March 11th, 2009
12:31 PM ET
6 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. newsyoucanuse

    Michelle's in front because she's todays first lady, Sarah........don't know how that happen, Hillary............Okay, because of hubby Bill, and Caroline...........duhhh, she's a Kennedy.

    Pelosi she be added. She seems to be the powerhouse in the WH these days.

    March 11, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  2. Seth

    Apparently, 200 Billion of the economic stimulus went to this project to "create jobs".

    March 11, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  3. Virginia

    They all belong in the comics anyway–good choices!

    March 11, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  4. Independent-Fred

    I certainly don't agree with the political views fo all those pictured Nonetheless ALL of these ladies are strong independent Women.

    It seems some on these boards can't fathom that concept..

    Things are getting ugly out there folks...

    March 11, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  5. Chut Pata

    "Hillarious" Hillary and "Palling with Terrorist" Palin are cartoons alright and they are perfectly place on the sides of Michelle to offset her.

    However Caroline is nobody and therefore misplaced here.

    March 11, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  6. Boston Irish

    Michelle Obama is not a Politician, nor Caroline Kennedy. Why are they on the cover?

    March 11, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  7. Shadysider

    So is Palin "The Thing" or "The Abomination"?

    I hope our little girls don't aspire to be like her. The duplicitous one, she smiles and says I'm one of you (though I disagree because she almost no knowledge of the world outside Alaska) and then is all Grand Wizard inciting McCarthy-like hatred of 'the other.' She makes me sick.

    March 11, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  8. Gabe Polson

    I think this is very coo and they have chosen some exceptional women. I even respect the decision to add Sarah Palin, but explain to me once again why Caroline Kennedy is among these women. How has she changed the political landscape?

    March 11, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  9. Machiavelli, Baton Rouge, LA

    Although I think this is the ideal concept, Bluewater can do away with the altruistic stance and admit that this is about making money–for Bluewater, of course. They discovered a niche in the market and they are exploiting it. Like I said, it is a good idea because it represents the change that has come, and more that is coming, to America. Women can now grace the covers of magazines a powerful figures, and not just figureheads.

    March 11, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  10. TRUTH

    Sarah Palin is the only woman who has risen to political prominence on her own. The other 3 are only important or in their position because of their husbands or family name.

    March 11, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  11. Kimberly in Arizona

    Newsucanuse~UM, do you live under a rock??? Hillary because of her hubby??? Hey in case you missed it, she was a senator, and now THE SEC. OF STATE!!!

    March 11, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  12. gl, Pittsburgh

    It seems that the whole world see Sara Palin as a cartoon that why is was a sell out. Everybody like a good cartoon and Sara Palin is sure a cartoon.

    March 11, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  13. big papa

    Michelle and Caroline are the ONLY two STRONG women...

    ...who deserve to be on this cover...

    ...Palin is taking care of her snowmobiling freeloader hubby...

    ...Hillary is NO role model for self-sufficient independent women...

    ...how's that moderators?

    March 11, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  14. zone

    I think too many people are missing the point...this is not about left wing or right wing opinions. Despite political leanings, you can't deny that each of the woman featured have had some degree of influence on America. Each one is an influential, independent woman. You don't have to be a politician to have influence and to be a strong female role model.

    To those who say they wouldn't buy it based on a cover or that so and so is a poor choice, you weren't going to buy it anyway, so your opinions are meaningless. You prove the point the publishers were trying to make–that we are a society that lives on headlines and soundbites. The book is obviously directed at younger readers who don't read CNN.com and it simply tries to generate some understanding of why these women are successful.

    To Deborah who said she wouldn't want her child reading this...why? Are you so jaded by your political beliefs that you would discount any of these women's achievements?

    March 11, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  15. Dem in FL

    I'm going pick up my Hillary comics today. :)

    March 11, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  16. House Diva

    a bunch of corrupt politicians are being made out to be comic book HEROES?

    what is this world coming to??...anything to make a buck i suppose.

    i think that it's about time that our children start learning to depend on, and look for heroes within THEMSELVES, because the adults have totally flipped their lids.

    i'd rather my daughters look up to an honest; god fearing; law abiding homeless woman, who never sold her soul for Prada, and mansions on the hill, other than any of those criminals in that picture...especially Sarah Palin.

    March 11, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  17. kate

    What a shame to include Sarah Palin as part of this group. She doesn't qualify on any level.

    March 11, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  18. sherry

    Truth ........Sarah Palin did not get there on her own....the repubs pumped her up and she came to light and the majority of americans think she is a joke......Common sense and book smarts, she pales in comparison to the other three ladies hands down.

    March 11, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  19. Kimberly in Arizona

    Sarah Palin is a JOKE, however, having said that, I think she deserves this spot because she is a strong politician, I oppose everything she stands for, but as a woman, I am glad to see her there, istead of another republican hack man that I dont agree with...Women should be ruling the world! Oh and Caroline Kennedy, yes a power house NO DOUBT, but should not be with political women, she should be in an issue dealing with strong women in law or something...

    March 11, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  20. sherry

    Truth ........Sarah Palin did not get there on her own....the repubs pumped her up and she came to light and the majority of americans think she is a joke......Common sense and book smarts, she pales in comparison to the other three ladies hands down.

    March 11, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  21. june in Fl

    I don't consider Palin a "roll-model" but she did come up on her own. Hillary is strong in character and took off on her own instead of staying in Bill's shadow. Carolyn was not even noticed until she came out and said she was for Obama. Michelle is an excellent role model for being a mother, housewife, career...in that order. But c'mon. There must be some strong Republicans out there who are coming up as strong women. And I'm saying this as a strong Democrat.

    March 11, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
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