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Fox News host Bill O'Reilly given comic-book treatment

October 21, 2010 |  5:19 pm

His enemies may say that Bill O'Reilly is already a cartoon character. But now the Fox News host is really heading to the comics.

Writer Jerome Maida and artist Aleksandar Bozic have collaborated on "Political Power: Bill O'Reilly," a $3.99 comic book that goes on sale in November.

Readers shouldn't expect a skewering of the controversial host, though, or a retelling of such notorious episodes as the loofah incident or the host's argument with a 9/11 mourner. Maida describes the project as a fairly straightforward biography, with careful attention to O'Reilly's early years.

"Bill's dad had a profound effect on him," says Maida. "Whether it was seeing his dad go to work every day or his sense of humor and love for his family, which come across as positives, or his frustration at staying at a job he hated because he was afraid to take chances and took that out on his family, Bill's dad was obviously very influential in his life."

O'Reilly is not the first pundit to get the cartoon panel treatment. Previous issues of the "Political Power" comics series have focused on Rush Limbaugh and Al Franken.

— Scott Collins (Twitter: @scottcollinsLAT)

Photo: The cover of "Political Power: Bill O'Reilly." Credit: Bluewater Productions.