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Stephen Colbert is already a Comedy Central and college cable hero, but now he's going to be a comic book hero as well.
The Conservative parodist will appear in issue No. 573 of The Amazing Spider-Man. In a preview of the comic book, Colbert is seen swinging from rooftop to rooftop alongside the super hero.
This isn't the first of Colbert's cameos in the Marvel world, which has traditionally lent itself to gimmicky television tie-ins. The company's editor-in-chief, Joe Quesada, hints at a Colbert-for-President campaign, making The Colbert Report's fake presidential dream a reality.
Colbert follows in the footsteps of other television hosts who have cropped up in Marvel panels. From a 1978 issue featuring the cast of SNL to a David Letterman countdown, the crossovers are indulgently cheesy.
The Colbert issue, however, attempts to reconnect with classic issue No. 50, which also blurred the lines between the comic book and the television world. In No. 50, Johnny Carson and Ed McMahon of The Tonight Show are integrated seamlessly into the storyline. The issue also features the unforgettable image of a defeated Spider-Man discarding his super hero suit, which will recur in Colbert's issue.
While we really love Colbert, why do they have to mess with a classic?
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