Thursday, January 15, 2009

Snoopy and "It Was a Dark and Stormy Night"




Way back when I was a co-blogger on BUBBLEGUMFINK's original website, I did a piece on this book. When Fink did his first of several 'Net dropouts, he deleted all of the blog entries including mine. Published in the late 1970's, this was probably the strangest PEANUTS book of them all as, for the first and only time, it contained artwork by someone other than Charles Schulz! The story itself was the slight retelling of how Snoopy came to write his oh-so-cliched novel, IT WAS A DARK AND STORMY NIGHT. Bound into the book, however, was Snoopy's book itself! It even had its own dust cover (art ostensibly by Lucy Van Pelt) and "About the author" on the back (both seen here!). Published in the overpriced for the time gift book format, it was not as big a hit as other PEANUTS giftie books but it has always been my personal favorite.

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