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Comic Book Easter Eggs – Cross-Company Honeymoon and Bathroom FX!

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!

Quite a Honeymoon!

In 1994′s X-Men #30, Jean Grey and Scott Summers got married…

Soon after, they appear in Jim Lee’s WildC.A.T.S. #8…

Very sweet tribute by Lee.

Thanks to sylar wesker for the suggestion!

Bathroom-Related Sound Effects

In Alan Davis’ Excalibur #43, the team is trying to make due with their alien house guests, but it is difficult…

Note the effect on page 2 – “Ba-Throom! ”

Very clever (and yes, as you might imagine, he was NOT lying about what happened in the bathroom, as we discover later on)

Thanks to Jeff Ryan for suggesting this one!

King Arthur Making the Rounds

In the nifty Ghostbusters: Displaced Aggression mini-series from a couple of years ago (written by Scott Lobdell and drawn by Ilias Kyriazis), Ray is stuck in the time of King Arthur.

Here they are…

Note King Arthur. Besides the different coloring used, it is the same King Arthur from Mike Barr and Brian Bolland’s legendary Camelot 3000…

Cute stuff.

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.

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Hooray for Excalibur #43! My all-time favorite Easter egg, because I got that issue when it came out, and I noticed the joke on my own, without having somebody else point it out. (Of course, there’s a sign on the door that reads “bathroom,” which makes it a lot easier to notice, but I’m still giving myself credit.)

Hulk: Future Imperfect has a Where’s Waldo cameo in a giant crowd scene in the spread than opens up the first issue. The bots from MST3K (Crow and Tom Servo) show up in rubble int he second issue, but in the collected edition they’ve been removed, I guess because George Perez is only allowed to have so much fun in a comic.

Oh, and there’s a While Portacio Punisher issue where he’s walking on a NYC street and for some reason the X-Men are behind him: I think Portacio was getting ready to switch over to uncanny and wanted to have his own little crossover.

was hoping excalibur 43 would show up in this colum for love how kitty goes nuts when the bathroom gets a taste of the lizzard guy and brian pulls one on kitty. jean and cyclops honey moon love jean telling cyclops to focus on them not that maybe wildcat characters may be mutatants

I think it was that same issue of WildCATs that also had Clark Kent and Lois Lane in the background. (If it wasn’t the same issue, it was one right around that same time.)

I remember for a while in the late 80s, it seemed like GrimJack was popping up everywhere. The only example I can think of off the top of my head though would be when he ended up being the contact that the Starjammers met up with in Uncanny X-Men #200.

Also, There’s Superman (current run) #50, which pretty much stated that Myxzlplix was also The Impossible Man.

one easter egg is excalibur the other holds excalibur. Coolness.

I have to admit, I’m not seeing the Camelot 3000 one. The headpiece is different, the brooch holding on the cape is different, the handle of the sword is different. I’d be more convinced if any of the artists were the same. Is somebody on the record that it was intended as a reference?

Don’t forget Buried Alien from Quasar.

Yeah, I’m inclined to think there’s less of an ‘homage’ in the Ghostbusters and more of a swipe.

Excalibur is full of them, I’ll get my old collection of Wolverines (here in Brazil they were published along with Canucklehead in his comic) and try to scan some of them. Along with Hulk, they were the most enjoyable stories from that period.
And about the Jean/Cyclops cameo in that issue of WildCats, the previous pages also featured Lois and Clark (as DrunkenFist already mentioned), middle-aged versions of Beavis & Butthead and two pale-skinned guys, one a short asian guy with a big smile on his face and the other, a tall redhead dude eating ice cream, that I strongly suspect to be Jim Lee and J. Scott Campbell. Funny thing is, the cruiser ship they were all in exploded shortly after the scene pictured above, killing everyone but the WildCats.

actually, in that last panel, the Ghostbusters one, I’m also an easter egg. I’m the third knight from the left, the one with his back half turned. It helps to be a friend of the writer and artist ;)

Voodoo & Spartan appears in the beginning of X Men’s episode “Orphan’s End” (answer to WildC.A.T.S. #8) and Voodoo, only, in X Men’s episode “Nightcrawler”.

niceeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

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