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2012-11-24 11:54:14 AM
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Why does the black kid have to sit by himself?
 
2012-11-24 11:56:35 AM
I'm gonna say it: I never like Peanuts, not even as a kid. I never laughed and Charlie Brown seemed like a whiny biatch.

And the Great Pumpkin? WTF?

You may all now commence the Internet Stoning of the Heretic.
 
2012-11-24 12:13:28 PM

Ennuipoet: I'm gonna say it: I never like Peanuts, not even as a kid. I never laughed and Charlie Brown seemed like a whiny biatch.

And the Great Pumpkin? WTF?

You may all now commence the Internet Stoning of the Heretic.



I didn't submit this, but I'm a huge lifelong Charles Schulz fan, and I will do no such Internet Stoning of the Heretic.

Me, I love the hell out of the newspaper strips and the TV specials and what-have-ya.

Opinions vary, and I respect yours.
 
2012-11-24 12:47:45 PM

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: Opinions vary, and I respect yours.


That's because you sir, are a gentleman.

I don't know if I could be so genteel if someone said the same thing about Calvin and Hobbes.

But then, I don't think anyone in the Universe dislikes Mr. Watterson.
 
2012-11-24 12:51:54 PM
Oh.

Oh wow.

I loved Peanuts as a kid, especially the ones from the '60s.
 
2012-11-24 12:53:26 PM

OregonVet: Why does the black kid have to sit by himself?


And when did Snoopy make the desserts? The rest of the meal was on the quick.

/and Claire Thomas wasn't born yet
 
2012-11-24 12:54:49 PM

Ennuipoet: That's because you sir, are a gentleman.


*tips hat*

Likewise, mammajamma.


Ennuipoet: I don't know if I could be so genteel if someone said the same thing about Calvin and Hobbes.

But then, I don't think anyone in the Universe dislikes Mr. Watterson.


Just by the Law of Averages (TM), there has to be somebody (or somebodies) who don't like Calvin & Hobbes or The Far Side.

This concept terrifies me, as I love both these strips.

There's only one newspaper comic strip that I adamantly hate, and that's Zits. I would call it High School Cathy, but that would be a gross disservice to Cathy.


make me some tea: Oh.

Oh wow.

I loved Peanuts as a kid, especially the ones from the '60s.


Same here!

The early 50s ones were interesting, since Schulz did a lot more with angles and neighborhood details back then. Then again, it was when the strip was still finding its feet, so that would explain it.
 
2012-11-24 01:02:24 PM

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: The early 50s ones were interesting, since Schulz did a lot more with angles and neighborhood details back then. Then again, it was when the strip was still finding its feet, so that would explain it.


I've never seen the ones from the 50s. Interesting. I also don't even get the joke in a lot of them.
 
2012-11-24 01:04:10 PM

Ennuipoet: But then, I don't think anyone in the Universe dislikes Mr. Watterson.


My mother. Said it reminded her way too much of me when I was Calvin's age.
 
/ which explains so much
 
2012-11-24 01:07:51 PM
Spoiler Alert
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Charlie Brown never gets to nail the Little Red-Haired Girl
 
2012-11-24 01:25:09 PM
And yet the same site reruns the same two or three storylines of "Lil' Abner" over and over and over from the over 40 year history of the strip.
 
2012-11-24 01:33:30 PM

Ennuipoet: I'm gonna say it: I never like Peanuts, not even as a kid. I never laughed and Charlie Brown seemed like a whiny biatch.

And the Great Pumpkin? WTF?

You may all now commence the Internet Stoning of the Heretic.


You should give them a second try. Especially since Shultz brilliantly satires American society in whic he lived. He later moved on to the sly humor of the characters and played with the conventions of comic strip form.

There were a few misfires in the earlier strips. Charlie Brown was also a prankster. Snoopy walked on all fours. Lucy was an innocent toddler. What was amazing is how many characters started out young and then aged to become Charlie Browns contemporary. While the original cast: Shermy, Violet, and the other chick..just dissapeared into the background
 
2012-11-24 01:55:06 PM

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: Just by the Law of Averages (TM), there has to be somebody (or somebodies) who don't like Calvin & Hobbes or The Far Side.


I actually know a guy- an intelligent, creative guy who has illustrating and comedy experience- who sniffs that C&H is just a retread of Winsor McCay's work.

I think this may be his one indulgence in kneejerk contrarianism. I mean, after a certain number of decades, you're not stealing. You're bringing it back.
 
2012-11-24 01:58:55 PM

timharrod: I actually know a guy- an intelligent, creative guy who has illustrating and comedy experience- who sniffs that C&H is just a retread of Winsor McCay's work.


I think that's more than a tad unfair, and I say that as someone who thought that the Little Nemo cartoons were interesting.


timharrod: I think this may be his one indulgence in kneejerk contrarianism. I mean, after a certain number of decades, you're not stealing. You're bringing it back.


Precisely.

I'm just not seeing legitimate plagiarism claims in such instances.
 
2012-11-24 02:02:03 PM
I had several of the dime-store style compilation booklets published in the 1960s when I was growing up. One of my favorite storylines was always the Linus-Truffles romance with Sally getting extremely jealous.
 
2012-11-24 02:03:48 PM
We always have the remastered Thanksgiving, Christmas and Halloween DVD's around---the kids and I both like them. I like the Most Offensive Video NSFW versions too, but obviously not with the kids around.
 
2012-11-24 02:04:38 PM

Ennuipoet: And the Great Pumpkin? WTF?


"We are obviously separated by denominational differences."
 
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2012-11-24 02:14:27 PM

Lionel Mandrake: Spoiler Alert
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Charlie Brown never gets to nail the Little Red-Haired Girl


The rumor was that's because she was doing Marcie.
 
2012-11-24 03:15:44 PM
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October 9, 1950
Helping to promote the belief that all women, at any age, are money grubbing, selfish biatches.

Damn you Charles Schultz!
 
2012-11-24 03:37:56 PM

Ennuipoet: I'm gonna say it: I never like Peanuts, not even as a kid. I never laughed and Charlie Brown seemed like a whiny biatch.

And the Great Pumpkin? WTF?

You may all now commence the Internet Stoning of the Heretic.


Other than Snoopy, I find Peanuts insufferable
 
2012-11-24 03:39:45 PM
Every Peanuts strip ever?

So, like, 15 minutes of total enjoyment if you can stand sifting through the chaff for a week?

Neat.
 
2012-11-24 03:40:19 PM

Ennuipoet: I'm gonna say it: I never like Peanuts, not even as a kid. I never laughed and Charlie Brown seemed like a whiny biatch.

And the Great Pumpkin? WTF?

You may all now commence the Internet Stoning of the Heretic.


Came to say the same thing!
 
2012-11-24 03:41:17 PM
Good grief....
 
2012-11-24 03:47:56 PM

Lionel Mandrake: Spoiler Alert
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Charlie Brown never gets to nail the Little Red-Haired Girl


Not if you're familiar with Achewood:

achewood.com
 
2012-11-24 03:48:31 PM
As a kid I always read the Peanuts strips in the paper, every day without fail. It wasn't until I was older that I recognized what a few others here have said; they simply are not funny. All the 'humor' is of the insulting type where you laugh at the misfortune of others. A bunch of spiteful little brats is all.
 
2012-11-24 03:49:09 PM
Wake me when the Bloom County collection get's released for free...
 
2012-11-24 03:50:28 PM
Once you've read the one with the football being pulled away, the one with the kite caught in the trees, the one with the psychiatrist's stall, the one with the pumpkin, the one with the Red Baron, the one with Woodstock as a cub scout and the one with the little red haired girl, why would you want to read another thousand versions of each one?
 
2012-11-24 03:50:35 PM
"get's"?!? geez, that was horribled grammar
 
2012-11-24 03:55:38 PM
I like the strip. The tv shows suck though. Put me to sleep with that easy listening jazz.
 
2012-11-24 03:58:59 PM

OregonVet: [i2.cdn.turner.com image 640x360]
Why does the black kid have to sit by himself?


It was a different time, you see.
 
2012-11-24 03:59:32 PM

Ennuipoet: I'm gonna say it: I never like Peanuts, not even as a kid. I never laughed and Charlie Brown seemed like a whiny biatch.

And the Great Pumpkin? WTF?

You may all now commence the Internet Stoning of the Heretic.


Read the ones from the Fifties. Charlie Brown was less emo then.
 
2012-11-24 04:00:33 PM

GGracie: October 9, 1950
Helping to promote the belief that all women, at any age, are money grubbing, selfish biatches.

Damn you Charles Schultz!


They're not?
 
2012-11-24 04:01:00 PM

OregonVet: [i2.cdn.turner.com image 640x360]
Why does the black kid have to sit by himself?


10 Possible Reasons Why the Black Kid Has to Sit By Himself

10. Because Segregation was still a fond memory in the South in the 1960s
09. Because the black kid always arrives late
08. Because the black kid is not one of the main characters
07. The Black Kid? What are you a racist? He has a name, you know! (His name is Roosevelt. Say it!)
06. The Dog switched placemarks and took his chair.
05. He's a gate crasher.
04. He's the guest of honor.
03. He smells funny.
02. He has cooties from kissing girls before natural girl cootie-immunity starts up at puberty.

And the Number One Possible Reason He Sits Alone is:

01. The cartoon is an allusion to a Renaissance painting of the Last Supper in which Judas was the only disciple seated on the opposite side of the table to symbolize his betrayal of Christ and suicide.
 
2012-11-24 04:01:28 PM

Ennuipoet: But then, I don't think anyone in the Universe dislikes Mr. Watterson.


What the heck, I'll admit it: while the art is brilliant and the dialogue witty, Calvin's antics sometimes got on my nerves.
 
2012-11-24 04:01:29 PM

Ennuipoet: Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: Opinions vary, and I respect yours.

That's because you sir, are a gentleman.

I don't know if I could be so genteel if someone said the same thing about Calvin and Hobbes.

But then, I don't think anyone in the Universe dislikes Mr. Watterson.


I imagine the people who make t-shirts and toys despise him.
 
2012-11-24 04:02:59 PM
The later Peanuts were crap. Now some of the early/mid run stuff is good. And surprisingly dark (Schulz had some major depression issues IIRC).
 
2012-11-24 04:03:05 PM
Personally I'm wondering why there are pink parfaits scattered all over the table before they have even undone their napkins and put them on their laps.

Are they just filling empty space?

Why?
 
2012-11-24 04:06:29 PM
I never really liked Peanuts, even when I was a kid. I read it every week, even the books of Peanuts cartoons, but they never really did anything for me. And that whole football thing.....well, I kind of liked Snoopy and the Red Baron. I think I had a poster of that on my wall.

And don't stone me, stone the other guy who said it before me. I'm just a copycat.

/and to this day, I still like dogs better than people.
 
2012-11-24 04:08:06 PM

MikeMc: The later Peanuts were crap. Now some of the early/mid run stuff is good. And surprisingly dark (Schulz had some major depression issues IIRC).


You recall correctly.

A recurring element in Schulz's work is Charlie Brown's depression about being sent away to camp. This most likely mirrors the fact that Schulz left to fight in World War II just days after his mother succumbed to cancer.
 
2012-11-24 04:09:51 PM
Notice that Roosevelt is also sitting on the lawn chair while the other kids have old-timey kitchen chairs ($3.99 each in Sears Roebuck, 1909). I am guessing that he is low man on the totem pole and that the kid with her back to the audience is a seat-filler.

Charles Swartz was probably just being lazy. He drew several main characters on one side and then realized that looks stupid and contrived as this isn't the Middle Ages, so he balanced them off with one kid on the other side, who was Roosevelt, because you need at least one token non white-kid, even in the 1960s, to represent the growing liberalism, diversity, and tolerance of suburban America.
 
2012-11-24 04:12:08 PM

brantgoose: 07. The Black Kid? What are you a racist? He has a name, you know! (His name is Roosevelt. Say it!)


Can't tell if trolling or racist or Peanuts really is unmemorable.
 
2012-11-24 04:15:36 PM

make me some tea: I also don't even get the joke in a lot of them.


Life sucks, each day is a new disappointment and we're all going to die? That seems to be the joke in most of them.
 
2012-11-24 04:18:55 PM

LockeOak: make me some tea: I also don't even get the joke in a lot of them.

Life sucks, each day is a new disappointment and we're all going to die? That seems to be the joke in most of them.


assets.amuniversal.com

Read them as desperate scribblings from a depressive (as Schulz was) and they're a bit more interesting.
 
2012-11-24 04:25:46 PM

brantgoose: 07. The Black Kid? What are you a racist? He has a name, you know! (His name is Roosevelt. Say it!)


I hear you saying it, with his first name first and his second name second.
 
2012-11-24 04:29:56 PM
Peanuts were great from the 50s to the early 70s. Here's a quick guide as to why:

Charlie Brown is the star of the 50s strips and he's basically Schulz himself, insecure, put upon but struggling to make it. All Schulz personal angst, lurking anxiety and deep seated insecurity about the whole world is on the page - and no other strip at the time was so revolutionary, personal and yet minimalistic.

In the 60s, Lucy (who had been in the strip since the 50s but wasnt a major character) replaces CB as the actual star of the strip - serving as perpetual antagonist to CB and everyone else over and over. This is right as Schulz was becoming a real success with the strip but feeling increasingly controlled and put upon by his wife. In those 2 decades Snoopy was intermittently seen - just another side character.

At the end of the decade, Schulz divorced his wife, and was left with both his complete freedom and his increasing wealth from the strip. He was allowed to do anything he wanted, was finally a major media player and no one could control him or tell him what to do. At this time Snoopy becomes the star of the strip - the Red Baron, Snoopys fantasies etc. Snoopy replaced Charlie Brown as Schulz alter ego in the strip. All the other characters serve Snoopy as foils.

By the mid and late 70s Schulz now has no stress in his life and he's rich. He merchandises the hell out of the strip. THAT is when his stories turn to junk, and what most people remember about how lame Peanuts was - and they're right. He had no inner turmoil, stress or anxiety to turn into stories.

I love Peanuts and think Schulz was one of the great cartoonists of the 20th century - but his work after the mid 70s is basically sterile.
 
2012-11-24 04:33:43 PM
My favourite Lucy moment...
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/Best Fark picture mispost, evar!
 
2012-11-24 04:38:38 PM
The artist who drew Bloom County (Outland, and Opus), Berkeley Breathèd, caught some flack from his peers for saying that Charles Schultz should have retired at his peak and not dragged the cartoon strip to the bitter end like so many cartoonists do.

After the awards show where he spoke up, he confesses (in the complete Opus collection) Mrs. Schultz came up to him:

To the NCS audience, I asked out loud how wonderful and brave it would have been for Sparky to have stepped off the dance floor when his feet were still nimbel and dazzling.

Little did I know that somebody besides poorly coiffed and undersexed cartoonists were in the audience that night.

To my horror, Jeannie Schultz approached me and put a hand on my arm. She squeezed gently, introduced herself and said "You need to understand, Berkley, Sparky kept drawing the strip because he couldn't have lived without it."

Mrs Schultz seems to be a wise and good woman. She got Sparky as well as any critic or fan ever could.

In the early years in the 50s, 60s, and 70s, Peanuts was therapy for Schultz and the world. The "kids" were at their most grown-up then, drawn less cutely and dealing with the issues of the day as sharply as the famous Spanish-language cartoon, Malfada, from Argentina but well-known in Spain, France and elsewhere through translatons.

Malfada was the female Charlie Brown. She had to deal with a lot worse from the Argentinian government and society than even Charlie Brown did. The USA had lynchings and massacres at university riots, but Argentina had Péron and los disparados. Even if you don't really read Spanish (as I do), the angst and the fear come through in a Malfada cartoon, and so it did in Schultz.

He was an outsider but sensitive. He was Charlie Brown. He was also Linus and Lucy and the others. They were all aspects of his personality and his ability to convey his own feelings and thoughts through ostensible wise children was his genius.

The early years of the cartoon delt with many things in society and in the psyche of all of us. Those children were the parents and grandparents of the overly sophisticated and wise children of today, including the Simpsons and every TV child star.

In later years, he kept on drawing in the new stereotyped style, with lighter, more meaningless gags which repeated. If you cartoon for too long, even the greatest cartoonists face this fate. He simply ran out of material--which is to say pain and fear, angst, guilt, hope, passive-aggressivity--whatever the soul contains that can fuel great satire and great comedy and tragedy.

To his credit, it took decades to exhaust his self-analysis. Linus is still the best Christian in cartoons. Lucy is still the most loveable bully and biotch. Charlie Brown is still the archetype of the born loser, the lonely, out-of-it child.

Cathy and Garfield declined much faster into a four-gag strip with only occasional flashes of brilliance or novelty. Some strips like Dagwood and BC declined in other hands or hit a plateau that they would never but seldom rise above because a family is a family is a family and cavemen don't have to evolve.

Peanuts was deeper, more brilliant and more intelligent than all of these and the decline is sadder, but it's like watching your parents grow old and feeble. You remember them in their glory or a little after and you are happy when a glimmer of that shines out from time to time. You'll meet people who knew them when they were completely different people and they will tell you about those people you never knew and you'll understand them a little.

I have known a lot of people who were friends to me but couldn't stand each other. It is the same with cartoons, books, and all human creations. The greatest geniuses hate the most passionately because they envy and are jealous more passionately and they are most likely to hurt each other's vanity and pride on the way up or down the ladder of success. But we can love them all or not love them a bit, like fans, not like rivals and peers.

God bless Mrs. Schultz. She really got Sparky. She really did.

And bless Breathed for telling his "most embarassing moment" story. It is a gem.
 
2012-11-24 04:40:40 PM
With corrections to my typos from typing with a book half-balanced before me:

To the NCS audience, I asked out loud how wonderful and brave it would have been for Sparky to have stepped off the dance floor when his feet were still nimble and dazzling.

Little did I know that somebody besides poorly coiffed and undersexed cartoonists were in the audience that night.

To my horror, Jeannie Schultz approached me and put a hand on my arm. She squeezed gently, introduced herself and said "You need to understand, Berkeley, Sparky kept drawing the strip because he couldn't have lived without it."
 
2012-11-24 04:42:06 PM

PunkTiger: My favourite Lucy moment...
[ic.pics.livejournal.com image 320x278]

/Best Fark picture mispost, evar!


You made my day with that.
 
2012-11-24 04:49:27 PM
You can now get the complete Bloom County, Outland and Opus collections from your local Amazon site.

The hardcover editions will probably never get any cheaper than $25 each, and IIRC, I have five Bloom County, one Outland and one Opus volumes, or is it four? The format is a bit awkward but typical of cartoon books.

I am reading Opus (which ran from 2002-2009 or something like that). It was a weekly cartoon focused on Opus, with Steve Dallas back (but apparently no longer gay) and a son (to serve as foil to Steve Dallas as the Dumb Father Figure, rather than the Frat Boy Monster Figure. I am enjoying it. Perhaps I should have kept in touch, but it's really fun getting filled in on the recent past. Opus sure would have been a life-saver during the second Bush years, but I survived without him.

Bloom County was as close as the Eighties came to having a Charles Schultz in his prime again, but Schultz was never that political or that concerned with pop fashion or history. They were different generations and they were typical of those generations in their beliefs, attitudes, interests, fears, etc.

Far Side and Chast Roz filled in a lot of the space that Schultz and Breathed didn't care about.
 
2012-11-24 04:57:39 PM

timharrod: brantgoose: 07. The Black Kid? What are you a racist? He has a name, you know! (His name is Roosevelt. Say it!)

Can't tell if trolling or racist or Peanuts really is unmemorable.


Joking, dammit. But I have to correct myself: his name is Franklin. Named for FDR but goes by Franklin rather than Frank or Roosevelt. Or am I thinking of that kid on Sesame Street. Dammit! Now I'm not sure. I will have to Google.

His name is Franklin (although FDR is my guess as the origin, and his last name occurs only in one TV special, as Armstrong). I was, no doubt, getting him mixed up with the muppet, Franklin Roosevelt.

There's a whole article on Franklin on Wikipedia. A bit of Americana:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franklin_%28Peanuts%29
 
2012-11-24 04:58:48 PM
Charles Schulz (note, people, no farkn 't') had unique advantage - he cd get to meet just about anybody he wanted to, just by featuring them in his strip.

Without fail, and no matter how famous, they wd contact him asking for the original, and taking him out to dinner.

Other interesting thing from his biography was that, despite his success, and the admiration of all these famous people, he was never very happy.
 
2012-11-24 04:59:00 PM
The Black kid was named Franklin. He went on to be a stand up comic.
 
2012-11-24 04:59:09 PM
We all learn something in every thread I join.

Well, not every.

Well, not half, but half is still pretty good.
 
2012-11-24 05:01:07 PM

brantgoose: His name is Franklin (although FDR is my guess as the origin, and his last name occurs only in one TV special, as Armstrong). I was, no doubt, getting him mixed up with the muppet, Franklin Roosevelt.


The Muppet was Roosevelt Franklin, RACIST.
 
2012-11-24 05:27:48 PM

brantgoose: With corrections to my typos from typing with a book half-balanced before me:

To the NCS audience, I asked out loud how wonderful and brave it would have been for Sparky to have stepped off the dance floor when his feet were still nimble and dazzling.

Little did I know that somebody besides poorly coiffed and undersexed cartoonists were in the audience that night.

To my horror, Jeannie Schultz approached me and put a hand on my arm. She squeezed gently, introduced herself and said "You need to understand, Berkeley, Sparky kept drawing the strip because he couldn't have lived without it."


Seeing he died the night before his last strip was published, she was prophetic.

/I'd comment that a certain Canadian cartoonist still lives and unretired through rebooted strips, but apparently, there's the one litigious Canadian
 
2012-11-24 05:29:35 PM
They have about the last 10 years of Andy Capp too. If you haven't read it in awhile, give it a glance. It'll make you wonder what his Fark handle is.
 
2012-11-24 05:32:33 PM
www.nasa.gov
If you don't know the story behind the pic. (new window)

There was a time that Peanuts were big. The 60s, to a kid, meant Charlie Brown and MAD magazine. Everything else was a footnote. At least it was in my world. The strip wasn't that funny. Not in the laugh out loud sense. But it did make some very good points. It helped put the bigger world in perspective. It also didn't talk down to you. They used big words, words that you might have needed to look up. It introduced me to Beethoven. It assumed you were intelligent. But it did all change in the late 70s. It just wasn't the same. It lost the charm it used to have.
 
2012-11-24 05:33:55 PM
Hey, the black kid is named after a popular president (ok, two) and gets a fancy chair all his own. He's not doing too bad IMO. If Schultz was really a racist he probably wouldn't even have a black character at all, let alone name one after such a well-regarded famous American family.
 
2012-11-24 05:34:08 PM

Metaluna Mutant: Peanuts were great from the 50s to the early 70s. Here's a quick guide as to why:

Charlie Brown is the star of the 50s strips and he's basically Schulz himself, insecure, put upon but struggling to make it. All Schulz personal angst, lurking anxiety and deep seated insecurity about the whole world is on the page - and no other strip at the time was so revolutionary, personal and yet minimalistic.

In the 60s, Lucy (who had been in the strip since the 50s but wasnt a major character) replaces CB as the actual star of the strip - serving as perpetual antagonist to CB and everyone else over and over. This is right as Schulz was becoming a real success with the strip but feeling increasingly controlled and put upon by his wife. In those 2 decades Snoopy was intermittently seen - just another side character.

At the end of the decade, Schulz divorced his wife, and was left with both his complete freedom and his increasing wealth from the strip. He was allowed to do anything he wanted, was finally a major media player and no one could control him or tell him what to do. At this time Snoopy becomes the star of the strip - the Red Baron, Snoopys fantasies etc. Snoopy replaced Charlie Brown as Schulz alter ego in the strip. All the other characters serve Snoopy as foils.

By the mid and late 70s Schulz now has no stress in his life and he's rich. He merchandises the hell out of the strip. THAT is when his stories turn to junk, and what most people remember about how lame Peanuts was - and they're right. He had no inner turmoil, stress or anxiety to turn into stories.

I love Peanuts and think Schulz was one of the great cartoonists of the 20th century - but his work after the mid 70s is basically sterile.


Spot on. I was in elementary school from the late '70s to early '80s and our library had a bunch of Peanuts books that were no newer than when Woodstock was first introduced. I read them all front to back several times and loved them, but hated most of what I saw new in the newspaper.
 
2012-11-24 05:41:34 PM

MayContainHorseGluten: Hey, the black kid is named after a popular president (ok, two)


Actually, Franklin Pierce made many divisive decisions which were widely criticized and earned him a reputation as one of the worst presidents in U.S. history.
 
2012-11-24 05:44:30 PM
Now I just need to go find my magnifying glass. What is the deal with online comics being the size of a postage stamp?
 
2012-11-24 05:46:46 PM

timharrod: MayContainHorseGluten: Hey, the black kid is named after a popular president (ok, two)

Actually, Franklin Pierce made many divisive decisions which were widely criticized and earned him a reputation as one of the worst presidents in U.S. history.


Pretty sure he was talking about Ben Franklin, y'know, the guy who freed the slaves...
 
2012-11-24 05:54:04 PM
I never liked Peanuts. I read it all the way through the 70's as a kid, and, nope, rarely found it funny.

I can think of many other strips that I looked forward to reading far more.
 
2012-11-24 05:57:28 PM
That reminds me, I want to go pluck my nostril hairs right now.
 
2012-11-24 05:58:50 PM

OregonVet: [i2.cdn.turner.com image 640x360]
Why does the black kid have to sit by himself?


I think he scoped out the table and took that side to score the two extra desserts.
 
2012-11-24 06:11:54 PM

Lionel Mandrake: Spoiler Alert
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Charlie Brown never gets to nail the Little Red-Haired Girl


But...
img23.imageshack.us
 
2012-11-24 06:14:02 PM
Anyway, here's the racism you all came for:

i235.photobucket.com 

November 06, 1974, in case you suspect a shoop.
 
2012-11-24 06:22:12 PM
71 posts and no 'Family Circus' hate yet?
 
2012-11-24 06:37:03 PM

StrikitRich: 71 posts and no 'Family Circus' hate yet?


I'm sure this site will have all the Family Circus snark you could ask for. And it's hilarious. Bonus!

(Some captions are probably NSFW, so tread lightly.)
 
2012-11-24 06:43:27 PM

StrikitRich: 71 posts and no 'Family Circus' hate yet?


I can only muster up comic hate for Zits.

Hell, I've learned to enjoy and appreciate Marmaduke.

Zits annoys me to no foreseeable end.
 
2012-11-24 06:44:56 PM

timharrod: Anyway, here's the racism you all came for:

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November 06, 1974, in case you suspect a shoop.


Unavailable for comment:

s.wsj.net

/last goal and counting
 
2012-11-24 06:46:29 PM

OtherLittleGuy: Unavailable for comment:


Rats! I was going to give him an elbow.
 
2012-11-24 06:49:24 PM

Rufus Lee King: timharrod: The Muppet was Roosevelt Franklin, RACIST.

Roosevelt Franklin, when he was six, got him his first job haulin' bricks.

[cdn.stripersonline.com image 400x400]


www.lockepick.com
 
2012-11-24 06:54:20 PM

Friend_Computer: Lionel Mandrake: Spoiler Alert
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Charlie Brown never gets to nail the Little Red-Haired Girl

Not if you're familiar with Achewood:

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I don't know what that is, and it would appear you guys broke their site.
 
2012-11-24 07:00:10 PM
I take it back, I forgot I was running a certain program that likes to screw with my browsing (for my own protection though). I'll check it out later.
 
2012-11-24 07:02:08 PM
Born in 63 I grew up on Peanuts strips and Mad magazines and various other comics. Appreciate the link and all the commentary in this thread particularly Metaluna Mutant and Brantgoose's contributions. Much of Sparky's classic strip does seem rather dated and sexist and racist by today's lights, of course, but it was a cultural touchstone in it's day that at one point seemed eternal to me.

I can't find it yet but I remember a strip where Lucy Van Pelt once said "If you can't be right, be wrong at the top of your lungs".

I always suspected that Lucy grew up to be a Republican after that.

/Rule 42 keeps me from looking too deeply into this theory.
 
2012-11-24 07:07:04 PM
www.collectpeanuts.com

I wore this one out as a kid, anyone else?

/Red hot like a flaming Nazi plane going down.
 
2012-11-24 07:40:50 PM

quatchi: [www.collectpeanuts.com image 435x400]

I wore this one out as a kid, anyone else?

/Red hot like a flaming Nazi plane going down.


Raises hand.

Damn we're old.
 
2012-11-24 08:10:31 PM

quatchi: [www.collectpeanuts.com image 435x400]

I wore this one out as a kid, anyone else?

/Red hot like a flaming Nazi plane going down.


It might help if the Nazis ever participated in WW1 ...
 
2012-11-24 08:14:18 PM

mjjt: Charles Schulz (note, people, no farkn 't') had unique advantage - he cd get to meet just about anybody he wanted to, just by featuring them in his strip.

Without fail, and no matter how famous, they wd contact him asking for the original, and taking him out to dinner.

Other interesting thing from his biography was that, despite his success, and the admiration of all these famous people, he was never very happy.


So you know how to spell Schulz, but not "could" or "would"?
 
2012-11-24 08:47:45 PM
After a few years of the schlock I sort of filed the strip under "Ziggy" and "Henry" and "Apartment 3G" and "Prince Valiant" and the like.
Mad Magazine had an issue about the child cartoons that grew up - Henry got caught in an elevator over a long weekend and died when he couldn't call for help, Lucy committed suicide due to the lack of puberty or some such thing. Funny as hell - if you were 12 . . .
 
2012-11-24 09:07:16 PM

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: Raises hand.

Damn we're old.


But still hep!

/Collecting Pogs unironically is still hep right?

112Error: quatchi: [www.collectpeanuts.com image 435x400]

I wore this one out as a kid, anyone else?

/Red hot like a flaming Nazi plane going down.

It might help if the Nazis ever participated in WW1 ...


Oh great, now we got history Nazis as well as grammar Nazis all up in this place.

Or are you more specific than that, a Nazi Nazi perhaps?

/Alright, ya got me there. Good point.
 
2012-11-24 09:23:24 PM
Strange how nobody posted an actually funny CB.
 
2012-11-24 10:19:55 PM

GGracie: [assets.amuniversal.com image 600x115]
October 9, 1950
Helping to promote the belief that all women, at any age, are money grubbing, selfish biatches.

Damn you Charles Schultz!



Or, establishing a character in a very early comic strip?

She didn't last long in the pantheon anyway.
 
2012-11-24 10:36:39 PM
Even the best comic strips can suck, depending on who's reading it. Hell, when I was a kid I didn't read Calvin and Hobbes - why would I want to read a comic about some girl-hating brat? Folly of youth.

At its best, Peanuts is subtly cynical, just a comic about what dicks children are, incompetence, failure, stupidity, contempt, and a dog whose wildest flights of fancy still end up with his novels rejected and his plane shot down. If you don't relate to that kind of humor, well, here's a bunch of kids doing silly things. And a puppy! It's all down to personal taste.

Also I seem to recall Franklin is alone on one side of the table because he arrived last and got the shiatty deathtrap slapstick chair that collapsed every five seconds that probably would have taken them all out if the table weren't in the way. But the cartoons that aren't just a bunch of comic strips choppily strung together have about as much to do with Schulz as a Star Wars video game has to do with Lucas. So Franklin, Marcie, and Peppermint Patty don't have last names, and we don't know what the red-haired girl looked like.

/this is what happens when a kid grows up without video games
//a cautionary tale
 
2012-11-24 11:13:56 PM

brantgoose: 07. The Black Kid? What are you a racist? He has a name, you know! (His name is Roosevelt. Say it!)
06. The Dog switched placemarks and took his chair.


The Dog? What are you animalist? He has a name, you know! (His name is Snoopy. Say it!)
 
2012-11-24 11:18:40 PM
25.media.tumblr.com

/Bloom County FTW
 
2012-11-25 01:14:16 AM
Why would I want to spend a few days reading Peanuts strips?
 
2012-11-25 06:03:23 AM

The My Little Pony Killer: Why would I want to spend a few days reading Peanuts strips?


You seem like someone who'd identify with Lucy.
 
2012-11-25 11:18:01 AM

Ennuipoet: But then, I don't think anyone in the Universe dislikes Mr. Watterson.


What about those loathsome jacktards who decorate their pick up trucks with stickers featuring unauthorized versions of Calvin pissing on whatever totemistic symbol threatens their impotent "manhood"?
 
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