AAUGH: The First Peanuts Strip

Peanuts launched with just four panels, and the AAUGH Blogger, Peanuts specialist Nat Gertler, spends fourteen minutes poring over those panels. Oh, well, including asides about popcorn.

To follow along, you can see the strip on the GoComics site. Alas, that version is colorized, so it’s not the pure experience. A smaller but appropriately black-and-white version can be found on the Wikipedia page about Peanuts. Or you could simply open up your copy of the first volume of The Complete Peanuts to the first strip. (If you don’t have a copy, you should. I invite you to go buy one!)

The Constitution has you vote on a Peanuts character

In 1959, the Constitution called upon Americans to vote for a Peanuts character. Now I should note that this isn’t the United States Constitution. Rather, it was the Atlanta Constitution, a popular newspaper. They wanted 25-words-or-less essays on who your favorite Peanuts character was and why. The winning character would get, …

Happiness should be shared

Here is a never-reprinted Peanuts strip we somehow left out of The Complete Peanuts! That Schulz, what a genius! (The invocation of capitalized “Happiness” in a 1959 ad, well before “Happiness is a warm puppy” was said in the strip and thus linked Peanuts to the happiness theme, may seem …

Classic finds
Schulz’s Public Spirit No. 1

In January 1962, newspapers began running this Charles Schulz piece promoting… newspapers! Yes, newspapers were very special, and newspapers wanted you to know that. Some papers ran it in full color in the Sunday funnies, others ran it in just black-and-white line art or in greyscale in the main sections. …