Friday, June 19, 2009

May 30, 1951: Schroeder's first appearance

He doesn't have his piano yet, doesn't have his striped shirt, barely has any hair, his personality consists of  blank stare, and can't even talk, but it's the same Schroeder who would later idolise Beethoven and fend off Lucy's advances.
Oh, how much this strip changed over the years.  Most comic strips, those that were ever any good, start off great and trail off over the years, as the need to continue bringing in an income overrode any considerations of quality.  Peanuts went the other way, starting off sharp but gaggy, then gaining profundity.  Its characters changed so much since 1951, they're like different people.  (I had to stop myself from saying "between then and now," it's hard to believe that Charles Schulz has been gone for over nine years.)

1 comment:

  1. I'm going to open a can of worms here and say that Schulz was trying to suggest very light-coloured hair for Schroeder, in the same way as he intended for Charlie Brown (but it always ended up looking like he was bald.)