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Comic Book Easter Eggs – The Big Bang Theory Comes to the DCU!

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!).

Commenter Cpalustre suggested an easter egg that a few other folks have suggested, this appearance in Power Girl #4 of the Big Bang Theory cast…

It is almost too obvious to count as an easter egg, but let’s say it counts! Amanda Conner did a wonderful job on their likenesses.

Reader Wojtek suggested an intriguing one involving the great German artist Andreas Martens aka Andreas. His most famous work is Rork…

In Silver Surfer #126, drawn by Ron Garney, there appears to be a reference to Rork on the first page…

You might be thinking, “Hey, Brian, that is a pretty specious claim as an easter egg! How do you know Garney is referencing Rork and it wasn’t just a cut-off word or whatever?” Well, later in the issue, there is this page…

that is practically a mirror opposite of this page from Rork…

No way is that a coincidence (okay, I mean, I guess there’s a CHANCE, but not a good one).

What a neat catch by Wojtek! And what a great homage by Garney!

Finally, reader Miguel pointed out a neat bit from Marvel Knights: Spider-Man #6, where Peter and Mary Jane are having lunch when it appears that the Fantastic Four and then the X-Men walk by…

Cute stuff by the Dodsons!

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


Wow, I own that issue of “Power Girl” (I love that run), and I remember that scene clearly, but I never noticed who those guys were ’til now. It’s pretty obvious, too. Then again, I also wrote a long rant in the comments about my negative feelings about that show a few months back, so I guess it makes sense I wouldn’t recognize them.

I can’t believe that’s the same Ron Garney who drew Cap in the 90s and Civil War Spider-Man in the mid oughts. What a great job he’s done here! I don’t know whether it’s the color palette or maybe the inks, but that is some very clean, very slick-looking work. It reminds me of Marcos Martin, which for me is about the highest praise possible for a superhero artist.


Remember: Arrested Development is smart jokes about dumb people and The Big Bang Theory is dumb jokes about smart people.

I didn’t recognize them either thanks to my loathing of the show.

Whoa, how did they get permission to put the Fantastic Four and the X-Men in to a Spider-Man comic? They’re like…completely different books!

Logan looks a little like Dennis Hopper in “Easy Rider.”

Why is none of J.M. DeMatteis’ work on Silver Surfer or The Spectre collected in trades? As much as I love hunting down old issues I can’t help but think that these runs could be collected because when DeMatteis does large concept, existentialist work he really does have a massive romantic streak which makes comparable work in similar themes by Morrison, Moore etc. just seem soulless. Does anyone else agree?
Also, I’m always struck by how Ron Garney is so underrated as an artist because he is one of those people who can get a job done for a deadline for release consistently for a 6-8 issue arc. People should check out stuff like his covers for Skaar: Son of Hulk for evidence that when he works with good colourists and/or painters his work can rival artists like Deodato & Sienkiewicz.

DeMatteis does large concept, existentialist work he really does have a massive romantic streak which makes comparable work in similar themes by Morrison, Moore etc. just seem soulless. Does anyone else agree?

I agree. Morrison’s work is all head and no heart. And even the head aspect is more clever than it is insightful. Although compared to Mark Millar, he has way more head and heart.

Sorry, last comment was me.

I didn’t have any idea who those guys in Power Girl were either–except the speaking guy, who I thought was Ringo Starr.

To bad that last Spider-man one never happened just like Ron Garney’s CIvil War Spider-man stuff. Man, that was a waste. Why’d they do it in the first place? An idea like that would of been the coolest thing ever if Marvel had put effort into it.

I was looking through an old X-Men issue where Cannonball is fighting the Gladiator and they just put the Punisher in there as a gag. SPeaking of Spider-man comics that never happened, One of those wonderful J. Scott Campbell covers has Spider-man stalking his wife and Wolverine is clearly walking in the background. Amazing Spider-man #51 (VOLUME 2!!!?????&^$%%$@).

Yeah, considering the extensive tie-ins that made the Marvel universe, it’s less an easter egg and more just a great way of utilizing the potential. Very clever though, all the same.

Ron Garney seems to me to be a very underappreciated talent, I think his Cap was perhaps the greater part of the success of the Waid/Garney run on Cap (although Wait, as usual, deserves credit for knowing when to shut up and let the artist work) and his Silver Surfer ranks right up their with Kirby, Buscema, Moebius and Lim in my opinion. Really looking forward to seeing him on the Fantastic Four.

And I can’t express how much prefer DeMatteis to Morrison, I definitely agree, Holmes. I love JMD’s work on Spider-Man, despite all the clone falderall. Amazing Spider-Man 400 was up there with anything Lee or Stern ever did.

Jared- They can say they never happened in continuity, but they definitely happened as stories in and of themselves, and good stories always win out. Ron Garney along with JMS’s work was a bright spot in the otherwise disappointing Civil War storyline, and I don’t regret buying them.

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