Appearing in 1st story
- Robert Maxwell (Mentioned)
- Human Torch (Mentioned)
- Namor, the Sub-Mariner (Mentioned)
- Martin Goodman (Mentioned)
- Phineas Horton (Mentioned)
- Angel (Mentioned)
- Superman (Mentioned)
- Green Lantern (Mentioned)
- Captain America (Mentioned)
- William "Biljo" White (Mentioned)
- Joe Simon (Mentioned)
- Jack Kirby (Mentioned)
- Destroyer (Keen Marlow) (Mentioned)
- Glenn Reeper (Mentioned)
- Whit Spencer (Mentioned)
- Tim Irons (Mentioned)
- Lyle Dekker (Mentioned)
- Stan Lee (Mentioned)
- Two-Gun Kid (Mentioned)
- Kid Colt (Mentioned)
- Rawhide Kid (Mentioned)
- Ghost Rider (Mentioned)
- Millie Collins (Mentioned)
- Howard Hanover (Mentioned)
- Howling Commandos (Mentioned)
- Patsy Walker (Mentioned)
- Fantastic Four (Mentioned)
- Goom (Mentioned)
- Oog (Mentioned)
- Groot (Mentioned)
- Flo Steinberg (Mentioned)
- Phil Sheldon (Mentioned)
- Iron Man (Mentioned)
- Maria Stark Foundation (Mentioned)
- Daily Bugle (Mentioned)
- "Daily Clarion" (Mentioned)
- J. Jonah Jameson (Mentioned)
- "T. T. Thomas" (Mentioned)
- Melter (Mentioned)
- X-Men (Mentioned)
- Robert Harras (Mentioned)
- Dino Lorenzo (Mentioned)
- Joseph P. Jusko (Mentioned)
- Nighthawk (Mentioned)
Races and Species:
- Centerville (Mentioned)
Synopsis for 1st story
- Purple Pig Comics #1 (a comic that does not exist in our world) was first referenced in Iron Man #72, when Iron Man attended the San Diego Comic Con and discovered security guards surrounding a case said to be displaying Purple Pig's debut issue from 1937. Although the Purple Pig comic itself was never seen in the issue of Iron Man, Brevoort described Purple Pig as "a blatant copy of Warner Brothers' popular cartoon star Porky Pig." This would mean Purple Pig would have looked similar to Porky Pig's designs anywhere between 1935 (when Porky first made his debut in "I Haven't Got a Hat") to 1937 (when Purple Pig Comics #1 was published).
- According to the history, after the Avengers and Fantastic Four disappeared during Onslaught's attack, Marvel decided to hire top creators to create fictitious stories of the missing heroes. This is a reference to Marvel's Heroes Reborn project in the real world, where Jim Lee and Rob Liefeld were hired to revamp the Avengers and Fantastic Four. Since Earth-616 is affected by the Sliding Timescale, if History of Marvels Comics is still canonical, it may mean other creators (that came after Lee and Liefeld) were brought in to create fictitious comics while the heroes were missing.
- "Biljo" White and Major Victory are from Invaders #16.
- The making of the Captain America film serial is from Captain America #219. The still is from the real film serial from 1944.
- Johnny Storm reading old Captain America comics is from Strange Tales #114.
- The FF's financial problems and Namor's stint as a film producer are from Fantastic Four #9.
- The picture of Phil Sheldon is from Marvels #4.
- Doctor Doom's appearance at the Marvel offices is from Fantastic Four #10.
- The picture of Flo Steinberg is from What If? #11.
- Johnny Storm reading Incredible Hulk #1 and comparing the Hulk to the Thing is from Fantastic Four #5.
- John Byrne's encounter with the FF is from Fantastic Four #262.
- Iron Man's meeting with the Melter is from Tales of Suspense #47.
- Stan Lee's brush with the Impossible Man is from Fantastic Four #176.
- The X-Men rampaging through the Marvel offices is from X-Men Annual #7.
- Stan Lee's appearance on Saturday Night Live is from Marvel Team-Up #74.
- The unsuccessful Fantastic Four film is from Fantastic Four Annual #12.
- The Human Torch being replaced by H.E.R.B.I.E. is a reference to the 1978 cartoon series.
- The Hulk's negative reaction to the TV series about him is from Marvel Two-In-One #46.
- Nova's visit to the Marvel offices is from Nova (Vol. 3) #7.
- Covers are shown for Marvels Comics: Thor #1, Marvels Comics: Daredevil #1, Marvels Comics: Captain America #1, Marvels Comics: X-Men #1, Marvels Comics: Spider-Man #1, Marvels Comics: Fantastic Four #1, Marvel Science Stories #3, Marvel Comics #1, Uncanny Stories #1, Star Detective Vol 2 #1, Two-Gun Kid #1, Incredible Hulk #1 and X-Men (Vol. 2) #100.
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