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Comic Book Easter Eggs – The Mythbusters Teach X-23 a Thing or Two…

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 KNuff pointed out this neat bit in X-23: Target X #2 (written by Craig Kyle and Chris Yost and drawn by Mike Choi and Sonia Oback) where the hosts of Mythbusters, Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, are depicted as X-23’s teachers in high school…

Clever stuff!

Peter Bergman, one of the founders of the comedy troupe the Firesign Theatre, passed away on March 10th. In honor of his passing, reader Erich M. suggested I feature a Firesign Theatre reference by Peter Gillis in his mid-80’s Eternal mini-series, where Thena of the Eternals goes undercover and uses as a fake name a name so similar to a name from a Firesign Theatre that it almost certainly is an intentional reference. The character in the Firesign Theatre bit is Betty Jo Bialovsky and the character in the bit is Betty Sue Bialovsky…

Finally, reader Terry B. pointed out this neat bit in the 1988 Punisher graphic novel The Punisher – Assassin’s Guild, written by Jo Duffy and drawn by Jorge Zaffino.

The bad guys Punisher kills here are based on the famed manga series Lupin III, by Monkey Punch (Kazuhiko Kato) (which amusingly enough, just recently celebrated its 40th anniversary)….

Cool stuff by Duffy.

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


Why does the spiky-haired girl keep getting sent to the office? She didn’t do anything.

Tom Fitzpatrick

March 21, 2012 at 5:11 am

That bit where X-23 illustrates her vast knowledge of (s)kill sets was kinda funny.
Something that every teenagers seems to have these days, not so funny.
Which is why I don’t have children. homicidal buggers. ;-)

Tom Fitzpatrick

March 21, 2012 at 5:12 am

@ Michael P.: guilty by association, perhaps?

The Crazed Spruce

March 21, 2012 at 5:13 am

Apropos of nothing, and correct me if I’m wrong, but wasn’t Rob Schrab, the guy who created Scud the Disposable Assassin, a member of Fireside Theatre?

The Crazed Spruce

March 21, 2012 at 5:15 am

Whoops. Meant Firesign Theatre.

I’ve never heard of Jorge Zaffino, and I don’t generally read Punisher, but holy moly I am going to track down a copy of that book. That art is beautiful. Wow.

Why does the Punisher kill everything I love?

Man, Michael P. comes in with the exact thing I’m asking.

love the look of jamie when Laura starts saying stuff in french and the look of the girl next to her when she winds up with x23 in the principal office. plus Jamie seemed a little p.o. over Laura sharing her knowledge of the human body. the punisher bit was interesting.

It has never even slightly occurred to me to read a comic with X-23 in it before– but those pages are really funny. Was the book generally that good?

About the spike-haired girl; she’s (technically) Laura’s cousin, due to the fact that she’s living with her “mother’s” relatives at the time in San Francisco. And thus, she’s gets sent there by association (plus the fact that she’s also a trouble-maker at the school they’re attending).

The school that X-23 goes to was also a reference to another school, or a fictional company. I can’t remember what, though.

Travis Pelkie:Man-Thing

March 21, 2012 at 6:19 pm

Lemme name check Jo Duffy’s manga Nestrobber as being pretty good it’s own self.

I have that Eternals issue, I think. Damn! There’s another Firesign Theater reference in another comic that comes to mind right off (probably around that same time period), I’ll have to email it to you later.

So, X-23 is sent to the principal’s office twice and they don’t make her change her hooker wear either time?

Of course the beret guy from Mythbusters teaches French!

There’s another Firesign Theater reference in another comic that comes to mind right off (probably around that same time period), I’ll have to email it to you later.

Well, Steve Gerber’s Defenders #34 was titled “I Think We’re All Bozos in This Book,” but I don’t think of allusions in titles as really Easter Eggs.

Travis: I’m glad someone else noticed that, too. All I was thinking while I was reading that X-23 entry was that, at the school I went to, she wouldn’t have even gotten past the yard duties in that outfit.

You don’t want to see the cover of the issue in question. It is…just…yikes.

Travis Pelkie:Man-Thing

March 22, 2012 at 1:17 am

As buttler points out, story titles probably don’t count, so the Firesign Theater ref I was thinking of in particular was an issue of DC Challenge, where part of the challenge was to title the next issue and make the next writer make the title work somehow (it was a round robin book). One of the later issues is titled “How Can you be in 2 places at once when you’re not anywhere at all”. (It’s issue 11, and apparently Dan Mishkin challenged Marv Wolfman to do it.) I love DC Challenge.

Ah, it appears that issue cover of X-23 could be entitled “welcome to my boudoir”. What’s creepier yet is, isn’t she not actually the age she appears, and even younger? (Kinda like, say, Bart Allen — accelerated aging?). I remember back in high school a girl complaining when one of the hall monitors or whatever made her go to the principal’s office for wearing a belly exposing t-shirt, saying “why am I always the one who gets in trouble?”

“Jamie’s” mustache is far too well-groomed. Still cool, though.

I will say, questionable wardrobe aside, that the art for that run looks really good. That’s the kind of “modern-style” comic art I appreciate. Some current comics go too far with the sleek, digital look, but you can tell when it comes from a place of real artistry. Even just something as simple as the facial study of Laura in the second panel (when she’s saying “Oui”) shows a lot of genuine ability. What else have Mike Choi and Sonia Oback done?

“The bad guys Punisher kills here are based on the famed manga series Lupin III, by Monkey Punch”

In Classic X-Men#26/2, Banshee and Wolverine encountered a thief called Arsene, also from a line of thieves.

I actually do not hold that Jo Duffy (writer of Assassin’s Guild) and Tom Orzechowski (writer of Classic X-Men#26/2) intended these as the same person. Rather, what happened, they both decided to homage Arsene Lupin III, an unauthorized grand-son/successor to Maurice LeBlanc’s thief Arsene Lupin created by the Japanese manga writer Monkey Punch. (Before we criticize Monkey Punch, remember that Gerry Conway started the Punisher by taking ideas from Mack Bolan, the Executioner by Don Pendleton and the Shadow by Walter Gibson).

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