Handicapping the candidates
by Mike Baron

Asked who their favorite superhero was, the Presidential candidates opted out - except for Ron Paul. Paul proudly proclaimed Paul Pope's "Berlin" Batman. Street cred to Mr. Paul.

But what if the other candidates had answered?

John McCain: "Captain America. We're both decorated combat vets and like Cap, I'm coming back from the dead."

Mitt Romney: The Supreme. They look alike, both claim god-like power, and both adhere to strict doctrine. Mitt's a little sliprier than the Supreme, but you want that in a pol.

Mike Huckabee: The former Bouncing Boy fan now claims Ralph Dibny, the elongated man as his inspiration. Both evince a remarkable flexibility - Ralph with his body, Mike with his memory.

Rudy Giuliani: The Spectre.

Alan Keyes: Mister Miracle

Joe Biden: Robin. Better suited as a wise-cracking side-kick anyway.

John Edwards: Angel. Comes from vast wealth, very concerned about his hair.

Barack Obama: The Black Panther. T'Challa went on to rule Wakanda. Barack's looking to do the same here.

Hillary Clinton: Darkseid.

Mike Baron worked for the Boston Phoenix, Boston After Dark, and the Real Paper. He broke into comics with Nexus, his groundbreaking science fiction title co-created with illustrator Steve Rude. Baron has written Marvel's Punisher, DC's Batman, Deadman, and Flash. Nexus has garnered honors too numerous to mention, including Eisners for both creators. Baron has written Star Wars for Dark Horse, Turok, Dinosaur Hunter and Archer & Armstrong for Valiant, and has three issues of Legends of the Dark Knight in the works.

A prolific creator, Baron is at least partly responsible for The Badger, Ginger Fox, Spyke, Feud, and many other comic book titles. He currently has two new web comics up at Big Head Press. The Architect is a horror story based on the life of Frank Lloyd Wright. The Hook is rock and roll science fiction - think Farenheit 451 only instead of banning books they have banned music.
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