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Comic Book Easter Eggs – Hal Jordan in Hulk and Claremont Brings the X-Men to DC With Him

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!

Can’t Leave Home Without Them…

In the mid-90s, Chris Claremont created a brand-new (creator-owned) series for DC Comics called Sovereign 7 (he co-created it with artist Dwayne Turner). The comic was about seven aliens from different worlds who were exiled together to Earth. Once there, they become superheroes. Their home base (and their place of employment) was a coffee bar called Crossroads. The very bar itself was an easter egg, as the properietors, Violet Smith and Pansy Jones…

were the stage names of Emma Bull and Lorraine Garland, a folk singing group known as The Flash Girls…

However, beyond that easter egg, the very nature of Crossroads was that it was, in fact, a crossroads – a place where you never know WHO will show up!

In issue #2, it is a short fellow who is really good at what he does…

In #3, it is Kitty Pryde, Illyana Rasputin and Lockheed!

Neat stuff. Sovereign 7 was a good comic.

Thanks to Niels for the e-mail suggestion!

Green Folks Tend to Stick Together

In Incredible Hulk #426, Bruce Banner is in a mental health facility. Guess who else is there?

Thanks to Fermin R. for the e-mail suggestion!

G.I. Joe – Threat or Menace?

In G.I. Joe #95, a fairly random cameo appears…

Thanks to yo go re 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.

NOTE: A word about suggestions. I’ve gotten so many (which is great – keep ‘em coming!) that I am going through them in the order that I receive them. So if you wonder why I did not credit you for a suggestion you sent in, it is because someone else sent it in first. No offense intended!


You left out the funniest panel of that Hulk scene.

“RARRRRRRRRRRR Hulk’s butt hurts!”

Fat lotta good all that homework ever did Illyana.

I give up. Who’s “Mr. J”? Must be a reference I’m not getting.

Never mind. I just figured it out. (never been much of a DC guy).

Cerebro, apologies if I missed the sarcasm, but the greyed temples and the power ring reference didn’t point you in the direction of a Mr J. currently flying around your local cinemas courtesy of DC and Ryan Reynolds? Mr Jordan. Not Michael Jordan but Mr Hal Jordan of green power ring and Green Lantern fame.

Sorry, posted that just as your follow up was obviously being posted.

What about Quasar’s whole Buried Alien cross-over (aka Barry Allen)?

I remember that issue of Hulk… I’ve never read Green Lantern to any great extent, but I was familiar with the then-current storylines and thought the “Mr. J” joke was rather amusing. It still seems pretty entertaining in fact. :-)

Initially read “Mr. J” before I read his lines and thought “The Joker”. Heh, that was Hal Jordan, Green Lantern, as Parallax.

I_Captain Blanco

July 12, 2011 at 7:32 am

I remember the Mr. J thing. Honestly, you could do an entire column on Pater David Easter Eggs alone – he seems to be on some sort of holy mission to put as many of them in his work as possible.

nice to see Sovereign 7 for loved always wondering who would show up at cross roads next. who chris would try to sneak in. plus always amazed dc did not have objections to hal be snuck into that hulk issue. for think thus the reason for mr. j. and love jamisons look when storm shadow comes crashing through the window.since at the time Marvel published gijoe

That’s prompted me to seek out and procure the Sovereign Seven trade. Thanks! :-)

Hehe, I remember my mind being boggled as a kid at the Jameson cameo in that GI Joe issue.

I remember the Mr. J one. When I got the artwork back, the artist–not getting what I was going for–actually drew in a glow on his finger to indicate the presence of the ring. I said, “No! If he has a green glow coming from his finger, he really IS Green Lantern. The gag has to be that he thinks he is.” So they fixed it.


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