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Comic Book Easter Eggs – Great Love and Capes Easter Eggs (plus the GREATEST L&C Easter Egg)

Every week, I will be sharing with you 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 easter eggs from Thom Zahler’s charming Love and Capes comic book, about the everyday lives of a couple named Mark and Abby, who recently married after dating for a long time. Abby owns a book store and Mark, oh, he is just Crusader, one of the most famous superheroes in the world.

A recurring easter egg in Love and Capes is books by Richard Castle, the protagonist of ABC’s Castle (as played by Nathan Fillion)…

That same issue (Love and Capes Ever After #1) has a Lost reference, as they are flying Oceanic Airlines…

Issue #4 of the original series has a cameo by Gus and Shawn of the TV series Psych…

The same issue has a cute reference to Box Canyon, the place where the Lone Ranger was born (John Reid’s fellow Texas Rangers, including his brother, were killed when they were all ambushed at Box Canyon – John survived and became the Lone Ranger)…

Finally, the greatest easter egg of all, the appearance of a certain awesome book that you all should buy in Love and Capes Ever After #1 (click on the image to enlarge)….


No idea what this book is, but it looks fun!

You’re right, Bloom County collections are books everyone should buy! ;~)

Oddly, for some reason my local library has the Love & Capes books shelved in their Teen Center. It’s not the worst place for ‘em, but could easily be swaped out into the general grapic novel/tpd section where for some reason they’ve put Sweet Tooth …

Leave it to Brian to find his book in the Love and Capes collections.. I must have read the books hundreads of times by this point and ALWAYS spotted the Bloom County collection but missed “Was Superman A Spy?”.

Good show Thom…Best Superhero Romance book on the stands…and GREAT hidden Easter Egg.

Brian is certainly beaming……

Daryll: I mentioned Brian’s book when this issue came out, so it’s not just him being inordinately proud of it. Of course, as he is the Dread Lord and Master, perhaps he implanted the thought in my head so I WOULD mention it …

randypan the goatboy

January 18, 2012 at 9:41 am

I think this go round left me in the dark. I understand box canyon and the lone ranger, but I have never heard of Love and capes and I just dont see any potential reason to read it after this easter egg hunt.

Captain Librarian

January 18, 2012 at 9:44 am

Good catch, The Dreamer is an excellent romantic webcomic that deserves a wide print release ;)

Also love The Dreamer graphic novel in the background of the last Easter Egg example, which is another IDW title from another very talented creator.

Thom Zhaler’s Love and Capes is an amazing comic for super hero lovers, sit com lovers, comic fans, and people who have never picked up a comic before in their lives.

Actually the Lone Ranger was John Reid. Britt Reid was the Green Hornet.

On another matter, I tried to email you a tip last week but I got a “Mail Not Delivered” notice. It seems my message was somehow identified as spam.

Is Superman a Spy? Is Brian an Egomaniac?

j/k :)

What I’ve read of Love and Capes is pretty good, and Thom himself was a pretty nice guy. I should pick up more of this.

On another matter, I tried to email you a tip last week but I got a “Mail Not Delivered” notice. It seems my message was somehow identified as spam.

Try the cronb01@aol.com e-mail address.

I e-mailed Thom Zahler about this, and I’ll repeat it here. In the origin story of the Lone Ranger, the Texas Rangers were not ambushed at a place called Box Canyon. They were ambushed at Bryant’s Gap, which is a box canyon (a dead-end canyon that’s walled on three sides, with only one way in or out).

And for those of you who aren’t already Love and Capes fans, you can read the first issue online at http://www.loveandcapes.com (click the Read Online link). It’s one of my favorite comic book titles of the past ten years.

There’s a glitch in one of the links, though. Page 41 doesn’t exist. When you’re on page 40, the Next button won’t do anything. You have to select page 42 (which is really page 41) from the drop-down list.

The other address appears to have worked.

Yep! A few other folks mentioned the Easter Egg you sent in – I’ll definitely feature it in the future (I was actually planning on featuring it last week until I turned that into an all=Keith Giffen edition)

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