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Comic Book Easter Eggs – Classic TV Character Cameos in Comic Books!

In this feature, I share with you 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 classic TV characters making cameos in the pages of some comic books!

Readers Kyle S., Brandon H. and Alex F. all suggested this bit from X-Force #21 (by Fabian Nicieza, Greg Capullo and Harry Candelario, which came out just a couple of months before Cheers went off the air. It features the shapeshifter, Vanessa, taking on the appearance of her roommate, Tina, and heading to a certain bar where everybody knows your name…

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Reader Jonathan G. mentioned X-Statix #6 (by Peter Milligan and Mike Allred), which not only opened with comedian Brian Posehn appearing in the comic…

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but later, David Cross and Bob Odenkirk from Mr. Show with Bob and David make an appearance…

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Finally, in this Captain Ultra story by Scott Lobdell, Dennis Jensen and Jeff Albrecht, we meet a variety of famous TV stars from the 1950s, from George Burns …

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to Lucille Ball (as Lucy Ricardo, from I Love Lucy), Frank Sinatra as the pilot (thanks to The Moish for that one – I was confused because I always associate “That’s Entertainment” with Fred Astaire, but Sinatra WAS in the film, as well), Jimmy Durante as a passenger on the plane and then Jack Benny and Rochester…

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Then it seems like Phil Silvers, only instead of the military, Sgt. Bilko is a cop and then finally Ralph Kramden and Ed Norton from The Honeymooners…

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Thanks for all the suggestions, folks! If anyone else has a comic book easter egg they’d like to see spotlighted, just drop me a line at bcronin@comicbookresources.com!

18 Comments

I think you mean George BURNS, not “George Allen.”

(Gracie Allen was George’s wife.)

Yep, little typo there! Thanks, I fixed it.

And I think the bird in the “bird and plane” panel is Daffy Duck.

I believe there are more cameos throughout that Captain Ultra story (I don’t have the issue handy to check).
I think the pilot is supposed to be Frank Sinatra, and the guy saying “Whatta revoltin’ development!” is defiantly Jimmy Durante. Not sure who the sportscaster in the next panel, or the guy next to him, is.

So much of the Captain Ultra story was over my head when I read it.

I’d almost swear there’s a photo of Cyborg on the wall in Doc Samson’s office, but given that this is Marvel, it’s more likely Deathlok, right?

I had the issue with that Captain Ultra story, I could tell that the artist had clearly drawn some “real” people into the story but as a kid in the UK I didn’t have a clue who any of them were. Mind you, who’s to say that a kid in the US would have recognised them, either…………….?

Man I never thought it looked good when celebrities or any real person is drawn in a story. It almost always ends up looking stiff and awkward because the artist is trying to make the art look like the person. The better the artist the less stiff it looks but stil. Its not as bad when its stuff like above, cameos and the like, but when its an adaptation of a live action show movie or whatever it shows more just becuse the whole thing is filled with the likenesses. I have to admit the allred stuff looks not that bad with the stiffness. Never cared for him but his likenesses looks decent.

Wait, Captain Ultra had a comic?

Lanier –

John Byrne was really good at depicting real people, like Reagan or Barbara Walters, in his stories, and making them both resemble those celebrities and “fit” with the rest of the cast,

Doesn’t Ralph Kramden first appear in the panel after Rochester and Jack Benny’s appearance? (“How am I ever going to explain this?”)

Did I miss where the Captain Ultra story appeared? Was it in an issue of Marvel Comics Presents?

Brian and Company,

Little INSIDE BASEBALL here… but when I wrote that story I did it plot first as I so often did in my youth!

The plot got shipped off to Dennis in the wilds of Steven’s Point and it was only when it came back that it was revealed unto me that Dennis had “cast” the whole story I had written with real people! I was like “What the — ?!”

Dennis explained that since CAPTAIN ULTRA’s secret identity was a stand-up comedian be thought it would be awesome to use famous comedians throughout the story. I thought that was an awesome idea and went about scripting the story accordingly!

I’ve lost track of Dennis over the years — which makes me sad. As you can see by his artwork I think he could have been one of the Greats!

@Drax and Rob M,

Yes, it’s I’m pretty sure it’s Marvel Comics Presents.
I can’t remember which issue, though. I’d look it up if I wasn’t so lazy…

… turns out I’m not. It’s issue 50.
Which I apparently remembered, for some reason.

Thanks for the info Scott – I really appreciate you popping into the comments here every now and then; your X-Men was my first X-Men, and as is the norm, that makes it my favourite X-Men.

2Adam
It’s Deathlok. It’s not readily apparent; but, he has the cutout around the left eye, rather than an electronic “eye”, like Cyborg. Perez’s design owed quite a bit to Deathlok (Perez worked on at least the first Deathlok story, in his young days).

If they really wanted to get meta, they should have had the exterior of the bar say “The Bull and the Finch,” then go inside and reveal Cheers.

Sam Malone definitely slept with both of them that night.

I think that pilot is Milton Berle saying “that’s entertainment!”.

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