The Complete Peanuts 1969-1970 (Vol 10)
He turns up first as Snoopy’s secretary, then gradually becomes a good friend whom Snoopy helps to fly South... but it’s not until June 22, 1970 that the little bird gains a name, in a perfect salute to the decade that ends with this volume: Woodstock!
In other timely stories, Peppermint Patty runs afoul of her school’s dress code (those sandals!) Lucy declares herself a “New Feminist,” and Snoopy returns to the Daisy Hill Puppy Farm on a speaking engagement. This volume also falls under the sign of the Great Beagle, as three separate storylines focus on the mysterious sovereign of Beagledom. First Snoopy is summoned by a wrathful G.B. when Frieda submits a complaint about Snoopy’s desultory rabbit-chasing efforts. Back in the Great one’s good graces, Snoopy is sent on a secret mission; and finally he himself ascends to the mantle of Great Beagledom.
In other news, an exasperated Lucy throws Schroeder’s piano into the maw of the kite-eating tree. Miss Othmar goes on strike and Linus gets involved. Charlie Brown’s baseball team has an actual (brief) winning streak. Snoopy’s quest to compete in the Oakland ice skating competition is thwarted by his inability to find a partner. Charlie Brown goes to a banquet to meet his hapless baseball hero Joe Shlabotnik... Snoopy is left in the Van Pelt family’s care as Charlie and Sally Brown head out of town for a vacation... and (alas) the Little Red-Haired Girl moves away...
Books by Charles Schulz