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Spider-Man Saves Barack Obama in a Comic Book Story

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A special story in the comic-book about Spider-Man features president-elect Barack Obama. In the comic the superhero saves Mr. Obama's life and turns into one of his supporters. Comic-book fans can read the bonus story in Marvel's Amazing Spider-Man #583, which begins with Peter Parker taking pictures at the inauguration and suddenly sees two identical president-elects.

The superhero says that "the future president's gonna need Spider-Man" and once again decides to save the say. Spider-Man tries to identify the real president-elect and punish the charlatan.

The editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics, Joe Quesada, mentioned that the decision to write a bonus story came after Barack Obama said he enjoyed collecting Spider-Man comics as a child, reports The Telegraph.

"How great is that? The commander-in-chief to be is actually a nerd-in-chief. It was really, really cool to see that we had a geek in the White House. We're all thrilled with that," said Marvel's editor-in-chief. Mr Quesada also mentioned that that throughout the history of Marvel Comics its stories had featured most U.S. presidents. However, previous presidents had mainly walk-on roles.

"I think President Nixon might have appeared on the cover, but not in a good way," he added.

Mr. Obama said that when he was a child he really enjoyed collecting comic books about Spider-Man and Conan the Barbarian. In addition, the official website of his Senate once featured a picture of him posing in front of the statue of Superman.

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