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Comic Book Easter Eggs – Joe Quesada Fills the Pages of Daredevil With Easter Eggs

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 legends come from issues of Daredevil drawn by Joe Quesada!

These were all suggested by reader Valentijn G. Thanks, Valentijn!

First off, in Daredevil #6, Daredevil visits “Ennis’ Tavern,” where we see Jesse Custer, from Garth Ennis’ Preacher series, at the bar (they are all drinking Dillon Ale, of course, as a reference to Steve Dillon, artist on Preacher)…

The next time Daredevil goes to the Tavern in #13, Jesse is now wearing the eye patch he wore from Preacher #41 to the end of the series…

Quesada also put two nice nods to Kevin Smith, the original writer of Daredevil Volume 2.

First, Matt Murdock and Echo go to see Smith’s film, Mallrats in #11…

And later, in #13, while investigating Echo, Matt visits a familiar video rental establishment from the Smith film, Clerks…

Great stuff from Quesada (and inker Jimmy Palmiotti, and writers Kevin Smith on the first bit and David Mack on the next three)!

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

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


“Nails Cigarettes” is also a nod to Kevin Smith in the first shot of Ennis’ Tavern….

Isn’t that Marv in the first panel from the bar?

Is that Marv from SIN CITY in that first panel?

Jay and Silent Bob also attend Karen Page’s funeral.

You completely missed Marv and the dancer from Sin City in the bar scenes.

One of the movie posters at the theater is Quesada and Palmiotti’s “Ash” comic, too…

Ryan Costello, Jr

July 11, 2012 at 11:46 am

They’re also smoking Nails (as in nails in the coffin), the fictional brand of cigarettes characters smoke in Kevin Smith’s View Askewniver.

Also: In Ennis’ Bar, there’s a pack of ‘Nails’ cigarettes, which is what everyone smokes in the Kevin Smith films.

“Jay and Silent Bob also attend Karen Page’s funeral.”

They’re apparently close enough to Matt to be on his speed-dial, so that’s no surprise.

Wow, thanks for pointing out all those other things guys! Not more familiar with Sin City than having seen the movie, I had completely missed out on the Marv cameo.
And thanks for using my suggestions, Brian, it looks really neat when it’s all shown together!

It’s probably really worth going over Joe Quesada’s Daredevil art with a magnifying glass, there are bound to be more of these nice touches. (Of course, the Karen Page funeral scene already got a spotlight in an earlier Comic Book Easter Eggs.)

Hey, I think that’s Marv in the first panel there.

I believe that Frank Miller is also drawn into the shadows on that first panel. He’s basically just a head of hair. He also makes a cameo at Karen Page’s funeral.

Jiminy Christmas! I forgot about Quesada’s thing of drawing everyone with giant hands.

nice picks for i also spotted the sin city ladies in the bar. plus love randals crack about daredevil might have gone blind from watching porn.

Quesada’s RST video looks so much nicer than the one in “Clerks.”

I love that Marvel Team Up is apparently one of the films in the adult section.

I remember Daredevil was late a few times, but nobody cared it they liked it so much they could wait an extra month or two. Also, they included they had Chapter One origin for another character in it and the same villian turned up alive in another comic. Well, you take the good with the bad I suppose.

sandwich eater

July 11, 2012 at 3:49 pm

I’m confused as to why Matt Murdock would go to a video rental place in the first place (the fact that he went to one makes the story seem dated.)

Wes- I’m sure ‘Giant Size Man Thing’ and ‘Marvel Two on One’ are in there too.

Marv is in both tavern pages, funny thing is I recognized first Marv than Jesse Custer.


Was the scene with Echo in the theater a flashback? That movie was released in 1995, and the comic came out in 2000. I guess it could have been a theater that shows older films, but in the age of home video it’s odd that you would see something that relatively new at an old movies theater. Dogma, released in 1999, would have made more sense since it would have been in the cheap theaters in 2000. Also, it’s thematically related to Daredevil as a film all about Catholic guilt and the application of religion.

Dalarsco – not a flashback scene and it crossed my mind as well, but I suppose that Mack & Quesada couldn’t resist the reference to Stan Lee..!

I like the poster for a fictional Punisher movie starring Sylvester Stallone in the video shop

Yeah, Marv is in the first panel, then beaten up and on the ground in the second!

More easter eggs on buzzcomics, it’s in french but it’s easy to understand

That is Manute not Marv beat up in the second panel of the Ennis bar. He was the massive Valet.

How can he read the “printing impression” (on a full color print) through the plastic? Printing doesn’t work like that!

The first arc had tons of easter eggs’ too, Who Watches the Watchmen was scribbled on walls

Loved that in the second Ennis Tavern panel, you can almost miss Marv ko’ed on the ground. Quesada’s Daredevil run was filled with these! I remember a flashback scene of Mysterio in his lab where you can see various f/x items, among them, there are latex masks of Jay and Bob…

@WesGRogan: I noticed that too. I guess they couldn’t get away with Giant-Sized Man Thing as a title.

By the way, next to Marv/Manute in the second panel is Weevil, a bit character from Marv’s foray into Kadie’s.

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