Superhero Comic Painted Both Candidates as Supervillains - Page 2
In essence, the winner of the election became Spawn’s adversary; Obama and Romney were interchangeable for the purposes of writer/creator Todd McFarlane’s story. (McFarlane himself, incidentally, is Canadian.) The implication is that either could easily been viewed as complicit in a villainous conspiracy, with neither truly distinct behind the rhetoric from the other.
And there’s one additional Presidential wrinkle to Spawn #225. Since the series’ 20th anniversary in June, its covers have been featuring riffs on other popular comic book covers. For instance, issue #221 was homage to Amazing Fantasy #15 (i.e. the first appearance of Spider-Man), and #224 featured Spawn in the same pose as Batman from Frank Miller’s legendary Batman: The Dark Knight Returns. Neither cover was tied into that issue’s story in any real way.
The cover to Spawn #225 featured a riff on Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’s seminal Watchmen — where Richard Nixon remained as President into a fifth straight term. “Tricky Dick” leads the U.S. as the world stands on the brink of war. In how much better a position does Spawn cast the nearly interchangeable victor of the 2012 Presidential election?