US president Barack Obama has written the introduction to the "long-awaited" 25th volume of the Complete Peanuts comic strip series.
Showcasing the final adventures of the iconic Peanuts gang, from 1st January 1999 to the final comic strip on 13th February 2000, the volume will be published by Canongate Books on 21st April 2016.
It is the latest in a series that Canongate began publishing in 1994, and has seen introductions from "high profile fans" including Matt Groening, Jonathan Franzen, Russell T. Davies and John Waters.
“In his final strip, Charles Schulz wondered how he could ever forget the Peanuts gang,” said Obama in his introduction. “Thanks to this ground-breaking series of books collecting all of Charles Schulz’s Peanuts strips, the rest of us never will…”
Volume 25 of The Complete Peanuts presents the very final year of the "defining comic strip of the 20th century", which ran for nearly 18,000 strips and for 50 years after its debut in 1950. The 25th volume sees Rerun take centre stage and "cement himself as the last great Peanuts character", the publisher said.
As well as Obama’s introduction, the volume includes another surprise for fans - the complete Li'l Folks, the weekly one-panel comic that Charles Schulz produced for his hometown paper between 22nd June 1947, and 22nd January 1950. Li'l Folks was a clear precursor to Peanuts, and its inclusion in the 25th volume will bring The Complete Peanuts series full circle.
The Complete Peanuts 1999 – 2000 (Volume 25) will be published 21st April 2016 priced at £16.99.