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Comic Book Easter Eggs – X-Men and Wildstorm Strippers!

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!).

Reader Rodrigo suggested this bit from the Justice League Wedding Special where Hal Jordan has to cancel the strippers he hired for Oliver Queen’s bachelor party….

As you might notice, they’re based on characters from X-Men comics and/or Wildstorm comics (Rogue, Emma Frost, Freefall, Fairchild and I have no idea who the other lady is supposed to be).

Reader Tom P. suggested this bit from Swamp Thing #3, where writer Scott Snyder names the doctor in this scene after Dick Durock, who played Swamp Thing in the 1980s films and the subsequent TV series.

Reader Stuart suggested this new member of the Captain Britain Corps from Uncanny X-Men #462, Flight Leader…

As Stuart notes, Alan Davis certainly patterned Flight Leader after Dan Dare…

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

13 Comments

I thought the darker skinned girl at the stripper scene was supposed to M from X-Factor..?

… Or Voodoo from Wildcats.

Jason, that’s a good one, too. I think more likely, good call!

glad i am not the only one who could not figure out who that last woman in the stripper scene in green lantern was suppose to be plus love the little tribute to dick durock by being the doctors name.

randypan the goatboy

March 7, 2012 at 8:31 am

I noticed an easter egg in the justice league book. The guy that was paying for the strippers was named hal…clearly named hal for the star of the Green lantern comic book Hal Jordan…I feel so smrt for catchificating that one.

Perhaps a bit of a meta-comment on DC’s opinion of the way Wildstorm and X-Men characters dressed at the time? Kinda rendered irrelevant by Starfire’s new duds, huh?

That hypothesis falls apart once you take a look at what Marvel, DC and Wildstorm characters were wearing at the time, TJ. (Incidentally, that time was only a few years ago.)

@TJCoolguy: At the time? It was 5 years ago, and take a look at the cover of the issue. How many of the DC heroines on that cover could be mistaken for strippers?

Alan Davis is still one of the coolest artists ever.

The four boys of The Big Bang Theory appeared in Power Girl # 4 where one of the guys tried to hit on with PG.

Looking at the outfit, I would say that the last woman might be She-Hulk.

Yeah, because Rogue and Jean Grey have always dressed like strippers, especially head to toe wearing gloves Rogue…

Yeah, I guess I didn’t make it clear enough, but I was really just trying to point out the (possible) hypocrisy of DC in a humorous way. Maybe I shouldn’t have singled out new-Starfire, when DC has had plenty of stripper-outfitted heroines for decades.

And Alex: I totally agree on Alan Davis, I actually just bought the first trade of his run on Excalibur (the second run, which he wrote AND drew) and am enjoying it immensely. Now I just need to find some collections of the original Claremont/Davis run. That’s the stuff I remember from childhood.

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