Ronald Reagan first rose to prominence as Sweethearts' Dream Beau of the Month of May 1952. Prior to that he had starred in some movies and dabbled in politics, but it was all leading up to that crucial moment. Reagan's achievement was made even more impressive by the fact that he had already been profiled in Sweethearts' fiercest competitor in the romance comics arena, Miss Beverly Hills -- usually a death sentence for Beau hopefuls.
Bridge writing would remain his favorite pastime for the rest of his life.
On the strength of these early successes, Reagan had by the late '60s become the first governor of California to have co-starred in a movie with an ape (but not the last). As chronicled in DC Comics' ill-fated hippie comic Brother Power #2, Reagan had little patience for geeks and didn't hesitate to send heavy artillery after them:
The first five San Diego Comic-Cons were just endless bloodbaths.
Reagan continued to rise in the political world, but some analysts raised concerns about what would happen if a former Hollywood star were allowed to reach the White House. Here is Cracked's spot-on prediction of "If Reagan Became President" from 1980, back when websites were printed on dead trees and called "magazines":
Sure, we laughed then, but the U.S. still hasn't recovered from the damage Miss Piggy inflicted as Secretary of State.