Story art from Peanuts #13 (May-July 1962), believed to be by Tony Pocrnick.

Tony Pocrnick was one of Charles M. Schulz's assistants on the 'Peanuts' comic books in the early 1960s.

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Little is known about the man, except for some mentions in relation to the 'Peanuts' franchise. Since the start in 1950, Charles Schulz's 'Peanuts' strip at United Features Syndicate had become a sensation for its sophisticated comedy, humanity and psychological-philosophical themes. Stand-out characters were the unlucky kid Charlie Brown and his idiosyncratic dog Snoopy. By the end of the decade, the characters appeared on merchandising and in their own comic books. While the daily strip remained a one-man operation, Schulz hired assistants to take care of the additional artwork.

A former colleague from the Art Instruction Schools Inc., Pocrnick presumably began working for Schulz in the late 1950s. In a 2000 interview with aaugh.com, former Schulz co-worker Dale Hale remembered he used to shoot billiards during lunchbreaks with Schulz and the other assistants, Jim Sasseville and Tony Pocrnick. Since Jim Sasseville left in early 1959, Pocrnick must have started before that. On 26 March 1959, both Hale and Pocrnick were named as "full-time assistants" in the Press-Courier from Oxnard, California. They were mainly tasked with the stories in the original 'Peanuts' comic books, published under Western Publishing's Dell Comics imprint. Hale left around 1960, presumably leaving Pocrnick to produce the remaining issues until the end of the Dell Comics run in 1962. It is unknown if Pocrnick remained with Schulz afterwards; Frank Hill and Mark Lasky are known to have been assistants on 'Peanuts' commercial artwork of the 1970s.

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