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Comic Book Easter Eggs – A Hulk Spin on the Roadrunner/Coyote Dynamic

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!

Reader Leandro L. sent in the following bit from Incredible Hulk #413, where Peter David and Gary Frank show us a coyote stalking a roadrunner….

Later, the coyote is stunned before he can get the roadrunner…

And finally, an object falls from the sky and crushes the coyote…

Clever stuff by David and Frank. Thanks to Leandro for the e-mailed suggestion! Leandro had a bunch more suggestions. I think I’ll just have tomorrow be all suggestions he e-mailed in.

Reader Alek also e-mailed a number of suggestions. I’ve already featured the cast of Lost in a Wonder Woman panel, but how about a cool Lost reference in this panel from Captain America #34…

Neat. I wonder who was responsible for that? The penciler or the letterer?

Next, Alek sent in a suggestion from Quasar #14, where we see that one of the people on the Stranger’s world is none other than DC’s Starman, Will Payton….

Thanks for the e-mailed suggestions, 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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And finally, an object falls from the sky and crushes the roadrunner…

I think you meant to say “crushes the coyote”.

For those wondering, the Quasar characters are as follows from Will Payton’s position going clockwise:
Will Payton/Starman (the only DC character), Makkari (Eternals), an Epsiloni (possibly “The Captive” from Captain America Annual #5), Dragonfly (Ani-Men; from Uncanny X-Men #94-5), Mercurio the “4-D” Man (from various 1970s Thor issues), Bi-Beast (from various Hulk stories), Fusion/the Fusser twins (from Amazing Spider-Man #208),Ego-Prime (from Thor #199-203), the Ethicals (from machine Man v.1 #12; note the Ditko design), Woodgod (from various issues of Marvel Premiere and Marvel-Team-Up), Alpha the Ultimate Mutant (from Defenders v.1 #15-16) and the very similar-looking Futurist (from Fantastic Four #215-16), the alien Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (from Giant-Size Fantastic Four #3), Hyperion (Squadron Supreme, original version and the hands of the Dakkamite Power Platoon (from Quantum’s origin story in Quasar #4), Stardust (from ROM Annual #1), and the Presence and Red Guardian II/Starlight (from various issues of Defenders v.1).

Hey Dear Brian! I’m no sure that one is a easter egg.
As far as I know there were more LOST references in Marvel comics a few years ago.
An all they were product placement into comics, I mean ADS….

Another Joke from the David/Frank Hulk period I missed. I really need to start paying more attention! haha… Any fun things, like the last 2 easter eggs, happen in X-Factor too?

;)

Yeah, those Lost references were leading up to the season four premiere. They were across the board product placements, and that’s probably before the Disney owned ABC bought Marvel.

Yeah I seem to remember the Oceanic Airlines logo popping up in a few books too.

Good product placement though.

I think someone should keep a tally of how many of these things Peter David is responsible for.

Starman thing is a little more overt than that “Buried Alien” gag.

I’d missed that Hulk one, the first time I read it.

seem to remember those lost easter eggs as some cross promotion for the new season of lost in the comics. plus love the little homage to the old looney tunes road runner cartoons in the hulk.

Poor coyote. If he had thumbs, he’d be holding up a sign that said “Why me?”

Faust, there are plenty of Easter eggs like that in David’s X-Factor, both in his original run and the current series.

JC LEBOURDAIS

July 25, 2011 at 9:20 am

Isn’t the character two panels clockwise below Starman one of Kirby’s FOURTH WORLD characters?

I think someone should keep a tally of how many of these things Peter David is responsible for.

I think a interesting series for Peter David would be one with just 80-90 percent random easter eggs and puns and then for about a page or two he could sneak it some plot and main story. Kind of reverse the normal ratios. I could see him really digging that.

TWO Quasar bits that I didn’t even ask for! It’s Christmas in July!

All the other characters are Marvel characters: the Kirbyesque guy is the Captive, an alien Epsiloni from Kirby’s Captain America Annual #5.

Isn’t the character two panels clockwise below Starman one of Kirby’s FOURTH WORLD characters?

Nope, but he’s a Kirby creation. It’s the Captive from Captain America Annual #3.

Actually, let’s go around the circle clockwise from Will Payton: Makkari, the Captive, Dragonfly (from the Ani-men), Mercurio (Thor foe), Bi-Beast (Hulk foe), Fusion (from Amazing Spider-Man), Ego Prime (Thor), the Ethicals (Machine Man), Woodgod, The Futurist (FF) and Alpha the Ultimate Mutant (Defenders), Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (FF), Hyperion, Stardust (ROM), the Presence and Red Guardian (Defenders).

And of course Overmind in the middle. Where’s he at? In the middle.

Great! Nice to see you had better scans!
Just yesterday I`ve found the issue with the marriage of Marlo and Rick Jones. That issue had some cool guests for the wedding.

Those roadrunner and coyote ones are great. The “whimper” panel is perfect.

Duh, I missed the point with Makkari. What I should point out in that panel is that he’s being attacked by the Trikon, from an old Inhumans story in Amazing Adventures. Similarly, I think those hands cluthcing at Hyperion are the Power Platoon from Avengers West Coast.

Dang, now I’m wondering if those flowers in the Dragonfly panel have a backstory.

AverageJoeEveryman

July 25, 2011 at 12:33 pm

The fact that Bi-Beast is in one of these brings back a memory. In Twisted Toyfare Theatre there was a gag where either Spidey or Hulk was hitting on some chicks with Bi-Beast just hanging behind him, so he tells the girls “Oh, that’s Bi-Beast, . . . he’s cool.” The only think I ever think of when I see Bi-Beast.

Man did I love that Starman series. One of the very few DC series that I have ever followed. The art was great and the stories were almost always interesting as well. Of course there were some dogs in there and some weak stretches but overall it is one of my more fondly remembered collections. Of course the series was cancelled so I am sure I am in the minority.

Um, Will Payton? So what fantastic in-joke am I totally missing?

Um, Will Payton? So what fantastic in-joke am I totally missing?

I don’t believe any.

@T
Peter David has done a series that’s 80-90% in-jokes, cameos, and easter eggs with a semblance of plot: Sir Apropos of Nothing.

Mark Gruenwald surely loves forgotten characters as much as PAD loves pop culture references.

Truer words are rarely said, Rene.

Ah, the good times when comics creators made homages to other company’s properties instead of making stupid rivalry jokes.

Ah, the good times when comics creators made homages to other company’s properties instead of making stupid rivalry jokes.

Comic creators have been insulting each other (and other comic book companies) in comics for decades.

Ah, the good times when comics creators made homages to other company’s properties instead of making stupid rivalry jokes.

From the moment it became a real competition, we had comics dissing competitiors:

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_4V-jcJYoR1E/RrpKASE1ExI/AAAAAAAAAAk/MTnOPVzWNFA/s1600-h/Brave_and_Bold074_04.jpg

Even earlier, there was this guy in a 1940s Captain America comic. While the name may confuse you, the sport and the costume should leave no doubt about who he was meant to spoof:
http://www.marvunapp.com/Appendix/blacktoadcac7.htm

Peter David: killing dogs since I was a kid.

PAD: The original Dogwelder!

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