Happy Franklin Day

Today is the 47th anniversary of the first appearance of Franklin in Peanuts, and they’re making a big thing of it! You can see coverage of National Franklin Day in newspapers, it was the reason for yesterday’s material on The View. Harriet Glickman, the woman who suggested the addition of the African-American character to the Peanuts cast, did a bunch of interviews during her NAACP honoring in Philly, and is doing more today.

(Why is a big deal being made on the 47th anniversary? Because movie, that’s why. But it’s a good thing, so hey!)

It may not seem like such a big thing today, but at the time, crossing the race line in a popular mainstream newspaper strip was a strong step.

Anyway, I took my post popular Franklin-oriented post, and turned it into a sharable image:

White-Franklin

I’m also adding Franklin tag to the blog, so you can quickly find our most Franklinicious entries!

 

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It’s Hockey Time, Franklin!

It’s Hockey Time, Franklin! is yet another kids picture book with a story that borrows bits from strip continuities but builds its own stories. In this tale, Peppermint Patty is trying to use the pond to practice her figure skating when a gang of bullies tries to take over the …

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Shoe smooch

I got a close-up look at a few pairs of the Peanuts shoes from Vanns that I posted about earlier. For a moment there, I thought Franklin was recoiling in surprise because Sally was moving in for a kiss. Then I realized that that pink dot wasn’t a highlight circle, …

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Franklin’s “Mom” gets the good treatment in Philly

You’ve seen me talking before about Harriet Glickman, the woman whose letter to Schulz inspired him to create Franklin in the 1960s – the letter itself is included as a pull-out item in my book The Peanuts Collection. Since then, she’s been getting ongoing attention, which hit a high point over …