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I Love Ya But You’re Strange – Time Traveling Theodore Roosevelt Versus Time Traveling Hitler!

Every week, I will spotlight strange but ultimately endearing comic stories (basically, we’re talking lots and lots of Silver Age comic books). Here is the archive of all the installments of this feature.

Today, I spotlight a book for the main reason that I want you all to tell Image to reprint it. I suppose info@imagecomics.com is the best address to go with (don’t want to overload Eric Stephenson or Todd Martinez’s e-mail boxes). So e-mail Image to tell them “PLEASE REPRINT TALES FROM THE BULLY PULPIT!”

As to WHY they should, read on…

Benito Cereno and Graeme MacDonald’s Tales From the Bully Pulpit is an original graphic novel that came out in 2004. It is delightfully simple in its awesomeness.

Theodore Roosevelt steals a time machine from HG Wells and travels to the year 2000, where he gets help from the ghost of Thomas Edison to improve the time machine to go to the future to fight someone Roosevelt presumes must be Hitler…

Of course, though, when they end up in the far off future (the year 2008), it turns out that it is, indeed, Hitler…

and he has bad news for the people of Mars…

TR and Edison head to Mars to protect the Martians, and through the power of time travel, both sides add to their rosters…

I think you can tell from the art and the dialogue of these pages that this is just a rollicking good time featuring a bunch of famous historical figures.

So if you’d like to read this comic book and you don’t want to pay the $25 (or more) that it is currently going for on eBay, e-mail Image Comics and plead with them!

(Note: This article first appeared as part of the Fools of April feature – BC)


That does look like a hoot.

Easily one of the finest comics of the modern age.

I did discover recently that it is available digitally, so check out your Comixology or iVerse or whatever to find it.

Oh, if you find a link, let me know, Bill, and I’ll edit it into the piece!

Scott Steubing

June 1, 2012 at 10:08 am

Just read this the other week thanks to Comixology: http://www.comixology.com/Tales-from-the-Bully-Pulpit/digital-comic/JUN041377

It’s one of the best things I’ve ever read.

Benito Cereno is one of the funniest people in comics–if you haven’t already, seek out his Tick issues and his unpublished Metamorpho (“Negamorpho”) script.

This looks really funny. Teddy Roosevelt makes everything better. :)

I didn’t know about this until I started reading the excerpts. Now I’m in love. I must have this comic.

Do the Cracked.com guys know about this? I think that would be a mindf*ck for them, they idolize Teddy as much as they like to hate Edison…
Also, did Roosevelt just inherit the power of Shazam in that last page?

Strength of a big stick!
Heroism of Sir Richard Burton!
American as apple pie!
Zebra-print boxers to go with that safari jumper!
Asthma as a kid!
Mustache bigger than Stalin’s!

But he can’t say his own name aloud, apparently.

That looks magical. Email to Image sent.

If the sheer mindblowing insanity of this didn’t make it worthwhile, the “Arean Race” pun would justify it all on its own.

David Spofforth

June 7, 2014 at 11:52 am

Not to mention “Chairman Meow”!!

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