Friday, July 1, 2011

May 1, 1954: Warping a little girl's mind

Read this strip at

What is Charles Schulz saying, that Lucy is interested in Charlie Brown's "Mangle Comics," "Disease Comics" and "Gory Comics," yet he's not interested in "The Little Bunnies," "Billy Bluebird," and "The Funny Foxes?"

Some possible takeaway points:
1. Boy's comics are ridiculously violent (although "Disease Comics" doesn't seem like the most marketable title).
2. Boy's comics are more universally interesting than girl's comics, which implies Lucy considers girls' comics to be lacking.
3. Lucy is brushing up on her evil skills. Although Charlie Brown presumably reads them all the time, and he's kind of fragile.


  1. I recall that there are several strips where Schulz parodies comic books of the day.

  2. Wasn't the early fifties the time of the "comic books are ruining our children's minds" controversy, covered in the book 'Seduction of the Innocent'?