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Image provided by IDW Publishing shows cover artwork of Barack Obama for a graphic novel titled "Presidential Material."

Trading sound bites for word balloons, the presidential race is coming to the world of comic books this fall.

A month before voters cast ballots, comic book biographies of John McCain and Barack Obama will hit book stores and be available for reading on cell phones.

But don't expect Captain America-versus-Superman hijinks or super-villains threatening the electoral process. The books purport to tell McCain and Obama's true life stories, independently researched and illustrated by a team of veteran writers and artists.

IDW Publishing in San Diego, better known for stories of robots ("The Transformers") and vampires ("30 Days of Night"), commissioned the books with no input from either campaign.

"We're not doing anything that is sensational here," said IDW special projects editor Scott Dunbier. "We're sticking to the facts."