After Marvel Comics editor-in-chief Joe Quesada announced that Stephen Colbert is still running for president in the Marvel Universe, we decided to follow up by contacting a reporter in that universe for updates on his campaign:
Colbert's Week of "West Coasting"
Ken Ellis, DB Staff Reporter
Although the free world grows further consumed by thoughts of a struggling economy, warring nations and alien invasion, Stephen Colbert maintains that rather than become a nation of whiners, things must remain "business as usual." And for the presidential hopeful, business this week includes a whirlwind tour of the "Left Coast."
Monday saw Secret Service agents accompany the populist as several members from the Commission on Superhuman Affairs (CSA) provided him with a tour of the Thunderbolts Mountain facility in Coyote Springs, Colorado. While there, Colbert spent a few minutes — under heavily armed supervision — speaking with Norman Osborn, former Green Goblin and the CSA's acting director of the Thunderbolts. Although their conversation seemed coolly amicable, Colbert has previously condemned Osborn and his faction of rehabilitating criminals, despite its effectiveness in tracking down potentially dangerous individuals who refuse to enroll themselves in the Superhuman Registration Act. Last month, the presidential hopeful's camp even released a statement of outright censure, asserting that the Thunderbolts are "untrustworthy…a menace waiting for the right time to strike."
On Tuesday afternoon, Team Colbert flew to San Francisco, new home for the controversial mutant group known as the X-Men. Although he was unable to meet personally with the newest residents of the City by the Bay, Colbert enjoyed his visit to the War Memorial and Performing Arts Center with San Francisco's mayor — known to everyone simply as Sadie. Since personally welcoming the X-Men after they rescued the city from the mutant illusionist called Mastermind, the mayor has generated divisiveness within her own political party — as well as spikes in city tourism and commerce, which during these troubled times is nothing short of impressive.
Where's next for Colbert? A spokesperson from his team says he'll remain in San Francisco until Thursday. Then, unless he's called away on urgent business, he'll head to San Diego and join the 150,000-plus expected at Comic Con International — though he doesn't plan on too much campaigning while there.
"Mr. Colbert is a huge comics fan, so he wants to wind down a little and take in the festivities," the spokesperson explained. "And since he didn't find that Sentry comic he was looking for in New York last April, he's hoping his luck will change over the weekend."
This week's image is from X-Factor #33.
Previous Colbert easter eggs:
Eternals #2, Punisher War Journal #21, She-Hulk #30 X-Factor #32, Amazing Spider-Man #562 Secret Invasion #3, Ms. Marvel #27 and She-Hulk #29, Incredible Hercules #117, X-Men: Legacy #211, Young X-Men #2, Amazing Spider-Man #556, She Hulk #28, Incredible Hercules #116, Amazing Spider-Man #556, Secret Invasion #1
Tags: Ken Ellis, Marvel, Stephen Colbert, The Colbert Report