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Comic Book Easter Eggs – Carmine Infantino and Frank Quitely Say Hello to Some Old Friends

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 off, reader Patrick M. e-mailed me this suggestion…

In Nova #19, artist Carmine Infantino drew in a familiar face from his days on the Flash…

Thanks for the e-mailed suggestion, Patrick!

Next, reader Bruce M. e-mailed me this suggestion…

Frank Quitely first made a name for himself with a parody of Dudley D Watkins’s popular comic strip, The Broons. Quitely’s characters were called The Greens.

Well, in Batman: The Scottish Connection, when Alfred and Bruce are in a highspeed chase in Scotland, who do they almost run into? The Greens!

Note the license plate – DDW, for Dudley D Watkins!

Thanks for the e-mailed suggestion, Bruce!

Finally, reader Paul H e-mailed me this suggestion…

In Teen Titans Spotlight #11, the Brotherhood of Evil get sent into a post-apocalyptic future.

In this future, we meet a post-apocalyptic version of Tintin and his friends…

Funny stuff from writers Randy and Jean Marc Lofficier.

Thanks for the e-mailed suggestion, Paul!

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!

10 Comments

That last one reminds me of the brilliant Swamp Thing #32, which I don’t think has been featured yet. It’s the whole issue, so might be too substantial to count as an easter egg, but it seems similar in kind to that Tintin bit.

It’s been years. The Swamp thing is Pogo and I’m sure it’s been suggested because I’ve seen it in the posts here earlier.

Dear god, he’s Tintin and He-Man at the same time! I’m having a hard time wrapping my mind around that.

I had no idea that Carmine Infantino drew Nova.

randypan the goatboy

July 29, 2011 at 9:52 am

I just dont understand all the tin tin love.maybe its a generational thing or maybe its popular with comic writers and artists in a similar vein to how the french feel about jerry lewis. I dont get it and i probably never will. Who are the greens anyway? that is an easter egg that went right by me. I do remember the brave and the bold eggs[I should say egg because the only one that was obvious to me was the legion cruiser in the creeper issue. i had a pretty steady run of brave and the bold in the 80’s. not necessarily because they were great works of fiction, its just the store that i bought comics from only had a few monthly titles to choose from and B and B was one of them. [this was in the dark ages before comic speciality shops could be found everywhere]. I always made sure to avoid ralph Dibney comics like the west nile virus. I had never seen a more useless character in a comicbook than the elongated man. just my opinion though

The Greens are a parody of The Broons (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Broons) a long-running Scottish newspaper strip. The Broons, along with Oor Wullie were drawn for decades by Dudley D Watkins, an artist also responsible for many strips in the Beano and Dandy and a huge influence of Frank Quietly’s. These strips are a massive part of Scottish culture, though I doubt one in a thousand Scots could tell you Dudley D Watkins’ name. Isn’t it always the way?

(Oh, and just to be clear, I should probably point out that ‘The Broons’ is a dialectic rendering of ‘The Browns’ – hence The Greens.)

Lord Marlinspike

July 30, 2011 at 3:35 am

That’s not so much a post-apocalyptic version of Tintin, rather Tinitin and friends in the post-apocalypse! Amazing, much of that backstory happened in Herge’s books.. crazy to think that’s what became of Snowy!

Really, Tintin is great stuff. If you haven’t tried, I strongly suggest giving it a try. It starts out rather quaint, but grows in sophistication over the years, culiminating in my opinion with the excellent ‘Flight 714′. I would actually start there – if you like it, you can delve further into the rewarding world of Tintin.

I remember from the Tintin cartoon episodes the one where they land on the moon, but never managed to watch it. There’s even an episode from The Simpsons (the one where the Comic Book Guy had to close the shop because a new and better comic shop is opened in Springfield, lots of cool comic related jokes in that ep.), that shows Lisa reading that very same album and they even animate a little sequence with Tintin and Snowy, with the red rocket and all.

“I had no idea that Carmine Infantino drew Nova.”

What Dalarsco said. I had no idea CInfa ever worked for Marvel period!

What Dalarsco said. I had no idea CInfa ever worked for Marvel period!

Oh yeah, when I was a kid I remember reading a lot of Infantino-drawn issues of Spider-Woman, Nova, Star Wars, Marvel Team-Up, even the occasional issue of Avengers, Defenders or Howard the Duck. This would all be in the late ’70s, early ’80s.

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