Physical Dell Peanuts Archive

Comic book Peanuts

When I reviewed the Peanuts Dell Archive collection of Peanuts comic book stories from the 1950s and 1960s, I was working from a review PDF. Now, I’ve got a physical copy on hand, and I can tell you that this book is well-made.  It’s a nice, solid hardcover, and the material is reproduced very well, very much capturing the look of the original presentation. (The paper stock is glossy, which the original was not, but this does not suffer for that the way some reprints do.) I am so glad to see this presented so well.

And in reproducing well, they capture the oddities of the original, such as the tendency to color Snoopy with blue highlights.I would not recommend this book to someone who is new to Peanuts – better to get them a book full of genuine Schulz strip material. But for those with an interest in Peanuts history, this would make a good gift (and at the moment that I type this, Amazon seems to have a nice discount on it – click this link to check for yourself.)

Classic finds
That’s a he’ll of a thing!

Sometimes I go looking for a picture of a Peanuts book item I once wrote about, only to discover that I wrote it so long ago that it was before the AAUGH Blog (well, then an email newsletter) had pictures. And since I wrote about this on May 2, 2001, …

New releases
Superman’s Pal, Famous Fussbudget

This cover, one of a couple for the recent issue 7 of the current Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen series, is by my ol’ pal Steve Lieber (we wrote The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Creating a Graphic Novel together.)

New releases
Review: No Rest for the Easter Beagle

When you work on Peanuts stories for the beyond-the-strip media, you are told not to modernize them. Even though you shouldn’t shout “this takes place in the past”, the Peanuts kids will continue to inhabit a world filled with wired telephones, where the kids play with marbles but not fidget …