Superhero Allusions: *The episode title is an allusion to the old Superman radio series, which opened with the line "Look, up in the sky! It's a bird, it's a plane, it's Superman!" Dale also briefly considers calling himself "Supermunk", in reference to the hero.
*Dale's stretching powers are similar to that of the DC Comics heroes Plastic Man and Elongated Man, and the Marvel Comics hero Mr. Fantastic.
*Dale refers to himself as "an idol of millions", which is what Marvel Comics hero The Thing often calls himself.
*The premise of a superhero's enemy having the same powers as he does is similar to the Superman villain Bizarro, and the Spider-Man villain Venom.