Trivia note: The supervillain Kite Man first appeared in a Batman story in 1960… but it wasn’t until a 1986 issue of Hawkman that writer Tony Isabella announced that his real name is Charles Brown.
Coming out on the same day in December are two board books, one named A Best Friend for Woodstock, and the other, A Best Friend for Snoopy. Is this a coincidence? Or are they linked somehow? Could it be that they go together… that it turns out that the unnamed best friend in both cases is the same person, and thus it all turns into some hideously jealous friendship triangle, with crying and repercussions? Only time will tell. Well, that, or actually reading the plot summaries…
There are some more kids storybooks coming up later this year. In August, we learn that Lucy Knows Best, with Kama Einhorn on adaptation and my occasional collaborator Robert Pope on the art. (For one of Robert’s non-Peanuts books, the About The Author section claims that he is a theologian at a university in Wales… all of which came as news to him.)
Then, in the last month of the year, we get into Linus Gets Glasses, adapted by Sheri Tan and again drawn by Pope. This gets into some stuff I love, all of he struggles of Linus with his glasses, from his watching-television-while-eating-potato-chip-driven discovery of their necessity all the way through Schulz writing them out of the strip in one funny and up-front daily strip. (Of course, I was bespectacled in my youth, a situation that continues to this day, so I may have felt extra empathy for the middle Van Pelt.)
delved into the forthcoming volume by gathering Schulz ephemera, including his advertising art and editorial illustration