Free Comic Book Day this coming Saturday

Coming up this Saturday, August 14, 2021, you’ll be able to walk into most comic book stores in the US and Canada and walk out with free comic books. (There are some stores that don’t participate, and a few that require a purchase to get the free ones… but they are very much in the minority.) There aren’t any free Peanuts comics this year, but nonetheless you should be able to find something for you amongst the wide range of offerings. There’s a wide range of comics whose name you’ll recognize, whether it be things that originated in the comics (Smurfs, Avengers, Tick) to things derived from films (Star Wars), games (Assassin’s Creed), TV (Legend of Korra, Trailer Park Boys), prose (The Bailey School Kids, Zorro). For those who have just watched the new film The Suicide Squad (which I enjoyed, but its gore very much earns its R rating), you can pick up a new tale of King Shark. Plus, there’s plenty of things that you probably have never heard of that will be worth trying. So put your mask on and go get yourself some free Batman, Vampirella, Archie, or Street Fighter (and while in the store, have a look around and see if there’s something you want to buy as well.)

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Long fordgotten

A post from Hogan’s Alley editor Tom Heintjes reminded me of something that I meant to discuss. As many of you know, in the 1960s, Ford licensed the Peanuts characters to advertise their affordable family car, the Falcon. But I’ve seen some people say that the characters advertised only the Falcon, and …

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Peanuts books or by Charles Schulz

I am amused by this ad from the Feb 19, 1965 Newark (Ohio) Advocate offering “Peanuts Books by Charles Schulz”. The first one is a Peanuts book… but not by Schulz, it’s an analysis of Peanuts by Robert Short, although it does include some strips in it. Two by Fours …

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Flying into Santa Rosa

If you’re taking a flight to go visit lovely Santa Rosa, California, you will likely be going to the former Santa Rosa Army Airfield, which has long since been rebranded the Charles M. Schulz -Sonoma County Airport. My brother (recently retired as Congress’s expert on military aviation – yes, I …