Black Lines Matter


The folks putting together The Complete Peanuts series did a really good job of hunting down the best quality source for everything they reprinted. This can be particularly problematic when one is dealing with older Sunday strips, where one might not be able to find a printing or stat of the work in black-and-white, and de-coloring a scan of a color page can be trickier than you’d think. In some cases, the original art was re-shot to make the page, with the goal being to get what Schulz had originally drawn as the black line. That is the right move… generally. But… well…

This is what the final panel of the December 19, 1999 strip looked like in the first book it was reprinted in, Peanuts 2000:

And this is what it looks like in The Complete Peanuts volume 25:

(Forgive the fuzziness of the right end of that, I didn’t want to damage the book.)

In this case, the color added by Schulz’s assistant (to be specific, Emanuel Leutze, via his 1851 painting “Washington Crossing the Delaware”) was kind of vital.

Snoopy makes many turns to the left

Coming to the racetrack this fall is another Snoopy-decorated race-a-ma-jig. Everybody’s favorite beagle… well, not everybody’s favorite, surely some people love their own dog more than they love Snoopy, it’s understandable… but the favorite beagle for the largest number of people, making him the most favoritest beagle, he will be on …

Peanuts as bird droppings

Comics history buff Steven Thompson (not to be confused with pop culture buff Stephen Thompson, son of comics history buff Maggie Thompson; the world often confuses me) pointed out this 1970 ad for the Dayton Daily News. The paper tried using the Dayton Daily News Bird, crafted by comic book …

there is erroneous information on the Internet

I was doing a little research, looking up forgotten hotelier the Reverend Caleb Nimmo for an utterly unPeanuts-related project. One of the genaeology websites, Ancient Faces, had a rather barebones listing for him. The only data they really had for him was birth date, death date, and one location where he …