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Comic Book Easter Eggs – Ultimate Glengarry Glen Ross?

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!

ABC, Always Be Crawling (webs, that is)

In Ultimate Spider-Man #68, a fight almost breaks out in the hallway of Peter Parker’s school….

a teacher breaks it up…

Sound familiar?

That’s John Williamson, the office manager from Glengarry Glen Ross, played most famously in the film version by Kevin Spacey.

His most famous line is almost certainly when he tells one of the salesmen in the office to get out of his face by telling him repeatedly to go to lunch.

As reader Applemask, who suggested it, notes – it is extremely surprising to see Brian Michael Bendis putting in a shout out to David Mamet, as the two have nothing at ALL in common.

Thanks for the suggestion, Applemask, although, again, please e-mail your suggestions!

A ninja, a mutant and a blind guy walk into a bar…

Robert D suggested this scene from All Star Batman and Robin #3…

where you can clearly see Elektra, Matt Murdock and Logan all in the bar.

Thanks for the e-mail suggestion, Robert!

Merry Christmas, Frank!

Here’s a really subtle easter egg cameo, one that was totally the doing of the artist, Joe Madureira. In Uncanny X-Men #341, he has Cannonball walk past the Punisher on the street…

Maybe you don’t want to be walking around with the skull on your jacket, Frank. The police turn a blind eye to you normally, but being so obvious about it might not be a good idea.

Thanks to Rob G. 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!

16 Comments

Travis Pelkie

July 15, 2011 at 7:55 am

Missed that one in ASBAR. Cool.

Bendis is a fan of Mamet?

Bendis is a fan of Mamet.

A fan?

Of Mamet.

He’s a fan of Mamet?

Bendis.

A fan?

Of Mamet.

So Bendis is a fan of Mamet?

Yes.

Ok, that’s enough of that.

@ Travis Pelkie: nicely done!

It would’ve been great if the students answered back to the teacher with “Where did you learn your trade, you stupid fucking c***?”

Sorry. I didn’t notice the request until after I posted the comment. I did e-mail it as well afterwards.

was hoping to see the punisher cameo show up for even during the holidays the punisher seems like he would rather cap some one. and amazed to see in batman and robin grant and the artist could slip in such a blantent cemeo of dc main rivals. without normaly causing editorial fits.

I’m assuming Wolverine was shown wearing a hat so as not to make it TOO obvious. And Matt Murdock and Elektra could just as easily pass for two normal people in the bar.

The skull on Frank’s jacket is one thing, but he didn’t even close the jacket. You can see the big skull on his chest.

Elektra could just have easily been J-Lo with that stupid bandana.

Are you sarcastic about Bendis and Mamet? Bendis LOVES Mamet! Just read the letter columns in Powers. It’s almost all about Bendis’undying love for Mamet.

Art Adams likes throwing in MST3K cameos. In the first Jonni Future episode from TOM STRONG’S TERRIFIC TALES, while exploring her uncle’s base, Johnni passes two statues of Crow and Tom Servo.

Then, during the first page of GEN 13/MONKEYMAN & O’BRIEN, the Gen 13 kids pass a bunch of people on the street, including Dr. Forester and TV’s Frank. Forester laments that they did the issue’s alternate universe storyline themselves (during the episode featuring “LAST OF THE WILD HORSES”.

Yes, it was sarcastic. Travis Pelkies’ comment was a hint, and Bendis even interviewed Mamet for CBR, I think.

The Punisher Easter Egg reminds me of the Punisher Easter egg in the film SPIDER-MAN 2.

I loved all the X-Men Christmas books. Seemed every time they did it, an editor or writer would show up in a scene.

The best part of my bit is that I’ve never even seen/read any Mamet, just absorbed his “voice” through Bendis. (I’d say I was riffing more on Bendis’s self parody in the Powers story from the Oni Color Special 2001, where Madman dies. Great ending to that, too.)

On other Mamet trivia, it was suggested that the speaking style of the female professor in season 4 of Buffy was written as an homage to the way Mamet writes due to the actress being the ex wife of Mamet.

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So cool to see my recommendation make it to this website! Thank you Brian!

“As reader Applemask, who suggested it, notes – it is extremely surprising to see Brian Michael Bendis putting in a shout out to David Mamet, as the two have nothing at ALL in common. ”

What a retarded thing to say. I have nothing in common with Yoshiyuki Tomino. Should I not like Mobile Suit Gundam because of that?

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