Illustration of Snoopy on his doghouse on a red background with an outer white ring with blue text then a n outer blue ring
Simon Simple Orig. Orange N.J. PEANUTS Characters by Charles M. Schulz
The much-loved Peanuts character, Snoopy, was often depicted as a WWI pilot stationed atop his iconic dog house and attempting to outwit his imaginary arch-nemesis, the Red Baron. The first of Snoopy's skirmishes with the invisible enemy-pilot appeared in Charles Schulz's famous comic strip in October of 1965. Many more "battles" ensued in the years that followed, both throughout the comic strip and the cartoon specials, until Schulz admittedly grew weary of depicting war as "comical". Schulz eventually made the decision to place Snoopy in other types of situations throughout the cartoon which dealt more in matters of "love and loneliness".
Snoopy's wiles with the Red Baron also inspired the famous novelty song, "Snoopy Vs.The Red Baron", which was recorded in 1966 by The Royal Guardsmen. The tune reached the top of the charts upon its release, but caused trouble for the band as they never asked Schulz's permission to use Snoopy's name. Schulz successfully sued, but later gave the group his permission to utilize the beloved character's name when recording follow-up songs such as "Return of the Red Baron".
Source: Red Baron. Peanuts Wiki. Retrieved from http://peanuts.wikia.com/wiki/Red_Baron