Sep 26, 2010

Easter Eggs in Comics: JLA/Avengers

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In 2003, we got the ultimate fanboy crossover: JLA/Avengers, written by Kurt Busiek and drawn by George Perez.

In it, upon first glance, Hawkeye keeps saying something is familiar about the Justice League. So when the Justice League finally meets the Avengers face to face, Hawkeye mutters a particular line.

Which is an in-joke, because the Squadron Supreme was created to specifically be Justice League substitutes for Marvel - that is, they were created to be stand-ins for the Justice League that the Avengers can interact with at will. To explain why they fight often, the Squadron often gets mind-controlled.

The most obvious analogues here are Hyperion (front)
and Nighthawk (all the way at the back), standing in for Superman
and Batman.

The Squadron Supreme by Mark Gruenwald and Bob Hall, by the way, is a genuinely revolutionary comic book. Go read it!

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