Contrafactual comics: Jay-Z meets Batman, Jack Kirby meets My Little Pony


18 Responses to “Contrafactual comics: Jay-Z meets Batman, Jack Kirby meets My Little Pony”

  1. Preston Sturges says:

    That so needs Galactus

  2. Scott Rubin says:

    I think this has been posted before.

  3. einsteinatthemall says:

    The “My Little Pony” parody cover is cute, but a Jay-Z “99 Problems” parody in 2012 is a little bit late, doncha think? – “99 Problems” came out 8 years ago. In order to work properly, a satire or straight parody needs to be with the times, not 8 years behind the times. Also, the “Superman loses his citizenship” concept was done quite a few decades ago by National Lampoon Magazine, which had a fondness for superhero comic book parodies

    • devophill says:

      Is there another Jay-Z song that you think would be more current and up-to-date? The comic is the first volume of “The Brave And The Bold”, which hasn’t been published since the 80s, so is it also behind the times? I think the Riddler is a good guy now, so that’s out of date. You know, now that I think of it, the Soviet Union doesn’t exist anymore either. Man! These satirists need to get with the times. Parodying an 8-year-old song with a 29-year-old comic, a 43-year-old rapper, and a 73-year-old superhero, or maybe a parody of a 9-year-old comic in the style of a 74-year-old comic as it was 50 years ago? SO OLD AND BEHIND THE TIMES JUST GIVE IT UP

      • bcsizemo says:

        Perhaps this is the 100th problem Jay-Z does not yet know about?

      • einsteinatthemall says:

        I reiterate, devophill – good satire needs to be OF the times. I guess you still get a kick out of watching old episodes of “The Bill Maher Show” yes?

        • devophill says:

          A good comic book parody needs to be about comic books. I do enjoy reading old comic books, even old satire like MAD magazine. Also, Bill Maher is satire now?

    • Preston Sturges says:

      Clearly the Jay-Z reference  is for the white audience, because according to, because, on the list of “Things White People Like,” #116 is “Black Music That Black People Don’t Listen To Any More.”

    • wizardru says:

      The ‘Superman revokes his citizenship’ gag was based on Superman (but not Clark Kent) revoking his American citizenship in the comics about a year-and-a-half ago.  You might have missed the Fox News froth about it, especially as DC rebooted their entire comics line shortly thereafter.

    •  That particular song seems to have become a meme. “99 problems / but a [term homophonic with 'bitch'] ain’t one.” Or something like that.

  4. Ryan_T_H says:

    Anyone who likes these should check out The Line is Drawn over at CSBG.

    Every week an excellent group of artists mashes up comic covers based on a theme. The results often transcend the subject.

  5. devophill says:

    As far as I can tell, despite being posted by different people on CA’s site, these were all written by Chris Sims but drawn by various artists including Colleen Coover (the New Yorker cover). The covers in this post were drawn by Tom Scioli (My Little Pony) and Kerry Callen (The Brave And The Bold). I know the Christmas ones were written by Sims for sure, that subject is kind of his specialty.

    • Rob Absten says:

      Beat me to it. Chris Sims is indeed the brains behind the entire line. He is, for lack of a better term, one funny fucking dude. The podcast he does with Matt Wilson is worth a listen and his own comics – search for Awesome Hospital or Dracula Unconquered – are fun stuff. Let’s hope the BoingBoing Effect sends some well-deserved attention his way.

  6. Halloween_Jack says:

    The Batman/Jay-Z team-up seems a lot less improbable when you remember that Spider-Man teamed up with the original cast of Saturday Night Live decades ago.

    • bibulb says:

      The winner is still the Avengers on Late Night With David Letterman. Ah, good times.

      “…That doorknob…”
      “It’s just so darned big, isn’t it?”

  7. aynrandspenismighty says:

    Why is Stephen Colbert trying to kill Jay-Z?

    • Preston Sturges says:

      Full List of Stuff White People Like
      #35 The Daily Show/Colbert Report
      #116 Black Music that Black People Don’t Listen to Anymore

  8. Teller says:

    Read it as My Little Porny – which is likely a category somewhere.

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