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Comic Book Easter Eggs – Byrne’s Barney Rubble…Rubble

All throughout July, I will be sharing with you three comic book “easter eggs” a day. An easter egg is a joke/visual gag/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!


John Byrne has a really neat gag that he occasionally used which was when he would draw rubble he would sneak a drawing of Barney Rubble (from the Flintstones) into the actual rubble.

Here is one such instance from Sensational She-Hulk #39…

You can enlarge the page to get a better look. It is very well hidden (especially as it is colored the same as the rubble around it).

Very cool stuff from Byrne.

Thanks to JFJ for the e-mail suggestion!

Steele Yourself for this Cameo

In New Mutants Special Edition #1, Remington Steele and Laura Holt are vacationing on the same island that Storm and Karma are on…

Interesting cameo by Chris Claremont and Art Adams!

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

Hitman Roasting on an Open Fire

In Hitman #22, by Garth Ennis and John McCrea, a nuclear power plant worked becomes a radioactive killer in a stolen Santa Claus outfit…

Guess who is the boss of the nuclear power plant?

I like how Smithers is there as well as Mister Burns.

Thanks to Ollie M. 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!


Left side of the purple car bumper…

Eric L., Sofer, the Silver Age Fogey

July 14, 2011 at 4:37 am

I didn’t see Barney Rubble (a location to look would have been helpful) but I DID see Byrne exhorting us to “Buy this book!” in the lower right side…

…I can’t see the Barney Rubble image… Which section of the picture is it in?

I’m not seeing it, either. There’s something that kind of looks like a face right under “Buy this book” but I think that’s just coincidence.

Barney is just below Thing’s right thumb, in line with the right headlight of the smashed car

Barney is on the left side of the picture a little underneath the grill on the car.


July 14, 2011 at 4:55 am

Left side, near the car’s bumper.

what’s the image in the bottom right corner of the 2nd panel of the 1st Hitman page? hidden in the purple. Am i just imagining that that looks like something?

Ed (A Different One)

July 14, 2011 at 5:20 am

Wow – that Barney Rubble head is amazingly hard to see. Wouldn’t have found it w/o the kind directions from Looking In and Dcullen.

The “Buy this Book” did jump out at me pretty quickly though . . .

Ah! Found it! Thanks to Looking In, Dcullen and termostaattori for the help.

Chris Schillig

July 14, 2011 at 7:41 am

Found it! Thanks for the pointers.

Found the “Rubble” within the rubble……thanks guys.

Also, thanks for including the “Steele” moment from the New Mutants Special (that had the team and Storm ended up in Asgard, thanks to Loki).

interesting to find out Byrne would sneak in Barney rumble doing the play on words when he had to include rumble. and was waiting for the hitman cameo of burns and smithers to show up on this list

Holy cow! I never realized Ennis actually gave Pleghmgem an *origin story*!

Regarding the New Mutants special: What an odd place to split that sentence. “As well (pause) as can be expected.”

Knew about the rubble. I seem to be able to find them about half the time.

I was a fan of Remingston Steele and have read that issue a few times but totally missed that cameo somehow.

I don’t think I ever read that issue of Hitman but pretty cool cameo.

Even with the directions it took me a minute to find Barney, but now that I see it I can’t unsee it. Thanks for the help, everyone.

Speaking of Art Adams. The man adores MST3k. I know in the very first episode of Jonni Future (from TOM STRONG’S TERRIFIC TALES) when Jonni explores her uncle’s base, Crow and Tom Servo have cameos (among others).

Also, in Gen 13/Monkeman and O’Brien #1, during the opening splash Dr. Forrester and TV’s Frank are among the crowd. They even have lines complaining about how they did the alternate universe storyline first! (Druing MST3K’s “LAST OF THE WILD HORSES” episode).

I found Waldo…er, Barney Rubble with no help!
And it’s RemingTon Steele (no S)

Have we done John Williamson from Glengarry Glen Ross showing up in Ultimate Spider-Man yet? Wish I could remember the issue.

It was issue 68, page six, and aren’t you surprised that Bendis is a fan of Mamet?

Is the Hitman / Punisher Garth Ennis crossover character too explicit to count as an Easter egg?

The Burns/Smithers cameo is pricelsss!

Michael… The pause was meant to show a bit of apprehension about the subject.

Being that Karma had just recently been exorcised from possession by the Shadow King, and he’d gone on such a sensation trip after being bodiless for so long, that her body had ballooned to an absurdly morbid obese level, and she was not taking it well, having finally regained control of her (now roughly 200-300 kilogram) body.

And, as Mr. Steele had a tendency to somehow “know” things one didn’t expect him to have knowledge of, in the TV series, he would seem in that scene to have somehow acquired knowledge of the situation well enough to broach the subject with Ororo.

When they got to Asgard, something “manipulated” matters to where Karma (who was very depressed, and without will to live at all) forced herself to remain alive to care for a “lost child” that she found at her arrival point in a desert. In the process of keeping herself alive, in order to keep the child alive, for months in that wasteland, she shed all that mass and became very fit – at which time whatever guiding spirit the child was (something local, or perhaps her subconscious), disappeared, leaving her recovered from her ordeal with the Shadow King physically, if not emotionally.

In many ways, the scattering of the New Mutants across the realms presaged what was done with the Avengers in the Animated Series finale this year (each one ended up in a different realm, and Ororo was being set up by Loki to take the mantle of Goddess of Thunder) – though the mutants’ reunion took a lot longer subjective time than the latter.

I saw the “buy this book” first and couldn’t find the Barney until looking at the other comments.

I see another Barney underneath Wyatt’s right foot (left to us).

@ Brodie…..Are you sure…??

Because the only thing I’ve noticed were the words “Buy This Book” within the rubble where Wyatt’s at.

@ PaxHouse, directly to the left of Buy This Book, where his right foot would be.


I found the one on the left of the page fairly quickly, but I can’t figure out, for the life of me, how you see another one on the right. Can you perhaps circle it or something?

Left of Buy, under right (our left) foot, at an angle above left of the brown rubble, looks like he’s pointing at the Thing’s left (our right) foot or toward Renee’s name, He’s grey with black clothes on. Wouldn’t know how to circle it.

Found Barney. That was hard.

I think TNT138 made a catch – that looks like The Grinch to me. (Maybe this gets touched on in a later installment?)

It is the Grinch as Ennis is doing a take off of The Grinch Who Stole Christmas with the narration

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