Presidential Endorsements with GAIMAN, BRUBAKER, More
The following Op/Ed piece exclusively reflects the opinion of the individual writer and is not representative of the views of Newsarama, its parent company, or any sane person.
Here at Newsarama, we are often asked the question, “Which comic book character do you think should be president?”
Normally we respond with, “None of them, they’re fictional characters what kind of stupid question is that?” But still – one can dream.
And with a new presidential election taking place today, we decided that it was time to make our voice heard, at the last possible minute so as to allow potential write-ins to affect the vote as little as possible.
Tony Stark has an iffy track record on foreign policy, civil rights and that drinking thing. Mitchell Hundred from Brian K. Vaughan’s Ex Machina at least had heavy experience in politics, but kind of turned into a jerk by the end. Green Arrow got a big part of Star City exploded, but then the Flash went back in time and changed history so everyone’s costumes had more seams, or something.
No, there’s only one comic book character we’re willing to endorse for president. It’s a man we’re sure you all know – a man clad in red, white and blue, whose very name speaks to the heart of the United States. A man known for a career-defining story by Ed Brubaker, co-created by the late, great Joe Simon.
That man’s name is Prez Rickard.
The evidence is right there in his comic appearances, all seven or eight of them. At his heart, Prez represents all that is great about America.
Prez accepts Smiley’s campaign help to get him elected – but refuses to be his puppet candidate. He’s willing to defy a man whose face is literally on almost every T-shirt in the country. Can we expect any less from a Commander-in-Chief?
Trained to swing from vines by an actual monkey and to outrun a deer, Prez thanks Eagle Free by making him head of the FBI – in full tribal wear, no less. He even lets him have his headquarters on the White House lawn. In a teepee. …yeah.
But just think – decades later, the best a Native American in comics is able to rate in the FBI is the much-abused Dash Bad Horse in Vertigo’s Scalped! Prez: A president still ahead of his time.
This of course speaks to another classic American value Prez represents, and I use this term incorrectly: Manifest Destiny.
Accepting Responsibility: One of Prez’s first acts in the White House is a major gun control bill – which goes awry when the rogue descendant of George Washington (who insists on actually living in Valley Forge, dressing in the classic coat and wig, and wearing wooden teeth) leads a revolution (complete with a black-belt karate champ) to the White House lawn!
Willing to compromise across party lines, Prez declares to Congress: “I have learned from this tragedy that peace cannot be met with cool phrases, love or flowers.” His actions make him unpopular with his young supporters (and are apparently cribbed from a term paper he wrote on Lincoln), but he’s able to realize that there are two sides to every issue – and both major parties need to work together and compromise to get things done.
And of course, Prez represents the most American of values: Mad Skillz. He races stock cars. He wins a ping-pong match with Chairman Mao. His precision with time is so great even Supergirl’s kinda-sorta turned on. He utterly trashes an army of rogue chess robots when an international match goes very, very bad. And most importantly: When Transylvanian assassins invade the White House, Prez steps up and kicks legless vampire ass.
Let’s see Romney or Obama do that.
But don’t take our word for it – we’ve gotten endorsements for Prez from some of the biggest and best names in comics who’ve worked with the man.
Well, yes, he could, but it would have been creepy. It wasn't creepy when it was Prez.
I'm supporting Prez for President in 2012. Because I'm British and cannot vote in American Elections, and he's fictional. I'm proud to be on his team.
Okay, well Prez would be for the kids, then, at least. Right? And for the first time, The MAN would be the one sticking it to The MAN!
But if he doesn’t exist in the New 52 – he should. I mean for God’s sake, they just gave an ongoing series to Vibe. Vibe.
Mr. DiDio – reprint these books.
And everyone else – vote. It’s important, even if the lines are long.
And of course bug DC to make Prez the Real Actual DC Universe President. Come on, he at least deserves to stand alongside Vibe!
Special Thanks To: Mike Allred for the original Prez print, and to Tom Forrest for letting us run pieces from his Comic Art Fans Prez Gallery.