Saturday, November 12, 2011

January 17-22, 1955: It Snow Trouble

Another snow pun for a title! Get used to them, it's far from the last....

January 17

We had another strip like this not long ago, where Charlie Brown didn't seem to come out of it too badly, but poor Snoopy was overwhelmed. Like in that strip, the funniest thing to me is how effortlessly Charlotte Braun belts out her words. There's a good set of lungs on the girl.

January 18

Oh no. Oh, no no no no no. What character in comicdom can get something as willfully wrong as can Lucy Van Pelt? Other than Mallard Fillmore, of course. Lucy actually knows she's wrong unconsciously, I think, which is why she sets herself against Charlie Brown's disagreement before she even hears his opinion. She's so happy with her discovery.

January 19

Notice... both here and in the previous strip, Schulz draws forward-facing characters with neutral expressions without a mouth, possibly for parity with the way he draws his characters when they face the side. He experimented with this a time or two before. He abandons it eventually.

January 20

I've had conversations with people that have gone exactly like this, right down to my depressed skulking away at the end.

January 21

Another mouthless face. And Lucy called Charlie Brown's face funny-looking.

Charlie Brown has some standard ways of expressing displeasure, which are already beginning to get set in. 1. "Good grief." 2. "I can't stand it." 3. "My stomach hurts."

January 22

Schroeder is practicing his scowl for the role.

5 comments:

  1. Well, thanks for dragging your politics into this and ruining my enjoyment. *removes from blogroll*

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  2. Wow, talk about insecure. Ouch.

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  3. "What character in comicdom can get something as willfully wrong as can Lucy Van Pelt?"

    Rita, from Working Daze.

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  4. In the Fantagraphics collection, Charlie Brown has a mouth in both the January 18 and 19 comics. It is small neutral mouth, but it is there.

    I think the mouthless faces are a mistake, and not anything purposeful by Schulz. I'm almost positive that I read somewhere that, in the early years, editors would occasionally remove a mouth or an eye, thinking that it was a stray pen mark or something, confused by the simplicity of the drawings. I can't find a cite now, of course, but I'll look around.

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  5. So that's where the verse in the song "Little Known Facts" from You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown comes from...

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