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Hidden Messages

A categorical listing of Hidden Messages curated by Key Collector Comics.

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  • Greg Horn has revealed to Key Collector comics that the bottle that is falling on the cover is lubrication
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  • 1st appearance of Bobbi Morse as Mockingbird
  • Hidden Message:interior panel of a vehicle in an airport parking lot with a vanity plate that reads FUQU
  • [September 2020 - there is some chatter about Mockingbird being recast for Hawkeye on Disney+ but no confirmation as of yet]
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  • Cover art by Todd McFarlane featuring Mysterio
  • The circled number after McFarlane's signature denotes how many spiders are illustrated into the design, hidden on the cover
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  • Polybagged with a silver cover
  • Todd McFarlane begins including images of Felix the Cat in the interior art of many issues after meeting someone suffering from post-traumatic stress who carried around a Felix the Cat doll
  • The man told McFarlane that he was not a fan of superhero books, therefore he didn't purchase Spider-Man comics, McFarlane asked if he would start reading them if Felix the Cat was drawn into them and the man said, "yes".
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  • 1st appearance and origin of Brute, a Neanderthal thawed from ice in the modern day
  • Former owner of Marvel Comics, Martin Goodman, wanted to get back into publishing and established Atlas Comics with characters like The Brute to replicate the success Marvel had with the Hulk
  • Veteran artist Mike Sekowsky did not respect the unoriginality of Atlas's creative direction and expressed his feelings on the page with the word 'SHIT' vaguely hidden in the letters/numbers 5H17 on the side of an airplane
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  • "Demon in a Bottle" part 8
  • In the final panels of this issue, the Avengers' butler Jarvis quits after witnessing a drunken outburst from Tony Stark
  • In real life, prior to the publication of this issue, veteran writer Dave Cockrum had tendered his resignation in a scathing letter to upper management that is printed as if the words were penned by Jarvis
  • Cockrum's grievances aren't fully aligned with Jarvis's which confused readers and was later explained in the fan mail column of Iron Man #130
  • See additional images by tapping the cover image and swiping
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  • 1st team appearance of the Stepford Cuckoos, a product of Weapon XIV, created from Emma Frost's DNA
  • 1st appearance of Angel (Salvadore)
  • Artist Ethan Van Sciver hid the word 'sex' in multiple panels throughout the book, many of which were caught be editors but one slipped past which is evident in a protest scene
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  • Interior panel depicts a man with a newspaper with a headline that reads 'Cruz Swipes Again'
  • Joe Madureira intentionally added these words to express frustration toward fledgling artist, Roger Cruz for swiping panel compositions from other artists for his own
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  • Variant cover art by Simone Bianchi
  • Hidden message variant with Bianchi's name written into the tiles of the background wall
  • Another name hidden in the tiles is Loeb and above Wolverine's knee is W 50
  • The message was a hint of the yet unannounced news that beginning with Wolverine #50 of the main series, Loeb and Bianchi would take over writing and illustrating the title
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  • Early cover art by Alex Ross with hidden message along the right-hand side that reads "NOW COMIX BLOZ" - NOW Comics (publisher) blows
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  • Recalled issue due to a hidden message drawn by Al Milgrom onto the spines of a stack of books about Marvel Editor-In-Chief that reads: Bob Harras Ha ha He's Gone Good Riddance To Bad Rubbish He Was A Nasty S.O.B.