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September 30, 2008

Colbert does whatever a spider can


We already knew Stephen Colbert had Spidey Sense and that he had just as much business in a run for the White House as some current candidates.

Put those two together, and what do you have? Colbert in Spider-Man comics where, through the wonder of the Marvel Universe, he's still a presidential wannabe.

Colbert has had some cameos in Spidey comics over the past several months after Marvel's editor in chief Joe Quesada paid a visit to "The Colbert Report" and let out his inner fanboy for the Emmy-winning late-night host. But the upcoming "Amazing Spider-Man #573" takes Colbert's animated life to new heights (get it?) as he actually squeezes in a little web slinging between campaign speeches (see illustration).

More background, along with all the details on the importance of the Skrull vote, here.

Get the comic on Oct. 15.



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