The Museum Of UnCut Funk has taken a very different approach to collecting items that are relevant to our cultural experience. As children of the 1970’s, we are dedicated to collecting artifacts from what we believe is one of the greatest decades ever. We have also been blessed to bear witness to the election of the first Black President in American history, Barack Obama, one of the greatest events in our lifetime. As President Obama is also a child of the 1970’s, it makes sense for The Museum of UnCut Funk to collect artifacts that highlight all aspects of his presidential achievement. Thus we have added The Barack Obama Comic Book Collection to our archive.
It’s Obama Time.
A Superhero You Should Believe In!!!
Regardless of your views and opinions of President Barack Obama, he has been touted as a hero in the comic book world.
Within our collection are comics that speak to the road Obama travelled to become President, winning the election and his first 100 days in office. There are also a number of comic books that express opinions of those who dislike the President. The Museum of UnCut Funk collection contains both pro and anti-Obama comics to ensure that this important moment in political history is throughly preserved.
President Barack Obama made his first appearance as a comic book character in July 2007, where he appeared as a U.S. Senator. The comic by Nat Gertler only had a print-run of 1,050 issues. A year later, in September 2008, Obama appeared in Erik Larsen’s Savage Dragon #137. This issue featured a variant cover which showed Obama with the Savage Dragon, who proclaims that he is endorsing him for President. This marked a significant moment for Obama as a comic book character; it was the first time that a future president had been shown on a comic book cover. The issue sold out four print runs. A month later, the comic was followed up by Presidential Material: Barack Obama by Jeff Mariotte and in November 2008 with Obama: The Comic Book by Rod Espinosa.
In November 2008, one of Obama’s advisers gave an interview to journalist Jon Swaine of The Daily Telegraph titled, “Barack Obama: The 50 facts you might not know.” In the interview, it emerged that Obama collects “Spider-Man and Conan the Barbarian” comic books.
When Marvel Comics discovered the president-elect was an avid collector of Spider-Man comics, they decided to have Obama the comic book character grace the cover of their The Amazing Spider-Man #583 (Jan. 2009), for the story “Spidey Meets the President!” written by Mark Waid. This particular release proved extremely popular and sold out in a matter of minutes.
Since that time, Obama the comic book character has graced the cover and pages of many other comics including Savage Dragon #145 (Feb. 2008) by Erik Larsen and Youngblood #8 (Feb. 2008) by Rob Liefeld.
The hottest year for President Barack Obama as a comic-book guest star was 2009, appearing in Amazing Spider-Man, Savage Dragon, Youngblood, Bomb Queen, biographical comics from Bluewater and Barack the Barbarian. Savage Dragon #145 had a special edition variant only offered at WonderCon in San Francisco in March, 2009 (only 1,500 were produced). On the cover, Barack Obama can be seen holding an American flag and punching Osama Bin Laden in the face. These comic book editions have become highly sought after collectible items.
Robert Kirkman used Obama in faux ads as a member of a new superhero team, The Guardians of the Globe, in which the President says, “I’m not as popular as I used to be.
Obama played a larger role in Archie Comics’ Veronica #199. The cover by Dan Parent shows the President saying to rich girl Veronica Lodge: “Veronica, we need to get this economy rolling!” Veronica salutes and responds, “I’ll do my best, Mr. President!” The actual story, written and drawn by Parent, begins with Veronica and the other students, including Archie and Betty, taking a field trip to D.C.
Veronica’s excited by the thought of the National Mall, as so many tourists have been before her, but adapts well to the disappointment of finding only hot dog and T-shirt vendors. The kids quickly check out the Washington Monument, the World War II Memorial, the Korean War Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Albert Einstein statue, and the National Archives, and name check the FDR and Jefferson Memorials before visiting Lincoln. They must have borrowed some superspeed from a superhero comic, because they also see the Smithsonian and the Capitol before they end up at the White House. Thankfully, online photo references have greatly improved cartoonists’ ability to depict these sites, and they’re all recognizable.
Returning to the story, in another apparent failure of the Secret Service, Veronica crashes the President’s press conference. Called upon by a smiling Obama, Veronica asks, “What will be the main component to a full economic recovery?” The President replies, “What a great question! Job creation will be a big part of economic recovery! When people are working, the system works!” Veronica soon returns home determined to be part of the engine of economic recovery, with the usual hilarious results you expect in an Archie comic book.
President Obama and Sarah Palin are featured in other Archie related Comic Books…hope he kicked her ass!!!
Looks like they decided to have a “Let’s get along summit”…I don’t think so!!!
Army of Darkness…Ash Vs Obama
The 1st printing. Collects Army of Darkness: Ash Saves Obama (2009 Dynamite) #1-4. Written by Elliott Serrano. Art by Ariel Padilla. Cover by Todd Nauk. He’s faced them all, but Ashley J. Williams is about to face the greatest horror of his entire career – a comic book convention!
But this isn’t any old comic book convention; this one features a special appearance from the president of the United States of America – Barack Obama!
How do things go from there, when Ash and Obama are in the same place at the same time? And did we happen to mention that the Necronomicon is there doing the thing it does best – turning ordinary humans into the demon possessed undead!
This special Army of Darkness mini-series event was written by Elliott (Army of Darkness/Xena) Serrano, illustrated by Ariel Padilla and features covers by Todd (Amazing Spider-Man) Nauck and Lucio (RED SONJA) Parillo!
What’s kool about this collection of comic is that there is a part B cover to this series. Please look below for the second series.
List of Comics Books featuring Barack Obama
- Licensable BearTM #4, Publisher – About Comics, Writer – Nat Gertler, Artist – Lonny Chant, Release – July 2007
- Savage Dragon #137, Publisher – Image Comics, Writer – Erik Larsen, Artist – Erik Larsen, Release – September 2008
- Presidential Material: Barack Obama, Publisher – IDW Publishing, Writer – Jeff Mariotte, Artists – Tom Morgan, Release – October 2008
- Obama: The Comic Book, Publisher – Antarctic Press, Writer – Rod Espinosa, Artist – Chris Allen, Release – November 2008
- The Amazing Spider-Man #583: “Spidey Meets the President!”, Publisher – Marvel Comics, Writer – Mark Waid, Artists – Barry Kitson, Mark Farmer, Dean White, Cory Petit, Release – January 2009
- A Graphic Diary of the Campaign Trail, Publisher – Three Rivers Press, Writer – Michael Crowley, Artist – Dan Goldman, Release – January 2009
- Savage Dragon #145, Publisher – Image Comics, Writer – Erik Larsen, Artist – Erik Larsen, Release – February 2009
- Youngblood #8, Publisher – Image Comics, Writer – Rob Liefeld, Artist – Rob Liefeld, Release – February 2009
- Thunderbolts #128–129, Publisher — Marvel Comics, Writer – Andy Diggle, Artist – Roberto De La Torre, Release — March–April 2009
- Drafted: 100 Days one shot, Publisher – Devil’s Due Publishing, Writer – Mark Powers, Release – June 2009
- Barack the Barbarian, Publisher – Devil’s Due Publishing, Writer – Larry Hama, Artist – Christopher Schons, Release – June 2009
- President Evil, Publisher – Antarctic Press, Writer and artist – David Hutchison, Release – July 2009
- Political Power: Barack Obama, Publisher – Bluewater Productions, Writer – Chris Ward, Artist – Azim Akberali, Release – September 2009
- Army of Darkness: Ash Saves Obama, Publisher – Dynamite Entertainment, Writer – Elliott Serrano, Artist – Ariel Rey Padilla, Release – September 2009
- Air Gear , Publisher – Weekly Shonen Jump, Writer – Oh! Great, Artist – Oh! Great, Release – Chapter 227
- Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters #1, Publisher – IDW Publishing, Writer – Eric Powell, Artist – Phil Hester, Release – March 2011
Sources: Mike Rhode, Wikipedia, Comic Book Data Base