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Comic Book Easter Eggs – John Byrne Celebrates an Anniversary in the Pages of X-Men

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!

And I Would Draw 500 Pages…

In X-Men #137, John Byrne drew his 500th page as the artist on X-Men. He celebrated the occasion in a really clever fashion…

Thanks to Andrew F. for the e-mail suggestion!

Bullying Across Two Media Franchises!

In Young Justice #3, Traya (Red Tornado’s daughter) is accosted by some very familiar looking bullies…

Yep, Todd Nauck snuck in Kearney, Jimbo and Dolph from the Simpsons…

Thanks to Bill K. for the e-mail suggestion!

The REALLY Odd Couple

In Amazing Spider-Man, check out who is having an argument (or discussion, I suppose) ahead on the street in front of Peter and Mary Jane…

I wonder what Logan and Frank talk about in their free time.

Thanks to Aaron 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!

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In the case of Young Justice, I could honestly see Peter David including that reference in his notes to Nauck.

Maybe Frank is telling logan to shave his mutton chops.

Logan and Frank are probably arguing about who is the best at what they do and the fact that what they do isn’t very nice.

I could see it too, but I don’t have the script. Maybe Todd knows or remembers.

PAD

#137 was one of the first times I noticed a hidden easter egg like that. After that I had a long period of really closely looking over book I bought.

Similar to Byrne commemorating his 500th page in Uncanny 137, in Uncanny 225 inker Dan Green includes an easter egg noting that it is the 100th issue of Uncanny lettered by Tom Orzechowski.

I’m going to be sad when this month is over. I love Easter Eggs!

Did Hulk and Waldo have a love child at the top of that Spidey panel?

LOVE the Vampire Frank Castle look Larsen always used lol

I remember the Wolverine/Punisher cameo. I always wondered why Wizard or one of the other price guides didn’t consider that to be a cameo by both and jack up the supposed value of it. They are in the same universe, and both were based in or spent a lot of time in New York at the time.

I remember the Young Justice issue, too, but I never recognized the bullies. That’s pretty awesome.

Brian . . . do you have the entire Young Justice run? Maybe you could bring up all the times Todd Nauck threw in references to MST3K in his art.

Lots of artists have regular things they like to toss in. When he was working on Hulk, Adam Kubert kept sticking in a kitten for no reason. I finally started giving the kitten an active role in the stories since I figured it was going to be there anyway, so I might as well make use of it.

PAD

I could see it too, but I don’t have the script. Maybe Todd knows or remembers.

When Bill sent me the suggestion, he noted that you (or I guess Todd, he didn’t specify) had revealed on USEnet at the time that the script just said “three bullies” and Todd made them the Simpsons characters.

I remember that Spider-Man easter egg. I recognized Logan, but I never considered that he was talking to Frank Castle.

i remember looking at that young justice issue and thinking the artist must really be a simpsons fan to make the bullies look like what jimbo and kerney and dolph could look like human. the wolverine and punisher one both proably arguing when it ever came to those two squaring off who would take the first swipe.

Ah! Okay. Thanks, Brian. Because I checked with Todd and he didn’t remember either. Nice to know someone did.

PAD

Anyone notice the Shi’Ar baddies were B’Nee and C’Cll…or Beanie and Cecil from the old cartoon?

Does it also not appear to be comics Herbie in the top of the Spider-Man panel? I will allow that having not spent too much time in NY that the heavyset/bowl haircut set may surpass my imagination in numbers.

Lots of artists have regular things they like to toss in. When he was working on Hulk, Adam Kubert kept sticking in a kitten for no reason. I finally started giving the kitten an active role in the stories since I figured it was going to be there anyway, so I might as well make use of it.

That’s pretty much John Constantine’s origin as well – if you substitute the kitten with Sting.

Speaking of which there’s a pretty big easter egg there…

On Oct 14, 1998 in rec.arts.dc.comics.universe, PAD posted:

“Although I cop to having cameos and such in books throughout the years, this
particular instance wasn’t my doing. I simply indicated that it was three
bullies. It was Todd’s idea to make them look like the kids from Simpsons. ”

According to dejanews, anyway

Considering I don’t remember what I had for breakfast two days ago, I’m not surprised I didn’t recall something I said iast century. Thank God, though, that I didn’t try to claim credit for it now; THAT would have been embarrassing.

There’s a lesson, kids: “I don’t remember” is a much better phrase than “Yeah, that was me.” If nothing else, it’s advice that will serve you well as a defendant in a court of law.

PAD

There’s no way to say this without sounding like a fanboy, but I remembered the USEnet posting so vividly (and well enough to know what to search for all these years later) because it was in reply to one of mine ascribing credit for the cameo to PAD, and this was one of the first times a comics pro had responded to something I’d said online. I’ve never been to a con, but I imagine it’s not unlike remembering, years later, the first conversation one had with a pro at one…

Since I’m fanboying away, I’ll say how much I’ve enjoyed your writing over the years, PAD (Mr. D?), and also always appreciated your engagement with the online community going back at least as far as rec.arts.comics

We now return to your regularly scheduled ironic, cool and not too embarrasingly enthusiastic discussion…

So that’s how you found it so readily. I couldn’t imagine.

If it helps, I have plenty of fanboy memories of my own. I remember being thirteen and tremblingly asking Jack Kirby at a convention if it was pronounced “Darkseed” or “Darkside” (the latter, it turned out). Hell, I remember when I was already working for Marvel in direct sales and still completely geeked out meeting Jerry Seigel at a San Diego con. And it goes beyond comics. I was a total fanboy meeting Gary Carter at Shea in 1987 when the Mets were taking batting practice and I got him to sign a copy of his book, “Dream Season,” which I still have.

We’re all fanboys.

PAD

It helps. Thanks again!

There’s an issue of New Warriors (don’t remember which, sorry, but it was first series) where the Simpsons themselves show up. The team busts through their house.

Fanboy!

B’nee and C’cll? How many Easter eggs are in the Imperial Guard alone?

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