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  • The comic book The Maxx included a different short sentence in its credits.
  • Keith Giffen's comics usually have some sort of credit gag, eg: Keith (angry old man) Giffen.
  • Transmetropolitan at the end of each issue, the three eyed smiley face would be shown in a way somehow related to the content of the issue (walking in the rain, smoking a cigarette, etc.)
  • Very frequently in old-school Marvel books, especially The Amazing Spider Man and Fantastic Four, Stan Lee would "fancy up" the credit box on the first page. The gags would range from simple nicknames ("by Stan "the Man" Lee and Jack "King" Kirby!") to brutal Self-Deprecation ("written by Stan Lee... because we couldn't afford Mickey Spillane!")
    • A Running Gag in these would be Stan denigrating some Butt-Monkey staffer, most commonly letterer Artie Simek; when Simek grew annoyed with this, it was changed to the fictional Irving Forbush (the "hero" of Marvel's gag series Not Brand Echh).
  • The French comic book Comicbook/Asterix in general ends its adventures with the villagers of Asterix's home having a celebratory banquet, where they have to tie up their bard Cacofonix so that he doesn't give a song. This changes on a few occasions.
    • In stories where Cacofonix has given a hand he is untied and given a seat at the banquet (Asterix and the Normans, The Mansions of the Gods). In "Asterix and Caesar's Gift" and "Asterix and the Secret Weapon" he is having a chat with a girl. In "Asterix and the Magic Carpet" he is far away in India, while his rival Fulliautomatix is sadly awaiting his arrival.
      • The exception to this case is "Asterix the Gladiator" (the first story with Cacofonix having a major role).
    • In "Asterix and the Soothsayer" he is content, having dreams of eventual renown to keep him content.
    • In "Asterix in Spain" he is laughing at Obelix imitating Spanish dancing.
    • In "Asterix and the Laurel Wreath" and "Asterix and the Picts" he is chatting with someone.
    • In "Asterix in Corsica" he is surprised to find Dogmatix keeping him some company.
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    • In "Asterix and the Roman Agent" thanks to the slander that divides the village, one banquet has Cacofonix be the only one enjoying himself while everyone else is tied up, in a tragic reversal of the norm. Thankfully another banquet is held at the end where all is set right and he is tied up.
    • In "Obelix and Co" he is held down by a menhir.
  • Each of the longer Sam & Max: Freelance Police comics carries a title gag in the form of "Based on the [Media Type], [Silly Title]", such as Based on the famed Beat-generation novel, "Sam and Max Drive Around in a Car" by Bucky Kerouac. This tradition is carried over to Season 2 and 3 of Telltale's series of adventure games. The episode "Chariot of the Dogs", for example, is "Based on the best-selling addled-brained musings of noted aliens-made-all-our-stuff theorist Erich von Dannyohday"
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  • Bongo Comics' The Simpsons usually credits Matt Groening with a different title in every issue.
  • The Wicked + The Divine: Every chapter begins and ends with the icon wheel, showing representations of each god as well as their status.
    • Some sections of the wheel are empty, representing gods not yet known by the media.
    • Dead gods have their icons replaced by skulls.
    • Once Luci is arrested, her icon has bars over it.
    • When Baphomet bursts onto the scene, his icon appears for the first time in the wheel while wreathed in fire.
    • Likewise, when Dionysus is introduced, his symbol appears in color, to highlight the imagery of pills hanging from the vine instead of grapes.


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