Earlier today, Marvel teased that purveyor of "truthiness" (and hater of bears) Stephen Colbert had won yesterday's election for US President in the Marvel Universe. Well, the Merry Marvel Marketing Machine kept tallying votes and... lo and behold, they uncovered a comics controversy!
Much like the 2000 election and controversial recount that gave current president George W. Bush the victory over Al Gore, Stephen Colbert did indeed win the popular vote in Marvel's America, but still lost the race to President-Elect Barack Obama due to a lack of Electoral Votes.
“We completely forgot the Marvel Universe reflects what happens in the real world," said Marvel Comics Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada about the confusion. "Ooops, our bad."
The publisher released a follow-up image to accompany the announcement -- one which pays homage to one of artist John Romita's well-known interior pages from "Amazing Spider-Man" #50. The revised front page of Marvel's Daily Bugle newspaper is pictured below:
What do you think about this turn of events in the Marvel Universe? How about Marvel's bait-and-switch election announcements? Sound off in the comments!