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Comic Book Easter Eggs – Twin Peaks, Homicide: Life on the Street and More!

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!

No wonder Twin Peaks took so long to resolve its plots…it was tied into mutant comics!

In X-Factor #71, Valerie Cooper casually mentions her brother, who works for the FBI…

Of course, she is referring to Dale Cooper, from TV’s Twin Peaks, played by Kyle MacLachlan…

Cool stuff. Thanks to Tim B. for the e-mail suggestion!

Cable: Life on the Streets

In Cable #33, Jeph Loeb has an awesome little cameo of Frank Pembleton and Tim Bayless from the nifty TV series, Homicide: Life on the Street…

(click on the image to enlarge)

Thanks to Drew K for the e-mail suggestion!

Mo’ Cameos!

Philip Tan is from the Philippines. He pays tribute to his country and a popular radio show by sneaking TWO easter eggs into two separate issues of Batman and Robin. The show is called “Good Times With Mo.”

First, in Batman and Robin #4, Tan puts up a billboard for the show…

In #5, Mo himself shows up as a talk show interviewer…

That’s a loyal listener right there!

Thanks to Ejay P for the e-mail 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.

21 Comments

I also suggested the Agent Cooper reference a while ago. Thanks for sharing this anyway.

So Cable exists in the same universe as Homicide, which exists in the same universe as St. Elsewhere…

OMG! The Marvel Universe is all in a little boy’s snow globe!

And that little boy would grow up to be Immortus, master of time!

And he would be killed…by himself, as Kang!

Who would reveal himself to be…Franklin Richards!

Who was really a Skrull!

Who was really…ANOTHER Skrull!

Who was really…Bobby Ewing!

Does Valerie Cooper also love cherry pie?

Wonder what Valerie Cooper thinks about “Bob” taking over Agent Cooper?

I can’t wait till Peter Parker wakes up in bed from a terrible dream and MAJ is right there in the bed with him.

was waiting for the twin peaks referance in xfactor for love how val comes right out and almost says it is twin peaks cooper. the homicide referance never cared for cable will have to track down that issue

If you’re still looking for suggestions, how about the WE3 cameo in Transhuman by Hickman and Ringuet?

Oh man, that villain name is so 90s. Not Blacksmith but BLAQUEsmith. With a Q. So awesome.

PAD’s Incredible Hulk of the time also had some Twin Peaks references (Hulk#388, IIRC). PAD is like Mark Millar in that you don’t have to wonder which movies & tv shows he’s been watching.

Pablo Da Diablo

July 11, 2011 at 11:24 am

whilce portaco, also from the philippines, drew a philippine flag on colossus’ jacket in uncanny x-men. i don’t have the actual issue number but it was the one with the cover of storm and forge kissing.

John Trumbull

July 11, 2011 at 2:51 pm

I’m enough of a rabid Homicide fan that I immediately went, “They miscolored Frank & Tim’s trenchcoats!” Frank always had a light tan trenchcoat, and Tim’s olive green: http://awyeahmona.tumblr.com/post/7423502204/image-description-a-screencap-from-homicide

I remember Dirty Harry turning up in an X-men story from the late 80s/ early 90s run. Sorry I can’t be more specific. Anyone else remember this?
He was partnered up with a lady-cop who had more interaction with the X-Men. And I think Juggernaut was in it…but not totally sure…

Akaky Akakievich Bashmachkin

July 11, 2011 at 3:20 pm

I have a suggestion for the column. There was that one time when Wolverine killed the Sopranos.

The radio show “Good Times With Mo” held a contest on where listeners would think of unusual ways to promote the show. And this is Philip Tan’s entry for that contest. I don’t recall if he won.

Man, it’s weird to hear the phrase “cameo from a Homicide detective” and NOT have it wind up being John Munch.

Yeah, why HASN’T Munch been in a comic book yet?

John Trumbull

July 15, 2011 at 6:02 pm

When I drew a Superman coloring book a few years back, I drew in Richard Belzer as one of the bystanders.

And don’t forget that he was Inspector Henderson on LOIS & CLARK.

I remember that line from x-factor, and knew enough of Twin Peaks to id the “Girl in a plastic bag” thing, but never tought Mclachlan’s character was also named Cooper… I’m not a big fan of David Lynch, but I love the soundtracks Angelo Badalamenti composed to some of his movies. I also remember Rick Jones mentioning a dead girl in a plastic bag in that Hulk issue that reveals Jim Wilson was HIV+.

To follow up on The Mutts’s comment, it seems that as of Cable #33, the Marvel universe is a subset of the Westphall-iverse. Who knew? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tommy_Westphall#The_Tommy_Westphall_Universe_Hypothesis

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