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Comic Book Easter Eggs – Karen Page’s Funeral Draws a Crowd of Cameos

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!

First we have Daredevil (Volume 2) #8, Karen Page’s funeral…

There are a lot of cameos here, perhaps most notable is on the right side, which includes Stan Lee, Bill Everett and most likely Frank Miller.

Try to name some of the more obscure characters from Daredevil history on the left side!

Thanks to Harry S. for the e-mailed suggestion!

Next we have Powers (Volume 2) #7, when a familiar-sounding lawyer makes an appearance…

I don’t know if the Winnick part is a joke based on how often people spell his name wrong or if it was a illegitimate mistake.

Thanks to Tomer S. for the e-mailed suggestion!

Finally, this one is a bit iffy, but eh, I think it is close enough to call it.

Reader Rob S. (did I intentionally pick three readers whose last names ended in S just for the heck of it? Why yes, yes i did) believes that the fellow confessing that he lied to his wife and cheated on her in Green Lantern: Rebirth #1…

was drawn by Ethan Van Sciver to look like Joe DiMaggio…

I can definitely see the resemblance (and it WAS at a baseball game), so what the heck, I’ll say it is intentional and thus definitely an easter egg.

Thanks, Rob!

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!

29 Comments

I assume it Bendis’ own (admitted) lack of grammatical prowess that misspelled Winick’s name, overlooked by the editor. Heck, even I did spell it wrong based on that dialogue in my email to you…

Is the question whether that’s Joe Dimaggio or not, or if that counts as an easter egg? Because I’ve always assumed that Van Sciver definitely drew in Dimaggio.

I wonder where are Ben Grimm`s legs in that funeral picture.

Is the question whether that’s Joe Dimaggio or not, or if that counts as an easter egg? Because I’ve always assumed that Van Sciver definitely drew in Dimaggio.

Whether it is DiMaggio. It if is him, then yeah, it’s an easter egg. I presume it is him, as well, but I dunno for sure.

I see, well it would blow my mind if you find out it isn’t.

Travis Pelkie

July 27, 2011 at 3:32 am

Am I missing what comic that DiMaggio one is from? I think you may have left that out.

More creators featured in that funeral scene: sitting three pews behind the FF are Joe Quesada, Kevin Smith, and Jimmy Palmiotti. Sitting to Joe’s right is Ash, he and Jimmy’s Event Comics creation (Joe’s looking at him as if to say, “Dude, you’re in the wrong comic”).

I haven’t read GL:Rebirth in years, so I don’t remember that scene at all, but I thought the easter egg was going to be Mariska Hargitay (Law & Order SVU) in that panel.

“I don’t know if the Winnick part is a joke based on how often people spell his name wrong or if it was a illegitimate mistake.”

It’s Powers. Half of the grammar in that book is a legitimate mistake.

READ: WHERE IS YOUR EDITOR, BENDIS?

I pretty sure I spy young Anakin Skywalker at the funeral.

Has anyone read ANY of the Flashpoint books recently? I don’t think ANYONE checks for spelling or grammar anymore. There is even a great part in one of the most recent issues where they mistake 14 months for 14 years… both appear in the issue, and it makes NO sense when read.

Also, Ted Henry has been the news anchor at the ABC affiliate in Cleveland, where Bendis is from, for many, many years. I see the anchorman in the panels above shares the same name.

have to admit that maybe the green lantern guy could be at least based on joe if not joe himself . as for winks name spelled wrong in powers that could be meant as a joke or maybe because winks name is hard to spell. the karen page funeral unless one is really knows daredevil history some of the characters one would have no clue about besides matt himself.

I remember a 1970′s Daredevil villain called the Deathstalker (literally, he touched you and that was IT), who wore a giant floppy fedora like the person sitting alone rows back. Not knowing the particulars of Karen Page’s death, it would be a pretty nasty little Easter egg if he was indeed in the church.

AverageJoeEveryman

July 27, 2011 at 10:49 am

I’ve been reading the Powers series in trades lately and was going to mention it for one of these columns but it’s so close to the end of the month already. Every, at least I believe all of them, street name or building name are shout outs to current or former creators who Bendis is friends with or read growing up.

The Dardevil page is also Joe Q trailing several other characters from what was then the Marvel Knights imprint, aided by the fact that Daredevil is connected to most of them: T’Challa and his aide Zuri are there from Priest’s Black Panther, and the Black Widow, Doctor Strange, and the FF received Marvel Knights minis early on in the imprint’s lifespan.

As for DD-specific characters, I see Matt’s legal assistant (and, more recently, law partner) Becky Blake in her whelchair; Roslaind Sharpe, Foggy’s biological mother and Matt’s most recent employer; Melvin Potter, the former and future Gladiator next to his therapist and then-wife, Betsy Beatty; Luke Cage and Danny Rand; Ben Urich and his wife; and Butch, Eight-Ball, and the other kids of Hell’s Kitchen from Ann Nocenti’s run on the title.

A few from Karen Page’s wedding:

That’s Peter and MJ (pre-One More Day) behind Matt. In the pew behind the FF is Steve Rogers, and Natasha Romanoff is behind Ben. T’Challa is right behind them next to his bodyguard.

Are those the neighborhood kids from the Ann Nocenti run?

Daniel O' Dreams

July 27, 2011 at 2:08 pm

I vaguely remember those kids but can’t remember what they looked like. I always assumed that was Power Pack at the funeral.

Pete Woodhouse

July 27, 2011 at 3:00 pm

In the pew behind 3 kids/Steve Rogers, from left: dunno who the helmet guy is, but next to him is surely the Gladiator, Melvyn Somethingorother.
In front of Ben Grimm, next to ML/Pete: Dr Strange & Clea?

The helmet guy is the skateboarding kid from Ann Nocenti’s run, whose name I can’t remember.

Is the purple haired woman next to Dr. Strange Clea?

Before anybody asks: the guy in the gorilla head and giant bone is Zuri. He’s one of Black Panther’s people in his Marvel Knights book. As far as Zuri is concerned, that is considered formal attire. Also, it’s funny how Everett K. Ross (the title’s POV character and comic relief) has dots for eyes. It kinda suits him.

Clea’s hair is white, not purple, isn’t it? The only purple-haired Marvel heroes I know are Psylocke and Diamondback, and neither of them would have been connected to Daredevil this way.

Maybe it is Topaz. Clea is silver-haired.

Travis Pelkie

July 28, 2011 at 2:30 am

Didn’t Jessica Jones have purple hair as a superheroine, or am I confused because of the Purple Man thing? Although this was probably well before Alias, anyway.

So…I’m guessing coloring error?

My timeline could be off, but I’m pretty sure Jessica Jones didn’t exist as a character at this point. This took place before Quesada was even Editor in Chief I believe, when he was only in charge of Marvel Knights.

If you look closely, the man behind the purple-haired woman appears to be Ben Grimm, the Thing.

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