Robert Mayer, RIP

Robert Mayer, a man whom I was glad to call a friend, and whose work I have proudly published for over 15 years, passed away on Tuesday. He was a journalist and an author, whose books include everything from the influential literary superhero satire Superfolks to the true crime chronicle The Dreams of Ada to being a contributor to the best-selling lurid hoax Naked Came the Stranger.

But why mention him here on this Peanuts books blog? Well, on the opening page of Superfolks, he is chronicling the bad end that various heroes, ranging for Superman to John Kennedy, had come to. And the list caps off with “Even Snoopy had bought it; shot down by the Red Baron; missing in action over France.” (Fear not, dear readers; toward the end of the novel, it is indicated that while Snoopy may have been downed, he was not yet out.) While the novel came out in 1977, it was still a fairly early literary reference to Peanuts.

It’s a small thing, but I welcome the excuse to talk about my friend.

Pawlowski retires

Stan Pawlowski, the long time sculptor of Peanuts items who I interviewed on the AAUGH Blog Podcast, has announced his retirement as of today, for safety reasons. (His aging hands and health are not compatible with “working with torches and harsh chemicals”, he notes.) He has done a lot of …

Samurai Snoopy

My pal Walter Simonson, artist of the famed Batman story set to the text of “It Was a Dark and Stormy Night”, decided to do a little fan art and I cannot resist sharing.   Because at some point, I had nothing better to do. 😉 Pencil. 8 x 10. …

The better-known Peanuts

I am reminded from time to time that the Peanuts that is clearly part of the culture is the Peanuts that existed during the first half of the strip’s run…. and that this is true even for people who were not alive at that time. Even if you were born …