not real Schulz

In the wake of yesterday’s post about the MetLife brochures, folks were asking whether the art on those might be original Schulz drawings. The answer is almost certainly not. While Sparky drew product art in the early days, by the time MetLife hooked up with Peanuts his art efforts were focused almost solely on the art for the strip. There have been a number of other artists who were allowed to create Peanuts art for other uses – ads, greeting cards, magazine covers, and so forth. Digital technology made it ever easy to take bits from existing Schulz drawings and build images around it.

Tom Everhart is the most recognized of these artists. While plenty of Peanuts fans are aware of his fine art paintings and prints, fewer are aware that he’s done various bits of commercial Peanuts art, including significant work for MetLife.

And just so you know, no, the Schulz signature is not proof that a given piece is pure original Schulz.

Classified Peanuts

If you’ve read a lot of Peanuts reprint books, you’ve probably at some point read the June, 1962 storyline where Linus’s blanket got turned into a kite, which in turn got carried away by the winds. You may even have seen this panel: That panel showed up the in the …

Why your shipments are rescheduled

If you pre-order books from Amazon like I do, you may recently have gotten some messages letting you know that the book has been rescheduled and will arrive later than originally planned. While this is something that always happens to some extent (planning for the future is an imperfect science), …

Free Comic Book Day this coming Saturday

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