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Comic Book Easter Eggs – Dave Cockrum…Trekkie?

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!

All three of today’s easter eggs will be Dave Cockrum sneaking Star Trek stuff into issues of Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes, back when Cockrum was the artist on the title.

Philip Schweier had the chance to interview the late, great Dave Cockrum a few years back for Back Issue #14. He told Philip about a number of Star Trek easter eggs he put into issues of Superboy and the Legion of Super-heroes, and Philip was kind enough to e-mail them to me. Here they are!

From Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes #197, check out the silhouette on the wall of Timber Wolf’s room…

From #199, check out the gun Superboy is holding…

It is a Klingon disruptor pistol…

From #200, well, this one is just plain ol’ obvious…

Thanks a lot for the info, Philip!!

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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Huh, I guess it’s a match made in heaven with the upcoming Star Trek/Legion of Super-Heroes crossover.

There is another one post-Cockrum (when Grell was the artist) that Philip sent me. I think I’ll post that one in the next couple of days!

Directly below the silhouette in the first panel is a model that looks an awful lot like a Klingon bird of prey.

Marcio G. Silva

July 24, 2011 at 4:37 am

When I read the title of this Easter Eggs section, I thought that it would be shown Uncanny X-Men #105, where a Sh’ar crew is shown in a way that remembers a Star Trek Crew. The captain’s chair at the center. Someone mentions a Science Officer (that wears a blue suit!).

And the title of the story in Uncany X-Men #107? “Where no X-Man has gone before”? It may be credited to Chris Claremont, but since Cockrum left X-Men there has never been another such explicit reference to Star Trek.

While the Solar Stunner is clearly based on the Klingon Disruptor it has a number of differences as well.

However what about the Legion cruiser Cockrum designed that looks like a flattened Enterprise? It had a saucer section, connected to a body that had two nacelles coming off of it.

RM Rhodes – “Directly below the silhouette in the first panel is a model that looks an awful lot like a Klingon bird of prey.”
Actually that’s a Klingon D-7. The Klingon Bird Of Prey was first seen in Star Trek III, which was way after that issue came out.

Brian Cronin – “There is another one post-Cockrum (when Grell was the artist)”
Grell did Star Trek refs in at least 3 issues that I can recall. (He even did 1 or 2 in The Warlord.)

You can find Kirk and Spock in some of the Baron/Rude NEXUS issues in the crowd scenes on Ylum.

@Kam

He also did at least one in Green Lantern (issue 90). Though I would be curious to know if it was he alone or if O’Neil had input on it since the characters shared dialogue.

Lots of interesting stuff in the first Timber Wolf panel—the Enterprise bridge plaque silhouettes, the Klingon model…and the tribble. It’s right next to the Sasquatch which is under the Klingon ship.

In the second one, the shot with Brainy, look carefully at the upward-pointing business end and the upward-pointing end of the scope–they bear slight resemblances to the Enterprise’s nacelles.

Wonder what planet that is that is seen as backdrop to Supes and Brainy, it isn’t Earth, which shouldn’t have changed THAT much in 1,000 years.

The orbiting weapon bears a slight resemblance to the titular animated episode’s The Slaver Weapon. That, too, had a sphere on one end–to twist and change the weapon’s configuration and power.

In the bottom one, at the top right, there’s an rocket launching which bears a resemblance to an exaggerated Klingon ship. The design of the lower part of the shot resembles that scene from early in The Motion Picture where Kirk is at Starfleet and there’s a vehicle landing and people walking in the background.

Most of these are only resemblances, that’s all. Just like the Legion Cruiser (especially on 213, the one I owned as a kid, with a cruiser in the mouth of a Glactosaur and Supes rushing to the rescue) resembles a flattened out Klingon cruiser.

Gordon Long

The only thing I don’t like about that upcoming Legion/Trek crossover is that Dave Cockrum isn’t here to draw it. And I could not be more sincere.

Hate to rain on folks’ parade here, but the model in the first panel is actually a pretty good representation of the aforementioned Cockrum-designed and Enterprise-influenced Legion Cruiser. Remember, the Bird of Prey didn’t make its debut until Star Trek III, LONG after these were published.

I remember picking up on a lot of Trek homages — including the X-Men’s Shi’ar Enterprise and the resemblance between the Legion cruiser and the Enterprise, but these all sneaked past me. I especially love the silhouette in that first panel…

J.

Mario wrote:
“When I read the title of this Easter Eggs section, I thought that it would be shown
Uncanny X-Men #105, where a Shi’ar crew is shown in a way that remembers a Star Trek Crew.
The captain’s chair at the center. Someone mentions a Science Officer (that wears a blue suit!).”

That’s the amusing scene where a Shi’ar starship gets an intelligence update from their agent on Earth (Erik the Red) that we have defeated Galactus four times!

The starship pulls the outer space equivalent of slamming on the brakes and doing a 180 degree turn…

Ethan Shuster

July 24, 2011 at 6:45 pm

I don’t remember if this showed up here or not, but Kirk, Spock and McCoy — or at least some similar folks in Starfleet uniforms — show up in a crowd scene in Star Wars: Dark Force Rising, drawn by Terry Dodson. You can see it over on Wookieepedia:
http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/File:EnterpriseCrewOnJomark-DFR3.jpg

Speaking of Galactus, I am reminded of the bridge from the Xandarian ship that both Firelord and Air-walker served on.
Thor has just beaten Air-Walker on television, and Firelord saw that. Because Air-Walker and Firelord were friends before becoming Heralds of Galactus, Firelord had been trying to track him down for many years, and after the obligatory battle with Thor, tells him his story in flashback.

The Captain’s chair bore a resemblance to that of Kirk’s, and the bridge behind him bore a vague resemblance, as seen in this pic
http://images4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20110128141450/marveldatabase/images/b/b2/Airwalker_from_Thor_306.JPG
and there was a scanner like at Spock’s station, too
http://marvel.wikia.com/File:Firelord_from_Thor_306.JPG
Obviously, different species in different timelines came up with similar solutions to their needs.

The title of this feature should really be “Dave Cockrum: TREKKIE!!!” Let’s face it, there was NO question about it.

“Remember, the Bird of Prey didn’t make its debut until Star Trek III, LONG after these were published. ”

As KAM pointed out, Jay, the D-7 class is from the original show.

I recall reading once that an Andorian made a cameo in an old “Legion” comic, but I no longer have the issue and page number. Does this prompt a memory for anyone please?

While not Dave Cockrum related…

In the ST:TNG novel ‘Strike Zone’ PAD worked his editor at the time into the book.

Likewise, in the Fall of the Pantheon arc in Incredible Hulk, Meyer and Boyajian are guarding Agamemnon. :-)

John Trumbull

July 25, 2011 at 7:35 pm

In the ST:TNG novel ‘Strike Zone’ PAD worked his editor at the time into the book.

Actually, that entire novel picks up on characters and plot threads from PAD’s first run on Star Trek at DC Comics.

@Mike Blake:

That’s the amusing scene where a Shi’ar starship gets an intelligence update from their agent on Earth (Erik the Red) that we have defeated Galactus four times!

I love that scene.

And later issues establish the captain of the ship in that scene is named K’rk, rounding out the Trek references.

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