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Meta-Messages – Will the Real Thanos Please Stand Up? (Part 2)

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All October long I will be exploring the context behind (using reader danjack’s term) “meta-messages.” A meta-message is where a comic book creator comments on/references the work of another comic book/comic book creator using the characters in their comic. Each time around, I’ll give you the context behind one such “meta-message.” Here is an archive of the past installments! If you have a suggestion for a future meta-message, e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com.

First yesterday and now today I am examining two meta-messages involving Thanos and the use of clones of Thanos to explain away stories where Thanos may or may not have looked bad. Yesterday we saw Jim Starlin introduce the concept and today we see Dan Slott have a little fun with the concept!

As noted in the previous installment, Jim Starlin introduced the concept of Thanos cloning himself (much like Doctor Doom having Doombots) to explain away some stories featuring Thanos that Starlin did not feel accurately depicted the character.

Well, in 2006, Dan Slott had Squirrel Girl star in one of the stories in the 2006 GLX-Mas Special (starring the Great Lakes Avengers). Slott had a lot of fun with the fact that Squirrel Girl in an “in continuity” story defeated Doctor Doom. So Slott really played up this fact – that Squirrel Girl could beat pretty much anyone. So in one of the stories, she defeats MODOK.

Later, as she is headed back to her Great Lakes Avengers friends, she is interrupted…


In another story later in the issue, we see how the fight ended, along with some amusing words from the Watcher…


Classic.