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Comic Book Easter Eggs – SHIELD Closes the Door on James Bond and American Vampire Mentions The Shining

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Every week, I will be sharing 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!).

In Strange Tales #164, by Jim Steranko, Nick Fury shows up at the barber shop front for SHIELD and he is in bad shape, so the Agents posing as barbers have to close up shop. This is just as a certain English spy shows up at the door…


Cute reference by Steranko to the character who influenced the creation of Nick Fury, Agent of SHIELD.

Reader Blackjack suggested this one.

Reader Daron B. picked up this great reference by Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque in American Vampire #2 (which had a back-up story written by Stephen King). When the lead protagonist wakes up in the morgue (as she is now a vampire), she shares the morgue with a “Jack Torrance, age 42.”


Jack Torrance, of course, is the lead character in King’s classic novel, The Shining.

Our old pal Mark pointed out a cute Simpsons reference in Jim Starlin and Ron Lim’s Silver Surfer #41, as an alien version of Bart Simpson (complete with three eyes, like the fish in Springfield) walks by….


Thanks for the great suggestions, folks! Again, e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com if you have any other nifty suggestions!