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'Science Dog #100 Had Too Many Variant Covers!

In Meta-Messages, I explore 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 (or sometimes even themselves) in their comic. Each time around, I'll give you the context behind one such "meta-message."

Today, based on a suggestion by reader Walter R., we take a look at how Robert Kirkman used his Science Dog character to poke some fun at himself, including Walking Dead #100 having multiple covers.

Science Dog is a comic book character within the Invincible universe. We first meet him in Invincible #1 (by Robert Kirkman and Cory Walker), where Mark Grayson is reading an issue of Science Dog while he is in the bathroom...

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Invincible #10 was a special Science Dog issue. First, he appeared on the cover!

Next, in the issue (by Kirkman and then-new penciler on Invincible, Ryan Ottley), Mark gets to meet the creator of Science Dog and Kirkman gets to have some good-natured fun at the way that both he and Brian Michael Bendis use a lot of repeated panels for beats in conversations (Filip Schaff looks more like Bendis than Kirkman, but I don't know if that's a coincidence or if he's meant to look like Bendis)...

Invincible #25 (by Kirkman and Ottley) gets in a fun bit about how pissy people get with their favorite comic book series...

Then, there is a hint that Science Dog guest-stars in the comic...

But Mark is sure that it is not for real...

And he is proven correct and it is, instead, an alien who thought that taking on the form of Mark's favorite comic book character would make him more likely to help them (which is, of course, absurd and yet, how do they know that it is absurd? They don't know how our world works)...

Invincible #25, 50 and #75 each had an actual Science Dog back-up story (by Kirkman and original Invincible artist, Cory Walker) in them.

They were eventually collected into a two-issue series, with new material at the end of issue #2 to complete a cliffhanger from Invincible #75 (I am not sure whether the cliffhanger was originally intended to be completed or not. Sort of like how the Walking Dead/Aliens story in Walking Dead #75 was never meant to be continued).

Anyhow, this brings us to the specific meta-message that Walter suggested...

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