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Examples of Actor Allusions in Comic Books.

  • One Star Wars comic short story shows how Lando lost the Millennium Falcon. When Han finally shows his face in the last panel, he has a bandage on his chin. This refers to Harrison Ford's scar in the same place, which he got in a car accident. (The scar also gets a nod in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, where its presence on Indy's chin is explained via childhood accident with a whip.)
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  • One Toy Story comic had Rex shouting "INCONCEIVABLE!" After all, he shares an actor with the Trope Namer for You Keep Using That Word...
  • The Iron Man vs. Whiplash mini-series had a scene where a security guard mistook Tony Stark for Robert Downey Jr., the actor who plays him in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  • The Harley and Ivy comic has an issue where the title characters head to Hollywood to hijack a live-action Batman film that is being made. Once there, the first thing the women do is tie up and gag the actors playing Batman and The Joker. Before being gagged, the man playing the Joker briefly quotes Luke Skywalker's dialogue from The Empire Strikes Back, implying that he is Mark Hamill, who also voiced the Joker in Batman: The Animated Series.
    • The Batman Adventures: Issue #19 has a play starring K. Conroy. This comic book is based on a cartoon where Kevin Conroy voices Batman.
    • Similarly, when an adaptation of the '60 series villain King Tut made an appearance in the comics, he was given the first name Victor, after the actor who played the character in the '60s series, Victor Buono.
    • Likewise, there's an issue of Batman '66 where Catwoman sings "I Want to Be Evil," a famous song by Eartha Kitt, one of the women who played the character in the old Batman live-action show.
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    • In Frank Tieri's Catwoman run, Selina dyes her hair blond in order to better hide her identity. When she asks how she looks, her friend Alice replies "Like Michelle Pfeiffer."
  • In the Carl Barks classic Lost In The Andes, Donald and his nephews find a hidden people in the Andes that speaks American English with a typical Southern Drawl accent. Donald introduces himself by walking up to one of them and slapping him on the back saying: "Hi! I'm from the South myself! South Burbank!" Disney had an animation studio in South Burbank - where they had made Donald Duck shorts, among other things...
  • One X-Men comic revealed that Wolverine likes the musical Oklahoma!!, largely because he admired the lead actor in the then-current Broadway run. That would be Hugh Jackman, then...
    • The second issue of The Savage Wolverine has a scene where Shanna the She-Devil mentions that she always thought Wolverine would be taller "Like that actor Hugh Jackman."
    • In the first issue of War of the Realms: Journey into Mystery, a Times Square Wolverine impersonator named Trevin says that his boyfriend thinks he looks like Hugh Jackman. Miles Morales, however, quickly remarks that Trevin actually looks more like Dougray Scott.note 
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    • In another X-Men comic, a vampire mentions that Rogue looks like the girl who played Sookie on True Blood.
  • The fifth issue of the Ultimate Comics: X of Ultimate Marvel features a lengthy inner monologue from Ultimate Nick Fury. It starts off with the blibical quote by Jules in Pulp Fiction and Ultimate Nick mentions how much he's always liked that quote for some reason. The reason being that he's drawn to resemble Samuel L. Jackson.
    • Similarly, a one off joke had Fury claim that, had they made a film about his life, he'd want Samuel L. Jackson play him.
  • In an issue of Spider-Girl, Mary Jane noticed Darkdevil (Peter's clone's son that he doesn't know about) and noted to Peter that he looks a lot like himself. He replied jokingly that the boy looked more like Tobey Maguire.
    • And, Deadpool had a more direct one, when talking about Spidey unmasking during Civil War, commenting that we all already knew it was Tobey Maguire under the mask.
      • Deadpool had been making that comment since before Civil War - when the two characters finally met.
    • And, in what retroactively becomes an Actor Allusion, was Deadpool's somewhat famous line 'If you looked like Ryan Reynolds crossed with a sharpie you'd understand'. Reynolds played Deadpool in X-Men Origins: Wolverine and the solo Deadpool (2016) movie, and while scene that predates those films, Reynolds was a fan of the character for many years. Can't imagine how amused he was after reading that panel.
    • In an issue of Howard the Duck, She-Hulk mentions that Spider-Man's number is listed in Howard's phone as "SpiderMandrewGarfield."
    • Spider-Verse used this to sneak in the movie Spider-Men:
    Spider-Man in classic costume: One of 'em was unmasked, and I swear he looked just like the guy from Seabiscuit.
    Spider-Man in black costume: Really? I thought I saw the guy from The Social Network over there.
    • Alpha, a recurring superhero in the Spider-Man comics, was given the real name "Andrew Maguire" after his first two movie actors.
  • In Excalibur, one thing Pete Wisdom says while holographically imitating Professor X is "Make it so."
    • In Doomwar, Black Panther asks Deadpool what he knows about science. Deadpool responds by saying he's seen every episode of Star Trek, and then clarifies "The classic. Not the one with the bald guy that looks like Professor X."
  • In one Mini Marvels comic, Wolverine is seen playing cards with The Brotherhood, consisting of Mystique, Sabretooth and Darth Maul. Both Darth Maul and Toad were played by Ray Park.
  • In Tintin, Professor Calculus' look is based on Professor Auguste Piccard, famous physicist and balloonist at the University of Brussels. When Bianca Castafiore is introduced to Calculus she mistakes him for a famous balloonist.
  • As a nod to the show, in My Little Pony Micro Series Issue #3 Rarity's first fashion show is held at the "Kazumi Theater", referencing her singer Kazumi Evans. The fashion show in Canterlot is called "The Art of the Dress".
  • Incredible Hulk. In a scene taking place inside Bruce Banner's mind, the fight for dominance appears as the "dumb" Hulk trying to push through a door that the "smart" Hulk is trying to keep closed.
    Smart Hulk: Look! It's Lou Ferrigno!
    Dumb Hulk: (Distracted) Huh?
    Smart Hulk: (Slams door). Falls for it every time.
  • In IDW's Ghostbusters: Ongoing comic series, Ray has occasionally had dreams where he's visited by the ghost of Joliet Jake, who calls him "Brother" and gives him advice and warnings of things to come. These incidents are references to Ray's actor in the movies, Dan Aykroyd, who also played the other titular Blues Brother in those movies.
  • An issue of Nova shows that Beast from the X-Men is apparently a big fan of Frasier. Frasier of course starred Kelsey Grammer, who played Beast in X-Men: The Last Stand. Some time before that, a Wonder Man mini-series had Beast use Frasier's iconic "I'm listening" Catchphrase.
  • In the 2015 Ant-Man series, during Scott Lang's fight with Darren Cross, he warns Cross not to let anyone spoil House of Cards for him. Corey Stoll, who played Peter Russo on House of Cards, portrays Cross in the Ant-Man movie.
  • 50 Years of S.H.I.E.L.D.: The Cavalry has a moment where a S.H.I.E.L.D. cadet sings a snippet of "I'll Make a Man Out of You" from Mulan. The comic stars Agent Melinda May, who is played on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. by Ming-Na Wen the voice of Mulan.
  • In an issue of Ms. Marvel, Mike says Loki looks like "That one actor guy."
  • The Unbelievable Gwenpool:
    • When Gwen is trying to recall the new Thor's civilian identity, she mentions that the character is played by Natalie Portman.
    • When Doctor Strange views Gwen's home dimension (where Marvel heroes only exist as fictional characters), he sees a poster for a certain movie.
    Doctor Strange: Benedict Cumberbatch, eh? Sure, I could see it."
  • In Spider-Man/Deadpool #12, Captain Marvel is shown complaining that someone mistakenly got her a copy of The Room for Christmas. Turns out what she really wanted was a copy of Room, a movie that features Brie Larson, the star of the Captain Marvel movie.
  • Spidey #6 has a scene where Iron Man sarcastically calls the Vulture "Bird Man'' as a nod to both characters being played by Michael Keaton.
  • In an issue of Mystik U, Artemis mentions she's a fan of Ann Wolfe, the actress who played her in the Wonder Woman live-action movie.
  • In an issue of Deathstroke, Death Masque mockingly calls Slade “Manganiello,” a nod to Joe Manganiello, the actor who played Deathstroke in Justice League.

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