Barack the Barbarian

Barack the Barbarian is a comic book series published by Devil's Due Publishing beginning in June 2009. It was written by Larry Hama,[1] with art by Christopher Schons.

Barack the Barbarian
Cover of Barack the Barbarian 1 (June 2009 )
Publication information
PublisherDevil's Due Publishing
FormatLimited series
Publication dateJune 2009 – present
No. of issues5
Main character(s)Barack Obama
Creative team
Written byLarry Hama
Artist(s)Christopher Schons
Letterer(s)Chris Crank
Colorist(s)Rachelle Rosenberg
Editor(s)Evan Sult
Collected editions
Volume 1ISBN 1-934692-79-4

Barack the Barbarian originally appeared in a four-issue mini-series. The story features the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama as a Conan the Barbarian-style figure.[2] It also features other politicians like Sarah Palin, George W. Bush, and Dick Cheney in fictional roles.[3][4][5]

The series was followed by a one-shot, The Fall of Red Sarah.[6]

Publication historyEdit

In November 2008, one of Obama's advisers gave an interview to journalist Jon Swaine of The Daily Telegraph titled, "Barack Obama: The 50 facts you might not know". In the interview, it emerged that Obama collects Conan the Barbarian.[7]

The idea for the series originated with Devil's Due publisher Josh Blaylock who explained that "We didn't want to be completely slapsticky. It is definitely partly a gimmick, but we wanted to do something clever with [the Obama comics trend]."[2] He contacted Larry Hama with his idea for a series called Obama the Barbarian, and Hama described how the idea developed during the course of the phonecall:

First off, you should change it to Barack the Barbarian, and second, I'm not interested in writing a Mad Magazine style parody and that it would have to be more in line with the more polemical stuff of Swift, Twain and Voltaire (not that I can pull off anything like they could,) and third, that my own leanings are towards Barack and that would be reflected in what I write – and Josh said 'fine'.[1]

The writer has said it is more than just a political satire: "I just think of it as sword and sorcery, only the characters look really familiar."[1]

Collected editionsEdit

The comic books are being collected into a trade paperback:

  • Barack the Barbarian Volume 1: Quest for the Treasure of Stimuli (144 pages, December 2009, ISBN 1-934692-79-4)

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c Arrant, Chris (May 12, 2009). "Barack the Barbarian? Behind the Latest Obama Comic". Newsarama. Retrieved November 26, 2009.
  2. ^ a b Goellner, Caleb (July 28, 2009). "CCI: Devil's Due Publishing". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved November 26, 2009. Next up was one of Devil's Due's most publicized titles, the political satire and Conan homage "Barack the Barbarian: Quest for the Treasure of Stimuli"
  3. ^ Manker, Rob (April 4, 2009). "Barack Obama comic books: 'Barack the Barbarian' and 'Drafted: One Hundred Days". Chicago Tribune. Archived from the original on 2010-05-28. Retrieved August 7, 2009.
  4. ^ Spillius, Alex (April 7, 2009). "Barack Obama and Sarah Palin appear in comic series". The Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on April 11, 2009. Retrieved November 26, 2009.
  5. ^ Flood, Alison (April 8, 2009). "Obama battles Red Sarah in comic clash". The Guardian. Retrieved November 26, 2009.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-10-20. Retrieved 2011-05-03.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ Swaine, Jon (November 7, 2008). "Barack Obama: The 50 facts you might not know". The Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on December 1, 2008.


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