This Presidents Day, we have comic books on the mind! Particularly, the 1976 candidacy of Tim Pettigrew!
Over the span of 10 issues in 1964, the Treasure Chest of Fun & Fact comic followed the fictional candidate on the campaign trail. Throughout the story, Pettigrew's face was carefully hidden in every panel, until the final page of the final issue of the story, when Pettigrew is finally revealed: the first Black candidate for president of the United States!
Written in the midst of the Civil Rights Movement, its authors wanted the story to help young readers understand the Movement's goals and calls for equal opportunity. Read more about the creation of this comic: https://cuomeka.wrlc.org/exhibits/show/pfp
A comic book published between 1946-1972 for Catholic schools, Treasure Chest has been fully digitized. And the full "Pettigrew for President" story arc is available online:https://cuomeka.wrlc.org/files/original/18c6b0af6585bcc7a36ceaebbafe067c.pdf