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Comic Book Easter Eggs – Day Two of Kingdom Come 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!

You all wrote in with so many Kingdom Come suggestions that I figured it best to give it two days’ worth of easter eggs! So here are three of the easter eggs from Alex Ross and Mark Waid’s classic work…

Both Da Fug and Bill K. wrote in suggesting the cameos of the “Cosby Kids” from Bill Cosby’s Fat Albert showing up as criminals in Kingdom Come #1…

Thanks for the e-mailed suggestions, guys!

In Kingdom Come #2, we meet the Village People as a superhero team…

In Kingdom Come #3, in Superman’s prisons for metahumans, we meet Columbia and Riff Raff from the Rocky Horror Picture Show…

There are plenty more easter eggs from Kingdom Come. I’ll have to post them some other time, though!


Travis Pelkie

July 31, 2011 at 2:47 am

The first 4 pages are all the same…

Were you thinking of ever posting the Plastic Man bit in the bar? If not, I’ll mention it in another comment later.

Travis Pelkie

July 31, 2011 at 2:48 am

And dammit, I missed a chance…

Hey, hey, hey, the first 4 pages are all the same.

Don’t mind me…

Michael Howey

July 31, 2011 at 3:24 am

You could probably fill ten columns with Gene Ha’s Top Ten stuff as well.

That ‘M’ in the Village People panel is the same ‘M’ worn by Marvin in the Superfriends cartoon.

That WAS Marvin sporting the M on his shirt.

The character to the left of the Village People is The Gay Ghost. Pun intended, no doubt.

given all the easter eggs in kingdom come you would almost need a separate little colum for it.

Man, if those kids aren’t careful, they just might learn something.

I like how the Gay Ghost, Virman Vundabar and the rest seem to be backing off from Marvin before the trouble he’s asking for catches up with him.

I think that’s not Riff Raff but is meant to be Nosferatu, played by Max Schreck in the film of the same name.

“I think that’s not Riff Raff but is meant to be Nosferatu, played by Max Schreck in the film of the same name.”

He’s dressed as Riff Raff and is standing next to Columbia; Nosferatu was never shown dressed that way.

Alex Ross has said that those were not the Cosby kids, that it was a coincidence that they turned out to look similar. And Riff Raff was never shown dressed like that either.

To me the clothing (trousers, shirt, tails) looks a lot closer to Riff Raff’s usual gone-to-seed butler’s outfit than it does to Nosferatu’s early 19th century knee-length frock coat. The main difference is the colour of the pants. But decide for yourself:

Nosferatu can be seen at http://elbucle.files.wordpress.com/2009/12/nosferatu.jpg

Riff Raff can be seen at http://www.rockymusic.org/img/rhpsphotoscolor/RHPS-TimeWarpRiffCoffin.jpg

I’d be very interested to see a source for Alex Ross saying the similarities to the Cosby Kids was pure coincidence. Dumb Donald’s pink home-made balaclava alone is sufficiently peculiar to cast reasonable doubt, let alone all the other parallels. Is it plausible that the book is filled with deliberate one panel cameo appearances, but the resemblances in this sequence of ten panels across four pages are accidental?

Heheheh :)

Alex Ross is pulling yer leg. There is no way that that’s a coincidence. Those are Fat Albert and The Cosby Kids.


August 1, 2011 at 9:42 am

I remember the great Wizard issue (no idea of the number) that went over most (if not all ) of the easter eggs in the series with Alex Ross. Each one was broken down by book and panel and shown very clearly. One of the best things Wizard ever did.

It’s possible that these pages came to the attention of Mr. Cosby who I’m sure would be none too pleased to see his characters(based on himself and his childhood friends) portrayed as gun toting criminals, leading Alex Ross to try to deny any purposeful similarities.

And was Riff Raff ever shown dressed that way? Also look at the ears on Ross’ painting!!

Strange that you mention the Village People’s cameo, but not the Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band’s (it’s extended, they’re robots). Or ELO’s Tron-disc thing… or… or…

Okay, you could go for days just about cameos on this series.

The Cosby Kids appearing in a mini-series about tarnished heroes is now quite ironic.

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