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Snark Free Corner for 2/18

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Welcome to the latest installment of your breath of snark free air!

Enjoy!

SNARK FREE DEBATE

Fictional presidents versus real-life presidents – is either preferable?

Like most issues, it is generally one of those “different strokes for different people” things, in that it works well one way, but it also works well the other way.

Personally, though, I think fictionalized presidents allow for a greater freedom of storytelling, as you can do more with a fictional character as opposed to a real life character, not to mention how the use of a real life President dates the comic book in the future (as awesome as Mark Waid’s use of Bill Clinton was in his Captain America run, it definitely does date the book a bit).

That said, Marvel has always striven for realism in their comics, so I guess it makes sense for them to use the real life president. DC is interesting, in that they usually use fictionalized presidents, but have gone the real life route a number of times, most notably with John F. Kennedy.

More recently, DC had Reagan be the President during the late 80s, at least in projects Keith Giffen was involved with (perhaps Giffen just liked to be realistic). It worked okay, I suppose. Who IS the current DC President, by the way?

As noted in an Urban Legends post awhile back, Marvel was going to let Cap be elected President, but decided against it before it happened.

What do you folks think is better? Using a fictional President or using the real President?

COVER THEME GAME

As always, here is the game. I show three covers. They all have something in common, whether it be a character, a trait all three characters share, locale, creator, SOMEthing. And it isn’t something obvious like “They all have prices!” “They all have logos!” “They all feature a man!” etc.

In addition, please note that you must have some familiarity with comic book history to correctly guess these comics. You cannot guess the connective theme just by looking at the covers solely, you must have some knowledge beyond just the covers.

A cool point to the first person to figure it out!

Good luck!

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SNARK FREE CHALLENGE

Come up with a reasonable explanation for why Lex Luthor would chose Pete Ross as his running mate (do note that Ross’ political background at the time was as a replacement Senator who served for about a month before getting caught up in a blackmail scheme, after which, Ross resigned).

THE COVER GAME

This week’s game is as follows…

Find me a comic cover that features a United States President on it…

Here is an example (which you can’t use!)….


Remember, only one cover per commenter!

Good luck!

WHO IS IT?

Remember, tell me who it is and what number clue gave it away!

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4. This character was born in the state of New Troy.
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5. The character was President of the United States.

Who is it?

Well, that’s it for this installment of Snark Free Corner.

Hope you had fun!