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Comic Book Easter Eggs – Avengers Edition!

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!).

Today, all the easter eggs are from Avengers comics. I’m giving you an extra easter egg this week!

First off, on the cover of Mighty Avengers #6, a certain Star Wars Droid is mixed in with the pile of Iron Man armors in the back…

Can you find him?

Next, in the pages of New Avengers #13, outgoing Avengers artist David Finch threw a shout-out to the writer of the series he was heading to next, Moon Knight, written by crime novelist Charlie Huston…

Note the book that Luke Cage is reading is Huston’s Caught Stealing…

In Avengers Forever #11 by Kurt Busiek, Roger Stern and Carlos Pacheco, Rick Jones from the future is a walking Easter Egg. He is dressed up in an outfit made up of various bits of other famous superheroes – not all of them Marvel characters!

Can you name all of the parts of his costume?

Finally, in New Avengers #8, artists Steve McNiven and Mark Morales made a bunch of jokes about the writer of the issue, Brian Michael Bendis. You see, Bendis had recently injured his eye, causing him to have to wear an eye patch for a little while. Can you find how many eye patch wearing Bendises (Bendi?) that McNiven hid on this page?

Everyone’s pal, Will, has a selection of even MORE New Avengers Easter Eggs over at Brian Michael Bendis’ messageboard here.

If anyone wants to suggest a future easter egg, e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com


I’ll state the obvious: Rick Jones is wearing Superman’s cape, Wonder Woman’s wristbands, and Batman’s utility belt. He also looks like Aquaman did at the time, and is missing an arm… And are those boots he wears a reference to Flash? They look weird.

“Can you find how many eye patch wearing Bendises (Bendi?) that McNiven hid on this page?”

I see two (or three, if you count the one that’s repeated as two separate ones).

nice picks. amazing given that the rick johnes panel includes rick wearing batmans utility belt and looks also wrapped in supes cape. a little poke at dc. plus love wolverine feeling a little shame when he is caught by the family in that house .

In the Rick Jones panel I see:
– Superman’s cape
– Batman’s utility belt
– Wonder Woman’s bracelets?
– Dr. Strange’s tunic?
– Hawkman’s boots.

I assumed the bracelets were Captain Marvel’s nega-bands,

The Crazed Spruce

May 2, 2012 at 7:50 am

@Ian Miller: Actually, those are the Nega-Bands that bonded him to Captain Marvel. (And are those the fur boots that Wolverine wore for about five minutes back in the 70’s?) Good spotting on the tunic, though.

Actually, I think those are the Falcon’s boots. Not sure about the spiked bands, though. Probably borrowed them from Ghost Rider or something.

Aside from the spiked anklets holding it on, I figure the fur fringe over the boots is from Brother Voodoo’s costume. The red boots under it might be Hawkman’s, though.

It’s Ghost Rider’s shirt with Dr. Strange’s Eye of Agamotto pinning up the empty sleeve.

I don’t want to presume, but it looks like the top of a sentry robot from Portal also makes its appearance near the top right of the Iron Man pile.

I thought Rick Jones’ boots were from that voodoo-hoodoo guy who raised Simon Williams’ body in around Avengers 150 or so. I’m thinking around 1977 or so.

Craig: Nah, Black Talon had straight-up chicken feet. I’m pretty sure the fur part at least if from his old sparring partner Brother Voodoo.

I’m thinking the spiked anklet is something Spawn used to wear on his forearms…

Serves the MILF right; at least half that garbage should be in the recycling.

There’s a jar of baby food in the debris. Does that mean that white thing hanging from Wolverine’s cowl is a dirty diaper?

Good lord people. Those are NOT Wonder Woman’s bracelets.

They’re the freaking nega-bands. Cause he’s bonded with Captain Marvel.

Bunch of savages on this site.

Rick Jones Panel:

Superman’s cape
Batman’s utility belt
Captain Marvel’s Nega Bands
The Eye Of Agomato
Johnny Blaze’s original Ghost Rider outfit
Falcon’s Boots

Don’t know about the spikes though.

The boots Rick Jones is wearing look like one part Falcon’s, one part Brother Voodoo’s. The fringed spikes is the Brother Voodoo part.

Personally, I’d love to see Tony Stark go to battle in the C3PO armor. That’d be awesome.

Looks like Dr. Strange amulet broach thing pinning up the sleeve where Jones left arm was.

Thanks for the credit Brian, nice job on the Forever one!

Travis Pelkie

May 2, 2012 at 5:12 pm

Was Bendis trying to get in character when he was co writing Secret Warriors? Geez, that’s method!

I have a question about the New Avengers 13. If that Ronin was Echo, how did she hear Spider-Man’s question? She’s deaf and his lips are covered.


May 3, 2012 at 5:15 am

@Purple Hayes- It was Echo, and if Spider-Man turns to talk to her, she’s obviously going to have to fake it, and respond. In that issue you’ll notice that she never answers Spider-Man correctly.

Rohan Williams

May 3, 2012 at 5:23 am

She didn’t, did she? She didn’t acknowledge him at all (“Hello?”); she’s answering Cage’s question. Assuming that was deliberate (I haven’t read the issue in ages), it’s a nice touch.

Rohan Williams

May 3, 2012 at 5:24 am

Or, you know, what Troy said.

Michael Howey

May 4, 2012 at 1:15 pm

May I just note that Wolverines line about not making a good decision in 14 years was 14 years after Claremont left. Genius Bendis!

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