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Comic Book Easter Eggs – A Look at Alex Ross and Kurt Busiek’s Marvels #2

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Every week, I will be sharing with you three comic book “easter eggs.” An easter egg is a joke/visual gag/in-joke that a comic book creator (typically the artist) has hidden in the pages of the comic for readers to find (just like an easter egg). They range from the not-so-obscure to the really obscure. So come check ’em all out and enjoy! Also, click here for an archive of all the easter eggs featured so far! If you want to suggest an easter egg for a future column, e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com (do not post your suggestion in the comments section!).

This week, we continue a four-part series looking at easter eggs in Marvels, taking it one issue at a time (since there are SO many easter eggs in Marvels).

In Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross’ Marvels #2, our hero, Phil Sheldon, meets a publisher for his book. First off, Seduction of the Innocent is seen in the background of Bennett Schwed’s office.

But now, Bennett Schwed himself is almost certainly a reference to Bennett Cerf, famed publisher of Random House and Peter Schwed, editorial chairman of Simon and Schuster…


Kurt Busiek notes that the character was based visually on the late, great Del Close (the famed improvisational actor/teacher – I wrote about Close’s comic book connection here).

Later on, Elizabeth Taylor appears at an Alicia Masters gallery opening…


Later on, Phil Sheldon and his family discover a young mutant girl named Maggie…


Alex Ross based her on a character from a story in Weird Science #20 called “The Loathsome”…


This one is a bit different. This newspaper article is from the first appearance of Bolivar Trask in X-Men #14…


So that probably doesn’t really count, in the sense that I haven’t been counting nods to Marvel continuity in the past (as that is, you know, the whole POINT of Marvels). But does this go beyond that? I dunno. When it doubt, though, throw it in!

Finally, we have the wedding of Reed and Sue, with the Beatles….


There looks to be some more celebrities. Can you name them all?

By the way, in what I guess could also be called an easter egg, the moment the scene is depicting is when Stan Lee and Jack Kirby were turned away at the door. Notice Gabe Jones. He’s asking Nick Fury about Stan and Jack. So they are right behind the door at this moment. VERY clever bit from Ross and Busiek. Thanks to reader leandro for the Jack/Stan bit. I totally missed that.

Okay, two installments left to go! Go send me some suggestions for Marvels #3 and #4, people! E-mail them to me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com. Don’t post them in the comments!