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Comic Book Easter Eggs – Tintin in Fantastic Four and the Blues Brothers in X-Factor

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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!

All three of today’s suggestions are from reader Leandro L.

First off, in the pages of Fantastic Four #1 by Scott Lobdell and Alan Davis, Reed and Sue (in disguise) make contact with none other than Tintin himself!


I especially enjoy the joke about how he is Belgian, not French. Classic.

Next, we see X-Factor Annual #4, where Mark Gruenwald has, for one reason or another, decided to have the Blues Brothers (as FBI agents) investigate the various demonic sightings from the Inferno crossover…


Finally, we have Web of Spider-Man #73, where John Byrne and Alex Saviuk have Stan Lee and his wife Joan attend an Alicia Masters art opening (along with some other Marvel luminaries)…


Roy Lichtenstein is there, too, but that’s not really an easter egg when they say who he is. Perhaps Saviuk drawing the lady next to Lichtenstein like one of the women from one of Lictenstein’s paintings is, though.

Thanks for the great e-mailed suggestions, Leandro!

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!