Classic finds

Book-ish

In recent weeks, I’ve added two kinda-books to the AAUGH.com Reference Library. I talked about The Great Big Book of Peanuts Word Seeks volume 1 when I ordered it. Each of its 129 themed word search puzzles had below it a Peanuts strip on the same theme — if the …

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a box of confusion

Here’s a quiz for you: imagine you, like AAUGH Blog reader Douglas, got a copy of a new boxed set of Peanuts books, and it had this marking on the box…. Now, first pretend that you (unlike Douglas) don’t know anything about Peanuts books. How¬†many books do you think come …

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The 2022 Holiday messages

Those of you who have been reading the AAUGH Blog for a while have seen me do my annual holiday note, usually earlier in the season than this. Both Chanukah and Hanukkah start on the 18th, with Christmas rolling in a week after that, so present-acquiring mode is at full …

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Blockheads, Beagles, and Sweet Babboos

For those who like intellectual, analytical takes on Peanuts, next year will bring Blockheads, Beagles, and Sweet Babboos: New Perspectives on Charles M. Schulz’s Peanuts, and university press book. The author, Michelle Ann Abate, is an Ohio State University professor who has released a healthy number of books on the …

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an AAUGH Blogger dilemma

Look at this! It’s a book! It’s a Peanuts-related book — a book about the recording of the music for A Charlie Brown Christmas — illustrated with Peanuts images. And it’s written by my compatriot, Derrick Bang, who knows his stuff. I want it, right? Of course I do! The …

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‘Citing ads for Charlie Brown’s ‘Cyclopedia

Charlie Brown’s ‘Cyclopedia was an attempt to squeeze a lot of sales out of some already existing material. By taking the material from the existing Charlie Brown’s Super Book of Questions and Answers and rearranging it into smaller chunks, they got what was first a 12- book series, later expanded …

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Snoopy Shows and Lucy Knows!

Coming to Apple TV+ on August 12 is not just a new season of The Snoopy Show, but also a brand new special. Lucy’s School is a back-to-school-themed special (which might make a little more sense on ad-driven TV — lots of ads for back-to-school stuff need a good family …

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Sealtesting your certainty

A few weeks back, I posted a non-Peanuts ad from 1957 that some people told me they were sure it was Schulz, but others were as certain that it wasn’t. Well, here’s another recent addition to my collection, an ad from 1957; the same image was used for “Sealtest Chocolate …

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Joyce’s gardens

I tend not to write much about the post-divorce life of Schulz’s first wife, Joyce. She deserved a reasonable modicum of privacy. However, in the wake of her recent passing, I thought it worth pointing to something very public that she and Ed Doty (her husband after Sparky) did: They …

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introducing Peanuts characters

In the early days of Peanuts, it may have been a little hard to get to know the characters, because Schulz didn’t often include their names in the strip. Shermy, for example, was the very first Peanuts character to speak in the strip, the only character to talk in the …