Marvel Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada took to Twitter late Friday night to answer a question about Marvel's politics. Specifically, whether or not Marvel employs any conservatives. The question came in response to the following Tweets:
And the question asked: who at Marvel is conservative right now? Quesada replied:
You don't have to look it up. Astute Bleeding Cool readers know that Joe is talking about Ike Perlmutter, former CEO, current Chairman of Marvel Comics. What he says is true. What he leaves out is that Perlmutter isn't just any conservative. The reclusive billionaire is a personal friend of President Donald Trump himself, donated millions to his political campaigns, and even broke his decades-long streak of avoiding photographs to appear on camera shaking the president's hand at a bill signing (he got to keep the pen).
His wife, Laura Perlmutter, served on Trump's inauguration committee. Ike Perlmutter has been an unofficial advisor on veterans' health care since Trump took office, and has recently been accused of secretly running the Department of Veteran's Affairs in an angry letter from Democratic Senators including Elizabeth Warren, calling for an investigation.
When that Disney purchase Quesada mentioned occurred, Ike Perlmutter became one of the largest individual shareholders of Disney as well. And though his power in the realm of Marvel Studios movies has waned in favor of Kevin Feige, when it comes to Marvel Comics, Ike Perlmutter is still the king (sorry, Jack). If he wasn't, we would have gotten that Fantastic Four comic much sooner.
So yes, Ike Perlmutter is a Conservative with a capital C. Though Donald Trump's presidency and hating when Fox owns the movie rights to Marvel characters aren't his only defining qualities. The Perlmutters are also massive philanthropists in the medical world, most recently donating millions to NYU Langone hospitals to build a plastic surgery wing staffed with a world-renowned expert on transgender surgical procedures, one of several wings named after them at NYU.
That being said, of course, he doesn't write or draw the comics. At least, as far as we know.
But he does make the money from them. And when he's not building hospitals with it, he donates it to Donald Trump. So when you spend $4 on the latest issue of Unbeatable Squirrel-Girl, some percentage of it will end up supporting Donald Trump's reelection campaign. Is that what they call "bi-partisanship?"