Even Snoopy's vaunted candy-detection abilities have their limits. Serif Z! Also, a serif'd "sigh," in lowercase.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Saturday, February 25, 2012
This isn't the first time Lucy has responded to a direct refutation of her beliefs with a non-sequitur counterattack. Lucy's not the sort to waste too much time on introspection.
Comic images from gocomics.com.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Take the drawing of Charlie Brown on the cover of the first Fantagraphics Peanuts collection and turn it upside down. Presto:
It takes a second for your brain to adjust to the new mouth and eyebrows, but then he turns from an upset young boy into an insufferably smug, big-chinned guy with a goatee. IT'S CHARLIE BRO.
Sunday, February 19, 2012
A wonderful strip, mostly for the expressions on Snoopy's face. It's a difficult strip to visualize in motion though. Schulz is depicting the dog jumping rope as a (soon to be) standard Snoopydance, but it looks like he's skipping in a lot of little hops, if his hind feet are technically leaving the ground at all.
I think the strip works a little better with the lead-up panels giving Snoopy's enthusiams a little time to warm up, rather than just having him jump in after watching Lucy for a single frame.
Saturday, February 18, 2012
Somewhat uncharacteristically, Pig-Pen gets angry at the way people refer to him here. It's a bit difficult, through all the grime, to read his expressions of ire. I'm not quite sure I get this strip though -- I sense there's something about it, maybe some context from the time, that I'm missing. I'm not actually sure the girls are judging his appearance, although if they're not then why would Schulz use Pig-Pen here?
I think Schulz spelled it "SKWEEK" in the third panel just to mix things up a bit. We get another funny drawing of Snoopy here, who is already the most plastic of the Peanuts characters.
My favorite thing about this strip is the slight irregularity in Snoopy's jaw in the third panel, indicating Snoopy chewing. Lucy's mouth seems to be missing in the first panel.
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Lucy is still flexible enough to be used with her earlier, naive personality. Innocent characters in Peanuts tend to be capable of amazing feats, abilities that they lose as they gain maturity. That explains Linus' various skills, Snoopy's occasional reality-defying flights of fancy, and Lucy's skill at shooting marbles here. Like a guardian angel, this ability protects the character from those who would take advantage.
Sunday, February 12, 2012
More of Pig-Pen's philosophy, which could be regarded either as kind of profund or as indicative of the lengths he'll go through to excuse his willful messiness.
Fun with halftone! It definitely is possible to get mad at someone who's really neat, if they're still marking up the wall, although I suppose the Van Pelt folks could just tell people it's wallpaper. Really freaky wallpaper.
Lucy believe, if you're losing on one front, just open up another.
Snoopy has the advantage of having a flatter head. It'd be a lot harder for Charlie Brown to balance like that. By the way, this strip demonstrates well how much Snoopy's body shape has changed. He still has a little ways to go before he starts to balloon out.
You can't please all the people all the time. There's kind of a Betty-and-Veronica thing going on between Patty and Violet here.
Charlie Brown's rather pleased with himself in the second panel.
I never got much use out of tin can telephones as a kid, beans or not. I figured out much later that they really depend on the string between cans to be pulled tight, which it obviously isn't here. Anyway the matter is moot, as the first panel makes it clear that whoever it is Charlie Brown is talking to is standing right off panel, well within earshot.
Tin can telephones have passed into the lore of kid life, as something that children make to amuse themselves, even though I imagine in this age of cell phones and casual texting that this type of playground technology is hardly ever put into practice anymore. This hasn't stopped the things from soaking into our culture -- an episode of the My Little Pony cartoon (don't laugh) used one in a scene, and that "Kids Next Door" cartoon from some years back used them as an essential communications tool for its weird kind of tree fort tech.
Saturday, February 11, 2012
Monday, February 6, 2012
Charlie Brown doesn't have nearly the fixation on D. Crockett as Schroeder does on Beethoven, but his embarrassment makes the strip.
At first this seems like another joke on the size of C.B.'s head, but really any of the characters could see around that thin tree. The angry look on Lucy's face is adorable.
There are a handful of strips that establish that Schroeder isn't simply a child prodigy, but actually has a music career. Lucy's general apathy towards music makes her choice of crush an odd one; Schroeder doesn't actually have much personality other than his music.
The first line drive Charlie Brown ever dodged (although it looks more like it bowled him over, dodging is how it's described in later strips).
This is more of a Lucy kind of strip, but neither her right field position nor her incompetence at baseball have been firmly established yet.
For some reason, I can easily imagine one of Thurber's dogs in Snoopy's place here.
Sunday, February 5, 2012
gocomic's archive is missing strips for the 7th through the 9th of April, 1955. Can anyone tell us what the Fantagraphics collections have for those days?
Thursday, February 2, 2012
Lucy continues her develop into the strip's primary villain.
We haven't had a huge amount of Snoopy/Linus interaction so far. In coming strips, a major point of contention with them is Linus' blanket, so this strip kind of foreshadows that.
We get that weird look from Linus again in the second panel. It looks a lot like he's pining for a pacifier.
In the third panel, Linus and Snoopy share a single 'Z' balloon. I may be wrong, but when two characters are asleep near each other I believe they tend to get separate Zs. I'm unsure whether I should look for deep meaning in their commonality of snoring, however.