• Special to the Leader & Times
Snoopy, as the World War I Flying Ace, opening on March 25 at the Mid-America Air Museum presents Charles M. Schultz’s lovable beagle, Snoopy, as his alter ego, the Flying Ace.
The exhibit showcases 40 of Snoopy’s most exciting adventures in his transformed dog house – now a Sopwith Camel airplane – from the time he faces a deadly bout of influenza to sparring with the Flying Ace’s archenemy, the Red Barron.
Snoopy as the World War I Flying Ace is toured by ExhibitUSA, the national touring division of Mid-America Arts Alliance, a non-profit regional arts organization based in Kansas City, Mo.
In the 1950s, when comics were dominated by action and adventure, slapstick and gags, Minnesota cartoonist Charles M. Schultz dared to confront lifelong sense of alienation and insecurities by drawing the real feelings of his life and times.
His Peanuts characters’ insights on life’s struggles and disappointments have resonated with readers for more than 50 years. Yet Snoopy (who was based on Schultz’s childhood black-and-white dog, Spike) possesses a unique view of the world that stands out to readers, even in the quirky Peanuts cast.
Schultz served as a sergeant in the army and had always wanted to draw adventure comic strips but had been told to stick with what he did best – funny kids. However, after 15 years as a cartoonist, on Sunday, Oct. 10, 1965, he finally had the opportunity to create his hero Snoopy, the World War I Flying Ace.
Visitors to this exhibit can follow Snoopy on his imaginary adventures through the skies of Europe. Forty digital prints from the original drawings done by Schultz are on display, along with accompanying photographs of the artist.
The museum will also be displaying World War I artifacts on loan from the Kansas National Guard Museum and the World War One Museum. Films will also be shown on World War I and the Red Baron. School group tours are provided with curriculum guides and lesson plans before their visit.
Snoopy as the World War I Flying Ace is organized by the Charles M. Schultz Museum and Research Center and toured by ExhibitUSA.
The purpose of ExhibitUSA is to create access to an array of arts and humanities exhibitions, nurture the development and understanding of diverse art forms and cultures and encourage the expanding depth and breadth of cultural life in local communities.
Exhibit USA is a national division of Mid-America Arts Alliance, a private, non-profit organization founded in 1972.
Major funding of this exhibit provided for by the Mid-America Air Museum Foundation. Major funding of the Mid-America Arts Alliance is provided in part by: Hall Family Foundation; William T. Kemper Foundation; Commerce Bank, Trustee; The J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation Inc.; Richard J. Stern Foundation for the Arts; Carolyn Dillon; Hearst Foundation; and Judith and Frank Sabatini.
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