Tragedy of Americana: California Wildfire Destroys 'Peanuts'
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
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
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