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Comic Book Easter Eggs – Watchmen Easter Eggs!

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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 we take a look at a trio of Watchmen references in other comic books!

Before I begin, here’s a few earlier Comic Book Easter Egg installments with Watchmen easter eggs in them, just in case you folks think that I missed them.

1. Rorschach in Astonishing X-Men and a Watchmen reference on a Violator cover

2. Rorschach in Kingdom Come

3. Rorschach reference in Dark X-Men

Now, on to the new additions!

First up, reader Paul Lehnert suggested this reference in Suicide Squad #1 by John Ostrander to the Keene Act from Watchmen…

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Next up, Silk Spectre, Nite Owl and seemingly Rorschach, as well, are flying in a ship remarkably similar to Nite Owl’s Archmides as part of this Atlantean invasion in Marvels #4 by Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross…

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Finally, Alan Moore and Zander Cannon have Rorschach hanging out with his inspiration, the Question, in the pages of Smax #1…

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Thanks for the suggestion, Paul! If YOU have a suggestion for a future Easter Eggs column, let me know at bcronin@comicbookresources.com!

18 Comments

weren’t they also in Kingdom Come somewhere?? I can’t recall which issue, but I’m almost sure of it.

Yes, he was, Mike. I’ve edited the piece to note earlier editions of Comic Book Easter Eggs that had Watchmen references in them.

The red and blue android near the center of that last image is another Easter egg — though the color scheme is different, his design is based on Marvin the Paranoid Android from the TV-miniseries version of THE HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY. And that looks like a GATCHMAN character in pink over his shoulder. There are probably other references in the panel somewhere. (Could that be John Carter and a Thark in the middle? Except I don’t think Tharks have antennae.)

Oh yeah, I’m sure that whole page is filled with easter eggs. I just spotlighted the Watchmen one, but yes, there’s plenty of other references in that hallways.

I think that’s Merv Pumpkinhead walking away and the blue guy with suitcases is maybe an Antron from Micronauts?

The first couple of issues of Smax are littered with fantasy and sci-fi Easter eggs, I wonder if anyone’s spotted then all. Like, the the little guy in the floating chair is from Akira (though his sking has been miscoloured), and I’m pretty sure the four-armed guy and his human companion are supposed to be John Carter and Tars Tarkas (with another case of miscolouring, as his skin is supposed to be green), but who is the dude with a bird beak and a purple cape? Or the guy with yellow shirt who’s had some sort of a teleporter accident, leaving him with two right arms? Or the three aliens behind that guys head? Etc.

As a side note: the Suicide Squad mention of the Keene Act also references the “Ingersoll Amendment” to Keene, which is another Easter egg, a reference to writer/lawyer Bob Ingersoll.

Mike Loughlin

July 3, 2013 at 7:45 am

I never noticed the Marvels Easter egg before. Cool. Kingdom Come was Easter egg heavy, but I don’t remember that being the case with Marvels (except the Reed/ Sue wedding and, iirc, Lois & Clark showing up somewhere). Any other Easter eggs in Marvels?

Victor Lizcano

July 3, 2013 at 7:49 am

Smax#1 – I also see the little guy from AKIRA, John Carter from Mars, and the Girl from Battle of the Planets.

I never noticed the Marvels Easter egg before. Cool. Kingdom Come was Easter egg heavy, but I don’t remember that being the case with Marvels (except the Reed/ Sue wedding and, iirc, Lois & Clark showing up somewhere). Any other Easter eggs in Marvels?

Check the archives, Mike! I did a four-part series on easter eggs from Marvels (while still somehow missing the above Watchmen one the first time around)!

As a side note: the Suicide Squad mention of the Keene Act also references the “Ingersoll Amendment” to Keene, which is another Easter egg, a reference to writer/lawyer Bob Ingersoll.

Right you are. Paul mentioned it, as well. I just forgot to put it in there.

The man in the yellow shirt and two right arms is Bill, the Galactic Hero from the book series of the same name by Harry Harrison.

The little guy in the hovering weelchair is called Takashi, if I remember correctly. Also, maybe I’m overstretching it, but the blond guy with his back to us reminds me of Milo from Disney’s Atlantis – The Lost Empire. The animation debuted in 2001, and Mike Mignola did some conceptual art for it. The Smax mini was awesome.

Also, I just googled, and “Bring me the blue pages” is a citation from the fantasy adventure game Myst.

I believe the tall guy near the center may be Lord Pumpkin, a nasty villain from Malibu’s Ultraverse. He is easy to recognize due to his distinctive head.

there’s also a reference in x-men legacy. “As long as you don’t become some big blue man who forgets i need to breathe,” or something like that.

I’ve some too, but they’re pretty obscure.

In the free comic tie in to the videogame Vexx in a huge battle scene you can make out Xena, Chakram and all.

Also, while not from a comic, per se, Wolverine gets a shout out in the late 90s Robocop cartoon show. The episode starts with Robocop training in a robot shooting gallery, when the silohuette of Wolverine shows up behind him. The figure draws claws exactly like Wolverine. Then it jumps out of the shadows, revealing itself to be a robot that is not a lot more liie Wolverine.

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