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Comic Book Easter Eggs – Clark, Lois, Beavis, Butthead, the X-Men and Waldo!

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!

The Issue That Keeps on Giving

Yesterday, we saw how WildCATS #8 had an appearance by Scott Summers and Jean Grey while on their honeymoon. However, earlier in the issue, there were not one, but TWO other cross-company cameos!

Check it out….

(click to enlarge)

You have Clark and Lois, but you also have middle-aged Beavis and Butthead in the background! I’m sure the other characters have some meaning, as well, but I don’t know what. Anyone?

I was planning on featuring this one today no matter what, but I will note that commenter Drunken Fist mentioned it in the comments to yesterday’s piece.

A Precursor of Things to Come

In 1989′s Punisher #18, Whilce Portacio has the X-Men show up on page 1. Perhaps Portacio was serving notice that he’d like a crack at the famous mutants? In 1991, he got the chance, as he drew and plotted Uncanny X-Men (before that, he also had a stint on X-Factor)…

Thanks to Jeff Ryan for the suggestion! E-mail your suggestions though, Jeff!

The Easter Egg That Challenges You

In Hulk: Future Imperfect #1, George Perez hid Waldo, of Where’s Waldo? fame, somewhere in this double-page spread. See if you can find him!

(click on the image to enlarge, naturally – I scanned it in BIG so you could see it easily)

Thanks to Jeff Ryan again!

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. Remember, Jeff Ryan, E-MAIL!

36 Comments

Pete Woodhouse

July 6, 2011 at 2:06 am

Re: Wildcats other background figures – they look to me like they could be a couple of characters from King Of The Hill?

Definitely some similarities, but the King of the Hill had not yet debuted in 1994.

I guess there are lots of background figure easter eggs, I remember Byrne hiding Popeye in a party in Shi’ar empire…(googling brought no pictures but a reference that it took place in UXM 125)
And there was also an extended Calvin & Hobbes cameo in some superhero book, I remember the layout of the first panel but not what book it was (splash first page of an issue, fairhaired boy with plush tiger running away from the baddie in the background…Daredevil? Spidey? Some mutant book?)

Of extended easter eggs, there’s then D.U.C.K. by Don Rosa (letters hidden somewhere in the first panel of his comics)

One I remember, it was from Erik Larsen’s run on Amazing Spider-Man, where he teams up with the Punisher (I think something like issues 332 or 333).

Punisher interrogates a guy ‘Have you got some sort of death wish?’ The guy is drawn to look like Charles Bronson. Very funny.

Speaking of cameos from other comic universes, one I distinctly remember to this day is an appearance by Mike Doonesbury and Zonker Harris in the opening splash page (somewhere on the lower right-hand corner) of Peter Parker, Spectacular SM #58 (or #59?) – the one where Spidey fights the Ringer. I remember it so well because I was just starting to get into Doonesbury at the time – I was so proud of myself that I even wrote a letter to the editor to boast about it, which of course never got published…

That Perez spread is outstanding. I found Waldo, by the way, although it was pretty hard because he isn’t in color – it initially confounded me because I kept looking for red and white stripes…

George Perez is the most amazing comic artist ever.

This post has an easter egg: get the cool, get the cool shoe shine.

In the Whilce Portacio piece I’m pretty sure he drew himself into the panel as well. The guy in the purple sweater in the lower left corner. http://images.wikia.com/imagecomics/images/2/21/Whilce_portacio.jpg

Hey, I’ve got a great idea for an easter egg! In…oh, wait, I’ll e-mail it.

Agreed, Peter. That certainly looks like Whilce.

Ah, sorry about the comment above, should have mailed it…

Anyway, I too found Waldo :)

Jimmy? Is that Jimmy Olsen at the beach resort?

Future Imprefect has lots of easter eggs. In the Trophy Room for example.

I’d also add Avengers Forever for some Easter eggs.

Wildcats, I think the bald guy with glasses may be Duke from Doonsberry, his gf withe the black hair on his right, back to us?

Peter, you beat me to it! That’s a self-portrait of Whilce. Here he is from around the same time period: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LyfbW7CiTrU

I seem to recall it’s been featured on CSBG in the past, but as Lois and Clark cameos go it’s hard to beat their appearance in Simonson’s Thor.

always knew about the lois and clark cameo in wild cats but to find beavis and butthead also . and that perez spread shows how much a great artist Perez is at doing big crowd scenes. though never bothered to look for waldo .

After desperately searching, I found Waldo!
Perez is so great.

I had totally forgotten about the middle-aged Beavis & Butt-Head in that panel, hehe.

Annoyed Grunt

July 6, 2011 at 12:48 pm

I remember a letter a few issues later bitching about that X-men cameo, saying it was pointless and that they should have done something cool.

Ed (A Different One)

July 6, 2011 at 1:27 pm

In a recent FF issue, there was a cool Easter Egg (this is pre-Johnny Storm death) where the “now temporarily human Thing” went out to dinner with some old friends. It was interesting to see who they drew in the booth with him . . .

I hereby declare today PhotoShop Waldo Into Great Works of Art Day. The Garden of Earthly Delights would be a good start.

I have no such skills of my own, so I delegate this task to the internet at large,

One of my old favorites is the John Byrne FF issue where Reed and Sue move to suburbia. All the neighbors at their first dinner party (except one*) are based on classic newspaper comic strip couples.

* The one who isn’t — and who skips the party — is based on the nosy neighbor lady from “Bewitched” and drives the plotline of a two-parter involving Doctor Strange.

Way back in the Claremont/ Bryne X-men (and perhaps an issue of What If? ?) there were at least two cameos of Popeye in crowd scenes. Can’t remember which issues exactly though…..anyone?

The woman in the background of WildCATS #8 looks like Maxine from the obnoxious greeting-card series. I don’t know about the man, but his shirt may say “Victor.”

Although neither Peter David nor George Perez have never officially confirmed it, I still think the alien at the bottom of the two page Hulk spread saying “Hello” is wearing Robby Reed’s classic Dial (H for Hero) on his left shoulder.

I found Waldo, too!

1. I found Waldo in Perez’s illustration, but I think Perez may have snuck in Ebineezer Scrooge as well!

At the doorway of the ruined manse at mid-right, we may see a tableau from a film version of a “Christmas Carol.” There is a scene where a tall man and a shorter man visit Scrooge asking for help for the poor and I wouldn’t be surprised if that is what is what Perez may have had in mind when he drew that part of the Hulk scene. It might be coincedence, though…

2. In the Wildcats image, it’s appropriate that the character is asking “What are you looking at?” Seems to be the theme of the image. Open the larger version of the image, and change the zoom level of your browser to 400%. Then focus on Lois Lane. Note her eyeline and follow it. Here’s a hint: it’s just to the object behind and slightly below the foreground figure’s wrist. Yes, _that_ object, not quite shapeless, but appropriately colored red and blue (in this resolution). Super.

Now, if you are not too creeped out, move to the (so-far) unknown figures–not Bevis and Butthead, that other couple of guys. Check out _their_ eyeline. Are you thinking what I’m thinking?

“Future Imperfect” I’ll take credit for. George sent me the pencils for the double paged spread and I said to him, “You should really get Waldo in there somewhere.” And when the inks came in, lo and behold, there was Waldo. However we couldn’t color him correctly because there was concern about legal blowback.

Now Rick Jones’s trophy room, on the other hand, which is Easter Egg nirvana–THAT was all George. I requested Cap’s shield, Thor’s helmet, Wolvie’s skeleton, and the Surfer’s shield. Other than that, everything in that room came from George.

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besides portacio and x-men…he also drew parker getting chewed out by jonah in that panel…

Wow, silly me… Left a comment at the 7/4 entry talking about beavis and butthead without noticing this one. But as I said there, I think these unnamed guys may be Jim Lee and J. Scott Campbell. Every photo I see of Jim, he’s always smiling… Of course, it’s not this creepy smiling the little guy has up there, but maybe he’s just admiring his creation. But then again, that guy is a little too chubby to be him…

can’t really tell if that’s beavis and butthead without seeing if “butthead” has no upper lip :p

@Just_Lurking: that guy seems to be jackin’ off..good eye :) when i read “scrooge” i started looking for a duck, which i thought i saw…hehe

Am I wrong or is Lois reading the planet while on vacation.

Robert, that seems to be the intent, or why else put the word “Daily” on the back page of a newspaper? Sigh. Every bullpen needs one autistic guy on staff who can tell you when you’ve performed an invalid spatial rotation. Misplacing text on a drawn newspaper is SO common in fact, that I suspect errors outnumber realism.

In the double spread of future imperfect…is that Luffy from one piece?! on top of the middle left word balloon?

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