Snoopy finds himself almost completely engrossed in his persona as the World War I Flying Ace. We also see him arm-wrestling Lucy as the “Masked Marvel” and then taking off for Petaluma for the national arm-wrestling championship; impersonating a vulture and a “Cheshire Beagle”; enjoying golf and hockey; attempting a jaunt to France for an ice-skating championship; running for office on the “Paw” ticket; being traded to Peppermint Patty’s baseball team, then un-traded and installed as team manager by a guilt-ridden Charlie Brown; as well as dealing with the return of his original owner, Lila. (If you’re surprised by that, imagine how Charlie Brown feels…)
This volume includes the appearance of what would be Schulz’s most controversial major character: Franklin. (Yes, in 1968 the introduction of a black character caused a stir.) Peppermint Patty, working toward her ascendancy as one of the major Peanuts players in the 1970s and 1980s, also has several storylines, including one in which she’s the tent monitor for three little girls (who call her “Sir” — a joke Schulz would pick up later with Peppermint Patty’s friend Marcie).
Stories involving other characters include a sequence in which Linus’s flippant comment to his Gramma that he’ll kick his blanket habit when she kicks her smoking habit backfires; Lucy bullies Linus, pesters Schroeder, and organizes a “crab-in”; plus Charlie Brown copes with Valentine’s Day depression, the Little Red-Haired Girl, the increasingly malevolent kite-eating tree, and baseball losses. In other words: Vintage Peanuts!