Peanuts comic books are back…. in comic shops and on tablets.
Some fans may be familiar with the series of comic books done from 1952 to 1964, published by Dell and other comic book publishers. Jim Sasseville, followed by Dale Hale and then briefly Anthony Pocrnich all drew the Peanuts art for these comics in consultation with Sparky. In 2005, the Museum hosted two exhibits that explored the comic book art of Schulz, Sasseville and Hale.
Now sixty years after those comic books, Peanuts is once again in print, and being published by BOOM studios with a whole new flight of artists. The preview issue was released at the end of last year. Issue #1 was released in January of this year and will be followed by monthly issues.
On Saturday, February 25 the creators of this new comic book series will be at the Museum to participate in a panel, lead a How-to-Draw Peanuts workshop, and sign comic books. Included in the panel and workshops are: Paige Braddock, Shane Houghton, Matt Whitlock, Lex Fajardo, Vicki Scott, and Justin Thompson.
On the digital front, Peanuts Worldwide is releasing, with our partner, iVerse, digital editions of the new comic books, as well as old favorite reprint books of the 50s and 60s, as well as new comprehensive collections of strips. The iVerse Peanuts app is available at the iTunes store.
The first three covers of the new Peanuts comic books (from left to right they are in number order).
As a special treat for collectors, the comic books were also printed with limited edition covers.
— Jean Schulz