Mrs. Glick was based on an old lady Jeff Martin and his brother used to do chores for when they were kids. Martin said they got to "pull weeds until [their] hands would bleed", and yet they were only paid two quarters for several hours of work.
Hint to Springfield being located in either Michigan or California: When Bart recycles an empty cola bottle at the Kwik-E-Mart, he says "I need the dime". Michigan and California are the only states that have a 10 cent bottle deposit.
The Radioactive Man black and white serial was sponsored by Laramie Tobacco, to which Fallout Boy is told he is too young to smoke Laramies. Moments after the sketch ends, Buddy Hodges, the actor who played Fallout Boy is seen holding a cigarette.
When a rerun of this episode aired in 1992, a brief tribute to The Cosby Show (1984) aired following the end credits. That series ended on April 30, 1992, and the tribute featured Bart and Homer discussing the quality of the show, and its importance to Bill Cosby.
The warning from the convention MC not to ask questions about the death of Radioactive Man's actor Dirk Richter is a reference to the mysterious death of Superman's actor George Reeves, although the addition of bordello could also be a reference to the unsolved 1978 murder of Bob Crane.
Radioactive Man's origin is nearly identical to the Marvel Comics character The Incredible Hulk, as they both gained their superpowers from absorbing massive amounts of radiation during an experimental detonation of a gamma bomb.