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Comic Book Easter Eggs – Captain America Graffiti and Clark and Lois Meet Captain Britain

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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 cool piece of graffit on a Captain America cover by Terry Austin plus a Clark and Lois cameo in Excalibur as well as Martian Manhunter giving an homage to John Carter of Mars…

First up, reader Jamie suggested this cool piece of work by Terry Austin, who was inking George Perez’s pencils on the cover of Captain America #246…


Austin covered the subway train with references to Marvel staffers.

Here are a few details (you can enlarge the cover above, as well, by the way)…

Al Milgrom (with the R missing for some reason), George Perez and Danny Crespi, among others…


Mark Gruenwald, Jim Shooter, Mike Higgins and Roger Stern, among others…


Walter Simonson, Mike Zeck, Rick Parker, among others…


Joe Sinnott, Jack Abel, Bill Mantlo, Steve Oliff, among others…


Very cool bit by Austin.

Next, as suggested by reader smokescreen, we have this Clark and Lois cameo in Excalibur #8 by Chris Claremont, Ron Lim and Joe Rubinstein…


Finally, in one of the cooler easter eggs you’ll find, since it works withOUT it being an easter egg, as well, is this bit from Martian Manhunter #9 by John Ostrander and Tom Mandrake…



While it works for the story as being told (J’onn needs to grow two arms, so he grows two arms), it is ALSO a sly reference to the green Martians of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ John Carter of Mars novels, where the green Martians all had four arms.

Okay, that’s it for this week! 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