The Flying Ace’s keyring

Classic finds

When collecting Peanuts books, there are often times where I have to ask myself “is this a book?” One of these is an odd line of items that Hallmark out out in the 1970s, which I mentioned a couple times over the past decade. They are bound by a single key ring, the pages flip vertically. I just picked up my third of these  (or maybe four, but I can’t find the other one!) This is a book that Hallmark also put out in small, hardcover, definitely-a-book format, The Flying Ace. It’s a strip reprint, and in keyring format the panels reproduced on per page.

It’s only now that I realize that the keyring version actually has one more strip than the hardcover version (which was part of Hallmark’s Thoughtfulness Library imprint), which leads me to suspect that the keyring versions actually came first, and the books are adapted from them. Backing up this suspicion is that I’ve got one keyring book (It’s Only a Game – but it’s a Peanuts book, not a collection of the strip of the same name) that has no corresponding Thoughtfulness Library book that I’ve found.

I don’t see these pop up for sale very often, and at this point, I’m really unsure of how many different titles there are. I know that there are at least three. Or four. (I really need to organize the Reference Library better. Step one: hit the lottery. Step two: hire someone to do it.) (Okay, I’m going to Vegas in a couple of days. One good jackpot ought to take care of it!)

New releases
A whole lotta Linus going on?

I’ve now received Peanuts Vol. 9, the latest (but not the last) in the books collecting the KaBOOM! Peanuts comic book stories. The cover… well, I really like many of the KaBOOM! covers as art pieces. This one, which stylistically matches previous covers with other characters, is an interesting Linus piece. But …

New releases
A one-hour book

I finally picked up my copy of Peanuts 5-Minute Stories, an anthology of a dozen previously-published stories for children. Some of them are culled from the square storybooks that Simon Spotlight has been issuing, others from board books. All of them had to be re laid out to some degree to …

New releases
Nice to Meet You, FRANKLIN!

I now have a copy of the new storybook Nice to Meet You, FRANKLIN!, in which Tina Gallo and Robert Pope retell the first two Franklin storylines from the strip – Franklin finds Charlie Brown’s lost beach ball on the beach, and then Franklin comes to Charlie Brown’s neighborhood and gets …