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Comic Book Easter Eggs – Bootsy Collins, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.?!?

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!

A Pair of Funkadelic Cameos

In the last issue of Super-Villain Team-Up, Peter Gillis introduces us to an AIM scientist named Clinton…George Clinton…

Later in the issue, we meet a SHIELD agent named William Collins…

To make things even plainer, Collins leads the “Bootsy squad” into battle…

Here is George Clinton and William “Bootsy” Collins together in their famous band, Parliament-Funkadelic…

Thanks to Jason Atomic for the suggestion. Jason wondered if there was anything more to it than Peter Gillis showing his love for P-Funk. I asked Gillis, and he said that nope, that was basically the gist of it. Gillis mentioned, though, that he worked a third member of Parliament-Funkadelic into another comic book he wrote around that time (early 1980s). Can any of you eagle-eyed fans out there name the member and the issue?

Another Wonder-ful Cameo

I’ve already showed you one Easter Egg from Gail Simone’s Wonder Woman run where she named a DMA agent after a real life person, and here, in Wonder Woman #26, Simone does it again….

Here’s the real life Mike D’Alessio with “Wonder Woman”….

Thanks to Martin Gray for the suggestion! And for quickly apologizing when he forgot to e-mail it to me!

Good ol’ What’s-his-name?

In Superman/Batman Annual #1, Clark Kent and Bruce Wayne are attacked by Deathstroke as well as the Crime Syndicate. However, since the evil versions of Clark Kent and Bruce Wayne are both there, how about the GOOD version of Deathstroke? Yep, it’s just who you guessed (and someone the writer of the issue, Joe Kelly, is quite familiar with)…

A funny gag throughout the issue is the fact that he can never say his name before someone incapacitates him…

Thanks to sylar wesker for the suggestion!

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.

28 Comments

I’m so ashamed. I read those STVU stories in the Essential volume about two years ago, and I’m actually rather fond of Parliament/Funkadelic, but I completely missed those references…

That last one isn’t exactly a hidden gem or anything…it’s been on both Deathstroke’s and Deadpool’s wikipedia pages for years now.

Am I the only one troubled by a black scientist (a member of an evil organization, but still black) joining forces with the Red Skull and Hate Monger?

Was that really Deathstroke: The Terminator or Deadpool?

It’s a shame they didn’t collect the annuals when they put out the trades of Superman/Batman. Was there some legal reason for the exclusion of the annuals in the collected editions or was it just a dick move?

Peter Gillis wrote a sequel to the SuperVillain TeamUp story in a Captain America Annual (#7, I think), that featured Clinton’s protege, Bernard (“Bernie”) Worrell.

Whoa, that Superman/Batman annual was drawn by Ottley, Murphy, AND McGuinness? That’s one hell of an artistic line-up.

Why the hell did Gillis think it was a good idea to make George Clinton buddy buddy with an ersatz klansman?

Superman/Batman Annual #1 is a gas. It’s basically a warped retelling of the classic first meeting between the heroes, with the Crime Syndicate thrown in. Aside from Joe Kelly, I don’t know how many writers can get away with having Bruce and Clark sniping at each other while sharing a bed. Oh, they’re fully clothed, but it’s still hysterical.

Hi, a lot (and I mean a LOT) of ester eggs can be find in Alan Moore Top T’en.

was it the guy that wore the diaper? or sir nose d’voidoffunk? That would rule!

Am I the only one troubled by a black scientist (a member of an evil organization, but still black) joining forces with the Red Skull and Hate Monger?

A.I.M. was originally founded by Nazi Baron Strucker as an engineering branch of HYDRA, so if Dr. Clinton wasn’t OK with Nazis he picked the wrong evil organization to join.

hes from the planet funkatron. i guess they do things diffrent there!

One funny thing about the implication that Wade Wilson/Deadpool is an antimatter equivalent of Slade Wilson/Deathstroke is that Slade really did have a half-brother named Wade, one of the many Ravagers in Deathstroke’s family. That Wade was introduced in 1994, a few years after Deadpool first showed up. His costume was a bit like Deadpool’s and it seemed like Marv Wolfman’s way of saying screw-you to Marvel for ripping off his character, particularly because Wade wasn’t nearly as competent as Slade and was killed off pretty quickly. (At least Wolfman gave him a different last name, Wade LaFarge.)

Oh! I just caught that Dr. Clinton is a founding member of A.I.M. So yeah, he’d definitely worked with Nazis before.

“Agent Bootzilla! Let us funk, and let us roll!”

So that Superman/Batman annual was never collected? That’s a shame. Guess I’ll have to try to find that backissue.

Cheers Brian, thanks for running the Funkadelic SVTU Egg, that was a strange little story which also had a nice Steranko SHIELD reference. When Bootsy Squadron attack the Red Skull’s base the do so with a captured Hydra Doomsday Horn

Hey, and sorry for missing your email request too;) if I think of any more I’ll steer clear of the comments section.

“It’s a shame they didn’t collect the annuals when they put out the trades of Superman/Batman. Was there some legal reason for the exclusion of the annuals in the collected editions or was it just a dick move?”

The annual was collected in SUPERMAN/BATMAN: THE GREATEST STORIES EVER TOLD (www.dccomics.com/dcu/comics/?cm=6780).

love the riff on dead pool and deathstroke in the super man batman annual . for the fake deadpool is just as hilerious as the real one. plus also can not believe the scientist clinton founded aim and joined with the hate monger and red skull of all bad guys

Ooh, thanks for the heads up Darren!

Generally speaking, while Baron Strucker has been known to spout racist and anti-Semitic insults from time to time, he’s typically been depicted as being a lot less obsessed with “racial purity” than Hitler / Hate-Monger or the Red Skull. (Mind you, this has varied from writer to writer.) Strucker is usually more concerned with Fascist ideology than blind bigotry. So I can easily see him recruiting black scientists if he believed that they would be an asset in enabling Hydra to conquer the world.

Why the hell did Gillis think it was a good idea to make George Clinton buddy buddy with an ersatz klansman?

Despite the hood, the Hate-Monger was less a KKK type than .. well, Hitler. Cloned body, Hitler brain. Not that that’s any better, goodness knows.

Ed (A Different One)

July 11, 2011 at 6:58 am

I came rather late to the party on Deadpool, mostly because he came to prominence during a time period when I had thought I’d sworn off comics for good, but that Deadpool/Deathstroke riff in the Batman/Superman Annual is to die for. That’s the kind of stuff that makes comics worth coming back to.

Bootsy Collins also shows up in an issue of The Invisibles: when Ragged Robin and King Mob visit the Invisible College, he’s seen on the background. I don’t know if it was Morrison or Yeowell who decided to add him there, but it would make a lot sense if the members of Parliament/Funkadelic are Invisibles.

Despite the hood, the Hate-Monger was less a KKK type than .. well, Hitler. Cloned body, Hitler brain. Not that that’s any better, goodness knows.

Hate Monger was always a confused allegory that never really made sense and probably did more harm than good in battling American racist movements (and that’s without getting into the blatant red baiting). Still, it seems like an obvious no-no to make the front man of one of the most famous afrofuturists hold hands with Hooded Hitler. Making him a founding member of Advanced Idea Mechanics? That’s a pretty great idea, but there were other AIM villains available.

Gail does that sort of thing fairly often; she had a fan from Singapore appear as a translator in a couple of issues of BIRDS OF PREY (a guy named Tony who used to post under the handle “Yogo”); she had him shot to death at the end. She also killed me twice in two issue of SECRET SIX (actually a father and son with the same name).

Mike McAllister

April 15, 2013 at 8:31 pm

Did you notice the part where the Deadpool copy called Bruce Wayne a “capitalist pig” ? Why should Bruce Wayne be judged so harshly for being a millionaire ? Who ever said millionaires had to give away their money and sleep on the sidewalk ?

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