An odd phenomenon.
Our roving Pacific Coast Correspondent sent me this image:
Looking to find a source for attribution aside from the @RichRagsdale* (I found it posted here), I stumbled down a rabbit hole of Trump-themed takeoffs of classic comic book covers.
I’m not sure what to make of it, to be honest, but it’s interesting. I don’t recall seeing this sort of thing with previous Presidents but I suspect they’re out there.
It turns out that Trump did appear in Iron Man #227 back in 1986.
*UPDATE: Ragsdale’s Instagram has all manner of comic book spoofs, many of them Trump-based.
UPDATE 2: Readers point to some historical examples but they’re of a decidedly different genre.
The January 1964 issue of Action Comics (issue 309) came out the week after President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.
It features this now hopelessly naive panel:
This LBJ parody from Parallax Comics come out in 1966:
But it’s hardly as biting as the Trump examples.
And DC Comics itself put out this cover in June-July 1972:
Ironically, that coincided with the Watergate break-in but nobody would have known that when the issue was commissioned.
I love the fact that they went to the trouble of distressing the edges to make them look old. 😀
You mean like this?
Nixon was the (never officially named) villain of the 1970’s Captain America story “The Secret Empire” – https://www.cbr.com/captain-america-secret-empire-president-nixon/
There was also the “X-Presidents” “underground” comic from Robert Smigel. https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/726482.X_Presidents
Not a comic book, but in Dick’s novel “VALIS,” taking down Nixon was explicitly claimed as an action by the savior (or something).
Given a history that includes people much worse than Nixon, not to mention many of his contemporaries, this seems a little like overkill.
Oh, in the animated version of a Batman comic, The Dark Knight Returns, there’s an appearance by Reagan. He sends Superman to take care of Batman.
There’s a comic somewhere involving JFK and Superman.
The thing about the Trump comics, though, is that they uniformly make him look not like a villain, which would at least have some stature, but like the churl and boob he really is.
Glad to see that high-quality political satire and trolling aren’t dead.
All hail Thomas Nast, the father of political cartoons.
I’d be open to set up a go-fund-me page to pay the artists to actually produce the comic books, so they can then be donated to the Cheeto Benito presidential library.