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Election Night 2012

I Ohio VotingFinally: Election Night 2012. I’m not at all in any real comic book mood tonight, nor do I have any other posts prepared. Suffice to say, I have a LOT more interest in this US Election and its outcome right now. I also look forward to no longer being bombarded with political ads, especially on Facebook.

Vote Lex 2000But, I felt I should post SOMETHING today. And what better than a story that blew me away nearly 12 years ago?

Without delving into my longboxes or doing any significant research: I recall in the Superman comics in the Summer/Fall of 2000 Lex Luthor was in full campaign mode, a subplot of all the Superman books was his running for President.

Superman Lex 2000Somewhere along the way from one of the comic shops, I got a little button: “Vote Lex 2000.” I’ve always been amused by this little button and recall joking at the time that hey, yeah, vote for Luthor…at least we KNOW he’s a villain.

And it was a decent subplot that ramped up, and I recall being highly surprised that DC actually had Luthor WIN the Presidency and reflect that across their entire continuity for several years. DC had Luthor, and Marvel (at least in their Ultimate comics) made very clear that they were recognizing Bush for the added realism.

Superman #164 coverI also recall a scene (though whether it was in one of the regular titles or the Lex 2000 Special, I don’t recall) where the Martian Manhunter suggests to Superman that maybe Lex really does have the best interests of The People at heart…before the two burst into a laughing fit, Superman thanking J’onn, as he needed a good laugh.

What tonight, and tomorrow, and beyond hold now, in real-life in 2012 I don’t know. I know what I hope to see, but going on 9 pm EST, it’s far too early for anything to be certain.

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