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Comic Book Easter Eggs – “What’s the Deal With Jubilee’s Earrings?” And More X-Men Easter Eggs!

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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 bcronin@comicbookresources.com (do not post your suggestion in the comments section!).

Today is a special theme edition. All easter eggs involving the X-Men!

When Jubilee was introduced by Chris Claremont and Marc Silvestri, her costume was essentially just leftover costumes of the various X-Women, as Jubilee was a bit of a scavenger.

Her first earrings were simple hoop earrings, as seen in Uncanny X-Men #251…


When Jim Lee got a chance to design her her own costume, though, in Uncanny X-Men #257, he gave her a distinct set of earrings…


Here are the earrings in a detail from the cover to Uncanny X-Men #275…


The earrings are a sneaky reference to the subway service in London, otherwise known as the London Underground…


One of the London Undeground lines is called the Jubilee line…


Clever, Jim Lee, clever!

Oh, and of course, there is the whole bit about how Jim Lee clearly designed Wolverine’s new young sidekick…


in a costume that evokes that of Batman’s famous young sidekick…


Next up, reader Brian E. found this other Jim Lee easter egg from Uncanny X-Men #270. The X-Men and the New Mutants are fighting over access to the Danger Room (while the X-Men were thought to be dead and the X-Mansion itself destroyed, Cable and the New Mutants had set up shop in the base that the X-Men had UNDERNEATH the X-Mansion. Now that the X-Men had slowly returned, they wanted their home back)….


Here, in a detail, notice which company Xavier must have farmed out some Danger Room construction to…


Clever, Jim Lee, clever!

Finally, here is a two-for-one reference in Uncanny X-Men #194 by Chris Claremont, John Romita Jr. and Dan Green…


The band Rogue is listening to in the shower is a reference to the band who starred in the then-recent George R.R. Martin novel, The Armageddon Rag. Martin himself, though, named the band after characters from J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. So it’s an easter egg of an easter egg!

Thanks to Brian E. for his suggestion. If YOU have a suggestion for a future edition of Comic Book Easter Eggs, drop me a line at bcronin@comicbookresources.com!