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Posted at 1:15 PM ET, 01/13/2011

OBAMA & GLENN BECK agree on one thing: Spider-Man!

By Michael Cavna

Glenn Beck and Barack Obama might have more common ground that we thought. Both, it turns out, are fans of Spidey.

And if that kind of pop-culture meeting of the minds doesn't show off the webslinger's superpower, we don't know what could.

The president, of course, pledged his fandom of Spider-Man during the 2008 election, prompting Marvel to put Obama in a Spidey book. Now, Beck raves about the controversial behemoth that is the Broadway musical "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark."

Beck saw a recent preview performance of the Julie Taymor musical and reported back yesterday on air: "This is much better than 'Wicked.' " The latest results, we should note, show that "Spider-Man" unseated the longtime powerhouse "Wicked" at the box office.

(Update: "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark's" opening has been delayed again to March 15 to "fine-tune" the high-tech production and work on a new ending, Reuter reports.)

"Do yourself a favor," Beck said as he urged his listeners to go see the superhero musical before it officially opens and becomes a tougher ticket.

"This," the TV and radio talker says, "is the 'Phantom' of the 21st century!"

If Beck and Obama can agree on this, what other pop-cultural detente might be possible? Paging Bono on Line One...

UPDATE: On Thursday, Beck indeed began discussing hangin' with his new pal Bono for a half-hour...

Speaking of stars and their comics fandom, here's a refresher list of 10 Prominent Figures (present and past) and Their Alleged Favorite Superheroes:

BEYONCE: Wonder Woman.

STEPHEN COLBERT: Superman. (Although Captain America's shield hangs on set.)

CLINT EASTWOOD: The Submariner.

TINA FEY: Wonder Woman.

SELENA GOMEZ: Wonder Woman.


NICK JONAS: Spider-Man.

JOHN McCAIN: Batman.


BRAD PITT: Jonny Quest.

By Michael Cavna  | January 13, 2011; 1:15 PM ET
Categories:  Superheroes  | Tags:  Glenn Beck, Julie Taymor, President Obama, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark  
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Michael - haven't you seen Conan O'Brien's "Flaming C"?

Posted by: gvanderlek | January 13, 2011 3:53 PM | Report abuse


Yesindeed I have -- the Flaming C is inspired. Plan to mention it tomorrow morning as part of my Week in Comics roundup.

Many thanks,

Posted by: Michael Cavna | January 13, 2011 5:09 PM | Report abuse

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