Barack the Barbarian

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Barack the Barbarian
Cover of Barack the Barbarian 1 (June 2009 ).
Publication information
Publisher Devil's Due Publishing
Schedule Irregular
Format Limited series
Genre
Publication date June 2009 – present
Number of issues 5
Main character(s) Barack Obama
Creative team
Writer(s) Larry Hama
Artist(s) Christopher Schons
Letterer(s) Chris Crank
Colorist(s) Rachelle Rosenberg
Editor(s) Evan Sult
Collected editions
Volume 1 ISBN 1-934692-79-4

Barack the Barbarian is a comic book series published by Devil's Due Publishing beginning in June 2009. It was written by Larry Hama,[1] with art by Christopher Schons.

Barack the Barbarian originally appeared in a four-issue mini-series. The story features the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama as a Conan the Barbarian-style figure.[2] It also features politicians like Sarah Palin, George W. Bush, and Dick Cheney in fictional roles.[3][4][5][6]

The series was followed by a one-shot, The Fall of Red Sarah[7]

Publication history[edit]

In November 2008, one of Obama's advisers gave an interview to journalist Jon Swaine of The Daily Telegraph titled, “Barack Obama: The 50 facts you might not know.” In the interview, it emerged that Obama collects “Conan the Barbarian.”[8]

The idea for the series originated with Devil's Due publisher Josh Blaylock who explained that "We didn't want to be completely slapsticky. It is definitely partly a gimmick, but we wanted to do something clever with [the Obama comics trend]."[2] He contacted Larry Hama with his idea for a series called Obama the Barbarian, and Hama describes how the idea developed during the course of the phonecall:

First off, you should change it to Barack the Barbarian, and second, I'm not interested in writing a Mad Magazine style parody and that it would have to be more in line with the more polemical stuff of Swift, Twain and Voltaire (not that I can pull off anything like they could,) and third, that my own leanings are towards Barack and that would be reflected in what I write-- and Josh said 'fine.'[1]

The writer has described how it is more than just a political satire: "I just think of it as sword and sorcery, only the characters look really familiar."[1]

Collected editions[edit]

The comic books are being collected into a trade paperback:

  • Barack the Barbarian Volume 1: Quest for the Treasure of Stimuli (144 pages, December 2009, ISBN 1-934692-79-4)

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Arrant, Chris (May 12, 2009). "Barack the Barbarian? Behind the Latest Obama Comic". Newsarama. Retrieved November 26, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b Goellner, Caleb (July 28, 2009). "CCI: Devil's Due Publishing". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved November 26, 2009. "Next up was one of Devil's Due's most publicized titles, the political satire and Conan homage "Barack the Barbarian: Quest for the Treasure of Stimuli"" 
  3. ^ Manker, Rob (April 4, 2009). "Barack Obama comic books: 'Barack the Barbarian' and 'Drafted: One Hundred Days". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved August 7, 2009. 
  4. ^ Mail Foreign Service (April 7, 2009). "Meet Barack the Barbarian taking on scantily clad nemesis Sarah Palin in new comic superhero role". Daily Mail. Retrieved August 7, 2009. 
  5. ^ Spillius, Alex (April 7, 2009). "Barack Obama and Sarah Palin appear in comic series". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved November 26, 2009. 
  6. ^ Flood, Alison (April 8, 2009). "Obama battles Red Sarah in comic clash". The Guardian. Retrieved November 26, 2009. 
  7. ^ http://www.comixology.com/sku/SEP090732
  8. ^ Swaine, Jon (November 7, 2008). "Barack Obama: The 50 facts you might not know". The Daily Telegraph. 

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