CHARLES SCHULZ (1922-2000) "All right, you stupid beagle, if you're going to be my skating partner, get up!" Original 4-panel "Peanuts" comic strip featuring Lucy and Snoopy, published December 8, 1971, with United Feature Syndicate, Inc. copyright pastedown in third panel. Pen and ink on stiff paper. 170x718 mm; 6 3/4x28 1/4 inches, sheet. Signed "Schulz" in last panel and dated in third.
Schulz was an avid hockey player from childhood, encouraged by his grandmother, who fashioned an indoor hockey goal beneath the basement steps of their Minnesota home and blocked his shots with a broom.
From the Schulz Museum website: "After Charles Schulz moved to sunny California in 1958, he began to miss his time on the ice. While there were several ice rinks in Northern California at the time, there was only one in Sonoma County. By the end of the 1960s, that rink had to be closed due to structural issues and so Schulz and his family had a new ice rink built in the newly developed northwest neighborhood of Santa Rosa. They opened the rink to the public in 1969 and called it the Redwood Empire Ice Arena, designing it with a Swiss Alps village theme to make it one of the prettiest ice rinks in the world.
At the Redwood Empire Ice Arena, Schulz would play in a "pick-up" game each Tuesday night with his sons, Monte and Craig, and hockey players from the local community. Charles Schulz supported the growth of youth hockey groups and local figure skating clubs, served as a referee, and in 1975 he established Snoopy's Senior Hockey Tournament. This tournament allowed players aged 40 and over to come to Santa Rosa each summer and play others in their age groups. Schulz belonged to the Diamond Icers team, wearing jersey number 9.
The Redwood Empire Ice Arena or 'Snoopy's Home Ice' is still going strong and Snoopy's Senior Hockey Tournament is still held every July. It continues to be a favorite with participants, and those observing from the stands, attracting many former National Hockey League players and teams from around the world including Austria, Canada, Finland, Japan, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and even Australia."
Skating-themed Peanuts cartoons remain among the most desirable for collectors.