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COMIC LEGEND: DC made Kevin Smith edit out a reference to the Powerpuff Girls in Green Arrow.
In Green Arrow #4, there’s a great discussion about the Powerpuff Girls by Mia and Stanley Dover (who at the time was pretending to be Green Arrow’s friend)….
However, Kevin Smith explained that originally the scene went a bit differently…
When I was writing ”Green Arrow” at DC, there were a few content issues that I found puzzling. The first occurred when I included a reference to the cartoon ”The Powerpuff Girls.” It wasn’t a smutty, Jay and Silent Bob-level reference, but instead, it featured a female character talking about how great it was to have cartoon characters for little girls to model themselves on, as opposed to the Rainbow Brites and Strawberry Shortcakes of old. I was told that the references to both Rainbow Brite and Strawberry Shortcake had to be altered to Rainbow Sprite and Raspberry Shortcakes, which I understood. However, I was also informed that the ”Powerpuff” reference (a positive one) had to go. This blew my mind, as ”The Powerpuff Girls” are owned by AOL Time Warner… which also owns DC Comics. What, was there the chance in this highly litigious culture that AOL Time Warner would sue itself? Weird.
Thanks to Ted Craig and Matthew Johnson for letting me know about this one in reference to last week’s legend about a similar situation with John Byrne not being allowed to draw Superman in a Powerpuff Girls comic book. And thanks to Kevin Smith for the information in the quote!
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