Hoo boy. Snagglepuss writer Mark Russell and Beasts of Burden artist Jill Thompson are offering up an extraordinarily timely short story in this week’s Action Comics Special, which sees acclaimed reporters Lois Lane and Clark Kent cracking wise at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.
Earlier this week, Russell posted a page from the story on Facebook and Twitter, in which Lois tells Clark that “only a psychopath is incapable of laughing at themselves.”
Better image of Lois Lane explaining the purpose of the White House Correspondence Dinner. From Action Comics Special #1. pic.twitter.com/5WPF7xkhEL
— Mark Russell (@Manruss) May 1, 2018
The timing is uncanny, with the real-life controversy over comedienne Michelle Wolf’s pointed barbs at the dinner still burning hot. Though there is traditionally a bit of light ribbing of the president and his inner circle at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, an event organized by an association representing journalists who cover the White House, sometimes (like this year’s) the roasts go above and beyond.
Wolf is not the first to cause a stir with her remarks — though met with general disapproval from his live audience of journalists, Stephen Colbert’s speech at the 2006 White House Correspondents’ Dinner sent his comedy stock soaring.
Russell is no stranger to political humor, having penned DC’s teen president series Prez before turning Hanna-Barbera’s The Flintstones into astoundingly astute satire. His and Thompson’s story is set before the classic (?) President Luthor storyline that ran through the early-2000s, and the writer has suggested on social media that Lex will be in for a good roasting.
Action Comics Special #1 — not to be confused with the landmark Action Comics #1000 — features stories by Dan Jurgens and Will Conrad, Russell and Thompson, Max Landis and Francis Manapul, and Ryan Sook, Cary Nord and Steve Orlando, and hits stores Wednesday.
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