After the British Telegraph printed a list of 50 facts you may not know about Barack Obama — which included the tidbit that he collects Spiderman and Conan the Barbarian comic books — the folks at Marvel Comics were prompted to act. "When we heard that President-Elect Obama is a collector of Spider-Man comics, we knew that these two historic figures had to meet in our comics’ Marvel Universe," said Marvel Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada. "A Spider-Man fan moving into the Oval Office is an event that must be commemorated in the pages of Amazing Spider-Man." And next week, a short comic adventure featuring both icons will hit comic book stands. The story is set for Inauguration Day — which photographer Peter Parker is assigned to cover — when an imposter, the notorious Chameleon, prompts your friendly neighborhood Spiderman to leap into action.
"Hiya, prez-elect!" he says. "Loved ya in the debates."
Spidey also wonders if Vice President-elect Biden is still mad at him for confusing him with The Vulture on an Amtrak train once.
The president-elect a few months ago told Entertainment Weekly he "was always into the Spider-Man/Batman model. The guys who have too many powers, like Superman, that always made me think they weren’t really earning their superhero status. It’s a little too easy. Whereas Spider-Man and Batman, they have some inner turmoil. They get knocked around a little bit."