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Comic Book Easter Eggs – 100 Bullets/Wonder Woman Team-Up? Plus Bendis and Maleev Meet Elektra!

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 are from comics that came out recently!


Reader Pitr noted this cool bit in the latest issue of Wonder Woman by writer Brian Azzarello, there is a character who can sort of hear anything that is said in the world through her wind powers (as words are “carried on the wind”).

Well, notice one of the many pieces of dialogues references a briefcase containing “one hundred” and it cuts off. That is the premise of Azzarello’s classic Vertigo series, 100 Bullets, that a man comes to people and offers them proof that a certain person ruined their lives and a case of one hundred untraceable bullets.

Neat bit!

Next, in the most recent issue of Daredevil: End of Days, Alex Maleev did the main cover, which features two familiar looking cops meeting Elektra.

The cops, of course, are designed to look like Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev, respectively.

Finally, reader Shawn pointed out this neat bit in Secret Avengers #34 where artist Matteo Scalera paid tribute to Sean Murphy’s great series, Punk Rock Jesus, by featuring Chris Fairling and the Flak Jackets (the clone of Jesus Christ and the punk band he joins) from the series.

Awesome stuff, everyone! Thanks for the great suggestions!


Since when can Elektra fly?

Yeah, they met Elektra post mortem :D

Look like the wind has blown all the way from Mad Magazine, because we can also hear Alfred E Neumans famous motto “What, – me worry ?”

The Crazed Spruce

December 12, 2012 at 5:45 pm

The wind was blowing in from Metropolis, too, ’cause there’s a certain newspaper editor’s favourite catchphrase in there, too.

And someone’s listening to Carly Simon.

“You have to taste this” may be a Mad Men reference.

When I saw that next issue cover pic in DD:EoD 2, I knew you’d get around to featuring this cover. I assumed that was Maleev, but Bendis is pretty easy to spot.

I totally know the reference that Jazzbo’s making, but I’m not getting into it, because he’s so vain, he’ll probably think this comment’s about him.

I’m racking my brain, and despite having watched all the eps of Mad Men, I can’t think of what Ethan is referring to! OHHH, wait, just thought of it. I have to try this — to remember harder next time.

I wonder if the specific balloons were suggested by Azz, or if the letterer (Jared Fletcher, I assume) put them in, or if the editor suggested some. As long the editor of WW isn’t going to yell at me ;) , I’d be happy to hear from them about who did what.

I think if you put that page, the page from Supergirl, and that old Superman by Byrne page together, put the Wizard of Oz on your TV, listen to Dark Side of the Moon, and shine a black light on the comics…

…you’ve got way too much time on your hands. ;)

I doubt it’s a reference, but I’ll Have Another is the name of this year’s Kentucky Derby winner.

There are so many references in those dialogues carried by the wind that I doubt even one of them is random. From the classic Superman-spotting line “Look up in the sky” to the memetic “That’s what she said” I’m pretty sure all those phrases are lifted from different sources.

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