Friday, January 9, 2009

Are Your Presidential Senses Tingling?

In one of the more unexpected superhero team-ups, it seems like our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man will be joining forces with President-elect Barack Obama in the pages of The Amazing Spider-Man #583, which hits comic book shops nationwide on Wednesday, January 14.

The issue’s five-page bonus story, written by Zeb Wells, Todd Nauck and Frank D’Armata, pits the wallcrawler against the Chameleon, who is attempting to spoil Obama’s inauguration. If that’s not enough to pique your interest, the story even features an Obama-Spidey celebratory fist bump.

USA Today reports that Obama had collected Spider-Man comic books as a child, and remains a fan of the character due to his “inner turmoil.” Marvel editor-in-chief Joe Quesada explains that Obama’s admiration for the webslinger was the primary inspiration for this special issue.

"It was a natural after we learned the new president is a Spider-Man fan," says Quesada. "We thought, 'Fantastic! We have a comic book geek in the White House.'"

An Obama variant cover by artist Phil Jimenez is limited to half the run and is expected to sell out quickly.

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