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Comic Book Easter Eggs – The Sound Effects of Norman Osborn’s Mind!

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 come from Dark X-Men by Paul Cornell and Leonard Kirk!

Travis Pelkie suggested this one.

In Dark X-Men #5, the battle takes place inside of Norman Osborn’s mind. Appropriately enough, then, the sound effects all relate to the mind.

From Sigmund Freud…

to Carl Jung…

to the Rorschach test…

to Mr. Spock and/or Dr. Spock (I don’t know who is being referenced by Cornell)…

Cool stuff.

Travis also wanted to note that for each of the first four issues of the series, writer Paul Cornell used little captions to describe each character in the book (something that Ed Brubaker and Matt Fraction originated during their Uncanny X-Men run) only Cornell also added a song to describe each character. He chose to use four British bands/artists.

In #1, the Beatles…

in #2, the Rolling Stones…

In #4, David Bowie…

and in #3, well, this is SLIGHTLY less obvious than the other three, so I’ll let you all figure it out for yourself which band/artist is being referenced here…

Thanks for the suggestions, Travis!

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


I think you mean Dr. Spock, not Mr. Spock.

Dr. Benjamin Spock was a prominent pyschologist. Mr. Spock is a character from Star Trek.

Leonard Kirk is a criminally underrated artist.

I think you mean Dr. Spock, not Mr. Spock.

Dr. Benjamin Spock was a prominent pyschologist. Mr. Spock is a character from Star Trek.

I figured Mr. Spock’s mind-meld was even more famous among comic fans than Dr. Spock’s psychoanalysis (and I admit, it seemed kind of weird to have Dr. Spock put into the same grouping as Freud and Jung).

But fair enough, you’re probably right!

Aww, Kate Bush references get my highest respect (besides, describing Mystique with “Mother Stands for Comfort”…)

Tom Fitzpatrick

July 18, 2012 at 5:59 am

Don’t forget that T.P. is a legend among bloggers and should be an easter egg in all by himself. ;-)

Think his ears must be red by now?

Thanks for putting this up. This series is criminally underrated.

@Niels . . . I couldn’t agree more.

Duff McWhalen

July 18, 2012 at 7:54 am

This series was way better than it had any right to be thanks to Cornell and Kirk. I remember wishing a Cornell/Kirk X-Man series came out of this, if they didn’t let him handle the real X-Men alongside Carey.

have to go with dr. spock and not spock from stat trek the way norman is almost feeling unhappy having to try and fight his own x-men. for have to admit dark x-men was a interesting book espically having the green goblin insanity being shown including having some of the action shown as a beatles tune and david bowie and the rolling stones. thus also showing the creative team proving the even the bad guys know how insane Norman is

Ya, they were all prominent psychologists. It might seem odd to put the baby guy in with the fathers of psychoanalysis, but I think it makes more sense than putting the Star Trek character in with the same.

Big props for Kate Bush references!

Man, I liked this series a lot. One of the best things to come out of Dark Reign.

From his Twitter pages Paul Cornell is a Kate Bush fan. I bet he loved putting those in there.

The Mad Monkey

July 18, 2012 at 1:24 pm

It’s not at all odd to put Dr. Spock in with all the others. He was the pioneer in the field of child psychology and, unlike Freud, his research and findings are still relevant today.

Kate Bush, bro

Someone should’ve been Running up the Hill.

The more Paul Cornell I read, the more I notice that he’s set to do great things. Has he done anything TERRIBLE so far?

It’s not at all odd to put Dr. Spock in with all the others. He was the pioneer in the field of child psychology and, unlike Freud, his research and findings are still relevant today.

Wait, so we’ve stopped talking about people having an unconscious? Or people’s childhoods being at the root of their adult problems? Narcissism has been discredited as a concept? How about repression and defense mechanisms in general.

Freud made a lot of mistakes, but I hate when people act like he was wrong about everything or he’s no longer relevant. It only seems that way because everything he came up with that’s still relevant is considered so common sense and ingrained in our culture that we just take it to be common sense. So we don’t notice those concepts anymore, just like we don’t think about oxygen in the air because it’s so omnipresent we take it for granted. As a result, only his more crackpot ideas end up standing out.

It’s like people who bash Stan Lee as a hack. Because Stan Lee’s innovations are so commonplace, when people try to read his work now, all that jumps out at you is the melodramatic language.

Travis Pelkie

July 19, 2012 at 2:45 am

It seems my comment may have been lost in the ether.

If it appears later, don’t mind me.

Unless it’s because I made a joke about how I should work out a royalties deal with Brian. I was kidding!

About this mini, it was pretty good, although by the middle of the thing, it seemed the Dark X-Men took a back seat to the Norman vs X-Man battle. Which was decent, but since every damn Marvel hero fought Norman around that time…

Odd, I don’t see any comment from you in the spam filter or anywhere.

Travis Pelkie

July 19, 2012 at 2:54 am

Ah, my computer went funky, so it probably went weird when I was trying to post this comment.

Anyway, it’s not like it was that interesting. I just mentioned how it took me a bit to pick up on the Kate Bush one, but even worse, since I’m (supposedly) a big Bowie fan, it took me until the page you show (which is the second or third of the issue) to pick up on that. Oy!

Also, I forgot about the Schpock one when I wrote you. Good catch! I’m wondering, did Benjamin Spock have something of…would that be a lisp, adding the SH sound to Spock? If so, maybe that was what Cornell was referencing.

I also didn’t catch that they were all British musicians. That’s why you get paid the big bucks to do this gig! Although I should probably work out a royalties deal with you if you keep using my suggestions! ;)

OK, I think that was the entirety of my post prior. Sure are glad I remembered it well enough to repeat it, huh?

Tom Fitzpatrick

July 19, 2012 at 5:28 am

And here I thought T.P. was losing his touch, not posting any comments after all, since the easter eggs were his suggestions in the first place. ;-)

Maybe its time for a new computer? You spend soooo much time blogging!

Travis Pelkie

July 19, 2012 at 3:47 pm

I don’t spend time blogging, Tom.

I spend time COMMENTING on people who do blog.

Get it right ;)

Capt USA(Jim)

July 20, 2012 at 6:30 pm

I agree with T, it’s somewhat upsetting to see Freud completely dismissed because of a few errant mistakes. Especially in a post praising, a guy who is quite possibly the single largest source of dead babies from Sid. I seriously hope not many people are ascribing to Dr Spock’s teachings today about how the baby should sleep.

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