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Pop culture's landscape of Lincoln

November 08, 2012|By Georgia Garvey, RedEye

Abraham Lincoln has been dead for more than 147 years, but our endless obsession with all things Abe hasn't waned over the years. If anything, we just want to see more and more of Lincoln.

The recent "Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter" book and movie spawned a comic book, and the character of Abraham Lincoln has been played at least 300 times in movies and TV shows, according to IMDB listings. Here are some of the former president's weirdest appearances in pop culture.

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"Star Trek"

Year: 1969

He gets full honors from an awed Capt. James T. Kirk, who also takes time to explain the beaming-aboard process to the president.

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"Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure"

Year: 1989

He helps stoner protagonists Bill and Ted with a history project. His sage advice: "Be excellent to each other and party on, dudes."

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"Zoolander"

Year: 2001

He's capped by the first in a long line of male-model assassins in U.S. history, John Wilkes Booth. Spoiler alert!

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"National Treasure: Book of Secrets"

Year: 2007

He's played by Glenn Beck. No, not that Glenn Beck. The actor Glenn Beck. They look nothing alike.

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"Batman: The Brave and The Bold"

Year: 2011

He teams up with Batman to vanquish a cyborg John Wilkes Booth.

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"Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies"

Year: 2012

In this b-movie slasher pic, he takes down a horde of zombies that start with him beheading his own zombie-fied mom. Yuck.

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