It's strange enough to have a comic book written by a congressman, but the forthcoming March: Book One has gone one step further: it's received an endorsement from a former president.
Comicbook.com reports that the title, co-written by Civil Rights activist and Democratic Congressman John Lewis, has received a blurb from President Bill Clinton. "To the best of our knowledge, this is the first graphic novel ever endorsed by an American president,” a spokesman for publisher Top Shelf Comix told the site.
Although it's his first comic book blurb, Clinton himself has appeared in numerous comic book titles, according to the website Comic Vine, even speaking at Superman's funeral.
The presidential blurb on the site for March: Book One reads:
"Congressman John Lewis has been a resounding moral voice in the quest for equality for more than 50 years, and I'm so pleased that he is sharing his memories of the Civil Rights Movement with America's young leaders. In March, he brings a whole new generation with him across the Edmund Pettus Bridge, from a past of clenched fists into a future of outstretched hands." — President Bill Clinton
According to the site, the book's subject is:
...a vivid first-hand account of John Lewis’ lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, meditating in the modern age on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation. Rooted in Lewis’ personal story, it also reflects on the highs and lows of the broader civil rights movement.
Book One spans John Lewis’ youth in rural Alabama, his life-changing meeting with Martin Luther King, Jr., the birth of the Nashville Student Movement, and their battle to tear down segregation through nonviolent lunch counter sit-ins, building to a stunning climax on the steps of City Hall.
The book will be published on August 13th, with Lewis appearing on the Colbert Report soon afterwards, doubtless to ask questions about which superpowers he has, and if he wears a cape.