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Comic Book Easter Eggs – Captain America Visits a Bar Filled With Easter Eggs!

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!).

Today we look at an issue of Captain America by Mark Gruenwald, Rik Levins and Danny Bulanadi where Captain America, Hawkeye and Iron Man visit a bar that is packed to the gills with easter egg cameos.

Enjoy!

I’ve written about Captain America #401 in the past, as I think it is sort of the pinnacle of Mark Gruenwald’s “square” take on Captain America (Cap gives a lecture on superhero ethics in the issue!!).

Hawkeye tries to get Cap to loosen up, so he takes him to a bar. While there, they meet up with Tony Stark who has a heart-to-heart with Cap over the differences the two had been having at the time.

Rik Levins filled the bar with a TON of easter eggs. So many that I don’t think that I have even identified them all!

First up, here’s Popeye…

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Next we see Steed and Peel playing pool with Humphrey Bogart. My guess for the background figure is Jimmy Cagney, but I am open to suggestions there.

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Next, Groucho Marx is hanging out with Gomez and Morticia Addams, as well as their butler Lurch…

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Andy Capp is having a drink at the bar…

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Dick Tracy, Reid Fleming (the world’s toughest milkman) and James Bond are hanging out (I don’t know who the blonde is supposed to be)…

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The Yellow Kid and Elvis Presley share the bar…

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Jackie Gleason (from The Hustler) plays pool with Hawkeye…

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Albert Einstein has a cocktail…

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This next one could be a dozen different comic book creators. I’m guess John Byrne, but it really could be MANY different ones…

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In addition, I don’t know who these people are (if they are meant to be anyone at all)…

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Finally, at the end of the bar trip, Levins couldn’t end without having the king of cameos make an appearance, as Alfred Hitchcock walks by…

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If you have a suggestion for a future edition of Comic Book Easter Eggs, drop me a line at bcronin@comicbookresources.com!

57 Comments

spice talltrees

March 19, 2013 at 2:20 pm

With the red hair and bow-tie I’m guessing it’s Jimmy Olsen, not Cagney.

The two women at the bar (near the bald bartender) in the last panel look to me to be Betty and Veronica.

I was thinking Betty and Veronica too.

The first thing that popped in my head when I saw your headline was an image of Cap drinking a beer at a bar surrounded by hundreds of multi-colored Easter eggs…

That comic creator looks like Len Wein to me…

That comic creator looks like Len Wein to me…

Wein was definitely one of the many creators I had in mind, yeah.

The two women at the bar (near the bald bartender) in the last panel look to me to be Betty and Veronica.

Could the guy near them in the suit be Rod Serling?

With the red hair and bow-tie I’m guessing it’s Jimmy Olsen, not Cagney.

The face seems to be an attempt at a likeness, though.

Same panel as “Betty and Veronica”, on the right side, sitting at a table, looks like Sargeant Joe Friday from the tv show Dragnet.

I find it so weird that so many creators fill that general description: bearded, glasses, moustaichoud, with a gut, etc

I think that the person playing pool with bogart is the Emma Peel and John Steed from the Avengers

Yeah Brian, that definitely looks like Rod Serling at the bar to me.

I’ve never cared for Bulanadi’s inking, and these panels remind me why.

I think that the person playing pool with bogart is the Emma Peel and John Steed from the Avengers

I said that in the article, no?

I too was going to say Rod Serling for that penultimate panel. He is a “cameo” guy, so it fits.

Bulanadi’s apparently working on a bunch of Bible based comics, adaptations of different books of the Bible and such. They came out in droves in the last month or so, and I’d look at ‘em at Diamonds’s site, and Bulanadi’s name was on virtually all of them.

The bartender in the Popeye one looks familiar too.

This is like, the biggest bar in the world, isn’t it? There are about 4 or 5 bars, multiple bartenders…

“The first thing that popped in my head when I saw your headline was an image of Cap drinking a beer at a bar surrounded by hundreds of multi-colored Easter eggs…”

With Easter well on its way, I started to wonder if anyone’s actually done that, actually. Just hidden actual pictures of Easter eggs all throughout the art of a comic book.

I think that the person playing pool with bogart is the Emma Peel and John Steed from the Avengers

I said that in the article, no?

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You did … i think the proper response is “oops”.

Ha! No problem, I was just curious if I was misleading or something like that.

Second to last panel; Sinatra maybe?

Could the bartender in the first panel also be Jackie Gleason? Seems to me he had a bartender character he did.

Apropo of nothing…does anyone else have a hard time telling Steve Rogers form Clint Barton when they draw them out of costume? Maybe it’s me, but if I lose track of who is in what outfit I can get lost with these two. This got used in a What If with the Avengers once, wherre Cap is supposed to be executed by the Kree I believe, and he and Clint switch cosutmes (clint had been blinded and felt this was all he could offer as a hero at this point) and their captures don’t notice. While sure you can say all humans look a like to some extent, but I kind of felt the author was picing up on something I always had an issue with.

Speaking of comicbook twins, has it never bothered anyone that Bucky Barnes, Jack Monroe, and Rick Jones, are all said to look surprisingly alike? So much so that Cap invariably mistakes them for Bucky when they first meet. On the surface it might just be comic book coincidence, but if you think about the odds, of three brown haired teens, seperated by decades of life, who all look nearly identical, all happen to be orphans, and all happen to wind up as the closest allies possible to some of the most prominant heroes of their day, and to me that just smacks of some kind of conspiracy.

Apropo of nothing…does anyone else have a hard time telling Steve Rogers form Clint Barton when they draw them out of costume? Maybe it’s me, but if I lose track of who is in what outfit I can get lost with these two. This got used in a What If with the Avengers once, wherre Cap is supposed to be executed by the Kree I believe, and he and Clint switch cosutmes (clint had been blinded and felt this was all he could offer as a hero at this point) and their captures don’t notice. While sure you can say all humans look a like to some extent, but I kind of felt the author was picing up on something I always had an issue with.

One of Marvel’s comedic Year in Reviews from the early 1990s did a hilarious bit based on that idea where they showed Clint, Steve and Hank Pym all without their masks on and they’re all identical.

LouReedRichards

March 19, 2013 at 11:59 pm

@ cool arrow

I’m with you 100% – Never could stand it either. To be fair though, it’s not like Rik Levins gave him a lot to work with. All of the Captain America artwork from this period hurts my eyes.

My first thought for the bearded guy was DeFalco, but I’m not sure why.

Don’t know if it’s an intentional reference or just the kind of thing that would be in a bar anyway, but the sign in the Popeye panel, “In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash”, is the name of the book “A Christmas Story” was based on.

So many easter eggs in one sequence. It feels like the artist is saying “the writer made me draw this boring talk-in-a-bar scene, but I know you the reader don’t care either, so try to guess who all these people are instead!”

In the last panel the guy with the hat always strikes me as possibly being Peter Lorre. It’s definitely Rod Serling at the bar in that same panel.

I wonder if that isn’t supposed to be someone in the panel with Albert Einstein…Hugh Hefner maybe?

I’m pretty sure it’s James Cagney, but I wonder if it’s not Arthur Lake as Dagwood Bumstead?

I think the Beard Guy might be George Lucas.

Mark Black has already said this, but my first thought for that too was Dagwood Bumstead. Not necessarily the Arthur Lake version, just Dagwood-as-Dagwood…

… although this guy has more than one button on his shirt, so….

@Fredll: “Speaking of comicbook twins, has it never bothered anyone that Bucky Barnes, Jack Monroe, and Rick Jones, are all said to look surprisingly alike?”

Well, it’s not as bad as that, considering Jack Monroe’s origin involves him and the “50s Cap” having plastic surgery and styling specifically so they would look like the originals.

For such an expert marksman, Hawkeye SUCKS at pouring a beer!

was going to say the comic creator looks more like Len wen then john byrne and the ladies could be betty and vernonica which seems to be the big pick with the comments here.

plus the first blonde is proably some bond girl like money penny though want to go with tess since dick tracy is also there leaning towards tess as a blonde

In the second to last panel, that clearly looks like Ronald Reagan standing at the bar.

Chaim Mattis Keller

March 20, 2013 at 1:18 pm

Is it possible that that bar is Munden’s?

The blonde alonside Bond/Connery is Sylvia Trench, the bonds girlfriend from “Dr. No” and “From Russia with love”.

Oh yeah, I think that IS Dagwood. Good call.

Here’s hoping Scourge wasn’t working the bar that night.

The bartender behind Popeye — Jackie Gleason’s Joe the bartender was my guess, as well.
Behind Andy Capp — Peter Sellers as Inspector Clouseau?
FWIW, the “James Bond” reminds me more of a young Robert Mitchum.

The panel with Tony Stark in the foreground and Einstein in the background – it might be Mark Trail on Tony’s right not Hugh Hefner.

Does anyone remember the Fred Hembeck gag about Millie the Model’s boss being mistaken by Millie for Tony Stark (and by extension Iron Man)? There’s definitely some look-a-likes kicking around the Marvel Universe.

Could Warren Worthington pass for Johnny Storm?

A friend of mine once had a theory that Hawkeye was an illegitimate son that Cap fathered during the war (which would be harder to accept today, since so much has time has now passed since Cap being frozen and unfrozen) and Rick Jones–who was an “orphan”–was the illegitimate son of Bucky.

Another gem, Cronin. This stuff never ceases to amaze me.

Am I the only one who thinks the “Rod Serling” guy actually looks vaguely like Ronald Reagan? Given the time period that would make sense.

Either of the suit and tie guys could also be Peter Gunn. If so, the blonde would be his sometimes girlfriend, Edie, though her hair was shorter. As James Bond, wouldn’t he hold a martin glass? Or is that a martini glass, just poorly drawn. Some 90′s comics were so smeary and ugly they were painful to look at.

If that is Betty and Veronica, the bald bartender is “Pop” Tate owner of Pop’s Chock’lit Shoppe in Archie comics.

A friend of mine once had a theory that Hawkeye was an illegitimate son that Cap fathered during the war (which would be harder to accept today, since so much has time has now passed since Cap being frozen and unfrozen) and Rick Jones–who was an “orphan”–was the illegitimate son of Bucky.

It has been suggested by more than one fan that one of the times when the Winter Soldier went “off the grid” while on a mission in the States and the Soviets lost track of him, he had a one night stand with some woman named Jones who nine months later had Rick :)

Some of the first comics I got were MARVEL TRIPLE ACTION with early Avengers reprints. Cap, Hawkeye, and Giant-Man were all blandly handsome blondes. But in those days they were hardly ever out of costume.

Re: identical blonde male Avengers, I recall an early issue of Wizard also having some (atypically witty) fun with this. They noted that six or seven Avengers, with some minor allowance for difference of hairstyle, tend to appear interchangeable out of costume. “The Master Race is alive and well, as the core membership of The Avengers!” ;-)

That’s definitely Rod Serling by the cash register.

In the same panel, could the guy sitting at the table be Kojak?

And the bearded guy with the glasses looked like a young George Lucas to me.

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Could the blonde be Honey West?

In a talk at a local comics expo, Alan Davis mentioned the importance of designing characters so they can be recognised out of costume and mentioned the Rogers/Barton/Pym problem.

I think I’m part of a small minority who liked Danny Bulandi’s work – because of his efforts maintaining standards on the Micronauts through a succession of artists
(I don’t think he was working on the issue in which Mari’s hair randomly changed length between panels and was anything from shoulder-length to knee-length)

Lucas

Except Sylvia Trench wasn’t blonde.

Though it doesn’t look much like any Bond either.

That’s Rod Serling. The looks, the outfit, and the body lanuage all scream it.

NOT CAGNEY OR JIMMY OLSON.

IT’S DAGWOOD BUMSTEAD FROM “BLONDIE”.

YOU YOUNGINS’.

NOT CAGNEY OR JIMMY OLSON.

IT’S DAGWOOD BUMSTEAD FROM “BLONDIE”.

YOU YOUNGINS’.

Yeah, all you youngins’ who are guessing the actor who made one film appearance in the past fifty-two years! Wait…wha?

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