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Comic Book Easter Eggs – Edith Bunker and All in the Family Cameos

In this feature, I share 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, in honor of the passing of Jean Stapleton (the critically acclaimed actress who played Edith Bunker on All in the Family), we look at a few All in the Family easter eggs.

Enjoy!

First up, we have 1972’s Superman #249, by Cary Bates, Curt Swan and Murphy Anderson, which introduced Terra-Man. In an early fight in the issue, we see a familiar couple observing the battle…

Thanks to Michael Sacal and Alejandro M.G. for the suggestion!

Next, we have 1973’s Shazam! #5, by Elliot S! Maggin and C.C. Beck, which has Billy Batson and the character Sunny Sparkle (I’ll likely feature said character at some point in the future in SOME other feature) selling newspapers door to door, including to a familiar-looking couple…

Thanks to Mark M. and David B. for suggesting this one!

Finally, while that about does it for Edith Bunker cameos (unless you folks know of some more), here is a good Archie Bunker one from 1978’s Marvel Two-in-One #46, by Alan Kupperberg and Chic Stone, where the Thing goes to Hollywood to try to get his own show. He gets an agent who says he’ll try to find a project for Thing. The issue ends with the project idea that the agent came up with…

Now, Archie Bunker has appeared in a LOT of other comics, but I don’t think that some of these other appearances would qualify as an “easter egg.” Like if someone is watching an episode of All in the Family, I don’t think that counts. Likewise, Archie Bunker often shows up in scenes where an artist is showing a bunch of famous people together. Hard to call that an easter egg when the whole POINT is that they’re all famous people, ya know? But I am sure I’ve missed some more Bunker appearances! If I have, be sure to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com and I’ll try to edit them in! And feel free to e-mail me any OTHER easter egg suggestions you might have!

EDIT #1 Commenter Hysan suggested this appearance by Mike “Meathead” Stivic, son-in-law of Archie and Edith, in 1977’s Incredible Hulk #213 by Len Wein, Sal Buscema and Tom Palmer…

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Shuddup, ya orange meathead.

Travis Pelkie

June 5, 2013 at 4:12 am

There’s gotta be one in an Archie comic, right? ;)

All in the Family was one of the greatest shows ever.
R.I.P. Dingbat…

It’s not Archie or Edith, but a very obvious version of Mike Stivic, aka Meathead appears in the issue of the Hulk where he fights some goofy robot.

He even says “Wait until I tell Archie about THIS!”

It was during the Len Wein era, which I honestly think was pretty weak.

nice picks. and also think len was the one who had mike aka meat head show up watching the hulk fight. plus love how even in comics archie told eddith to stifle it dingbat. a unique was to honor a actress like jean.

Is that Andy Griffith to the left of Edith in that Superman panel?

@Erich, could be. It could make sense also since their shows were all on CBS. Perhaps some of the other people are also from other CBS shows.

Great Swanderson likeness on the timeless TV couple.

RIP, Carroll & Jean…

There’s gotta be an X-Family issue somewhere where Archie gleefully participates in mutant-bashing.

The Mike Stivic cameo was in “Incredible Hulk” #213, the debut of the Quintronic Man.

By the way, I can’t help but notice how Archie and Edith changed position between panels in the Superman comic book.

Benn, that’s the issue.

Also, regarding the X-Men…that would’ve been hilarious.

“Aw geez, look at this cueball bleeding heart cripple ovah heah!”

Wasn’t Archie in a crowd scene in the X-Men-centric issues of “Marvels?” Could swear that he’s in a crowd of angry mutant-haters. I don’t have my issues handy to check, though, so it could be I just dreamed it up.

Wasn’t Archie in a crowd scene in the X-Men-centric issues of “Marvels?” Could swear that he’s in a crowd of angry mutant-haters. I don’t have my issues handy to check, though, so it could be I just dreamed it up.

I don’t believe so.

And nothing of value was lost.

Archie in the “Shazam!” comic,reminds me of how “Fritz The Night Owl” made occasional appearances in “The Power Of Shazam” (and perhaps earlier). Fritz was the local DJ in Columbus, Ohio back in the late 70’s / mid 80’s and also hosted the late night movie fest on Saturday nights. Always wore the winged sun glasses. I think he also hooked up with the local Smooth Jazz station later in life. Good memories…..

Is the joke that Sunny Sparkle is really a girl? Or an adult dwarf?

Wasn’t Archie in a crowd scene in the X-Men-centric issues of “Marvels?” Could swear that he’s in a crowd of angry mutant-haters. I don’t have my issues handy to check, though, so it could be I just dreamed it up.

I don’t believe so.

Nope, he’s definitely in there. Right after the Sentinel riots begin, Archie is shown as one of the rioters. It’s the bottom of the page where J. Jonah Jameson is ordering Foswell and Betty Brant around. Archie’s dialogue reads, “Come on OUT, Mutants — COME OUT AND DIE!” Page 36. Looks too much like him to be a coincidence, to my eye.

Wasn’t Archie in a crowd scene in the X-Men-centric issues of “Marvels?” Could swear that he’s in a crowd of angry mutant-haters. I don’t have my issues handy to check, though, so it could be I just dreamed it up.

I don’t believe so.

Nope. He’s there at the bottom of page 36 in issue #2.

Sorry. It looked my previous post didn’t go through. Feel free to delete.

See Marvel’s “Spoof” #2, “Brawl In The Family”.

I dunno, seems like a bit of a stretch…

Ross tended not to do subtle usages of celebrity faces.

Yeah, I’m pretty sure that’s the guy I was remembering. Looking at it now, it’s probably not supposed to be him… in my memory, the likeness was unmistakeable, but like I said, I wasn’t sure I was remembering right. Digging through the issue, I also came across this panel that may have been what I was thinking of: http://i.imgur.com/gMlib8o.jpg

We can only see half his face, and it’s contorted in rage, so it’s still not clearly Archie Bunker. The dialogue seems to give it more weight, but then, that’s hardly an uncommon dialect for a scene set in New York! It was probably the combination that made me erroneously remember an Archie appearance.

I don’t see the panel that Drunken Fist posted being Archie Bunker. The cheeks are WAY too thin for Carol O’Connor.

I don’t think it is either, looking at it. Like I mentioned, I think the combination of both panels, plus dialogue I can totally “hear” in O’Conner’s voice in the panel I linked to, floated around in the recesses of my mind and melded into a phony “Archie was in “Marvels” memory. I really should’ve dug the issue out and looked before I mentioned it, but it’s not very accessible.

My jokes are so good that they IMPLANT MEMORIES IN YOU BRAIN.

No, just kidding. It just makes sense. How can someone not have used classic TV’s most beloved bigot (boy, that’s an odd phrase to type) in a mutant protest scene somewhere?

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