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Comic Book Easter Eggs – Where’s Waldo? In The Pages of Gambit #8, Of Course!

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!).

Enjoy!

Reader João astutely picked up on Waldo of Where’s Waldo fame being hidden in the last page of the latest issue of Gambit by Clay Mann…

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See if you can spot him!

(I did a Movie Urban Legends Revealed recently on Waldo being hidden in Mel Gibson’s Apocalypto, as well, in case you’re curious. Plus the tale of the exposed female breast in one of the Where’s Waldo? books!).

In the fourth issue of Avengers Forever, Kurt Busiek and Carlos Pachecho have some fun with their time-traveling cast when they head to 1959. Captain Marvel and the Wasp disguise themselves as basically Clark Kent and Lois Lane…

and they end up in Smallville…

Very cute bit by Busiek and Pachecho.

Finally, reader Frank L. points out this interesting bit from Uncanny X-Men #215 where Chris Claremont and Alan Davis literally just write famed DC editor Julie Schwartz and sci-fi/fantasy novelist Diane Duane into the issue as doctors treating Maddie Pryor…

Thanks for the suggestions, Frank and João! If YOU have a suggestion, e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com

13 Comments

Huh–I never noticed the “Smallville” sign in Avengers Forever before. I think it’d be a hard sell to say that Mar-vell and Wasp are Clark and Lois if it weren’t for the sign. (I still think it’s a hard sell, but the sign makes a better case for it.)

The again, I wonder if you could do a whole column on DC references in Avengers Forever. Two I’m specifically aware of: Lex Luthor is *very* clearly shown on one page (a reference to the original Superman/Spider-Man team up), and future Rick Jones appears wearing a tattered Superman cape and Batman utility belt. Are there any others I never noticed?

Useless trivia fact: in the UK the series is called Where’s Wally!

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The newstand guy reminds me of Wolverine in his second panel.

The dialog from the carnival barker is a nod to Uncanny X-Men #111, methinks..

Paul B, I don’t recall the phrasing of the barker in Uncanny X-Men #111, but the people he’s describing are the ’50s Avengers (from What If, vol 1 #9) who were later known as the Agents of Atlas. The barker’s first word balloon is referencing Marvel’s name and it’s past names Atlas and Timely. His second paragraph is describing Gorilla Man, Human Robot and Venus. That’s 3-D Man at the bottom of the page talking to Marvel Boy on his wrist radio. Jimmy Woo isn’t with the team in these issues.

Ohh.. Gotcha! My first thought was Wolverine, Colossus & Phoenix from X-Men #111.. Cool.. Thanks, Adam!

@Pete: Not only there. He is Wally in South America, too.

Im loving the punny “Next Week” blurb: “99 Villians (and Cich ain’t one)!”

For some reason I can’t say that or the Original song lyrics without saying “Hit me!” straight after it.

So, they had to make the FBI guy blond haired, same length hair as Captain Marvel, with glasses, and wearing the same color outfit? It isn’t all that confusing, because of the newspaper, but still that just seems like a dumb thing to do. Give him a dark suit or dark hair or no glasses or SOMETHING different.

So, they had to make the FBI guy blond haired, same length hair as Captain Marvel, with glasses, and wearing the same color outfit? It isn’t all that confusing, because of the newspaper, but still that just seems like a dumb thing to do. Give him a dark suit or dark hair or no glasses or SOMETHING different.

“The FBI guy” is Hal Chandler, the 3-D man, so the hair and glasses weren’t really up for negotiation (though originally he had a crewcut, which would have looked even MORE like Captain Marvel). But yeah, giving him a different colored outfit might have been a good idea.

There was also a Waldo appearance in Incredible Hulk: Future Imperfect. Not sure if Brian covered it before or not.

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