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Comic Book Easter Eggs – The Playboy/Spider-Man Connection

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!).

Big Mike Shirley suggested this bit from What If…? #19, where Peter Gillis, Pat Broderick and Mike Esposito answered the question “What if Spider-Man had Never Become a Crimefighter?”

In it, two comic strip characters from Harvey Kurtzman and Will Elder’s Little Annie Fanny strip from Playboy are seen swooning over Spidey…

They are Annie (the titular character) and Wanda Homefree. Note Wanda’s reference to “Harvey.”

Thanks to Roger Stern for the correction on who Annie’s friend was.

Commenter knuckes pointed out a neat Marshall Rogers tribute by Kelley Jones in 2010’s Joker’s Asylum: Clayface one-shot…

Reader Kenneth U. suggested this bit from Immortal Iron Fist #16 (drawn by David Aja), the end of the Matt Fraction/Ed Brubaker run…

As you can see, Brubaker and Fraction are on the right side of the panel, wearing the logos of their respective creator-owned titles, Casanovs and Criminal. David Aja pointed out on his Twitter that the men on the left hand side are editors Warren Simons and Alejandro Arbona.

Aja also notes that on the next page, he drew himself and colorist Matt Hollingsworth as homeless guys…

Thanks for the head’s up, David!

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


Spidey needs to wear that cape all the time.

That’s Annie’s friend, Wanda Homefree, from her Playboy series … not Penthouse’s “Wicked Wanda.”

(The giveaway is their distinctive balloon pointers.)

The guy on the far left looks like Joe Quesada to me.

Ah, good call, Roger. Thanks, I’ll amend.

Spider-Man should ALWAYS have a pimp cane.

Look at that marvelous cape!

Good stuff.

I have that issue somewhere… gonna have to dig it out now.

Jessie Kutzopolios

June 27, 2012 at 7:01 am

I think the two on the right are Quesada and Alejandro Arbona, who is editor of Casanova.

I think the guy next to Quesada might be Matt Fraction.

There needs to be a new alternative cover with Spider-Man wearing that cape and wielding that cane.


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What If… Spider-Man Was a Pimp?

love how spider man takes a shot at the reporter saying you must be from the bugle tacking a rif at jj. and nice tribute to marshal in that batman book plus looks like even howard is a spider man fan to have him be around bunnies

Woo. Thanks for featuring this one. I’d been a longtime fan of What If since I was a kid and loved this issue, then it was one of those ‘rereading as an adult’ moments realizing who Annie and Wanda were. (And thanks for the correction Mr Stern, I hate touting false info myself ^_^)

Bad Guy: “Now I have you’re Pimp-cane, Spider-man? Come and get it in Pasadena! Pasadena!”

Spider-man “Give me back my Pimp-Cane!”

Pat Boderick is a talented artist, but this guts playmates are AWESOME : http://azjohnson5.webs.com/apps/photos/

GUY’S (not guts)

Man, I wish we could have seen Harvey Kurtzman’s Little Annie Fanny version of their encounter with Spider-Man. :)

That tribute to Marshall Rogers is nice on another level, since Rogers had an architectual background. If you’ve never seen the comic book adaptation he did of “Demon With A Glass Hand” with Harlan Ellison at DC in 1987, do yourself a favor and track it down. He did a SPECTACULAR rendition of the Bradbury Building in LA.

Travis Pelkie

June 28, 2012 at 6:23 am

I like how you made sure to point out that Annie is the “titular” character. The 14 year old in me is giggling. I have that issue too, gotta dig it out sometime.

Neat stuff, but the line from last week thanking me is still in there. As much as I’d like to take credit, I had nuttin’ to do with these ones.

I’d like to think that the three “Wotta build!” word-balloons in the Spider-Man page are the same guy, just repeating it over and over in case everyone didn’t hear him.

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