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 email@example.com (do not post your suggestion in the comments section!).
Today is a special theme edition. All easter eggs involving Spider-Man meeting famous people, real and fictional!
First up, eagle-eyed reader Francesco V. found this easter egg in Amazing Spider-Man #332, where Erik Larsen hid Charlie Brown and Snoopy in a panel…
It’s REALLY tiny, so here’s a detail making it clearer…
The kid doesn’t look TOO much like Charlie Brown, but when you combine the bald head, the yellow shirt with the zig zag line and the beagle? Too much of a coincidence.
Next we have the following Amazing Spider-Man comic strip from 1979. John Romita drew this club scene with a whole bunch of famous people, including Woody Allen.
How many famous people can YOU name (you can click on the image to embiggen it)?
Oh, and just for the hell of it, later in the strip there’s a cameo of Gene Shalit, of all people…
Finally, in a back-up story in Amazing Spider-Man #600 by Zeb Wells, Derec Donovan and Antonio Fabela, we see Peter Parker attending a museum where he discovers the Spider-Mobile is being displayed…
And who happens to be there?
It’s Comic Book Guy from the Simpsons!
Amazing Spider-Man #600 has another Simpsons reference in a different back-up story by Stan Lee and Marcos Martin, where we visit Spider-Man’s doctor, who might look familiar to you…
The Simpsons reference is a bit too obvious to be an easter egg, and heck, I think the fact that the doctor looks like Stan Lee is probably too obvious to be an easter egg.
However, I do like this bit where we see the doctor’s photos over the years, patterned over Lee’s changing looks from over the years…
Very nice touch by Martin.
Okay, that’s it for this time around! If YOU have a suggestion for an easter egg that you think that I should feature, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
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