Exhibit: ‘Mad’ Magazine and ‘Peanuts’

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By: Dave Astor

An exhibit focusing on Mad magazine parodies of “Peanuts” comics and characters is being held through Nov. 8 at the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa, Calif.

Mad spoofed “Peanuts” more than 40 times between 1958 and 2000, the year Schulz died.

Another summer/fall exhibit at the museum (http://www.charlesmschulzmuseum.org) focuses on mentions of books and movies in “Peanuts.” For instance, a 1991 strip referred to F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “Great Gatsby” novel (which Schulz read many times) and a 1984 comic featured a “Citizen Beagle” takeoff on “Citizen Kane” (a film the cartoonist watched more than 30 times).

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