Rumored for months, today Image Comics made it official when they announced that Savage Dragon will be running for the Presidency of the United States in the pages of the self-titled comic. The beginnings of the campaign will be seen in August's issue #116 with the run beginning full-force in November's issue #119.
This wouldn't be the first time a fictional comics character has run for President. Back in 2000, Lex Luthor ran as an independent candidate in the pages of Superman comics from DC and won. Well, in the DCU he won.
The full press release is reprinted below.
Official Press Release
Erik Larsen's Savage Dragon has done a lot of things over the course of 115
issues, but one thing he's never done is run for public office.
As the presidential election heads to the wire, Dragon finds himself thrust
onto the campaign trail with vice presidential hopeful Ronald Winston Urass.
While the seeds of the storyline are planted with SAVAGE DRAGON #116
(available in August), Dragon's run to the White House begin in earnest with
SAVAGE DRAGON #119, available just in time for the election this November.
SAVAGE DRAGON creator Erik Larsen outlines the political game plan for
"Ronald Winston Urass is a wealthy man and his wealth is the key ingredient
needed for a successful run for the White House. But this isn't at simple as
you might think. Dragon himself has no strong political aspirations. He's
literally thrust into the spotlight because the will of the American
public," says the Image publisher. "It'll be a campaign, like none ever
waged. A real grassroots effort. In actuality, neither Dragon or Urass will
actually be on any ballots and that they're depending entirely on people
writing them in. Urass spends BILLIONS in ads and appears EVERYWHERE in an
effort to drum up support for this grassroots campaign."
"When it's revealed that Bush has been replaced by an Imposter (in issue
#119) things REALLY take off for Dragon. People don't trust their leaders.
They don't know what's real and what isn't. They don't know who to believe
in and who to trust."
The election storyline will last beyond the current political season, with
lingering ramifications affecting the future of the book, as well.
"The Dragon has, in the past, saved the world several times," explains
Larsen. "At one point he had overthrown a dictator that had taken control of
the world and there were a number of people who felt strongly that he should
have taken control of the planet himself. He's widely perceived as a natural
leader and respected as a man of power and integrity. When Urass raises the
notion of the Dragon becoming the head honcho of the United Stares as its
Commander in chief it makes a lot of sense to a great number of people."
Be sure to show your support for the campaign by stopping by the Image booth
at Wizard World Chicago and picking up a limited edition "Dragon/Urass in
'04" bumper sticker, and remember to vote for your favorite savage candidate
Mister Dragon Goes to Washington in SAVAGE DRAGON #119, available for order
in the August issue of Previews and scheduled to go on sale October 27.
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