Presidential sweet: Marvel sings ‘Hail to the Chief’

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Amazing Spider-Man’ No. 583, the issue with President Obama as a guest star, is in a fifth printing now, so over at the Marvel sales meetings I’m guessing the new catchphrase is, ‘Yes, we can!’

Hoping to get just a bit more juice out of this giddy presidential season, Marvel has announced a special offer to promote Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited, the company’s paper-free venture that is still trying to find a mass audience. Here’s the blurb:


In honor of President Lincoln’s 200th birthday this month, Marvel will release Gettysburg Distress, an exclusive 6-page free digital comic featuring Spider-Man and Captain America as they witness Lincoln’s historic Gettysburg Address. A tribute to the Bicentennial of the 16th President, the storyline -- which is being written by Matt Fraction with art by Andy MacDonald -- will be available online beginning President’s Day, Monday, February 16, 2009. Additionally, following the milestone 5th printing and unprecedented continued demand for ‘Spidey Meets the President,’ in which President Obama joins Spider-Man in ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ #583, Marvel will kick off President’s Day weekend by offering the special storyline -- along with added never-before-seen bonus content -- for free on Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited. Four all-new, exclusive prologue pages have been added to the storyline -- created by the same team behind the original blockbuster (written by Zeb Wells and art by Todd Nauck and Frank D’Armata). The book will be available beginning Friday afternoon, February 13, 2009 at All five variant covers created for each printing of the Amazing Spider-Man #583 issue featuring the ‘Spidey Meets the President’ storyline will also be available to view at Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited.

--Geoff Boucher


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