The Columbus Dispatch has given notice, at the bottom of a column touting its e-edition extras,
that the hard copy will no longer carry the daily Peanuts comic strip.
Reason? – $$$$.
Another change will affect one comic. We are dropping the daily Peanuts cartoon this month. We will keep the Sunday Peanuts strip for now, but the daily strip has run its course.
It has been in reruns since its creator, Charles M. Schulz, died more than 18 years ago — and it remains the most expensive comic strip we purchase (emphasis added) on your behalf.
We can’t justify spending thousands of dollars a year on a comic strip that has been in rerun status for nearly a generation. (We ran this proposal by our Reader Advisory Board, and many said they were surprised we kept it this long. Many other papers dropped it years ago.)
As noted, Peanuts will continue to run in their Sunday Funnies “for now”.