Metafictional Awareness – Metafictional awareness is the awareness of the character that he or she is fictional. All self referential art can be seen as being on the metafictional continuum and comic books examples are included in this article. Metafictional Awareness is also known as 4th Wall Awareness.
Literary Critique of Metafictional Awareness
Deadpool (Marvel) is a supervillain that talks to us as shown below.
Broken Man – Astro City #46 (Vertigo)
Judge Dredd – “It Still Pays to be Mental” – 2000 AD #657
Al Capp by Li’l Abner #1 (Toby)
Amazing Spider-Girl #0 is an example of both the Droste Effect and an homage of Amazing Fantasy V1 #15.
Droste Effect in Action Comics #500 (1979).
Droste Effect in Captain Marvel #37 (Fawcett).
Droste Effect in Comics Collector-Summer 1985.
Droste Effect in Its Game Time (DC).
Droste Effect in The Story of Johnny Surge #1947.
Kay Challis (DC) – JLA – Doom Patrol Special #1
The Fox in The Fox: Family Values #1 (Archie) can perceive and interact with the text of his comic book.
Superman’s wink is clearly directed at the readers in Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen’s Boss Perry White #1 (DC).
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