Here at Law and the Multiverse we take no position regarding the various elections being held today in the United States, but we thought it might be fun to take a look at some of the fictional candidates that have appeared in comic books over the years. If you don’t like your choices this election, you might like them better after looking at some of these turkeys.
I. Thor Odinson (Earth-20604)
In this alternate reality, almost everyone on Earth has superpowers, and Thor is President of the United States. Apparently this alternate United States also lacks the natural born citizen requirement to be president, since Earth-20604 Thor was born on Asgard to Asgardian parents and wasn’t a US citizen in 1783 when the Constitution was adopted.
Vice President: Reed Richards
Platform: Superpowers for everyone! Just take these handy Skrull pills. Side-effects may include superfast aging.
Legacy: Killed by invading Skrulls. Who would’ve thought that Skrull technology could backfire?
II. Anthony “Tony” Stark (Earth-20318)
In this alternate reality, Tony Stark is President and the Exiles serve as his Secret Service detail.
Vice President: Unknown
Platform: Laissez-faire capitalism and a strong defense policy, presumably.
Legacy: Assassinated. Apparently the Exiles weren’t such great bodyguards!
III. Tin Man (Earth-8)
An obvious DC analog to Tony Stark, Tin Man becomes President in an alternate reality that is an homage to the Marvel Civil War storyline.
Vice President: Americommando (Captain America, basically)
Platform: Metahuman registration.
Legacy: Assassinated (that seems to happen a lot with these guys).
IV. Alexander “Lex” Luthor (New Earth)
The only one of our fictional Presidents in a mainstream continuity, Lex had an initially successful (if duplicitous) presidency eventually undone by his maniacal obsession with defeating his enemies. Very Nixonian.
Vice President: Peter Ross
Platform: A better tomorrow through technology (“A flying car in every garage”).
Legacy: Declared Batman and Superman to be public enemies, injected himself with Venom and kryptonite in order to fight Superman, went insane, and was impeached. Succeeded by his Vice President.
V. Clark “Superman” Kent (unnamed alternate reality)
After Superman saves presidential candidate Peter Ross from an assassination attempt, his secret identity is revealed. Ross lives but asks Kent to run in his place. Kent wins in a landslide, though his eligibility for the presidency is questioned. Ultimately the Supreme Court decides that Kent is a natural born citizen, since in this continuity he was sent to Earth as an embryo in a Kryptonian birthing matrix and ‘born’ after the rocket landed in Kansas.
Vice President: Sarah Hemming
Platform: “My friends, it is time to reject the politics of exclusion and, instead, embrace the politics of unity!” “It will be a major goal of this administration to weed out the corruption and white-collar crime that drain our economy. And on the matter of the economy…we must begin an all-out war on the deficit!”
Legacy: Reducing the national debt, rescuing a captive diplomat, founding the Civilian Ecology Corps, establishing an orbital solar energy program, creating low cost housing in Gotham, uniting the world’s superheroes in the pursuit of world peace, and eliminating the global arms trade. Clearly a one term President if there ever was one.