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. Moderate

    I think the point of the comic book is not to show their political views, but rather show that women can succeed too. I think this is directed towards girls of younger ages to show them that they can be just like these women. I think that the message that it conveys to the younger generation of girls is more important than what political women are in the comic book itself. So regardless on your views of Palin, Clinton, Obama, or Kennedy, let the true message be conveyed to the younger generation of girls that they to can succeed in politics and do not let anything hold you back.

    March 11, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  2. Rudy

    michelle looks tacky

    March 11, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  3. Tom in Delaware

    Don't leave John Edwards and Rahm Emanual out.

    March 11, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  4. sick n tired of being a victim of cowardly CNN moderators

    Washington as a whole is pretty much one big "comic book" story! But to put Sarah Palin in there as a supposed "political super hero" is a JOKE! What would her name be? Wonder Woman is already taken! How about Wondering Woman? That would be my pick. Cause she certainly leaves me "wondering" why anyone would see her as relevant at all! And what would her powers be? Able to violate state ethics laws in a single bound? Faster than a speeding contraceptive?

    March 11, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  5. Al, NY NY

    Sarah Palin is a twit and couldn't fight her way out of a paper bag. I pray she is the 2012 GOP candidate

    March 11, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  6. Jeff

    Only Senator Clinton of this group is deserving of the recognition portrayed in this publication. This is nothing against the others, however, they are nowhere near the deserving status of say a Margaret Thatcher, Mother Teresa, Madeline Albright or Condolesa Rice, et al former and current female world leaders.

    March 11, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  7. Bubba

    Palin's a sad excuse for a woman. Does she make moose chili in the comic, or just lounge around seeing Russia from her window?

    March 11, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  8. Ken

    Is this some kind of joke?

    I can see having Palin and Clinton, but NOT Obama or Kennedy! At least Clinton and Palin have accomplished things in their professions, but what has Obama of Kennedy ever done?

    March 11, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  9. Jeff

    Only Senator Clinton of this group is deserving of the recognition portrayed in this publication. This is nothing against the others, however, they are nowhere near the deserving status of say a Margaret Thatcher, Mother Teresa, Madeline Albright or Condolesa Rice, et al former and current female world leaders.

    March 11, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  10. liden macoff

    Female Farce is more like it

    March 11, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  11. phoenix86

    Michelle, Hillary and Caroline? It should be called Female Farce.

    March 11, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    um why is MO in front of Hillary???

    March 11, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    um why is MO in front of Hillary???

    March 11, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  14. Jeff

    Its michelle Obama aka Doomsday and the two circus clowns to the right of her

    March 11, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  15. Jeff

    Its michelle Obama aka Doomsday and the two circus clowns to the right of her

    March 11, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  16. Jeff Davis

    Interesting. One who was born into a President's family, two who married Presidents. And CNN readers blast the one who actually accomplished something on her own. "If you want to see bias and hatred, always look to thhe Left."

    March 11, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  17. Ray Fisher

    Who would have ever thought it would take a black President to begin the equal rights process for women??? When the white supremacists pound on their chests about white superiority it should be noted they never tried to elevate white ladies as our President has since day one!!! He has signed equal pay legislation, advanced the ladies causes in his administration and now created a new office for ladies issues so where have all the white boys been??? As a white boy myself, I am ashamed it took so long for my mother, sister, aunts, grandmothers, etc... to have finally begun to gain the equal rights they have earned. So how about it white boys, where've you been???

    March 11, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  18. Jeff

    Michelle must be doomsday

    March 11, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  19. Realist

    Proud American – I'm not "sexist" at all. You & yours would probably term me more of a "femi-nazi" and "animal lover"..... Glad I don't live by your "proud american" values.

    March 11, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  20. dont drop the soap Limbaugh

    Dont forget Limbaugh and Thomas Capano.

    March 11, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  21. Todd

    Wow, talk about a waste of about tree-fity ($3.50)!!!!

    March 11, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  22. Janet

    Anne Coulter who is beautiful and has strong power must be in there instead of Caroline K. SARAH LOOKS GREAT.

    March 11, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  23. No Hillary = No Obama

    Hillary Clinton should be bigger than Michelle Obama, should be standing in front, not behind her. What has Michelle Obama done but say she was never proud of her country until her husband became a rock star President? NOTHING!

    March 11, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  24. Deborah

    I would not want my children reading this!

    March 11, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  25. No Hillary = No Obama

    Hillary is the only super hero of this bunch

    March 11, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
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