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Comic Book Easter Eggs – These ARE the Easter Eggs You’re Looking For! More Star Wars 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 we take a look at some more Star Wars easter eggs!

We’ve had a number of Star Wars easter eggs over the years in this feature. Here are the previous editions:

1. Buzz Lightyear and the Beatles Meet Yoda! (Easter eggs from Star Wars Tales)

2. Kirk, Spock, McCoy…and Luke Skywalker?!?! (Easter eggs from various Star Wars comics)

3. May the Force Be With You! Star Wars Cameos! (Cameos of Star Wars characters in other comics)

This time around, we begin with Uncanny X-Men #155 by Chris Claremont, Dave Cockrum and Bob Wiacek (suggested by Jay Shepard from rebelscum.com), as Kitty Pryde uses a Shi’ar clothing gizmo to make an amusing outfit…

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Next up, from Strong Guy Reborn #1 by Todd DeZago, Andy Smith and Art Thibert (as suggested by Rollo Tomassi), we see Strong Guy and Lila Cheney escape at the end of the issue in the Millennium Falcon…

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Next up, from Simpsons Comics #137 by Chuck Dixon, John Costanza and Phyllis Nixon, we see Homer deal with stress over his weight during his dreams and a certain furry friend of Han Solo’s makes an appearance…

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Finally, from Sleepwalker #10 by Bob Budiansky, Bret Blevins and Mike Manley, we enter the mind of Rick Sheridan and see how Star Wars (and Superman) had a major impact on Rick deciding to become a superhero…

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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!

14 Comments

that looks like Indiana Jones in Sleepwalker, too…

Sleepwalker is a vastly underrated gem from the 90s.

And I had completely forgotten I had sent you that Strong Guy suggestion, Brian. :-D

Kitty’s not gonna look so smug when that Darth Vader outfit turns out to be alive.

Quick question; given the obvious similarities amongst Doctor Doom and Darth Vader (both have burned faces, both wear armor and capes, both have both mystical and advanced technology), has anyone in-universe ever commented about this situation?

Cockrum Scheming Kitty face gets me every time

loved night crawlers reaction to kitty winding up looking like darth vader . since lucas did borrow doctor dooms look for vader. plus nice to see sleep walker get some mention. a forgotten gem.

Lucas didn’t borrow the look of Doctor Doom for Vader.

The look was actually created by Ralph McQuarrie’s concept art which was based on medieval Japanese samurai armor, which made some sense because of the whole laser sword idea…

Originally meant as an environmental suit for ship boarding in the vacuum of space, the look was so striking Lucas decided to make it THE look full-time.

Chuck Dixon wrote the Simpsons!?! And it wasn’t full of crime and grit!?! Showing some range, good for him

Anyone else see Tarzan on Tantor in that Sleep Walker panel?

How does Strong Guy not break in half with that tiny little waist? Geez.

Yeah I caught Tarzan as well in the third Sleepwalker panel (the one with Indiana Jones in the foreground).

BTW Comic Book Easter Eggs is by far my favorite part of Comic Book Resources and I was getting a little worried that months were going by without any update. I know you’re busy and can only update when you have new material but thank you for continuing to do this when you can.

The irony of that Sleepwalker page is that, since Disney now owns Marvel, Star Wars AND Indiana Jones, if that story was published nowadays the only figure that the artist & colosist would still need to keep in shadow is Superman :)

@Jeremy: I too was a big fan of Scheming Kitty by Dave Cockrum. He drew the most wonderful facial expressions!

Darth Vader may or may not have been inflenced by Doctor Doom. But there certainly at least some people (myself included) who see quite a bit of similartity to the scene in The Empire Strikes Back when Han, Leia & Chewbacca are invited to dinner at Bespin only to find Darth Vader at the head of the table, and a couple of instances when Doctor Doom showed up in very similar circumstances, namely Fantastic Four #87 and #142.

Tarzan serves as an interesting property to homage, since in the last fifty years or so, the live-action films about Tarzan, as well as the comic books about Tarzan, seem a bit sporadic.

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