Tuesday, May 5, 2009

February 19, 1951: Belittling remark

A rare piece of cartoon metaphor here, as Patty's words literally diminish Charlie Brown in stature. I think this is probably the only strip which does this. Schulz must have been dissatisfied with this solution, as later strips show embarrassment using cross-hatching to represent blushing.

Snoopy's smug look in the last panel is a winner. There are strips where Snoopy just sits there smiling, uncomprehending, like a real dog, and there are strips like this one where he has more of a personality. Not close to Snoopy's later brilliance, but still, a step along the way.


  1. It blows my mind that Snoopy wasn't always explicitly Charlie Brown's dog. That's just one of those universal truths.

  2. I love that smug/dignified expression with the eyes drawn as closed lines. So very expressive, somehow. Was this its first appearance in the strip?