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Comic Book Easter Eggs – Ultimate Spider-Man Easter Eggs, Including Ultimate…Bender?!?

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, we feature three examples of easter eggs in the pages of Ultimate Spider-Man, including…Ultimate BENDER?!?

First off, in the very fhttp://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/wp-admin/tools.phpirst issue of Ultimate Spider-Man (drawn by Mark Bagley and Art Thibert), reader Dancore noted that Mark Bagley sure seemed to be going for a Guy Gardner-esque vibe for Flash Thompson…

Here’s an actual drawing of Guy Gardner by Bagley from a 2009 DC Universe Halloween Special (Click to enlarge)…

Later in the issue, Bagley sure seems to confirm the Gardner connection when you see Flash’s T-shirt…

The Green Lantern T-shirt counts as an easter egg either way, by the way, even if you think Bagley did not intend for Flash to look like Guy!

My pal Chris N. pointed out this bit from Ultimate Spider-Man #75, where Mark Bagley and Scott Hanna show three Green Goblin masks (click on the image to enlarge), the one from the original Marvel Universe, the one from the movie and the one from the Ultimate Universe (the Ultimate Green Goblin doesn’t actually wear a mask, but the mask is in the shape of what the Green Goblin looks like in the Ultimate universe)…

Finally, reader Pitr wrote in to point out that in Ultimate Spider-Man #153, when artist David LaFuente had Iron Man show Spider-Man his armor collection, mixed in with the armors is Bender from Futurama. See if you can spot him (click on the image to enlarge)!

Thanks to all the suggestion-givers! if YOU have a suggestion for a future Easter Egg, e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com!


Would that be Ultimate Atomic Robo on the far left?

I love that you’ve got everything from the Iron Man Noir armor to the Iron Man 2099 armor here, too.

That suit with the Shogun Warrior wings behind the one front & center looks naggingly familiar, but I can’t put my finger on it. So do the roundish armor over near Bender and that Iron Man doll.

Ritchard: That’s what I thought at first, but I think it’s the Iron Man Noir armor.

I’m rather surprised the Heroes Reborn armor wasn’t hidden away in a corner. That thing’s hideous.

You also have the Heroes Reborn armor up front (and next to that is the suitcase armor from Iron Man 2), the Iron Man 2020 and original Ultimate Iron Man armor to the right, the modular (and/or animated) suit above that, and the “teen Tony” armor in the upper middle. The other ones are almost definitely references too, but I can’t place them.


November 7, 2012 at 2:36 am

On the last pic you can also see the armour of ‘Latas’, one of the members of the group ‘El SuperGrupo’. This is a pic of him:


‘El Supergrupo’ was a team than appeared in the first issues of the spanish comic-book ‘SuperLopez’ in the mid-eighties. SuperLopez itself is a parodius version of Superman, and in the first albums was surrounded by ‘El SuperGrupo’, a parodius version of the ‘Avengers’ with versions of The Thing, Iron Man, Dr Strange and Marvel Girl.

Superlopez is a very famous comic in Spain. Is written and draw by JAN, and has dozens of albums published. The author of that Ultimate SpiderMan comic was David Lafuente, spanish as well, that wanted to include that special version of ‘iron armored man’ in the comic.

Oh! I didn´t forgot to tell you where is it on the pic, just wanted to let you play ‘Where is Wally’ with the pic. But you can find him on the right-bottom corner of the pic.In fact is the last armour coloured on the bottom-right corner.

I think the slumped robot to the left is Star Hawkin’s robot-Ilda

Could be wrong though.

To the right-oops


November 7, 2012 at 4:42 am

Nope! That robot is Latas :P

That also looks like Joe Pineapples from 2000AD’s ABC Warriors next to Atomic Robo.


November 7, 2012 at 4:46 am

In fact when I read the comic and discover Latas in the splash-page, I twitted it , and DavidLafuente retwitted it. I´d take it as a confirmation.

Heh, I misread the title as Ultimate BENDIS. “Hey, who’s the bald dude in the background spouting wise-ass dialogue?”

Hey the suit case armor from Iron 2 is right in front of the heroes reborn armor too.

@ Butler

that’s the Hero’s Reborn armor, and it’s funny you mentioned the “Exhaust Pipes” cuz those are the most controversial part of the design lol still, I think the suit looks great, especially compared to everything Extremis and newer, plus it looked good enough to inspire the Tin Man armor that Tony used for like four years before Extremis

I also thought the title said Ultimate Bendis, but which is that armor to the left next tot the movie Mark I armor? It kind of looks like one of the Metal-Men, but not the right one.

I saw Bender.

I also saw the Heroes Reborn Iron Man armor, Tranzor Z/Transformers-inspired armor, and a What-If armor design with the giant gears.

Sorry if someone already mentioned these but I typed them quickly before I forgot them all.

In the latest issue there was a Rocky Raccoon being booked in at the police department.

That Iton Man armory panel (despite the cool cameos like Iron Man 2020) is actually really annoying to me :: I hate that they brought all those 616 armies in to the Ultimate U – I thought the original Ultimate Iron Man outfit was such a unique take and differentiator, and while I can understand them switching to more of a movie-style look (even as 616 curiously went away from that with the RT LED armor at the time) giving Ultimate Tony. A retcon room full of 616 armies just feels… Off. (And a lot different from slipping in the OG goblin mask in the corner of a panel.)

@West – The one with the gears is actually Iron Man 2020, Arno Stark, who came from the future rather than from a What If issue.

Ugh, sorry for all the typos, gotta proofread better befor clicking ‘publish’ when using a phone…

But it was established in his first appearance that Tony has actually been active for quite a while. It makes sense that he would have many different armors. I think it’s a cute nod to have those other versions in there.

Next to Ultimate Bender is an even more outrageous Easter Egg; the Iron Boy armor from Iron Man 328, when Teen Tony’s armor was still a work in progress and he was just making do with the chestplate and the gauntlets.

Anonymous: Thanks for that. The one I thought looked kind of Shogun Warriorsy is actually the one that we can only see the back of right behind the Heroes Reborn armor, but I can see how the “exhaust pipes” could also fit that description.

@henry Imler. Throughout the USM and Powers runs you would often see criminals dressed as other universe characters, usually complaining about some crossover or other. You could have a whole article on it. In fact there may be one.

In the Ultimate Spider-Man #75 panel, don’t miss the Buzz Cola sitting on the nightstand.

I think one of those armors is at least inspired by Mazinger Z or some other mech from Super Robot Wars. That chest piece is very familiar.

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