When you look at the world through Peanuts-colored lenses

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Some days, it seems that I cannot get far away from Peanuts, no matter what I’m doing. For example, at the moment I’m working on an article about some mid-1960s cartoon books about Jewish women who run brothels. Really, there’s more than one of these – at least six. It was a thing. And in doing so, I reference the 1964 movie that likely inspired them, A House is Not a Home, starring Shelley Winters in the adaptation of Jewish madam Polly Adler’s 1953 autobiography. And there in the cast list is Kaye Ballard… the comedienne who recorded an album of Peanuts humor in 1962. So then I look a little more into the book the film was based on, and it was originally published in 1953. By Rinehart & Co., the publishing company that at the time was in the midst of publishing the early Peanuts books.

All roads lead to Peanuts.

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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 …

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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 …

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More North Korean football references

Thanks to a post by comics writer Dan Mishkin, I’ve managed to add to more examples to this array of the “Lucy pulls the football away” concept being applied to the recent discussions with North Korea.   And that, of course, is just its use in cartoons. There’s plenty of …