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An alcohol problem

I have mentioned before about how in 1970 the classic Peanuts Cook Book was removed from schools and a replacement recipe offered because the Lucy’s Lemon Lollipops recipe used lemon extract. I had incorrectly assumed that the problems was that kids might sample the extract and get sloshed. Nope. Turns out, …

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More on the corner box

Benjamin L. Clark, my august collaborator on the lengthy-named and well-received Charles M. Schulz: The Art and Life of the Peanuts Creator in 100 Objects, reminds me that the Peanuts corner title box was not actually printed on to the art boards used to draw Peanuts for the first several …

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That corner box

If you’ve seen early Peanuts strips in old newspaper clippings, certain reprints, or even certain reprints, you’ll have seen that the name of the strip is printed in the upper left corner of the strip — indeed, printed right onto the original art board that Schulz used. “What,” you may …

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Spanish Peanuts, explained

When I posted yesterday about Peanuts appearing in Spanish in an English language Pomona, California paper in the 1970s, I had already intended to follow up by finding the very start of this, and seeing if the paper carried some explanation. (Could I have waited on the original post before …

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Spanish Peanuts

I just discovered that for some reason, in the mid-1970s, The Pomona, California newspaper Progress Bulletin began running Peanuts in Spanish, with English subtitles. Let me be clear that this is something that they did only with Peanuts; not only are there no other comic strips so subtitled, there is …

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Her first appearance

While most of the Peanuts characters would not appear until 1950 or later, Sally Brown shows up in this ad from 1934!

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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 …

Snoopy's doghouse with the image of Captain America's shield.
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Latest Marvel Cinematic Universe Peanuts reference

For those of you keeping score (and you know who you are… at least I hope you do, because I sure don’t): In the 5th episode of Hawkeye, which was released today, the recording of the song “Christmastime is Here” from the start of A Charlie Brown Christmas is heard.