Every week, I will be sharing with you 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 firstname.lastname@example.org (do not post your suggestion in the comments section!).
This week, as suggested by reader Aaron, I am doing a special edition where we just look at easter eggs from the Alan Grant, Norm Breyfogle and Steve Mitchell story in Detective Comics #627, the 600th issue of Detective featuring Batman. There are over a dozen of them, so be prepared!
The conceit behind Detective Comics #627 is that the two then-current creative teams on the two ongoing Batman titles (not counting the rotating creative team of Legends of the Dark Knight, of course) would both do twenty page adaptations of the original Batman story from Detective Comics #27. For their take on it, Grant, Breyfogle and Mitchell added a little extra something. Throughout the story, they (well, it looks like letterer Todd Klein did it specifically) worked in the names of famous Batman artists and writers into signs, labels, and book names.
Here they are!
1. Steve Englehart2. David Mazzucchelli
3. Jim Aparo
4. Norm Breyfogle
5. Bob Kane
6. Ernie Chan7. Terry Austin8. Marshall Rogers (there is also a Rogers Chemicals in the comic, I presume that was just the actual name of the chemical company)9. Dick Sprang10. Don Newton11. Frank Robbins12. Len Wein
13. George Roussos
14. Dick Giordano15. Neal Adams16. I presume longtime colorist Adrienne RoyI don't believe Kev is a reference to anyone...
17. Denny O'Neil18. Frank Miller
19. Mike Friedrich20. Bob Brown
(Friedrich and Brown did a similar re-do of Detective #27 for Batman's 30th Anniversary. It was also included in Detective #627)
21. Bob Haney
22. Mike Grell
23. Sheldon Moldoff24. Jim Mooney25. Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez26. Paul Neary27. Jack Burnley28. Paul Gulacy29. Jerry Robinson (a nice nod to the political cartoons Jerry Robinson did after leaving comic books)30. Alan Davis
31. Dave McKean
32. Charles Paris33. Brian Bolland34. Steve Rude
35. Carmine Infantino36. Bill Finger
If you're familiar with the issue and think that I missed a reference, let me know!
Otherwise, wow, over thirty easter eggs in one comic! Impressive tribute to Batman history. Who was the most notable creator not to be mentioned?