Beware fake Schulz

I’ve said it before, but with gift-gathering time impending, I shall say it again: beware fake Schulz art. There is a lot of counterfeit on the market. I would say that the majority of single-image Peanuts pieces being sold as Schulz on eBay are fake, generally tracings/recreations of Schulz-drawn images.

And it’s not just online sales, either. Elsewhere, I think that a group of us managed to convince someone out of spending thousands of dollars at a gallery for some “Schulz” art that gave us plenty of reason to believe had never come within a hundred miles of Sparky. This wasn’t just one of those cases where someone who has a signed print doesn’t realize it’s a print; some faker had reproduced rather random images out of context and imperfectly.

I haven’t seen much in the way of forged strips; I guess that takes too much work, and the source can be easily identified and examined. But one image’s worth of Schulz (or Seuss, or other cartoonists) is a pretty easy thing to copy. Unless you really know what you’re doing in terms of art authentication, single-image cartoon art is an easy place to get taken advantage of.

(But hey, you know what is a good way to toss your money? Original art commissions. There are plenty of skilled young artists online who would be willing to create a drawing for you at an affordable price. It’s custom, it’s unique, and it’s to your specifications!)

Peanuts publisher buyout

Sources are reporting that KKR is buying Simon and Schuster, probably currently the biggest publisher of Peanuts thanks to their Little Simon-published storybooks, from the current owner, Paramount. Sometimes, when one company buys another, it makes no real difference, just a slight change in letterhead. However, KKR isn’t a media …

Correct the record

While searching for something else, I stumbled across this announcement of the Kaye Ballard Peanuts album in the┬áChicago Sunday Times Magazine for January 15, 1961. Now, let’s take a zoom in on that drawing… and its caption. Magazine sections are generally created with a long lead time, allowing them to …

Spot the Dog

I publish things. I also research things. And really, the two efforts are often one and the same: I research stuff and find that it’s worth publishing; I publish stuff and in the process I’m doing research. That all just happened for me with a syndicated comics panel called “Spot” …