The dog who would be penguin

Charles Schulz’s Peanuts strip from 12/31/57, in which Snoopy takes on a penguin persona:


(Hat tip to Jeff Bowles.)

Just the Snoopy-as-penguin part, sold as a postcard (or playing card) in a set of Snoopy’s guises:


The allusion in my title is to the Rudyard Kipling story “The Man Who Would Be King”. From Wikipedia:

(#3) Poster for the 1975 John Huston movie

“The Man Who Would Be King” (1888) is a story by Rudyard Kipling about two British adventurers in British India who become kings of Kafiristan, a remote part of Afghanistan. The story was first published in The Phantom Rickshaw and other Eerie Tales¬†(1888) It also appeared in Wee Willie Winkie and Other Child Stories¬†(1895), and numerous later editions of that collection. It has been adapted for other media a number of times.

Note: in the Kipling title, anarthrous predicative¬†king denotes a role or position, not a type or an individual. I’ve carried that syntax and semantics over into my title, as if being the penguin was a recognized role or position in some domain. Percy is penguin now. All hail Penguin Percy!

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