24 Strangest Celebrity Cameos In Comic Book History

Everyone from Ali to Colbert have appeared in our favourite comics. Here's 24 of the strangest...

Colbert SpidermanEver since they debuted in 1933, comic books have become an integral part of American culture. From the patriotic days of World War II, to the science-fiction scares of the Cold War, to the counterculture movement of the 1960s. By and large it's comic books, and subsequently graphic novels, that have been escapist outlets for readers wanting to run into another world where their favourite heroes are there to either save the day or solve the mystery. As such, you can imagine why celebrities over the course of both the 20th and 21st centuries have attempted to get publishers to put them in any such medium. It not only broadens their fanbase, but provides a permanent memorabilia to add to their legacy. Here are 24 such people who have found themselves in a story with a recognisable character, no matter how strange.

24. John F. Kennedy

President JFK did something no other president before or since has done; he became a cultural icon. Being the first candidate to participate in a televised presidential debate, his looks easily won over the hearts of many Americans and he has since been recalled as a symbol of the early 1960s peacetime energy. Of course anyone as popular as this, especially the President of the United States, had to have a meeting with another American cultural icon; Superman. Months of planning and writing went into a unique story wherein the President - knowing Clark's secret - requests his help in promoting physical fitness in the lazing youth of the nation. Kennedy soon returned the favor by posing as Clark Kent to draw suspicion away from Superman. Unfortunately, the President's untimely death in Dallas left both comics to be nearly recalled permanently.

23. Woody Allen

Comedian Woody Allen turned to the big screens in 1966, with his feature-length debut of What's Up, Tiger Lily? Though not a big success, the film was applauded by famed writer E. Nelson Bridwell, who decided to put Allen in an issue of the comic anthology Showcase, which was often used to help introduce new characters into mainstream culture. In it, Allen recruits a band called the Maniaks (knock-off of the Monkees) to star in a musical he's written about the Civil War. Without going into further details, this was the first and last issue both Allen and the Maniaks appeared in. Just goes to show that you don't mess with Broadway, parody or not.
 
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