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Comic Book Easter Eggs – Claremont, Cockrum, Miracleman and More!

All throughout July, I will be sharing with you three comic book “easter eggs” a day. An easter egg is an 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!

Sunday in the Park with Chris and Dave

In X-Men #105, Dave Cockrum and Chris Claremont are plotting out another issue of X-Men when they get interrupted by…one of the X-Men…

Cute stuff by Claremont and the late, great Cockrum.

Just Another Miracleman in the Crowd

Gavin, over at the neat Batman blog, The Batman Quest, sent in this one.

Standing in the crowd in a scene in Dark Knight #4 is…

Yep, someone dressed like Miracleman!

Neat! Thanks, Gavin!

The Yarbroughs and Wonder Woman, a Match Made in Heaven

Longtime CBR reporter Beau Yarbrough saw his wedding to Jennifer Ellis get promoted in the pages of Wonder Woman #148 by the great Yanick Paquette…

Years later, Gail Simone named a character in Wonder Woman after their son, James…

Thanks to yo go re for suggesting this one. Very cool of Paquette and Simone!

If you can think of an easter egg/in-joke that you would like to see me feature, drop me a line at bcronin@comicbookresources.com! DON’T make suggestions in the comments section, so as to not spoil the surprise for when I end up actually featuring your suggestion.

18 Comments

Oh-kayyy…am I the only one who thinks that it’s a little weird that the Department of Metahuman Affairs has a CO-ED shower?

T’wasn’t JUST Dave Cockrum and Chris Claremont making that cameo…
Jim Shooter is the tall brown-haired man,
and (I can’t recall if it was) Paty (Cockrum) (or is it Glynis Oliver ; Aka Glynis Wein, I forget which was ) is also in there.

I could look it up, but I’m SURE someone knows for sure which female creator is in there.

Also, in X-Men # 98 (“Merry Christmas, X-Men”) appear cameos by; Stan Lee; Jack Kirby; Chris Claremont and Julius Schwartz.

In an issue of IRON FIST (# 15), Dave Cockrum, John Byrne, Chris Claremont and various wives/dates are shown and have speaking parts.
The joke was that the three men are talking off in the corner and one wife asks another; “which one is yours?” and the other woman replies “The blond with the beard.” as all three men were portrayed as bearded blondish men.

That was one of (if not THE) first times Byrne drew the X-Men.

~P~

nice for i remember that issue of x-men with dave telling chris to run for thought it was interesting to see the writters of the book crossing path with the characters. miracle man always wondered how dc and frank miller managed to pull that off with out the rights holder to miracle man noticing. the last one talk about true fan loyalty rewarded not only a wedding announcement but the couples own kid getting his own character in a comic.

The first one may be a double-Easter egg, since the “incredible sound effect” is FOOM!

(For you youngsters, FOOM was Marvel’s mid-70s fan magazine.)

I was just reading about that Uncanny X-Men #105 panel the other day in a Claremont interview. When he was linking it, apparently Bob Layton erased the other woman in the panel and drew himself into it (the interview says the woman’s name is “Peggy”… but I’m assuming that’s a typo and they actually meant Paty, Dave’s wife).

http://www.nycgraphicnovelists.com/2011/06/chris-claremont-on-evolving-x-men-part.html

Am I the only one who finds it a teeny bit weird that Dave Cockrum, RIP, and Chris Claremont looked so alike? What is it they say about old couples looking alike?

Travis Pelkie

July 4, 2011 at 1:05 am

The oddest part about the Miracleman in DKR is how incongrous an element the guy is on that page. He’s just there, and while he’d fit in on a page with the Mutants and stuff, it’s really weird that he’s there.

Anyone know if Miller was ever asked about putting that one in? Just a neat little shout out to Alan Moore?

Which reminds me, Dick Giordano wrote a column (the old “Meanwhile” editorial page in DC books in the mid ’80s) where he discussed his “typical” day. Thinking about it, I wonder if he was compressing the timeline a bit, but he talks about reading, on the same train ride to or from work, both the script to DKR 1 and the proposal for Watchmen (I’m not positive he calls them by name, they may just be “the Batman project Frank Miller’s working on and Alan Moore’s maxiseries with characters based on the Charlton heroes”). SO cool that he’d get to read BOTH on the same day.

That’s 1986 for you.

I remember that Meanwhile … column, he was on the train, wasn’t he?

More Wonder Woman cameos: Gail Simone introduced DMA agent Mike D’Alessio, based on Wonder Woman fan, er, Mike D’Alessio.

http://mujermaravilla.blogspirit.com/archive/2010/04/18/mike-d-alessio-meets-wonder-woman.html

http://www.comicvine.com/michael-dalessio/29-58643/

I can’t believe I never spotted that Miracleman costume

“FOOM” was another Marvel official fan club, after the MMMS (Merry Marvel Marching Society). It simply stood for “Friends Of Ol’ Marvel.”

During JMS’s Spider-Man run, the Mike Deodato issues had a lot of brazilian references, like News Announcer William Bonner and TV Host Jô Soares.

I can’t believe I never spotted that Miracleman costume

Gavin even mentioned that in the e-mail he sent to me suggesting it – that he bet that I (not specifically me – he just meant everyone in general) had read that scene millions of times without noticing it, just as he did.

Since we’re mentioning appearances by the creators in early “new” X-Men stories: John Byrne appears as himself in a restaurant in Uncanny X-Men #121, the second part of the first Alpha Flight story.

Also in X-Men #98 Oliver Queen and Dinah Lance, Clark Kent and Lois Lane, and Doctor Doom ice skating.

I’m pretty sure the Miracleman appearance in DKR was a rueful sort of in-joke. At that point, as I recall, both books were EXTREMELY late, and much-anticipated (as DKR #4 was the final issue and the concurrent Miracleman was the stunning #15). So I always interpreted it as sort of a tip of the hat from one late, hotly-awaited book to another.

“In X-Men #105, Dave Cockrum and Chris Claremont are plotting out another issue of X-Men when they get interrupted by…one of the X-Men…” so Firelord is one of the X-men now? when did this happen??

That is quite clearly a classic Marvelman costume, not Moore’s reboot version. I don’t doubt Miller was familiar with the (far superior) Miracleman, but he’d be recognizable even to Brits who’d stopped reading comics in the 1950s, I’d think.

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