Posted at 10:00 AM Apr 14, 2010
By Jill Pantozzi
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is going to star in his own comic book. No, it's not about Terminators or Predators, it's about the man himself. Political Power: Arnold Schwarzenegger is due in stores June 30. What a coincidence! That's the same day I'm quitting comic books.
Written by Justin Peniston with art by Matt Filer, Political Power: Arnold Schwarzenegger is the latest in Bluewater Production's line of political biographies. "[It] traces Schwarzenegger's life as he rises from obscure body builder to movie star to governor of California." And not, as one would hope, the Governor going on a rampage in Napa Valley.
Political Power is the companion title to Bluewater's other two real-life series, Female Force and Fame. Ellen Degeneres, Kristin Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Charlaine Harris and David Beckham are all having their unauthorized biographies told by Bluewater as well. In fact, Fame: Lady Gaga will be their Free Comic Book Day contribution this year.
Governor Schwarzenegger is not the first politician Bluewater has spotlighted. Their series premiered last July with former Secretary of State Colin Powell, and since then, President Barack Obama, former Vice President Al Gore and former President George W. Bush have all received the comic treatment. "The series has a simple goal: to tell even-handed stories of the individuals responsible for shaping the American experience," says Bluewater.
"Arnold Schwarzenegger is the governor of the most-populated state in the country. He is undeniably an important man," said Darren G. Davis, publisher of Bluewater. "He was also the most sought-after action movie star for more than a decade. Arnold Schwarzenegger certainly deserves his own comic."
I'm usually an advocate for "whatever gets them in the comic shop," but I think I may need to reconsider my stance after this. Next month Senator Al Franken will be featured, but later this month ... Rush Limbaugh.