President-Elect Barack Obama loves comics, and as we discovered back in November, comics (and the character's in 'em) love Barack Obama. The dark horse candidate turned 44th President of the United States appeared in “Amazing Spider-Man” #583 Wednesday, and 24 hours later, Marvel is already announcing a third print run.
“It’s the story you’ve seen everywhere from CNN to the New York Times to Fox News—Spider-Man and United States President-Elect Barack Obama meet for the first time—and to meet the unprecedented demand, Marvel is going back to press with Amazing Spider-Man #583 Third Printing Obama Variant,” read an official press release from Marvel issued today.
San Francisco-based Isotope Comics owner James Sime called the Obama variant covers “impossible to find” in a Twitter update yesterday. The eBay asking prices for "Spider-Man" #583 seem to substantiate that claim with 1st-prints hurdling the $100 mark.
Newsarama blogger Troy Brownfield rounded up reports from across the country spotting outdoor queues resembling block parties and near-immediate sellouts on-site when the doors opened.
Sure, these lines resemble what I used to stand in every Wednesday at my old Main Street college shop when new books hit the shelves, but the key difference here is that these lines were forming down big-city blocks in places like New York City and Phoenix on massive scales.
Obama already made his mark in comic shops last fall in IDW’s election-timed “Presidential Material” one-shot. That book was quickly followed by a similar release at Antarctic Press. He then stopped by the cover of “Savage Dragon” #145 at Image Comics, and now appears to be guest starring in an upcoming issue of “Youngblood”, where the solicitation text says he’ll be selecting members for a new team.
In the end, it looks like Obama has the support of comic book publishers and readers’ wallets going into next week’s inauguration.
Were you able to snag one of the sold-out first printings of Amazing Spider-Man #583 yesterday? What do you think of Obama’s recent string of appearances in comics? Let your thoughts be heard below in the comment section below.