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Comic Book Easter Eggs – Mystery Science Theater 3000 Easter Eggs!

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!

Today, all three easter eggs are connected to Mystery Science Theater 3000! If you don’t know anything about that show, then you might want to skip this installment, as none of it will make sense to you!

Brian H. and Matt L. suggested a moment from Gen13/Monkeyman and O’Brien #1 by Art Adams. Here’s Matt describing the following page…

Their dialog (in which Dr. F complains about unfairness of it all, seeing as they did it first) seems to be referencing the second half of the issue which is an extended reference/play on the famous Mirror Mirror episode of Star Trek. Dr F is complaining because MST3k did a Mirror Mirror inspired episode a few years earlier (the host segments of which can be seen here). Interestingly, I only remembered the MST3k stuff and only realized the Star Trek easter egg when I pulled out the issue for this e-mail. Which makes the whole easter egg deal much more multilevel than I’d thought.

Matt. L also suggested this page from Transformers: Generation Two #9, by Manny Galan…

Brian H. suggested this bit from the first Jonni Future story in Tom Strong’s Terrific Tales #1, where Art Adams sneaks in another MST3K cameo…

Thanks, guys!

There’s only a few days left, but feel free to still make suggestions (via e-mail at bcronin@comicbookresources.com)! I very well could still pick one of your suggestions still!

21 Comments

Keep circulating the Easter Eggs! :)

Travis Pelkie

July 28, 2011 at 2:43 am

MST3K — most awesomest show ever!

In the Transformers and the Jonni Future ones, I see Crow T. Robot, but not Servo. Is he in there and I’m missing him?

I like the ‘stache on Crow that Adams gives him in the Jonni Future one.

There’s a MST3K reference in (almost?) every Todd Nauck issue of Young Justice

Todd Nauck tosses a lot of MST3K references into his work, too.

George Perez put Crow and Tom Servo into the second issue of Hulk: Future Imperfect. But Marvel took it out for the trades, so unless the scans are from the original editions you won’t see them.

There´s an obvious easter egg in this week´s Invincible !!!
It´s really cool !!

The Beast Of Yucca Flats

July 28, 2011 at 6:49 am

We saw a certain Mr. T. Robot also in the “Lil’ O’Dares” short from the Starman 80-Page Giant.

Dr. F was also in the background in the “Here Come The Big People” one-shot Beaulieu himself did with Amanda Conner 14 years back.

nice was hoping at least one of the mst300 easter eggs if nothing else the transformer one where they find crows remains would show up on this list before the colum ended

While it doesn’t qualify for inclusion here, there was a moment during an episode of Futurama where the cast were at a movie, but talking during it, when the camera pulls back to show more of the audience. That is when you see the silhouettes of Joe and the robots as Crow turns around and asks Fry and company to be quiet because it isn’t polite to talk during movies because you disturb the audience.

There was an issue of Green Lantern where the Satellite of Love was visible orbiting Earth…

You’re right about the Young Justice cameos. I was reading Young Justice 31 the other day and saw a pizza box labeled Torgo’s Pizza on it. It made me chuckle

Since you are getting suggestions till, any chance this will go beyond July? This, and the patterns?

more. easter. eggs!

If you’re gonna talk video cameos/easter eggs of MST3K, don’t forget TROOPS, ant the end of the Jawa scene….

“Well, we didn’t find the droids we were looking for, but we found this one that was reported stolen…”

One of the first MST3K inspired easter eggs I ever remember finding in comics came in an issue of Supreme. There was a group of heroes watching films on Supreme’s life, and a shape-shifter in the group changed into Crow for a panel or two.

Another good MST3K Easter egg outside of the comic books is the Animaniacs episode “Potty Emergency”. The trio are watching a really cheesy sci-fi movie, and the spaceship’s serial number is MST3K.

“I like the ‘stache on Crow that Adams gives him in the Jonni Future one.”

I think that there’s a specific host segment where Crow dons a mustache like that, but I couldn’t tell you which one. I would’ve thought it was ‘Manos’, but apparently, it’s Joel who dons a mustache for that one.

I actually came across the Tom Strong book today, and took a look. Still don’t see Servo.

@sean, looking again right now, the ‘stache almost looks like an exaggerated Frank Zappa thing. Got the little soul patch, even. Which was another obsession for me back in the day, so finding a website that featured FZ refs on MST3K was heaven.

I think Crow wore a sorta similar ‘stache in a host segment for Hobgoblins, where he makes the movie asking what are women. “Were you married, sir?” “I can’t remember!”

Man, now I gotta dig out my MST3K tapes…

There’s an extended (but still implicit) Scooby Doo reference in two issues of Gen 13, and a semi-obvious MST3K reference in an issue of (IIRC) Supreme.

Servo and Crow show up in an old issue of Sonic the Hedgehog, too. (I think it’s in the fifties somewhere — taking a stab in the dark I want to say the noir universe in #52, and express mild embarrassment that I remember that. And maybe Manny Galan was the artist there too?)

I know I’m committing some grade-A necromancy by commenting now, two years after the last post, but I actually know where the mustache comes from. In one of the host segments from “I Accuse My Parents,” Joel has the bots draw their ideal families. Crow draws his father, which is a giant version of himself with a handlebar mustache and death rays.

So Art Adams not only worked in an MST3k reference: he worked in a reference to a specific joke in a specific host segment in a specific episode. Nice work.

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