Every week, I will be sharing 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 firstname.lastname@example.org (do not post your suggestion in the comments section!).
This week, all the easter eggs are Watchmen-related!
In Astonishing X-Men #6, there is a riot at Benetech (which purports to hold a cure for being a mutant). A bunch of mutants want the cure and they want it NOW! During the riot, check out two of the rioters on the right hand side of the panel...
Yep, it is Rorschach from Watchmen and Captain America from the 1970s Captain America TV movies!
Awesome references, John Cassaday, awesome references.
At the end of Marvel Boy #2, Grant Morrison and JG Jones homage Ozymandias' wall of televisions by having Marvel Boy do the same thing. Among the many things he is monitoring (including the Teletubbies) is Rorschach (right below the next issue promo box)....
Finally, as suggested by Travis Pelkie, the cover of Violator #3 (written by Alan Moore) has at least two Watchmen references by artist Greg Capullo. First, on the left hand side, there is a broken bottle of Nostalgia perfume and on the bottom right corner you can read "Hollis Maso," obviously a reference to former police officer Hollis Mason, the original Nite-Owl....
It is not going to scan well, since it it so faint, but to recap, it is on the piece of cloth right next to Capullo's signature.
Okay, that is it for this week! Thanks for all the neat suggestion, Travis!
If anyone wants to suggest a future easter egg, feel free to e-mail me at email@example.com