Friday, January 9, 2009

The Superhero-in-Chief

In his latest book, Cult of the Presidency, Gene Healy half-jokes about modern Americans' tendency to view the chief executive as "a combination of guardian angel, shaman, and supreme warlord of the earth." Well, it now looks like we've got one more hat for the president to wear: Superhero-in-Chief. Marvel Comics, publisher of The Amazing Spiderman comic books, will be featuring Mr. Obama in issue #583, in which Peter Parker is sent to cover the inauguration by the newspaper for which he works. I won't give away the plot, but from the above image, released by the publisher, we can see there's a happy ending (except, perhaps, for executive power skeptics).

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