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.

Even completer

If you try to buy ebook versions of The Complete Peanuts, you’ll discover something interesting – there’s 32 volumes, instead of the 26 of the hardcover ones. What’s up? Well, instead of just counting The Complete Peanuts volumes in their digital book total, Amazon is considering all of the Peanuts books that Fantagraphics …

Snoopy Supreme

When Joe Biden is inaugurated into the presidency on January 20 of next year, he will become the first U.S. president to have been mentioned in Peanuts before his presidency (in the May 24, 1993 strip.) Perhaps he will be the one to nominate Snoopy to the Supreme Court!

Bird On Skates!

I’ve never bought anything from the folks at Hammacher Schlemmer, but I guess they knew I’d want a copy of their catalog with Peanuts on the cover, so they sent it to me. (And if you didn’t get a catalog, but would like to order this item, you can order …