I imagine this post will interest less than 0.01% of you reading this; however, I just couldn't help myself. I read a ton of Archie comics and kept noticing these odd 'photobombs' popping up in nearly every issue. (Note: photobomb = term for when a random person drops in a photo unexpectedly) For some reason, Dan DeCarlo, a master comic artist if there ever was one, felt the need to draw in faces hugging the sides of the panels - again and again and again....
I suppose it has a purpose. It gives the impression that the main characters are not interacting within a vacuum. A close-up of an unknown person's face in the corner also adds an element of realism - as if you are viewing the scene in person or through a camera lens, rather than a 2D comic strip panel.
That being said..... DeCarlo did it A LOT. I guess he just got bored to death of drawing the same characters over and over, and had the urge to stretch his artistic muscles now and again. And perhaps this is a well known trademark of his, and I'm just now catching on.
Whatever the case, heres a generous helping of examples of the omnipresent Dan DeCarlo Photobomb. Enjoy.
Mary Hartman, is that you?