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Comic Book Easter Eggs – Buzz Lightyear and the Beatles Meet Yoda!

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 issues of Star Wars Tales!

Writer Kevin Rubio and Artist Lucas Marangon had a clever story in Star Wars Tales #7 that parodied the diner sequence in Pulp Fiction with Mace Windu and Yoda at a diner. The whole story had various characters eating at the restaurant in the background, but this splash page when the criminals (who don’t know what they’ve gotten themselves into by robbing this particular restaurant) burst in is probably the best, as it has George Lucas, the Beatles (from Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band) and Buzz Lightyear, among many other folks!

Very cute.

In Star Wars Tales #3, in a story written by Rich Handley and Darko Macan and drawn by Chris Brunner, we see another Dark Horse character in a background panel as Hellboy sneaks into the story…

Finally, in Star Wars Tales #6, in a story by Mark Evanier and Sergio Aragones, C-3PO ends up at a junkyard (he thinks R2-D2 is there – he is not). However, a cantankerous robot from Futurama HAS ended up there. See if you can find him!

And if you don’t know what robot I’m talking about….well, then the bit really isn’t going to interest you, now is it?

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

23 Comments

Besides the Futurama robot, you can see the head of The Iron Giant in the pile.

Omar Karindu

May 9, 2012 at 4:23 am

In the Aragones piece, you can also see the head of the Iron Giant from the Brad Bird animated movie of that name.

not only is bender in the junkyard but was also going to point out the iron giants head but its already been done by omar

I would suggest to anyone who hasn’t read it, to track down Rubio’s Star Wars mini Tag & Bink Are Dead. It’s funny and chock full of cameos and inside jokes like these.

If you really want to play find-the-robot Easter Egg hunt…

http://www.hopewellstudios.com/images/stories/geekings/whereswalle1450.jpg

Bender seems to be looking at C3PO’s shiny metal ass :-)

I loved all three of these stories and recommend that everyone check them out. The one about Lando and Cloud City is especially good. Macan and Handly know their stuff!

Andrew Farner

May 9, 2012 at 8:42 am

Star Wars Tales was a mixed bag because it contained a lot of stupid stuff. But the Cloud City and Pupl Fiction stories were ace. The Lando story had a hole Casino Royal vibe going for it which was cool. I don’t remember the one about R2 and 3P0 but I’ll look for it.

Rubio, Handley and Evanier, three of my fav Star Wars authors in one article. Joy!!!!

Whatever happened to Darco Macan, by the way? He was real good. Why isn’t he still writing Star Wars stuff?

Abe Sapien is also in that one with Hellboy

One more for you; that robot sitting with Buzz Lightyear in the first page? He’s a mascot for Lucasfilms’ THX sound systems, having appeared in some of their vanity plate. Check it out:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7PEL4NrU1Jk&feature=related

Ethan Shuster

May 9, 2012 at 9:33 am

I believe Darko Macan has most recently been doing a lot of comic work in his native Croatia. But he did do a number of good Star Wars comics.

Speaking of easter eggs, in his X-wing Rogue Squadron “Phantom Affair” story, there are some cameos by Lucas and some Starfleet personnel (that may have been covered here at some point) in the great art by his friend, the late Edvin Biukovi?.

Best Star Wars Tales story is still “Skippy the Jedi Droid.”

“Lady Luck” (the Handly and Macan comic) was so cool. It combined the Cloud City backstory from an old West End Game RPG book with James Bond/Casino Royale, an it had some cracking good artwork too. Very noir and very funny. I think it was proabably the best story in all of Star Wras Tales because it was a serious story not a satire like a lotta other stuff from that series.

The Iron Giant and a Grant Morrison-era Sentinel are also in the pile

Spotted the Iron Giant before I spotted Bender.

Honestly, Kevin Rubio and Lucas Marangon’s Star Wars work is just a cornicopia of Easter Eggs. You could get a year’s worth of columns just on them alone.

Who’s sitting with Lucas and Jar-Jar? And who’s in the booth between Sgt. Pepper and Buzz Lightyear?

Sean, I was wondering the same thing. You definitely get the feeling that every person in that background is someone specific.

AverageJoeEveryman

May 10, 2012 at 1:31 pm

I LOVED Star Wars Tales before they changed formats and had every story being super cereal. The humor in the first dozen or so was so good.

Star Wars Tales went south when Dave Land edited it. He really wasn’t a good ft.

In the panel where Lando and Lobot are talking. The guy in the far left looks like Zachary Foxx from “Galaxy Rangers”. The coloring is wrong but if you make the suit white, the cybernetic arm and badge yellow you would have him.

They have abe sapien in there too!

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