Monday, April 2, 2012

May 22-28, 1955: Scenes from an Illustrated Childhood

Sunday, May 22
These old Sunday strips show off just what Schulz was capable of when his drawing hand was at its best. Just look at all that. In panel 6 Charlie Brown is leaping a barbed wire fence, and those cans in panel 9 can't exactly be safe to wade through either.

These strips show us a kind of iconic, idealized version of the world of kids that largely doesn't exist anymore, one made up of unfenced backyards, vacant lots, junkyards, back alleys and broken fences.

May 23
Lucy doesn't have many weaknesses, or at least ones that she'll admit to, but rollerskates are one of them.

May 24
The Peanuts characters are accident-prone.

May 25

Shades of Calvin and his bicycle here. And a scribble of ire!

A character displaying affection, love, tolerance, pleasure, joy? These things are not funny. Conan! What is funny in life?

May 26

Lucy turns into quite the feminist later on, this attitude turns out to be fairly atypical of her.

May 27

It's possible to miss it if you just glance at the strip, but the joke here is that Lucy is missing one skate, which is the one that Snoopy's riding.

May 28

Violet and her mud pies again. Old habits die hard. Y'know, I don't remember if we've ever seen any of the Peanuts kids eat one of those mud pies. I'd assume that they're just playing, but that look of distaste on Charlie Brown's face implies that he at least has considered eating one of the things. I guess kids had stronger immune systems back then.


  1. To crush your characters, see their failures drawn before you, and hear the lamentation of the children!

  2. Total agreement re the beauty of Schulz work on those Sunday strip backgrounds. That's great stuff.

    Perhaps Lucy thinks, as I did when I was in kindergarten, that "homemaking" is something to do with building houses?