Monday, September 10, 2012

Sunday, July 31, 2012: 1,000 posts!

This strip is a solid point of development towards Snoopy's status as a foil to Charlie Brown. There's a lot of other classic elements in this strip: Charlie Brown's failures as a ball player, Schroeder's role as catcher, Snoopy kind of playing a role as a fielder and his playfulness, and CB's impotent reaction to it at the end.


* The short distance between the pitcher's "mound" and home plate, and how Charlie Brown has to throw the ball in an arc to avoid the strip's title.

* Snoopy's cloud of "R"s in panel five.

* The tiny Patty off the field in panel six. There's another tiny figure in the background, but I can't tell who it is.

* Panel nine: "Oh good grief!"

* The vigor and looseness of the entire sequence. I think this is Peanuts art at its height right here.

* Snoopy's smug expression in the last panel. That dog!


And that's 1,000 posts, I think! (Blogger's numbering might be counting some future posts I have scheduled that haven't appeared yet.) Posts have been slow as of late, and for that I apologize, but it's been some weird times out here. We've got some interesting strips coming up though so it should pick up for a while, hopefully I can keep up the energy through the next thousand.


  1. Aha, I'm subscribed to the daily "Classic Peanuts", and today's was a YOU DRIVE ME CRAZY! punchline too.

  2. Another neat feature with this one is the little batting average in the middle of the explosion bubble (for lack of a better word) when Pig-Pen hits the ball - Schulz also did that again in another strip from the late sixties where Charlie Brown and Peppermint Patty are watching Jose Peterson take batting practice. Schulz isn't above using recognizable tropes just like any other writer, but as far as I know, replacing the usual onomatopoeia ("pow," "crack," etc.) with an actual batting average to show how well someone hit a baseball is a stylistic choice that's uniquely his. I have never seen that done by anyone else, anywhere.

    BTW, I just paid my first visit to the Charles Schulz Museum last month. For anyone making a trip out to Northern California, I highly recommend it.

  3. John, what is your favourite Peanuts strip of all?

    My 5 all-time favourite Peanuts strips are as follows:


    Congratulations on your 1,000th post!!