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Comic Book Easter Eggs – My Name Is Earl in Hulk and The Office in Spider-Man!

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All throughout July, I will be sharing with you three comic book “easter eggs” a day. 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!

Reader Ryan B. e-mailed me two good suggestions…

Trans-Atlantic Visual Gag

In Marvel Knights: Spider-Man #1, Spider-Man is in such a rush to get to Aunt May’s new apartment after getting an emergency call that he doesn’t even bother changing into his costume. On the way there, he passes by a familiar looking office…the cast of the UK version of The Office…


Nicely turned by Terry Dodson. I wonder if writer Mark Millar had anything to do with it or if it was all Dodson?

Instant Karma

In World War Hulk: Frontline #4, Ramon Bachs draws some of the cast of My Name Is Earl in the crowd…


I like that Earl even has his famous list visible in his pocket. I wonder what he thought of karma when the Hulk and a bunch of aliens invaded Earth?

Truth in Advertising

In Swamp Thing #51, as John Constantine departs from the series (for a short period), he sails off in a boat with a very familiar name…


Thanks to David P. for suggesting this one via e-mail!

For whatever reason, the boat seems a bit hard to read, so here’s a detail of it…


If you can think of an easter egg/in-joke that you would like to see me feature, drop me a line at bcronin@comicbookresources.com! DON’T make suggestions in the comments section, so as to not spoil the surprise for when I end up actually featuring your suggestion.

NOTE: A word about suggestions. I’ve gotten so many (which is great – keep ’em coming!) that I am going through them in the order that I receive them. So if you wonder why I did not credit you for a suggestion you sent in, it is because someone else sent it in first. No offense intended!