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Comic Book Easter Eggs – Marvel Knights Spider-Man Easter Eggs!


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 few Easter Eggs from Mark Millar’s Marvel Knights: Spider-Man run, as suggested by reader Dan W.!

First off, here are a couple of earlier editions of Comic Book Easter Eggs where I featured Marvel Knights Spider-Man!

In this one, we looked at the British cast of The Office appearing in an issue.

In this one, the FF and the X-Men surreptitiously walk by Peter and Mary Jane (by the way, this one also has a Big Bang Theory “Easter egg” that I didn’t remember featuring before. Odd).

Now on to Dan’s suggestions!

First up is a visit to Peter’s old room in #1, where Terry and Rachel Dodson show off a veritable cornacopia of references to old school Spider-Man adventures, including the Living Brain, the Spider-Mobile, the Coffee Bean, Peter’s old broken glasses, his microscope that Uncle Ben and Aunt May bought him in his first appearance and much, much more!


In #2, this is less obvious, but it sure does look like that prostitute is meant to evoke Harley Quinn, whose series had been drawn by the Dodsons a few years earlier…


In #4, Dan actually missed this one, but when I got the issue out for another reference later in the issue, I noticed that the Simpsons are out to eat in the bottom-hand left corner of the panel.


Clever, Dodsons!

The bigger reference is later, as we see Clark, Lois and Jimmy…


In #7, the Dodsons pay tribute to Mark Millar and MillarWorld with the name of a diner…


In #8, Frank Cho takes over art duties and draws both Comic Book Guy from the Simpsons as well as a reference to Cho’s own comic strip, Liberty Meadows, in a crowd scene…


Finally, in issue #9, the Dodsons pay tribute to artist Duncan Fegredo with Fegredo’s Fans and that sure as heck looks like Lando Calrissian in the bottom left corner, doesn’t it?


Thanks for the suggestions, Dan! IF YOU readers out there have other suggestions, e-mail them to me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com


The diner in #7 looks like an homage to the painting “Nighthawks”.

The diner seems reminiscent of Hopper’s Nighthawks. Not exactly, but somewhat similar.

It is an homage to that painting. Maybe that could be added to the article?

Hey! Did anyone else notice the diner is similar to the one from the Nighthawks painting?

There’s also the office from the UK version of The Office in issue #1; one of the computers even has a screensaver reading “Gareth is a bennie.”

So, do all black guys look like Lando Calrissian to you? Racist.

was also going to point out the diner looks like an tribute to night hawks plus the mask on spidey in the pannel with comic book guy looks a little like spawns.

I surprised and a little bit saddened that no one has yet pointed out the homage to Nighthawks…

I feel like the final issue might also be an homage to MARVELS, given the lettering style and structure.

No one mentioned Perry White’s handwritten note on the side of Clark’s monitor along with the homage to Nighthawks..

That could be Jen from Liberty Meadows standing in front of Comic Book Guy,

The man “Harley Quinn” is hitting on looks like former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev.

Who is also a fan of the painting Nighthawks, which the diner could be an homage to.

I was thinking that looked like Jen, too. But then again, any blonde Cho draws in a dress is gonna look like Jen, I guess.

Part of me thinks the the bar scene with Harley might just be a general DC reference. Didn’t Selina Kyle look an awful lot like that bartender at some point around that period?

I thought the bartender (who works the day shift at the restaurant that looks like is a homage to the painting Nighthawks) looks like Mari McCabe (DC’s Vixen).

It’s funny that R. mentioned Marvels, as issue #1, page #13 also has an homage to “Nighthawks” (no joke).


July 10, 2013 at 4:18 pm

Hey guys I know I never really post here, but I felt compelled to join in for once so I could point out that the sticky note on Clark’s monitor UNDER the note from Perry is an S. Which is displayed quite often on Superman’s chest.

If you don’t believe me, you can see it prominently here, in this homage Phil Jemenez made for that Diner scene from Marvel Knights Spider-Man #7. http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lmi8x039He1qcds6zo1_500.jpg

Hey, isn’t that the diner Kyle Richmond owned in The Defenders?

Travis Pelkie

July 10, 2013 at 9:39 pm

Dammit, that’s the joke I was going to make, Mike. Except you did it smoother than I did. Nice, sir!


We are hilarious.

That’s the Nighthawks guy at the diner! Night Thrasher had a mother.

“Jimmy” is wearing the t-shirt of Marvin from Superfriends.

Stephen Conway

July 11, 2013 at 7:40 am

The Polar Express is one of the films on show in the cinema in the last image.

And on Clark’s computer there’s a post-it note which says “DON’T FORGET TO CAPITALIZE! PERRY” (Sorry
, no joke…)


July 11, 2013 at 10:13 am

I think the diner is supposed to be a reference to a Tom Waits album!

Thank you. I recognized the M but not from where. Thought maybe it was the MarvelMan logo.

It must have you I felt breathing down my neck as I hurriedly typed it.

You can use my back-up joke: “Hey, didn’t I see that diner in a scene in that 1981 cop movie with Sly Stallone and Billy Dee Williams?”

Not all black peple look like lando of course,
The women look like jabba

So, do all black guys look like Lando Calrissian to you?

Only in Star Wars.

And Mike Blake’s give a joke-take a joke program took my Billy Dee in Nighthawks joke.

I always took the “don’t forget to capitalize” note as a reference to the people who can’t tell the difference between Spider-Man and Spiderman – because the reason Stan Lee put the hyphen in there was to prevent people from confusing the name with Superman…

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