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Comic Book Easter Eggs – Easter Eggs from Grant Morrison’s Action Comics!

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Comic Book Easter Eggs – Easter Eggs from Grant Morrison’s Action Comics!

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 (do not post your suggestion in the comments section!).

Today, based on suggestions from Travis Pelkie, we take a look at a collection of Easter Eggs from Grant Morrison’s run on Action Comics!


First off, Morrison’s Action Comics run is FILLED with references to minor characters, from Lois Lane’s niece, Susie to Fire Man Farrell, the first character introduced in the pages of Showcase. I don’t know if these count as Easter Eggs, exactly. I think if they appeared without being named, that’d be one thing, but since Morrison specifically named them, it seems like a stretch to call them Easter Eggs. I could be wrong, but that’s where I’m at with that.

Anyhow, on to the eggs!

You don’t even need to get past the COVER of the first issue of Action Comics to see Rags Morales pay tribute to the original Action Comics #1 by sneaking the numbers 19 and 38 on to the police cars on the cover…

In #8, in an issue inked in part by Bob McLeod, we get McLeod’s…

In the following issue (drawn by Gene Ha), we see Giordano’s (referencing former comic great Dick Giordano)…

Also, Jimmy Olsen wears a Turtles jersey (referencing Jimmy’s past as being transformed into a giant turtle)…

In #10, we see that Clark keeps his uniform in locker #38…

In the following issue, Superman takes on a new secret identity of firefighter Johnny Clark. His uniform number is #19…

And the fire company is Engine #1938…

The next issue, the firefighters mention a problem on Swan street (referencing famed artist Curt Swan)…

In #15, the villainous Vyndktvx accidentally destroys a bunch of worlds, including the world of old Superman foe/friend Vartox and, of course, the classic character Super-Turtle!

Finally, in Action Comics #18 (which you can read about here), among the people saying their names backwards are Grant Morrison, Morrison’s wife, back-up writer Sholly Fisch and, of course, artist Ralph “Rags” Morales (who draws himself trying to figure out how to say his name backwards)…

That’s it for this week! Thanks, Travis! If YOU readers have suggestions for easter eggs to spotlight in future editions of this column, let me know by e-mailing me a I am sure that there are more Action Comics easter eggs I have not yet mentioned! Suggest them to me!

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