President Donald Trump — as Foretold in a 1990 Heavy Metal Story!

"The Wall" by Peter Kuper, from the July 1990 issue of Heavy Metal
“The Wall” by Peter Kuper, from the July 1990 issue of Heavy Metal

When Donald Trump was elected President in 2016, many citizens were stunned. They had no idea that the country was so divided; they didn’t foresee the populist uprising that so noisily ended the Obama era — and anyway, Hillary had been leading in the polls. At the time, some pop-culture watchers noted that The Simpsons envisioned a President Trump in 2000, which was not exactly clairvoyant as he did run for the Reform Party nomination that year, and had voiced presidential ambitions plenty of times prior. But what you may not know is that Heavy Metal predicted 2016-style Trumpism back in 1990.

In the July 1990 issue, we printed a story called “The Wall,” by Peter Kuper, about a conspiracy between Donald Trump and Harry Helmsley. Trump isn’t President here, but certain elements (hint: look to the title) are unmistakable. The full story is 12 pages long, but we’ll give you a taste:

"The Wall" by Peter Kuper (click to enlarge)
“The Wall” by Peter Kuper (click to enlarge)

“The Wall” begins with a disavowal of well-known lines of “The New Colossus,” the poem associated with the Statue of Liberty. In this story, we’re living in a divided city where the haves and have nots can barely relate to each other. In fact, the cultural and economic divide has been made real in the form of a wall to “keep the peasants at arm’s length.”

"The Wall" by Peter Kuper (click to enlarge)
“The Wall” by Peter Kuper (click to enlarge)

Law enforcement had been overwhelmed; the cops were running for their lives. So, a wall: The brainchild of Trump and Helmsley. But the relationship between these two egomaniacs can’t last, and in a fit of rage Helmsley carries out a purge called the “Night of the Long Skates.” All Trump’s associates are wiped out, and Trump himself escapes into the NYC sewer. But Trump plots his revenge.

"The Wall" by Peter Kuper (click to enlarge)
“The Wall” by Peter Kuper (click to enlarge)

There they are—the hats! Of course, they’re more like berets, meant to suggest the Guardian Angels, an amateur anti-crime organization founded in NYC in 1979. Who knows, maybe today’s Trump voters do fancy themselves crime-fighters, in a way. In this story, they band together in their hats, led by a Messianic Trump who convinces his followers that Helmsley is the reason for the unemployment and poverty they face. The mob carries Trump to a humiliating victory over Helmsley, a feat Trump promises to commemorate with a monument. And about that “monument”…

"The Wall" by Peter Kuper (click to enlarge)
“The Wall” by Peter Kuper (click to enlarge)

Ok, so Trump isn’t president in this 30-year-old story, but the man depicted is fully recognizable as the current Chief Executive. The tactics used to motivate followers, the faith in the power of walls, the goddamn hats — it was all there.

19 thoughts on “President Donald Trump — as Foretold in a 1990 Heavy Metal Story!

  1. When I think of Donald Trump, I think of the commercial for Counter Strike. The one where Arnold in the General’s uniform says ‘Build the Wall’, and then he says ‘Higher’. The one where the helicopters and missiles crash into the wall. Only I imagine the same commercial with Trump in the generals uniform, and the attack helicopters and missiles wear Sombreros and Burkas.

  2. “Citizens of a divided nation are now trying to figure out what that means and where we go from here, with quite a few (on both sides) wondering how this even happened.”

    Of course liberals and their RINO conspirators have no idea how their own smug tyranny made it happen.

  3. Interesting, but I like what Trump is doing. After 9/11, if felt like we were creeping towards dystopia under these trillionairs, but now it feels like the guy in charge isn’t under complete control. Seems to be open to negotiation too. Give it a few years.

    1. What “trillionairs?” What about 9/11 leads to a dystopia? A guy under complete control to his debt and foreign influence is not under complete control? Open to negotiation? Have you read his books or interviews? “Give it a few years?” Give Islamophobia, racism and rape culture a few years? Okie dokie, smokie. You do realize we can all see this, right?

    2. How you feeling now Patrick???? Nothing but trillionaires in Trumps cabinet (sure is drainin’ that swamp!!) and is under the control of every despot out there.

  4. When I think of Trump, I think of people in formerly blue rust belt states that were treated like shit by the people living on the coats for 30 years that had their jobs and middle class lifestyles stolen from them because of globalist trade deals. Keep in mind that Trump transcends right/left binaries, and a good portion of your readers probably voted for him.

    1. You used the word “binaries” – forgetting that Trump used and abused these “binaries” at his leisure? He doesn’t represent either, or both – and especially not you- He represents money first, image second, and then himself. You and America are not in his plans.

  5. Well I think we need to take the Bad with the Good.

    I see Trump as being a pioneer for somebody, who might have more Nouse, just as much Money and someday be a real President for the people.
    Till then, we just gotta put up with the mistakes.

  6. Well if you consider who we had to pick from the last election trump was the least of the evil ones and if you would pick Hillary or Bernie Sanders you would be Be speaking Mexican because the Democratic Party is not for America anymore the Democratic Party is for a legal immigration to get more votes
    I say we Get Donald In office for 2020 because if you don’t Get trump back It will be real badd if the democrats get back in they will raise your taxes they will put more restrictions on your state in your country and do everything they can to manipulate you even more than they’re doing now wake up Donald Trump 2020

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