Peanuts Every Sunday: The 1950s Gift Box Set

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See sample pages from this book at Wink.

On October 2, 1950 a boy named Charlie Brown first appeared in American newspapers. Peanuts popularity grew steadily and on January 6, 1952, the strip’s first Sunday edition debuted. For the next 48 years, Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, Lucy, Schroeder, and all the other players appeared in full color on the comics page.

But I wasn’t there for any of that. Rather, I found Peanuts in the early 1980s, when comics pages had already started to shrink and the famous characters of the strip were more readily accessible to kids through specials. Even then, I didn’t read the comics page as much as I did the dusty paperback collections with titles like Happiness is a Warm Puppy and A Boy Named Charlie Brown.

Growing up as a fan, the single greatest headache was trying to find all the strips. I wanted to know when Snoopy changed from being a dog to being another kid in a funny costume. I wanted to know when Charlie Brown first fell in love with the Little Red Haired Girl. But it couldn’t be done. Although most had been reprinted in one collection or another, there was no single resource that had all the strips.

Enter Fantagraphics Books. Beginning in 2004, Fantagraphics collected and published The Complete Peanuts. While this series collected all the daily strips, the Sunday strips were spun off into a second series, Peanuts Every Sunday, the third volume (of ten) of which has just been released. Read the rest

The Today show hosts dressed in terrible, scary Peanuts costumes

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This morning, the hosts of the TODAY show dressed as ridiculously bizarre and frightening interpretations of the Peanuts characters.

"I'm actually Charlie James Brown!" Al Roker said.

"TODAY goes nuts for Halloween: 'Peanuts'! See our Charlie Brown and the gang" (Thanks, Kelly Sparks!)

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Wah wah, wah, wah wah: Peanuts text-to-adult speech translator

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The Wah Wah Machine translates your text into the unintelligible trombone vocalizations of all adults in the Peanuts movies. It's a very clever promotion for The Peanuts Movie out next month.

(Bonus special message when it catches what may be profanity!) Read the rest

Snoopy vs. Peanuts

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Peanuts was an often-mordant strip about childhood angst. Over the years—like many other newspaper comics subjected to the relentless burden of production—it was sanded smooth and soft, and Kevin Wong blames Snoopy. Read the rest

Charlie Brown after the apocalypse

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I love Cynthia "Thea" Rodgers' fantastic contribution to a 2012 challenge to draw comic characters in post-apocalyptics scenarios. Read the rest

Charlie Brown, 1958 misogynist

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Peanuts went downhill after Snoopy became a biped. Read the rest

May Contain Peanuts: grim philosophical remixes of Charles Schulz funnies

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A tumblog of greatness.

Video: Charles Schulz draws Charlie Brown

"We all need reassurance that some people really do like us." (via Devour) Read the rest

New Peanuts movie represents three generations of the Schulz dynasty

A new Peanuts movie will come to the big screen on November 6, 2015, produced by Charles Schulz's son Craig Schulz with a screenplay co-written by his son Bryan Schulz.

"It's about a round-headed kid and his dog, and that's about as far as I'm willing to go," Craig Schulz told USA Today. Read the rest

Is this Louie/Charlie Brown parody hilariously depressing or just depressing? Or hilarious?

Maybe we shouldn't wonder how the Peanuts gang spend their holidays as adults.

Review: Lightly Salted Peanuts, by Delta Airlines

I enjoyed my lightly peanutted salt. Read the rest