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Rob Liefeld’s return to YOUNGBLOOD with President Barack Obama exploded with a nearly instantaneous sell-out despite a very significant over print.

“WOW! It’s very exciting and a great honor to come back and the result be an instant sell out for the book! I’d also like to thank President Obama for picking such a great new line up for YOUNGBLOOD, obviously he has the magic touch,” said Liefeld. “That said, YOUNGBLOOD #8 is just the prelude to a much larger story. If you liked it, you’re going to be blown away by the next issue in May. Given YOUNGBLOOD’s status as a government sanctioned superteam, you can bet on our nation’s newest President being involved from the very beginning!”

The YOUNGBLOOD appearance by President Obama marks the very beginning of Liefeld’s return to his seminal creation. Starting in May, Rob will return to the book in full force, full time as he takes over the writing and illustrating duties to present a whole new direction for the team. This news comes on the heels of mega-director Brett Ratner (X-MEN 3, RUSH HOUR) announcing he’ll be taking the reins of the upcoming YOUNGBLOOD feature film.

YOUNGBLOOD #8 2nd Printing, a 32-page full color comic book for $2.99, will be in-stores March 11th, 2009.

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  1. Salieri
    February 26, 2009 at 9:09 am — Reply

    “Change You Can Believe In”, on a title that’s a deliberate mash-up of the various features which had readers tearing their hair and shattering their own jaws with bricks back in the 90s.

    Oh, the irony.

  2. February 26, 2009 at 10:03 am — Reply

    Well, glad Liefield found a way to get people to buy his comic. If things like plot, characterization, and artistic talent are severely lacking, throw the president on the cover! It worked for Spidey and Savage Dragon!

    Just wondering where all the pouches are going to fit on Obama’s suit…

  3. matt
    February 26, 2009 at 11:54 am — Reply

    I think we can only expect more Obama in Comics the way these are selling

  4. Ned Tugent
    February 26, 2009 at 1:05 pm — Reply

    So, when’s Erik Larsen gonna bitch about Liefield using President Obama on his cover? If he doesn’t, then he’s a hypocrite.

    • February 26, 2009 at 3:28 pm — Reply

      Ned: I think Larsen made his comments toward Marvel because the media and Marvel made a big deal over the cover, acting like this was the first time it had been done, with Larsen responding with his “I did it first” as a response. If Youngblood sells out five times, then we’ll see if Larsen favors his co-founder or not.

  5. Mdodk
    February 26, 2009 at 4:15 pm — Reply

    Personally, I’m getting sick of seeing Obama on the cover of comics. Marvel did it and got a lot of press, now everyone is jumping on. It’s starting to look like a lot of comic publishers are nothing but a bunch of sheep.

  6. matt
    February 26, 2009 at 5:16 pm — Reply

    Wait wait Publishers aren’t sheep? =)

  7. The Dude
    February 27, 2009 at 8:27 am — Reply

    Boy, it’s gonna be a long four years.

  8. Craig
    March 3, 2009 at 11:15 am — Reply

    Personally, I’m getting sick of seeing Obama on the cover of comics. Marvel did it and got a lot of press, now everyone is jumping on. It’s starting to look like a lot of comic publishers are nothing but a bunch of sheep.

    WRONG. IMAGE did it first with Savage Dragon.

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