Coming in September is another trio of Peanuts storybooks in the Great American Adventure line from the conservative imprint Little Patriot Press.
The mail carrier has just brought me my latest eBay purchase, Happy Birthday Person to Person. For those of you less than about half a century old, “person-to-person” is an old telephone term. You could either call “station-to-station”, which basically means that you get charged for the call when anyone answers the phone, or “person-to-person”, where you get charged a higher price, but only once you reach the specific individual you were trying to call.
In this little 4″ x 5.5″ book from 1972, part of the Hallmark “Thoughtfulness Library” series of basically hard-cover greeting cards, Charlie Brown gets a phone call from someone who tells him he’s wonderful and witty and charming and… SPOILER ALERT … it turns out the call isn’t for him, it’s for you!
I kinda like this cute little books. I kind of wish they were still around for their original use. And still cost $1.
I’ve only just noticed that the spine of the thirteenth volume of the Complete Peanuts series has Charlie Brown facing the reader, while all the earlier volumes have various characters heading to the left and all the later ones heading toward the right. When the series is done this will look really cool… if you have a shelf big enough to hold all 25 volumes.
If the word going around yesterday is correct, at the time you read this, you’ll be able to order Amazon Prime service for a year for $72, which is $27 off the usual price. I’ve been using this service for a couple years, and it’s worth it to me. It means free shipping in most cases without having to find $35 stuff to order… and the stuff gets here in two days. That’s particularly handy when sending things to other people, but it also works out to make sure I get the new Peanuts books in a timely fashion (I preorder them, and they’re shipped at the first available date). And there’s a video service subscription, which we use mainly for ad-free shows for the kids (although we did also take in the occasional movie, and I’m a fan of Alpha House, the original Amazon-only sitcom written by Doonesbury creator G. B. Trudeau.) We’ve made a little use of the free music streaming, haven’t made any use of the free photo storage (probably won’t use that, don’t see much point in backing photos up to space I’m only renting) or Kindle book lending library (yet).
So if you’ve been thinking about it, today is the best time to buy in a looong while. Click that link above to do so.
Peanuts in comic book magazines has always been a matter of short pieces, from the earliest day where it was just a matter of reprinting strips, through the days when it was largely made up of stories of four to eight pages. That was true through the Peanuts appearances in titles like Nancy and Tip-Top, and into its own title in the 1960s, and then into this century with the revived title from Kaboom, always with several stories in each issue.
But they’re breaking that with that with issue 25 of volume 2 of the current comics title, hitting comic shops on the 18th of next month. Regular Peanuts contributors Paige Braddock and Vicki Scott spin a full-length summer camp tale for this single-story issue… in fact, it’s being promoted as a 32 page story, which means you get well more pages of story in an issue than with a normal issue, and it’s still just $3.99.