I’m certain this is an amusing co-incidence, but a friend of mine (Paul Truster) showed me this reproduction of a Johnny Comet daily strip from 1952, featuring the fantastic art of Frank Frazetta, and a four panel besmirching of Al Gore’s good name.
In 1952, the Al Gore you and I know about, was barely four years old. His days of rooming with Tommy Lee Jones, inspiring the novel LOVE STORY losing the election for President to an activist/ corrupt court, and winning academy awards and Nobel Prizes was far in his future. But his father AL GORE SR. was a senator from Tennessee at the time, having spent decades as a well known congressman for the same state, and being an outspoken critic of segregation for years, he was known on a national stage. It’s POSSIBLE this was an amusing nod to a senator Frank liked…or it could be a co-incidence.
Either way, it seems that the name AL GORE and SEX SCANDAL were linked together as far back as ’52. Tipper may have gotten out just in time!
Of note, Al Gore wasn’t the only future celebrity menacing the heroes of comics back in the late Golden Age. David Letterman and Batman had a puzzling animosity for each other in the late Forties that has never been explained.
I believe Miley Cyrus was originally a recurring villain in Marvel’s Sub-Mariner comic, as well. Let me look up the issues and get back to you.