Page 1. Panel 3. “Kent
Clarkson” is a reference to Clark Kent, the civilian identity of Superman.
Paul Di Filippo (hereafter PDF) points out that the newspaper is The Diurnal
Wanderer, which translates to "The Daily Planet," the newspaper which
Clark Kent writes for.
Page 2. Panel 2. “Space-Starfish”
is a reference to Starro,
the enemy of DC’s Justice League of America.
Panel 3. "Ulrich von Bek" is a reference to Michael Moorcock's Eternal
Champion Ulrich von Bek.
The "Steel Tsar" is a Michael Moorcock novel. Presumably "Count Destino" and
"Madame Typhoid" are also Moorcock characters.
The person in the picture is the Red Skull, the villainous Nazi arch-enemy
of Captain America.
Page 3. “Bugs Siegel” is a reference
to gangster Bugsy Siegel.
PDF describes Sean Cindercott as looking like "an evil Tin Man of Oz."
Panel 5. “Squirrel, Rocket J.” is the full name of Rocky Squirrel,
life partner of Bullwinkle J. Moose, of the Jay Ward and Alex Anderson cartoon
Rocky and Bullwinkle.
Page 8. Panel 3. It is fitting
that the “Hypnotists, Illusionists, Teleprojectors, Hallucinogenicists, Ectoplasm-Renderers”
Union (a.k.a. Hither) is on “Maya Boulevard;” in the Hindu faith “Maya” stands
for the illusion of the world.
Panel 5. The ghosts floating and walking through the frame may be
a reference to the ghosts of Krypton imprisoned in the Phantom Zone in Superman
Playing cards are Mr. Bones, the Golden Age Thinker, and the Ultra-Humanite,
all from DC Comics.
Page 9. Panel 1. Oof. I should
have got this. PDF points out that the receptionist is Princess Projectra,
from DC's Legion of Super-Heroes.
The sperm-shaped ghost may be Slimer, from the Ghostbusters
Panel 2. In the lower left may be the ghosts of Abel and Cain, of
DC Comics (most notably from Neil Gaiman’s Sandman comics).
Panel 6. This is Doctor Psycho
(the “Doctor P” mentioned on Page 8, Panel 1), the mind-controlling enemy
of Wonder Woman. He is drinking Duff Beer, the favored brew
of Homer Simpson. One of the porn mags he is reading, Big-Butt Babes,
features Jack Kirby's Big Barda.
Page 11. Panel 2. Swinging
overhead is Spider-Man. Flying below him is the Blue Beetle's Beetle Ship.
Flying below the Beetle Ship is Joe Simon and Jack Kirby's The Fly. PDF points out that
below the Fly is Herbie the Love Bug, from the Disney movies.
Page 17. Panel 1. “RexCorp”
is a reference to “LexCorp,” the company owned by DC’s Lex Luthor.
Panel 2. The guards for the RexCorp speaker are DC’s Deathstroke,
unknown, DC’s Deadshot, unknown, Marvel’s Deadpool, and Marvel’s Elektra.
Panel 3. The RexCorp speaker is Scooby Doo, although in the world
of Top 10 he is known as "Rex Ruthor" (as his nameplate says); Daphne, Shaggy,
and Velma, Scooby’s pushers and the ones who kept him addicted to Scooby
snacks, stand to the right of Scooby Doo.
Protesting in the crowd are DC’s Cheetah, Congorilla, Lobo, and Starfire.
“What if you mindswap and wake up in chains?” may be a reference to an episode
of Quantum Leap in which Sam Beckett leapt into the body of a lab
Panel 4. The image on the viewscreen of the Subliminal Kid is, as
PDF notes, the famous 1960s image of the kneeling woman wailing over the
dead student at Kent State.
Marvel’s Electro is wielding a brick. Other protestors in this panel are
Marvel’s Madrox the Multiplying Man, DC’s Chameleon Boy, and DC’s Shaggy
Page 18. Panel 1. In the
lower right of this panel is Hawkeye.
Panel 2. PDF notes that on the viewscreen of the Subliminal Kid are
images of the Japanese planes bombing Pearl Harbor.
Panel 3. The group are dropping jellybeans, as Harlequin did in Harlan
Ellison’s classic musical slapstick comedy story “’Repent, Harlequin!’ Cried
the Tick-Tock Man.”
PDF notes that the anarchists' gliders are duplicates of those used by Marvel's
Panel 4. Among the protestors are DC’s Doctor Mid-Nite, Marvel’s
Iron Man, and DC’s Blue Beetle.
Panel 6. Visible on the Subliminal Kid's screen is Ronald Reagan,
who liked eating jellybeans.
Page 21. Panel 1. “WayneTech”
is a reference to Bruce Wayne, a.k.a. The Batman.
Page 22. Stretching is DC’s Elastic
Man. Eating something may be Marvel’s Thing. Crouched on a pillar is Marvel’s