Morrison's "Animal Man", where "quis custodiet ipsos custodes?" ("Who Watches The Watchmen?", in Latin) is graffiti-ed on a toilet wall.
  • Arawn: Arawn's collection of enemy skulls seems to include a Predator. Which is hilariously ironic when you think about it.
  • The Dec. 18, 2008 edition of Archie had a shout out to, of all things, The Comics Curmudgeon. Josh himself explains the reference here.
  • Astérix:
    • In Asterix in Belgium, two characters from Tintin appear as cameos - Those Two Guys who report on events, with one of them always mangling whatever the other says.
    • The Pirates are a Shout-Out to a comic that originally appeared in the same magazine as Asterix. That comic is now only remembered because of Asterix.
    • Asterix and Cleopatra is mostly based on the movie Cleopatra. The English translation adds in a bunch of references to Carry On Cleo - a parody film that used the same props, sets and costumes as Cleopatra but was far more recognisable and profitable in Britain than the original. For instance, Cleo's first line in the comic is "That's an infamous remark, O Caesar!" referencing Caesar's famous line from Carry On Cleo - "Infamy! Infamy! They've all got it in for me!"
    • In Asterix and the Magic Carpet the Evil Chancellor is a cousin of Iznogoud, and wants to be Rajah instead of the Rajah.
    • Roman Agent Doubleosix in Asterix and the Black Gold is a parody of James Bond, and drawn as a caricature of Sean Connery.
    • Asterix and the Fallen Sky is basically one long Shout-Out to American and Japanese comics, with the good aliens being Toons and Superheroes, and the bad alien being Humongous Mecha.
  • Astro City is loaded with these, many of which are very subtle.
    • Astro City as a locale is one big Shout Out to the comic book industry; almost all the streets, neighborhoods and locations are named for notable creators, and with the massive Mount Kirby as the most prominent landmark.
    • Julius Furst of the First Family is based on DC Comics' creator Julius Schwartz.
    • A race of shape-shifting aliens is named the Enelsians, after MAD magazine writer E. Nelson Bridwell.
  • The Authority, Vol 5, #15: "This some kind of green eco thing, isn't it?"
  • In Mighty Avengers, Hank Pym has almost become a walking shout-out to the Doctor Who fandom. Multiple identities, personalities, and costumes over the years? Check. Female sidekick? Yep, Jocasta fits that right there. Heck he even has a do anything tool, i.e. Sonic Screwdriver, thanks to the use of a smart chip and Pym Particles to store multiple tools in one tiny thing. His base is even so similar to a TARDIS that Amadeus Cho calls him on it.
  • The Awesome Slapstick features several of these, to Marvel, DC, WB characters, and basically anything that the creators thought funny, especially in the second issue which took place in a mall.
  • Neil Gaiman's Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader? has Martha Wayne saying "I don't think death is a person..."
  • Batman:
  • Birds of Prey:
    • In Issue #25 Ted Kord flies the Beetle around Bludhaven with Oracle and recreates several of Nite Owl's scenes from Watchmen in the process. For bonus points Nite Owl was originally supposed to be Ted Kord.
  • It might be a coincidence, but the Sunday, Feb. 21 2010 "Bizarro" comic was a German Shephard reading ink blots (he saw "Bad Dog" in all of them).
  • In the Marvel comic Blaze of Glory: The Last Ride (essentially a "whatever happened to...?" focusing on Marvel's Wild West characters, specifically Two-Gun Kid, Rawhide Kid, Kid Colt, Outlaw Kid, Gunhawk, and others) a young boy excitedly rattling off the names of his dime-novel heroes mentions the name "Jeb Kent" - a character from the DC series The Kents (written by the same author).
    • Oh, and the large number of characters with "Kid" in their nickname is humorously lampshaded within that issue; someone runs into the bar where they are drinking and calls out "Hey, Kid!" and they all turn and say, "Yeah?"
  • The Female's origin in The Boys involves falling into a big canister of synthesized Compound V. The name of the person in charge of the project? Doctor Uderzo.
  • In the Buffy: Season 8 comics, a scene taking place in London features a small panel showing a palette-swapped Doctor and Rose standing in front of a red TARDIS.note 
  • In Captain America/Thor - The Mighty, Fighting Avengers, both Thor and Cap wind up in Camelot to discover Loki pretending to be Merlin. How does Loki explain away the change in appearance and demeanor to King Arthur?
    Arthur: And you, Merlin... You seem now to have completely recovered from your... What did you call it...?
    Loki: My Regeneration, sire.
    • Made funnier by a comment in the new series that River Song hates wizards in stories because they always turn out to be him. (And indeed, the old series confirmed that he was indeed Merlin.)
  • The Cartoon History of the Universe has the Gauls portrayed as Asterix and Obelix. Once they win a battle, they even mention how they're going to go to their own comic.
  • In Circles, the authors have an afterword where they list the many references such as:
  • Dandridge: "Return of the Chap" has a pair of ghosts in a museum named after the hosts of a popular 2000 AD podcast.
  • Crimson:
  • The Crow: According to the Special Edition, Eric was named after Erik from The Phantom of the Opera, and Shelly was named after Mary Shelley.
  • In Daredevil v3 #10, Daredevil demands to know what The Moleman plans to do with a body he has stolen - asking if he has discovered a "Resurrection Bath" in his underground kingdom, a rather obvious nod to the Lazarus Pits of Batman fame.
  • A porn star character named Hot Gates rates a mention and later an appearance in Frank Miller's Graphic Novel Batman: The Dark Knight Returns and its sequel The Dark Knight Strikes Again. The Hot Gates — translated from the Greek Thermopylae — is the principal location for The 300 Spartans, which inspired Miller's graphic novel 300, written inbetween the two others.
  • The Hellfire Club segment of The Dark Phoenix Saga is a Whole Plot Reference to The Avengers episode "A Touch of Brimstone". Because of this Jason Wyndgarde's name is a Shout-Out to Peter Wyndgarde (who played both the equivalent character in the original and Jason King) and Emma Frost's is a Shout-Out to Emma Peel. Later comics established the Black Queen of the London club as Emma Steed (a reference to Mrs Peel again and her partner John Steed) and a 17th century Black Queen was Diana Knight (Mrs Peel's maiden name was Knight and her actress was Diana Rigg) and her consort is Patrick Clemens (Patrick McNee played Steed and Brian Clemens wrote "A Touch of Brimstone".) The Steed and Mrs Peel comic returned the homage by having two variant covers which showed Mrs Peel, in her Queen of Sin outfit, in the place of Frost from the cover of an issue of New Mutants and Jean Grey from the cover of one of the Dark Phoenix issues of X-Men.
  • In the DC One Million 80-Page Giant, Rey Misterio can be seen leaping into a large crowd scene.
  • Issue #27 of Deadpool has a rather obvious one. "You smug little— Speaking of games. You ever play Street Fighter?" This would later be referenced in an actual Street Fighter comic, where Ryu says "Speaking of comics, you ever read Deadpool?" before hitting Sagat with the very Shoryuken that gave him the scar on his chest.
    Hitler: Here is where the Fourth Army should crush Sergeant Fury and his Howling Commandos from the flank. They have been a constant thron in my shoe, but no longer!
    General: My Fuhrer...
    Another general: My Fuhrer... Sergean Fury his his Howling Commandos have smashed your Fourth Army and continued their march towards Berlin.
    A third general: We don't know their current location.
    -Hitler removes glasses-
    Hitler: Son of a bitch! What are they, like- Six men? I have millions of soldiers out looking for a bunch of drunken braggarts! How hard is it to kill Nick Fury? He wears an eyepatch!!!
    Just sneak up on him in his huge freaking blind spot!!! Then stab away!
    Ach. If these are my last days, don't tell anybody about them. I don't want any books or films to be made portraying me as the lunatic captain of a sinking ship.
  • In Doctor Strange: The Oath, Strange travels to another dimension to face "Otkid the Omnipotent" and retrieve an elixir which he hopes can cure his servant Wong's inoperable cancer. The Corrupt Corporate Executive trying to destroy this medicine (he runs a pharmaceutical company) has a copy of The Fountainhead on his desk. Both are references to Doctor Strange's creator, Steve Ditko.
  • In one of the IDW Doctor Who comic books, some characters are named after actors from Castle.
  • The Doctor Who Magazine story The First has the Skith speculating that the Doctor might be a Daxamite or Dominator.
  • In the Marvel 2099 series Doom 2099, the British hacker Communion Jack uses the phrase "Smoke me a kipper."
  • Edge of Spider-Verse #5 features the story of Peni Parker, a Japanese girl with a Mini-Mecha who acts as her reality's version of Spider-Man. The anime nods are numerous, such as Peni's classmates being Shinji, Rei, Asuka, Kaworu, and Simon, or the Major, Batou and Kaneda appearing as gangsters and she and Daredevil beat up.
  • Empowered has a lot of them:
    • Dungeons & Dragons — with shirts sporting "INT. 19 (supra-genius)" or "STR. 18(00)";
      • Their space station is even called "The d10" (the Dungeons & Dragons method of describing a 10-sided die) and looks the part.
    • Maison Ikkoku: Emp's "Piyo Piyo" apron;
    • Dr. Big McLargeHuge;
    • When Ninjette tells Emp how her suit sprouted wings (which Emp can't remember), Emp pictures herself as a devil. Her mental picture looks quite a bit like she's cosplaying as Etna.
    • ThugBoy wears a t-shirt with the King of All Cosmos on it at one point.
    • The Superhomeys' undisclosed meeting location is room 3B, a reference to the imaginary lecture hall where the wizards of Unseen University in Discworld pretend to have class.
    • It's the goddamn Maidman!
    • A shout-out to 4chan even made its way into one of the books.
  • In Final Crisis Aftermath: DANCE, the Super Young Team disbands halfway through the series and everyone goes their separate ways. True to his stated desire for "constant forward motion", Well-Spoken Sonic Lightning Flash decided to take a walk and simply kept going, eventually amassing followers who walk behind him. You know, like Forrest's cross-country run in Forrest Gump.
  • The Flash:
  • In Joss Whedon's Fray, a flashback page is shown while Earth-before-humans is described as a savage time filled with monsters and demons. The landscape shown is populated with the first few pages of the first edition D&D Monster Manual, including an Anhkheg, a Bullete, and so on.
  • In the third issue of the Great Ten miniseries, Thundermind (a bald telepath) knocks off the helmet of a God of War and reads his mind while he screams at him to "GET OUT OF MY HEAD!" Like so much X-Men...
  • In the Green Hornet spin-off from Legenderry, there's a gang leader called Captain Billy "Whiz-Bang" Jones. This is a reference to Captain Billy's Whiz-Bang, a magazine published by Fawcett Publishing before they got into comics (and which lent elements of its name to Captain Marvel/Billy Batson and Whiz Comics).
  • Franchise/G.I.Joe, page 4 of issue #226 has Cobra Commander and Dr. Mindbender in a food truck labeled ebirah edibles. A mail box with 1701 as the address may also count as one.
  • Green Lantern:
    • Kyle Rayner once created Gurren with his Power Ring in Countdown to Final Crisis. He also created a Patlabor in Sinestro Corps War.
    • During Kyle's tenure on the Green Lantern series, a lot of his constructions were shout outs to Anime, video games, and cartoons. He enjoyed making Mecha and on at least one occasion he made a Chun Li Expy. Apparently Kyle Rayner is a Humongous Mecha otaku.
      Green Lantern: I'm your worst nightmare, pal. A manga nut with a power ring.
      • And this itself is probably in reference to Steve Gerber's infamous "Elf with a gun" subplot during his run on Defenders.
      • Also, Eddie Murphy's "Nigger with a badge" line in Beverly Hills Cop.
    • Allegedly in Green Lantern (Vol. 4) #25, the sound effect "EEEPAAAA" can be found. This is a shout out to The Simpsons Movie, in which Comic Book Guy says that "EEEPAAAAA" is a sound effect from a Green Lantern comic book.
    • The names of two GL Corps members, Arisia and Eddore, are also Lensman shout-outs — specifically, to the home worlds of that series' two Precursor races.
    • In one JLA story, Kyle's mind wound up in the body of the Martian Manhunter. Upon mastering the Manhunter's shapechanging powers, Kyle transformed himself into various other fictional Martians, such as Marvin The Martian and Tars Tarkas.
    • The form taken by a host of the Butcher bears more than a passing resemblance to Khorne.
    • Isamot's name is a Sdrawkcab Name of one of the writers of the series (Peter J. Tomasi).
    • One issue of Secret Origins told the origin of the Golden Age Green Lantern; three sailors are shown bringing the lantern from China. The sailors are quite obviously from Terry and the Pirates.
  • In one Incredible Hulk issue there is an extremely obvious shout out to One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.
  • In Kieron Gillen's run on Iron Man, a former mentor of Tony's named Eli Warren is introduced. In case the name is too subtle, he also looks and talks just like Warren Ellis.
  • Edwin Jarvis, butler to Iron Man and The Avengers, is named after Alfred Pennyworth's father Jarvis, mentioned when Alfred first appears in Batman #16 (1943).
  • Dirty Frank, a major supporting character in Judge Dredd who later gained his own spinoff, was specifically drawn to resemble Alan Moore.
  • Judge Dredd often gives Judges the same surnames as various people who work on 2000 AD. It also references various other comics:
    • In the wake of the recent "mutant rights" storyline Dredd fought pro-mutant activist (but non-mutant) Dr Xerxes Clavier and his genetically-altered students, whose monstrous appearances reflect the original X-Men without actually giving them powers.
    • During the "America" story, a common graffito was "Who judges the Judges", done in a similar style to "Who Watches the Watchmen" in Watchmen.
    • Mega-City One's Blocks are named after famous people or fictional characters and are often ironic Shout Outs to something related to the storyline (a mob leader from Wat Tyler Block; mind parasites in Colin Wilson Block, etc). Dredd himself, with his similarities to Dirty Harry, lives in Rowdy Yates Block.
  • Grant Morrison's JLA:
  • Justice Society of America:
    • When the JSA All-Stars were looking for a team name, Judomaster suggested Kagaku Ninja Tai Gatchaman, to which one of her teammates even mentions G-Force (Americanized version of the anime).
    • In the first storyline for JSA, the team goes up against Mordru and begin shifting into different realities. One of them is a anthropomorphic animal world home to the "Justice Critters". Starman in this world is a fox, making him "Star Fox".
    • In one issue, a parallel universe Joker was shown as very old and decrepit, sporting a smiley pin with a splatter of blood - just like the one in Watchmen.
    • In another issue of the same arc, there is a crowd of heroes in an outpost at the border of the universe which includes Owl Man.
  • Kick-Ass:
  • Paul Cornell's Knight and Squire takes the cake — there are so many allusions in this comic that there is a text piece in the back to help non-Brits understand them! Notable ones include the Milkman who took down Two Ton Ted from Teddington, the Black and White Minstrels (named after an infamous program that included blackface all the way up to the 1970s), villainous counterparts to The Beatles (who even broke off and formed a villainous Wings), the Knight's AI on his motorcycle being named after Dan Dare's spaceship, and much, much more. And that's just in two issues!
    • Grant Morrison has said that Beryl "Squire" Hutchinson is named after D.C. Thomson character Beryl the Peril (originally from The Beezer, but currently in The Dandy). So naturally, Cornell gives her a spikey-haired boyfriend called Dennis Ennis.
  • Lady Death:
    • In the Avatar Press publication, the story takes place in a dark domain in the afterlife known as "The Labyrinth", similar to the alternate dimension of the same name in Hellraiser where Cenobites come from. Lady Death could count as a Cenobite expy herself, since she is a Humanoid Abomination in bondage gear though less horrifying and much more fanservicey.
    • The main villain Sagos resembles Skeletor from He-Man and the Masters of the Universe since he is a powerful sorcerer with a Skull for a Head and he is revealed to be the evil brother to Lady Death's father figure Wargoth, much like Keldor was King Randor's lost brother.
    • A Balrog-like demon is encountered in the story and considered one of the most dangerous things in the setting.
  • Laff-A-Lympics:
  • In Legionnaires #59, a baseball player has the name Sisko on his shirt. And in #60 a group of people sitting in a Metropolis cafe discussing the storyline look a lot like alien versions of the Friends cast.
  • Locke & Key:
    • The comic takes place in a town called Lovecraft.
    • Tyler is seen reading Peter Pan to Bode in Crown of Shadows.
    • In Keys to the Kingdom #2, the patient directory at McClellan Hospital is made up almost entirely of comic authors/artists including, but not limited to, G. Ennis, K. Smith, and G. Jones.
    • In one issue, the scenes told from Bode's POV are done in Calvin and Hobbes style. Later, he's seen reading a C&H book (Yukon Ho!).
    • The Lovecraft hockey team plays against Voorhees High. If it wasn't obvious enough, the opposing players can be seen at the beginning and end of the issue wearing old-style goalie masks, even though they are not playing goalie, while Tyler is barefaced. The Lovecraft goalie is wearing a far more modern "cage" helmet.
  • The Long Halloween:
    • Many, especially to The Godfather. Like, literally on the first page of the first issue.
    • The Joker breaks into a family's house on Christmas and steals their presents, while quoting lines from How the Grinch Stole Christmas!.
  • The title of Lost at Sea is this to the Radiohead song "In Limbo", as confirmed by O'Malley on twitter.
  • Martian Manhunter:
    • Just one throwaway line in a JLA story, but it's to Sailor Moon of all things… Paving the way for Miss Martian later on.
    • And what appears to be one to the Hulk in this story - J'onn is addicted to cookies, two of the other superheroes hid them in a prank. Hilarity Ensues. In addition, the phrase "Mars Needs Chocos!" sounds a lot like a certain B-Movie title with a trope named after it.
    • Martians call their planet Ma'aleca'andra, a reference to Malacandra, the Martians' name for their planet in C. S. Lewis's The Space Trilogy. (Though J'onn's name for Earth is Perelandra, which was Venus in The Space Trilogy; Earth was Thulcandra.)
    • The name J'onn J'onzz could be an allusion to John Bigman Jones, a Martian who is one of the main characters in the Lucky Starr series (a human, although the first book does feature a race of somewhat similar Sufficiently Advanced Aliens who left the surface of Mars once it became uninhabitable)
    • When J'onn got a Shapeshifter Mode Lock, he was trapped in a form similar to his usual one, but with four arms, a reference to the four-armed Green Martians in John Carter of Mars.
  • As seen up top, Marvel Adventures had an issue where Giant Girl went berserk; as well as the cover, she went on to climb a tall building while carrying a hairy mutant.
  • In Marvel 1602: Fantastick Four, the counterpart of Namor/the Sub-Mariner is named Numenor, and his (unsunken) country is called Bensaylum, after Bensalem in Francis Bacon's The New Atlantis.
  • In Marvel Universe #8, and subsequent stories, Mole Man is given the real name Harvey Elder. This is a reference to Harvey Kurtzman and Will Elder, creators of the criminal "Melvin Mole" in MAD #2. (This then gets referenced slightly differently in the Spider-Man newspaper strip, where his name's Melvin Kurtzman.)
  • In Mega Man, the third issue features a scene where Mega Man is overcome by his new responsibility to fight, becoming wrathful and a little bit deranged (for a ten-year-old, anyway). Dr. Light talks to him about why fighting puts his innocent heart into turmoil. The explanation the good doctor gives is practically a word-for-word transcription of the chorus of The Megas' song, "The Message From Dr. Light": "I made you in my image. I built your heart and gave you eyes. I gave you power and a sense of justice beyond any compare. I gave you hands, a child's face... heh... robot hair. But this burden, this burning in your heart, I did not put there."
  • Mighty Avengers (vol. 3):
  • In the 90's Morbius comic, a nurse asks "Who's Darkman?" when she sees Morbius covered by bandages when he's escorted to a hospital while trying to keep his identity a secret.
  • Mortadelo y Filemón: There are tons of shout-outs, tributes to and parodies of political figures, actors, and characters of comic-books and animation.
  • Ms. Marvel (2014):
    Kamala: Wow. Such Athletic. Very Claws. So Amaze.
  • The Multiversity:
    • The Human Torch Expy from Earth-8 is African-American.
    • It's mentioned that the heroes of Earth-8 appear in extremely popular movies on other Earths.

      In The Just #1, Earth-16's Kyle Rayner vaguely remembers a Bug movie, although it's not clear which one he's thinking of.
    • The Hulk Expy has the real name of "David."
    • The House of Heroes is also called Valla-Hal.
    • In Society of Super-Heroes: Conquest of the Counter-Earth #1, the Blackhawks of Earth-20 were designed with the Spice Girls in mind.
    • The Just #1:
    • Pax Americana #1:
      • The Earth-4 heroes are basically the ones that DC acquired from Charlton Comics in 1983. Alan Moore wanted to use these characters for a certain little project, but DC decided that they didn't want him to basically destroy their newly-acquired IP for a one-shot series, so we got a set of Expies instead. The Earth-4 heroes are somewhere in between the traditional DC portrayal of the characters and Moore's Expies; let's just say you may find yourself looking for a shape-changing blotch on The Question's mask, and the symbol on Captain Adams' forehead may look familiar (he's also clearly blue rather than the paler "silvery/metallic" shade he usually has in his other DC incarnations).
    • Mastermen #1:
      • The "American Crusader" comic is clearly meant to be a reference to the Captain America counterpart from Earth-8, albeit a Golden Age version. However, the character's design is based off the actual American Crusader, a Golden Age character that fell into the public domain and has been used in both Tom Strong and Project Superpowers.
      • The whole issue can be seen as a shout-out to The Ring of the Nibelung as detailed here.
    • In The Multiversity #2, Stingray, the Batman of Earth-34, is briefly seen with the same color scheme as the Stingray from The Avengers.
  • Issue #3 of The Muppet Show Comic Book opens with Pops the doorman discussing the Paint Academy films. Apparently there's an actress in them called Lola VaVoom.
  • Marv Wolfman wrote for The New Teen Titans and worked on a few episodes of Jem. One issue of The New Teen Titans included a theater in the background that read "Broadway Magic starring Jerrica Benton", referring to an episode of Jem.
  • New X-Men has the telepathic villain Negasonic Teenage Warhead, named after a Monster Magnet song.
  • In one Paperinik story, we are told that two aliens fought over Japan in feudal times, and were remembered as a heroic samurai fighting a demon. Together with other details, it becomes pretty clear that the creators like Tenchi Muyo!...
  • In one issue of The Power of Shazam, Captain Marvel is shown strange alternate versions of himself that might exist if history changed. These include: Captain Thunder (DC's former Captain Ersatz Marvel), a Captain whose limbs and head detach from his body (M.F. Enterprises' Captain Marvel), a Billy Batson who transforms into Captain Marvel by striking a pair of wristbands together (Marvel Comics' Rick Jones and Captain Mar-Vell), and Hoppy the Marvel Bunny.
  • The Snarks, enemies to Marvel Comics' Power Pack, were a Shout Out to Lewis Carroll; in-story, they were so nicknamed by another alien with a fondness for Earth literature.
  • Preacher #21 opens by showing us the brutally murdered crew of the ship San Demetrio, followed by the ever-patient Saint of Killers. This is an obvious shout out to Dracula, wherein the title character sails to England on the Russian ship Demeter after killing all the crewmen.
  • The Five Swell Guys in Promethea have a very similar name to the Five Neat Guys, a parody vocal group on SCTV.
  • Quantum and Woody has a Costume-Test Montage where the duo are trying on different costumes for their super-hero identities. One of the pair is of Luke Cage and Iron Fist, a reference to Heroes For Hire and the inspiration for Quantum And Woody.
  • Requiem Vampire Knight:
  • Robin & Red Robin:
    • Tim wears a Green Day shirt on at least one occasion.
    • Kevin Hudman owns a Wizards and Warriors tabletop game.
    • Ives and Hudson have a long argument on the validity of the Star Wars Expanded Universe.
    • At one point while dealing with a mass of escaped villains one who claims to be "The Wicker Man" appears, he's defeated upon being informed his opponent has a working lighter and never appears again.
    • In the Ünternet Tam Fox decides to wear her hair in an afro and dresses an awful lot like Misty Knight.
    • Tim accidentally creates a 60's Batman Riddler with his subconsciousness in the Ünternet. He's not fond of the implications when it becomes clear the Riddler is acting as a representation of his subconscious.
  • Rocky has Shout Outs to Peter Bagge, The Ren & Stimpy Show, Seinfeld, and rappers like Kool Keith, Jay-Z, Little Brother, Nas, and Wu-Tang Clan.
  • In one panel of The Sandman volume "Brief Lives", Delirium is either conjuring up or drawing on the wall a little beastie that looks an awful lot like Cerebus.
    • In "Doll's House," the nightmares Brute and Glob are hiding in the mind of a little boy named Jed. While inside his dreams, the art style, dialogue, and layout shift to resemble that of the classic Little Nemo pages, another comic about dreaming.
  • Seconds:
    • Red capped mushrooms, standard Bryan Lee O'Malley fare.
    • After waking up from Revision #6, Katie looks like she outright cosplaying Radical Ed.
    • Katie watches all of "Baking Bad" in one sitting at night, and she makes a revision to have gone to bed earlier.
    • At one point Hazel is shown telling Katie about Spike's Heel–Face Turn in Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
    • Hazel and Katie have a brief conversation about how bread makes you fat, with Hazel being as surprised as Scott Pilgrim was.
  • Klarion issue 2 has two major shoutouts: A group of teenage wannabe gangstas that befriend Klarion are clearly based on Archie and friends. The second is in a museum of superheroic vehicles- a flying saucer with eyeballs is clearly shown, a nod to Silver Age title Fatman the Human Flying Saucer.
  • In Sin City, there are many shout outs:
  • Sonic the Comic:
    • Oh quite a few. Even British daytime television, for instance. Apparently, Richard and Judy were failed artificial life experiments by Decap Attack's Doctor Frank N. Stein.
    • There were plenty to all kinds of popular culture. Marvel Comics, for some reason, attracted several writers' ire with Take That! parodies of their characters living on Planet Meridian in the Special Zone. More unusually, according to Word of God, is that Grimer was named for Grìma Wormtongue from The Lord of the Rings.
    • One of the more obvious shout-outs appears in the 1995 summer holiday special. In Sonic's biography it outright says his favorite shows are Beavis and Butt-Head and The Ren & Stimpy Show.
    • The comic had several elements of Knuckles' floating Island clearly inspired by Laputa Castle In the Sky, most notably the robots.
  • In issue 4 of Spawn, two boys argue over whether Youngblood or Savage Dragon is cooler. The boys are named Rob and Erik, after the creators of those series.
  • "Bad Wolf" appears as graffiti in an issue of Spider-Man.
    • During the first Morlun arc (by J. Michael Straczynski), a couple of workers at a nuclear plant are giving JMS free publicity discussing Babylon 5.
    • In 1998, Tom DeFalco penned "There Once Was a Spider..!" (Amazing Spider-Man #439), wherein a pair of archaeologists of a Future Imperfect find a webshooter and spend much of the issue explaining how their futuristic society thinks Spider-Man's life was like. Some of the many inaccuracies they believe in are that Spidey had a high-tech hideout with numerous trophies and spider-themed vehicles. Nearly 9 years later, a story of similar premise was used in Season 4, Episode 7 of The Batman called "Artifacts".
  • The Gronk in Strontium Dog is from the planet Glas in the Gallego system, a reference to Scifi author Blas Gallego.
  • One issue of Suicide Squad features the appearance of a conspicuously named Dudley DuReiht.
  • Top 10 is a comic series literally made up of Shout Outs, with constant homages to classic geek literature and characters like Doctor Octopus and Vegeta rounding out crowd scenes.
    • One of the best is a scene in a hospital featuring famous "doctors" from comics, including Doctor Fate and Doctor Octopus... who here is an octopus wearing a stethoscope.
  • Ultimate Fantastic Four:
    • "Sue's sick! And Moley is Hugh Laurie in this situation."
    • The death ray Reed picks up from the N-Zone looks suspiciously like a Gaffi Stick.
  • In an issue of Ultimate Spider-Man, a history teacher gives a lecture about tariffs lifted word for word from Ferris Bueller's Day Off.
  • Uncanny X-Men #153 has two shout-outs to ElfQuest: Kitty Pryde wears an ElfQuest teeshirt, and in the made-up story she tells there's a sprite named Pini who calls humans "bigthings", like Preservers in ElfQuest.
    • Spanning rather more than one issue is the first name of Rahne Sinclair, who can shapechange into a wolf, apparently a shout out to Rahnee the She-Wolf, the second chief of the Wolfriders. (Rahnee was first mentioned in ElfQuest #4, published in 1979, Rahne's first published appearance was in 1982.)
      • A novel and live-action movie (early 1980's), 'Wolfen', has perhaps influenced Wolfsbane of the New Mutants. The emphasis on both the sensory details of her wolf-form, and the link with Native Americans.
  • Quite a few in Usagi Yojimbo:
  • In the Danish comic Valhalla, based on Norse mythology, Odin has in one story left Valhalla to win a bet with the Valkyries: that he can find the three greatest warriors of Midgard (he thinks they don't bring in any good Einherjar-material any more). His absence causes trouble in Asgard, so Thor, Baldur and Loki disguise themselves as three mortal warriors to trick Odin to come home again. They give their names as Fandral (Baldur), Hogun (Loki) and Volstagg (Thor), and are dressed as the three characters with those names from Marvel Comics' Thor (who aren't from original Norse myth but Lee/Kirby creations).
  • In DC Comics Vibe #8, when Vibe is surrounded by a maelstrom of different realities, one of the random speech bubbles says "--not in the name of the Doc--"
  • In softcover volume five of The Walking Dead, Philip says "Fifty-seven channels and nothing on..." while looking at a bunch of tanks with zombie heads in them. That's the name of a Bruce Springsteen song from the album Human Touch.
  • Watchmen:
    • In the background of issues #11 and #12, you can see The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) playing in a movie theater in the background. Ozymandias' plot to prevent nuclear war bears some similarities to the movie itself, where nuclear war is prevented by aliens coming to Earth, and telling the planet to put aside their differences, or be wiped out, essentially.
    • Includes explicit mention of an episode of the original Outer Limits with a similar basic plot.
    • Wylie's Gladiator is visible on Hollis Mason's bookshelf.
    • The entire "Tales of the Black Freighter" comic-within-a-comic is inspired by The Threepenny Opera and the song "Pirate Jenny" (a.k.a. "The Black Freighter") in particular.
    • Dreiberg's owlship is named Archie in reference to the owl in The Sword in the Stone.
    • The child kidnapper murdered by Rorschach named his dogs Fred and Barney.
    • Possibly a coincidence, but the Owlship looks uncannily similar to Seleno the Electric Dog, a primitive robot built during WWI as a testbed for a torpedo guidance system.
    • Hollis Mason's Nite Owl I costume is very similar to The Phantom's costume, and his dog is even named "Phantom".
    • For that matter, towards the end, it features a TV advertising the start of The Outer Limits episode "The Architects of Fear". The basic premise of the villain's plan is almost identical to that episode. Although Alan Moore claims it was a coincidence they were similar, he deliberately added the Shout Out upon discovering the similarity.
    • When Laurie and Jon are talking her comment "...hopelessly lost in the fog" is very similar to Chief's hallucinations in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.
  • In the German comic Werner:
  • In the X-23 series Target X, Laura begins attending high school with her cousin Megan. Due to her, shall we say, abnormal upbringing, Laura thinks nothing of demonstrating her language skills to her French teacher by reciting a litany of ways to bribe and torture government officials, and later lists the exact amount of blood in the average human body and ways to kill someone in another class. The shout out comes from the depictions of the teachers: Jamie and Adam from MythBusters.
  • In one issue of Xombi, the characters are sitting around discussing a film they've just seen. Cast and plot details make it clear that the film they're discussing is the Film Within a Film from The Player.
  • In both Young Justice and Teen Titans Go!, the artist for both series tends to cram in tons of references to Mystery Science Theater 3000.
  • At one point in Y: The Last Man, Yorick is messing with a "Fuck Communism" lighter, and mentions that he based it on a comic book character's lighter. Jesse Custer had the same lighter in Preacher.
  • Writer Fred Van Lente likes to do this in his comics, having characters quote or paraphrase classic movies or books. Few examples:
    Machine Man: Greetings, rotting fleshy ones. I have been programmed to eviscerate you repulsive squishy organic bit and chew gum. And I hate gum.
    Machine Man: God help me! I have no stomach and I must barf!
  • Early in his career, Mark Millar did a stint writing Sonic the Comic. He credited this gig with helping to pay for his wedding, and thus there are references to Sonic in several of his works, including Secret History of the Authority and Wanted mini-series.
  • Abnett and Lanning again; once they ended up basically in charge of Marvel's cosmic characters, they seemed to love playing with the Alternate Company Equivalents they acquired, whether it was teasing the idea of Ego the Living Planet joining the Nova Corps (in reference to Mogo, the living Green Lantern planet), or Rocket Raccoon using "Brainiac" as a sarcastic term of abuse (like "Einstein" or "Sherlock") to Mentor, the Imperial Guard's Brainiac 5 Expy.
    • And while the Imperial Guard's influence is obvious, there's also smaller references in them. The symbiotic duo Warstar, the Guard's Triplicate Girl/Duo Damsel counterpart, are named B'nee and C'cil after Cecil the Sea Serpent and Benny.
  • Runaways had several:
    • The team's short-lived codenames include Arsenic and Old Lace, Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds... and Neo.
    • Molly Hayes has a Doop doll (and sometimes also a Doop T-shirt.)
    • In the "Victorious" future briefly glimpsed in the second issue of the second series, it's mentioned that Armor leads the X-Men.
    • Excelsior is made up of former teen heroes Ricochet, Lightspeed, Turbine, Darkhawk, former Green Goblin Phil Ulrich, and Chamber.
    • In perhaps the most esoteric reference, during the "Dead End Kids" arc, the team walks past a woman who looks a hell of a lot like the early feminist Emma Goldman.
    • One of the Street Arabs is Yellow Kid.
    • In the first issue of the third series, Xavin impersonates Kevin Smith.
    • Molly tells Klara that Victor is a Cylon.
  • In the New 52 Doctor Fate #11, Khalid is kidnapped by ghostly Roman legionaries led by the spirit of Julius Caesar. These scenes are drawn in a more cartoony style that makes the Romans look a lot like the ones from Astérix. At one point Khalid descends underground and finds skeletons resembling Asterix, Getafix, Vitalstatistix (and his shield-bearers) and Cacofonix, in their poses from the "A Few of the Gauls" page.

Newspaper Comics

  • In Calvin and Hobbes, Hobbes once used Crisco to style Calvin's hair into Astro Boy's pointy-horn-hair. Hobbes points this out, which Calvin (and later Suzie) thinks is awesome.
    • In one Sunday strip, Calvin's parents admire a Krazy Kat comic strip in a museum. If they're not in museums, they should be.
    • The names Calvin and Hobbes are taken from a 16th-century theologian (John Calvin) and a 17th-century philosopher (Thomas Hobbes).
  • The Family Circus author Bil Keane did a few for Disney, where his son Glen works as an animator. Current Family Circus artist Jeff Keane did this Halloween 2012 shout-out, which is probably the first (not to mention oddly specific) mention of Warhammer 40,000 in newspaper comics.
  • Foxtrot had a moment coming at the end of a (week's worth) discussion by Roger and Andy about the success of the Dilbert comic (which might also count as an extended Shout Out.) In the end, they conclude that Dilbert is likely popular simply based on its own merits, meaning that emulation of a current success isn't a particularly good idea. Jason (drawn in a slightly different style) then runs in, telling his parents to check out the cool stuffed tiger he found.
    Roger: Maybe we should include the recent past in that statement, too...
    Andy: I don't know. There's something to be said for nostalgia.
    • FOUR were packed into this strip:
    (The characters are sitting at a campfire)
    Paige: I miss Brandon and Dylan.
    Peter: I miss Bart and Homer.
    Andy: I miss Bryant and Kate.
    Jason: I miss Worf and Data
    Roger: (eating the marshmallows) Am I, um, missing something?
  • Get Fuzzy
    • The tribute to Douglas Adams' death (about two-thirds of the way down the page).
    • Rob's tastes in music, television, sports teams, etc. frequently involve Shout Outs to same.
    • There is a member of the Cat Mafia named Whitey. Whitey is the nickname of James Bulger, a former Irish mobster who operated out of the Boston area.
    • This strip references Zero Wing.
    • In the strip for November 9th 2013, Bucky is hit on the head by a tomato thrown at him from behind him. He says "It came from...behind", a reference to a line spoken by a Rebel pilot in A New Hope during the attack on the Death Star. The pilot said "They came from... behind" in reference to attacks by Darth Vader and his Imperial TIE fighter wingmen.
  • Mother Goose and Grimm
  • Pooch Café. In the strip for September 11th, 2013 a cat is wrapped around a postman's face. Poncho says "Kitty drool. Great defense mechanism. You don't dare remove it or you get cat saliva all over yourself." This is a reference to the film Alien, in which Kane had an alien facehugger wrapped around his face. After Ash tried to cut it off with a laser, it dripped powerful acid and Parker said "It's got a wonderful defence mechanism. You don't dare kill it."
  • Superlópez: To the whole Super Hero genre, starting with the main character and working down. In early stories, when Francisco Pérez Navarro -a much bigger fan of Superhero comics than Jan- did the writing, these were much more frequent.
  • At some point, nearly every comic strip (and webcomic) has had a Shout-Out to Peanuts. See ReferencedBy.Peanuts for the list. Forty comic strips did a shout out to Peanuts in one day.
  • Iznogoud: In "The Wax Museum", Iznogoud brings a wax statue of Marcus Junius Brutus to life to bump off the Caliph, but the famous assassin of Caesar falls afoul of a caveman whom Iznogoud previously brought to life. When Brutus begins arguing with Iznogoud, Wa'at Alahf turns to the readers and twirls his finger around his head while muttering, "These Romans are crazy!", the Catch-Phrase of fellow Goscinny creation Obelix the Gaul.

Alternative Title(s): Shout Out Comics