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Scott Snyder made an interesting discovery that people here might be able to answer: who are these two characters (see pics below) that keep reappearing in the background of both Marvel and DC kids books?

One has red hair, glasses and often facial hair, while the second has darker skin, dark hair and sideburns.

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For the rest of the images (to avoid making this question massive in length), see here.

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Probably an in-joke among illustrators, much like the overuse of the Wilhelm scream among movie sound editors. Maybe it's an ironic response to a diversity mandate from above. – Kyle Jones Aug 12 '12 at 2:02
It's a massive conspiracy. They are stitching these two people into the comics to leak to the world about a massive government conspiracy to cover up the deaths of two DC illustrators. – Jared Tritsch Oct 15 '12 at 22:39
Among the random theories people have tossed out, an homage to Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster (creators of Superman, one of the first superheroes) seems most plausible... – Izkata Oct 21 '12 at 22:11
It's official, this mystery has a song – AncientSwordRage Oct 26 '12 at 23:52
Why don't you simply contact the artists? I don't know these books and who drew them, but many comic artists (you need the pencillers) have websites or are members of communities like deviantART. So just write them and ask them. Easy as pie. – what Oct 28 '12 at 9:45

Shuster and Siegel (the original creators of Superman) seem like the most likely candidates. The resemblance is pretty strong:

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Here are Shuster and Siegel at a later age

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Shuster and Siegel are something of folk heroes among comic creators, for having brought legal action to try to reclaim the copyright to the characters and universe they created.

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Gould you at least add who these are, and why they'd be in there? I don't really see a resemblance. – AncientSwordRage Oct 22 '12 at 6:12
They are the creators of Superman (see also last comment of Izkata in your original question) – silvith Oct 22 '12 at 8:28
@silvith that sort of information should be in the answer then. I don't get why they'd be in the series as cops though....and ginger? I still don't see a resemblance. – AncientSwordRage Oct 23 '12 at 16:46
Good edit! I hope someone can come up with better photos, they still don't look like a match. – AncientSwordRage Oct 26 '12 at 22:33
In fact you can see they've drawn themselves with superman there....hmm.... – AncientSwordRage Oct 27 '12 at 1:56

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