"Ten, twenty, thirty, forty, fifty or more / the bloody Red Baron was rollin' up the score / Eighty men died tryin' to end that spree / of the bloody Red Baron of Germany...In the nick of time, a hero arose / A funny-looking dog with a big black nose"
Including both dailies and Sundays, Snoopy Vs. the Red Baron follows the valiant and indefatigable Snoopy as, time after time in his doghouse/Sopwith Camel, he braves the wrath of his unseen aerial foe. The brave little beagle's epic battles are brought to thrilling cartoon life.
"He flew into the sky to seek revenge / But the Baron shot him down / "Curses, foiled again!"
The Snoopy and Red Baron encounters were some of the most inspiredand most popularepisodes in all of Peanuts and among the stories most beloved by children and adults alike.
About the Author
In his senior year in high school, his mother noticed an ad in a local newspaper for a correspondence school, Federal Schools (later called Art Instruction Schools). Schulz passed the talent test, completed the course, and began trying, unsuccessfully, to sell gag cartoons to magazines. (His first published drawing was of his dog, Spike, and appeared in a 1937 Ripley's Believe It or Not! installment.) Between 1948 and 1950, he succeeded in selling 17 cartoons to the Saturday Evening Postas well as, to the local St. Paul Pioneer Press, a weekly comic feature called Li'l Folks. It was run in the women's section and paid $10 a week. After writing and drawing the feature for two years, Schulz asked for a better location in the paper or for daily exposure, as well as a raise. When he was turned down on all three counts, he quit.
He started submitting strips to the newspaper syndicates. In the spring of 1950, he received a letter from the United Feature Syndicate, announcing their interest in his submission, Li'l Folks. Schulz boarded a train in June for New York City; more interested in doing a strip than a panel, he also brought along the first installments of what would become Peanutsand that was what sold. (The title, which Schulz loathed to his dying day, was imposed by the syndicate.) The first Peanuts daily appeared October 2, 1950; the first Sunday, January 6, 1952.
Diagnosed with cancer, Schulz retired from Peanuts at the end of 1999. He died on February 13, 2000, the day before Valentine's Dayand the day before his last strip was publishedhaving completed 17,897 daily and Sunday strips, each and every one fully written, drawn, and lettered entirely by his own handan unmatched achievement in comics.