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Comic Book Easter Eggs – Francis Manapul Gets “Lost” in the Pages of Flash

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, easter eggs include the Lost castaways popping up in the pages of Flash and a sly reference to a friend by Barry Kitson!


Reader Joe points out that in the latest issue of Flash, writer/artist Francis Manapul featured the castaways from Lost in the issue.

Could Manapul and writer/colorist Brian Buccellato be making a sly reference to the castaway plot that they have been doing themselves (where the Flash accidentally strands a group of citizens in another dimension)? Or is it just a fun little bit?

Reader Michael D. found a nice reference by Barry Kitson to a friend of his in Amazing Spider-Man #583. Here, I’ll let Michael set the scene…

Amy Katcher is an AMS meterologist turned news anchor at News 12, WDEF-TV in Chattanooga. (Katcher at 6, 7 and 11!) Her husband’s nickname for her is the mighty StormKatcher.

Family friend Barry Kitson, slipped Amy into a scene in an issue of Spider-Man, as a news anchor identified as Katchia Storm reads a news report.

Cute stuff!

Finally, a tricky one from reader Jamie.

In Wolverine and the X-Men #9, Chris Bachalo draws a group of aliens betting on what planet the Phoenix force will destroy next. Jamie thinks one of the aliens is meant to look like Red Sonja…

I am inclined to agree.

Okay, that’s it for next week! E-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com if you have any easter egg suggestions!


Is that Hip Flask on the left? Or just a drunken, injured hippo?

Wow, good eye on those Flash pages. I watched Lost faithfully, but the only one I could have recognized would be Hurley. (Locke & Walt are obvious once you’ve pointed out the theme, but I wouldn’t have spotted any resemblance otherwise, and I still don’t see it with any of the others.)

I was just thinking the same thing as Michael P!

“I still don’t see it with any of the others.”

The two on the far left in the first panel are most definitely Claire and Charlie.

The character on the left of ‘Red Sonja’ looks a lot like Yoda to me…

I think the two on the left are Kate and Sawyer but they mis-colored Kate’s hair.

Nope, that’s definitely Charlie, not Sawyer. Note the beard and necklace, both Charlie trademarks:


That being obviously Charlie, one can assume that’s Claire next to him.

Is that Chicken Boo in the last panel?

The chicken on the left side of the WATXM panel has gotta be the one from Family Guy

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With those ears, could the “Red Sonja” alien actually be a reference to Wendy Pini, co-creator of ElfQuest? She used to dress up as Red Sonja at cons in the ’70s.

@David Coxsey:

Is that Chicken Boo in the last panel?

Well, he’s not a man…

I think the chicken is the titular Robot Chicken, with the bandage covering his usually cyber-eye.

I think Lee S. may have a point about Wendy Pini,
which might make it one Easter egg inside another.

I spotted John Locke in The Flash when I read it. I couldn’t decide whether anyone else in the panel was supposed to look like anyone from lost – even though they didn’t.

Rob: “The character on the left of ‘Red Sonja’ looks a lot like Yoda to me.”
I think it’s a Gremlin.

You’re also missing Nick Fury the chicken on the left and Tingle from Legend of Zelda in the background.

Could the wizard-like figure behind ‘Red Sonja’ be a reference to Frank Thorne?

Although the figure behind the wizard remind me of Sock Puppet Bob, but as that webcomic has been off the web since the Drunk Duck crash of 2005, I doubt it.

God, Chris Bachalo is awesome.

My first thought about Red Sonja was, ‘Red Sonja as an elf?’. After seeing the comments about Wendy Pini, that makes perfect sense. :-)

BTW, Elfquest has a whole section of Elfquest easter eggs on their website. I think they would make a good entry here.

They weren’t drawn well enough to tell, but I’d 2nd it looks more like Sawyer, who had a beard too, because this drawing looks too old and too tall. Too tall for Claire too, who should be pregnant. But not with Kate, but Juliet (nose line fits more). Jack and Kate are behind them. Though the guy could be Sawyer, and he then appears behind Hurley in panel 3. I think it’s Jin and Sun on the right of panel 3 too. Anyone have any idea who the guy in the hat is supposed to be?

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