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Comic Book Easter Eggs – Tony Stark, Pronounced ThroatWarbler Mangrove

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!

Bill K. e-mailed me this funny Monty Python Iron Man easter egg from the classic Bob Layton/David Michelinie run on Iron Man. I would imagine that this joke was courtesy of Layton, but I suppose it could have been Michelinie.

In any event, from Iron Man #140, check out the name of the luxury yacht that Tony and Rhodey are fishing off of…

If you don’t get the reference, check out this old Monty Python sketch…

Very cute (and obscure!).

Thanks to Bill for the suggestion!

Aaron H. e-mailed me this sent me this fun Ghostbusters cameo from Amazing Spider-Man #589.

Everyone’s favorite, Fred Van Lente, wrote the issue, although I imagine that this easter egg was more a product of artist Paulo Siqueria.

It is good to know that the Ghostbusters do volunteer work – hopefully it was not court ordered!

Thanks to Aaron for the suggestion!

Joe Hennes, of the Muppets website ToughPigs.com, e-mailed me to suggest this bit from Fables #34…

You see, that actually IS Jim Henson (formerly Charlie Chaplin) Studios!

Cool find, Joe! Thanks for the 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!


That Ghostbusters cameo is referencing the animated show.

Rob: Ah, I wondered, because I wasn’t seeing any resemblance aside from some guy wearing a Ghostbusters T-shirt.

And oh whoever it is in that long-shot panel (Jack?), Kermit isn’t a cartoon. Not usually, anyway.

Hee hee :) You did well, Brian, to locate the Iron Man issue from my vague description!

I don’t see the Carlos Pacheco link in that one, though…

always thought the boat when i saw it in the iron man issue was taken from a monty python skit thanks for confirming it as true. and love the cameo of the animated version of the ghost busters. plus how cool that the fables issue manage to use the exact former studio that jim used but also loved the calling kermit that famous cartoon frog.

Travis Pelkie

July 23, 2011 at 4:26 pm

Does anyone else remember that OTHER Ghostbusters cartoon, with the ape and stuff? I thought it was better than the REAL Ghostbusters stuff myself, but it’s been years since I’ve seen it, and I’m guessing due to legal reasons, it won’t be resurrected ever…

Yep, many people do remember that show that is now best addressed as The Original Ghostbusters.

Maybe there are legal reasons for it to remain obscure, but apparently the commercial reasons are the ones that matter. After all, the Filmation people had a better claim at securing the name Ghostbusters than the Columbia people.


Incidentally, some merchandise used to refer to Egon and company as “The Real Ghostbusters” back in the day due to the settlement with Filmation. Maybe they don’t need to do that anymore, but I very much doubt that whatever was settled forbade the Original Ghostbusters from being marketed.

Travis, You’ve got really weird tastes if you thought “Filmation’s Ghostbusters” was better than “The Real Ghostbusters” (at least before Season 3, when they added “Slimer” to the latters’ title and gave him his own shorts).

FG was based on an older Filmation live action TV series (starring the leads of F-Troop!, and riffing on Mission Impossible and other 60s shows) from the 70s (where Ghost Busters was two words), and Filmation modernized that old series (The son of one of the original characters, and the son of the Gorilla were the stars of the Animated show). Filmation licensed the Ghostbusters name to the makers of the movie, probably hoping that their own cartoon series would take off (and not envisioning the movie spawning a kids show of its own – after all, look at the acting careers of the stars prior to the movie – hardly family friendly).

On the other hand, TRG had an excellent writing staff, including JMS (wrote 21 of the episodes, was story editor for about half the total episodes), and one of the episodes he gets asked about a lot wasn’t even one he wrote (The Collect Call of Cthulhu). Two other writers went on individually to write for Batman:TAS (one was one of the writers of “Mask of the Phantasm”), and other series. Hell, even Fleming & Giffen co-wrote an episode. My personal favorite of the JMS episodes was the one where they accidentally captured the three ghosts from “The Christmas Carol”.

Some of the stuff really had the staff’s geekdom show through, like they actually had Marduk (and Tiamat, IIRC) show up in one episode, and who besides gamers (and a few thousand anthropologists/archaeologists) would have even thought to go that route (despite the movie itself referencing Babylonian/Sumerian myth as the supposed source for Gozer)? In a later season, they had two more Sumerian gods show up.

Travis Pelkie

July 24, 2011 at 1:16 am

Thanks to Luis and Basara for the info on the OG. I honestly didn’t remember that much about them, and had no idea there had been a live action show.

Basara, I do indeed have odd tastes, I make no apologies for that :) In my defense, from the dates in the link that Luis shared, the show was on when I was 7, so…

Although if Giff and Fleming wrote a “Real” Ghostbusters ep, I have to seek that out…

That OG series had a comic spinoff from First Comics. Now that they’re coming back, they ought to reissue this OG comic!

That first one really was obscure. I mean, who ever heard of Monty Python? Not like they were famous or had a hit show or something.

“That first one really was obscure. I mean, who ever heard of Monty Python? Not like they were famous or had a hit show or something.”

Not that the reference was to one specific line of dialog in one specific sketch in one specific episode rather than the group’s name, either. :D

I remember both TV shows, and I have to agree with most people: The Real Ghostbusters, the most famous one, was that oddity among kid television, in that it could be really brilliant at times. I have no idea how I would feel if I watched it now, but when I was kid, it seemed to have engaging characters, and many episodes were more mature than they had any right to be. In fact, a few of them went a little over my head, but I still felt it was great.

The other one, the one with the monkey, was just typical mindless kid stuff.

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