I think there is a good chance that the original strip did not include the censorship rectangle in the third panel, and GoComics refused to let it post until “decency” was assured.
It’s not the head “turn”, it’s merely the optimum position for converting these drawing into a cute, marketable stuffed animal. Opus already found out that it could be (and was) done.
Waiting for Columbus: Feats Don’t Fail Me Now!
It’s convenient to cite a nice round number, but of the various sources I have seen, this one lists 42 tribute comics: http://www.chivian.com/chivian/PeanutsTribute.html (and provides proof in the form of a link to a scanned copy of each strip). A more comprehensive list cites 145 tributes: https://peanuts.fandom.com/wiki/Peanuts_tributes – but this gives only the names, not the images. As I mentioned above, even the strips that GoComics carries are not completely archived, and the archive for comics carried by King Features is hidden behind a paywall. This means that more than half of the tribute strips are inaccessible.
This just one of a multitude of tributes paid to Charles M. Schulz by various cartoonists on Saturday, May 27th, 2000 (and it happens to be one of the better ones, although Tank McNamara was probably the best.) Unfortunately, not all of the GoComics archives go back that far.
This is perhaps the best tribute of all the strips that were published (by many different authors) on Saturday 27-May-2000. It’s a real shame that Charles Schulz never had a chance to see it.
Unfortunately, many of the older strips available at GoComics have not been archived that far back, so the strips for 27-May-2000 are often unavailable. P.S. One of the best tributes was in Tank McNamara: https://www.gocomics.com/tankmcnamara/2000/05/27
In German, he is often called “Darth Wader”, which always makes me think of a Sith lord going fishing for trout. The mispronunciation is endemic, even the dubbed release of the original movie contains several instances of it.
For the origin of the rhyme, see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betty_Botter
I think it’s worth noting that in the original Pogo strip, the quote was actually spoken by Porkypine (after Albert tossed his “see-gar” butt in the lemonade barrel).