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Comic Book Easter Eggs – Alex P. Keaton and Sally Draper in Daredevil? Plus More Waid/Samnee DD 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 is a special theme edition. All easter eggs from Mark Waid and Chris Samnee’s Daredevil! NOTE: I know that there are more than just these three easter eggs in Waid/Samnee’s Daredevil. I am just showing you three this time. I get that there are more. I am aware that there are more. However, if you’d like to point out more, feel free, just e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com rather than point out other easter eggs in the comments section.

First up, based in part by a suggestion by reader Jamie (“in part” because I noticed this when I read the issue and I was going to feature it anyways, but Jamie didn’t know that when Jamie sent the suggestion in, so only fair to still give credit!), we have Daredevil #31, which deals with the Daredevil villain the Jester working for the Sons of Serpent. There was a sort of Trayvon Martin-like case that ended with the accused murderer going free. The Jester used some technology to make it look like the black District Attorney was exhorting people to kill the jurors on the case…

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Among the jurors is the Jester himself (John Powers) but also Alex P. Keaton and Sally Draper at the ages that they would be now after their time on Family Ties…

and Mad Men…

respectively.

So awesome.

Obviously, the other jurors are ALSO easter eggs, but besides pointing out the great nod to Kuljit Mithra, head of the awesome Man Without Fear website which I just recently referenced in this week’s Comic Book Legends Revealed, I’ll let you folks have fun figuring out the other references!

Next up, Travis Pelkie suggested this bit from Daredevil #23, where there’s a recreation of Matt Murdock’s origin. In the background is “Everett’s,” a nod to Daredevil creator Bill Everett…

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Finally, we have the beginning of the amazing sequence in Daredevil #25 where Daredevil battles against Inari in a sporting goods store named after longtime Daredevil inker and penciler Klaus Janson…

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That’s it for this week! IF you have any suggestions for future installments, please drop me a line at bcronin@comicbookresources.com.

15 Comments

So, I’m not sure, but are all the addresses for the jurors old Marvel Comics Head Quarters Addresses. =o)

Cute, but I’d say they got Sally Draper’s age wrong. According to the Mad Men wiki, Sally would only be about 58 or 59 years old currently (http://madmen.wikia.com/wiki/Sally_Draper), and that woman looks to be in her late 60s or early 70s.

Christine Tomp is a nice shout out to Christine at The Other Murdock Papers!

Sharif Amanat must be Daredevil Assistant Editor Sana Amanat’s father.

Good to see Comic Book Easter Eggs come back! It seems so long since August but it hasn’t been really that long. Hope they’re back for a while.

@Hank

Don’t you think based on Sally’s childhood that she would be prematurely aged?

Most of the 60 year old women that I know look more or less like that. I don’t think they portrayed her age wrong at all.

@ Matthew: No, she’d either be vain like her mom, trying to hold on to her looks through plastic surgery, or complete a hippie earth mama, type out of rebellion, still wearing her hair long and dressing like she did in the 70s. Either way, she wouldn’t look like that. If you look at most baby boomer women, especially ones living Manhattan, they tend to stay reasonably stylish.

@anonymous: Let guess, you’re in your 20s or 30s correct?

I was alerted to my (then upcoming) cameo in this issue when I met Chris Samnee at Baltimore Comic Con a little over a month ago. I can say that it is easily one the coolest things to ever happen to me. One of the best things about it is that I would actually have a perfect opening line if I ever were to meet Michael J. Fox. Ha ha. ;)

Regarding Sally Draper, I agree that she looks to be a bit on the old side. My mom is sixty-six and looks considerably younger than that. Still, I love the reference.

Another thing I really appreciate about the current run is all the references to earlier eras of the title, such as “Mike” Murdock’s hat in various places, the flashback to issue where Matt lectured about aliens, and things of that nature. Mark Waid knows his canon, and uses the best bits to great effect.

I think there is also a shout-out to Christopher Priest, the comic-book writer, in this comic.

The black lawyer is called James Priest. Mr Priest was born James Owsley.

Later on, the lawyer gets jumped and the crowd chants: “NO JUSTICE SAVE PRIEST” over and over again.

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I’ve never heard of any of those people other than Alex Keaton… including, till now, Sally Draper…

Kuljit Mithra is (or was) the webmaster of a Daredevil fan site.

As it clearly states in the article for anyone who is reading it carefully :)

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