A Charlie Brown Christmas trading card kinda

Last year, Topps put out a set of Americana trading cards, cataloging particularly American moments. Card 91 pays tribute to A Charlie Brown Christmas. Well, sort of.

The card has no image from the Christmas special; I suspect it was less a creative preference and more a rights issue (while various Peanuts trading card sets have been offered over the years, I don’t think Topps has ever been the publisher to do so.) Instead it has a photograph of Schulz, which is all well and good if you know that, but it never explains that it’s Schulz, and certainly not everyone will recognize him. The back has a slightly grammatically challenged two-sentence explanation of the special and its impact.

Classic finds
When my wife asked for the checkbook, I handed her this

I don’t get to add Peanuts books in a new language to the AAUGH.com Reference Library very often any more. After all, once you get books in 21 languages, covering much of the world’s population, it starts getting harder to find ones… and even in these days of online ordering …

Comic book Peanuts
Physical Dell Peanuts Archive

When I review the Peanuts Dell Archive collection of Peanuts comic book stories from the 1950s and 1960s, I was working from a review PDF. Now, I’ve got a physical copy on hand, and I can tell you that this book is well-made.  It’s a nice, solid hardcover, and the …

New releases
Boogie Down, Snoopy!

The choice to focus on disco Snoopy for the cover, title, and back cover strip of Snoopy: Boogie Down!, the 11th in the Andrew McMeel Peanuts For Kids series of strip reprints, is an interesting one. On one hand, it’s a non-generic image, and that’s good. On the other hand, …