The man who pitted Snoopy against the Red Baron

Coming in March is Phil Gernhard, Record Man, a biography written by Bill DeYoung.  Gernhard, a record producer who (according to the promo blurb) had a life filled with addictions, wives, and demons that ended in suicide in 2008, has a very specific place in Peanuts history: he’s the guy who took the song that Dick Holler had written about the Red Baron and decided to add Snoopy to it, taking advantage of the popular ongoing gags in Peanuts about the beagle dogfighting the baron. The result was, of course, both a huge 1966 hit for the band the Royal Guardsmen and a legal mess, as Gernhard hadn’t actually bothered to get permission to use the Snoopy character. This wasn’t the only hit in Gernhard’s career, and the book certainly isn’t going to be about just that, but if you want it, there you go!

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Shoot for the Moon, Snoopy cover

We now have a cover image for the upcoming book Shoot For The Moon, Snoopy! And I should note the cultural bias of this shot. Why is Snoopy shown right side up and Woodstock down upsidew-down. There is no right-side up in space! This is just anti-bird prejudice!! Also: is that inset …

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Peanuts Poster Book

Coming in September is The Peanuts Poster Book, a poster book with 20 posters of the Peanuts characters. In poster format. Really, I don’t have much else to say at this point. I don’t know the dimensions, I’m dubious about the claims that it’s a “hardcover”. List price is a …

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Howl now, Brown crowd

Someone asked me about the announced-but-not-yet-solicited literary look at Peanuts, The Peanuts Papers: Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the Gang, and the Meaning of Life, which I had previously discussed. I have one little tidbit of further information on it – just the one. That’s that novelist and MacArthur Fellow Jonathan Lethem’s …