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Superhero Comics Breaking the Fourth Wall in Their Final Issue!

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Superhero Comics Breaking the Fourth Wall in Their Final Issue!

In Drawing Crazy Patterns, I spotlight at least five scenes/moments from within comic book stories that fit under a specific theme (basically, stuff that happens frequently in comics).

Today, we look at superhero comic books that broke the fourth wall in their final issue.

One of the earliest examples came in Doom Patrol #121, in an odd bit where the writer of the comic, Arnold Drake, was edited out of the story (because he was leaving DC Comics for Marvel at the time), so it was editor Murray Boltinoff and artist Bruno Premiani that talked directly to the readers after the Doom Patrol seemingly blow up…

I love the end bit (by the way, click here to enlarge the page) where they say that only a sudden sales spurt can save the comic, but they tell the readers this IN THE FINAL ISSUE!! Huh?!?! How does that make any sense?

The final issue of Beast’s solo feature in Amazing Adventures was a reprint of his origin story from X-Men, but it is introduced and followed up by a framing sequence of the Beast saying goodbye to his readers…

John Byrne famously had She-Hulk break the fourth wall on the cover to his first issue of Sensational She-Hulk #1…

And with her final issue, Sensational She-Hulk #60, she threatens to pay off that threat…

Go to the next page to see how the actual cancellation is handled within the comic itself (plus two cancellation puns by Peter David)!

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