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Superheroes as Guests on Late Night Talk Shows

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). Note that these lists are inherently not exhaustive. They are a list of five examples (occasionally I'll be nice and toss in a sixth). So no instance is "missing" if it is not listed. It's just not one of the five examples that I chose.

Today, based on a suggestion from reader Chad B., we take a look at instances of superheroes appearing as guests on popular real life late night talk shows (so no fake TV shows like "Johnny Nevada" in the Superman books).

We begin with one of the odder ones on the list. Avengers #77 (by Roy Thomas, John Buscema and Tom Palmer), where the villainous Cornelius Van Lunt gets into a power struggle with Tony Stark and begins to push Stark on some financial dealings and the end result of Van Lunt's maneuvering is that the Avengers ended up over $100,000 behind on back rent for Avengers Mansion. The Avengers want to relieve the stress of their debt on Stark, who has been their benefactor for many years, so they decide to go on the Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson to get the word out that they need to make some money fast...

As noted, the whole thing was orchestrated by Van Lunt to force the Avengers to work for him as a wrecking crew. However, one of Van Lunt's underlings tries to use the opportunity to kill the Avengers. They survive. Later, though, Cornelius Van Lunt turned out to be a supervillain anyways.

Next up is the most famous story on the list. Avengers #239 (by Roger Stern, Al Milgrom and Joe Sinnott) was part of "Assistant Editor's Month," where the various titles in the Marvel line of comics tried to do something a little bit odd for that month's book. In this case, the Avengers go on Late Night With David Letterman to help Wonder Man with his movie career. The main team was busy, so the reserve members had to show up for the appearance, an appearance that went horribly wrong when an audience member began attacking the Avengers with gadgets...

In the end, though, it was Dave himself who saved the day!

Soon after, the West Coast branch of the Avengers was formed and Wonder Man got an opportunity to go on the Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and he used the opportunity in West Coast Avengers #4 (by Steve Englehart, Al Milgrom and Joe Sinnott) to reveal that he had committed embezzlement before he was an Avenger...

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