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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    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, 2012 at 2:02
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    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. Oct 15, 2012 at 22:39
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    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, 2012 at 22:11
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    It's official, this mystery has a song
    – AncientSwordRage
    Oct 26, 2012 at 23:52
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    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.
    – user30564
    Oct 28, 2012 at 9:45

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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.

  • 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, 2012 at 6:12
  • They are the creators of Superman (see also last comment of Izkata in your original question)
    – silvith
    Oct 22, 2012 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, 2012 at 16:46
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    Good edit! I hope someone can come up with better photos, they still don't look like a match.
    – AncientSwordRage
    Oct 26, 2012 at 22:33
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    In fact you can see they've drawn themselves with superman there....hmm....
    – AncientSwordRage
    Oct 27, 2012 at 1:56

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