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Comic Book Easter Eggs - Realistic Versions of Saturday Morning Cartoons!

In this feature, I share 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 bcronin@comicbookresources.com (do not post your suggestion in the comments section!).

Today we look at a bunch of Saturday morning cartoon characters making cameos in comics in more "realistic" versions, most notably by John Byrne in a special issue of Sensational She-Hulk!

In the past, I've featured John Byrne's clever bit where he has Reed and Sue Richards move to the suburbs and all of their neighbors are comic strip characters that Byrne has drawn "realistic" looking...

as well as Sensational She-Hulk #33, where Byrne did the same trick with the Simpsons...

In the fifth issue of Sensational She-Hulk, however, Byrne went all out, as the whole issue is about Doctor Bong messing with people's televisions, so that he alters Saturday morning cartoons so that the characters on the shows are more realistic and then the people who are watching the show at the time get sucked into the show.

We open with a take-off on the Flintstones...

(which is more amusing when you take into account Byrne's history with Barney Rubble)

and then the Jetsons...

Although I suspect Byrne is also poking a little fun at Star Trek: The Next Generation at the same time.

After an extended sequence with a Robo-Cop lookalike that is just so spot on that it doesn't even really count as an easter egg (Marvel had the Robo-Cop license at the time, so Byrne seemed to take more freedom there), we quickly see Yogi Bear, Mister Magoo and Elmer Fudd and Bugs Bunny...

then finally Castle Grayskull from He-Man...

Reader Michael P. sent in the suggestion for this last one, from 2013's Vampirella #30, where writer Brandon Jerwa and artist Patrick Berkenkotter have Vampy in the future with a companion. They're on the run from the bad guys, and while trying to get away, they end up in the Jetsons' home...

That's it for this installment!

Thanks to Michael for the suggestion! If anyone out there has a suggestion for a future comic book easter eggs installment, drop me a line at bcronin@comicbookresources.com!

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