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Comic Book Easter Eggs – Butch Guice and Bob Layton Show Us the Signs in Iron Man

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, based on a suggestion from Dave B., we take a look at Iron Man #234, where Jackson Guice and Bob Layton treated us to a series of easter egg signs at a trade show.

In the issue, Tony Stark and Peter Parker are both at a technology convention.

Guice and Layton hid a series of signs for companies that are references to other comic book creators.

First, a glimpse at a Steve Ditko one…

And a glimpse at a Kirby one…

Next, a Buscema Bros. sign…

An Eisner sign (and the Ronin bit is likely a reference to Frank Miller’s Ronin) and likely a Kirby reference…

Next, a Byrne reference…

Now, a better look at the Ditko sign…

Finally, a non-comic creator reference to the Jetsons…

Thanks, Dave!

If YOU have a suggestion for a future installment, e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com.


Man, Tony’s hair from that period cracks me up, even before he went full mullet.

Right? It is nuts.

John Oates=Tony Stark.

Were they trying to make Tony look like Tom Selleck or somthing?

Mid to late 80’s hairstyles were an adventure. Never really dug Tony’s perm but take into consideration the year.

Didn’t TOny end up with Jerry Curls at one point?

The panel with the Ronin and Kirby references also appears to have a Will Eisner reference, as well!

Oops….apparently my reading skills are not very good. I swear I read that three or four times to make sure you hadn’t pointed out the Eisner thing, and honestly didn’t see it until after my post.


*hangs head in shame*

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