Image Comic's Savage Dragon started the craze. In issue 137, by creator Erik Larsen the politically minded green man-dragon meets and endorses Obama. The issue kicked off the election season coming out September 2008.
Blue Water Comics, famous for publishing biographies in comics for various icons/pop culture personalities started the craze by publishing "Presidential Material" special editions for the incumbents: John McCain and Barack Obama.
|Blue Water Comics|
They have not stopped with lucrative series, showcasing his "Political Power", his wife, First Family: The Obamas, and even his dog, Bo.
|Blue Water Comics|
When Obama won the presidency in November 2008, the comic book industry was quick to cash in. 2009 became the year of Obama. Spider-Man had an important meeting with Obama in January 2009's Amazing Spider-Man 583, becoming one of the best selling American comics of the year.
He met with Green Goblin turned Iron Patriot in Thunderbolts 128-129(Marvel) and handled the Youngblood team in issue 8(Image Comics).
|Obama and Norman Osborn, Thunderbolts. Image from Green Goblin Hangout|
|Drafted: One Hundred Days(Devils Due) 2009|
|President Evil(Antarctic Press) 2009|
|Barack the Barbarian(Devils Due Press) 2009, Yes, that IS Sarah Palin|
|Archie 616 (Archie Comics) 2010|
|Guarding the Globe 1(Image Comics) 2010|
|Veronica 199(Archie Comics) 2010|
|Bomb Queen 3(Image Comics) 2010|
Obama helped save America from Godzilla in 2011 and advised Cyborg in the Flashpoint miniseries.
|Flashpoint 4(DC Comics) 2011, image from Everyday is Like a Wednesday|
|Godzilla:Kingdom of Monsters 1(IDW) 2011 courtesy of Bloody Disgusting|
One of 2012's best graphic novels was Fantographics' Barack Hussein Obama written and illustrated by Steven Weissman. Marketed as "A book about you, your country, your family and your president."
|Barack Hussein Obama (Fantographics Books) 2012|
This year started off with Skyman and The Other Dead premiers both debuting with Obama on the cover,
|Skyman 1(Dark Horse Comics) 2014|
|The Other Dead 1(IDW) 2014|
Will the President have a career in comics? It is doubtful. When the new presidential hopefuls are announced be prepared to see comics take sides in new and sometimes unsettling ways.