If you didn’t grow up in the ’80s or ’90s, you could, of course, be forgiven for missing all of this, as Reginald VelJohnson is best known for two roles from that era. One is as Al Powell in the first two “Die Hard” films, and the second is his role as police officer and father Carl Winslow on the long-running family sitcom “Family Matters.”
How this ties into “Invincible” is that the first issue of the comic series is also titled “Family Matters.” This seems to be the seed of where the gag began, but that hasn’t stopped the team behind the Prime Video series from running with it as far as they can. The final touch and the easiest one to catch once you’re in on the joke is that Principal Winslow is also designed to look like VelJohnson, with the actor’s trademark mustache, balding head, and facial features on top of his body shape.
Though VelJohnson only voiced the character of Principal Winslow in one episode of Season 1, fans will hopefully see more of him in “Invincible” Season 2, even if the characters are old enough to begin aging out of high school.