Ronald Reagan has been variously depicted in popular culture since he was elected President in 1980:

Dramatizations

In television and film:

  • Rap Master Ronnie: A Report Card, a satirical depiction of Reagan's presidency aired as a Cinemax Comedy Experiment
  • The Day Reagan Was Shot, a 2001 film about the attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan
  • The Reagans, a 2003 television film about Ronald Reagan and his family
  • Reagan (film), a 2011 documentary film about the presidency of Ronald Reagan
  • The Butler, a 2013 film about an African-American butler who bore witness to the presidency of Ronald Reagan
  • Killing Reagan (film), a 2016 television film about the attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan

As a fictional character

Ronald Reagan
Inhumanoids and Transformers character
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Ronald Reagan meets Optimus Prime in Marvel Comics Transformers series
Voiced byNeil Ross
Information
SpeciesHuman
GenderMale
OccupationUS President
SpouseNancy
ReligionPresbyterian

Reagan appeared numerous times in popular fiction, particularly in his role as US president in the 1980s.

Animated series

Reagan appeared as one of the supporting characters in the Inhumanoids episode "The Surma Plan" as president of the United States. Upon learning that the Soviet leadership were planning an Earth-threatening attack on the lair of the Inhumanoid leader Metlar, Reagan first suggested that they contact the Soviets. After being advised that the Soviets wouldn't listen he instead contacted the Earth Corps to stop the Soviet mission that could end up destroying the planet itself. He later expressed gratitude to the Earth Corps for stopping the Soviet plan. Reagan was portrayed by voice actor Neil Ross.

Comics

Ronald Reagan met Captain America in Marvel Comics, would become the paranormal hero "Teflon" in New Universe and was even depicted as the star of the Solsons' Comics series Reagans Raiders, in 1987.[1]

Marvel Transformers UK Annual 1985 contained a story called "Plague of the Insecticons". Optimus Prime lead Prowl and Warpath to a meeting with President Ronald Reagan in Washington D.C. to open a dialog between the Autobots and the US government. The evil Insecticons attack the US military in the name of the Autobots hoping to derail the peace talks. Although the Autobots managed to chase off the Insecticons Optimus Prime gave up on explaining the misunderstanding to Reagan, thinking he would never be believed. Reagan had been ready to hear what Optimus had to say and was disappointed they gave up so easily.[2] In 1986, Ronald Reagan made an appearance in volume 1, issue 8, of the DC Comics series Booster Gold.

Reagan would also make an appearance in Strontium Dog, a long running strip in the British comic 2000 AD. In the storyline 'Bitch' (Progs 505-529, 1987), he is kidnapped and held hostage by time travelling alien freedom fighters. The Reagan of this story is depicted as somewhat bumbling and not at all aware of what is happening; despite all evidence to the contrary, he maintains the opinion throughout that he has been kidnapped by the 'Commies'.[3]

In the 1986 miniseries Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Superman is an operative for the United States government, covertly fighting Soviet forces in Latin America and serving as the president's right-hand man. Though unnamed, this president bears an identical resemblance to Reagan, who was in office when the comic was published. He also possesses Reagan's folksy way of speaking.

Reagan was also a key character in the satirical comic strip Benchley by Mort Drucker and Jerry Dumas. The plot revolved around the fictive character Benchley who served as Reagan's assistant.

Television

In the second season of the television series Fargo, Reagan (Bruce Campbell) makes a stop during his second presidential campaign in 1979 in the titular town.[4]

Web Original

On the collaborative fiction writing website SCP Foundation, Ronald Reagan is depicted in SCP-1981, an anomalous VHS tape that depicts the president giving corrupted versions of famous speeches while accompanied by a black hooded figure, all while being pierced by an unseen force until he is unable to continue speaking. The tape changes in content every time it is viewed. The real-life Reagan of the SCP universe was said to develop Alzheimer's Disease and chronic nightmares after being shown the tape.[5]

See also

References

  1. ^ Reagan's Raiders - Don Markstein's Toonopedia
  2. ^ Plague of the Insecticons! @ tfwiki.net: The Transformers Wiki
  3. ^ 2000 AD: Titles S
  4. ^ Ausiello, Michael (March 24, 2015). "Fargo Elects Bruce Campbell to Play Ronald Reagan in Season 2". TVLine. Retrieved October 20, 2015.
  5. ^ SCP-1981


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