March 11th, 2009
12:31 PM ET
5 years ago

Superheroes’ new face: Female politicians as comic book queens

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are political power players immortalized in the Female Force comic book series.
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are political power players immortalized in the Female Force comic book series.

(CNN) -- Long gone are the days where comic books feature images of men in tights and women glorifying the female form. Bluewater Productions comics welcomes the pantsuit, and toned arms.

In a new series designed to examine influential women who are “making and shaping modern history,” Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are the first political power players immortalized in the comic book production house’s new Female Force series. The read follows the life of the two Washington femme fatales - in graphic novel form, of course.

First lady Michelle Obama and Caroline Kennedy are the upcoming women to be featured in the series. The covers depict Michelle Obama sporting a sleeveless number amidst a White House backdrop, and Caroline Kennedy sharing the spotlight with her father, President John F. Kennedy.

Watch: Clinton, Palin comic books

“These are very strong independent women that people want to know more about, and what better to teach younger kids about these role models than through comic books,” says Bluewater Productions Vice President Jason Shultz.

The graphic novels have already proven popular. Sarah Palin’s issue has sold out before its March 11 release date and is running a second printing.

But the Female Force series doesn’t limit itself to politics. Royal humanitarian and activist Princess Diana and media superstars Oprah Winfrey and Barbara Walters are set to grace covers.

soundoff (121 Responses)
  1. matt

    Who plays doomsday

    March 11, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  2. Dem in FL

    Where can I get a Hillary copy???

    March 11, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  3. KLK

    Sarah Palin is a cartoon in real life.

    March 11, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  4. Bingo

    How about Secretary of State Condeleeza Rice? Seems like she has much more credibility than Caroline Kennedy.

    March 11, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  5. JimS.

    Surely there are more "strong independent women" on the Republican side that are more impressive than Sarah Palin? I'm a lifelong Democrat but I can't even believe Sarah Palin is the best of the bunch....

    March 11, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  6. Jackie in Dallas

    Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg is a tireless behind the scenes "politician". That because until recently, she did not court the limelight does not make her a bad choice. She has fought tirelessly for education in New York and raised millions of dollars for education programs, she is an active lawyer, and she works on countless boards of philanthropic organizations. She overcame the tragedy of losing her father at a very young age, her uncle not long after, not to mention her brother, with whom she was very close. Because she does not have the notoriety of Sarah Palin, she is not worthy?

    Excuse me, but who knew anything about Palin until summer of last year other than the 600,000 residents of the entire state of Alaska? Now we can't get rid of her. What is Palin famous for? Being a nobody selected to run on a national ticket, with ethics violations, contraversial opinions on sex education, rape, the environment, and slaughtering animals from a helicopter? THIS makes HER a superwoman? Sorry...NOT.

    March 11, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  7. obama-mama

    That's nice but I'm sure they were "female force" type women that could go on that cover instead of Palin, Bristol maybe?

    March 11, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  8. Debby

    I wonder if Michelle Obama will criticize this just like she did when they named dolls after her daughters. Knowing that she is considered a female force she probably won't. Caroline Kennedy is a joke. She couldn't even get the votes she needed to compete for Hillary's position as Senator.

    March 11, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  9. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    This is so sexist.

    March 11, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  10. constantly amazed

    Oh my gosh you mentioned Palin, here come the libs.

    March 11, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  11. EMC

    What exactly has Caroline Kennedy done? The first lady is not a politician either.

    To all of you who say that Palin is the villain: Why? Just because she's of a different party? We're all about breaking down stereotypes and prejudice except when it comes to political groups. Political bigotry is just as bad as racism and sexism. It's what's really tearing this nation apart.

    March 11, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  12. Matt

    Caroline Kennedy?? Sarah Palin?? In an effort to sell their product they are choosing some women who have been in the news lately, rather than those who, over time, have proven themselves and made a real difference.

    March 11, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  13. Laughing

    cool..

    March 11, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  14. greg in jax

    i think their are aspects of each of the women that make them good role models for young girls.. i , being a progressive democrat, understand that their is always more than one way to tell a story, so their political affliations make no difference when it comes to this type of product. i just hope that their market value is not 70 cents to the dollar , just like republicans think they are worth in comparrison to their male counterparts..

    equal pay for equal work NOW!

    girls need good role models of strong intelligent caring women, because pop culture is giving them rhiannon, who is dissappointingly telling little girls, that as long as you love the guy, its okay for him to hit you. :( ...THAT is never okay.

    March 11, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  15. Soccer Nana

    @RR,

    "In a new series designed to examine influential women who are 'making and shaping modern history,'"

    Please read with comprehension.

    Mrs. Obama and Ms. Kennedy are women who are making and shaping modern history.

    March 11, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  16. Lisa B

    I always knew Palin was a joke!

    March 11, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  17. Rebecca

    Don't forget about Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Liberia's new president, and Africa's first elected female head of state, in your list of women in power.

    March 11, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  18. jeremy

    no crap ! palin is far from being a superhero more like a super nitwit

    March 11, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  19. Snake eyes

    Dana Perino in a Storm or Phoenix costume. Yummy!!!

    March 11, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  20. Shirley in California

    Even though I don't like two of the women on the cover it is a great picture. I'm glad to see women are making a place for themselves. Go girls!

    March 11, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  21. LISA

    I just love Michelle!

    March 11, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  22. jos

    It's great except for Palin being included with the other 3. Palin as an superhero? Of what?? Oh wait ,I forget, she can see Russian from Alaska and can shoot down a defenseless animal.

    March 11, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  23. remove Palin

    Palin is no power player. Remove her from that. She's weak.

    March 11, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  24. simp

    Sarah Palin? Now how in the heck did that moron get in a heroes book? What should we call her, wonderless woman. LOL

    March 11, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    Just like the WNBA no one will care!!

    March 11, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
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