Sunday, January 11, 2009

Presidential Spider-Man Covers – Barack Obama “Nerd-in-Chief”

By the time President-elect Barack Obama takes the oath of office this month, he will simultaneously join a long list of politically correct U.S. Presidents, who have been featured on the cover of “Spider-Man” Comic Book, from Franklin D. Roosevelt to George W. Bush.

The January inaugural issue "Spidey meets the President!" features Obama as "nerd-in-chief," a superhero, who thwarts a plot by an imposter to take Obama’s presidency.

In a pre-release drawing, Spidey hangs upside down behind Obama whispering in his ear: "Hey, if you get to be on my cover, can I be on the dollar bill?"

Marvel Comics editor in chief, Joe Quesada, told reporters that the Obama campaign had listed 10 facts about our new little known president-elect and at the top of that list was the fact that Obama collected Spider-Man comics.

Excitement over the election of America’s first black president has spawned an inundation of Barack Obama memorabilia and the January issue of Spider-Man will probably become a highly sought after collector’s item.

Marvel Comics did not specify how many copies of the inaugural issue will be printed, but did indicate that it would be a higher print run than usual.

"I think one of the reasons why Obama would be a huge Spider-Man fan is probably because of the mantra by which he lives, ... that with great power there must also come great responsibility," Joe Quesada added.

Somehow, I knew that it would come to this. When I was growing up, our elders always had a high regard for authority figures, who admitted to reading Cooper, Dickens, Douglass, Milton, Shakespeare, and Verne, while we were reading Bugs Bunny and emulating Elmer Fudd. We were told that if we were to succeed in life, we must hone our oral and written communication skills and emulate the reading habits of those role models in authority. Never in my wildest imagination, did I think I’d be encouraging my grandchildren to put Emerson aside and become a Spidey follower, so they could run for president someday.

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