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Comic Book Easter Eggs – More Comic Strip Cameos! Popeye, Hobbes and More!


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 have a sequel to our previous two editions of comic strip cameo easter eggs! Here‘s the original one and here‘s the just John Byrne edition!


First up, as suggested by reader Graeme P., here Gerry Conway, Rick Buckler and Romeo Tanghal show England in danger in Justice League of America #210, with Andy Capp and his missus among those who are frightened…


Next, readers Andrew, Michelle and Josh all suggested this bit from Alan Kupperberg and AL Gordon from What If? #28, where a group of heroes and villains appear. Mixed in with the characters is a familiar sailor man (this is a rare Popeye cameo not done by Terry Austin!)…


Finally, Mike Vosburg and Scott Williams sneak Hobbes from Calvin and Hobbes fame as an example of a cartoon series in an issue of Cloak and Dagger in 1989…


I am sure you have other comic strip cameos in mind, so feel free to suggest them by e-mailing me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com!


What comic is that first one from?

Oops, sorry, forgot to put the issue number in there. It’s in there now!

Aha! I knew I’d totally read that comic, but based on the scan I couldn’t even remember what company it was, let alone the series.

(In fact, all three of these are from comics I still have somewhere in storage, as it happens.)

Since I threw a hissy fit in the comments on a Robot 6 thread about this the other day, I thought I’d pop in and say that this is the kind of Calvin & Hobbes homage I can get behind. An unspecific nod within the context of a larger work that doesn’t attempt to take authorial control from Watterson. Well done!

Anybody else notice on the ‘Andy Capp’ page the crashing spaceship clips Big Ben almost identically to the crashing spaceship in the Doctor Who episode ‘Aliens of London’ from decades later?

So in the Marvel Universe, Bill Watterson allowed a C&H series to be made?

god, that “British” dialogue is awful.

I have a question about the wall of chracters behind the Scarlet Centurion (?). Since it is Bruce Banner and not the Hulk shown, does that mean when Spiderman changes to Peter Parker, Peter Parker will be on the video wall?

Just want to let you know both links to prior columns are linking to the same “just John Byrne” edition.

Winter Decay: For some reason I thought those were the actual people on that wall behind him, not images of them, which makes their near-identical action-figure poses all the more ludicrous.

I think those are supposed to be the captured heroes themselves, not just images – note the shifting perspective lines at the right ends of the different shelves they are standing on. Art on the old What Ifs was sometimes hit or miss. Banner was captured in his normal state. I still have that issue somewhere.

The interesting thing about that first one is it’s a rare case where a cameo character is actually identified by name.

Is it just me, or is Hobbes doing a scene from Hamlet?

“Alas, poor Moe! I knew him, Calvin; a fellow of infinite stench, of most excellent tenderness”…

A Horde of Evil Hipsters

March 28, 2013 at 3:05 am

“Fury” said “god, that “British” dialogue is awful.”

It always is, isn’t it? Of course, considering that many Americans seem to think “modern day Europe” = “Ruritania circa 1800″, dialogue may not always be the biggest offender.

Not to say that this sort of nonsense can’t be fun, though. I recently read a collection of the “Knight & Squire” series by Paul Cornell, which is both full of ridiculously stereotypical britishisms and funny. Then again, Cornell is British, so he’s not doing it out of ignorance.

Popey (well, his arm) appears also in two other comics: the first issue of Justice League International, and one issue of The Shadow Strikes, in an arc full of comic strip characters (Terry and the Pirates -with the Dragon Lady – and even Daddy Warbucks).

Other appearances, this time by cartoon characters: in Hero Hotline, you can see humanized versions of Donald Duck, Huey, Dewey and Louie, Mickey Mouse and Goofy.

And one issue of Superboy (I think) had Obelix as a guard at Project Cadmus.

One of the last pre-Crisis issues of Action Comics had appearances by Obelix and other Asterix characters (though not Asterix himself) that went past being an Easter Egg to “unlicensed crossover.” It was written by the Lofficier brothers, who did the same trick with Tintin a few years later in Teen Titans Spotlight.

I think that’s What If? #29.

To be fair, the way Conway wrote the British man on the street isn’t much worse than how your average Marvel writer wrote the average New Yorker man on the street, especially when working class blue collar. That Ben Grimm/Nick Fury type of accent that was popular at Marvel was maybe even more stereotypical than the British accent done above.

Conway writing England? Three words. Knight and Fogg!

I finally realized what bothers me about that realistic Andy Capp…his hat doesn’t cover his eyes.

Also, as Mike pointed out above, the second and third link both go to the just-John-Byrne page.

Gerard, I have the Hero Hotline miniseries, and I remember those cameos!

I remember there was also a car accident victim in Hero Hotline who looked like a grown-up version of the comic-strip character, Henry.

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