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 were custom-for-ad strips done both before and after this 1959 game ad.
But not this time. This recycles the art from the May 5, 1957 Sunday strip. I can live without this in my collection.
This will be a year. A real year. The kind of year when we don’t just have a new book edition of A Charlie Brown Christmas, but it’s actually going to be a completely new adaptation! This one’s going to be a “deluxe edition”, a cloth-covered hardcover with foil highlights. The adaptation is written by Maggie Tesla, who has done a lot of the kids books lately, and drawn by the mighty Vicki Scott, who did some fine stuff in the recent comic books, among other things.
Coming in September, you can preorder it now! (Did I? Of course!)
There’s more Peanuts books coming later in the year. The batch I just learned of is mostly kids stuff. The one that makes me happiest is a storybook with Franklin as the title character.
- The story book You Got A Rock, Charlie Brown (July)
- The storybook It’s Hockey Time, Franklin (August)
- The board book Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown! (September)
- The strip collection Snoopy: What’s Wrong with Dog Lips? (October)
- The board book Who’s Your Valentine, Charlie Brown? (December)
Oh, and there’s at least one more I know about, that I’m saving for tomorrow.
Sorry for the lack of many updates lately, but between some medical issues (don’t worry, nothing deadly) and going to the Long Beach Comic Expo (where I finally decided that I should describe myself as a “Professional Peanuts Nerd”), life has been full. I’ve got a few more points of news to get to, but for today, let’s just take a look at this cover for Hugs For Snoopy, an upcoming hug-themed board book slated for release in May.
Now, I know it will look a little different when it’s in your hands – that head is a plush item that will stick out from the cover – but my immediate impression from the image is that they took the head from a The Peanuts Movie and grafted it onto the body of a Snoopy Come Home Snoopy, making a Frankensnoop!