Axel-In-Charge: Navigating the "Civil War II" Landscape, Bringing DMC to Marvel
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 firstname.lastname@example.org (do not post your suggestion in the comments section!).
My pal John Trumbull (from The Line it is Drawn), suggested that I feature this bit from Batman: Gotham Adventures #4, by Ty Templeton, Rick Burchett and Terry Beatty, where Batman and Catwoman tangle with a quartet of criminals patterned after the four leads of the TV series Seinfeld…
Reader Ganky suggested I feature Uncanny X-Men #245, by Chris Claremont, Rob Liefeld and Dan Green, that was a parody of DC’s then-current Invasion! crossover. You see, as part of Invasion!, the aliens invading the DC Earth invaded Australia. The X-Men happened to be headquartered in Australia at this point in time, so Claremont had some fun with the idea of aliens invading Australia and encountering the X-Men.
First, in the collection of aliens, Liefeld snuck in some Star Wars aliens (plus some other movie aliens)…
and later, Claremont went more direct with their DC parody by having Perry White and Jimmy Olsen show up….
From the Daily Planet in a Marvel comic, we got to the Daily Bugle (kind of) being involved in a DC comic!
Reader Thomas P. pointed out this bit from Green Lantern #117, where Kyle Rayner has a piece of art in a gallery. At the opening, artists Daryl Banks and Terry Austin (presumably with writer Ron Marz’s say-so) had Peter Parker and Mary Jane attending the opening, presumably with Peter covering the event for the Daily Bugle…
I gave the whole page instead of just Peter and MJ’s panel because I wanted to show how their inclusion was almost certainly intended to be within the context of how a bunch of other superheroes were also there.
Thanks for the great suggestions, folks! Again, e-mail me at email@example.com if you have any other nifty suggestions!
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