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 email@example.com (do not post your suggestion in the comments section!).
Today, in honor of the passing of Jean Stapleton (the critically acclaimed actress who played Edith Bunker on All in the Family), we look at a few All in the Family easter eggs.
First up, we have 1972’s Superman #249, by Cary Bates, Curt Swan and Murphy Anderson, which introduced Terra-Man. In an early fight in the issue, we see a familiar couple observing the battle…
Thanks to Michael Sacal and Alejandro M.G. for the suggestion!
Next, we have 1973’s Shazam! #5, by Elliot S! Maggin and C.C. Beck, which has Billy Batson and the character Sunny Sparkle (I’ll likely feature said character at some point in the future in SOME other feature) selling newspapers door to door, including to a familiar-looking couple…
Thanks to Mark M. and David B. for suggesting this one!
Finally, while that about does it for Edith Bunker cameos (unless you folks know of some more), here is a good Archie Bunker one from 1978’s Marvel Two-in-One #46, by Alan Kupperberg and Chic Stone, where the Thing goes to Hollywood to try to get his own show. He gets an agent who says he’ll try to find a project for Thing. The issue ends with the project idea that the agent came up with…
Now, Archie Bunker has appeared in a LOT of other comics, but I don’t think that some of these other appearances would qualify as an “easter egg.” Like if someone is watching an episode of All in the Family, I don’t think that counts. Likewise, Archie Bunker often shows up in scenes where an artist is showing a bunch of famous people together. Hard to call that an easter egg when the whole POINT is that they’re all famous people, ya know? But I am sure I’ve missed some more Bunker appearances! If I have, be sure to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll try to edit them in! And feel free to e-mail me any OTHER easter egg suggestions you might have!
EDIT #1 Commenter Hysan suggested this appearance by Mike “Meathead” Stivic, son-in-law of Archie and Edith, in 1977’s Incredible Hulk #213 by Len Wein, Sal Buscema and Tom Palmer…
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