Marvel is giving Barack Obama the highest honor in geek land -a cameo in a Spider-Man comic. And not just the “walk-on roles” usually given to most presidents, but as an integral part of the storyline.

In the comic, Peter Parker attends the inauguration and decides “the future president’s gonna need Spider-Man.” When Parker is faced with an Obama imposter he uses basketball to determine the real one and even gets to fist-bump with the President-elect.

Obama is featured on the cover of the bonus issue of Amazing Spider-Man #583 which will be available on January 14.

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BET and Marvel Animation are teaming up for an animated series based on the superhero, The Black Panther.

The new series–which will be adapted directly from the first six issues of the Marvel Comic written by Reginald Hudlin–is slated to premiere in 2009, with a preview scheduled for July’s Comic-Con.

“The Black Panther has always been an inspirational character to me,” Hudlin, who is also President of Entertainment at BET, says in a statement. “And now I get to share that inspiration with the widest audience he’s ever had.”

Blindie can’t wait for the Black Panther to marry Storm!

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