If you’re an “Amazing Spider-Man” completest, we suggest you get to your comic shop a little earlier than normal next week as the next issue is likely to fly off stands faster than you can say “Barack Obama.”
The President Elect himself is precisely the reason why. USA Today is reporting that Barack Obama will appear in next Wednesday’s issue of “Amazing Spider-Man” #583 by Zeb Wells, Todd Nauck and Frank D’Armata. In the five-page back-up story, Spider-Man stops the Chameleon from spoiling the President Elect’s swearing in at his inauguration.
“It was a natural after we learned the new president is a Spider-Man fan,” Marvel Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada told USA Today, following reports that Obama is a fan of the wall-crawler. “We thought, ‘Fantastic! We have a comic-book geek in the White House.'”
I addition to the back up feature, the issue will also feature an Obama variant cover by artist Phil Jimenez.
The soon to be sworn in Obama has already had quite an impact in several comic book universes. He’s been endorsed by Erik Larsen’s Savage Dragon, had his own biography comic, was baited by Stephen Colbert with an autographed issue of “Amazing Spider-Man” featuring the conservative talk show host, and even peppered his own speech at the Al Smith Dinner in October with comics and pop culture references.
“We do our best to be completely non-partisan and treat presidents with respect,” Quesada told USA Today. “This is not so much a pro-Obama statement but a tip of the hat to having a Spider-Man fan in the White House.”
Look for more on this story as it develops.