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Comic Book Easter Eggs – The Cast of the Big Bang Theory Visits Superior Spider-Man

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 the cast of the Big Bang Theory visiting the pages of Superior Spider-Man, Apocalypse and Lex Luthor having a secret team-up and Edward from the League of Gentlemen gets killed in Transmetropolitan…

First up, the always-helpful João Luz suggested this bit from the most recent Superior Spider-Man #28, by Dan Slott, Giuseppe Camuncoli and John Dell have the cast of Big Bang Theory appear watching the destruction of Spider-Island…

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Next up, my pal Nate Adler points out that Whilce Portacio showed Apocalypse using a Lexcorp computer in X-Factor #65…

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Finally, Liam pointed out how Edward and Tubbs from the League of Gentlemen…

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made a tragic appearance in Transmetropolitan #44 by Warren Ellis, Darick Robertson and Rodney Ramos…

WARNING, I SUPPOSE, OF GRAPHIC VIOLENCE

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

18 Comments

These are really fun, Brian.

I have to say I don’t know who does the MOST Easter Eggs, but I can’t help but find a ton in Darick’s art. A bit here and there with the Boys, but his few issues of Punisher and TRANSMET had plenty.

I mean, in the final page top panel, that blonde on the far left has “McCREA” on their blue shirt. Maybe I’m having too much fun with that but could that be a nod to John McCrea?

It’s likely a reference to SOMEthing, I dunno if it to John McCrea, though.

I noticed the McCrea shirt, too. In fact I saw it on the article graphic before I even clicked, and was wondering if it was one of the Easter Eggs.

They left out Bernadette.

She’s right next to Penny.

That’s supposed to be her? I guess the lighting threw me.

I wonder if John McCrea inked that figure, because the person looks more like a McCrea figure than a Robertson one. Or maybe Robertson and Ramos drew the figure a bit like a McCrea one and included the helpful name on the shirt.

I concur with you, Travis. That character definitely looks like a McCrea homage/style.

Yeah, I was hanging out at John McCrea’s place when my wife was preggers with my 1st born, and England was pissing down rain… and John was drawing pages for “Hitman” and I was drawing some Transmet. John turned me onto “League Of Gentlemen” and Tubbs, and therefore, I couldn’t imagine anyone more I’d rather see executed. So I paid my artistic parody/homage to them them in the crowd. Well spotted, Easter Egg hunters! I am not Local and therefore not welcome at LOCAL shops!

I was gonna email you that BBT cameo, but I figured a dozen other people did as well, so I didn’t bother.
And those likenesses aren’t that great. I only figured it out because of Wolowitz’s distinctive hairstyle, and then looked more closely at the other characters.

more importantly why hasn’t anyone made a Big Bang Theory comic that leans towards the geekier side?

I was gonna email you that BBT cameo, but I figured a dozen other people did as well, so I didn’t bother.
And those likenesses aren’t that great. I only figured it out because of Wolowitz’s distinctive hairstyle, and then looked more closely at the other characters.

I presume Camuncoli was intentionally making the likenesses not TOO on point.

That’s not just a basic Lexcorp label, it has the proper lettering type too!

I always figure that the likenesses in these cameos are kind of an acid test of an artist. There is a wide latitude given to wandering “off-model” with the cast of most post- Silver Age comics. The days of erasing Kirby pencils to give Superman the correct head were long gone even before the Image Revolution. However, real-life people is totally different. If you can’t tell who the characters are supposed to be in a cameo, then it speaks to skill more than style to me.

But again, I think the artist was intentionally making the connection a vague one. Camuncoli could have drawn them as perfect likenesses if that’s what he had chosen to do.

Good to see lawer-friendly “cameos” of other fictional characters are still happening in comics.

I saw that Lexcorp logo in other x-books drawn at the time by both Portacio and Jim Lee (I understand they shared a studio at the time).

I’m very far from my collection, but I remember on the first Uncanny X-Men issue of the crossover X-Tinction Agenda (#270?), when Cannonball (and maybe other flying mutant?) is flying on a tunnel at the mansion there is a very visible Lexcorp logo just like that one.

Surely there are more, but that’s the one I vividly remember even after all those years. That was the first X-Men comic in english I ever bought, previously I had only read the series on brazilian reprints…

In the big bang theory one, is that Amy next to Penny, too?

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