Sunday, March 27, 2011

December 5, 1953: Reciprocal slobber

Read this strip at

There are a few strips that notice a basic similarity between the behavior of very little kids and dogs, and by my reckoning this is the first.  I seem to remember a few strips that played this up when Sally comes on the scene, when she and Snoopy team up to steal Linus' blanket.

Why is the noise of Snoopy licking depicted as "smack," and why is it in a word balloon?

When characters stoop over, like Lucy is in panel three, it seems easy to imagine them unfolding their legs and ending up much taller than they should be.


  1. I've always loved this strip, ever since seeing it in a paperback collection decades ago. Linus with his tongue out, trying to pull away from Lucy to go lick Snoopy, is just perfection.

  2. I remember this strip from the Fawcett paperbacks too. To me, a big part of the joke here is the implication that Linus and Snoopy make a habit of licking each other's faces, as Lucy is quite aware of what's going on.

  3. I remember reading this strip in the Fawcett collection too. I noticed with interest that Schultze left the bow off the back of Lucy's dress in panel 3, presumably to avoid getting visually confused with Charlie Brown's running foot.

    1. Why does Lucy have a bow at the back of her dress? Another artistic note those tongues look weird, I can't draw them better but still.