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Comic Book Easter Eggs – ALF, Hawkman and Dirty Harry Meet the X-Men!

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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 some X-Men easter eggs, including cameos from Dirty Harry, ALF, Hawkman and…John Ostrander, Jerry Bingham and Suzanne Gaffney?!?

First up, based on a suggestion by reader Richard B., we look at Uncanny X-Men #222 (by Chris Claremont, Marc Silvestri and Dan Green) where the X-Men team up with a San Francisco cop and her partner, who is clearly meant to be “Dirty” Harry Callahan from the Dirty Harry series of movies (starring Clint Eastwood)…

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To make it more evident later, we see Harry uses a Magnum, the same gun Dirty Harry uses (the second Dirty Harry film was even NAMED Magnum Force).

Thanks for the suggestion, Richard!

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Next we have Uncanny X-Men #245 (by Chris Claremont, Rob Liefeld and Dan Green). I’ve already spotlighted Darth Vader and Boba Fett’s cameo in this issue, but literally right next to them is ALF, Hawkman and a bunch of other alien characters (the issue is a parody of DC’s then-crossover Invasion!)…

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Also in the issues are two fairly random cameos by comic creators.

First up, the X-Men go to basically Munden’s Bar, from John Ostrander’s Grimjack comics. Claremont had already used Munden’s AND Grimjack in an issue of New Mutants (which you can see here) and now he has the men of the X-Men go to a bar named Munden’s and the bartender is named, of course, Ostrander!

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So that’s not all THAT random, as Claremont obviously had already made references to Ostrander and Munden’s. Next, though, he and Liefeld portray artist Jerry Bingham as the Mayor of Sydney, Australia…

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I have absolutely no idea what the connection is. Anyone?

Finally, in Uncanny X-Men #272 by Chris Claremont, Jim Lee and Scott Williams, among the many people being interviewed about the return of the X-Men (including the Punisher, Reed Richards and Sunspot’s dad) is then-associate editor of Uncanny X-Men, Suzanne Gaffney…

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Anyone know who Lucas Hamilton is supposed to be? It must be SOME sort of reference, but I can’t place it.

Okay, that’s it for this edition! If YOU have a suggestion for a future installment of Comic Book Easter Eggs, drop me a line at bcronin@comicbookresources.com!

25 Comments

Lucas Hamilton’s look (the high-top fade, the glasses) and lines (“slave society”, “supremacy”) remind me of Afrocentric/Five Percenter rappers (like Brand Nubian, X-Clan, Black Sheep, and Poor Righteous Teachers) who were relatively popular around the time that comic came out. I can’t think of any particular rapper he’d resemble, though. Maybe he’s Claremont’s general version of an early 90s militant black guy?

Tracer Bullet

May 21, 2014 at 4:39 am

Lucas Hamilton looks a lot like Dwayne Wayne.

On another note, Leifeld’s art still bears some hallmark Liefeld-isms (like Peter’s ridiculous size) but it’s better than his usual offerings. Did he just need a strong editor to keep him in check or did celebrity turn him into a monster?

Of course, Manoli Wetherell is an “easter egg” of sorts, as well.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manoli_Wetherell

@Tracer: I think a large part of that may be less the editor and more the inker. His work on the Hawk & Dove mini (inked by Karl Kesel) is pretty similar: obviously Liefeld, but not as Liefeldesque as he would get within a very short amount of time. My guess is that the inkers just decided to help out “the new kid” by correcting some of the more egregious Liefeldisms, but once Liefeld became a superstar, that stopped happening. (I dunno, I’m just spitballing here…)

Hey, since X-Men #245 came out at the same time that Marvel had the ALF license, does this mean this issue counts as an “authorized appearance” for “Comic Book Six Degrees”…?

Ethan Shuster

May 21, 2014 at 5:38 am

Ah, yes, Jim Lee’s popped collars. So 1991.

So, who’s that green alien who is obviously supposed to be one of DC’s Dominators? Especially since DC’s Invasion crossover must have either been underway or just ended.

Ethan:

That was the joke. The issue has them dropping the “Jean” Bomb (a bomb made to look like Jean Grey, if memory serves) on Australia as a parody of Invasion.

http://www.marvunapp.com/Appendix6/jeanbomb.htm

Since I found it I guess the “if memory serves” wasn’t needed. It’s earl here. Still, the two post-Inferno issues were fun and worth a read, though I liked the issue above better than Jubilee’s intro to the book the issue before.

Jeff Jacobson

May 21, 2014 at 7:38 am

ALF met the High Evolutionary in his own comic series.

The easter eggs aside, what is up with Colossus body at the Munden bar page ? Was his body swaped with Juggernauts when he ran into him or something. I know he is a beefy guy but that is just weird…

Ok just saw that someone had already commented on that. My bad.

@Manar: this was a period when Colossus was stuck in his metal body and wore make-up to walk around unnoticed. He’s still bigger than he should be because Liefeld, but not by that large of a margin.

Jenos Idanian #13

May 21, 2014 at 8:25 am

in Liefield’s defense (Lord, I hate typing that phrase), at that point Colossus was “stuck” in his metal form, due to his having suffered injuries that would have been fatal to his human form. He’s wearing a ton of Dazzler’s make-up to make his metallic skin look like flesh, and the sunglasses are to hide his metal eyes.

At least, I think that’s how it was then…

The alien two over from Alf looks to me like Max the Magnificent from NORMALMAN, but it’s possible it might just be a generic frog-type alien.

Yeah, a few of those other aliens are so deliberately undetailed that they could be so many different fictional aliens. So many of them look so familiar but not QUITE familiar enough.

So, who’s that green alien who is obviously supposed to be one of DC’s Dominators? Especially since DC’s Invasion crossover must have either been underway or just ended.

Hence “(the issue is a parody of DC’s then-crossover Invasion!)…” :)

Patrick Wynne

May 21, 2014 at 10:21 am

I’m not getting the Jerry Bingham one. The picture barely resembles the man (though that could just be the Liefeld art at work) and there’s nothing in the scene that I can see to tie it to him explicitly. The art just looks like a generic, possibly balding dude and from what I can tell Jerry Bingham isn’t Australian, so where exactly is the connection?

In the cable car panel, the cop car is actually speeding UP Hyde Street AWAY from the waterfront (contrary to the captions), and the fighting took place nowhere near downtown. More like Aquatic Park, by the little beach. Still, the art is pretty good for comic book geography.

@Ganky: You’re looking at the back of the police car in that panel.

Liefeld does a not too bad job on 272. The scene with “Not Superman” is drawn effectively.

Liefeld does a not too bad job on 272. The scene with “Not Superman” is drawn effectively.

Issue #272 was drawn by Jim Lee, not Liefeld. Also that’s not a Superman cameo, it’s the Punisher. Notice how letterer Tom Orzechowski puts a little more emphasis on the word “punishment” in his dialogue?

And speaking of lettering, one of the artifacts of the hand-lettered days of comics is you can tell when something was changed at the last minute in post-production. Look at the page where they’re all in the cop car. The word balloon on the lower left has lettering that doesn’t match Orzechowski’s handwriting anywhere else on the page and also fits the balloon rather poorly.

Ethan Shuster

May 22, 2014 at 6:11 pm

Ha, sorry folks, I guess I missed that one line that explained a lot things! Thanks for the answers, anyway! :)

@Nu-D: I considered that, but the car is kicking up dust in its wake, north of the car, not shooting dust in front of it. Looks to be going South, away from the bay and Alcatraz.. I think the skinny person in the middle foreground wouldn’t be reacting that way if the car were driving away from the viewer.

@Ganky. Makes sense. You appear to be right.

As already mentioned Colossus during that period was stuck in the metal form (and if I remember correctly he could only revert to human form for a short period of time and it still required a lot of concentration and pain). While recovering he has also gotten somehow bigger and stronger to the point of not fitting in spaces and crushing things (like phone receivers and plates) in his hands if he was not very careful with them. And he was already even bigger in metal form than in human one. He’s all dressed up and painted up by Dazzler to pass for human, but him looking weird and as buff as 3 Schwarzeneggers is actually on point here.

I know this is an old thread (I just found it browsing the column archive) but the original column mentions not knowing the reference to “Lucas Hamilton” in the page from Uncanny 272.
Hamilton was school teacher to one Kevin Masterson, son of Eric Masterson, Thor’s alter ego/bodymate at the time. He never became too important as a character- just one of the faces in Eric’s social circle, but he was used as one of the red herring suspects for Bloodaxe’s secret identity.

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