The votes – well, preorders – are in, and Barack Obama has won the hearts, minds and wallets of the comic industry, winning Boom! Studios’ Decision 2012 straw poll for the 2012 presidential candidate most deserving of his or her own comic book. The poll was launched in August and ran until the end of last month, and gave readers and political wonks alike the chance to vote with their pre-order dollars for the chance to read biographies of Obama, Michele Bachman, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Jon Huntsman, Sarah Palin, Ron Paul, Rick Perry, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum, with whichever books that got pre-orders of more than 1500 seeing print.
Only four books met that target: Obama, Sarah Palin – who is, of course, not actually running for President – Ron Paul and Michele Bachmann. Surprisingly, media favorite in the Republican field Rick Perry came dead last in the poll, with Mitt Romney only managing to rank fifth out of the ten candidates in this particular race. A sign of the left-leaning nature of the comic book industry, the disillusionment people have over the current field of Republican nominees (Oh, if only there had been a Chris Christie book offered!), or just more proof that people can’t get enough of those President Barack Obama comics? You be the judge.