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:
Marvelous Team-Up a Win-Win for Friendly Neighborhood Colbert?
Ken Ellis, DB Staff Reporter
"It's not like Spider-Man called to team up with him," said noted TV political analyst Bryant Robinson, "but their encounter could be the best thing for Colbert's campaign at this point in the game. True, Spider-Man isn't trusted by public officials, but he has curried favor within much of the super hero community. And when you've got The Avengers or Fantastic Four on speed dial, you're talking significantly powerful friends with a lot of fans who vote."
Colbert's amazing chance encounter with New York City's wondrous wallcrawler (as reported in Wednesday's edition of The DB) has the cable news pundit-turned-presidential candidate scaling upward in the numbers this week, to the point where he could well overtake his opponents in a matter of days. And with the November 4 election looming ever closer, every day's momentum at this point is crucial.
"This week really has left me questioning what Stephen Colbert and 'Truthiness' are all about," said reputed political analyst Stephanie Hallinger. "If he wants to fancy himself as an American hero, then fine. But 'Colbert 2008 (And So Can You)' should be a platform built on what he knows, not who. Even if one were to base it on the latter, Spider-Man's wanted by the police for questioning. What kind of message does that send to America’s voters?"
It's a fair point. Public opinion of Spider-Man runs practically seismic, and his dubious reputation in legal circles — also reported extensively throughout the pages of The DB — could ultimately stick to Colbert like so much webbing down the election homestretch.
"I might be wrong, but I don't believe Spider-Man's really into endorsing anyone for the White House," stated Peter Parker, a freelance photographer who has snapped the web-slinger in action on several occasions. "It shouldn't matter what Spidey thinks of the guy; it's up to the public to decide if Colbert can handle all the great power and responsibility that being President entails."
This week's images are from Amazing Spider-Man #573.
Previous Colbert easter eggs:
Punisher War Journal #24. Secret Invasion: Amazing Spider-Man #2, Amazing Spider Girl #24 X-Men: Manifest Destiny #1, Secret Invasion #13, X-Factor #33, 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: Marvel, Spider-Man, Stephen Colbert, The Colbert Report