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Comic Book Easter Eggs – Alfred E. Neuman Helps Spider-Man Move

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In this feature, I share 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!).

Today we take a look at a few Spider-Man easter eggs, including MAD’s Alfred E. Neuman lending a helping hand to ol’ Spidey…

In Amazing Spider-Man #300, by David Michelinie and Todd McFarlane, Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson-Parker move into a new apartment. Their friends help them move. Including none other than Mr. Neuman, who even alludes to his Mad heritage in his thought balloon…


Thanks to reader Sam V. for the suggestion!

In Amazing Spider-Man Annual #37, by Karl Kesel and Paulo Siqueira, Stan Lee happens to be there for the first ever meeting of Spider-Man and Captain America…


Finally, based on a suggestion by Da Fug, in Giant-Size Spider-Man #5, by Gerry Conway, Ross Andru and Mike Esposito, Man-Thing writer Steve Gerber and Gerber’s most famous creation, Howard the Duck, get name-checked as TV experts…


Thanks for the suggestions, folks! If anyone else has any suggestions for future editions of Comic Book Easter Eggs, please drop me a line at bcronin@comicbookresources.com