January 26, 1954:
January 27, 1954:
January 28, 1954:
The first two strips here are reminiscent of the bits from A Christmas Story where Ralphie's brother Randy is so over-covered with coats and scarves he can't put his arms down, or get up once knocked over. I suppose that kids aren't bundled up so well with heat-preservers these days. Of course Schulz grew up in, and at the time was living in, Minnesota, which is rather infamous for its harsh winters.
The third strip is a demonstration of Snoopy's boundless enthusiasm, which I think became less apparent in the final years of the strip. Shermy is in the first panel mostly to give context to the object Snoopy is chasing; hockey pucks don't real well if they just show up unheralded. I think the last panel is a rare design misstep on Schulz's part; the motion lines produced by Snoopy look to more like a solid object than an effect of the dog's motion.
"It's a symbiotic relationship."
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