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March 10th, 2013 | EarthBound, Images

The other day Marcotto sent me this e-mail:

Hey Tomato,

Marcotto from Starmen.net here.

I was reading the latest Batman Incorporated issue, when I saw a quite familiar kid…

I’m not sure if this is a reference or not, but the bat and the fashion choice, leads to that.

Lemme know if it’s decent/legit.

Keep EBC strong Mato!

The image in question is here:


Honestly, I don’t know much about this sort of thing… What do you guys think? Is it common for comic artists to put secret cameos into their stuff? I know it’s not unheard of (here’s the Angry Video Game Nerd and Nostalgia Critic making a cameo in an anime, for example), but I would’ve thought DC Comics would have a thing against that. I dunno, let me know in the comments!


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34 Comments to EarthBound Cameo in DC Comics?

_Bubbleman said on Mar. 10, 2013

Then again, wasn’t Ness’ design made to represent the stereotypical American kid?

Aarón Moreno said on Mar. 10, 2013

Probably is a tribute to Mother saga. It’s not unusual this kind of things in comic-books.

StarmanDeluxe said on Mar. 10, 2013

Yeah, I feel like this was probably an intentional wink at the title “Boy Wonder” by the artist.

8bitvelociraptor said on Mar. 10, 2013

maybe a stretch.. but could that be paula, further in the background?

Esper said on Mar. 10, 2013

There’s no way the similar design is a coincidence.

Anonymous said on Mar. 10, 2013

Not a coincidence, that is totally paula in the background.

flintsdoorknob said on Mar. 10, 2013

The most obscure thing I remember offhand is Gurren Lagann in Green Lantern. I don’t read comics though. Just consider earthbound’s cultiness. It really looks intentional to me.

G.Wicks said on Mar. 10, 2013

Well, this kid can’t be Ness because this particular kid is getting owned by Robin. Everyone knows Ness could kick Robin’s butt because Robin is TOTALLY LAME.

Tatsu_Ace said on Mar. 10, 2013

I don’t actively read comics, so I don’t know if cameo’s are normal, but it’d be pretty sweet if that WAS Ness


Turkeyman said on Mar. 10, 2013

That guy under Robin has some familiar glasses… and jacket… Too much of a stretch probably.

Wutwut said on Mar. 10, 2013

Wasn’t Ness meant to look somewhat stereotypical of an average kid anyway? I see black-haired kids with striped shirts in advertisements and such anyway. And “Probably a reference to Mother Saga,” I highly doubt it. A reference to a video game is one things, a reference to some crappy little web series BASED on a game is another.

Co-Wink-Key-Dink inc said on Mar. 10, 2013

What was the anime called?

Mato said on Mar. 10, 2013

It was called Zettai Karen Children.

MaximTheArchmage said on Mar. 10, 2013

I think its intentional, largely because they also included a girl with a pink dress and considering how the lighting works here, possibly blond hair. And also there’s that man with the glasses and blond hair and a green jacket. And they’re all in the same image.

But where’s Poo…?

Mato said on Mar. 10, 2013

Poo is the Winston Zeddemore of EarthBound.

DD said on Mar. 10, 2013

Wow. Well this is certainly something. I looked up which issue this was and it’s #8.

As for that anime cameo of AVGN and Nostigalia Critic. Wow, I didn’t even know about that.

Vukadin said on Mar. 10, 2013

I’m not surprised if this truly IS a cameo.

What I AM surprised however is seeing internet stars in an anime.

DDudeD said on Mar. 10, 2013

u where gonna find a kid in a dc commic with yellow and blue stripes and a base ball bat eventualy , thats like saying “omg he a magician he guessed that theres money in mah wallet hurr durr”

BlueStone said on Mar. 10, 2013

Psh, Ness could stomp that kid in no time flat.

linkdude20002001 said on Mar. 10, 2013

And the blond kid with the stick could be Lucas! XD

PSI_Triforce said on Mar. 10, 2013

Lucas is Awesome!

Anonymous said on Mar. 10, 2013

I don’t see it. The only thing that makes it look like Ness is A kid with A (light)blue and yellow tripped shit. Infact it looks more like Claus’s shirt.

If that blue on the shirt was darker and the sleeves were shorter I might see it. but right now it’s obviouslt just A (poor) coincidence. :/

Anonymous said on Mar. 10, 2013

I see Joshua from The World Ends With You (middle), and Clementine from
The Walking Dead (bottom right)

vid said on Mar. 10, 2013

The man underneath Robin is Commissioner Gordon, definitely not intended to be a Jeff reference. But the Ness? …maybe.

RandomGuardian said on Mar. 10, 2013

Has anyone, idk emailed the artist or anything? 😛

Halloween said on Mar. 11, 2013

Definitely very loosely based. I’d bet the sword of kings that the artist is familiar with Ness.

Anonymous said on Mar. 11, 2013

You’d lose that bet.

LJ40 said on Mar. 11, 2013

They would’ve went a lot more obvious if they intended that. There’s no way that’s supposed to be Ness.

BusterTheFox said on Mar. 11, 2013

@Halloween: Hey, I got one of those! I dunno about you, but it took me a long time to get mine. I wouldn’t bet it on just anything. It makes Poo kill aliens dead like throwing salt at snails eyes. salt in regular eyes is bad. Salt in snail eyes is… eye-melting.


Buster The Fox said on Mar. 11, 2013

I fixed it. :B

While I’m at it, I was wondering about if it was a Ness reference, but then I saw the girl. She’s holding some kind of a stick. It’s no frying pan, but I have no clue what else it could be if not a weapon of some sort. xD Although, I played with random sticks as a kid, so… But then also, I wasn’t a little girl. Hmm.

Arekou said on Mar. 11, 2013

Does that means that Ness will be in justice league? 😛

The Great Morgil said on Mar. 11, 2013

I wouldn’t put it past them. After all, they put a Simpsons Movie reference in a Green Lantern comic. Why not EB, too?

Mel said on Mar. 11, 2013

That girl in the pink dress looks kind of like the Paula from FoB, as well. XD

Definite coincidence.

Snesdude7 said on Mar. 14, 2013

Also the bat is cracked!


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