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!
Doom's Ice Capades
X-Men #98 is famous for the amount of easter eggs in it. So famous that I have mostly steered away from it. However, Chris G caught an easter egg from Dave Cockrum in the issue that I never noticed before, so I figure I have to share it.
Check out the first page of the issue. Look beyond all the other cameos on the page and look to see who happens to be skating on the ice in the background...
Hilarious. Thanks for the e-mail suggestion, Chris!
Dedicated King of the Hill Fan
Reader Jonathan S. picked this one up from last week's Heroes for Hire #9. My guess is that it was inker Bob Almond and not penciler Kyle Hotz, but I could be wrong. In any event, check out the name of the propane cylinder...
"Strickland Propane," the name of the company that Hank Hill worked for on King of the Hill.
Thanks to Jonathan for the e-mail suggestion!
Iron Man Literally Going on the Bottle
MAJOR SPOILERS FOR LAST WEEK'S FEAR ITSELF #4!!!!
Don't read any further if you don't want a major plot point spoiled for you!
So, Tony Stark decides to try to barter with Odin. He offers up his sobriety as a sacrifice (neat idea by Matt Fraction).
Reader Stephen M. notes that the name of the bottle he drinks out of is "Démon dans use Bouteille" which is French for "Demon in a bottle," the name of the classic storyline where Tony first grappled with alcoholism. There's even a little Iron Man figure on the bottle with horns. Very clever stuff by Stuart Immonen (at least I presume that was him).
Thanks to Stephen for the e-mail suggestion!
If you can think of an easter egg/in-joke that you would like to see me feature, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org! 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!