President Barack Obama has a long shared history with the comic book world, but it’s mostly been pretty one-sided — publishers putting fictionalized versions of the president into various stories. That changed in a big way on Wednesday, with Marvel’s Director of Content & Character Development Sana Amanat introducing Obama at Women’s History Month reception at the White House.
Amanat spoke at the event from her status as a co-creator, along with writer G. Willow Wilson and artist Adrian Alphona, of Marvel’s popular and acclaimed current Ms. Marvel, Kamala Khan. Amanat’s introduction starts at around the 40:00 minute mark of the embedded video below:
“Her challenge was to seek and create her own identity on her own terms, owning her differences as strengths,” Amanat said of Kamala Khan during her remarks. “Her story has challenged perceptions about minorities, about women, about anyone who has been marginalized for their differences, and it has connected with fans the world over.”
“Ms. Marvel may be your comic book creation, but I think for a lot of young boys and girls, Sana’s a real-life superhero,” Obama said at the start of his speech.
As seen in a photo captured by Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the president and Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls, Amanat personally showed off some “Ms. Marvel” comics to Obama during her time at the White House.
– Valerie Jarrett (@vj44) March 16, 2016
Journalist Julie Zeilinger also captured a photo and choice words from Amanat’s introduction:
– Julie Zeilinger (@juliezeilinger) March 16, 2016
The latest issue of “Ms. Marvel,” #5, was released last week from Marvel Comics.