A problematic eyepatch


If you were reading through the 1965-1966 volume of The Complete Peanuts, this closing panel to the December 6, 1965, you may have paused a bit when you hit the final panel.

Now the first reason for a pause, particularly for younger readers, would be the phrase “an ad for men’s shirts!” After all, the C.F. Hathaway Company went out of business in 2002, and many younger folks would never have seen the ad campaign that started in the early 1950s and launched Hathaway into the big leagues of shirts.

But the second thing would be noticing that Sally is wearing her eyepatch over her left eye, as is her mirror image. This could mean one of three things:

  1. Mirrors work differently in the Peanutsverse.
  2. This is actually a portal to an alternate dimension, and one of them is Evil Sally.
  3. Schulz made an error.

The correct answer is (as is so often true in life) the most boring one, #3. We can tell because the eyepatch strips were eventually collected for a booklet published by everyone’s favorite publisher of cartoon booklets, the US government.

And, as Tim Chow (who was with me on the team to find rare Peanuts materials for Complete Peanuts 26) pointed out to me, inside that booklet, the image is corrected.

(By the way, that shot is not from the original edition of Security is an Eye Patch, but from the reprint that was included as part of my book The Peanuts Collection… which has been out of print for a while, alas.)

A fictionalized Kennedy reads Peanuts

The latest book from me (with my publisher hat on) is an expansion of a book I issued and let go out of print a decade back, a collection of Miss Caroline, a gag cartoon series from 1963 about Caroline Kennedy and her place as a child in the White House. …

Schulz’s Youth – still available!

I sometimes lament that Schulz’s Youth, the book I compiled as the most complete collection of Schulz’s cartoons for the Church of God, is out of print. This is, after all material that is mostly not in print anywhere. However, when I say that, I should remember that “out of print” …

It’s a song of a parody, not a parody of a song

I had never really looked into The Mad Show, a 1960s off-broadway musical hit based on Mad, the satirical comics magazine, but I happened to look at its Wikipedia page for some reason, and there I saw, in the song listings, “Misery Is…” Now, this isn’t the song that anyone talks about …