Monday, November 8, 2010

June 24, 1953: Snoopy vs. the Yard


Another of those strips in which Snoopy, naive in the ways of yard equipment, investigates something and gets surprised by it. Here the reaction shot from Charlie Brown is needed to complete the joke.


  1. I agree regarding the necessity of the last panel, but how do you pronounce an exclamation point? Where is Victor Borge when you need him?

  2. Schulz is finally learning economy -- a year ago, he would have had Charlie Brown say something more than merely "!" -- and even "Rats!" would have been too much dialogue.

  3. The real punch line is in the third panel; the fourth panel adds extra emphasis, though I disagree that it's utterly necessary. CB says nothing more than "!" because adding anything else would have spoiled the gag. Plus, precisely what CB is saying is up to the reader's imagination; "!" is far more appropriate than the classic "@%&$#!!!"