Comic Book Easter Eggs - The Playboy/Spider-Man Connection

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

Big Mike Shirley suggested this bit from What If...? #19, where Peter Gillis, Pat Broderick and Mike Esposito answered the question "What if Spider-Man had Never Become a Crimefighter?"

In it, two comic strip characters from Harvey Kurtzman and Will Elder's Little Annie Fanny strip from Playboy are seen swooning over Spidey...

They are Annie (the titular character) and Wanda Homefree. Note Wanda's reference to "Harvey."

Thanks to Roger Stern for the correction on who Annie's friend was.

Commenter knuckes pointed out a neat Marshall Rogers tribute by Kelley Jones in 2010's Joker's Asylum: Clayface one-shot...

Reader Kenneth U. suggested this bit from Immortal Iron Fist #16 (drawn by David Aja), the end of the Matt Fraction/Ed Brubaker run...

As you can see, Brubaker and Fraction are on the right side of the panel, wearing the logos of their respective creator-owned titles, Casanovs and Criminal. David Aja pointed out on his Twitter that the men on the left hand side are editors Warren Simons and Alejandro Arbona.

Aja also notes that on the next page, he drew himself and colorist Matt Hollingsworth as homeless guys...

Thanks for the head's up, David!

Okay, that is it for this week! Thanks for all the neat suggestions, folks!

If anyone wants to suggest a future easter egg, feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com

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