WATCH: Abraham Lincoln in Geek Media: A History

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Feb 12, 2018

Presidents have often made appearances in sci-fi movies, television series, and comics over the years (like the Bushes, Barack Obama, and, most recently, Donald Trump), but perhaps none more so than the 16th president of the United States: Abraham Lincoln.

SYFY WIRE is looking back at the history of Honest Abe's many appearances in geek media over the years in which he either made a cameo or was the star of his own genre storyline.


As some (most) of you will recall, Lincoln showed up in 1989's Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, in which he appeared alongside our two favorite slackers (played by Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter) and other historical figures such as Socrates, Joan of Arc, Napoleon, Beethoven, Billy the Kid, Sigmund Freud and Genghis Khan.

A younger version of Lincoln was part of the short-lived but excellent animated series Clone High, which was created by Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, and Bill Lawrence and ran in the early 2000s. It's not surprising, then, that Lord and Miller included Lincoln in The LEGO Movie, in which LEGO Abraham Lincoln is revealed as a Master Builder.

Lincoln also appeared in the Star Trek: TOS Season 3 episode "The Savage Curtain," in which he (what else?) gave a rousing speech to "rally the troops," and even shows up as an android in a bonkers Red Dwarf episode, "Meltdown."

Then we have that 2012 movie Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (which is better left forgotten), which reimagines the future president (played by Benjamin Walker) as an ax-wielding vampire hunter.

On the comic book side, the 16th POTUS was a supporting character in 1999's Superman: A Nation Divided. He was also featured in an Amazing Spider-Man six-page issue web comic celebrating Lincoln's 200th birthday titled "Gettysburg Distress" and engaged in a bit of time travel in a series of comics from Antarctic Press titled Time Lincoln.

As always, check out our video above for more, and let us know which other geeky TV series or movie you saw Honest Abe appear in.


Additional material by Nathalie Caron.