Friday, January 20, 2017

A Month of... Celebrities in Comics, Day 20: "Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek."

Hey, remember the time that Luke Cage got really Sweet Christmased-off at one of New York City's most self-entitled real estate developers because he wouldn't let his limo driver get out of the way of an ambulance?

Panels from New Avengers (2005 series) #47 (January 2009), script by Brian Michael Bendis, pencils and inks by Michael Gaydos, colors by Justin Ponsor, letters by Albert Deschesne

I do too! You could, honestly and accurately, describe that guy as one of the Celebrities in Comics.

But you know what? I'm in charge here, and he doesn't get a spotlight today. He doesn't get to appear in this blog which celebrates heroes, justice, and fun. Not on my blog.

You may have noticed that I set this series of posts each day to appear at high noon (unless I'm late) so that y'all have something to look at while you have your delicious tuna sammich, bag of Barbecue Fritos, and that yummy-lookin' chocolate chip cookie hey are you gonna eat alla that cookie? But I set this here post to go off at 11:00 AM. My point (and I do have one) is that at least at the time this piece posted, that guy above is not anything more than an ordinary American citizen.

Let's look at somebody else in a different comic book, like, say, Amazing Spider-Man #583. There's quite a handful of celebrities in ASM #583. Here's the very first Marvel Universe appearance of Diamond Joe Biden. This portrayal of Biden as America's Favorite Cool Uncle is definitely a G-rated version of the Onion's hilarious ongoing coverage of him as a hard-drinkin', hard-driving', hard-lovin' ramblin' man.

Panels from "Spidey Meets the President!" in Amazing Spider-Man #583 (March 2009), script by Zeb Wells, pencils and inks by Todd Nauck, colors by Frank D'Armata, letters by Jared K. Fletcher

Also appearing: Senator John McCain, America's favorite frozen French fry, second-place, first-runner-up in 2008's popular "Who Wants to Be Blamed for Everything That's Wrong in America?" reality show.

Nope. Today's Celebrity in Comics is a man I'm standing up tall and proud on both hooves to salute with the honor and support he deserves: President Barack Obama. Sure, he never saved us from Galactus, and he wasn't a perfect leader of our country, but who among us can say that? Sit down, Victor.

Turns out that ersatz Barack is actually the Chameleon. Remember yesterday when I promised you a supervillain today? Her he is, the Chameleon! (Why, who did you think I meant?) This perennial Spider-foe is impersonating Obama and trying to step his tiny little shape-changing feet into the big shoes of the U.S. President. That trick never works!

Yes, as the clock clicks closer to noon, I can sit back and daydream that the above ranting dialogue somehow happens today...

But it's not gonna happen. And moments like the World's Greatest Fistbump in Comics Magazine now become just another back issue. We shall not see its likes again...


I think one of the ways Obama has affected me, a little stuffed bull, the most, is his constant and earnest inspiration message: that we are all Americans, that we must strive to be better people, better citizens, better Americans. We must teach and learn and speak and listen and work and play together. We must be Americans. YES WE CAN.

Panels from Action Comics (1938 series) #901 (July 2011), script by Paul Cornell, pencils and inks by Kenneth Rocafort and Jesus Merino, colors by Brad Anderson, letters by Rob Leigh

Now it's probably after noon, and Barack Obama is no longer our President. To ladle on the hurt, there's no Superman in our world. So we have to be the heroes the President is calling for here. We have to teach, and learn, and speak, and listen, and be heroes for ourselves. And our communities, and our country, and our people. The power is in our hands — now, as always — to band together, to speak truth to power, to put out a hand not in anger but to lift someone else up. To fight injustice, to right that which is wrong, and to serve all mankind.

Together, no Orange Kryptonite can stop us.


Elayne said...

Well said (and done), Bully and John!

EAG46 said...

I second Elayne's comments. Bravo to Bully and John.

Michael Grabowski said...

Much needed. Thank you.

Robt Seda-Schreiber said...

I am now officially & irrevocably in love with a lil' stuffed bull...
I write to you from a hotel room outside of D.C., awaiting my journey into town maƱana to March in what I fear will be the first of many actions necessary to preserve our rights & protect each other in these unfortunate times.
Please know that you continue to enlighten & entertain which is oh-so-important indeed & very much appreciated.
These are dark days but we all will do our parts, big & small, & we will not only endure & persevere, but, I truly believe, we will overcome.

Dave said...

If I were in The Good Place, I'd say "Fork Trump."

But I'm not, so I can't.

The hell with him.

Robt Seda-Schreiber said...

But it turns out (spolier alert!), tht Good Place isn't even (& wasn't ever) the Good Place....
Everything's forked!

Terrence O'Malley said...

Hurray for Bully AND all of Bully's friends, followers, and admirers!

Blam said...

Bravo indeed, Bully, but I have to piggyback on our inspirational sadly-ex-President's great balloon about the electoral process and say: "Uh, Pete? If McCain had been bitten by a radioactive Senator, and thus as you intimate gained the proportional strength of a Senator, then he would be exactly as strong as he already was/is give or take a smidge based on the Senator biting him."