What was that I said about trivialization of the US presidency? To my vast amusement, I read on Huffington Post that the inauguration edition of the Marvel comic Spider-Man will feature the president-elect.
Said Joe Quesada, Marvel's editor-in-chief, it was really cool to find that "the commander in chief to be is actually a nerd in chief," who used to collect Spider-Man comics as a child -- "It was really, really cool to see that we had a geek in the White House."
They are so thrilled, they are putting out a bonus issue with Mr. Obama as Spider-Man's side-kick. The story opens when Spider-Man's nerdish alter-ego, Peter Parker, spots two identical Obamas while taking pix at the inauguration. Deciding on the instant that "the future president's gonna need Spider-Man," he leaps into costume and action, deduces which is the real Obama using clues known only to real basketball players, and punches out the fake.
Obama thanks him with a fist-bump.