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Comic Book Easter Eggs – The Juggernaut Nearly Flattens Harry Potter

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!).

Readers Taylor and Andy both recommended this scene from Chris Claremont, Michael Ryan and Rick Ketcham’s New Excalibur #3, where the Juggernaut nearly runs into Harry Potter, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley.

Reader Anthony points out an enterprising space crew helping out two characters on a mission in the pages of Robert Kirkman and Cory Walker’s Invincible #67…

Finally, a bunch of people have mentioned this one over the years, but reader John was the most recent to suggest it to me, the appearance of Duke from G.I. Joe as a soldier in Amazing Spider-Man #268, written by Tom DeFalco and drawn by Ron Frenz and Joe Rubinstein (note the helicopter insignia to clarify that the resemblance to Duke is not a coincidence)…

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

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The soldier in that Spidey story (the golden building arc) is definitely Duke.

In fact, Anderson bears a strong resemblance to CIA agent Anderson from the G.I. Joe comics:

http://www.myuselessknowledge.com/joe/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=42&Itemid=53

Do recurring characters actually count as Easter eggs? Invincible’s boldly incompetent Captain and crew are in several issues and they’re a parody/reimagining/archetype like many of the characters in that series.

Yeah. Someone even asked Kirkman on the letter pages of Invincible whether he was gonna do a mini series on the Captain and his crew, and he answered he doesn’t want to get sued.

They ever do the appearance of those two Clerks characters in Daredevil #13 (Volume 2)? I think it was issue 13.

The Harry Potter appearance would have been much better if his name hadn’t been used.

Are Patton Oswalt and Brian Posehn as hitmen in Daredevil considered Easter Eggs?

That’s definitely Duke, though I’m sure that symbol on the helicopter is meant to be anything other than a generic military symbol. Though it does have G.I. Joe’s red, white and blue stripes.

This is especially interesting because G.I. Joe (and Transformers) are not technically part of the Marvel universe, despite a couple of crossovers. The Spider-Man appearance in an early TF issue was ignored later on. Though recently, Marvel semi-officially designated those comics as taking place on a numbered Earth in Marvel’s multiverse.

I just noticed that the Spider-Man comic is part of Secret Wars II. Maybe they decided to include Duke here to get G.I. Joe into the company-wide crossover, if even unofficially?

love the look on harry potters face when they saw juggernaut run by. also find it interesting to see duke made an appearance in spider man given that marvel only did the comic but does not own the characters including duke.

@Drancron – Ah. I didn’t know that when I submitted that. I’m reading the series for the first time, and that was the first time I noticed them, in any case. And my reaction was definitely “Oh hey, it’s Picard, Data, and Worf exactly.”

I second Crash-Man’s point. An overly obvious Easter egg isn’t any fun (try saying that three times).

Yeah, I think it was pretty obvious without the “Harry!” Still, maybe the writer wasn’t sure the artist was going to convey it right without tossing that in there.

@Ethan – offhand, additional TF crossovers into the MU proper (officially at the time) include

1) Savage Land: the bodies of the Dinobots and Shockwave were trapped in the past and later recovered from The Savage Land.

2) Circuit Breaker: Circuit Breaker, a cybernetic super villain / hero created to battle the TFs, appeared in Secret Wars II and spoke with The Beyonder and his afro.

This is akin to any now non-continuity crossovers with the FF and the Shogun Warriors back in the day.

@Anthony – Invincible is a great series – almost certainly my favourite part of my monthly haul. :-) The Captain is definitely in #71 and #73 as well if not more issues. I’m just not sure that they’re quite an Easter egg unless, say… Damien Darkblood is a Rorschach Easter egg or Martian Man is a Martian Manhunter Easter egg, etc.

Squashua – I do know about TF’s connections, too. The most obvious one is that early issue (#3?) guest starring Spider-Man, but Nick Fury and Dum Dum Dugan also briefly show up in that same issue.

The Circuit Breaker thing has been a confusing appearance, because some have suggested that that’s the CB of another Earth. She actually appeared there just before her first TF appearance so Marvel could retain her as a character. This also happened in the UK comic with Death’s Head. He was created for TF’s UK series, but got a short comic appearance before that.

As for G.I. Joe, we also got J. Jonah Jameson in G.I. Joe looking for a copy of the Daily Bugle. He’s more obvious than even the Duek cameo. I think I was shown on this blog some time ago.

Um, “Duek” is of course Duke’s name translated into Polish.

@squasha — the Shogun Warriors series is in continuity. The robot’s “pilots” appeared in Fantastic Four 226 after their robots were destroyed by a fourth giant mecha (supposedly built out of spare parts). The FF spent the issue fighting the new robot. And Genji (Combatra’s pilot) later served as an Avengers staff member. Not to mention the occasional Doctor Demonicus villanry.

Yeah, I think Shogun Warriors occupies the same space as Godzilla, ROM, Fu Manchu, Doc Savage and the Robert E. Howard heroes: Whatever adventures they may have had in the Marvel Universe still totally happened in continuity, but they can’t be reprinted or mentioned by name because Marvel no longer has those franchise rights.

that logo on the helo is just a USAF roundel. it’s no more Joe than an F-14 Tomcat would be.

One more Marvel / Transformers thing… One of the “Official Handbook to the Marvel Universe” editions — maybe 2005 or so? — had an entry on Death’s Head which mentioned his adventure in the TF UK series, even referring to Transformer characters “Rodimus Prime” and “Galvatron” by name. That entry gave the Transformers UK stories their own universe (Death’s Head was hopping universes), and the US stories later got their own number.

But explaining why they’re two separate universes is too long a discussion to get into.

You gotta love the last panel in the Duke Easter Egg, because you know that Duke actually would take it up with the president.

“You and I need to have a talk, Mr. President…”

How come (near as I can tell) DC did not publish Harry Potter comic books? WB released the Harry Potter films, and owns DC, after all. Did Tim Hunter have anything to do with this?

You would think that if Conan can have a reasonably continous presence in comic books with only three films in theaters in the last forty years, Harry Potter could have had a fruitful presence in comic books.

Revision of previous comment; Conan has only had three films in theaters in thirty years, and the last one came out decades apart from the last one.

Anyone, anyone know if official foreign comic books and comic strips feature Harry Potter?

Glad to help, and with more help on the way! :)

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