Angus King RV travels inspiration for ‘Fantastic Four’ reboot

Posted Aug. 10, 2012, at 1:27 p.m.
Last modified Aug. 10, 2012, at 3:17 p.m.
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Angus King, independent candidate for U.S. Senate, waves at the Bath Heritage Days parade on July 4, 2012, in Bath.
Angus King, independent candidate for U.S. Senate, waves at the Bath Heritage Days parade on July 4, 2012, in Bath. Buy Photo

AUGUSTA, Maine — Independent U.S. Senate candidate Angus King’s opponents sometimes grumble that he has received superhero treatment from the national media since he announced his intention to run for the seat being vacated by Sen. Olympia Snowe.

On comic books pages, he is a superhero — or at least the inspiration for one.

Marvel comic book artist Matt Fraction based his reworking of the “Fantastic Four” series on a road trip the former Maine governor and his family took after King left office in 2003, he told USA Today.

The reworked storyline for what Marvel describes as “the first family of superheroes” is slated to debut in November, according to Marvel’s website.

Last year, Downeast Books published “Governor’s Travels: How I Left Politics, Learned to Back Up a Bus, and Found America,” King’s account of that journey, which took the family through 33 states over a five-and-a-half month span.

“It was this intensive road-trip home-school experience,” Fraction said in a USA Today report published Thursday. “I don’t really know any parent who wouldn’t want to do that with the time and money available.”

Whereas King, his wife Mary Herman, son Ben and daughter Molly traveled around the country for six months in an RV, the new Fantastic Four will ride a special trip across time and space for a series of historical adventures.

“If they’re studying ancient Rome, then by God let’s go have lunch with Caesar on the Ides of March,” Fraction told USA Today. “If they’re looking at the Big Bang, they’re going to watch it from the front row.”

“I thought it was a pretty cool RV trip too,” King told the Bangor Daily News Friday. “But even cooler would be to go back in history with my family and talk with Joshua Chamberlain, Abraham Lincoln and take some batting tips from Ted Williams.

“My only request is Brad Pitt play me in the movie.”

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