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Comic Book Easter Eggs – Batman Versus…the Cast of Seinfeld?!?

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!).

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 bcronin@comicbookresources.com if you have any other nifty suggestions!

19 Comments

Nice stuff. I have a suggestion for an Easter Egg but before I would submit is it just American comics?

No, any comic is fine. I featured a European comic easter egg recently. Although if it is non-American, I’d appreciate it if you could scan the pages in question if possible (in case I don’t have access to the comic in question).

Awwww… Brian & I are pals now. Neato. :)

nice loved how catwoman seems to not be happy with seinfields parody offer for the lab. plus amazed jabba and bib fortune became part of the aliens in that x-men piece.

That last one reminded me of another Easter Egg: Peter Parker is in Crisis on Infinite Earths #5

Looks a lot like Vic Mackey & Shane Vendrell sitting up front in the first panel.

was anyone else doing jerry’s voice while reading it in their head?

How about the issue of Thor where Thor, now in disguise thanks to a pair of eyeglasses, bumps into Clark Kent and Lois Lane on a tour of the SHIELD Helicarrier?

plus amazed jabba and bib fortune became part of the aliens in that x-men piece.

Marvel had had the comic book license for Star Wars up until 1986, roughly two years prior to the Invasion storyline.

hahah: Yeah, I totally was. “Why… do people… always try to stop our crimes?”

Also, I like that Jerry, Elaine, and Kramer all pretty much look the same, but they had to change George so that he wouldn’t just look like an ineffectual weiner.

The Daily Planet cameo also makes a nice satire about the parochialism of US news media.

Gene Ray's Cosmic Cube

April 4, 2012 at 1:24 pm

Nobody wants to know “what’s the deal” Jerry wants to make.

Isn’t that GBS news anchor Clark Kent in that page from X-Men #245?

Love that Burchett artwork. What kind of a world do we live in that he’s not more famous then the guy below him in this post?

That alien on the end of the X-Men alien panel looks familiar. Was he in the DC Invasion thing?

The Dover Boys? Everyone knows Kramer runs with the Van Buren Boys.

The Dover Boys? Everyone knows Kramer runs with the Van Buren Boys.

I figure that had to be a reference to the Van Buren Boys, right?

Brian, Love the Easter Egg piece. I have a few suggestions four you, how do I email you?

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