WATCH: Erik Larsen on Trump and politics in Savage Dragon

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Jan 2, 2018

Every time a new president of the United States has been elected, Savage Dragon creator and one of the founding fathers (pun intended) of Image Comics, Erik Larsen, has made it his duty to focus on the POTUS in his comic book series.

In a new video interview with SYFY WIRE, Larsen opened up about what has now become a tradition for the comic book writer and publisher of the still-ongoing Savage Dragon series (which is now up to Issue #230) featuring a super strong, green-skinned humanoid boasting a fin on his head who becomes a police officer and superhero.

For example, the first President Bush was mentioned in the very first issue of Savage Dragon, released back in the early '90s, while his son, George W. Bush, and President Obama were also featured on comic book covers. The same goes for the most recent president and his supporters, who have provided some great fodder for Larsen's work.

 

"Mostly what I wanted to do in the story was not really focus so much on President Trump as the wake he leaves," Larsen told us. "So more of a focus on the people he enables in a way, and so a lot of the dialogue is actually pinched from various Facebook and YouTube posts from actual Trump supporters.

"Anytime Trump appeared in the story, they were from photographs that I painstakingly traced over so it was like 'I don't want to caricature the guy, I don't want to put words in his mouth.' In terms of supporters, there's a lot of referencing just various photos of various people from different rallies and you're like 'All right, I’m gonna use that guy,' and then putting the words that were put into the people's mouths were actual words that they said."

As usual, there's more in the video above, so be sure to check it out. Oh, and take a look at SYFY WIRE's So Much Damage: The Oral History of Image Comics if you haven't already.

Additional material by Nathalie Caron.