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Comic Book Easter Eggs - Stan Lee Marvel COMIC BOOK Cameos!

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 bcronin@comicbookresources.com (do not post your suggestion in the comments section!).

Stan Lee is famous for making cameos in nearly every Marvel film release. Today, though, we take a look at his COMIC BOOK cameos! Note that I'm specifically not counting stories that revolved around Lee (like the various "Behind the Scenes" stories that Marvel would include in their comics during the 1960s), stories that Lee served as the "host" of the issue (like all of Marvel's #-1 issues) or stories that revolved around Marvel characters visiting the offices of Marvel Comics (I recently spotlighted a few of those stories here - although since two of those stories didn't really revolve around their visit to Marvel's offices, I'm counting them here). I just mean stories where Lee makes a quick appearance in a story otherwise not about him, just like what he does in the Marvel films.

Stan Lee's first appearance in a comic book story (I believe he was referenced in a text piece during the Golden Age) was in 1951's Astonishing #4, in a story by Hank Chapman and Wayne Boring. In it, Chapman depicts himself as a writer who eventually gets trapped in his horrific dreams. Before that happens, though, he sells a story based on his ideas to his editor, Stan Lee...

Next up, we have 1962's Kid Colt: Outlaw #107 (by Stan Lee and Jack Keller), where Colt sacrifices himself to save a stranded alien. The alien resurrects the Kid with some special alien medicine and then is picked up by his people. They erase the memory of the events from everyone involved, but say that they'll come back in the future to let SOMEone know what happened. That someone? Stan Lee!

1962's Fantastic Four #10 (by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and Dick Ayers) is a bit tricky, since it is a somewhat extended sequence, but I still think it counts...

In 1963, Carl Burgos (creator of the Human Torch) returned to Marvel and illustrated a Human Torch and Thing story in Strange Tales #123 (written by Lee with inks by Dick Ayers), and Burgos and Lee admire the events of the issue...

In 1965's Fantastic Four Annual #3 (by Lee, Kirby and Vince Colletta), Stan and Jack are famously turned away from the wedding of Reed Richards and Sue Storm...

Lee was up to his self-deprecating best when he and Dick Ayers made cameos back during their war days in 1965's Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos #22 (by Lee and Ayers, natch, with inks by Carl Hubbell)...

1967's Daredevil #29 (by Lee, Gene Colan and John Tartaglione) shows Matt Murdock being thrilled about proposing to Karen Page. On the way to getting back to Karen, he bumps into a familiar face...

Fifty issues later, ol' hornhead bumped into Stan again in 1971's Daredevil #79 (by Gerry Conway, Gary Friedrich, Gene Colan and Tom Palmer)...

Go the next page for the next eight cameos!

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