Via Brian Cronin‘s regular Comic Book Resources column “Comic Book Legends Revealed”, a particularly interesting tidbit: See, back in 1969, Charles Schultz made a few strips that featured Snoopy writing a novel, and used them to make a series of jokes about narrative and the writing process. And more than a decade later, Len Wein turned it into a Batman comic.
The beagle’s novel begins:
It was a dark and stormy night.
Suddenly a shot ran out! The maid screamed. A door slammed. Suddenly, a pirate ship appeared on the horizon!
As he touched her hand, she sighed…
And ended with the line:
And they lived happily ever after. The End.
Those eight sentences are all we have of Snoopy’s opus, but to his credit, in Detective Comics #500, Wein turns out a pretty solid Batman story based on it. Yes, even the pirate ship. (Click to embiggen.)
For more comics myth investigation, including legends about Hal Jordan and Two-Face, as well as the relevant Peanuts strips, visit CBR right here.