So you’ve made a pilgrimage to the ”Camp Snoopy” theme park at Knotts Berry Farm, snapped up a Peanuts doggy bed for your pet, and staved off nightmares with a Woodstock night-light. What’s a Peanuts fan to do now that the cartoon’s beloved creator is gone? Relive the best moments of the lovable characters on screen and in print, of course.
The best place to start is Paramount Home Entertainment’s collection of Peanuts gang videos ($12.95 each). From the holiday staple A Charlie Brown Christmas to 1966’s Linus-in-a-vegetable-patch standard It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, to the heartbreakingly hopeful Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown (1975), the animated adventures of the ragtag bunch can all be found in this set. For a behind-the-strip look at the cartoonist himself, check out A&E’s 1995 Biography of Charles Schulz ($14.95, A&E Home Video).
Getting back to the sketches that started it all, HarperCollins’ coffee-table opus Peanuts: A Golden Celebration (1999, $45) is a must, a weighty compilation of strips bolstered by Schulz’s own anecdotes. There are also plenty of paperbacks featuring classic strips from the past 50 years, such as Always Stick Up for the Underbird (1992) and You’re Weird, Sir! (1993), and even a few spiritual guides — The Gospel According to Peanuts (1979, $14.95) and Short Meditations on the Bible and Peanuts (1991, $14.95).
For the serious collector, however, the best bet is eBay — where everything from an original 1971 Schulz-signed strip called ”Comic Mat” ($25,000 starting bid) to a Charlie Brown Pez dispenser (25 cents starting bid) is up for grabs. That is, if Lucy doesn’t yank them away first.