In the wake of the midterms, President Obama is even losing political ground on America's comic-book covers.
Back in his halycon days of the inauguration, of course, Obama graced Marvel's Spider-Man (No. 583), a coveted issue that rang up record sales. Starting Wednesday, however, Marvel will cede its Spider-Man cover to...Michael Bloomberg.
The independent New York mayor strikes a confident pose of power for "The Amazing Spider-Man: YOU'RE HIRED!" In Marvel's special eight-page book, it is Bloomberg -- and not Washington -- who wields the power to create a job for the unemployed Peter Parker, according to Bloomberg's own site.
Bloomberg points Peter to New York's Workforce1 Career Centers, which has free employment-aid services. The comic is by Warren Simons and artist Todd Nauck, and the cover was created by Phil Jimenez.
"Spidey is one of the most visible citizens of the Big Apple, so who better to team him up with than the guy who runs the place?" Marvel senior Editor Stephen Wacker tells Comic Riffs. "Spider-Man has spent years being mistrusted by the press and by regular citizens, so he has a lot in common with many folks in government."
"Like a lot of people out of a job right now, Peter Parker just needs a little bit of help finding out how the city's resources can help him land a new job, and Mayor Bloomberg is right there to give a helping hand," Wacker tells us. "There are more opportunities out there for help than even a superhero knew about. Hopefully this fun little story will shine a light on the great Workforce1 centers that have been opened throughout the city and lead more people looking for work into them."
According to Marvel, the comic is in Wednesday's edition of the New York Daily News and also can be downloaded using the Marvel App.
Meantime, on the other coast, the Washington state-based Bluewater Comics has decided to again tap the power of Palin.
The Tea Party darling's post-veep-campaign life will be spotlighted in the 32-page Bluewater sequel "Female Force: Sarah Palin, Act 2," due out next month.
"You just can't ignore Sarah Palin," Bluewater honcho Darren G. Davis says in a statement. "Even those who'd never vote for her can't deny that the woman has an amazing charisma. She can get away with missteps that other politicians can't afford to make."
The issue was written by Dan Rafter and the interior art is by Nathan Carson.
(One of the few other celebrities to receive an announced sequel is Lady Gaga -- though Bluewater's unauthorized bio-comics of her and Justin Bieber have prompted a lawsuit threat.)
At this rate, by 2012, Bluewater will add a "Palin: Take 3." Meantime, Obama -- an avowed Spider-Man fan -- just might have to reach out politically for the Bloomberg issue.