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Comic Book Easter Eggs – Simpsons in Spider-Man and the World’s Finest Duo in Avengers Forever

Every week, 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!).

In Spider-Man: Sweet Charity by Ron Zimmerman, Darick Robertson and Rodney Ramos, the Scorpion is on the hunt for Spider-Man and J. Jonah Jameson in Central Park when he runs across a familiar looking family…

Reader Pez-La pointed out this subtle cameo of Batman and Superman in a panel in Avengers Forever #11, by Kurt Busiek, Carlos Pacheco and Jesus Merino…

Finally, longtime reader yo go re pointed out this amusing bit from G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #96, where Larry Hama, M.D. Bright and Randy Emberlin draw the Three Stooges as three ill-fated Cobra Vipers…

Thanks for the great suggestions, folks! Again, e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com if you have any other nifty suggestions!

34 Comments

So how many times have the Three Stooges been homaged/ripped off in comics?

I think the Simpsons count is higher. I remember them showing up in a Byrne She-Hulk.

Jimbo, Dolph and Kearney showed up in Young Justice, although I believe Brian did that one

So, were Batman and Superman from the good Avengers army, or the bad Avengers army?

love how homer and family prove that they can even annoy a spider man rogue. plus also love the looks on the stooge vipers when storm shadow pops out of nowhere

randypan the goatboy

February 15, 2012 at 7:10 am

I think the Superman batman cameo in Avenger’s forever is a bit of a cheat.the red cape really could belong to anyone and you have to struggle to see what is hardly a hint of Batman. other than that the rest of them were cool.

Better Superman Cameo in future Rick Jones, actually. And I think Batman’s utility belt. Been a while since I read that series.

@KAM…..I remember seeing the “Three Stooges” within the POWER PACK Series….Twice.

The first time was in Issue #21, where Katie(then Energizer) & Jack(then Mass Master) stop “Moe” &”Larry” from harming Katie’s favorite writer at her residence……And the second time; Katie(after her first power trade & known as Starstreak) and Jack(the same for him & he’s become Counterweight) stopped the true “mastermind” behind their plan (and he’s “Curly), with Dakota North & the Punisher’s (strange but true) help in Issue #46.

@Jeff Ryan, you’re correct and the family were up against Zombies…!!

Whatever happened to MD Bright? That’s some solid work.

There’s a Lex Luthor cameo in Avengers Forever too.

Superman and Batman are also referenced a second time in Avengers Forever when Captain Marvel swaps place with Old Rick Jones. Rick has a scar and is missing an arm, but he has both Nega bands, Ghost Rider’s shirt, the Eye of Agamotto, Batman’s Utility belt and Superman’s cape as a serape plus Hawkman’s boots.

Cool Simpsons came aside, that Scorpion scene is painful to read.

That is some horrible, horrible dialogue in the Scorpion scene.

Silver Surfer Vol. 3, #41 had a three-eyed Bart Simpson. More light-hearted than the Scorpion example.

In that G.I. Joe comic, doesn’t J. Jonah Jameson appear in a scene right before this one? Though, granted that’s not an Easter Egg, it’s a cameo appearance.

JJJ showed up in the previous issue. I believe I featured it on a previous installment of Comic Book Easter Eggs.

Brian, in a reverse G.I. Joe easter egg, back in Amazing Spider-Man #268, an unnamed Sergeant appears who is drawn to look exactly like Duke.

What’s funny with these things is that though they’re both put out by Marvel, G.I. Joe is not supposed to be a part of the Marvel Universe. The Transformers aren’t either, but originally Marvel thought they would be, which is why Spidey shows up in an early issue.

@randypan the goatboy: besides the red cape, you can also see a blue sleeve and his black hair. Batman being in the same panel only reinforces the idea that that’s Superman. It’s pretty obvious, imho. The same applies to Batman: grey tights, black cape and mask with pointy ears. That’s more than a hint, particularly when reinforced by the presence of Superman in the same panel. Struggle? Not at all if you’re actually paying attention to what’s on the page.

As many times as I’ve read that G.I. Joe sequence (and it’s one of my favorite storylines), I’ve never noticed until right now how one of the “Stooge Vipers” is holding his rifle upside-down when firing blindly at Storm Shadow. Hilarious!

@Adam,

Thank you for knowing Rick’s outfit better than I did! :-)

@Ethan Shuster – and why Transformers’ super villain/hero Circuit Breaker appears in Secret Wars II

Oh great, now I have to go through my copies of Avengers Forver and look for this stuff.

True, Greg, but the Luthor cameo is at least a reference to an actual comic where Luthor really did team up with Doctor Octopus.

Yep, a reference to the first Superman vs The Amazing Spider-Man crossover, the Luthor panel showed up not long ago in a CSBG post about something else:

http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/2011/12/04/the-abandoned-an-forsaked-space-phantoms-are-even-trained-to-think-lies-to-themselves/

[...] villachica, febrero 15th, 2012 Buscando notas para el dp.cl me encontré con este easter egg en CBR, donde Superman y Batman aparecen en la siguiente viñeta: Avengers #11 de Kurt Busiek, Carlos [...]

Cheers, Kolymar!

@ Jeff Ryan

Maybe, but the Stooges cameos/homages/knockoffs goes back, at least, as far as whatever issue Winky, Blinky & Noddy (the Three Dimwits) first appeared in back in the 1940s.

Heck, I believe Cerebus did the Stooges twice. Once as a cameo of a council of wizards in an early issue & later on as an outright homage as the Three Wise Fellas.

I’m just surprised no one on the internet has started up a Stooges Cameo list yet. ;-)

@Squashua, slightly different situation there. Circuit Breaker was inserted into Secret Wars just before her Transformers appearance so that Marvel would retain the rights to the character. To confuse things further, her pre-Circuit Breaker alter ego actually appeared in TF first.

The same thing happened with Death’s Head. Writer Simon Furman created him to be used in the Transformers UK comic, but to retain the rights to the character, a quick short story showed up in another comic just prior to the TF appearance. Interestingly, his Transformers adventure is mentioned in one of the Marvel Handbook issues, even naming two TF characters. The Handbook placed this story on a different numbered earth, revealing that the licensed property no longer connected to Marvel still took place in their multiverse. But that’s the Transformers UK continuity, not the US one. That universe now has its own number.

Sorry… didn’t mean to make this my own column! :)

The Stooges showed up on a Batman: The Animated Series episode, too, as Joker henchmen. They had the Stooges’ haircuts, but were much bigger. They even had the voice actors doing impressions of them.

@Unifiedshoe I also always enjoyed Bright’s work. Apparently, he found God: http://www.mdbright.com/levelpathmain.html

I recall a group of three stooges types running around a few issues of Knightfall

The 3 Stooges appeared as aliens in Defenders #150.

The Conan from What If I#43 seems to have appeared in Avengers Forever. He seems to still have that leather vest and bare chest he did in that issue.

The Simpsons also showed up as a cameo in one New Warriors comic (that part with Infinity War crossover tie-in) where Speedball crashed into their house.

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