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Welcome to the three hundredth and ninety-ninth in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false. This week, it is a special theme week! All comic strip related legends! Is there really a famous Peanuts strip featuring Snoopy complaining about the IRS? Did the FBI seriously investigate Pogo for hidden messages? Finally, did DC Comics really try to block an Australian comic strip named Swamp from getting a trademark because of Swamp Thing?
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COMIC LEGEND: There was a notable Peanuts comic strip about Snoopy asking to be removed from the IRS’ mailing list.
There is a popular story about a Peanuts strip about the IRS that routinely pops up in posts about the IRS (just do a search and you will find plenty of references).
Here is the strip in question…
This is not a real Peanuts strip.
Here is the 1997 strip that it was adapted from…
I presume it originally appeared as a joke but then the “joke” part was omitted and it just began to be passed along as an actual Peanuts strip.
Thanks to reader Randall M. for the suggestion and thanks to Derrick Bang and Scott McGuire’s great Peanuts page, FiveCentsPlease.org, for the confirmation!
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