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Comic Book Easter Eggs – Hercules Sound Effects!

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!

Today we’re examining the wild, wacky world of the sound effects from the pages of Incredible Hercules, written by Greg Pak and Fred Van Lente.

Painful Sound Effect

From Incredible Hercules #124, Namora delivers a…low blow to Atlas…

Everyone’s a (n art) critic!

In #131, the sound effect coincides with the destruction of an abstract piece of art…

Editorial Tribute

In #120, the guys pay homage to the then-assistant editor of Incredible Hercules, Nate Cosby, with the following effect…

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.


Travis Pelkie

July 4, 2011 at 1:18 am

I think it was this site that clued me in to the SFX in Hercules. Very funny.

Although I should probably have my art history degree taken away because I’m not grasping the significance of the second panel of the art critic one. Even sounding it out’s not helping. Uh, me dum.

Oh, wait, that third letter’s a “D”, not an “O”, isn’t it? NOW I get it. Good thing I mentioned about my degree…

I suppose I can list this here, since I can’t remember which issue or who they’re fighting, but there’s a similar SFX thing to the last bit in an issue of Marvel Adventures:Avengers, where the SFX are the names of the creators.

But yeah, this Herc run had a lot of great SFX bits in it.

My favorite of theirs was the issue where Herc and Thor are dressed as each other and engaged in a battle royale. At one point one of them twists the others’ nipples, with a large NURPL sound effect.

Of course the word is in purple.

You could fill the entire month with nothing but Incredible Hercules sound effects, God love ‘em..

In one of the last couple of issues (or is it the last issue?) of the World War Hulk miniseries, I think there were two SFX that caught my eye: GRGGPAKK!! and JRJRJRJRJRJRJR (not the exact typing, by the way, sorry). I thought that second one was great, being a longtime John Romita, Jr. fan.

Sorry, I sent that message to the wrong section…

Yeah, there was definitely a funny one in the last issue of the Ares fight… I think it might have been another PAK one. I can’t remember now, thought!

love the sound the writers made when Atlas wound up getting having his family junk meet Namoria fist plus nice tribute to the editor in the last pick sounding like a sonic boom and herc joking sorry not my type

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Those sound effects are awesome, always remind me the old ‘Batman’ series.

Herc rules!!


I prefer Sissy-Poof

I remmber a PAD story where the effect was ‘Rakolamb!”

oh and in a bit of irony, it’s because of another comic book story (Well, Wild Cards) that I got the art joke.

My favorite sound effects were in the last issue of Paul Cornell and Leonard Kirk’s Dark X-Men. The team was inside Normal Osborn’s mind and all the sound effects were the names of famous psychologists.

Love the first one. So funny

In Don McGregor and Marshall Rogers Detectives Inc. there is a scene in a Japanese restaurant where the sound of customers clapping is lettered in a circle.
A literal round of applause.

for the record, the painting homaged in the second picture is the garden of earthly delights by hieronymus bosch. and yes, you should have your art history degree revoked :)

A Peter David Hulk (I think) story included the sound effect “CHUQCHUQCHUQ” (the sound of someone being rolled over by a tank), from fan Chuq von Rospach.

During the Assault on Olympus story arc there were a few of these as well, like ‘Brevoorted!!’ thrown in there.

Alwayys loved the one with Zeus punching Herc in the face with a “Papa-Krak!”.

I loved the fight vs Thor and they did a Nirple and it was purple.

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