History ComicStrip / Peanuts

16th Jan '17 8:29:06 PM mlsmithca
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*** But it's the Ace Obedience School champion, the Masked Marvel (better known as Snoopy), who racks up the most embarrassing failures; he drops the shot on his foot in the shot put, his attempt to hop gracefully over the high jump bar ends in disaster when he lands on the bar instead and is launched halfway across the field, he ends up throwing the discus straight into the ground and has to run away when it spins around like a wheel and rolls straight for him, and he gets his collar stuck on the pole during the pole vault and is launched halfway across the field again. Peppermint Patty later tells Charlie Brown that "the Masked Marvel" and Freddie Fabulous also got into a fight on the last lap of the 1500m and were both disqualified.

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*** But it's the Ace Obedience School champion, the Masked Marvel (better known as Snoopy), who racks up the most embarrassing failures; he drops the shot on his foot in the shot put, his attempt to hop gracefully over the high jump bar ends in disaster when he lands on the bar instead and is launched halfway across the field, he ends up throwing the discus straight up into the ground air and has unsuccessfully tries to run away outrun it when it lands again and spins around like a wheel and rolls straight for him, runaway wheel, and he gets his collar stuck on the pole during the pole vault and is launched halfway across the field again. Peppermint Patty later tells Charlie Brown that "the Masked Marvel" and Freddie Fabulous also got into a fight on the last lap of the 1500m and were both disqualified. [[spoiler:Small wonder Marcie ends up winning the decathlon!]]
16th Jan '17 8:25:33 PM mlsmithca
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*** But it's the Masked Marvel (Snoopy) who racks up the most embarrassing failures; he drops the shot on his foot in the shot put, his attempt to hop gracefully over the high jump bar ends in disaster when he lands on the bar instead and is launched halfway across the field, he ends up throwing the discus straight into the ground and has to run away when it spins around like a wheel and rolls straight for him, and he gets his collar stuck on the pole during the pole vault and fails to make it over the bar. Peppermint Patty later tells Charlie Brown that Snoopy and Freddie Fabulous also got into a fight on the last lap of the 1500m and were both disqualified.

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*** But it's the Ace Obedience School champion, the Masked Marvel (Snoopy) (better known as Snoopy), who racks up the most embarrassing failures; he drops the shot on his foot in the shot put, his attempt to hop gracefully over the high jump bar ends in disaster when he lands on the bar instead and is launched halfway across the field, he ends up throwing the discus straight into the ground and has to run away when it spins around like a wheel and rolls straight for him, and he gets his collar stuck on the pole during the pole vault and fails to make it over is launched halfway across the bar. field again. Peppermint Patty later tells Charlie Brown that Snoopy "the Masked Marvel" and Freddie Fabulous also got into a fight on the last lap of the 1500m and were both disqualified.
16th Jan '17 8:20:30 PM mlsmithca
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** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in one strip when Lucy asks Charlie Brown if he thinks her eyes are beautiful, and he replies, "Yes, they look like little round dots of India ink!"
*** Lucy was actually an aversion for much of the '50s, when she was depicted as a toddler with prominent SphereEyes. Even later on, she (and Linus, and Rerun) were usually shown with small lines on the sides of their eyes to give them a distinctive look from the other characters.

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** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in one strip when Lucy asks Charlie Brown if he thinks her eyes are beautiful, and he replies, "Yes, they look like little round dots of India ink!"
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ink!" Lucy was actually an aversion for much of the '50s, when she was depicted as a toddler with prominent SphereEyes. Even later on, she (and Linus, and Rerun) were usually shown with small lines on the sides of their eyes to give them a distinctive look from the other characters.



* ElectionDayEpisode: In one story arc, Linus campaigns for class president, with Charlie Brown as his running mate. At the very end, however, Linus blows the election by mentioning the Great Pumpkin in his final campaign speech.

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* ElectionDayEpisode: In one story arc, Linus campaigns for class president, with Charlie Brown as his running mate. At the very end, however, Linus blows the election by mentioning the Great Pumpkin in his final campaign speech. This storyline was adapted as the special ''You're (Not) Elected, Charlie Brown''; after his apparent campaign-blowing Great Pumpkin speech, Linus goes from certain victory to neck-and-neck with the other candidate, Russell, but when the votes are counted, [[spoiler:Russell casts his vote for Linus, feeling he would make a better class president, and Linus wins by one vote. To Sally's disgust, it takes Linus mere minutes to go from planning to tell the principal and teachers what to do to agreeing to do whatever the principal tells ''him'' to do]].



** Most of the gang's baseball games go poorly, but once, in the first game of the season, they give up a hundred runs. In another game, where Peppermint Patty is a guest pitcher, she pitches a no-hit game and makes five home runs and the team still loses 37 to 5.
*** In one particularly egregious example, Patty let Charlie Brown take over for her as pitcher with her team leading 50-0 and two outs in the bottom of the ninth. They lost 51-50.

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** Most of the gang's baseball games go poorly, but once, in the first game of the season, they give up a hundred runs. In another game, where Peppermint Patty is a guest pitcher, she pitches a no-hit game and makes five home runs and the team still loses 37 to 5.
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5. In one particularly egregious example, Patty let Charlie Brown take over for her as pitcher with her team leading 50-0 and two outs in the bottom of the ninth. They lost 51-50.51-50.
** All of the decathletes in ''You're the Greatest, Charlie Brown'' - except for Marcie - fail in epic fashion in at least one event.
*** Charlie Brown gets off lightest; he finishes last in the 100m and 400m, but his worst performances are in the 110m hurdles, when he knocks over every hurdle but one and finishes last by several seconds, and the 1500m, when he is so elated by taking an early lead that he closes his eyes and misses the first turn in the track completely, running out of the stadium and out of contention.
*** Freddie Fabulous, the Fremont school champion, collides face first with the bar in the high jump on only his first jump, and trips while gearing up to throw the discus and falls flat on his face.
*** But it's the Masked Marvel (Snoopy) who racks up the most embarrassing failures; he drops the shot on his foot in the shot put, his attempt to hop gracefully over the high jump bar ends in disaster when he lands on the bar instead and is launched halfway across the field, he ends up throwing the discus straight into the ground and has to run away when it spins around like a wheel and rolls straight for him, and he gets his collar stuck on the pole during the pole vault and fails to make it over the bar. Peppermint Patty later tells Charlie Brown that Snoopy and Freddie Fabulous also got into a fight on the last lap of the 1500m and were both disqualified.



* TakeThat: The short-lived '80s character "Tapioca Pudding" was a TakeThat to MerchandiseDriven franchises like ''WesternAnimation/StrawberryShortcake''. Her father works in licensing and is planning to put her likeness on lunchboxes and countless other knickknacks.
*** Which is also an example of HypocriticalHumor, when you remember just how much ''Peanuts'' merch there is (and if anything there was even more back when that comic was made).

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* TakeThat: The short-lived '80s character "Tapioca Pudding" was a TakeThat to MerchandiseDriven franchises like ''WesternAnimation/StrawberryShortcake''. Her father works in licensing and is planning to put her likeness on lunchboxes and countless other knickknacks.
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knickknacks. Which is also an example of HypocriticalHumor, when you remember just how much ''Peanuts'' merch there is (and if anything there was even more back when that comic was made).
4th Jan '17 6:25:52 AM Mdumas43073
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The complete ''Peanuts'' comic strip archive can be viewed at [[http://www.gocomics.com/peanuts GoComics.com]]. See also the [[http://www.peanuts.com/ official Peanuts web site]]. Fantagraphics Books has been publishing a multi-volume series collecting the strip's complete run in dead-tree format since 2004; the series, which encompasses 26 volumes, was finished in 2016.

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The complete ''Peanuts'' comic strip archive can be viewed at [[http://www.gocomics.com/peanuts GoComics.com]]. See also the [[http://www.peanuts.com/ official Peanuts web site]]. Fantagraphics Books has been began publishing a multi-volume series collecting the strip's complete run in dead-tree format since in 2004; the series, which encompasses 26 volumes, was finished in 2016.
2nd Jan '17 5:18:41 PM Twentington
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* PublisherChosenTitle: "Peanuts" was chosen by the publisher, in spite of Schulz's dislike of the name.
2nd Jan '17 5:15:28 PM Twentington
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* OddballInTheSeries: The television specials ''The Big Stuffed Dog'' and ''It's the Girl in the Red Truck, Charlie Brown''. The former is set in the "Real Word" and is about a kid and his stuffed Snoopy doll (this and the fact that Charles M. Schulz wrote it are the only things that even make it count as ''Peanuts''). The latter only has Charlie Brown and Snoopy at the very beginning and end, and stars Spike in a MediumBlending adventure with a character played by Schulz's daughter.

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* OddballInTheSeries: The television specials ''The Big Stuffed Dog'' and ''It's the Girl in the Red Truck, Charlie Brown''. The former is set in the "Real Word" World" and is about a kid and his stuffed Snoopy doll (this and the fact that Charles M. Schulz wrote it are the only things that even make it count as ''Peanuts''). The latter only has Charlie Brown and Snoopy at the very beginning and end, and stars Spike in a MediumBlending adventure with a character played by Schulz's daughter.
2nd Jan '17 4:50:01 PM Twentington
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* AudienceSurrogate: Charles Schultz was for a very long time puzzled why he made such an extreme FailureHero in Charlie Brown. Then, one day his son came in after a bad softball game and told him he felt just like Charlie Brown. That was Schultz's EurekaMoment than Charlie was the {{Everyman}}.

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* AudienceSurrogate: Charles Schultz Schulz was for a very long time puzzled why he made such an extreme FailureHero in Charlie Brown. Then, one day his son came in after a bad softball game and told him he felt just like Charlie Brown. That was Schultz's Schulz's EurekaMoment than Charlie was the {{Everyman}}.



* OnceASeason: Several recurring jokes occurred once a year. These included Lucy pulling away the football when Charlie Brown tries to kick it, Linus awaiting the Great Pumpkin, and Schroder celebrating Beethoven's birthday. There were also strips commemorating D-Day, and Snoopy going to drink root beers with Bill Maudlin every Memorial Day (based on Charles Schultz's real-life ritual with Maudlin, a cartoonist famous for his satirical cartoons on military life during WWII).

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* OnceASeason: Several recurring jokes occurred once a year. These included Lucy pulling away the football when Charlie Brown tries to kick it, Linus awaiting the Great Pumpkin, and Schroder celebrating Beethoven's birthday. There were also strips commemorating D-Day, and Snoopy going to drink root beers with Bill Maudlin every Memorial Day (based on Charles Schultz's Schulz's real-life ritual with Maudlin, a cartoonist famous for his satirical cartoons on military life during WWII).
2nd Jan '17 4:43:52 PM Twentington
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** NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: The cat's name is WorldWarIII.
27th Dec '16 1:03:21 AM C2
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** Charlie beat Joe Agate in a game of marbles in April 1995 in order to gain back the marbles that Joe swindled from Rerun.
27th Dec '16 12:59:05 AM C2
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** In March of 1993, Charlie Brown finally hit the winning home run in a baseball game.

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** In March of 1993, Charlie Brown finally hit the winning home run in a baseball game. (That game's pitcher, Royanne Hobbs, insists she could've struck him out but didn't because she had a crush on him.)
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