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Comic Book Easter Eggs – “What’s the Deal With Jubilee’s Earrings?” And More X-Men 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 involving the X-Men!

When Jubilee was introduced by Chris Claremont and Marc Silvestri, her costume was essentially just leftover costumes of the various X-Women, as Jubilee was a bit of a scavenger.

Her first earrings were simple hoop earrings, as seen in Uncanny X-Men #251…

When Jim Lee got a chance to design her her own costume, though, in Uncanny X-Men #257, he gave her a distinct set of earrings…

Here are the earrings in a detail from the cover to Uncanny X-Men #275…

The earrings are a sneaky reference to the subway service in London, otherwise known as the London Underground…

One of the London Undeground lines is called the Jubilee line…

Clever, Jim Lee, clever!

Oh, and of course, there is the whole bit about how Jim Lee clearly designed Wolverine’s new young sidekick…

in a costume that evokes that of Batman’s famous young sidekick…

Next up, reader Brian E. found this other Jim Lee easter egg from Uncanny X-Men #270. The X-Men and the New Mutants are fighting over access to the Danger Room (while the X-Men were thought to be dead and the X-Mansion itself destroyed, Cable and the New Mutants had set up shop in the base that the X-Men had UNDERNEATH the X-Mansion. Now that the X-Men had slowly returned, they wanted their home back)….

Here, in a detail, notice which company Xavier must have farmed out some Danger Room construction to…

Clever, Jim Lee, clever!

Finally, here is a two-for-one reference in Uncanny X-Men #194 by Chris Claremont, John Romita Jr. and Dan Green…

The band Rogue is listening to in the shower is a reference to the band who starred in the then-recent George R.R. Martin novel, The Armageddon Rag. Martin himself, though, named the band after characters from J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. So it’s an easter egg of an easter egg!

Thanks to Brian E. for his suggestion. If YOU have a suggestion for a future edition of Comic Book Easter Eggs, drop me a line at bcronin@comicbookresources.com!


i noticed Jubes’ ear-rings as a kid, but being British I didn’t really think anything of it other than ‘London Underground Jubilee line ear-rings… huh’.

Right after Robin’s image, it is X-Force (not the X-Men) fighting the New Mutants, right?

Do you mean X-Factor? “X-Force” is the name the New Mutants took in the ’90s, because XXXTREME!

23 Skidoo! TJCoolguy, you so funny and original!

The characters in that scene are
XForce – Cable, Boomboom, Wolfsbanem Rictor
and XMen – Storm, Banshee, Forge, Jean Grey and Stevie Hunter (I think)

..of course this is before they change their name to XForce (the story continues in New Mutants 95) .. ..(I’ve been trying to blot out anything associated with Liefeld from my mind)

Sorry kiddos. They were still new mutants at this point..The became X-Force when the left the mansion finally. Rictor and Wolfsbane were not members of the original starting X-Force.

You know I think Lex probably would be very pro-mutant in the MU. His problem with Superman is the idea of an alien being greater than humanity. He’d love naturally born Terrans with power to rival Sherman’s.

To this day, I still don’t know where in the MU that “Bladerunner” is behind Wolverine in the photograph.

These mutant groups all seem the same to me..
I particularly can’t tell the difference between the All-New Xmen, the original XMen and the original XFactor

@ Adam , I think that’s one story they haven’t gotten around to yet.

wow.. I spotted a mistake by Brian
… the page with the new costume was Uncanny XMen #257 (not 258)

Claremont likes planting plot ideas to pick up years later so he may get round that one…eventually.

I can’t remember. Has he resolved all the plotthreads started in New Mutants 5-7 yet?
(I know they eventually sorted out Karma’s plots but did they sort out what Viper was wanting stolen from AIM, and what was that “birth”?)

It’s funny getting glimpses of what Jubilee’s character conception was at the start, like this whole scavenger thing, because by the time I first saw her it had just boiled down to generic “spunky teen.” The Robin connection is funny because I first encountered her in DC vs. Marvel, macking on Tim Drake.

Having not read any George R.R. Martin, I was surprised by the notion that Nazgul could be a reference to anything BUT Tolkien.

The X-factor reference is because Jean Grey was with X-factor at the time and was visiting Storm at the X-mansion.

buttler, you should try George’s Wild Card series. It actually started when a group of authors spent so much time playing a super-hero RPG that they got the idea to write a shared world and make money of all this work they were putting into the game. Great series, been in print on and off since the mid-80s, with the last four novels still in print, and the older ones being re-released. Marvel put out a GN in the early 90s and then recently Dynamite released a new original GN as well a couple years back.

Hey, it’s me!

I suggested the Danger Room reference, not the Jubilee ones (which are great btw).

Night Swordsman: Oh yeah, I was dimly aware of the Wild Card series, though I never read it; it came out when I was in high school and was still gaming a little. Maybe I’ll hunt one of those books down.

Calling Superman “Sherman” might be my favorite typo of all time.

always thought jubilee always had her earings from the start never paid attention to their look or that they were named after the trains in london. plus interesting that storm still looks like when nanny aged her but then a few issues later of that storyline she was back to her adult size . not to mention that lexcorp little gem could mean maybe xavier does some universal traveling or attends the same country club as lex.

These are actually pretty cool.

I think Jubilee’s reference is to a Bladerunner-City, meaning very dark adn forboding with very tall buildings, not to Bladerunner himself.

“Looks pretty spiff”? I hope that Jubilee has grown out of her painfully dated “radical” dialogue, or else her new adopted son’s language development will be painfully hindered. He’d have better luck being raised by wolves.

Wouldn’t the Bladerunner city be Madripoor (or a city on Madripoor, can’t remember if it’s just an island or what)?

Jubilee needs those newer earrings so she can remember what her name is.

Travis: I almost posted the same assumption, but then I remembered that the issue being shown takes place in Madripoor.

X-Factor also purchase their computers from Lexcorp as Portacio shows in #65 in the panel where Cyclops and Jean are discussing a recent training session, and while Cyke was ranting about the team not being able to afford mistakes in battle look closely at his computer.

I’ve seen Jubilee from back in the ’90s, but she didn’t usually have the green highlights in her costume to obviously parallel Robin, did she? I thought it was usually all red and yellow.

That’s why Robin and Jubilee fought in DC vs Marvel back in the 90’s… OOooooohhh!

20+ years and I’ve never noticed that Lexcorp easter egg in UNCANNY #270. I did, however, pick-up on the X-FACTOR one that Nathan Adler mentions.

I’ve seen Jubilee from back in the ’90s, but she didn’t usually have the green highlights in her costume to obviously parallel Robin, did she?

Well, the panel above is from the ’90s, ya know? ;)

When she joined Generation X, her costume was all red and yellow.

Really miss the great John Romita Jr. early drawing–clean, slick and proportionate.

Dalarsco – This story is set in Hong Kong
They go to Madripoor 4 issues later (261) and Jubilee is surprised to see Rose Wu there.
(She would probably be less surprised if Madripoor was the “Bladerunner city”)

Fun Easter Eggs, Brian! Is it true that Marvel changed Jubilee’s color palette from red/yellow/green to red/yellow/bright blue because of objections from DC over the Robin parallel? She wore the blue boots, gloves, and shorts in the X-Men cartoon and that more or less became her “iconic” costume until she went over to Generation X and got the same red-and-gold outfits as the rest of that squad.

And Jim Lee was really on fire at that point in his career. His costume designs were good (yes, covered in superfluous buckles, but they looked contemporary yet iconic) and there was a lushness and a flow to his art that is largely gone now. Who was inking him at that point, Terry Austin? Truthfully the New Mutants never looked better, not even in their own book. (Although Cable looks awfully young — I assume he was experimenting with hairy dye to impress the ladies.)

Didn’t catch on to any of that stuff. Even the Robin comparison. That Jubilee thing seemed to go on for a while. Oh suddenly, Gateway can talk when he wants to. He knows she sneaking around and he says nothing. I guess it was good for Wolverine she stuck around after everyone left. What a time to read the X-Men. Great stuff.

Oh yes, I remember the Lady Mandarin thing. IT was to make Psylocke edgy by the Mandarin giving her one of his rings. Speaking of the Mandarin, anyone catch Iron Man 3? What the H#LL was that about? Whose idea was that?

bad johnny got out

January 1, 2014 at 1:19 am

that was them steering the submarine into the torpedo of The Mandarin is a racist caricature

So saying to Marvel Studios…”You arrogant ass! You’ve killed us!”

@BurgundySuit I’m sure you’re right, but I first read it as comparing them as human Sherman tanks….so it worked for me.

And up until this, I had forgotten kiddie Storm era. Uh, thanks?

I can’t believe Jubilee’s staying power. She just keeps turning up like a bad penny. This entry reminded me of how redundant she really was, given that we already had Boom Boom, who was exactly like Jubilee in personality and power set except less annoying and more powerful. Although I do believe what helped make Jubilee more iconic than she deserved was being part of the 90s X-Men cartoon. She really was when Claremont jumped the shark, and she brings out some of the worst in his dialoguing. Hip slang was never his thing.

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