The Friday Back-Issue Bin: Nov. 3 – Nov. 7, 2008

Greek philosopher Aristotle once said, “Man is by nature a political animal” — and he would’ve been hard-pressed to find any disagreement with that statement this week. Even in the world of comic books and the movies based on ’em, there was politics to be found around every corner… and on every page, for that matter.

Here are the topics that made up our campaign platform this week:

– In an MTV-exclusive chat, Robert Downey Jr. played the role of a master statesman when discussing the switch from Terrence Howard to Don Cheadle in “Iron Man 2.”

Warren Ellis, Matt Fraction and Peter David told us which candidate some famous comic characters would vote for.

– Samuel L. Jackson continued his campaign to bring Nick Fury back in future Marvel movies like “The Avengers” and “Iron Man 2.”

– Creators from all corners of the comic book industry shared their thoughts about Barack Obama becoming the next US President.

– “Hulk” producer Gale Ann Hurd told us why “Magdalena” can’t avoid being controversial.

– Screenwriter Chris Morgan confirmed he’ll be scripting “Wanted 2” and offered up some hints about the potential storyline for the sequel.

– We also received an update on the Matt Damon and Jake Gyllenhaal “Torso” rumors from the film’s producer.

– Neil Gaiman told us how he got involved with “Who Killed Amanda Palmer?”, what inspired his new travel book “Monkey and Me” and how “The Graveyard Book” would smell.

– Finally, we gave you a sneak peek at writer/director Luke Ricci’s new Viper Comics series “How to be a Serial Killer.”

So, there you have it, folks. We quoted Aristotle, talked politics and had some good times all around. See ya next week!