Annotations of The Complete Peanuts/1991 to 1992

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Annotations to The Complete Peanuts: 1991 to 1992 by Charles M. Schulz (Fantagraphics Books, 20143. ISBN 1606997262

  • p. 92 (August 1, 1991) "I think I'm suspended from the bungee cord of life..." Although bunjee jumping started in 1979, it became known to the general public only in the early 1990s.
  • p. 136 (November 12, 1991) In the early 1990s, a controversy erupted in North America about the potential health risk of dental amalgam, because of the mercury it contains.
  • p. 199 (April 7, 1992) The movie Fried Green Tomatoes was released at large on January 24, 1992, and quickly became one of the most talked-about film of that winter.
  • p. 204 (April 19, 1992) This is the first time Schulz writes a didaskalia in a Peanuts strip. From now on, they will become occasional features of the strip.
  • p. 208 (April 27, 1992) Charlie Brown quotes the King James Bible, Song of Songs, chapter 2:11-12. The actual text is "...the turtle is heard in our land..." but "turtle" is obviously a short for "turtledove," in this case. The same use of "turtle" to replace "turtledove" is found elsewhere in the King James Version: compare for example Leviticus 15:14 with Leviticus 15:29.
  • p. 231 (June 21, 1992) In the early 1990s, the commercial launch of "arm patches" to cure addiction to tobacco quickly made it the favorite method of those who tried to quit smoking.
  • p. 266 (September 10, 1992) Lucy has raised the price of her Psychiatric Help to 47¢.
  • p. 303 (December 6, 1992) Spike's monologue is strangely reminiscent of the opening theme of the American sitcom Cheers. The lyrics of the song, titled "Where Everybody Knows your Name," suggest a bar as a place to take "a break from all your worries." However, Spike's choice of a place to hang out turns out to be consistent with Schulz's memories as a child, when his father's own barber shop was the meeting place of the neighborhood. Note that 1992-1993 was the last season of Cheers, so this strip is probably Schulz's own tribute to the TV show.