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Comic Book Easter Eggs – John Constantine Edition

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!).

As we get ready to say goodbye to Hellblazer, I thought it would be fun to take a look at a trio of John Constantine Easter Eggs in comics outside of the Vertigo and DC Comics Universe…

First up is a tremendous one from the Crossgen title, Mystic #15, suggested to me by John Thorpe (he provided the scans, as well).

In it, the lead character goes into a bar for magic people, and artists Brandon Peterson and John Dell just decided to draw ACTUAL magical characters from both Marvel and DC. How many can you name?

Of course, when the comic was later reprinted, the characters were all altered to make them analogues and not the actual characters. Pretty funny, though, while it lasted!

In any event, on the second page, right behind Scarlet Witch you can see John Constantine’s back.

Next, in Authority #9 (technically published by DC Comics at the time), Warren Ellis, Bryan Hitch and Paul Neary have the Doctor meet up with all of the past Doctors, and you’ll see some familiar faces, including, of course, John Constantine…

Finally, a different sort of Easter Egg appeared in Hellstorm #2, by writer Rafael Nieves and artist Michael Bair, as Hellstorm tells Doctor Strange about John Constantine (this would be a couple of years after Garth Ennis’ famous story of Constantine dying of lung cancer, going to hell and tricking his way back to life)…

Any other non-DC Hellblazer easter eggs that you all think I should know about? E-mail them to me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com!

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I see: Deadman, the Spectre, Harry Potter with Golden Snitches, Gandalf, the seven dwarves from Disney’s Snow White, Doctor Fate, Doctor Strange, Morpheus, Bat-Mite, Mr. Mxyptlik (sp?), Scarlet Witch, Etigran the Demon, Phantom Stranger, Captain Marvel, Raven, Zatanna, and a bunch of people I kind of recognize but can’t name.

Those are some loaded pages.

reconized the spectre cain. the phantom stranger, doctor strange, and scarlet witch in the bar scene even some of the seven dwarves. and love how damion is telling doctor strange the story of how John got cured by tricking some demons

Ryan 'Halite' King

November 14, 2012 at 8:23 am

Also Cain and Abel, as well as Dream.

Promethea, Xandu, Clea, Diablo, Dormammu, Cain & Abel, Floronic Man…

The ones I immediately recognized are (from left to right in each panel): Deadman, Spectre, Wotan, The Seven Dwarves, Dr. Fate, Diablo, Dr. Strange & Clea, Morpheus, Promethea, Bat-Mite, Scarlet Witch, Constantine, Witchblade, Mr. Mxyzptlk, Etrigan, Harry Potter, Zatara, Dormammu, The Phantom Stranger, Death, Cain & Abel, Raven, Floronic Man, Klarion, and Zatanna.

Also DC’s Wotan next to Gandolf.

How about the bit in Planetary with the bloke who was going off to kill a prostitute who was pregnant with the next Messiah? It was the issue that homaged/parodied/demolished all the Vertigo characters and the 1980s “weird” comics in general. Actually, I think the main character in that one was even more of Constantine analogue, now I think of it.

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Jeez, those are some prety ballsy cameos in those Crossgen pages! No surprise they altered them for subsequent printings.
The Hellstrom reference is pretty great.

Aside from the historical figures and Contantine, there is also Rasputin from Hellboy. Of course, he is a real person as well, but the design he wears is particular to Hellboy’s depiction of him.

How about the bit in Planetary with the bloke who was going off to kill a prostitute who was pregnant with the next Messiah? It was the issue that homaged/parodied/demolished all the Vertigo characters and the 1980s “weird” comics in general. Actually, I think the main character in that one was even more of Constantine analogue, now I think of it.

I don’t really count the Planetary stuff as Easter Eggs since they’re featured characters, ya know? It’s not like the Constantine-esque character is in one panel or something, he’s a major character in the issue.

Side note–in the scan of the Doctors, that’s not just Rasputin–that’s the Hellboy incarnation through and through.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grigori_Rasputin_(Hellboy)

Unless I’m missing something, there aren’t any “Doctor Who” incarnations in that scan, which is kind of odd.

I love that Hellstorm series! Great line by Damien. It sounds intriguing if you are just reading it without the reference and sounds awesome if you know who he’s referring to.

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