Obama/Spider-Man Comic Gets Third Printing

'Unprecedented demand' moves Marvel to bring more to market
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 16, 2009 2:34 PM CST
This undated handout photo shows the cover of "Spidey Meets the President!" a 5-page story featuring Spider-Man and Barack Obama in "Amazing Spider-Man #583."   (Marvel Comics)
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(Newser) – Barack Obama loves Spider-Man, Spider-Man loves Obama—and the public apparently loves both of them. Amazing Spider-Man #583, which sees the web-slinger come face-to-mask with the president-elect, is already going back to press for a third printing, MTV reports. Marvel Comics’ announcement yesterday came just 24 hours after the first run hit shelves.

Marvel cited “unprecedented demand” for the reprint, and that might not even be hyperbole. The issue shipped with both a standard cover and a variant featuring Obama. The variant is “impossible to find,” according to one comic retailer, and first printings are fetching north of $100 on eBay. Obama’s other comic appearances—he graced an issue of Savage Dragon and a biographical one-shot—aren’t nearly as sought-after.