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Comic Book Easter Eggs – Katie Power Smoking a Joint?!

Every week, I will be sharing 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 little Katie Power seemingly smoking a joint, Clark Kent appearing in an issue of Daredevil and the Three Stooges being bad guys in an issue of Marvel Premiere.

First up, based on a suggestion by reader Jay F., is Power Pack #20 by Bob McLeod. Earlier in the issue, McLeod established that the cold weather was making it so that their breath was visible.

Later in the issue, McLeod had a little fun with this by drawing a joint in little Katie Power’s hand to go along with her visible breath…

Pretty funny (if a bit odd)!

Next up, based on a suggestion from reader Rodrigo V., we see Clark Kent reporting on the death of Mysterio in Daredevil #8 by Joe Quesada and Jimmy Palmiotti…

Finally, MJ suggested this bit from George Perez in Marvel Premiere #46 where the Three Stooges appear as villains fighting Man-Wolf…

That’s it for this week!

If you have a suggestion for a future edition, e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com! Don’t make suggestions in the comments section!


Love those old Perez Man-Wolf’s. Marvel needs to reprint some classic Marvel Premieres! I remember reading this issue as a kid and noticing the stooges. Too funny! Thanks for posting.

I didn’t take that as a joint. I took it to be a stick. Kids’ll do that when you can see your breath. Pick up a stick and pretend to be smoking. And it looks more like a stick than a joint. See the little branch at the top?

I didn’t even notice Clark Kent, just Peter’s hair.

“I didn’t even notice Clark Kent, just Peter’s hair.”

Lyle Lovett called him and said, “Dude. What’s the deal with that hair?”

“Peter, take off that Elvis wig, we have to go to Karen Page’s funeral now.”

When is the last time anyone has seen Katie Power?

interesting that marvel editors did not have the so called scene of katie smoking a joint taken out plus amazed marvel was able to slip in clark kent in daredevil without dc saying not so fast. plus the stooges look real creepy as bad guys

Katie was seen in Fantastic Four a couple years ago at Frankin’s BDay party. Of course, she’s still five years old even though Franklin is now eleven and her siblings, Julie and Alex, are almost twenty. Franklin was younger than all the Power kids back in the 80s. *sigh*

Then again, Wolverine’s foster daughter was an infant back then, and now she’s an acolyte assasin who’s sproutin’ bewbs. Put that in your slidin’ timescale…

Argh. Joints are not funny. At all.

Kaite should have just said no. Unfortunately because of her terrible mistake a generation of children who grew up idolizing Power Pack have now become addicted to joints and tree branch smoking. Disgusting.

I honestly don’t see Katie’s mock cigarette twig as a joint. I’ve never seen anyone hold a joint like that, but I’ve seen many people hold cigarettes that way. It reads visually as a little kid pretending she’s smoking a common tobacco cigarette, not weed. And remember, I come from back in the Sixties when we all smoked grass and Lucky Strikes like there was no tomorrow; our generation can tell these things.

Also, I’ve just learned from the Internet that it really is possible to blow a visible ring of vapor with your breath on a cold day. I never knew that!

Clark is actually a recurring character over at Marvel, along with Lois, Jimmy & Perry.


Chaim Mattis Keller

November 28, 2012 at 5:19 pm

Katie’s pretending (through the stick and the cold air) to smoke a cigarette, not a joint.

You sure McLeod drew that joint/cigarette/twig? The way it’s positioned, it looks like it may have been placed overtop completed art, by the inker maybe?

You sure McLeod drew that joint/cigarette/twig? The way it’s positioned, it looks like it may have been placed overtop completed art, by the inker maybe?

McLeod inked his pencils in the issue. Otherwise, though, yeah I would guess it would be something that the inker would have thrown in there.

Marvel Comics is being run by a man who apparently thinks that Peter Parker has a pompadour. Just throwin’ that out there.

That Katie Power thing isn’t an Easter egg. She’s pretending to smoke by using a twig.

Katie Power is not ‘smoking a joint’ in that image. That’s one panel that would have been cleared up by showing the panels preceeding it. She picked up a stick off the street and is pretending to smoke because it’s cold out and she can see her breath, like smoke. You can see Alex’s breath in the same panel. You probably wouldn’t see a kid doing that in comics today, but when I read it as an 8 year old, I thought to myself “I do that too!”

hat’s one panel that would have been cleared up by showing the panels preceeding it.

Here are the previous two panels…

So nope, she doesn’t pick up a stick.

And hey, let’s look at the next three panels…

Suddenly she’s not holding anything. Which makes sense, as it was just drawn in there as a joke in the one panel.


November 29, 2012 at 12:25 pm

Im on the stick side as well. My wife has a card and Ive seen poorly done joints and that is not one. I always picked up sticks and pretended to smoke and that sure is what it looks like to me.


November 29, 2012 at 12:27 pm

It does sorta look like a twig next to the bag on the ground thats shes picking stuff up from but it appears some time passes between the panels so that may not mean anything. Also itd be hard to say if she was holding anything in those proceeding panels since her hands arent shown.

The panel were she’s holding the twig has the words “Later…” in the caption box, meaning that time elapsed between the previous panel and the one where she was holding the twig. She could have picked it up at any time between the two panels. And the fact that the twig is gone in the following panels doesn’t prove anything either. She could have tossed it, she could have put it in her pockets along with her hands. The shape seems more twig like than joint like and like the previous commenter was, before cigarettes were so non-PC that was a game many of us kids played in that era. I bet McLeod just put something in he’s seen plenty of kids do.

The panel were she’s holding the twig has the words “Later…” in the caption box, meaning that time elapsed between the previous panel

Right, it does say “later.” It also doesn’t show her picking up a stick, which is what the commenter I was replying to said would be shown if I showed the preceding panels. No stick being picked up and no stick being discarded in the later panels.

I surely don’t mind people trying to suggest “twig,” but I do mind the suggestion that I was misleading with my panel usage when I was not.

Ahhh, gotcha. Yes, the implication you were being deliberately misleading by avoiding context was uncalled for.

@Rollo Tomassi: Katie’s actually did age with the others, but all that smoking stunted her growth.

So I guess they decided to cast Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man based on the art for that issue of Daredevil, huh?

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It’s definitely a joint put in there as a joke from the way she’s blowing an “O” ring and the way her hand is positioned, yet it’s subtle enough so that it can be inconclusive and people won’t get offended, as the artist and/or inker have an out saying it’s a twig.

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