In not only his first press conference as PEOTUS, but the first presidential press conference that refuted rumors of urine play, president-elect Donald Trump confirmed that he is considering Marvel CEO Isaac “Ike” Perlmutter for a role in his administration, probably consulting on the Veteran’s Affairs dept. “Ike Perlmutter has been very very involved,” he told the assembled. “One of the great men of business. We’re gonna straighten out the VA for our veterans.”
Perlmutter and his wife Laura have been big Trump supporters with an especially keen interest in veterans, as shown by a $1 million donation a year ago to Trump’s veteran’s tel-a-thon.
In addition Perlmutter is himself a veteran – although of the Israeli army where he served in the 6 Day War in the 60s.
Perlmutter'[s role in the government (never thought I would type that) might reunite him with former rival Carl Icahn, who has been signed on to help with regulations, which is awesome because he hates ’em.
Perlmutter and Icahn were both rivals for the distressed Marvel in the 90s, as recounted in Dan Raviv’s classic book Comics Wars. As recalled, Icahn’s real enemy was then Marvel owner Ron Perelmann, so maybe he and Ike are buddies:
Mr. Perelman bought Marvel in the late 1980s for $82.5 million, putting in $10.5 million of his own funds and borrowing the rest. The company’s profits soared and it later went public and took a large stake in Toy Biz as part of a licensing agreement.
But in the latter half of the 1990s, the speculative boom that had been helping the comic book business — in which collectors would commonly by 20 copies of a single issue — faded away, and Marvel’s financial picture soured. After Mr. Perelman attempted a rescue deal involving Toy Biz, Mr. Icahn stepped in with a group of bondholders to challenge him. Mr. Perelman put Marvel into bankruptcy protection in 1996.
After several twists and turns, Mr. Icahn succeeded in taking control of Mr. Perelman’s Marvel stock, which served as collateral for Marvel’s bonds.
At any rate we may soon have actual photos of Ike, and not the Hannibal-type surveillance photos from his meeting with Trump in Florida.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.