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The Saturday Comics: The Presidency In The Comics

24 Mar

March 24, 2012

Last week’s post about the truly exciting and sales-busting (not) Lyndon B. Johnson comic led me to some other comics about the President or the Presidency.

First up is a pair of historical comics, one by General Motors (ironic, now that you look back on it) and one by, once again, Dell.

Next up, a rather serious JFK comic…

…followed by a not-so-serious comic featuring President Nixon.

Jackie Jokers? Never heard of him, obviously a ripoff of my very own creation:

My lawsuit has been rejected by several firms but I still have hope!

The first ladies have gotten into the act as well. This one is by Charlton Comics.

Is it just me or is there something off about her whole face? Too big eyes, strange nose, cruel mouth. And her daughter? Her eyes look very suspicious. what does she see?

DC also had its own fictionalized comic about the Presidency, called Prez, about the first teenage President. Constitutionality be damned!

And finally, could there be a better President than Superman?

Would you declare war on the US?

The Saturday Comics: Lyndon B. Johnson

17 Mar

March 17, 2012

Back in 1964, comics were in their heyday. It was the height of The Silver Age and take a look at the variety of titles you could have found at your local newsstand.

So with such great comics- Cary Bates working on Superman, Lee and Kirby on Fantastic Four- would you have bought this if you found it nestled between Sgt. Fury and The Flash?

Batman! Spider-Man! LBJ! Doesn’t he just scream super hero?

I know that today some low-rent publishers eke out a small profit making comics featuring political figures, and even Marvel shamelessly jumped on the bandwagon by putting President Obama on the cover of an issue of Spider-Man, but at least it was Spider-Man’s book! And this is no low-rent publisher, this was Dell! They were huge in their day.

None other than the legendary Dick Giordano worked on that book.

So if you were a young comic buyer, and saw that on the spinner rack, would you have spared a single second for that, let alone shelled out 12 cents for it?


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