Tragedy of Americana: California Wildfire Destroys 'Peanuts' Creator's Home
The Peanuts© comic strip, drawn by Charles Schulz, has been my lifetime favorite. That it is also the world's favorite strip is no wonder. Now that I have crossed the half-century threshold, I tend to look back at the innocence and complexity of the themes with a perspective other than simply entertainment - although I still thoroughly enjoy reading them just to get a few good laughs.
Along the way, I have managed to collect a few bits of memorabilia. Melanie was a Peanuts fan as a child and actually still had some of her girlhood collection. Part of her dowry when we married was a couple dozen Peanuts paperback comic books, Charlie Brown, Lucy, and Snoopy Skediddlers, the Snoopy Christmas tree ornament, a couple Peanuts banners, and a few other odds and ends. The rest of the stuff like the Snoopy astronaut and the magazines with early Charles Schulz artwork was purchased off of eBay.
Schroeder, Lucy, and Snoopy Bobbleheads (aka Nodders) were added in November 2012 as well as the Schroeder & Piano toy made by Hungerford. More good stuff to be added over time. Thanks for visiting.
Note: One interesting tidbit that I found in Peanuts: The Art of Charles M. Schulz, is a list of the edition of The Saturday Evening Post magazine where Schulz's first for-pay comics appeared. Those characters eventually became known as Li'l Folks (this link is to a page I made for the ones I have collected thus far), and the ultimately as Peanuts.
See the Peanuts characters featured in Ford Falcon TV commercials, the edition of TV Guide magazine showing the first airing of "A Charlie Brown Christmas" in 1965 and my Snoopy alarm clock restoration.
Peanuts - The Art of Charles Schulz
This is a an amazing collection of early artwork from Schulz, including panels never seen before. The author adds a lot of biographical information and history behind some of the comics.
The World According to Peanuts
Time magazine did this article about Charles Schulz's relatively new hit comic strip on April 9, 1965.
Snoopy Astronaut, 1979 Knickerbocker
Peanuts - A Golden Anniversary
For the 50-year anniversary of Peanuts, Charles Schulz worked with a couple writers and book designers to commemorate a half century of the Peanuts characters. Schulz narrates a lot of the book himself, providing insight that could not be obtained anywhere else.
Charlie Brown and Snoopy, Winners at Last
Good 'ol Charlie Brown's reputation as a loser precedes him. The world had found its underdog for whom to root. Life magazine made that point in the March 17, 1967 edition.
Hallmark Snoopy Christmas Tree Ornament
Preview of the New Peanuts Special
The February 1968 edition of Women's Day magazine ran a feature on the upcoming He's Your Dog, Charlie Brown cartoon. Trust me, it was hard looking at the other pictures in the magazine while looking for this article - avocado green carpet and drapes, beehive hairdos, purple hippie daisy emblems, gag!
My astronaut Snoopy was bought on eBay. Ones in excellent condition with the original packaging can easily run over $300. Mine has a couple cracks in the clear helmet, but is otherwise in great condition.
Charlie Brown stuffed doll from the Kohl's
Cares for Kids program. $5.
Merry Christmas - Charlie Brown
The December 1966 edition of Catholic Miss did a piece on the Peanuts Christmas cartoon special that debuted the year before. They discuss how the TV reviewers went ape-s**t over the religious theme. Intolerant pompous morons.
Posted February 12, 2012