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Comic Book Easter Eggs – Classic TV Character Cameos in Comic Books!

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In this feature, I share with you 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 some classic TV characters making cameos in the pages of some comic books!

Readers Kyle S., Brandon H. and Alex F. all suggested this bit from X-Force #21 (by Fabian Nicieza, Greg Capullo and Harry Candelario, which came out just a couple of months before Cheers went off the air. It features the shapeshifter, Vanessa, taking on the appearance of her roommate, Tina, and heading to a certain bar where everybody knows your name…


Reader Jonathan G. mentioned X-Statix #6 (by Peter Milligan and Mike Allred), which not only opened with comedian Brian Posehn appearing in the comic…


but later, David Cross and Bob Odenkirk from Mr. Show with Bob and David make an appearance…


Finally, in this Captain Ultra story by Scott Lobdell, Dennis Jensen and Jeff Albrecht, we meet a variety of famous TV stars from the 1950s, from George Burns …


to Lucille Ball (as Lucy Ricardo, from I Love Lucy), Frank Sinatra as the pilot (thanks to The Moish for that one – I was confused because I always associate “That’s Entertainment” with Fred Astaire, but Sinatra WAS in the film, as well), Jimmy Durante as a passenger on the plane and then Jack Benny and Rochester…


Then it seems like Phil Silvers, only instead of the military, Sgt. Bilko is a cop and then finally Ralph Kramden and Ed Norton from The Honeymooners…


Thanks for all the suggestions, folks! If anyone else has a comic book easter egg they’d like to see spotlighted, just drop me a line at bcronin@comicbookresources.com!