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Comic Book Easter Eggs – Rorschach and TV’s Captain America Team-Up!

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!).

This week, all the easter eggs are Watchmen-related!

In Astonishing X-Men #6, there is a riot at Benetech (which purports to hold a cure for being a mutant). A bunch of mutants want the cure and they want it NOW! During the riot, check out two of the rioters on the right hand side of the panel…

Yep, it is Rorschach from Watchmen and Captain America from the 1970s Captain America TV movies!

Awesome references, John Cassaday, awesome references.

At the end of Marvel Boy #2, Grant Morrison and JG Jones homage Ozymandias’ wall of televisions by having Marvel Boy do the same thing. Among the many things he is monitoring (including the Teletubbies) is Rorschach (right below the next issue promo box)….

Finally, as suggested by Travis Pelkie, the cover of Violator #3 (written by Alan Moore) has at least two Watchmen references by artist Greg Capullo. First, on the left hand side, there is a broken bottle of Nostalgia perfume and on the bottom right corner you can read “Hollis Maso,” obviously a reference to former police officer Hollis Mason, the original Nite-Owl….

It is not going to scan well, since it it so faint, but to recap, it is on the piece of cloth right next to Capullo’s signature.

Okay, that is it for this week! Thanks for all the neat suggestion, Travis!

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

29 Comments

Are those guys Fury is fighting supposed to look like Harvey Pekar?

Yeah, quite possibly.

About the Marvel Boy #2: I’m pretty sure there are other easter eggs hidden in the screens too. In the middle panel in the bottom you see what looks like Mister Miracle who’s been miscoloured to look like The Vision. And I’m pretty sure the spaceship in the lower right corner is a reference to something too, though I can’t remember where’s I’ve seen it before… The green robot thing to the left of the Teletubbies looks familiar as well, thoughe he migth be an existing Marvel character?

Also, in the Rorscach panel you can see Nite Owl’s jaw and shoulder as well.

And underneath the Teletubbies you can see Batman’s face.

Oh yeah, the Marvel Boy bit has tons of extra bits. I just liked the Teletubbies one especially (and, obviously, the Rorschach one I noted because of the Watchmen theme).

Is that a Comedian’s smiley reflected in the pool in Violator’s cover (bottom right)?

Michael Howey

June 20, 2012 at 6:16 am

Is the spaceship form Farscape? I think so.
I suggested a Rorscharch easter egg to Brian. If it didn’t turn up her it probably never will so here goes. Bottom right of the page 3 of ASM 678. Interesting because it is movie version and the bird poo is the only proof that it was intentional.

John Cassaday must have a real soft spot for the 70s Marvel movies. He also has the Peter Hooten Dr. Strange on the other end of the panel, just underneath the upside-down guy. Coloring’s all wrong so you’d never know it if you didn’t know the outfit… and having the Reb Brown Cap there as well makes it more than coincidence, I think.

Ethan Shuster

June 20, 2012 at 7:23 am

At the risk of sounding childish, that Violator cover sure is icky.

Am I the only idiot who can’t see the words “Hollis Maso”?

The Crazed Spruce

June 20, 2012 at 7:34 am

@Dave: Looks to me like they’re either Harvey Pekar or Reid Fleming, World’s Toughest Milkman.

I think that’s Doctor Sivana at Nick Fury’s elbow.

That is Farscape 1 on the screen.

That’s a police cap in the LR corner of the spawn pic. The gold is a dage.

Godfrey – it’s definitely just you. But, er, just to be nice to you (and not because I can’t find it either or anything), maybe somebody else could point out where it is?

I don’t think that’s a pool of anything on the Violator cover, it’s a policeman’s cap.

Just zoom in and look at the shadow a little above the manhole cover with the comedian smiley

Or the policemen’s cap, that’s what it is, lol

Godfrey and sean, I couldn’t find the Hollis Maso either until I clicked on the image to make it bigger (and maybe click again to make sure it’s full size.) Then I hit Ctrl-A and I could finally read it.

I’m pretty sure the Violator had one of those happy face pins in the Spawn movie.

interesting to see Alan moore had no problem with his artist on Violator doing some easter eggs to watchman given his feelings on it. plus find it interesting the Roarshache would be snuck in a riot in x-men .

Batman is on that Marvel Boy page as well.

Wow, that’s tiny! My screen isn’t great with little bits of white in big swaths of black, if you don’t look at exactly the right angle, it just looks like various shades of black.

chad – I would be surprised if Moore ever looked closely at the art for any of his Image work.

In re that Dr. Strange pic, it looks like John Holmes doing a porn super-hero spoof.

I see that the scan doesn’t do it justice. I tried again, but it just won’t scan well (since it is so faint).

Good thing, DC was blind on its “stolen” property and never sued Marvel for copyright infringement!

Travis Pelkie

June 20, 2012 at 4:28 pm

Damn, I didn’t realize it would scan so poorly. When you see the comic itself, it POPS out at you, and that’s what I first noticed when I was looking at it. Then I saw the Nostalgia bottle, and figured it was worth an Easter Egg.

I don’t think there’s a smiley, but maybe I’m wrong. I think people are seeing the police badge on the hat.

(Hollis Mason was a cop, right? The implication of the cover, therefore, is that Violator just ate him.)

(Because the Violator mini is way betterer than that stinkin’ Watchmen ;) )

Based on the Crazed Spruce’s comment, I totally want to see a new Reid Fleming issue where he fights Harvey Pekar clones. Oy, the kvetching!

Kingdom Come has a that Hollis Mason book sitting in one of the windows of a book shop. Can’t recall the page. Is it “Under the Hood”? Can’t remember the title.

I Don’t think that’s a nostalgia bottle. Looks more like a circle N. (The squatters symbol) There is an arrow of the end of the N

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