Monday, May 11, 2009

The President in Comic Books Part 2

The forties and fifties were fairly straight laced as far as presidential appearances go, in the sixties things started to get a bit strange. DC Comics had Superman reveal his secret identity to JFK, and before the comic is published JFK is assassinated. DC Pulled the comic, but LBJ asked them to print it in full.

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IMO, JFK was the last great American president. May he rest in peace.


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After this, comic books get really weird with Abraham Lincoln.

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Abe gets in an arm wrestling match with "Scalphunter".

Suppose some future generation invents the means of which to travel through time. Would they go back and try to save president Lincoln?

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If such a feat were accomplished, time itself would be out of whack, causing news robots of the future to get a bit confused.

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Robby the Robot is about 1107 years slow on the news. Of course, if I was flashed by an elongated man, I would probably be out of sorts too. Anyway, if such a cataclysm happened, I suppose we could send an actor back in time to take Lincoln's place.

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So, what do we do with Lincoln in the future? I think we should just throw a space helmet on him and make him an ambassador to the United Federation of Planets or something.

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In part three, we will take a look at fictional comic book presidents, as well as some leftover goodies from the seventies. Stay cool.

3 comments:

Michael Skaggs said...

Great post Ed! Wow, those were mostly DC comics too. Hmm, seems DC is very interested in doing up characters based on Greek Mythos, more so than Marvel. It's interesting how the backside with JFK pointing out just over the "Illuminati flame" saying we shall pay any price, was that PUBLISHED when he was still alive? I mean, that would be way creepy if that Treasure Chest issue was published before he was sacrificed ala Illuminati ritual style.

Creepy but fun! Good post.

Ed said...

Thanks Michael

Treasure Chest of Fun and Fact ran from the forties to the sixties, and it seems to have had a comic with a Catholic slant to it. I haven't been able to get a hold of any, but some of the covers are fascinating. It seems George Lucas probably had this one, published in the sixties.

http://www.comics.org/coverview.lasso?id=238924&zoom=4

I couldn't tell for sure, but I think the Kennedy issure had a date of Nov 29, 1963 on it, with the flame signifying the eternal flame on his tomb.

This series had some great covers, and you can see them all here.

http://www.comics.org/covers.lasso?seriesID=488&skip=0&show=50

wise woman said...

Fantastic catch on JFK - you are a marvel on the comics - you know I'm coming to think there is little difference between fantasy & the 'real world'.

Hope you are well :)