Axel-In-Charge: Unmasking the "Totally Awesome Hulk"
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…
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 firstname.lastname@example.org! 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!
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