Since literally its first strip, Peanuts has been one of the finest franchises in comics. Creator Charles M. Schulz may have passed in 2000, but thanks to BOOM! Studios and their young-reader-friendly KaBOOM! imprint, there’s still plenty of fun to be had with Charlie Brown and his friends, especially “the world’s most beloved beagle,” Snoopy.
Such is the case with “his most out-of-this-world adventure yet,” Snoopy: A Beagle of Mars. This original graphic novel, written by Jason Cooper with line art by Robert W. Pope and colors by Hannah White, sends Snoopy far from familiar faces like Woodstock and Lucy. As we see in the preview below, Snoopy seems to have crash-landed on Mars… or is this just another one of Snoopy’s infamous flights of fancy, a la his never-ending battle with the Red Baron?
I’m leaning toward the latter, but the press release boasts NASA’s “proud association with Charles M. Schulz and his American icon Snoopy since Apollo missions began in the 1960s.” Good grief, if NASA really did send Snoopy on an ill-fated martian mission, how would he find his way back to poor Charlie Brown?
We’ll find out when Snoopy: A Beagle from Mars arrives in comic shops on December 18th, 2019, and bookstores on January 7th, 2020. Here’s the press release:
LOS ANGELES, CA (November 12, 2019) – BOOM! Studios today revealed a first look at SNOOPY: A BEAGLE OF MARS, an all-new original graphic novel in partnership with Peanuts Worldwide, that launches the world’s most beloved beagle on his grandest adventure yet! Snoopy embarks on an exploratory mission to Mars in this original graphic novel written by Jason Cooper, illustrated by Robert Pope and colored by Hannah White, and available in stores December 2019.
NASA has shared a proud association with Charles M. Schulz and his American icon Snoopy since Apollo missions began in the 1960s. In May 1969, Apollo 10 astronauts traveled to the Moon with the aid of a lunar module named Snoopy and a command module named Charlie Brown. That was also the year of the first Silver Snoopy Award — given by NASA astronauts to employees and contractors for outstanding achievements related to human flight safety or mission success. Fifty years after their first collaboration, Peanuts Worldwide and NASA entered into a multiyear Space Act Agreement in 2018, engineered to inspire a passion for space exploration and STEM education among students.
In SNOOPY: A BEAGLE OF MARS, Snoopy, the world-famous astronaut, heads to the stars in his most out-of-this-world adventure yet! What mysteries does the red planet hold? Will he find water? Will he find life? Will he find the time to get in a quick nine holes? Snoopy grabs his golf clubs and blasts off for Mars in this original graphic novel from the world of Charles M. Schulz and Peanuts!
SNOOPY: A BEAGLE OF MARS is the latest release from BOOM! Studios’ award-winning KaBOOM! imprint, home to comics for middle grade and younger readers including licensed series such as Adventure Time, Steven Universe, Regular Show, Ben 10, and Over The Garden Wall, along with original series like Just Beyond: The Scare School by R.L. Stine and Kelly & Nichole Matthews, Hex Vet by Sam Davies, RuinWorld by Derek Laufman, and Pandora’s Legacy by Kara Leopard, Kelly & Nichole Matthews.
Print copies of SNOOPY: A BEAGLE OF MARS will be available for sale on December 18, 2019 at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the nearest one), January 7, 2020 in bookstores, and the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and Madefire.