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Comic Book Easter Eggs – Tintin in Fantastic Four and the Blues Brothers in X-Factor

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 suggestions are from reader Leandro L.

First off, in the pages of Fantastic Four #1 by Scott Lobdell and Alan Davis, Reed and Sue (in disguise) make contact with none other than Tintin himself!

I especially enjoy the joke about how he is Belgian, not French. Classic.

Next, we see X-Factor Annual #4, where Mark Gruenwald has, for one reason or another, decided to have the Blues Brothers (as FBI agents) investigate the various demonic sightings from the Inferno crossover…

Finally, we have Web of Spider-Man #73, where John Byrne and Alex Saviuk have Stan Lee and his wife Joan attend an Alicia Masters art opening (along with some other Marvel luminaries)…

Roy Lichtenstein is there, too, but that’s not really an easter egg when they say who he is. Perhaps Saviuk drawing the lady next to Lichtenstein like one of the women from one of Lictenstein’s paintings is, though.

Thanks for the great e-mailed suggestions, Leandro!

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!


Wow, Brian, we posted the exact same Easter Egg on the same day. http://www.comicscube.com/2011/07/easter-eggs-in-comics-tintin-in.html

Wow, that is pretty damn weird.

Blistering barnacles!

The last panel of that X-Factor bit sounds like an implied Ghostbusters nod. Dan Ackroyd, FBI Agent, should go talk to Dan Ackroyd, paranormal expert.

Kind of seems like if there were going to be FBI agents running around X-Factor iinvestigating the paranormal, they should have been from the X-Files.

A little too early for the X-Files. ;)

Not only did the Lees attend the opening, but that appears to be be John (Sr.) and Virginia Romita standing between Namor and Alicia in that top panel.

This is so much fun. Must it end in July?

Yeah, the scientists in question showed up in one of the Inferno Preludes. And they were pretty much the Ghost Busters.

Another Egg (albeit one that’s pointed out) in Web #73: an ugly painting of a foot in a sock that Peter Parker derided back in Amazing Spider-Man v.1 #22 turns up at the gallery again, and Peter is appalled to see that the thing’s still considered a good painting!

Looks like Jake and Elwood blues are talking over the gurney of future X-Factor writer (and patron saint of Comic Book Ester Eggs) Peter David.

The characters of Jake Farber and Elwood McNulty actually debuted earlier in Captain America #329, also by Gruenwald. They appeared in a few issues after that, and Avengers #286, before their final appearance in X-Factor Annual #4.

The thing I love about the 2 last ones is that I’ve been reading these comics since I were 12, maybe 13 years old, then read them again once in a while, never suspecting they had something hidden… Didn’t had the references back then, only about 5 or 6 years ago that i saw the same stories again and the bell ringed, “whoa, these guys were here all this time?”
And I’d love to see the Ghostbusters reference, the only comic I own that’s part of the Inferno Saga is this one with the Blues Brothers, and the cientists didn’t play a large part in that one. And is nice to know Jake and Elwood are recurring characters, too!

Just curious, why do you list artists for some Easter Egg entries but not for others?

I hate the fact that they’re giving a nod to Lichtenstein in any form. What a hack.


@jacob – “The last panel of that X-Factor bit sounds like an implied Ghostbusters nod.” – In a way, actually, but not really, because if I recall, there was a group of paranormal investigators (forgot what they called themselves) who first looked into the Inferno happenings in one of the X-Men issues, then got “eaten” by the demonic-possessed Empire State Building. That group was probably inspired by Ghostbusters, but there weren’t any direct analogues. So that’s who I believe Jake and Elwood go to see in the following panels.

Brian – Is that right? Did you have the rest of that issue out, or just that one page scan? I have the annual in question, but lord knows my longboxes are buried.

The group of scientists from Inferno was the group that would later be known as M-Squad in
Uncanny X-Men 244. They showed up in Uncanny 240 and then later reappeared after Inferno
while hunting Jubilee.

They looked like this:

Not quite the Ghostbusters.

Oh, too bad! I was pretty amused at the thought of the Blues Brothers/ Ghostbusters crossover happening off-panel in the middle of Inferno.

was wondering if the blues brothers cameo in xfactor would show up for found the thing hilerious that the blues brothers would be investigating inferno instead of someone trying to use the ghost buste. plus found in intersting that john was the one to have stan make another appearance in the fanstastic four book and with his wife.

Not related, but Stan Lee appeared on Eureka this week. He’s a scientist dabbling in Gamma radiation mutations. :)

Capt Jim…the funny part of the scene was he listed that his nickname was Generalissimo and that “you wouldn’t like him if he got angry”….. priceless

There was another Marvel Gag / Easter Egg on Warehouse 13 following it but off the top of my head I forgot the line Pete uses…. Although who knew Walt Disney’s Ink Pen had cartoon properties?

The Blues Brothers had other appearances in X-Men prior I believe…

I’m not much of a Tintin fan, but I loved the variations of “disguises” Lobdell had Alan Davis draw…. It was inventive…

Oh and Eureka had the 70’s Hulk theme playing as Stan gave his pitch…. classic

That girl is probably a flip of Lichtenstein’s M-Maybe: http://www.allposters.com/-sp/M-Maybe-c-1965-Posters_i1681616_.htm

(and I’ll spare you all my hes-overrated-and-the-comic-artists-he-swiped-never-got-a-dime rant ;)

Tin-tin has a snowy pin badge!

Right? Isn’t that an especially nice touch?

Travis Pelkie

July 27, 2011 at 3:37 am

When I saw this earlier, I was wondering where Snowy was, but then I saw the pin. Awesome!

I just recently bought some old Comics Journals, and in one of them, a writer was defending Lichtenstein. I couldn’t quite follow his argument, but I was just skimming and in a car at the time (not driving, mind you!).

Which actually reminds me of an Easter Egg, of sorts…to the email!

i was just thinking about that x-factor today!

Dammit,. Now I REALLY want a series where the Blues Brothers wander through the Marvel Universe, being chased by super heroes who they consistently elude with cons and dumb luck.

pedro de pacas

July 28, 2011 at 3:00 pm


I don’t know for sure, but it certainly seems to me that the guy on the stretcher in the X-Factor pages looks quite a bit like Peter David.

Dan Ackroyd has said in many interviews that he and Belushi modeled the look of the Blues Brothers on the “mysterious men in black that showed up after a UFO sighting in the 1950’s and 60’s”. Knowing this, I have always been amused that so few people catch it considering the eventual popularity of the comic based movie “Men in Black”.

Reed doesn’t do a half bad Eel O’Brien.

It also looks like Romita did the portraits of him and his wife and Stan and his wife…..It’s completely different artwork from Saviuk’s…..

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