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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Super Snoopy box shot

What we have here is the box for the upcoming Super Box of Snoopy, a crating of five previously published strip collections. They’re published as “Snoopy” collections, but as they each collect a run of strips, they have the full cast, not just Snoopy strips. The box is slated for mid-October, …

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Coverses!

Here are a couple of upcoming books. The new edition of Happiness is a Warm Puppy  meets the pattern of the other book rereleasing in the series, keeping the original image and putting it amid a sea of zigzags. And the cover to Snoopy’s Christmas Surprise is no longer a surprise! …

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Snoopy Super Boxer

Coming in October is… well, five strip collections that are already out, but now they’re together in a box. The Super Box of Snoopy includes the following books from the Peanuts Kids (previously AMP Kids) line of full-color strip reprints. Snoopy: Cowabunga! Snoopy: Contact! Snoopy: Party Animal Snoopy to the Rescue …