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Insecurity is a need to parody

AAUGHtober keeps bringing me interesting things. I’ve become somewhat obsessed with Kanrom, a 1960s publisher of humor publications, often with a raunchy and/or Jewish bent. I’ve talked previously about the fact that they published not one but two parodies of the best-selling Peanuts book Happiness is a Warm Puppy in 1963, entitled Happiness …

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The envelope please!

Why yes, I did just buy another copy of Linus on Life just so I could have the envelope it originally came with. No, you have too many Peanuts books!

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The Keyring Komix

AAUGH Blog reader Douglas believes he has acquired a complete set of those Hallmark books-on-keyrings that I’ve blogged about recently, and was kind enough not only to share his list of what titles exist – he actually offered up his doubles for the AAUGH.com Reference Library, doubling up the number …

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The Flying Ace’s keyring

When collecting Peanuts books, there are often times where I have to ask myself “is this a book?” One of these is an odd line of items that Hallmark out out in the 1970s, which I mentioned a couple times over the past decade. They are bound by a single …

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Many Merry Christmasses, Charlie Brown

The frequent reuse of titles for different Peanuts books is one of the tripping points for the collector. Because of that, I should note that the upcoming board book Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown is not the same as the earlier Look-and-Find book Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown. And neither of them is …

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I’m Glad I Got A Letter From Me!

The fine folks at Escape Pod Comics in Huntington, New York got in a load of Hallmark minibooks, and among them was a copy of A Letter From Me, which was a hole in the AAUGH.com Reference Library. It’s a cute little storybook. Charlie Brown is trying to write a letter, …

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The Peanuts Game

Back when I was working on Complete Peanuts 26, an eBay listing like this would lead me to fret. Sure, it’s clearly not lettered by Schulz, that’s visible even at this low resolution, but what if they had him draw a strip special for them and then change the dialogue? There …

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Snoopy’s Masterpiece

Among the other things that my pal David Folkman has worked on is The Comics: An American Tradition, a newspaper supplement from (if I’m dating this correctly) the early 1970s. This 16 page newsprint item has reprints of comics from across the era of strips (including a 1951 Peanuts strip), with short …

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Snoopy, Ruff, and their humans

Dennis the Menace and Peanuts have a lot in common. The two popular kid-lead features started within six months of each other. They had a lot of differences as well, in style, in format, in creation (while Schulz did all the strips for the entire run of Peanuts, Hank Ketcham …

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Polish Peanuts redux

As a Peanuts book collector, I’ve gotten so many books that there are actually very few specific titles left that I really feel I “need”. But I just got one of them. In the 1980s, a series of three black-and-white Peanuts books were published in Poland under the title Fistaszki. …