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I’ve put together a page of some of my favorite Peanuts strips here (in chronological order):
http://www.rebas.se/temp/peanuts.html

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I have to say my favorite parts of Peanuts were the fact that Patty had an inexplicably huge crush on Charlie Brown… and he never noticed.

And when he finally lost his shit at the Kite-Eating Tree and took a bite out of it–and then it turned out it was an endangered species and the EPA made him apologize to it. Not Schultz’s finest hour, but my personal favorite.

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bentarc- he noticed. He just didn’t know how to deal with it.

I remember one strip where Patty calls him and asks if he still loves her, the Marcie has Patty ask the same thing, then they show him, “I’m sorry, I’m not here right now, I’ve suddenly become a recording.”

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Tom Spurgeon said on September 26th, 2008 at 9:24 am

I really like that second drawing of Snoopy lying on Charlie Brown’s bed.

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This is post makes a good case for Peanuts but not necessarily the strongest one. It’s true that the strip goes above and beyond the well-worn medium in its unexpected detours into philosophy and heartbreak, but it’s not always this heavy and eggheaded (sorry! I don’t mean that in a completely negative way).

For me some of the funniest Peanuts moments are about how children can be so cruel … Great examples in Martin’s page above, thanks for posting.

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Something else: I just remembered that at a certain point Peanuts just seemed too preoccupied with Snoopy-is-cute gags … not a fan of that aspect of Peanuts, even if it did appeal to a lot of people

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Well, I will say this much: while I agree that his peak lasted a lot longer than some of the doubters claim, the syndicate and his estate put me off in choosing to reprint starting from the milder, later-peak stuff (early 70s on), deliberately skipping over the period of increased weirdness of the mid (or so) 60s (Snoopy’s helicopter ears, anyone?). But that’s just because they’re snubbing my favourite Peanuts era.
(Followed by the super early everyone-looks-different era and lastly the currently being rerun 70s stuff that was coming out when I was a kid. For some reason I developed more affection for the stuff I read in paperbacks when I was home sick from school over the stuff appearing new in the paper.)

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I remember laughing until I couldn’t breathe over this early strip:

Linus reaches under a table and bumps his head. He writhes in pain; he screams and holds his head. Then Lucy arrives and asks one question after another: are you bleeding? Do you need a doctor? Do you want to go the hospital? What happened? Finally, Linus screams at her, “I bumped my head.” Lucy responds, “What a crab!”

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So many just don’t get it. They don’t have to find it funny, but one has to at least acknowledge Schultz’s strips inspired so many other cartoonists. It’s clearly there, if one looks. YOU ARE PREACHING THE GOSPEL ON THIS ONE. Thanks

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