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Comic Book Easter Eggs – SHIELD Closes the Door on James Bond and American Vampire Mentions The Shining

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 Strange Tales #164, by Jim Steranko, Nick Fury shows up at the barber shop front for SHIELD and he is in bad shape, so the Agents posing as barbers have to close up shop. This is just as a certain English spy shows up at the door…

Cute reference by Steranko to the character who influenced the creation of Nick Fury, Agent of SHIELD.

Reader Blackjack suggested this one.

Reader Daron B. picked up this great reference by Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque in American Vampire #2 (which had a back-up story written by Stephen King). When the lead protagonist wakes up in the morgue (as she is now a vampire), she shares the morgue with a “Jack Torrance, age 42.”

Jack Torrance, of course, is the lead character in King’s classic novel, The Shining.

Our old pal Mark pointed out a cute Simpsons reference in Jim Starlin and Ron Lim’s Silver Surfer #41, as an alien version of Bart Simpson (complete with three eyes, like the fish in Springfield) walks by….

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

12 Comments

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Yeah, I remember chuckling over the Bond bit when I read the Steranko Nick Fury collection. My favorite Bond riff was in issue 154 of STRANGE TALES, where Fury’s pre-Gaffer armorer is named Boothroyd (Q’s real name is Boothroyd).

You know, with respect to Davy Jones dying, The Monkees have cameo appearances in MARVELS and Kingdom Come.
(And probably a few other Alex Ross things)

Can YOU find them?

Michael Howey

March 1, 2012 at 2:36 pm

I loved that surfer story. His execution was great. All a placeholder for the big Thanos return and classic Infinity Gauntlet. Happy days.

Regarding the Monkees appearance, The Beatles also have a cameos in both Marvels and Kingdom Come, (working from memory here) in Marvels at Reed and Sue’s wedding and in kingdom come in full Sgt. Pepper outfits. The Who’s Tommy also has an appearance in Kingdom Come.

That was probably my favorite point in the Surfer run. I’m ashamed to admit that until now I didn’t realize the three eyes was from Blinky the fish.

[…] ago, Comics Should Be Good used one of my suggestions about an Easter egg in a comic panel:  a three-eyed Bart Simpson alien made a cameo in a Silver Surfer comic. I can’t believe I didn’t make the connection to Blinky the mutant three-eyed fish but […]

I would have to say that Strange Tales#I 164 may not serve as an Easter Egg. I doubt that they intended that fellow as anyone in particular. and just wanted the dialogue

He seem to resemble Richard NIxon or David Clinton (Chronos) or Jack Webb (look at his jowls) more than anybody else. Also, go over the dialogue. It seems too colloquial and slang.

I have to say the fellow in the scan above has too jowly a face.

the appearance of Scott Summers and Jean Grey in an Iron Fist comic which features Del Floria’s Tailor Shop (from the T.V. show The Man From U.N.C.L.E.); the Iron Fist-U.N.C.L.E. connection remains intact

That Surfer is, for some reason, one of my all time favorites. I even did a podcast devoted entirely to it.

James Bond also appeared in a few issues of Wolverine during the “Gehenna Stone Affair”. I’m surprised it wasn’t mentioned here.

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