Monday, February 13, 2017

Peanuts, June 16, 1952

Charlie used to have balls and stand up to Lucy.
When did he become such a puss?


Jordan said...

I've been going through early "Peanuts." There's an original dynamic (as in the strip you're showing here) that's based on an original, somewhat boring supporting cast (Shermy, Patty, Violet) which gets supplanted when "baby" Schroeder shows up, followed by "baby" Lucy and then "baby" Linus.

Each stays a toddler for a couple years and then ends up the same age as the others. Violet, Patty and Shermy play diminished roles, relegated to baseball games, etc. The central dynamics (Psychiatric Help, Sopwith Camel, security blanket, baseball game, great pumpkin, little red-haired girl, kick the football) begin to emerge -- this is the "golden age," from the early 1960s to, say, 1972. Peppermint Patty, Marcie, Rerun etc. show up, and the strip starts to repeat and go downhill. By 1980 there's nothing left but a dry husk.

Cal's Canadian Cave of Coolness said...

I had a huge Peanuts Treasury that I read over and over as a kid.