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Comic Book Easter Eggs – Wolverine and the Sopranos

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 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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I should also add that following Logan stabbing “Tony’s” hand, he kills the whole or most of the crew. One of them is thrown outside the window, then the man reading a newspaper outside turns to be the Punisher. It appears to be that he’s been following these mobsters for some time and Wolverine just ruined his mission, so Frank walks away angrily (with a follow-up in a latter issue of Wolverine, where the two of them are fighting in a shopping center).

Also, after he kills the mobsters or during the fight, Logan confirms “Junior’s” claim about Gehrig, as he himself saw him playing live.

What’s interesting about the Wolverine issue is that Sean somehow does a bang-up job at capturing very lifelike and accurate Sopranos likenesses, but at the same time it’s very off because he really prettied them up a lot.

McFarlane was JUST starting in the biz then, and he already had an assistant? I bet he wouldn’t have needed one if he didn’t draw so many useless extra lines! ;)

On the flipside, man, I wish the Dodsons could clone themselves and just draw everything. Well, them and Stuart Immonen.

McFarlane was JUST starting in the biz then, and he already had an assistant?

He’d been working regularly for DC for about two years at that point, including twenty-three straight issues of Infinity Inc. without missing an issue, so having an assistant makes a lot of sense for him at the time.

@Brian – It was really just a set-up for my “extra lines” punchline. ;)

cool picks for never knew that mcfarlan was working at dc at the time that batman issue came out and never thought much about who might have snuck in doctors strange sanctum in the back ground. plus found the look on tonys face priceless when wolverine sent his claw through his hand proving that even Tony is no match for wolverine.

@PJ Perez: At the very least one extra set of Dodsons so that they don’t need Land to take alternate arcs on UXM.

THIS: “At the very least one extra set of Dodsons so that they don’t need Land to take alternate arcs on UXM.”

Weird that Tony did not ask who had gotten Wolverine the coffee cup.
Man, I just don’t like Wolverine going all Punisher. He is supposed to try to be better.

Man, Batman: Year Two was such a beautifully drawn arc… for the first issue by Alan Davis. After that it was McFarlane’s ridiculous anatomy and 30 feet of gravity defying cape.

I really don’t understand the hate I always see for Mcfarlane’s art. I always liked it and although it did not conform to reality in the way the characters were positioned or how the capes move, it was always very dynamic and eye catching. His artwork really helped create a feeling that superheroes were bigger than life and full of action even when they were simply standing around talking. I just find it odd that he was so popular at the time and now so many people have nothing but venom to spit at his work. For my part I would take those Mcfarlane pages over the Sean Chen ones any day or the Dodson ones for that matter. Again, I am not saying the others are bad or that Mcfarlanes is the greatest artist ever but I think his stuff is very good. Just my 2 cents.

I.F. Stone Boy

July 22, 2011 at 10:34 pm

Wolverine versus the Sopranos is definitely not an Easter Egg — it’s just the whole point of the sequence, and thus way too obvious to be anything “hidden” at all, like an Easter Egg should be. It’s like “Spider-Man is spending this issue fighting a villain who looks like the Green Goblin, and acts like the Green Goblin, but never calls himself the Green Goblin! Isn’t that cool?”

Who’s that Hyperclan lookin’ dude in Detective?

Who’s that Hyperclan lookin’ dude in Detective?

The Reaper … a villain so dastardly he could only be brought down by the combined forces of the great detectiveness of Batman and the parent-killing prowess of Joe Chill.

If only I were kidding.

Sanctum *Sanctorum*, with a C. I don’t think I want to imagine the alternative, even if it were a mature-readers-only book…

I.F. The difference being that that villain would still in fact be the green goblin. Whereas these would not be the actual Sopranos. I mean, I saw all the episodes, and saw how many of them died. It wasn’t by Logan killing them.

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