Friday, January 09, 2009

With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility

One of my favorite comic books as a kid was Marvel Team-Up, which had Spider-Man join forces with (or coincidentally bump into, since all the Marvel heroes live in New York) another superhero such as Daredevil, the Hulk, or Iron Man. It was like getting two for the price of one.

Evidently, pairing Spidey up with iconic figures continues to hold some appeal for Marvel Comics. First, he and Stephen Colbert teamed up to take on the wretched hive of scum and villainy. And now, your friendly neighborhood wall-crawler will be sharing a story with Barack Obama for a special Inauguration Day edition of The Amazing Spider-Man.

[Click on the image for a better look.]

How cool is that? And an extremely nice likeness of the President-Elect rendered by Phil Jimenez. (Much better than the version of Obama drawn inside the comic book, as you can see here.) Obama will have to thank his wife for outing him as a childhood Spider-Man reader, which must have influenced this superstar meet-up.

So is there now any publication that hasn't had Obama on its cover?