To all you comic book collectors, Marvel Comics has announced it will feature president-elect Barack Obama in Marvel Comic’s Amazing Spider-Man #583, said Joe Quesada, Marvel’s editor-in-chief. Obama is being featured because of his love for Spider-Man comic books as a child. “How great is that? The commander in chief to be is actually a nerd in chief,” Quesada said. “It was really, really cool to see that we had a geek in the White House. We’re all thrilled with that.”
The comic starts with Spider-Man’s alter-ego Peter Parker taking photographs at the inauguration, before spotting two identical Obamas, according to the Associated Press. Parker decides “the future president’s gonna need Spider-Man,” and springs into action, using basketball to determine the real Obama and punching out the impostor. Obama thanks him with a fist-bump.
#583 will be available in comic book shops nationwide on January 14, 2009 for $3.99 and is expected to sell out, with half the covers devoted to Obama.