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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Non-cannibalistic cover revealed

The cover for the upcoming storybook Happy Thanksgiving, Snoopy! has been revealed, and it features Snoopy and Woodstock enjoying traditional holiday fare… but not turkey. That scene in the Thanksgiving TV special where Woodstock happily chomps on roast bird seems a might odd to some. But here, they’re eating pumpkin …

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Covers uncovered

Here are the announced covers for this fall’s Fantagraphics Peanuts releases (with the caveat that Fantagraphics has been known to change their covers substantially between initial announcement and press. Peanuts Every Sunday 1976-1980 Peanuts Every Sunday 1971-1980 box set Complete Peanuts volume 10, paperback Complete Peanuts volume 9-10 box set. …

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Your Valentine’s Day Peanuts Pre-sent

So, are you behind with your Valentine’s Day shopping, still needing that little something special for that someone special, that Peanuts lover in your life? Well, you still have time to get that person… a preorder! That’s right, right now you can order A Valentine for Linus!, a Peanuts storybook (with …