And here we have the very first Sunday strip of Peanuts' 49 year run.
Already we see the effects of the unique format requirements of the Sunday edition. The top panels of the strip must not be essential to understanding the whole, since some newspapers don't run those to save space. Since the first panel can't be too important to the story, later Schulz would play around with clever bits of stylized art in the first panel, but here it's just used to extend the lead-up.
The characters look a little funny here, possibly due to their being rendered a bit larger than usual.
Notice, four of the five characters are named in this strip! Could this have been a concession to papers that only ran Peanuts on Sundays?
I like the quotes around "Tag" and "It" in all the panels. Especially "It," I'm going to start using scare quotes around all my pronouns! Not really
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