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Comic Book Easter Eggs – Superman Easter Eggs! Seinfeld, Spider-Man and Much, Much More!

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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 release of Man of Steel this week, we take a look at a few Superman easter eggs, including cameos by Jerry Sienfeld, Spider-Man and much, much (MUCH) more!

First up, we have 1997′s Superman: The Man of Steel #67, where Jon Bogdanove and Dennis Janke show the effects of Superman’s then new (and uncontrollable) energy powers on the Whitty Banter show (a popular talk show in Metropolis), whose guests include Bibbo, Elaine Benes and Jerry Seinfeld…well, at least until the electricity hits…

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and then he becomes Cosmo Kramer!

Thanks to Alejandro M.G. for suggesting this one!

Next, based on a suggestion by Francesco V, we have Superman #701, part of J. Michael Straczynski’s storyline of Superman walking across the United States. In this issue, artists Eddy Barrow and J.P. Mayer draw Peter Parker covering the news event of the season, Superman walking across the U.S. Only Peter notes it really is not all THAT exciting…

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Finally, based on another one of Alejandro’s suggestions, we have 1996′s Superman: The Wedding Album (this scene is drawn by Dan Jurgens and Jerry Ordway). When Clark and Lois are married, it is Jerry Siegel as the minister. But look – up in the crowd! Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it is a whole crapload of Superman writers, artists and editors. Can YOU name them all (click on the image to enlarge it… a LOT)?

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Thanks for the suggestions, folks! If YOU have a suggestion for a future edition of Comic Book Easter Eggs, drop me a line at bcronin@comicbookresources.com!

25 Comments

I spot Roger Stern quite easily. Over on the right is Jenette Kahn and Paul Levitz, the DC bigwigs. Mike Carlin and Jerry Ordway from the right of those 2. Dan Jurgens standing up applauding. I assume the blonde lady is Weezie.

That’s without enlarging it or looking anyone up. I am a total nerd.

Travis Pelkie

June 12, 2013 at 1:39 am

And I guess my second comment got lost in the ether.

The only one I know for sure after enlarging it is that Julie Schwartz is in between Jurgens and Stern, peeking out.

Is the redhead kid Bogdanove’s son Kal-El?

Was Whitty Banter someone we never quite saw? Is that like Newman’s original appearances on Seinfeld?

Is the white-haired guy right next to Superman’s elbow Joe Shuster? He has to be in the pic too, right?

The Crazed Spruce

June 12, 2013 at 4:11 am

I think I spotted John Byrne (the bearded guy way in the background, behind Dan Jurgens’ head). Beyond that, I got nothin’.

The Crazed Spruce

June 12, 2013 at 4:16 am

Okay, I think that guy in the blue suit standing under the window might be Elliot Maggin. That’s it, though.

speaking of editors, that looks like Bob Rozakis on the end of the Witty Banter panel…

@Travis,

“Whitty” was a not-so-veiled reference to David Letterman, who was a lot more popular at the time than he is now. I don’t think we ever saw him directly, but I think that was to help the whole tongue-in-cheek nature of the character.

I kind of miss those days of Superman writing. There were so many distinctly DCU elements in those days: Soder Cola, Big Belly Burger, the Whitty Banter show. It made Superman’s Metropolis seem more “real,” if that makes sense.

Electric superman, nice! All these years later and I still haven’t finished reading that arc!

I’d've never guessed that was Peter Parker.

The two guys next to Elaine are “The Furniture Guys”. They hosted a couple of entertaining cable shows about refurbishing furniture.
http://www.furnitureguys.com/about.html

In the Whitty Banter show image, the two guys on the left are Joe L’Erario and Ed Feldman from Furniture On The Mend, a TV show they used to have back in the early 90s that I used to watch (even though I was a teenager and didn’t own any furniture)

I am positive Scott and Branko are dead on. It’s definitely the Furniture Guys from the old TLC shows. (Back when it really was The Learning Channel)

The first and last, back when I was a major DC booster. Thanks for screwing the pooch Lee and DiDio.

Damn, I miss the Furniture Guys.

Wow, I had totally forgotten about The Furniture Guys. They were entertaining. As someone else said, I enjoyed their show even though I didn’t own any furniture at the time.

I can name hardly anybody at the wedding, just because I don’t know what many comic creators look like. But there’s a bit of a perspective problem, unless that redhead on the far right has a seriously immense noggin.

Travis Pelkie

June 12, 2013 at 9:37 pm

Well, as I said, I believe that’s Jenette Kahn, who was the Publisher (I think) of DC at the time.

So if she’s got an immense noggin it’s because she was, in fact, a “big-wig”.

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Travis Pelkie

June 12, 2013 at 9:38 pm

And I re-wrote that and I still think I blew the punchline.

Whitty Banter, huh?

I heard he died.

I always assumed he was based on Letterman. I’m sure there was an image of his face which was very Letterman. However, as much as he may be modelled Letterman it appears he was originally based on Glen Whitman:

http://www.supermanhomepage.com/comics/interviews/interviews-intro.php?topic=c-interview_whitmore

@Duggy, neat! I still think they incorporated a lot of Letterman-isms with the character, but finding out the origin is interesting.

At Superman’s wedding: Louise Simonson is the blond lady; John Byrne is the bearded guy whose head is sort of tucked in the back (directly below the eye of the largest Lois); and I’m pretty sure Jerry Ordway is the guy midway between Byrne and Jeanette Khan who’s looking over his shoulder.

Oh, and one of Superman’s creators is the minister. I’m honestly not sure if it’s Siegel or Shuster. Whichever one it is, I remember somebody–John Byrne, maybe–being cheesed about it since Superman’s creators were Jewish and the wedding is obviously Christian.

Dangit! I just noticed that the original article IDs Siegel as the minister. Sorry!

I remember somebody–John Byrne, maybe–being cheesed about it since Superman’s creators were Jewish and the wedding is obviously Christian.

Yeah, that sounds like the sort of thing Byrne would get cheesed about. One of the many sorts of things, anyway.

Well, if he felt like that about it, he shouldn’t have attended the wedding,

Jerry seems to turn into Kramer once the power goes

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