This is the latest in a feature where I just share some bit of comic book history that interests me. Here is a collection of all of the installments in the feature so far.
Today, in honor of Presidents Day, I will share one comic book appearance by every U.S. President since the start of the Golden Age of Comics, essentially eighty years of comics. Here’s the (slight) twist, though – I’ll only be using examples that came out when that president was in office.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
We go all the way back to 1936’s New Comics #4 for a pre-Superman comic book story by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster where the President makes an appearance at the end of the two-pager…
Harry S. Truman
In 1950’s Captain Marvel Adventures #110 by Otto Binder and C.C. Beck, President Truman helps to celebrate the mid-point in the American Century…
Dwight D. Eisenhower
In 1957’s Giant Comics #1, Al Fago has Atomic Mouse manage to find a planet that is a source of SUPER-uranium and the mighty mouse is rewarded by President Eisenhower..
John F. Kennedy
1961’s Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen #56 features “The Jinx of Metropolis,” a tale by Jerry Siegel and John Forte where Jimmy Olsen accidentally discovers an old device from Krypton that had landed on Earth with Superman. The projector makes iron collapse. Jimmy thinks HE is doing it all story long. After the truth is discovered, Superman delivers the powerful device to President Kennedy (I would have gone with the famous story where Kenendy stood in for Clark Kent to protect his secret identity, but that actually sadly came out AFTER Kennedy’s assassination).
Lyndon B. Johnson
1965’s Doom Patrol #98 features “Sixty Sinister Seconds” by Arnold Drake and Bruno Premiani, where the Doom Patrol has only sixty seconds to prevent a hoax that would lead to the United States and the Soviet Union attacking each other in total nuclear armageddon.
The Chief manages to get the truth to President Johnson, but too late for the President to contact Moscow.
Luckily, the Doom Patrol find a way to connect the two countries before they are forced to attack each other.
In 1970’s Fantastic Four #103 by Stan Lee and Johns Romita and Verpoorten, the Fantastic Four are trying to prevent an invasion by Namor and the Altanteans (Namor is being provoked by Magneto), but President Nixon has to get in his two cents, as well…
In late 1974’s Incredible Hulk #185, mere months after Ford became President, Len Wein and Herb Trimpe had the President visit the base where Bruce Banner was being kept captive. This allowed Wein to get in a good bit about how out of touch Banner was due to his time as the Hulk…
Go to the next page for the last six Presidents!
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