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With a comic book aficionado about to be sworn in as the president of the United States, it's no surprise that comic book makers are eager to capitalize on their new inside-in-the-beltway connection. But is it true that comic books are now turning partisan?

It's been all over the news this week that Marvel Comics is planning a special issue Jan. 14 , 2009, issue of Amazing Spider-Man #583 with Obama on the cover. Inside are five pages of Obama-Spider-Man escapades, as Spider-Man stops the Chameleon from spoiling Obama's swearing-in.

Best of all, there's a fist-bump between Spidey and the new president.

It's already predicted that the issue, which will have a face value of $3.99, will be worth as much as $20 the first day it goes on sale – an instant collector's item.

But there are those who suggest that a comic book is not just a comic book but rather a sojourn into partisan politics.

"Even Comic Books Crawling with Pro-Obama Bias?," asks Ken Shepherd at Newsbusters.


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