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Comic Book Easter Eggs – Daredevil Front Page Photographer 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 take a look at the six photographer easter eggs hidden at the beginning of each of the first six issues of Mark Waid, Paolo Rivera and Marcos Martin’s Daredevil!

Enjoy!

NOTE: I understand that there are more easter eggs than this in Waid’s Daredevil. I get that. I even plan on featuring some more in the future already. If you know of more, feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com. Don’t post about them in the comments section.

In the pages of Mark Waid’s Daredevil, the recap page is the front page of the Daily Bugle…

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Above is what a typical issue looks like (the specific issue I got that from was Daredevil #17).

First off, the story references at the beginning typically refer to other comics under Steve Wacker’s editorial reigns. I suppose those could also count as easter eggs, too, but that just seems like standard “shared continuity” stuff. It’s a nice touch, but I dunno if it rises to the level of being called out as an easter egg. Something else on the Daily Bugle front page, though, does.

In the first six issues of the series, there was a fun extra little easter egg to pay homage to some of the notable creators of Daredevil’s past.

Note how the above page does not have a credit for the photo. #1-6, however, DO. And what credits they are! Each of the photographers is a reference to a past Daredevil creator.

From #1… Gene Everett Wood (Gene Colan/Bill Everett/Wally Wood)…

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From #2…McKenzie Miller (Roger McKenize/Frank Miller)…

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From #3…(it is a bit hard to see the first name) Ralf Nocenti (long-time Daredevil editor Ralph Macchio/Ann Nocenti)…

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From #4…Gale Winslade (Bob Gale/Phil Winslade)…

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From #5…Kevin Quesada (Kevin Smith/Joe Quesada)…

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From #6…Johnny Nocenti (John Romita Jr/Ann Nocenti again)…

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Very cool stuff!

That’s it for this week! If you have a suggestion for a future edition of Comic Book Easter Eggs, e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com. Remember, e-mail me your suggestion, don’t put it in the comments section!

12 Comments

I’m not a Daredevil reader, but the brilliance of using the Daily Bugle as a recap page is so brilliant that I’m astonished that Marvel’s not doing it (or something similar) in a lot of their New York-set titles, or that they didn’t think of doing it way back when they initiated recaps. Of course, it wouldn’t work in every title–Venom is in Philadelphia, so they’d have to use some parody of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

It’s also much better than “Channel 52,” which is a weak attempt at translating the television medium into sequential panels.

Those Daily Bugle pages are not believable. Too much DD, not enough about NY’s real menace, Spider-Man!

Turd Burglar

May 8, 2013 at 7:16 am

The Daily Bugle as a recap page works for Waid’s Daredevil in large part because the book usually doesn’t take itself too seriously. For Avengers or X-Men it would seem kind of out of place.

@TB–

Well, right. It wouldn’t work in every book. It probably would in “street” titles like Spider-Man, Punisher, Ghost Rider, that sort of thing. For something like Avengers or Hulk, you’d have to do something like an Avengers or SHIELD database entry–something to give the reader a feeling of reading a “real” piece of material from the Marvel Universe.

Of course, Kieron Gillen’s recap pages in Journey Into Mystery and Young Avengers have been their own animal, and quite hilarious at times. So no, I wouldn’t want it in every title, but creativity on the recap page should be encouraged.

I’m pretty sure that Wacker’s group also used the Bugle’s front page for their Punisher series, as well.

Two of my favourite recap pages are the ones from the USM storyline where he got body-swapped with Wolverine and they featured Bendis, Bagley and Nick Lowe.

@Brian: They did it. It worked perfect for the series.

I was wondering how Gale Winslade was able to photograph sound effects, but then I realised that since DD was fighting Klaw that the sounds may very well have been visible.

I think the new Hawkeye series has the best recap page ever: “this is what he does when he’s not being an Avenger. That’s all you need to know.”

:-) There’s some nice recap pages on the current Young Avengers series too setup like an internet chatroom conversation

Omar Karindu

May 9, 2013 at 5:25 am

Incredible Hercules also had some excellent recap pages.

@Jeffrey. Hawkeye is most definitely something special.

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