The latest issue of Amazing Spider-Man comes with a backup story that has Spidey preventing the Chameleon from ruining presidential elect Barack Obama's inauguration. For the 10 people that don't know it, our soon-to-be president is a Spidey fan.
This was taken from an interview with Marvel:
"It was a natural after we learned the new president is a Spider-Man fan," Marvel Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada told USA Today, following reports that Obama is a fan of the wall-crawler. "We thought, 'Fantastic! We have a comic-book geek in the White House.'”
Allow me to add it what Joe Q didn't say in front of the press.
"Obama is a Spidey fan? Perfect! That's just the reason we need to put out our billionth variant cover for Amazing Spider-Man since BND began! And since this guy is gonna be our next president we can jack up the price even higher than usual! I'm a freaking genius!"
OK, so Joe Q didn't say that but one would have to be pretty naive to think Marvel didn't have those thoughts in mind.
I've heard that at some shops, this variant is going for over $80. I thought that was steep, but then I went over to eBay. I'm telling you, it's insane what the opening bids are. I guess some people, even in this screwed up economy have that kinda dough. Either that, or some people just have unfathomable levels of idiocy.