Bernie Sanders gets the comic book hero treatment
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Bernie Sanders gets the comic book hero treatment

Fans can choose between smiling Sanders, the senator as a young man being arrested at a University of Chicago sit-in for racial integration, and a barely clothed ‘BarBERNian’

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders as a super hero in new comic book (Josh Blaylock via JTA)
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders as a super hero in new comic book (Josh Blaylock via JTA)

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Many of his supporters see Bernie Sanders as a hero, but this comic book publisher took that idea to a new level.

The left-leaning comics outfit that brought you “Barack the Barbarian” and “Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez And The Freshman Force” is back, this time with “Talk Bernie to Me.”

Buyers get their choice of three covers: A smiling Sanders, which most resembles him; a young Sanders being arrested at a University of Chicago sit-in for racial integration; and a barely clothed yet fighting trim “BarBERNian.”

Publisher Josh Blaylock drew all three covers, and the stories anthologized inside are by a variety of writers and artists. Part of the proceeds goes to the American Civil Liberties Union and to a group providing legal services to migrants.

In this file photo from March 2, 2019 US Senator Bernie Sanders arrives for a rally to kick off his 2020 US presidential campaign, in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Johannes Eisele/AFP)

Sanders, 77, who likes to note that he was a long-distance runner in his youth, is not the only 2020 contender who gets the superhero treatment. Ben Garrison is a cartoonist who depicts his hero, US President Donald Trump, as a football player, a knight and a ladies man.

Sanders, when he challenged Hillary Clinton in 2016 for the Democratic presidential nod, was the first Jewish candidate to win major party nominating contests.

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