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Son Of A Wamp Rat!!

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So my mom recently sent me an email on Vintage Toys that are worth a lot of money today.

One of the items listed was the Star Wars Figurine – Jawa with the vinyl cape.

Vinyl Caped Jawa

Average Original Price: $15
Potential Earnings: $5,000

One of these toys. If still in good condition, could get you $5,000 today on eBay! Please note that the cape MUST be made of vinyl – this is what makes it so valuable!

I HAD TWO OF THESE!!!!

But then when I got a little older…I stupidly sold ALL of my Star Wars items because I wanted and needed money.  For DATES!!!   And none of the girls I went out with ever became anything serious!!

I wasted the couple hundreds of dollars I made from selling my collection on movies, pickles and KFC!  (which may be why none of those relationships worked)

Now I am wondering what I could have got for my GI Joes and Barbie Hooker Dolls!

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Peanuts

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I grew up LOVING the Peanuts comic strip, books and television specials.  They were my escape when I hated school and reading anything else.

But as much as I loved this gang of characters…there were a few things I did not know (until my mom sent me this email).

So here are 5 things you didn’t know about Peanuts:

The Character of Franklin Got His Last Name From a Cartoonist Who Had Grown up Admiring Franklin

Yes, that’s correct. Franklin, the African-American boy who Schulz introduced in the 1960s, did not have a last name until the 1990s. Robb Armstrong (the cartoonist who created JumpStart) had grown up reading Peanuts and was heavily influenced by Schulz’s inclusion of Franklin. When Armstrong signed up with United Feature Syndicate, he sent a drawing to Schulz of a JumpStart character referencing Snoopy and later found that Schulz had framed the strip and displayed it on his wall. The two became friends, and when Peanuts was going to have a video special released, Schulz asked Armstrong if Franklin could use “Armstrong” as his last name.

Peanuts Was Originally Called L’il Folks  (just for clarification…I did know this one)

Schulz’s first version of Peanuts was called L’il Folks, and it debuted as a weekly panel in the Saturday Evening Post in 1947. The strip was kid-centered but did not contain many of Peanuts’ most famous characters, including Snoopy and Linus. When Schulz signed a contract and expanded the strip, he had to change the name because L’il Folks sounded too close to L’il Abner, another comic strip. Schulz said he actually wasn’t a fan of the new name but kept drawing because the work was worth it.

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The Interior of Snoopy’s Doghouse Has Been Seen Only Once

And it’s like the Peanuts kids’ version of a TARDIS—bigger on the inside and containing exactly everything needed for the episode (because every doghouse just happens to have chemistry equipment stored away). In the animated special It’s Magic, Charlie Brown, Snoopy heads into his doghouse, which turns out to merely be an entrance. In the few minutes you see him inside, he walks down a staircase into a giant basement locker room and workspace in which he attempts alchemy.

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Schulz Really Did Die the Night Before His Last Sunday Strip Ran

This is a morbid fact, but the timing is so stunning that it should be mentioned. The last original daily strip ran on January 3, 2000, but Schulz still had some Sunday comics ready to go. Those continued to run until February 13, 2000. However, Schulz died in his sleep in the evening of February 12, 2000, so on Sunday morning, readers were faced with a double whammy of a sweet goodbye from the strip and news of Schulz’s death.

The Most Controversial Character of the Strip Is… Snoopy?

When the Peanuts strip first started, Snoopy was emotional and easily influenced by the other characters. He provided the visible reaction to what the others were saying, which, in the early days, was usually rather depressing. Toward the end of the 1960s, however, Snoopy’s character gained confidence and tended to take on more of an independent role that was not as influenced by the other characters. You might call this a natural progression, but the switch from reactive Snoopy to independent Snoopy made many readers uncomfortable. His confidence has been called narcissistic, shallow, and alienating. Still, Snoopy remains one of the most popular Peanuts characters.

 

Dennis The Menace

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I have always been a fan of Dennis The Menace!

Maybe it’s because I related very well with him…or maybe I just dreamed of having an awesome Mr. Wilson type neighbor that I could bug the crap out of!

And not only did I love reading the Dennis The Menace comics…but I loved the old Black and White TV show with Jay North and Gale Gordon as well!

So…recently, Mom has sent me a couple of Dennis the Menace comics that I thought I would share with you!

Here you go!  I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

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Snoopy Stands Tall…

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My mom just sent this one to me today via email.  When I was growing up…Peanuts and Snoopy books were ALL I loved to read.  My parents were actually concerned about it and talked to my teacher.  They said, “At least he is reading.”  Well said Teach!  Well said!

Here is what she sent me though:

Once upon a time Snoopy was your a-typical dog, walking on four legs and living inside of his dog house, but the Peanuts pup changed over the years.

Snoopy got a bit of coaching from his owner Charlie Brown on January 5, 1956 and never looked back (see the comic trip below).

Walking was just the first step to Snoopy becoming more like his human friends. Soon Snoopy would also begin to sleep on top of his doghouse beginning in 1958.

Snoopy is an incredible icon, as well known as Bugs Bunny and even Mickey Mouse.Thats said, even today’s younger generation are well aware of the famous pet of Charlie Brown is, I mean he is after all one of man best friends.

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