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Comic Book Easter Eggs – Spider-Man in the 30th Century!

Every Tuesday, I will be sharing with you three comic book “easter eggs.” 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! If you want to suggest an easter egg for a future column, e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com (do not post your suggestion in the comments section!).

This week features all easter eggs from comic books with Keith Giffen as a part of the creative team!

First off, in just this most recent comic book week, O.M.A.C. #5 had an amusing little hidden joke when Frankenstein is fighting O.M.A.C., Frankensten decides to blow up a gas truck to take O.M.A.C. out (hint: it does not work).

Well, check out the name of the gas company…

Crude, but funny! I don’t know if it was Giffen’s joke or inker Scott Koblish or leterer Travis Lanham.

In Legion of Super-Heroes #300, Giffen did a wonderful double-page spread of all the Legionnaires…

He also threw in some special guests, including Spider-Man and Garfield! Here is a detail so that you can see it easier…

A few different folks suggested I feature this Legion one. Thanks!

In 52 #2, which Giffen did breakdowns for, the plot of the story is that so-called “mad scientists” are being rounded up. So T.O. Morrow has a wall filled of newspaper clippings about the disappearances of the scientists.

Can you name where all the mad scientists came from? Doctor Sivana, IQ and Doctor Death are easy, but where are the other characters from?

That’s it for this week!

Again, 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.

28 Comments

Are Dr. Cyclops/Tyme really an Easter Egg considering their use as minor characters on Oolong Island?

In the far left corner of the Legion spread is a “Bat” silhoutte. If memory serves, wasn’t there a Brave and the Bold that same month or the month after that featured Batman and the Legion?

Are Dr. Cyclops/Tyme really an Easter Egg considering their use as minor characters on Oolong Island?

Yes. But even if they’re not, Jeremiah Clugg is!

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I bet Clugg had to pay a huge security deposit on that rented lair…

That OMAC one sounds (heh heh) totally like a Giffen thing. He needs to bring Trencher back, dammit!

Giff is such a great creator, man. Love his stuff.

After googling, Clugg really *is* pretty obscure!

Of course, Dr. Cyclops (if he started where I think he did — Jerry Lewis comics?) is down there too.

Tom Fitzpatrick

January 10, 2012 at 7:51 pm

Damn, someone must’ve good eyesight to be able to spot Garfield and Spider-man. Did noticed the Batman shadow.

Just love these easter eggs. There can never be enough!

In the bottom right corner is spidey, Garfield is at the bottom about three spaces to the right, the Fat Fury is just after him moving right behind two other folks I don’t recognize (must be actual heroes) and hten on the otherside of the detail panel, about six spots to the right of the bat shadow is Fonzi…aaaaaaayyyyeeee!

Have you been keeping track of all the names Snyder and Paquette have been dropping over in Swamp Thing? Also, what about S.H.I.E.L.D. over at Marvel? I’m sure that book is just rife with easter eggs.

Is that really the Fat Fury? I’d never known who that was supposed to be. But I think “Fonzi” is supposed to be Rond Vidar.

Yeah, the others I have heard as well, but I was too unsure to definitely mention them, unlike Garfield and Spidey.

cool easter eggs love the name of the gas truck hilerious. plus the spider man and garfield little back ground cameos. wonder if keith put them in because he liked the characters the last ones other then sivina and i q quimby have no clue about the other mad minds of the dc universe.

Captain Librarian

January 11, 2012 at 7:15 am

Alright, I sense I may regret it, but can someone explain the OMAC easter egg? I don’t get it at all.

That doesn’t look like a T before the U.

Captain Librarian, when an animal passes gas, it’s called “flatulence.” Thus “Flatulence Bros. Natural Gas.”

Captain Librarian

January 11, 2012 at 7:34 am

I figured it had to do with completing the obscured word, but flatulence didn’t come to my mind.

Crusader K,

According to legionwiki.com, issue #300 of the LoSH was published on March 17, 1983.

http://www.legionwiki.com/wiki/index.php?title=Legion_of_Super-Heroes_v2_300

According to dc.wikia.com, Batman teamed up with the LoSH in The Brave and the Bold, Vol. 1, #179, which has a cover date of October 1981.

http://dc.wikia.com/wiki/Brave_and_the_Bold_Vol_1_179

I think “Fonzi” is actually Squiggy of Lenny & Squiggy (from Laverne & Shirley)… Lenny is just to the left of him.

Even after googling I’m stumped on the Jeremiah Clugg one.

I had noticed the Spider-Man and Garfield on that page, but somehow I had never noticed Herbie: The Fat Fury until seeing the blown up panel. I had always thought the “Fonzi” was Bowser from Sha Na Na, but Squiggy makes more sense. I’m pretty Sure Rond Vidar is on the other side somewhere, so there’s no way that the “Fonzi” is him. Also there’s no way it is Fonzi because Arthur Fonzirelli never had that spit curl.

That’s probably not Herbie the Fat Fury, but E. Nelson Bridwell, a former Legion writer. Also included are writer Paul Levitz, penciller Keith Giffen, inker Larry Mahlstedt, and editor Karen Berger. And yes, it’s Lenny and Squiggy from Laverne and Shirley.

I don’t think that is Herbie the Fat Fury either, I always thought it was Larry “Bud” Melman

Tom Fitzpatrick

January 12, 2012 at 5:18 am

(sigh) Just heard. O.M.A.C.’s is going to be cancelled this spring.

Jeremiah Clugg was a bad guy who went against the first Blue Beetle, Dan Garrett.

I’m with Travis Pellkie, Trencher needs to make a comeback. Greatest Keith Giffen work of all time, (after JLI) and one of the best comics of the glorious 90′s

I tried to email you a tip but I got a “Mail Not Delivered” notice. It seems my message was deemed spam. I don’t understand how that happened.

“Opulence Bros Natural Gas”?

Ha! That zany Keith Giffen, always picking on the 1%!

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