As we approach January 20 and the inauguration of the 44th US President becomes the only story in town, I am sure the news that Barack Obama is appearing in the new January 14 issue of Spider-Man will gain some serious mainstream coverage.
Marvel announced the team-up on their website today and, true to form, it appears they have leaked the story to one news outlet, USA Today. The House of Ideas did the same thing to great effect when they let the New York Daily News tell the world that Captain America was dead, a scoop that was picked up around the world.
It was on the election trail that Obama said his two favourite superheroes were Spider-Man and Batman (McCain went for the Dark Knight), and Marvel head honcho Joe Quesada said: “When we heard that President-Elect Obama is a collector of Spider-Man comics, we knew that these two historic figures had to meet in our comics’ Marvel Universe.
“Historic moments such as this one can be reflected in our comics because the Marvel Universe is set in the real world. A Spider-Man fan moving into the Oval Office is an event that must be commemorated in the pages of Amazing Spider-Man.”
Nice one Joe, but we know you’re only cashing in on Obamania. Not that I can blame you, he’s the only ticket in town right now, every magazine on the shelf will have him on its cover in the next two weeks.
It appears the story will be a back-up feature as Marvel’s solicitation gives no mention of Obama: “Love is in the air for more than one member of the cast and Pete finally gets some time out with the ladies. Amidst the romance though, forces are gathering that will spell trouble for Peter in the months to come.”
The Obama cover by Phil Jiminez is actually a variant as the regular cover features artwork from legendary old-school Spidey artist John Romita Sr.
Zeb Wells writes the story which sees the Wall Crawler’s oldest enemy The Chameleon trying to wreck Obama’s big day. Art on the story is from Todd Nauck and Frank D’Armata.
Let’s hope Marvel’s experiment with America’s new leader turns out better, because in an untimely coincidence. Kennedy was assassinated by the time the Superman comic hit the shelves.