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!
In all honesty, this one is probably a bit too extensive to properly categorize as an “easter egg,” but eh, it’s close enough – and it’s pretty darn funny! In Wolverine #183, as part of a storyline where Wolverine takes on the mob, Frank Tieri and Sean Chen give us Wolverine versus the cast of the Sopranos…
As an added bonus, note the title of the issue!
Cute. Thanks to Tomer S. for suggesting this one via e-mail!
Ken Davis suggested the following easter eggs from Detective Comics #578, and he should know, as he is the one who put them there!
Davis was working as Todd McFarlane’s assistant at the time (you know, background inks, stuff like that), and he snuck in a couple of easter eggs.
Here, he drew in Doctor Strange’s Sanctum Santorum into a background panel…
but I like this one the best, where Ken makes a point of sneaking a credit for himself into the issue (look at the title of the book – it is upside down but you can read it pretty easily)…
Good stuff, Ken! Thanks for the e-mail suggestion!
Finally, reader Alek e-mailed me this suggestion of the cast of Lost appearing in a panel in Wonder Woman #2, drawn by the Dodsons…
Nice! The Dodsons captured the cast well.
Thanks for the suggestion, Alek!
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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