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Comic Book Easter Eggs – Gilligan in the Belly of a Space Whale!

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 Legion of Super-Heroes comics!

First off, based on a suggestion from reader Brian S., we take a look at Legends of the Legion #1, by Barry Kitson, Tom Peyer, Todd Nauck and Lary Stucker, where we see the origin of Ultra Boy (whose whole ORIGIN is an easter egg, as his name is Jo Nah and he got his powers after being swallowed by a space whale…wokka wokka).

While in the whale, Jo discovers there are other survivors….and they are alien versions of the cast of Gilligan’s Island!!

I love that they don’t think that they can ever escape. Classic little touch there.

Reader Jason pointed out this bit from Superboy #211, where artist Mike Grell has drawn a nice collection of classic spaceships in the junkyard where the Legion of Super-Heroes’ early clubhouse is found.

Finally, reader Jay Tea pointed out this bit from Legion of Super-Heroes #290, where artists Keith Giffen and Larry Mahlstedt have brought in a tour guide who sure looks like he is a descendant of a certain archer who is about to get his own CW TV series…

Jay Tea also thinks that this panel from #293 by Giffen and Mahlstedt is also an easter egg, as perhaps the Daxamites are meant to be wearing outfits similar to other comic book characters, like Thor….

I dunno. I am not saying they’re NOT, but I also am not saying that I can definitely say that they ARE. Although the Thor one sure does look deliberate.

Okay, that is it for this week! Thanks for all the suggestions, folks!

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

26 Comments

Yip that’s a red headed Thor and further back there’s a nice silhouette of Galactus walking through space!

Keith Giffen and Larry Mahlstedt have brought in a tour guide who sure looks like he is a descendant of a certain archer who is about to get his own CW TV series…

Maybe you could mention which archer you’re talking about? That pic is kinda unclear, but I don’t think the character looks like either Hawkeye or Green Arrow, and those are the only archers I know in superhero comics…

Giffen put a lot of stuff in the background of all of his Legion work.

laztheinfamous

May 16, 2012 at 5:02 am

That Queen dude from Legion turns out to be a descendant of Green Arrow, and gets murdered along with a descendant of Batman. They did this whole film-noir thing for awhile, and I think it just got dropped. I can’t remember, its been a long time.

The murders of the JLA descendants wasn’t dropped, but was rather resolved much later in an Annual.

love how the castaways in the whale keep making it known they will not even try to escape. at just like on gilligans island not to mention find it interesting they are stuck in a whale. the legion one the legion must really have a thing for picking places that may be a little dark and morbid since seeing those ships in there including the enterprise is a little haunting.

There’s also a pseudo-Spider-Man/Blue Beetle mash-up in that Daxamite panel in the bottom right hand corner…

That Queen dude from Legion turns out to be a descendant of Green Arrow, and gets murdered along with a descendant of Batman.

No, he didn’t die; the Legion saved him. The victims included a detective named Wayne, a couple of Thanagarians, and Laurel Kent (who survived being shot) (only to be revealed as a Manhunter a couple of years later). Oli-3 Queen and the Tornado Twins were not casualties.

Gaf the Horse

May 16, 2012 at 8:30 am

You forgot the best, from LSH #300. There is a 2 page splash which contains pretty much every character ever to be featured in the Legion, and includes cameos by Garfield, Spidey and Batman. Although I guess you actually featured it in a previous column. http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/2012/01/10/comic-book-easter-eggs-spider-man-in-the-30th-century/

And Thor, of course, in the DC Universe had red hair…

Drat. I forgot the time travelling two page spread in the LSH/ST team up this year.

In the last panel I see Galactus in the back, as well as someone who looks like the Atom.

Yay, my Legion stuff comes back! Yippee!

In the Thor panel, on the right edge, is a bald guy with a Black Bolt-style metal piece on his forehead. But I can’t believe I missed Galactus…

Fabricio Neves

May 16, 2012 at 7:34 pm

“real” Thor (i mean, mythology Thor) is red haired.

Maybe you could mention which archer you’re talking about? That pic is kinda unclear, but I don’t think the character looks like either Hawkeye or Green Arrow, and those are the only archers I know in superhero comics…

The dude’s little flying car says “Oli-3 Queen Tours” on the back. I never read that comic though, so I don’t know if there was another panel with a closer view of his face.

They should put up the page of Todd Nauck’s page in Mad Magazine where he makes fun of the fact that Aunt May never dies. Which is a little off, considering that she actually died in Amazing #400.

I don’t want to hear any of that altered actress stuff. She died. She died. They put in the ground. End of story.

The logo on the one guy, combined with the mask’s eyes does seem pretty reminiscent of Spider-Man.

Chaim Mattis Keller

May 17, 2012 at 7:28 am

You could do a year’s worth of articles on Legion easter eggs. The post-Zero Hour Legion (the era from which your Gilligan’s Island one was published) was chock full of them.

That Ultra Boy one is cheesier than smoked gouda, and that art is gross.

The rest are fun, though.

As someone who doesn’t like easter eggs at all, I find myself fascinated by them because I just can’t get why people enjoy them so much. They seem to make any work more insular , cliquish, and masturbatory, while adding far less value than they take away, especially when they call attention to themselves. When did they become so common, and what was their peak? I’m a big fan of Silver Age Marvel and Shooter-era Marvel, and I noticed Easter eggs seemed way less prevalent then. However I’ve recently become started trying 70s Marvel and realized the Easter eggs seems to shoot through the roof in the 70s. Sometimes even when I can’t place what the easter egg is supposed to be I can still tell it’s an easter egg because it calls so much attention to itself.

The post-Shooter era and onward seemed to have a lot as well, but the 70s still seems like the peak to me. I wonder, did the Shooter era have less easter eggs or was I just too young and new to comics to recognize them? If they did have less easter eggs, was it because Shooter ruled for there to be less of them?

That Ultra Boy one is cheesier than smoked gouda, and that art is gross.

The rest are fun, though.

When you say cheesy, do you mean the writing or the easter egg concept? Because while i agree on the easter egg concept used being cheezy, the writing is pretty interesting, to me at least.

The “HYUCK HYUCK GILLIGAN’S ISLAND GET IT?” is awful. And the art is just as bad, making the entire thing worse.

T: I guess it makes sense that Easter Eggs would become more common in the 1970s, when you started getting more comics creators who grew up as fans, as opposed to earlier. I dunno why they’d be more common in the ’70s than in the “Shooter era,” though, unless it was something editors frowned on. (And we’ve certainly had some 1980s examples featured already from both companies, so I don’t know that that’s actually the case.)

I see what might be Spiderman, Jocasta and The Vision (or maybe the Squadron Supreme GL analogue) in the Daxamite panel as well.

Joe – yeah that easter egg is pretty awful. The art is not my cup of tea but I can tolerate it.

I am puzzled by the idea of the vacuum getting in.

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