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Prokhorov's Life Story Takes A Comic Turn

"If ever there was a real life Bruce Wayne, it was Mikhail Prokhorov," reads the introduction. It calls the "billionaire playboy" the "most exciting Russian of the 21st century."
"If ever there was a real life Bruce Wayne, it was Mikhail Prokhorov," reads the introduction. It calls the "billionaire playboy" the "most exciting Russian of the 21st century."

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There's a new hero in town. Or is he a villain?

That will be left up to the reader to decide at the end of a new comic book based on the life of Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov.

The 22-page "Orbit: Mikhail Prokhorov" hit the shelves recently. It shows the metal magnate-turned-politician in a largely positive light, even comparing him to Batman’s alter ego.

"If ever there was a real life Bruce Wayne, it was Mikhail Prokhorov," reads the introduction. It calls the "billionaire playboy" the "most exciting Russian of the 21st century."

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The book chronicles Prokhorov's childhood in Russia, his failed 2012 bid for the presidency against Vladimir Putin, and his major moves in New York City -- including his purchase of the New Jersey Nets basketball team.

The comic book also touches on some of the more scandalous aspects of his life, including being arrested at a ski resort in France in 2007. It largely glosses over the fact that the arrest was part of a police crackdown on a prostitution ring that was allegedly operating out of the resort. The charges were later dropped.  

"He’s very polarizing. People either really love him or people really don't like him," says Darren Davis of Bluewater Productions, which published the comic book.

"I, personally, just found him fascinating. I thought he was just very impressive, from his upbringing to the scandals in his life," Davis says. "But that’s a part of who he is and what made him into who he is today. So, as I said, we don’t really try to sensationalize it or do something like that, rather than tell a really good story."

Bluewater has published biographical comic books about a number of well-known figures, including Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Sarah Palin, Nelson Mandela, and Justin Bieber.

Davis said his company sometimes donates percentages of sales to the charity of a book subject's choice but never takes money in exchange for publishing.

In the case of Prokhorov, Davis says they've never even been in contact.

"We reached out to him and we haven't heard back," says Davis, laughing. "I'm sure he's busy."

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by: Eugenio from: Vienna
December 03, 2012 15:02
The article says about Prochorow: "I, personally, just found him fascinating". Really??? Fascinating??? I don't know, I have seen the guy in the pre-election TV debates on the internet a couple of times about a year ago and he seemed like a pretty dull and prmitive personality to me: no arguments, no ability to offer people ANY KIND of vision, nothing...
And this story with him getting arrested in France a few years ago for, apparently, being so drunk that he even tried to fight with the French policemen when they came to calm his down :-)?
And how was he then "justifying" his behavior in interviews? He said something like "they don't like when the Russians behave in a self-confident manner" :-)). I mean: a ridiculous ...!
He is really one of those who bring shame on the country they happen to be from - and my compliments to the people of Russia who, inspite of all the money that the guy spent on the electoral campaign, gave him less than 10 per cent of the nationwide vote.
And compare it to the US: they elected a similar guy - called George W. Bush - to be a representative of their country TWICE!!! Good job, guys, just keep doing it :-)).

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