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GMA Portrayed As An Alien in Marvel Comics

August 14, 2008

Political figures of all stripes have always been fair game for political commentators and editorial cartoonists most of all. But seldom do they land in international ‘super-hero comics titles such as Marvel Comics.

But believe it or not, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has.

As posted by Cocoy over at FilipinoVoices.com, Mrs. Arroyo is portrayed as a Skrull, with the frame, as posted even satirizing that recent State of the Nation catch-phrase of “Ramdam Ang Kaunlaran.”

Here’s a screenshot of the post:

In his post, Cocoy explains “skrulls are an alien race of shapeshifters (can mimic anybody, superheroes, humans). They can take the place of the real person without anybody knowing it. In the current Marvel Comics series, ‘Secret Invasion’, the Skrulln Race had infiltrated Earth and inserted their own agents to sow discord amongst humans and super humans. They’ve launched an invasion of Earth and has (sic) thus far been successful in subjugating the planet.”

Cocoy at the start of his post at FV describes the graphical renditon as “Art mimicking life. Seriously now and to be fair, she joins other world leaders like McCain on the same page…. It comes from Marvel Comics’ Secret Invasion issue 5 which came out 13 August 2008.”

Update:

In the writers’ collective, FilipinoVoices.com, the Filipino artist Leonil Yu blogged to explain: “Nothing politically tainted about GMA being there. It’s just a nod to fellow Pinoys. I will remain reticent when it comes to our local politics as it’s a delicate and divisive issue (hehehe) but the list actually includes people who I despise (Kim Jong Il, Anne Coulter), indifferent and greatly admire (Colbert, Dawkins).

“The point was for the skrulls to relay their messages via the most recognizable and influential people in different parts of the world. Take note that Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic and Tony Stark are there despite their established presence in the Savage Lands and non-skrull status. People see what they want to see:)”

I myself do not think the artist and the writer of Secret Invasion had anything malicious or political to point out with including GMA. One point that is clear is now Filipinos, wherever they are, keep abreast of how their motherland is doing.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. August 14, 2008 4:22 pm

    Nice one Ding! Had a good time reading your posts. Cheers!

  2. August 20, 2008 3:57 pm

    That was cool! Long live Filipino!

  3. Benedict permalink
    August 20, 2008 11:12 pm

    Well, the opposition has something to cheer about….coz an opposition name is in that comics too. SAGUISAG….as in RENE SAGUISAG. 😀

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