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Comic Book Easter Eggs – Spider-Man Meets Charlie Brown, Comic Book Guy, Woody Allen and More!

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 involving Spider-Man meeting famous people, real and fictional!

First up, eagle-eyed reader Francesco V. found this easter egg in Amazing Spider-Man #332, where Erik Larsen hid Charlie Brown and Snoopy in a panel…

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It’s REALLY tiny, so here’s a detail making it clearer…

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The kid doesn’t look TOO much like Charlie Brown, but when you combine the bald head, the yellow shirt with the zig zag line and the beagle? Too much of a coincidence.

Next we have the following Amazing Spider-Man comic strip from 1979. John Romita drew this club scene with a whole bunch of famous people, including Woody Allen.

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How many famous people can YOU name (you can click on the image to embiggen it)?

Oh, and just for the hell of it, later in the strip there’s a cameo of Gene Shalit, of all people…

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Finally, in a back-up story in Amazing Spider-Man #600 by Zeb Wells, Derec Donovan and Antonio Fabela, we see Peter Parker attending a museum where he discovers the Spider-Mobile is being displayed…

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And who happens to be there?

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It’s Comic Book Guy from the Simpsons!

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Amazing Spider-Man #600 has another Simpsons reference in a different back-up story by Stan Lee and Marcos Martin, where we visit Spider-Man’s doctor, who might look familiar to you…

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The Simpsons reference is a bit too obvious to be an easter egg, and heck, I think the fact that the doctor looks like Stan Lee is probably too obvious to be an easter egg.

However, I do like this bit where we see the doctor’s photos over the years, patterned over Lee’s changing looks from over the years…

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Very nice touch by Martin.

Okay, that’s it for this time around! If YOU have a suggestion for an easter egg that you think that I should feature, drop me a line at bcronin@comicbookresources.com

27 Comments

Well, I think I see Charles Bronson, Burt Reynolds (maybe), John Travolta, Barbra Streisand & Paul Schaffer.

In the Gene Shalit panel I see Sammy Davis, Jr.

Oh, Henry Winkler, as well (the Fonzie thumbs gesture makes it really obvious).

I think that might also be Harvey Korman on the right in the Shalit-Davis, Jr. panel.

Is that Estelle Getty?

Peter, Charlie, and Woody. Who’s the most neurotic?

At the Spider-Mobile exhibit, I’m more concerned about the woman with the drastically shrunken head.

You can see Snoopy in the panel with Charlie Brown. He’s right next to the blanket.

Seeing a parent–or ANY adult–with Charlie Brown just seems so wrong.

There’s also a possible Charlie Brown cameo in Ultimate Comics Spider-man (2009) #1. The guy doesn’t really bear any resemblance beyond the shirt, but Spidey saves his life, and he gets a decent amount of page time.

In the Romita drawing I recognize (from left to right): Mary Tyler Moore, Charles Bronson, Kareen Abdul Jabbar, [unk], Nick Nolte, Woody Allen, Travolta, Streisand, Henry Winkler and Telly Salvalas. The woman with the glasses and curly hair is probably a writer/journalist from the era, perhaps Joyce Carol Oates.

…Erik Larsen draws a Charlie Brown cameo in a park and he DOESN’T draw him with his kite stuck in a tree?

BAD cartoonist!!! BAD!!!!! ;)

Also, Charles Bronson gettin’ down is probably the greatest thing I will see all day.

Almost certainly the celebrity portraits in the ’79 Romita panel were by Marie Severin. You probably remember she also redid the faces of Marv Wolfman, Len Wein & girlfriend in a Thor story that took place at Halloween.

“Is that Estelle Getty?”

Doubtful. She didn’t get well known until about 10 years after 1979.

I think that’s Mary Tyler Moore on the left side of the panel, Kareem Abdul Jabar behind Bronson, Robert Redford behind Woody Allen, and Telly Savalas behind the Fonz.

Dang, I should have refreshed the page, as Hank got most of the ones I had. I think that’s Redford and not Nolte, though.

I think that’s definitely Robert Redford and not Nick Nolte, especially based on the era. Google a pic of Redford in Electric Horseman, which came out that year, and you’ll see.

I think Jazzbo and T may be correct and that it is Redford, not Nolte.

As one who was around in 1979, Nolte wouldn’t have been a big enough celeb that year to be included. Definitely Redford.

It’s a long shot, I admit, but perhaps that unidentified woman was Marie Severin herself? Here’s what she looked like in ’79:

http://bigglee.blogspot.com/2012/08/have-awesome-august-1979-hulk-calendar.html

Couldn’t the “Bwa-ha-ha” also be considered an Easter egg, in reference to Justice League International?

That Snoopy looks like it’s a part of the blanket.

Wait a minute, Doctor Madder’s degree is from the University of Columbia, not Columbia University?

I think Mr. Clam is spot on about Marie Severin.

AverageJoeEveryman

November 4, 2013 at 10:07 am

Everybody has missed the Six Flag guy in the first panel near Flash

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An Easter Egg I don’t think you picked up on was Bill Seinkiewicz’s tip of the hat to Alan Moore in Elektra Assassin. In issue 7 page 23, he has Garrett in disguise as an ice cream vendor. Note the name of the ice cream and one of the flavors – Swampberry!

Jukka Laine of Finland

December 28, 2013 at 11:58 am

I don’t remember if anyone’s noticed, but I think “Otto” of the Simpsons was in bed with Danny’s mother in “John Byrne’s Next Men”. It was the panel of her first appearance.

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