For those of you who don’t know, you heard it here first: Barack Obama is the President elect. No, no, silly! Not just on THIS Earth; also on Earth-616!
Marvel has this habit of mirroring the real world. For example: Did you know Richard Nixon was a terrorist? And although this was sort of copied from Savage Dragon, this morning USA Today has announced that Barack Obama will appear in the latest issue of Spider-Man. The plot of the story is that the Chameleon takes the form of Obama, because I guess he’s trying to discredit or embarrass him. And his big plan is to… I dunno, say racist shit? Kick Joe Biden in the balls? I honestly didn’t pay much attention to the plot. I skimmed the article, and generally this sort of thing kind of leaves a bad taste in my mouth, because it always seems so forced and gimmicky. But this time I had a completely different issue with the whole ordeal:
Just look at that terrorist fist jab in action! And Spidey! How could you?! You helped save NY on 9/11! Was it all a ploy to lull us into a false sense of comfort? With great power comes great responsibility, indeed.
Noticing this, I decided to look — and I mean, take a good hard look — into some of the other, less obvious ways Obama has tried to hint at his comic-book related terrorism. Hey I don’t shy away from controversy. I’m here to break the real hard-hitting stories, you know? But honestly, looking at these images, how could we have all missed it?
(Big thanks to my good friend and collaborator Matt Occhuizzo for wasting his time creating these images for me. This stuff totally doesn’t do his work justice, so please go here and check out how good he really is.)