The Simpsons might be under the same umbrella now as the MCU, but more than 25 years ago they made a secret cameo in the pages of Marvel Comics.
These days, Marvel and The Simpsons are intertwined thanks to both IPs being owned by Disney, however, more than 25 years ago, the iconic sitcom family made a secret appearance in the pages of Marvel Comics. In New Warriors #27, characters that resembled Homer, Bart, Marge, Lisa, and Maggie Simpson appeared in a cameo that has to be a reference to longest running American sticom of all time.
The Simpons originated as a series of animated shorts on the The Tracey Ullman Show before debuting on Fox back in 1989. The series, which still airs new episodes to this day, has run for 32 seasons. In 2019, Disney landed the rights to The Simpons in a deal where they acquired Fox. Nearly 10 years before The Simpsons joined the Disney umbrella, the media giant acquired Marvel Entertainment for more than $4 billion in 2009. While the properties are now both part of the House of Mouse and have aired crossover projects together, before either was acquired by Disney, Marvel and The Simpsons had a secret cameo together.
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A Reddit user noticed in the comic book New Warriors #27, the hero Speedball travels to Springdale, Connecticut, where a handful of homes have been damaged. The Springdale police accuse Speedball of causing the damage, and when he bounces away, he accidentally bursts through the window a house. Inside, he’s met by characters who are dressed exactly like The Simpsons family, down to Marge’s tall blue hair, Lisa’s red dress and pearl necklace, as well as a baby with spikey blonde hair with a bow in it and a pacifier. Speedball blames the desctruction on his twin brother, who’s essentially an evil version of the New Warrior.
Clearly, writer Fabian Nicieza and artists Darick Robertson and Larry Mahlstedt had some fun with the scene. Having a family look exactly like The Simpons family in a town known in Springdale is a great way to have the family make a secret cameo in the comic – even if they’re unnamed and not officially The Simpsons characters.
New Warriors #27 wouldn’t be the last time The Simpsons appeared in comics, as they cameoed in a more recent issue of The Immortal Hulk, where Bart, Lisa, Milhouse Van Houten, and Nelson Muntz appeared getting interviewed while the villainous mind-controlling Xenmu has won the affection of a town that’s pretty much named Springfield (the full name is blocked out my word bubbles).
The cameo in New Warriors is especially interesting as it was well before the merger with Fox and happened more than 25 years ago. Clearly, someone at Marvel was a fan of The Simpsons, which would only have been on the air for a few years when the comic was released.
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