Is that really how a dog says "bow wow?" This one's linked for containing an extensive Snoopy thought bubble, which are still rare at this time. It's also the second strip in a row to contain a "good grief," one of Peanuts' particular catchphrases and a favorite of Charlie Brown.
And this one got selected for showing Linus' increasing blanket mania.
Poor ol' Charlie Brown.
2. Linus' shirt lacks its characteristic stripes here.
A use of "rats," just about strongest curse a Peanuts character will ever utter. In any case, we know Snoopy has his day, it's August 4th.
Presented for laugh value. The aspect of this strip that elevates it for me is Charlie Brown's warning. Snoopy's leaps have a lot of character, the design reminds me of the looser, leaner, 60s Snoopy.
Nice backgrounds in this strip! I've remarked about them before of course, but this one has a wealth of unnecessary detail.
This is a good example of a kind of joke that you rarely see outside of Peanuts, taking something we take for granted, extrapolating it in an unexpected direction, and illustrating a reaction. Also, it gives us an early AAUGHH!
More serif Zs, and a good ornate question mark above Shermy's head too. I'm surprised more hasn't been said about Charles Schulz's attention to detail in rendering language. You art majors out there, I'm sure there's a decent paper in this for you!
"I thought I heard hoofbeats?" Wait, what?
A good example of Snoopy as energetic mischief maker, a prominent role for him in this age of the strip. Also note the looped 'W' in WHAM. Let's also note, for a moment, Charlie Brown's warning in panel 6, which breaks up the Zooms, gives us an effective comedy beat right before the collision, and makes Snoopy's crash more painful by showing us another character reacting with dismay at it. While the action of Snoopy running around is entertaining, if you read it while leaving out the sixth and last panels it's just the scene of an accident. It's Charlie Brown's annoyance that makes the strip funny.
We've seen a reference to Miss Frances, of the nearly-forgotten preschool kids' show Ding Dong School, before. Interestingly, the Miss Frances Wikipedia page mentions that Peanuts referred to them four times. This is the second; the other two are in 1956. It goes to show, Peanuts wasn't afraid to make pop culture references, even from a fairly early point.
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Well, that's a good start towards reviving the blog. I actually had most of this written two days ago, but Blogger ate the images and some of the text and I had to rebuild it. The next post should cover all of September, and from there we're going to try to do a month at a time for awhile. Note these images are not linked to their gocomics versions. Sorry about that, I just wanted to get the thing up after the hiatus, I'll go back to linking them to the official archive soon.