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Comic Book Easter Eggs – Doctor Who Visits the Pages of Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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!).

A few readers, with Matt G. being the first, suggested I mention the appearance of Doctor Who (the David Tennant version) and his companion, Rose Tyler, in Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 #6, where Giles and Faith are in London…

Neat stuff. Georges Jeanty does a good Doctor!

Reader Nate pointed out this great scene in Strikeforce: Morituri #7 by Brent Anderson where they discover some various (very familiar to comic book fans) artifacts…

How many of the “artifacts” can YOU name?

Reader Nicol pointed out the great “Steranko effect” easter egg in Deadpool #-1 by Aaron Lopresti. The whole issue is intended as a Steranko homage, so at the end, it is only fitting that the man himself appears as an effect…

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

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


That Buffy arc also has Giles mentioning, in passing, “the mad bearded wizard of Northampton”.

Tom Fitzpatrick

June 13, 2012 at 5:43 am

I see 6 things in the Strikeforce Morituri: C.A.’s shield, Galactus’ helmet, G.L.’s lanterns, S.S.’s surfboard, Giant coin from the Batcave, and Lost in Space robot.

There might be more, but that’s all I recognize. I’m sure that the legendary T.P. can ferret those out! ;-)

In the recent Star Trek/Legion of Super-Heroes crossover, you can make out about half a dozen different time machines. I don’t wanna give too much away since its pretty late in the story.

That’s not the LiS Robot — that’s Robbie the Robot from Forbidden Planet.

Did Sinestro Corps members use a Lantern to recharge? Maybe that’s why these are yellow…

Is that Professor X’s Cerebro helmet behind Robbie?

I think behind the word bubbles is Superman’s spaceship he crash landed with on Earth

According to Wikipedia, Robby the Robot did appear in Lost in Space, though he wasn’t the main robot.

Robby made appearances in The Twilight Zone, Wonder Woman, and a ton of other TV shows during his long career. Didn’t Jeanty work a Sontaran into a Superboy or Green Lantern book he did?

Isn’t that Superman’s birthing matrix in front of Captain America’s shield?

The Steranko effect easter egg is a callback to the famous “Hey, a Jim Steranko effect” easter egg that Neal Adams drew in a panel of Deadman back in the sixties.

Have you ever covered Orion #5 for this feature? I didn’t see it in the archives. The crowd scenes along the top and bottom of each page are filled with easter eggs.

i see for the strike force one three yellow power batteries. galactus helment the batcave giant penny. silver surfers board and robby the robot plus caps shield. the other devices have no clue.

Pete Woodhouse

June 13, 2012 at 9:25 am

What’s the significance of the funny green alien/elf thing on the bottom left-hand corner?
Someone beat me to the Neal Adams “Hey It’s a Jim Steranko…” call back.

The Strikeforce one reminds me of Impossible Man’s scavenger hunt in the one Uncanny X-Men annual.

Have you ever covered Orion #5 for this feature? I didn’t see it in the archives. The crowd scenes along the top and bottom of each page are filled with easter eggs.

Yep! That’s in the archives (as is the Neal Adams “Hey, a Jim Steranko effect!”).

I found it now. I even checked before asking, but somehow missed it.

I think I spent about 15 minutes just going through that issue and trying to place as many of the guest stars that I could. I know there’s some I missed since there’s a lot of ones that are pretty obviously modeled on real people, but I don’t know who.

The Monolith from 2001 is in the Strikeforce panel as well. It’s to the right of the giant penny, behind that brownish-red pedestal with the vanes on top.

Too bad Giles and the Doctor didn’t run into each other, if only so that Giles could have told him “I hope you didn’t bring your shooty dog thing with you this time!”

Ben Herman for the win!

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