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Comic Book Easter Eggs – A Tom Orzechowski Anniversary is Celebrated 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!

Just to be the Man Who’d Letter a Thousand Pages and Fall Down at Your Door…

Yesterday, we looked at an easter egg where John Byrne sneaked in a little commemoration of the 500th page of X-Men that he had penciled. Well, today, we look at a tribute by inker Dan Green of the 100th straight X-Men issue that Tom Orzechowski lettered!

Here it is from Uncanny X-Men #225 (check out the graffiti)…

Cool stuff by Dan Green. A nice tribute to one of the all-time great letterers.

Thanks to RangeLife for the suggestion (although you should have e-mailed it!).

Homophones Unite!

Ryan S. points out Orion #5, which is the big battle between Orion and Darkseid. All throughout the issue, Walter Simonson has the frames of the pages be filled with folks watching the big fight (the top side is the people from New Genesis while the bottom is the people from Apokolips). Simonson uses this opportunity (with pretty much everyone reading the issue having their sights pinned to the epic battle on the main pages) to sneak in a number of nice little cameos, including Jack Kirby himself.

Probably the funniest, though, is on the second-to-last page of the comic, where we see Apocaylpse on Apokolips!

(I made it so you can click on the image to enlarge it to make it easier to see Apocalypse)

Very cute.

Thanks to Ryan S. for the e-mailed suggestion!

Rats, a story in a mall?!

Randall L. (sounds like a football player) not only suggested this one by e-mail, but he even scanned the two pages FOR me!

In Impulse #27, the plot of the story takes place in a mall. As you can see from the following page, the exterior of the mall is the same as in the film Mallrats.

Later on, the Mallrats connection is made even plainer when Jay and Silent Bob stop by…

Good stuff.

Thanks to Randall for the e-mailed suggestion and for the scans!

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!


As opposed to Apocaylpse on Apokolips ?

Yeah, that, too. ;)

Man, that issue of Orion was just an awesome part of an amazing run. DC really needs to collect that book.

Tom Fitzpatrick

July 19, 2011 at 5:15 am

@ Diggity: I do believe that DC has a tpb out on ORION: The Gate of Apokolips that probably has that issue.

I remember reading that X-men # 225 and seeing that homage scrawled on the page.

I wonder, tho’, what # is Orzechowski up to now?

Are my eyes going, or does that say “Orz 100th” not “1000th”?

Okay, guys, I am VERY slow this morning: WHAT am I missing in the Simonson art?

I was more impressed with the graffito of the Mekons in the X-Men panel. Does anyone still remember them?

The Orzechowski easter egg was for 100 (consecutive?) issues of X-Men, not 1000 pages. I believe they mentioned it in the letter’s page around the time the issue came out.

it’s Orz’ 61st consecutive issue and 100th overall. not 1000th page.

Loved the Mekons- great Northern English (Leeds ?) post punk band. Early classics included ‘Where were you?’ and ‘Never been in a riot’. Mutated into a punk/country hybrid. Good spot Kevin Smith!

though the grafitie as the tribute was a nice touch in x-men 225. plus found the cameo by apocalypse watching darksiede and orion fight was interesting a little play on words . plus thought the mall rats referance and having jay and silent bob show up in impulse was hilerious.

I suspect it may not be those Mekons it’s refering to, rather the Dan Dare aliens they’re named after:


Dan Dare’s Mekon was decidedly singular, the leader of aliens, the Treens. So my vote is still for the band.

@ Zane – the character Apocalypse is on the bottom of the page, 3rd character from the right, albeit a very skinny version.

@Thanks, Craig….jeeze, i missed the Marvel reference and that is a VERY tiny pic!

Thanks for posting this! I sometimes go though some comic books I have and find some interesting “Easter eggs”. I may submit some images of them sometime here.

Looks to me like Etrigan is there too, about in the middle of the frame, just to the left of Apocalypse ( to the left of the back-haired woman).

Tom is still doing tons of comics work, I’m happy to say! :)

I’m calling Silver Surfer at the top of the Simonson page, too.

Did everyone miss Archie Goodwin in the top panel – ala in the style of his own doodlings from Marvel Age (or was it issues of Epic, damn my failing memory)!!

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