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 firstname.lastname@example.org (do not post your suggestion in the comments section!).
Today, in honor of his new Netflix series, we take a look at some Daredevil easter eggs. Mostly comic book ones, but I’ll include Stan Lee’s cameo from the TV series!
Before we begin, here are some past editions of Comic Book Easter Eggs that were ALSO all Daredevil-related. Here‘s one about Waid/Samnee Easter Eggs from their Daredevil run. Here‘s one about Joe Quesada Easter Eggs from HIS run as artist on Daredevil. And here‘s one about a cute bit involving photo credits on the Daily Bugle recap pages in the early issues of the Waid Daredevil run. Now on to this installment’s easter eggs!!
First up, reader Leandro suggested this bit from Daredevil: Man Without Fear #4 (by Frank Miller, John Romita Jr. and Al Williamson) where Daredevil fights a street gang…
The gang, of course, is based on the Rogues, the chief rivals of the Warriors in the film, The Warriors (they’re the gang that frames the Warriors for murder at the beginning of the film).
The guy spotlighted above sure looks like the Rogues’ leader, Luthor (he’s the guy who famously does the “Warriors, come out to plaaaay” bit in the film).
Next up, based on a suggestion by Travis Pelkie, we take a look at Daredevil #17 (by Mark Waid and Mike Allred) and see a reference to Bill Everett and Wally Wood (Daredevil’s co-creator and the guy who came up with the red costume) with Bill and Wally’s Shake Shoppe…
Finally, from Daredevil #353 (by Karl Kesel, Cary Nord and Matt Ryan), we see Kesel reference his previous biggest assignment at the time before Daredevil, which was writing one of the Superman titles, as Lois Lane gets the scoop on Matt Murdock’s return from being seemingly dead…
And now on to the bonus TV Easter Egg. From the final episode, we get Stan Lee’s cameo – in a fashion. He is in a photo in the background at the police station…
Thanks for the suggestions, Leandro and Travis! if YOU have a suggestion for Comic Book Easter Eggs, drop me a line at email@example.comO
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