Friday, March 25, 2011

Unexpected guest stars

I picked up a copy of Ultimate Spider-Man #153 a few days ago and came across the double page spread you see right above this sentence - it's an impressive shot of Iron Man's workshop with uniforms from all eras of the character's history.  I love all of the references to armors designed in the past (whether in continuity or not): in this picture you can pretty clearly see the Iron Man 2020 armor, a Hulkbuster armor, the Heroes Reborn armor and also...Bender from Futurama.  Seriously, he's there:

Futurama is one of my favorite shows of all time, and it's fun to see that others appreciate it as well.  This reminds me of Action Comics #863, out a few years ago.  Superman traveled to the 31st century to join the Legion of Superheroes.  The storyline dealt with a wave of xenophobia sweeping over the earth, and as a result all aliens living on the planet were being rounded up and deported (an allegory, perhaps?  Eh?  EH?!).  One of those poor alien souls taken in was none other than Dr. Zoidberg:

But don't worry, folks.  Superman was around to save the crustacean from the paddywagon just a few panels later (because that's just the kind of guy he is):

To those who made this happen, you have my gratitude.

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