Comic Book Easter Eggs – Chris Claremont Pays Homage to Alien (And Not the Way You Think)
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 email@example.com (do not post your suggestion in the comments section!).
Chris Claremont has done a few comics (whether intentional or not) with characters reminiscent of the film Alien. Whether it is the demon that Kitty Pryde faces in the last issue that Claremont and John Byrne did together of Uncanny X-Men or the longtime X-Men opponent, the Brood, Claremont seems to have a fascination with the Ridley Scott classic (plus, of course, he actually wrote Alien comic books, too). An interesting expression of this interest came in Spider-Woman #35, written by Claremont with art by Steve Leialoha and Al Gordon, when Angar the Screamer (who can make people hallucinate through his screams) meets up with the two of his cohorts, who share the name and the likeness of Ash and Ripley from Alien (played by Ian Holm and Sigourney Weaver, respectively).
Notice, in particular, how Ripley dies.
Thanks to Erich of Fish-Flavored Baseball Bat fame for the suggestion!
Next up is a clever pick-up by reader Alvaro G.
In Robin #15, check out the prisoner’s number…
That’s the same number worn by the “leader” of the Beagle Boys (who are known only by their prison numbers)…
Clever bit by Chuck Dixon and/or Tom Grummett!
Finally, reader Gav Shore (who has a website called The Batman Quest), pointed out this bit from Shadow of the Bat #73 (by Alan Grant, Mark Buckingham and Wayne Faucher)…
The known associates sure seem to be grown-up versions of three members of the Bash Street Kids, popular characters from the Britisch comic, Beano…
Thanks for all the great suggestions, folks! If YOU have an easter egg idea, e-mail it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org!