Obama & Spider-Man Team Up

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Art, Barack, Cool

And not only that, my sister’s boyfriend wrote the issue! He’s Zeb Wells and he’s mentioned further down in the following excerpt from USA Today:

On Jan. 14, Marvel Comics is releasing a special issue of Amazing Spider-Man #583 with Obama depicted on the cover. Inside are five pages of the two teaming up and even a fist-bump between Spidey and the new president.

“It was a natural after we learned the new president is a Spider-Man fan,” says Marvel editor in chief Joe Quesada about reports that Obama once collected Spider-Man comics. “We thought, ‘Fantastic! We have a comic-book geek in the White House.’ ”

The White House transition team did not respond to a question about the extent of Obama’s comic-book geekiness, but Obama did mention Spider-Man during the campaign, primarily at children-oriented events. And during an Entertainment Weekly pop culture survey, Obama said Batman and Spider-Man were his top superheroes because of their “inner turmoil.” (John McCain picked Batman.)

In the story by Zeb Wells, Todd Nauck and Frank D’Armata, Spider-Man stops the Chameleon from spoiling Obama’s swearing-in. At one point, Spider-Man says he mistook Vice President-elect Joe Biden for the Vulture (a vintage Spider-Man villain).

One thing I can tell you that USA Today didn’t is that the transition team knew that this was going to happen and gave it the thumbs up. I won’t tell you who told me that, but maybe you can guess. :-)

In any event, here’s the cover…

And some inside pages…

Congrats Zeb!

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4 Responses to “Obama & Spider-Man Team Up”

  1. Trescml Says:

    So how long will it be until someone complains that Spider Man is doing a terrorist fist bump with Obama or worries about his association with Spider Man?

    Actually I think it is a good thing that we have a President that can be in a comic book. Although I would have loved to have seen the vetting process for a comic book.

  2. Derek Viger Says:

    The people who complain Spider Man is doing a terrorist fist bump wouldn’t read the comic in the first place.

    Comics have been surprisingly socially conscious at times. One only need to read “The Dark Knight Returns” by Frank Miller to see a scathing comment on the Age of Reagan.

  3. ShortWoman Says:

    That is pretty cool.

  4. rachel Says:

    “Uh-oh. I think Biden sees me.”


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