"Great Society" political satire superhero comic book from 1968

Years ago, actually literally almost that long ago, we had this comic book which in which most of the national politicians of that time were drawn as superheroes. Unfortunately I can remember very little of it, and I was rather young, but the cover showed Super LBJ floating in space looking down on the U.S., and saying, “Why, that could be a Great Society!” Nixon was some sort of character who rode a horse named Checkers, and that’s about it as far as I can remember. Oh also, they showed SuperHuntley and SuperBrinkley signing out…“Goodnight, SuperChet.” “Goodnight, SuperDave.”

I guess I"m just curious about this. Unfortunately I don’t have it any more, but I imagine it could be quite a collectors’ item. My older brother got it somewhere, so I don’t know how he got it.

Has anyone else seen this?

I haven’t seen it. However, some usenet users have. Linky


The ful name was The Great Society Comic Book / by D.J. Arneson and Tony
Here is some more details, from http://www.lib.msu.edu/comics/rri/jrri/johns.htm
Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973.
The Great Society Comic Book / by D.J. Arneson and Tony
Tallarico. – New York : Parallax Comic Books and Pocket
Books, 1966. – 32 p. : col. ill. ; 26 cm. – Title from
cover. – Features Super LBJ and his super-friends.

  1. Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973-- Comic
    books, strips, etc. 2. Superhero comics. 3. United
    States–Politics and government–1963-1969-- Comic books,
    strips, etc. I. Arneson, D. J. II. Tallarico, Tony. Call
    no.: E846.A7 1966

Here it is, with a picture, on ebay.

if it makes you feel any better, Spectre, i remember reading it back when it originally came out.

i believe they did Lady Bird Johnson as a Wonder Woman type heroine. but you remember more characters unaided than i do.

I remember it, too. One of the inside splash panels had LBJ tied up and weakenerd by a green block of something or other, in imitation of Kryptonite. They gave it a joke name that I can’t remember now.
You want cutting LBJ satire? Dig up a copy of the play MacBird! – LBJ as Macbeth to Kennedy’s Duncan.


Thanks for the responses. I forgot about this thread until now.

I just leaned about MacBird from reading The Sixties by Todd Gitlin. Wow, no wonder the establishment got frightened. For instance, the Weathermen…I knew about them but I didn’t know they were like a renegade faction of the SDS. That rhetoric.

Well I can’t hang around…I’m off to kill the pig in myself.