Saturday, August 6, 2011

Sunday, August 22, 1954: The aliens have arrived

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I think this strip is more effect without the lead-in panels, which means our first glimpse of the floating wading pool will be the same as Charlie Brown's. Lucy's final comment also works better in that case; it's unnecessary with the first two panels included.

This is a very funny strip (especially "He pointed his flame thrower right at me!"), but it's a kind of humor that seems out of place in Peanuts, heavily reliant on sight gags. At least it's Charlie Brown who's the silly one here.

That's gotta be a pretty strong wind.

1 comment:

  1. I love the perspective of the first panel: it shows an unusually strong use of depth the way the pool is coming at the reader in the right side of the panel. You certianly don't see that in later years of the strip. It also shows how awesome Schulz was as a cartoonist.