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 we take a look at a few Easter Eggs from Mark Millar’s Marvel Knights: Spider-Man run, as suggested by reader Dan W.!
First off, here are a couple of earlier editions of Comic Book Easter Eggs where I featured Marvel Knights Spider-Man!
In this one, we looked at the British cast of The Office appearing in an issue.
In this one, the FF and the X-Men surreptitiously walk by Peter and Mary Jane (by the way, this one also has a Big Bang Theory “Easter egg” that I didn’t remember featuring before. Odd).
Now on to Dan’s suggestions!
First up is a visit to Peter’s old room in #1, where Terry and Rachel Dodson show off a veritable cornacopia of references to old school Spider-Man adventures, including the Living Brain, the Spider-Mobile, the Coffee Bean, Peter’s old broken glasses, his microscope that Uncle Ben and Aunt May bought him in his first appearance and much, much more!
In #2, this is less obvious, but it sure does look like that prostitute is meant to evoke Harley Quinn, whose series had been drawn by the Dodsons a few years earlier…
In #4, Dan actually missed this one, but when I got the issue out for another reference later in the issue, I noticed that the Simpsons are out to eat in the bottom-hand left corner of the panel.
The bigger reference is later, as we see Clark, Lois and Jimmy…
In #7, the Dodsons pay tribute to Mark Millar and MillarWorld with the name of a diner…
In #8, Frank Cho takes over art duties and draws both Comic Book Guy from the Simpsons as well as a reference to Cho’s own comic strip, Liberty Meadows, in a crowd scene…
Finally, in issue #9, the Dodsons pay tribute to artist Duncan Fegredo with Fegredo’s Fans and that sure as heck looks like Lando Calrissian in the bottom left corner, doesn’t it?
Thanks for the suggestions, Dan! IF YOU readers out there have other suggestions, e-mail them to me at email@example.com