The Best Obama Cameos in Comics
Since Barack Obama ascended to the highest office in the land, there’s been a lot of joking about his comics collecting and political superheroics, and now every publisher in comics is scrambling to cash in on the Obama comics craze. From “Barack the Barbarian,” a Conan parody where Obama fights the evil Boosh and Chainknee, to an alternate reality comic where he helps Chicago fend off an alien invasion, anything goes for comics cameos of the geek-in-chief. Check out our collection of the best (and worst) of the bunch.
Not a Flash fan? Read more for an in-page presentation.“Barack the Barbarian: Quest for the Treasure of Stimuli“:
This “Conan the Barbarian” parody features Obama as well as a host of political analogs like Sorceress Hilaria and her demi-god trickster husband Biil, who help Barack fight against the Elephant Kingdom despot Boosh, his evil vizier Chainknee, the Old Warrior, and his companion Red Sara.
An alternate cover to “Barack the Barbarian,” featuring evil vizier Chainknee shaking his wizened fist in the background. Inset: Villain Red Sara, clad only in her trademark wolf-skin.
“Drafted: One Hundred Days”
This alternate reality comic imagines Barack Obama in a universe where his ascent to greatness was interrupted by an alien invasion, and the former community organizer must help rally a shell-shocked Chicago back to its feet. Oh, and in this world, Obama is now a mute.
Kyle Baker’s Obama Graphic Novel:
While working on his upcoming HarperCollins graphic novel about Obama, cartoonist Kyle Baker said, “The president’s life story is truly inspirational, and through my research I came to understand that it’s his positive attitude that makes him successful. Most people who grow up surrounded by poverty with no father let the experience make them cynical and pessimistic. This crazy guy saw no good reason to believe his past was anything but past. I realize now that if a guy like him could make it through Harvard and become president, I can attain any goal I focus on with faith.”
Obama doesn’t just show up for a meet-and-greet in this Image superhero comic — he uses his presidential powers to reinstate the team and hand-picks the members himself. Some of whom have way more pouches than any human being could reasonably need on their bodies. Oh, and he also totes around a gun that apparently makes his left hand disappear.
Famed comic book painter Alex Ross — who once painted George W. Bush as a vampire attacking the Statue of Liberty — gives us this image of Obama as a secret Superman-style hero, now available online as a print and t-shirt.
“Amazing Spider-Man #583”
Everybody’s jumping on the bandwagon now, but the Obama cameo that got the most press was his appearance in an “Amazing Spider-Man” backstory, where an evil shapeshifter tried to take Obama’s place and Obama has to prove his identity by playing a game of hoops. Inset: Vigilante fist-bump.
“Savage Dragon #137”
The first comic to feature Obama “Savage Dragon” kicked off the craze when creator Erik Larsen publicly endorsed Obama through his fictional dragonman superhero.
“Savage Dragon #145”
Following Obama’s ascension and the media attention to the “Spider-Man” comic, “Savage Dragon” returned to the Obama well in a comic where Savage Dragon is helping run security for Obama, who tells the hero that his previous endorsement in #137 helped him win the presidency.
This variant cover for “Savage Dragon #145″ features President Obama punching Osama Bin Laden in the face while holding a flag in his left hand. But is it better than Frank Miller’s abandoned “Batman vs. Al Qaeda” concept where the Dark Knight was supposed to kick the crap out of the infamous terrorist? Hard to say.
“Final Crisis #7”
In the last DC Comics megacrossover, “Final Crisis,” the opening scene of the final book — scripted before Obama’s win — features an alternate DC Universe where a black American president is secretly Superman.
“Army of Darkness: Ash Saves Obama”
If it hadn’t already, this would be where the Obama in comics craze started to get out of control. Ash, the hero of the film “The Evil Dead” who often has a chainsaw for a hand, saves Obama from a horde of rampaging undead demons. What’s next, Barack Obama vs. Vampires? Actually, googling reveals that the online musical “Barackula” has that covered.
“Puppy Power: Bo Obama”
In what will likely be looked back upon as the height of the Obama comics craze, Obama’s freaking dog got his own comic, with no less than two different covers featuring the presidential Portuguese Water Dog romping around the White House lawn and wearing a Hawaiian lei.