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Barack and Michelle Obama in comic books

No, I don’t think it’s well drawn, and I didn’t order a copy of the first printing of Amazing Spider-Man #583 with Barack Obama on the cover. I think it’s only the second time that Marvel has a president on the cover of one of their comic books, the first time I think was Richard Nixon back in the ’70s. Anyways, Marvel is now on their fourth printing of the Obama comic, so maybe I should secure a copy. After all, it is historic with Barack Obama.

According to Brett Singer, http://www.babble.com/CS/blogs/strollerderby/archive/2009/01/14/obama-meets-spider-man.aspx, Marvel has done a fourth printing of Amazing Spider-Man #583: “Amazing, really. To paraphrase Mary Jane Watson (no longer Parker, now that they retconned away her marriage to Peter), “Tiger, Marvel just hit the jackpot.” The latest printing is now available in comic shops. (Tip: don’t overpay for this thing on eBay; 4th printings are rarely, if ever, worth anything. Neither are second or thirds, frankly.)
Another thought on my kid and this comic — he definitely wanted it, and he doesn’t read the regular Spidey series. (Despite the fact that they dumbed it down when they rebooted the book, Amazing Spider-Man is still not for kids; he reads the Marvel Adventures version, however.) I think he was just curious to have it because it had Obama on the cover, and had Obama in an actual story. I would say that this proves that even kids are fascinated by our new prez, but up until now that wasn’t the case for my son.


 And now Michelle Obama gets her own comic book biography, according to guardian.co.uk: “Michelle Obama’s fashion savvy may earn her a spot on a future cover of Vogue magazine.
But her political influence has already won over Bellingham, Washington based publishing company Bluewater Productions, which plans to feature the future first lady in the third book of its Female Force comic book series.
The quarterly publication showcases women who are pioneers in modern history.
Michelle Obama joins female forces Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin, whose biographical comic books will be released early next year as part of the series.”

On Rhapsodyinbooks’ Blog one can read, that “the book will follow Obama, a Princeton- and Harvard-educated lawyer, from her youth on the South Side of Chicago to her community, civic service and private-sector career successes through the 2008 presidential campaign and election day. Mrs. Obama is a dynamic force and one of the most influential women in the world,” said Bluewater Productions President Darren G. Davis. “Her potential influence on future policy decisions makes her a fascinating figure to feature.”
“In creating an image of our new first lady, Michelle Obama, it was my goal to represent her class, beauty and intelligence,” said artist Vinnie Tartamella. “I hope I reflected these qualities and characteristics in this historical piece. I’m truly honored to have been asked to create this.”
(Whole story)

President Obama is not the first president to be featured in comics. Steve Englehart, one of the most acclaimed comic writers working at DC and Marvel in the 1970s, wrote a Captain America story illustrated by Sal Buscema, where Captain America fights a bunch of villains led by Richard Nixon! And DC saw story potential in Nixon too:

The Flash comic “The Presidential Fury of Future Lincoln” made an indelible impression on me as a child, the 21st century was for me so far into the future I couldn’t imagine what it would be like, but here we are now in the 21st century, and nothing much has changed, but I really need to get this Flash story for the sake of nostalgia:

Chris’s Invincible Super-Blog, http://www.the-isb.com/?p=203, states: “That, my friends, is a cover that asks us to accept a lot of things. Namely:

1. That the robot in question is accurate in both its reporting and its statement that this news is happening now
2. That it is indeed the year 2971, as evidenced by the yellow skies and the fact that Adam Strange is swinging by to fight with the Flash’s word balloon
3. That the Elongated Man was once a selling point

And perhaps most importantly…

4. That the MILFs of the future will have some dynamite legs.”

Okay, I googled MILF. Never seen that abbreviation before!

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