Peanuts is old enough for a Social Security blanket

Sixty-five years ago today, paperboys were hitting doorsteps with newspapers that included the very first Peanuts strip. Folks who read about Good Ol’ Charlie Brown (“How I hate him!”) probably hadn’t a clue as to how old he would become.

And let’s think about that age for a bit. We still see Peanuts as a modernish thing – not cutting edge, mind you, but there were new strips being produced by the creator during the lifespan of every adult reading this. It’s not black-and-white TV, much less silent pictures. The last episode of Friends is only three years newer than the last Peanuts strip.

Yet if you line it up with culture things that are old, things that are on the slim list of survivors of the days before we were born… it’s getting there. It’s more than 60% as old as Tarzan, more than half as old as Sherlock Holmes. It’s clearly not one of those things that is fading away, to be forgotten like Buster Brown or Frank Merriwell. It doesn’t even look to be teetering on disappearance, like The Lone Ranger. There are new major projects, there is ongoing sales of collections of Peanuts strips, it is not merely a nostalgia item or a window on the past.

It will be interesting to see how the future treats Peanuts, whether it becomes modernized, treated as an element of nostalgia, becomes more of an iconography to people than a set of actual characters with story, or simply continued to fine a new audience for what it already is.

Schulz/Peanuts news
Guess who just bought a big chunk of Peanuts??

The Hollywood Reporter is Hollywood reporting that entertainment giant Sony just bought 39% of the holding company that exists to hold the rights to Peanuts. They bought just short of half of the share that DHX Media bought a year ago. This means that the ownership breaks down like this: …

Schulz/Peanuts news
Peanuts Global Artist Collective

Now this is cool! The Peanutsy folks have announced the Peanuts Global Artist Collective, an international public art effort were seven selected artists/teams are doing public art using the Peanuts characters. They’re permitted to do their own interpretation of the characters, or to use Schulz art, or to mix things together …

Animated Peanuts
A Charlie BANNED Christmas

Following up on yesterday’s post about how Texas prisons have banned The Peanuts Collection, I should note that that’s not the only Peanuts book they’ve banned. They’ve also banned the book adaptation of A Charlie Brown Christmas… and since they are, presumably, wise followers of this blog (all the best people …