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Comic Book Easter Eggs – Charles Bronson, Pinky and the Brain and Legion Fireworks!

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!

One is a genius, the other is insane

In the pages of The Incredible Hulk #438 AND #439, we see Pinky and the Brain make a little cameo…

Thanks to yo go re for suggesting this one (and especially thanks for e-mailing the suggestion as I asked)

Wish for Death

In Amazing Spider-Man #331, Spider-Man and Punisher team-up to stop a miliary school commandant who is using the school to deal drugs. For whatever reason, the bad guy is made to look like Charles Bronson, including a reference to his famous “Death Wish” films…

Thanks to Chris for the suggestion (although please use e-mail next time)!


You might recall that the first easter egg posting included Neal Adams using a special effect to hide the phrase “Hey, a Jim Steranko Effect.”

Well, in Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes #217, the great Mike Grell did a similar thing in this panel, only instead the explosion reads, “Holy Cow! Dig the Fireworks!”

Thanks to commenter DP for the suggestion (although please use e-mail next time!)

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.


“For whatever reason, the bad guy is made to look like Charles Bronson”

Wasn’t The Punisher himself based on ‘Death Wish’? That would seem to be the connection.

nice finds! I forgot about Pinky and the Brain, that was the first cartoon I was aware of geared to adult audiences, unless Ren & Stimpy blowing their nose counts.

Sean I think Brian might have to do a Legends… about Punisher/Death wish, I don’t think he has. Death Wish was originally a book published in 1972, then Punisher first appeared in Feb 1974 Spidey issue, then the Death Wish move came in summer 1974. I think its more of a Dennis the Menace US/UK synchronicity. Crime in NY in the early 70’s was so bad, the idea of the common man fighting back was not so daring.

You should feature the homage David Aja did of Oesterheld, the argentinian comic book writer who was murdered by the last militar junta. In Immortal Iron Fist #3, he included a poster which read “Where is Oesterheld?” in the background.

oops sorry for not usign the e-mail, i couldn’t find it first time i skimmed through :/

He doesn’t just look like Bronson — His name in the story is “Colonel Buchinsky;” Buchinsky was Bronson’s surname by birth.

I really do not want to know what kind of superpowers a character named Jailbait had.

I think someone already mentioned it but in Radioactive Man (Bongo Comics) #216, they have a similar scene to the one Neal Adams did with the “Jim Steranko” effect, saying “Hey, A Neal Adams Ripoff!”

was hoping the pinky and the brain and charles bronson omage would both show up on this list. for love how the art shows what pinky and the brain would look like as real mice plus intrigued some one named a character jail bait.

There was also a Sovereign Seven annual in which Pinky & The Brain hire Lobo to.. do some kind of convoluted Claremont shenanigans, I forget the details.

sandwich eater

July 9, 2011 at 3:00 pm

In that issue of spider-man the commandant reveals that he was part of a military conspiracy to replace the gold standard, and back up our currency with illegal drugs. I always found that really wacky and amusing.

Charles Bronson also appeared in one panel of the Death Of Jean DeWolf story. I wonder now if it was actually the first appearance of this guy.

nice finds! I forgot about Pinky and the Brain, that was the first cartoon I was aware of geared to adult audiences, unless Ren & Stimpy blowing their nose counts.

Rocky & Bullwinkle from 30 years prior might have a say in that.

The “dig the fireworks” panel is a fun idea, but it’s so obvious it took me right out of what should have been a very powerful moment.

Also, what does Mike Grell have against pants?

Pinky and The Brain figures also appeared in Marvel vs. DC, FYI.

Oh, those Mike Grell legs – I know he’s a big lad but Colossal Boy looks to be in two different time zones.

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