In anticipation of Barack Obama’s inauguration tomorrow, Shooting War creator Dan Goldman created a short webcomic for Tor.com that plays off of the end of Barack’s first term and the end of the ancient Mayan calendar — Dec. 21, 2012 — or, as X-Files fans might remember, the day before the aliens come. Throw in a little bit of Jack Kirby’s Fourth World for good measure, and you have to wonder when we’ll see the first Motherbox in the White House …
Earlier this week I blogged about Erik Larsen’s comments on Amazing Spider-Man #583 and Savage Dragon #137 that appeared on the ComiCon.com message boards. If you haven’t seen those comments, go read them first before you read this post, as it’ll make more sense that way.
Everybody up to speed? Good. Here’s Spider-Man editor Steve Wacker, who sent us an email responding to Larsen:
With all of the publicity leading up to today’s release of The Amazing Spider-Man #583, it’s no surprise that lines for the Barack Obama variant cover began forming well before many comic stores opened.
But who would’ve guessed the event would require a bouncer?
At FishbowlNY, Noah Davis passes along word that the Midtown Comics Times Square location has “a nightclub-like bouncer at the door and block-long line of (mostly) guys waiting to get inside that stretches from 40th and 7th to 40th and 8th.”
The New York Times’ City Desk blog identifies the bouncer as the awesomely named Bronko Spaleta, 38, who said he was “frostbitten, but otherwise good.” Spaleta was tasked with crowd control: Safety codes permit only about 20 customers at a time in the store.
The story appears to be pretty much the same at stores across the country — long lines and brisk sales:
As Comic Book Resources reported earlier, USA Today broke the news today that next week’s issue of Amazing Spider-Man will feature Spider-Man and President-Elect Barack Obama teaming up in a five-page story. Half the print run will feature an Obama cover by Phil Jimenez.
And even though we’re still six days away from the book’s, it’s already popping up on eBay. Actually, it started popping up before the cover was revealed, which lead to some interesting, and some downright bizarre, images being used on the listings. I think this one is my favorite:
Some of them are offering from five to ten copies of the issue, while one listing noted that the Stephen Colbert variant cover was a hot item, and “his popularity is no where near that of Obama.” So far I’m not seeing any bids, but that could have changed by the time you’re reading this.
Update: You can see the Obama variant cover after the break.