When Fantagraphics Books releases the 25th volume in their “Complete Peanuts” series of hardcovers, it will come with a foreword by President Obama. As reported by the New York Times, President Obama will share his appreciation for Charles Schulz’s iconic comic strip.
“Like millions of Americans, I grew up with ‘Peanuts.’ But I never outgrew it,” writes President Obama in an excerpt from his foreword. “For decades, ‘Peanuts’ was our own daily security blanket. That’s what makes ‘Peanuts’ an American treasure.”
Fantagraphics’ hardcover series collects every “Peanuts” strip published during it’s 50 year run from 1950 to 2000. The penultimate volume will be released in May and contains strips published from January 1, 1999 through to “Peanuts'” end on February 13, 2000.
President and co-founder of Fantagraphics Gary Groth said he sought the introduction by President Obama as a way to make the final volume special. “Obama was inevitably at the top of the list,” Groth told the Times. “Let’s just reach for the stars. All he can do is say no.”
CNN’s Jake Tapper, who wrote the introduction to volume 22, got Groth in contact with the White House. Other previous forward writers include Whoopi Goldberg, Patton Oswalt, Alec Baldwin, Garrison Keillor, Jonathan Franzen, Diana Krall, John Waters, Billie Jean King and more.
In addition to the last year of Schulz’s strip, volume 25 will contain reprints of “Li’l Folks,” Schulz’s weekly comic that ran from 1947 to 1950 that is seen as a predecessor to “Peanuts.” October will see the release of the final installment in the “Complete Peanuts” project, a volume that will include Schulz’s stories and drawings that exist outside of the newspaper strips collected in the other 25 volumes.