Snoopy’s lost Christmas Story

Panel from The Christmas StoryJust added to the Reference Library: the December 1968 issue of Woman’s Day magazine. Why? Because starting on page 46, there’s a four page, twelve panel original Peanuts tale: “The Christmas Story”. As Snoopy listens on, Linus quotes from the bible (the same quote he’d put forth on TV three years earlier) and Lucy muses on Santa. Like the better-known “Charlie Brown’s Christmas Stocking” from five years earlier, this is a “lost” piece of real Schulz, unreprinted in the ensuing years. The story, black linework on colored pages, is such a draw that it’s the focus of the cover.

It’s a nice little piece (although admittedly, I like “Christmas Stocking” better), and given the strong public connection between Peanuts and Christmas, I’m a bit surprised that these works haven’t been put to more use. (Although I did recently learn that “Christmas Stocking” was put to a double use at the time; Charles and Joyce Schulz used extra copies as their Christmas card!)

Chef Snoopy is coming

Weldon Owen must be doing okay with their series of Peanuts cookbooks, because yet another one is one the way. Chef Snoopy Cookbook is aimed at kids, and includes a range of recipes for various meals and snacks. Unlike with at least some of their previous efforts, this time they’re …

Joe Matt, RIP

Word is going around about the death of cartoonist Joe Matt, of heart attack at his drawing board, at age 60. Best known for hiw blunt autobiographical comic book series Peepshow, his relevance to the Peanuts world is as one of the three alt cartoonists who reworked Peanuts strips to make …

Peanuts Schultz

Alert brother-of-the-blog Dave recently pointed out that the 1946 film Our Hearts Were Growing Up (a sequel to the more-beloved 1942 Our Hearts Were Young and Gay) has William Demarest playing a character named Peanuts Schultz. A little investigation told us why the character had that name which would echo oddly to …