Annotations of The Complete Peanuts/Print version

Annotations of The Complete Peanuts/Print version

The creator of Peanuts, Charles M. Schulz, in 1956.

Since 2004, Fantagraphics Books has been republishing the entire run of the cartoon Peanuts in hardcover kind, ranging from the origin of the strip in October 1950.

Charles M. Schulz made frequent topical references throughout the strip to the occasions and well-liked tradition of the time, which might have required no rationalization for a recent reader. A few of these references at the moment are moderately obscure, and won’t be understood by somebody not versed within the well-liked tradition of the interval. These annotations intention to supply background for such references, and clarify their significance.

Every chapter corresponds with a separate quantity from the Fantagraphics collection, corresponding to 2 years of the printed strips. The unique publication dates of the strips are given along with the web page numbers of the gathering, so this reference work can be utilized by folks with entry to the unique archives.


Annotations to The Full Peanuts: 1950 to 1952 by Charles M. Schulz (Fantagraphics Books, 2004. ISBN 156097589X

  • p. 9 (October 31, 1950). One of many video games of marbles includes taking pictures one marble out of a hoop with one other.
  • p. 11 (November 17, 1950). Though Peanuts is legendary for its full absence of adults, they have been often seen and heard within the earliest years of the strip (see June 3, 1952).
  • p. 24 (December 21, 1950). First look of Charlie Brown’s well-known zig-zag striped shirt. (See p. 278, December 8, 1952, for the “adverse” of this shirt.)
  • p. 30 (January 11, 1951). A filibuster is an try and delay the proceedings of a legislature. Shermy is stalling for time to get his homework performed.
  • p. 46 (March 8, 1951). Patty is utilizing a typewriter.
  • p. 49 (March 21, 1951). “Mad canine” refers to a canine with rabies. Rabid canine are normally killed by native authorities (c.f. To Kill a Mockingbird).
  • p. 67 (Might 23, 1951). “Second childhood” refers to psychological impairment because of previous age. It was a euphemism for things like what we now know to be Alzheimer’s illness.
  • p. 69 (Might 30, 1951). First look of Schroeder.
  • p. 71 (June 4, 1951). Within the early 20th century, folks sad with the squalor and crime of massive cities went “again to the soil” and have become farmers. It was an try and re-connect with nature and revel in “the straightforward life.” What Charlie Brown was referring to was taking part in in his sandbox.
  • p. 79 (July 4, 1951). It’s typically thought that the conference of a person strolling nearest the curb is in order that he and never the girl can be splashed by passing carriages or by somebody above emptying a chamber pot.
  • p. 84 (July 21, 1951). Within the early a part of the 20th century, when a younger woman went out on a date, she did not must carry any cash for the reason that man would pay for every part. However it was advisable that she carry some “mad cash”, in case the person did one thing that angered her (made her mad), so she may finish the date and have her personal cash to take a avenue automobile or taxi house.
  • p. 91 (August 13, 1951). “Comedian journal” and “comedian e-book” are used interchangeably all through the early days of the strip, with the previous finally dropping out of use. (See p. 17, November 29, 1950 for the primary use of “comedian e-book”.)
  • p. 93 (August 21, 1951). Neptune is the traditional Roman god of the seas.
  • p. 103 (September 24, 1951). This strip marks the start of the profession of Schroeder as a pianist. Additionally, that is the primary drawing of what would change into one of the crucial well-known Peanuts references: Schroeder on his toy piano. It’s featured in a bronze Statue in Landmark Plaza in downtown Saint Paul, MN, and in a stained glass of the Westminster Presbyterian Church of Buffalo, NY.
  • p. 105 (October 2, 1951). Schroeder is taking part in the gradual motion (Grave) from Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. Eight op. 13, “Pathetique.”
  • p. 108 (October 13, 1951). In a much less politically delicate time (white) kids would play “Cowboys and Indians,” a recreation through which they’d chase and fake to shoot one another, with both imaginary weapons—a toddler’s index finger being the gun’s barrel and the thumb the hammer (See Quantity 2’s August 7, 1954, p. 250, for Lucy’s intelligent tackle this “hand gun”) — or utilizing toy weapons. (See p. 148, February 10, 1952, for a full-scale manufacturing of the sport.)
  • p. 114 (November 1, 1951). Youngsters in america used to ask for cash or sweet on Halloween. Within the 21st century, it is change into nearly solely sweet.
  • p. 124 (December 6, 1951). The correct method for ice fishing is to chop a gap within the ice—which is what Charlie Brown does six days later within the December 13, 1951 strip, p. 126.
  • p. 125 (December 10, 1951). Another person has drawn an image of Charlie Brown on the sidewalk. He provides the legend “Do not Tread on Me” so that folks will not scuff up his image (scuffing him in effigy). The phrase “Do not Tread on Me” together with the picture of a rattlesnake turned well-liked in the course of the American Revolution and is seen on the Gadsden flag. It stays a logo of defiance towards oppression.
  • p. 135 (January 12, 1952). Charlie Brown is “driving” a soapbox automobile, a automobile manufactured from picket packing containers, with no motor, that solely goes downhill because of gravity.
  • p. 136 (January 13, 1952). Alexander Graham Bell is mostly credited with the invention of the phone.
  • p. 137 (January 15, 1952). The expression “Born on the unsuitable aspect of the (railroad) tracks” means to be poor, however Charlie Brown is utilizing it right here to imply unfortunate. The snow man was unfortunate sufficient to be born the place it is sunny (as a result of it is melted him).
  • p. 140 (January 23, 1952). This musical piece is extra generally known as Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 29 in B flat main. That is additionally the music for March 25 and April 14. A Hammer-Klavier (in appropriate German, Hammerklavier) is just the German phrase for piano. Schulz lettered these German phrases in blackletter script, which was nonetheless in use in Germany on the time. (See additionally p. 206, June 24, 1952, beneath).
  • p. 146 (February 4, 1952). Albert Payson Terhune was the writer of many tales and novels about canine, most notably Lad, a Canine.
  • p. 148 (February 10, 1952). Charlie Brown is mis-singing Stephen Foster’s “Outdated People at House” (Extra generally know by its first line, “Manner down upon the Swanee River”). “Outdated Chisel House Path” is the Chisholm Path, a cattle drive route from Texas to Kansas within the 19th Century.
  • p. 159 (March 7, 1952). Charlie Brown and Snoopy are taking part in William Inform, the legendary Swiss hero who shot an apple from his son’s head with an arrow.
  • p. 160 (March 9, 1952). The joke is that within the three hours they performed (a standard size of time for a spherical of golf), they solely made it so far as the first (of 18) holes.
  • p. 171 (April 3, 1952). Charlie Brown is delivering the standard whistle of appreciation for female magnificence (although it normally has two notes: WEEEET-WOOO), and Patty takes offense. Schroeder, being extra musical, delivers a mini-concert to Violet and will get to stroll off along with her. It’s the melody to “Traumerei” from Schumann’s “Scenes from Childhood” for piano.
  • p. 179 (April 21, 1952). “Rubbers” is one other time period for galoshes.
  • p. 182 (April 29, 1952). Charlie Brown thinks they want him to play the cardboard recreation bridge, which requires 4 folks. (Six months later, p. 257, October 22, 1952, that’s what he is wanted for.)
  • p. 194 (Might 27, 1952). Snoopy’s first phrases within the strip, versus “Smack Smack” (see p. 2,1 December 11, 1950, 2nd panel) and different animal noises.
  • p. 197 (June 3, 1952). The primary time that adults (aside from Beethoven) are seen within the strip, even when solely on TV. (See Quantity 2, pp. 215, 218, and 221 for entire crowds of adults as Lucy performs in a golf event.)
  • p. 201 (June 14, 1952). “Sweetmeats” is simply one other time period for confectionery merchandise, together with sweet.
  • p. 202 (June 15, 1952). Patty is misquoting William Congreve’s line from his 1697 play The Mourning Bride: “Musick has Charms to sooth a savage Breast. . .”
  • p. 203 (June 17, 1952). “The Homosexual Nineties” refers back to the financial growth and speedy wealth positive aspects skilled in elements of America within the 1890s. Likewise, “The Roaring Twenties” refers to American within the 1920s, a interval of speedy social change and financial prosperity that solely ended with The Nice Despair.
  • p. 206 (June 25, 1952). Each 33 and 20 are horrible scores for any gap in golf.
  • p. 218 (July 21, 1952). As a result of he wrote about collies, these are nearly actually Albert Payson Terhune books once more (see p. 146 above).
  • p. 225 (August 7, 1952). Schroeder is taking part in the primary motion of Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 14 op. 27 No. 2, “Moonlight.”
  • p. 228 (August 15, 1952). A shutout is a recreation through which one crew wins with out permitting the opposing crew to attain in any respect. So, sure, their opponents having scored 63 runs, Charlie Brown’s crew has no likelihood of shutting them out.
  • p. 231 (August 22, 1952). Lucy is complicated checkers with the cardboard recreation bridge, the place a coup and grand coup are varied subtle card performs. Charlie Brown would not seem to know the distinction both. However he quickly learns to play (See p. 257, beneath).
  • p. 243 (September 19, 1952). Linus’s first look (though his identify would not be talked about till September 22). Schulz: “[O]ne day I used to be doodling on a bit of paper and I drew this little character with some wild hair straggling down from the highest of his head and I confirmed it to a buddy of mine… whose identify was Linus Maurer. For no purpose in any respect I had written his identify beneath it… [t]hen I assumed, why not put this character within the strip and make him Lucy’s brother?”[1]
  • p. 246 (September 25, 1952). Vasco Núñez de Balboa was the primary European to see the Pacific Ocean from the New World. Daniel Boone was an 18th century American frontiersman and Indian-fighter.
  • p. 248 (October 1, 1952). Excellent pitch (additionally referred to as absolute pitch) is means to sing any particular person be aware on command and/or acknowledge any particular person be aware upon listening to it performed. It’s usually regarded as an indication of musical genius. Charlie Brown is complicated it the pitching in baseball. Additionally the primary occasion of fourth-wall breakage in Peanuts.
  • p. 264 (November 7, 1952). The strip’s first use of “fuss-budget”, a time period seldom seen outdoors of Peanuts. It means one who fusses over insignificant issues; a complainer.
  • p. 267 (November 15, 1952). Word using “deep focus” on each Lucy and the phone. Fairly dramatic. Proper out of Citizen Kane, which the strip would confer with continuously in later years.
  • p. 268 (November 16, 1952). The primary time Lucy pulls the soccer away from Charlie Brown.
  • p. 278 (December 9, 1952). Schroeder is taking part in the Prelude in C main from Guide One in every of J. S. Bach’s “Nicely Tempered Clavier.”
  • p. 282 (December 18, 1952). Carnegie Corridor is among the best American venues for the efficiency of classical music. Within the 1950s and 60s particularly it was thought of the peak of musical accomplishment to carry out there.


Annotations to The Full Peanuts: 1953 to 1954 by Charles M. Schulz (Fantagraphics Books, 2004. ISBN 1560976144

  • p. 11 (January 25, 1953). Schroeder is taking part in the Piano Sonata No. 29 in B-flat, op. 106 “Hammerklavier” by Beethoven. This seems once more on p. 110 (September 13, 1953).
  • p. 52 (Might 1, 1953). Schroeder is singing from the 4th motion of the Symphony No. 9 in d, Op. 125 “Choral” by Beethoven.
  • p. 122 (October 11, 1953). Ben Hogan was a well-known skilled golf participant. (It’s attention-grabbing to notice that in these pre-1960s strips, Charlie Brown can generally be fairly self-confident.)
  • p. 130 (October 31, 1953). A contour sheet is a fitted mattress sheet.
  • p. 207 (April 26, 1954). Schroeder is smiling, and has a candelabra on his piano, as Liberace did in his tv present on the time.
  • p. 225 (June 8, 1954). Miss Frances was the host of a preferred kids’s tv program. She invented the strategy of speaking to her younger viewers as in the event that they have been within the room along with her.
  • p. 274 (October 2, 1954). After Lucy does some meaningless graffiti, Charlie Brown crosses the t.
  • p. 280 (October 15. 1954). Handballs are fairly small: 1⅞ inches (4.Eight centimeters) in diameter.
  • p. 281 (October 17, 1954). Outing flannel is especially comfortable, having a nap on each side.


Annotations to The Full Peanuts: 1955 to 1956 by Charles M. Schulz (Fantagraphics Books, 2005. ISBN 1560976470

  • p. 6 (January 11, 1955). A mambo is a really quick piece of dance music.
  • p. 6 (January 12, 1955). A metronome is a tool for protecting a regulated beat to help within the taking part in of music.
  • p. 7 (January 13, 1955). You break the sound barrier by touring sooner than the velocity of sound: roughly 343 m/s, 1,087 ft/s, 761 mph or 1,235 km/h in air at sea degree. The particular person typically credited with first doing that is Chuck Yeager on October 14, 1947.
  • p. 10 (January 22, 1955). This can be impressed by the 1940 movie, Edison, the Man, which starred Spencer Tracy and instructed the story of the sooner years of inventor Thomas Edison.
  • p. 16 (February 4, 1955). An egotist is somebody self-centered, who thinks they’re “the middle of the universe.”
  • p. 21 (February 15, 1955). In precise farming, “parity” was the ratio of farm earnings to farm expenditure with 1910-1914 as a base. Farm pursuits from 1920s to 1960s needed federal applications to boost their earnings to parity.
  • p. 33 (March 15, 1955). Lucy is taking part in with some well-known sayings. “There is a sucker born each minute,” (i.e. you may all the time discover somebody to con) is attributed to showman P.T. Barnum. “Two’s firm, however three’s a crowd.” “If at first you do not succeed, strive, strive once more.”
  • p. 48 (April 19, 1955). Charlie Brown is studying a Pogo comedian e-book.
  • p. 57 (Might 10, 1955) Buffalo Invoice was a military scout and frontiersman who later went into the leisure enterprise, operating his “Wild West” present. Annie Oakley was a feminine sharpshooter and a part of the present. She was so proficient that she is mostly thought of American’s first feminine famous person. Though she wasn’t truly a part of the settling of the West, she wearing buckskins to play up that picture. It could not be too far a stretch to say that this strip is commentary on the rise of feminism that occurred after World Warfare II.
  • p. 60 (Might 16, 1955) Nearly all clovers have three leafs. Resulting from their rarity, a four-leaf clover is taken into account a superb luck appeal.
  • p. 66 (June 1, 1955). The primary look of one of many 1950’s hottest fads, the Davy Crockett coonskin cap.(See p. 45, above.) / Sam Snead was an expert golfer well-known for his massive straw hats.
  • p. 69 (June 6, 1955). The music “The Ballad of Davy Crockett” claims many unbelievable issues concerning the man, amongst them that he killed a bear “when he was solely three.”
  • p. 69 (June 8, 1955). “The Ballad of Davy Crockett” begins, “Davy! Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier . . .” Fashionable readers might discover it odd that Schulz devoted so many strips to such a trivial phenomenon, however Davy Crockett and coonskin caps actually have been seemingly in every single place on the time. (See p. 78, June 28, 1955)
  • p. 70 (June 9, 1955). Minnesota is Chales Schulz’ house state.
  • p. 73 (June 17, 1955). A white-collar employee is an expert, somebody who’s work is supposedly extra mental than bodily. Folks in manufacturing are stated to be blue collar employees. The joke is that even Pig Pen’s white collar is certain to be soiled.
  • p. 76 (June 25, 1955). Most recreation rooms in suburban houses are within the basement to maintain the noise down.
  • p. 98 (August 14, 1955). To “clear the desk” within the recreation of pool is to sink all of the balls on one flip and thus win the sport.
  • p. 99 (August 15, 1955). The umlauts over the o’s would truly be pronounced “boo-woo.” In accordance the Worldwide Phonetic Alphabet, the proper method to signify “bow wow” is: bau wau.
  • p. 105 (August 30, 1955) Miss Frances was the host of a preferred kids’s tv program. She inventing the strategy of speaking to the her younger viewers as in the event that they have been within the room along with her.
  • p. 117 (September 27, 1955). Charlie Brown is proven as “small.” The expression “to really feel small” means to be embarrassed.
  • p. 131 (October 31, 1955). The trick-or-treaters are, so as, Patty, Lucy, Shermy, Violet, Schroeder and Linus.
    • Lucy’s hair and sneakers are seen on in panel #4, though she had deliberate on dressing as a ghost on Oct 29/30.
    • On November 14, Pig-Pen says he was “away” on Hallowe’en, so he isn’t on this strip.
    • Linus is behind Schroeder in panel #9; though Charlie Brown admired Davy Crockett earlier, Linus produces a Crockett snowman on December 12.
  • p. 142 (November 26, 1955). Snoopy is imitating Mickey Mouse.
  • p. 147 (No date in strip, however is December 7, 1955). Lucy is studying a variation on the Dick and Jane readers well-liked on the time. Schulz is being sarcastic. Not a lot actually occurs within the tales, so they’re removed from “fascinating.”
  • p. 149 (December 11, 1955). The snow man is (who else?) Davy Crockett.
  • p. 156 (December 28, 1955). All fads move, and so did Davy Crocket mania. (See p. 187, March 8, 1956, for what turned of at the least one previous coonskin cap.)
  • p. 162 (January 10, 1956). Non-public first-class is the “rank” instantly above Linus’ present one. (See p. 159, January 4, 1956)
  • p. 163 ( January 13, 1956). Juvenile delinquency is anti-social and legal exercise by these beneath the age of 18. It got here into the general public eye and curiosity within the 1950s (see West Aspect Story).
  • p. 166 (January 19, 1956). To “learn between the strains” means to know the subtext of one thing—not what is definitely stated, however moderately implied.
  • p. 167 ( January 22, 1956). Charlie Brown is placing sand (or possibly salt, if he is attempting to soften it) on the ice to stop anybody from slipping on it, which is strictly what Snoopy desires to do.
  • p. 171 (January 30, 1956). A “honest climate buddy” is one who’s your buddy throughout good instances (“honest climate”), however abandons you when in instances of hassle (“tough climate”).
  • p. 178 (February 16, 1956). Rin-Tin-Tin and Lassie have been the heroic canine stars of well-liked tv exhibits and films.
  • p. 178 (February 18, 1956). Static electrical energy appears to construct up extra throughout winter months.
  • p. 180 (February 20, 1956). Ding Dong Faculty was the tv program hosted by Miss Frances. Howdy Doody was arguably the pre-eminent kids’s tv present of the 1950s. Lassie was a extremely popular tv program starring a canine.
  • p. 184 (March 3, 1956). Lucy is describing a scene from Peter Pan. Most probably the e-book was learn to her or she noticed the 1954 musical starring Mary Martin on stage, since she was too younger to have seen the Disney movie model in 1953.
  • p. 208 (April 26, 1956). Within the 1950s the federal government paid farmers to not use their land. The concept was that this may forestall soil erosion and construct up more healthy soil when crops have been finally planted.
  • p. 210 ( April 30, 1956). In contrast to the earlier greens, which have been all official shades of the colour, those on this panel are jokes. Evergreen and wintergreen, are forms of crops. Herb Inexperienced was a cartoonist, and Graham Greene a novelist.
  • p. 217 (Might 18, 1956). Linus has remodeled his blanket into an ascot tie, a really subtle look within the 1950s, continuously worn by sporty celebrities.
  • p. 232 ( June 22, 1956). Elvis Presley, “the King of Rock and Roll” had simply made his first tv appearances earlier that 12 months and was a driving an enormous crest of recognition. At age 21, was additionally, arguably, on the top of his attractiveness. And, naturally, Schroeder cares not a whit for rock music.
  • p. 233 (June 24, 1956). A mud bowl is an space the place, because of drought and/or poor soil administration, the soil has misplaced all vitamins turned to mud, and blown away.
  • p. 244 (July 19, 1956). The automated dishwasher as we all know it wasn’t invented till the 1920s. With the privations imposed by the Nice Despair after which World Warfare II, it did not change into a standard home equipment till the 1950s. And, so, after all, Violet’s great-grandmother, who was in all probability born within the 1880s or 1890s, did not have one.
  • p. 247 (July 27, 1956). Normally, one sticks up for the beneathcanine, the particular person or factor not typically favored.
  • p. 247 (July 28, 1956). The suburban inhabitants in North America exploded after World Warfare II. Returning veterans wishing to start out a settled life moved en masse to the suburbs. Between 1950 and 1956 the resident inhabitants of all U.S. suburbs elevated by 46%. And, since new suburbs have been constructed from scratch, only a few had mature timber. (Although Charlie Brown’s kites by no means appear to have an issue discovering massive timber to crash into.)
  • p. 249 (July 30, 1956). The titles are all variations on well-liked books or forms of books. From Rags to Fuss-Price range is a spin on any “Rags to Riches” story (how somebody began out poor however turned wealthy; see the Horatio Alger novels). The Energy of Constructive Fussing is from Norman Vincent Peale’s The Energy of Constructive Pondering, one among hottest inspirational books of the 1950s. Nice Fuss-Budgets of Our Time: the are numerous “of Our Time” books printed yearly. I Was a Fuss-Price range for the F.B.I. is a tackle I Was a Communist for the FBI, the radio present and, later, movie about an spy infiltrating communist organizations so as to disrupt them. The F.B.I. is the Federal Bureau of Investigations, America’s inner legal investigation group. Within the 1950s America was significantly excited by looking home communists, one thing which was carried to the extremes by U.S. senator Joseph McCarthy.
  • p. 271 (September 20, 1956). Appropriate colour was a tv broadcast commonplace that allowed colour broadcasts to look on black and white televisions with out distortions or glints (however nonetheless, after all, in black and white). Incompatible colour was a earlier colour tv commonplace developed by CBS that may have rendered all present televisions out of date.
  • p. 275 (September 30, 1956). Schroeder is taking part in the Prelude in C main from Guide I of J. S. Bach’s Nicely-Tempered Clavier.


Annotations to The Full Peanuts: 1957 to 1958 by Charles M. Schulz (Fantagraphics Books, 2005. ISBN 1560976705

  • p. 4 (January 7, 1957) third panel (and subsequent days). Stereo and Hello-Fi tools have been the most recent improvements in house audio on the time.
  • p. 7 (January 16, 1957). Bastille Day is the French nationwide vacation symbolizing the beginning of French democracy.
  • p. 22 (February 19, 1957). Undoubtedly Lawrence Welk, whose present first aired nationally in 1955.
  • p. 23 (February 21, 1957). Having “each ft on the bottom” means having a agency grip on actuality. This pun is probably going a reference to the truth that the accordion is performed whereas standing, whereas the piano is performed whereas seated and sometimes with a foot on the pedals. (The accordion can be a much less broadly revered instrument than the piano, explaining Schroeder’s disgust on the comment.)
  • p. 33 (March 17, 1957) 1st panel and following. Charlie Brown is engaged within the historical recreation of hoop rolling. It is precisely what it appears like: rolling a hoop with a stick.
  • p. 34 (March 20, 1957). Skywriting is when a small airplane, expelling particular smoke throughout flight, flies in sure patterns, creating “writing” readable from the bottom.
  • p. 41 (April 6, 1957). A fiscal 12 months is a 12-month interval used for calculating annual (“yearly”) monetary stories in companies and different organizations. It covers a full 365 days, however doesn’t start on January 1 nor finish on December 31.
  • p. 53 (Might 4, 1957). Quaint curler skates didn’t have their very own uppers. They have been basically mini skateboards that you simply connected to your sneakers with a set of clamps that you simply tightened utilizing a skate key.
  • p. 56 (Might 10, 1957). Washboards, used to clean garments, have been, after all, hand-operated.
  • p. 62 (Might 23, 1957). 33 1/Three and 78 rpm have been frequent speeds for phonograph information. (The implication is that Lucy speaks in a short time certainly!).
  • p. 77 (June 29, 1957). Buttons proclaiming “I Like Ike” have been frequent in 1951-1952. They proclaimed help for Dwight D. Eisenhower for U.S. president. He was president from 1953 to 1961, in the course of the time this panel ran.
  • p. 82 (July 9, 1957). Barrel staves are curved, picket elements that make up a barrel.
  • p. 83 (July 13, 1957). “Slacker” is a time period from World Warfare I and World Warfare II describing males who have been avoiding the navy draft.
  • p. 91 (July 29, 1957). Lucy has confused “phonetic” (phrase sounds) with “psychic” (being able to learn minds).
  • p. 98 (August 17, 1957). In accordance with the U.S. Census Bureau 16.1 million women and men served within the U.S. armed forces from Dec. 1, 1941, and Dec. 31, 1946. So virtually each U.S. household has a World Warfare II veteran in it.
  • p. 99 (August 18, 1957). “Geronimo!” is the standard cry of paratroopers and others as they soar out of planes. It comes from a movie concerning the Apache chief Geronimo.
  • p. 101 (August 23, 1957). “Thar She Blows!” is the standard yell of whale hunters after they spot a whale or, extra usually, a whale spouting water from its blow gap.
  • p. 112 (September 17, 1957). Snoopy is holding his fist within the air like Benito Mussolini, suggesting that Lucy is behaving just like the fascist dictator.
  • p. 118 (October 2, 1957). Lucy makes this assertion simply two days earlier than the launch of Sputnik!
  • p. 139 (November 18, 1957). In accordance with Billboard, the primary music in america that week was “Jailhouse Rock” by Elvis Presley. Word: Schulz drew his strip weeks prematurely. Despite the fact that he did not know precisely which music can be primary, he knew it might undoubtedly be a rock and roll tune, which Schroeder naturally dislikes.
  • p. 151 (December 16, 1957). The primary motion of Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 1, op. 2 No. 1.
  • p. 152 (December 20, 1957). Pat Boone was a preferred singer of the time. His songs have been normally candy love songs, extra typical and “center of the street” than the raucous rock and roll of Elvis Presley. Boone had two primary songs in 1957, “Love Letters Within the Sand” and “April Love”.
  • p. 157 (December 30, 1957). Snoopy’s ears are forming a sq.. “Sq.” is a slang time period for somebody who’s quaint and never “hip.” Schroeder’s love of classical music marks him as particular sq..
  • p. 164 (January 18, 1958). “Pioneer Days” can be the 1800s when the American Outdated West was first settled by white males (“pioneers”). That might anyplace from 50 to 150 years earlier than World Warfare II.
  • p. 172 (February 4, 1958). One other reference to Sputnik, the primary synthetic satellite tv for pc.
  • p. 175 (February 10, 1958). Linus is aware of that carrying round a blanket makes him look loopy, and loopy individuals are not drafted into the military.
  • p. 175 (February 11, 1958). Lucy is mis-quoting Karl Marx who stated, “Faith is the opium of the folks.” Like most individuals, she has mis-interpreted that saying to imply that faith is a software utilized by the bourgeoisie to maintain the plenty quiet and complacent.
  • p. 181 (February 25, 1958). To be “blackballed” is to forbidden to affix a corporation. The Blue Birds have been a kids’s membership, a part of the Camp Hearth Group (much like Scouting), and so, theoretically not that choosy. (Blue Birds have been began in 1913 as a corporation for ladies. In 1989 the Blue Fowl degree turned the “Starflight” degree serving each girls and boys.)
  • p. 188 (March 13, 1958). A strop is a bit of leather-based used to sharpen an old style straight razor. They have been additionally used to spank kids with after they misbehaved. Schroeder’s grandfather is arguing for extra self-discipline. Electrical razors do not have strops.
  • p. 190 (March 17, 1958). Jim Hagerty was President Eisenhower’s press secretary. As such, any reporter would like to interview him.
  • p. 196 (March 31, 1958). The citation is from the chlidren’s e-book Little Black Sambo, which might now be thought of racially offensive.
  • p. 199 (April 8, 1958). A parasol can’t be hi-fi, however, just like the time period “excessive tech”, “hi-fi” was bandied about in numerous inappropriate locations in makes an attempt to recommend that no matter was being bought was on the chopping fringe of science.
  • p. 200 (April 10, 1958). See above.
  • p. 214 (Might 13, 1958). Snoopy’s first look as a vulture.
  • p. 221 (Might 30, 1958). The Beat Era refers to a gaggle of American writers of the 1950s, most notably Jack Kerouac. However right here Charlie Brown is referring to himself as crushed down by life normally.
  • p. 222 (June 1, 1958). “Expensive Agnes” is a play on Expensive Abby, the recommendation columnist (or “agony aunt”), whose column started operating in 1956.
  • p. 224 (June 6, 1958). A gila monster is a venomous lizard discovered within the Southwestern United States and Northern Mexico.
  • p. 239 (July 12, 1958). Van Cliburn was a well-known classical pianist of the late fifties.
  • p. 268 (September 17, 1958). See p. 232, June 23, 1958. Odd that Schulz recycles an thought not 4 months after he first makes use of it.
  • p. 269 (September 19, 1958). “The quickest gun within the west” was a declare made by many an Outdated West gunslinger. It actually meant that you simply have been in a position to attract your gun and shoot sooner than any opponent, thus killing them.
  • p. 217 (September 22, 1958). “I do not fake to have the ability to give recommendation.” All that may change with the approaching of her psychiatric recommendation sales space (Vol. 5, p. 37, March 27, 1959).
  • p. 274 (September 29, 1958) Hula hoops! The one factor extra ubiquitous than Davy Crockett within the 1950s was hula hoops. Peanuts is a veritable index to the popular culture of the second half of the 20th century.
  • p. 275 (October 3, 1958). The ticking of a clock supposedly simulates the heartbeat of the mom, which a pet would have heard within the womb and whereas snuggled up towards the mom after delivery, so as to reassure it.
  • p. 289 (November 3, 1958). The underdog is the particular person or crew not anticipated to win a contest. The phrase’s origin, in ship development, truly does make its reverse “overdog.”
  • p. 289 (November 4, 1958). Beethoven didn’t belong to a rustic membership, so he by no means had the possibility to change into “membership champion”: the member of the membership who’s the most effective at a specific sport, normally golf or tennis.
  • p. 310 (December 24, 1958). The age of accountability is the age at which a toddler is aware of proper from unsuitable and is chargeable for his/her personal actions. Within the Catholic Church it is 7.


Annotations to The Full Peanuts: 1959 to 1960 by Charles M. Schulz (Fantagraphics Books, 2006. ISBN 1560976713

  • p. 3 (January 6, 1959) 4th panel. Standard songs have been the music that “everyone” was conversant in in the course of the first half of the 20th century, till rock and roll changed it because the music of most of the people.
    • “Stardust”, written by Hoagy Carmichael, and recorded hundreds of instances, was one of the crucial well-liked of those “well-liked songs.” Through the 1940s – 50s many older items of music (together with some classical) have been jazzed up, given lyrics and have become “hits.” For instance, “Stranger in Paradise” from the 1953 musical Kismet is predicated on Alexander Borodin’s Polovetsian Dances and Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto in B-Flat Minor turned “Tonight We Love.” The joke is that the kids are so younger that they do not know “Stardust” has already been round some time and in reality began out as a pop music.
  • p. 18 (February 11, 1959) third panel. “Tennessee Ernie” is Tennessee Ernie Ford, a preferred singer and TV selection present host.
  • p. 30 (March 9, 1959) 2nd panel. Deep focus once more. (See additionally Vol. 1, p. 267, November 15, 1952.)
  • p. 37 (March 27, 1959). The primary look of Lucy’s psychiatric assist sales space.
  • p. 38 (March 29, 1959). Industrial use of jet plane in america started with the Boeing 707, first utilized in worldwide service in October 1958 and for home flights in January 1959. Jets have been louder than the propeller-driven plane they changed, and in lots of locations, folks residing close to airports distributed petitions in an try to scale back the variety of jet flights and/or reroute jet visitors away from their houses.
  • p. 42 (April 6, 1959) third and 4th panels. Nearly actually Peter Gunn, which had premiered on TV the 12 months earlier than. Gunn was a cool detective, hip to all of the lingo. “Mommy-O” is a spin on “Daddy-O”, what one cool cat may name one other. The 1958 movie Daddy-O includes a truck driver who turns detective.
  • p. 60 (Might 18, 1959). Phone sales space stuffing, through which as many individuals as doable tried to cram into the identical glass-walled telephone sales space, was a fad within the late 1950s, totally on school campuses.
  • p. 67 (June 6, 1959). “I used to be an solely canine.” Schulz would later change his thoughts on this (or, he merely forgot the road). Over time (see Might 5, 1965), we might study that Snoopy had seven siblings.
  • p. 68 (June 7, 1959). The primary motion of Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 1, op. 2 No. 1.
  • p. 79 (July 4, 1959) 4th panel. Charlie Brown is suggesting that his father should drastically increase the worth of haircuts at his barber store so as to cowl the elevated value of residing that comes with an expanded household. On the time, haircuts sometimes value lower than $2.00.
  • p. 81 (July 6, 1959). The Soviet Union was well-known for sending canine into area, experiments which have been persevering with as of this date. The American area program had truly despatched mice into area within the early 1950s; by 1959, that they had moved on to monkeys, with a pair surviving a flight in Might of that 12 months. Varied different animals additionally made area flights.
  • p. 87 (July 20, 1959). The again sides of packing containers of breakfast cereals aimed toward kids usually had transient tales or comedian strips printed on them.
  • p. 87 (July 22, 1959). The Continental League was proposed in 1959 as a competitor to the American and Nationwide baseball leagues. It was to have begun play in 1961, however the present leagues quickly introduced plans for growth groups in a number of the Continental League cities, thus eliminating a lot of the brand new league’s purpose for being.
  • p. 99 (August 19, 1959). “Sizzling summer time nights”: the identify given to racial riots of the 1950s and 60s.
  • p. 101 (August 23, 1959). Word that it was three months between the primary point out of Charlie Brown’s new child sister (Might 26, 1959) and this, her very first look within the strip.
  • p. 120 (October 6, 1959). First point out of “Miss Othmar.”
  • p. 124 (October 16, 1959) 4th panel. The Brothers Grimm popularized the legend of the Pied Piper, who’s reputed to have used his pipe to play music to lure an infestation of rats out of the city of Hamelin, Germany; when he was not paid by the townspeople, he later returned and lured the city’s kids away.
  • p. 126 (October 21, 1959). Lucy is studying the mythological story of King Midas. Linus is appropriate that issues backfired for the king.
  • p. 131 (November 1, 1959) fifth via seventh panels. Dr. Benjamin Spock’s bestselling e-book Child and Little one Care, first printed in 1946, advocated a extra loving strategy—some would say “permissive”—to elevating a child than had beforehand been in vogue.
  • p. 137 (November 15, 1959) 4th and fifth panels. The Soviet Union launched a number of Sputnik satellites between 1957 and 1960, apparently sufficient that Charlie Brown and Lucy may use “Sputnik” as a generic time period that means “synthetic satellite tv for pc.”
  • p. 138 (November 17, 1959) 1st panel. A rating of 300—12 strikes in a row—is the very best rating in a single recreation of ten-pin bowling.
  • p. 145 (December 5, 1959) 2nd and third panels. Horsehide is one other identify for a baseball and pigskin is one other identify for an American soccer, in each circumstances as a result of materials historically used for every ball’s cowl. Each at the moment are way more generally constituted of both cow leather-based or artificial supplies.
  • p. 150 (December 14, 1959) 4th panel. Beethoven’s first identify was truly Ludwig.
  • p. 160 (January 7, 1960) 4th panel. Indoor antennas supposed primarily for receiving VHF tv broadcasts have been continuously within the type of a dipole antenna positioned on prime of the TV set, every pole a separate telescoping steel rod. Typically set at a 45-degree angle to the set and a 90-degree angle to one another, these antennas have been nicknamed “rabbit ears.”
  • p. 162 (January 12, 1960). “Rabbit ears” antennas usually needed to be adjusted to a special place so as to enhance the standard of the tv image, when altering to a channel that was transmitting from a special location than the earlier channel, or because of altering atmospheric circumstances.
  • p. 164 (January 17, 1960). The primary iteration of what would change into a recurring theme: Snoopy and his doomed relationship with a snowman. See additionally February 2, 1961; January 15–20, 1962; and, most memorably, February 18, 1962.
  • p. 174 (February 8, 1960). Snoopy’s doghouse had not beforehand been proven as being this near a home—see January 2, 1960, for instance.
  • p. 189 (March 14, 1960). “Whirlybird” is a nickname for helicopters.
  • p. 207 (April 25, 1960) 4th panel. The phrase “happiness is a heat pet” led to an explosion in Peanuts merchandise and entered the consciousness of the general public at massive, even inspiring a Beatles music. (Additionally see the April 27 and April 30 strips.)
  • p. 224 (June 5, 1960). Linus begins singing the standard religious “Dem Bones.”
  • p. 240 (July 12, 1960). The image tube is the primary a part of a standard tv set.
  • p. 243 (July 18, 1960). Uncle Sam is the standard personification of america. The elephant is a logo for the Republican celebration, and the donkey is a logo for its counterpart, the Democratic celebration. A snake with the phrase “Do not tread on me” is a picture from early American historical past, most notably seen on the Gadsden flag. All of because of this Lucy has crammed a bunch of symbols generally utilized by editorial cartoonists into the identical cartoon.
  • p. 245 (July 24, 1960) 13th panel. Lucy’s microphone is a lavalier-type condenser microphone, generally worn by tv personalities who must transfer round an excessive amount of to make use of a hard and fast microphone and did not want to make use of a handheld sort. One of these microphone later turned a lot smaller, to the purpose the place it may well now be clipped to a lapel and even hidden beneath a shirt.
  • p. 253 (August 11, 1960). The spitball was banned in skilled baseball in 1920. Schulz and/or his syndicate might have fearful about some consumer newspapers’ acceptance of the phrase “spit” on their comics web page, therefore using the euphemism “expectorate ball.”
  • p. 254 (August 14, 1960) 4th panel. British Honduras is now generally known as Belize, after having change into a self-governing colony in 1964 and absolutely impartial of the UK in 1981.
  • p. 257 (August 21, 1960) sixth panel. “Rain Rain Go Away” is a standard nursery rhyme that usually would not work this shortly. (Additionally see the next two Sunday strips, August 28 and September 4.)
  • p. 264 (September 6, 1960). This storyline might have been impressed by an improve of U.S. 101 via Sonoma County, California, upgraded to a freeway within the 1960s. Since freeways are wider than conventional roads and require extra area for grade-separated interchanges at intersections, their development usually leads to the necessity for the native authorities to make use of eminent area powers to buy vital quantities of land on and across the route of the street.
  • p. 273 (September 28, 1960). Comic Mort Sahl took a lot of his materials from present occasions.
  • p. 282 (October 17, 1960). “Inhabitants explosion” was a time period generally used to explain circumstances that may very well be resulting in overpopulation, within the information on the time as a result of child increase following World Warfare II.
  • p. 305 (December 11, 1960), p. 308 (December 18, 1960), and p. 311 (December 25, 1960). This 12 months, Linus’s piece to memorize for the Christmas program is Luke 2:1, and Charlie Brown has Luke 2:8.
  • p. 313 (December 30, 1960). A container for restaurant leftovers is usually generally known as a doggie bag.


Annotations to The Full Peanuts: 1961 to 1962 by Charles M. Schulz (Fantagraphics Books, 2006. ISBN 1560976721

  • p. 1 (January 1, 1961). In ten pin bowling, the bowler will get two tries to knock down ten pins; if he/she will get the rest of pins on the second roll, it’s referred to as a “spare”. Lucy is “selecting up the spare” by pulling down Charlie Brown, the final boy standing.
  • p. 2 (January 2, 1961). This strip begins what can be the longest continued narrative in Peanuts as much as that point: three weeks.
  • p. 3 (January 6, 1961). The tip of this strip and the next three dailies are sly references to drug withdrawal, particularly heroin—an amusingly mature theme for the comics pages, particularly at a time the place comics have been anticipated to don’t have anything to do with political and social points, though not stunning for Peanuts, as it might explicitly deal with these sorts of points afterward, such because the Vietnam Warfare and tear fuel at marketing campaign protests of the early 70’s and late 60’s, runaway licensing, and as soon as in 1985, even triple bypass surgical procedure.
  • p. 5 (January 11, 1961). Hyannis Port (generally written “Hyannisport”) is an prosperous residential village southwest of Hyannis. It’s best generally known as the ancestral house of the Kennedy household, together with then–President-elect John F. Kennedy, who can be inaugurated 9 days later, on January 20.
  • p. 10 (January 22, 1961). A reference to the biblical story of David and Goliath. The diminutive Israeli shepherd David slew the enormous Philistine warrior Goliath with a rock hurled from a sling, as Linus does right here with a snowball from his blanket.
  • p. 12 (January 28, 1961). The second look of Lucy’s psychiatric sales space within the strip correct (the primary was on March 27, 1959, after showing on the again cowl of the strip assortment e-book You are Out of Your Thoughts, Charlie Brown, printed in February 1959), and the primary time it’s drawn with its acquainted cover. Additionally be aware the redundant “5¢” signal on the backside; this may later get replaced.
  • p. 14 (January 30, 1961). Linus is tabulating the mixed presents from the music “The Twelve Days of Christmas”. The music has twelve verses, every itemizing the presents given by “my real love”; the presents cumulate with every day/verse. Linus’s math is appropriate; nevertheless, the music is extra generally sung to confer with “drummers drumming” moderately than “fiddlers fiddling”.
  • p. 17 (February 8, 1961). Pasteurization is the method of heating liquids for the aim of destroying viruses and dangerous organisms, named for its inventor, chemist Louis Pasteur (1822–1895). It’s mostly used on milk, therefore Lucy’s pun right here. Puns of this type would later be nearly fully delegated to Snoopy as soon as he started typing.
  • p. 18 (February 11, 1961). Speculating on the consequences of tv on American tradition, which Snoopy parodies right here, was a standard theme within the early days of the Kennedy administration. It could culminate three months later with Federal Communications Fee chairman Newton N. Minow’s “Tv and the Public Curiosity” speech, the place he famously argued that tv was usually a “huge wasteland” with detrimental results on the viewing public.
  • p. 21 (February 16, 1961). For the remainder of 1961, Linus and (much less usually) the opposite characters will generally be carrying American Civil Warfare–fashion hats, because of its centennial (particularly referred to on July Eight and November 23, 1961).
  • p. 21 (February 16, 1961). First occasion of a be aware in Linus’ lunch.
  • p. 29 (March 6, 1961). The primary look of Frieda. Like Charlie Brown and Linus, she was named after one among Schulz’s fellow instructors on the Artwork Instruction Faculty in Minneapolis.[2]
  • p. 34 (March 19, 1961). A flannelgraph is a technique of telling tales, utilized in actual life as Lucy does right here. It’s typically related to American evangelical Sunday college classes, as a method of telling Bible tales to younger kids. Schulz was undoubtedly conscious of the observe from his personal experiences educating Sunday college. Christian author John Fischer stated, “[t]hough it has largely disappeared from the scene, flannelgraph might very nicely be the closest factor to a strictly evangelical artwork kind, for I by no means encountered it anyplace however in Christian endeavors, and I haven’t seen it anyplace else since. It was an evangelical quirk of the 1950s that quickly went the best way of sword drills and the household altar”.[3]
  • p. 36 (March 23, 1961). In 1961, a tv sufficiently small to be moveable was nonetheless a relative novelty.
  • p. 47 (April 17, 1961). Nationwide Library Week was began in 1958 amid considerations that tv was lowering studying by kids.[4]
  • p. 48 (April 21, 1961). Theodor “Dr. Seuss” Geisel (1904–1991) was a preferred American kids’s e-book writer, greatest recognized for his 1957 e-book The Cat within the Hat.
  • p. 54 (Might 4, 1961). Lucy’s psychiatrist sales space takes on its closing look with the addition of the “The physician is in” signal.
  • p. 60 (Might 19, 1961). The H-Bomb is the frequent type of referring to hydrogen bombs.
  • p. 62 (Might 23, 1961). Frieda’s cat Faron was the one cat that may ever seem in Peanuts. Schulz wrote later: “In the future, whereas trying to find some form of new story to work on, I made a decision to have the character named Frieda… threaten Snoopy with bringing a cat into the neighborhood. Snoopy was horrified, and, when the cat arrived, didn’t prefer it in any respect. Luckily for him, I additionally found that I didn’t care a lot for the cat. For one factor, I spotted that I don’t draw a cat very nicely, and secondly, if I have been to maintain up the connection, I’d have a standard cat-and-dog strip, which was one thing I actually needed to keep away from… the cat introduced Snoopy again to being an excessive amount of of an actual canine. By the point the cat had come into the strip, Snoopy was drifting additional and additional into his fantasy life, and it was essential that he proceed in that path. To take him again to his earlier days wouldn’t work, so I did the plain and eliminated the cat. (My solely remorse was that I had named the cat after Faron Younger, a country-and-western singer whom I admired very a lot…)”[2] Schulz would later introduce an “offstage” cat.
  • p. 63 (Might 26, 1961). “Sandbagging” is a time period primarily utilized in gaming or sporting contexts, that means to feign weak spot to acquire a bonus.
  • p. 64 (Might 28, 1961). “Simply Earlier than the Battle” was an 1864 music written by George F. Root; it was a pro-Union music however was well-liked all through America, together with within the Confederacy. Linus is singing it in step with his Civil Warfare centennial curiosity. He has gotten the lyrics unsuitable barely: the second line is definitely “I’m pondering most of you”.

Schulz would usually confer with this strip as one among his favorites, and likewise as one of many few that was based mostly on an thought he had gotten from his kids: “We have been on the dinner desk and Amy was speaking away on an actual speaking streak and at last I stated, ‘Can’t you please be quiet?’ and he or she was silent for a second after which picked up a bit of bread and commenced to butter it, saying, ‘Am I buttering too loud for you?’”[5] The punchline can be repeated by Schulz on August 5, 1998, in honor of Amy’s birthday.[6]

  • p. 67 (June 4, 1961). In step with Schulz’s consideration to element, all of Lucy’s definitions are correct.
  • p. 75 (June 22, 1961). The “little lady” referred to on this and the subsequent two strips is President Kennedy’s daughter Caroline, who was three years previous on the time they have been printed.
  • p. 80 (July 4, 1961). Shrimp Louie (or Louis) is a kind of salad with shrimp and hard-boiled eggs. The recipe is predicated on the better-known Crab Louie.
  • p. 81 (July 8, 1961). One other reference to the Civil Warfare Centennial. Charlie Brown is singing the “Battle Cry of Freedom”, a pro-Union music written by George F. Root in 1862; it was the most well-liked music of its day. Schroeder is singing “The Bonnie Blue Flag”, a pro-Confederacy music written by Harry McCarthy in 1861. See additionally Might 28, 1961.
  • p. 83 (July 10, 1961). The Flabby American was a tv program concerning the bodily health of People broadcast on Might 30, 1961.
  • p. 102 (August 25, 1961). “Clam diggers” are pants which might be longer than shorts however aren’t so long as lengthy pants.
  • p. 121 (October 8, 1961). Blackbeard refers back to the well-known 18th century pirate Edward Educate, greatest generally known as Blackbeard.
  • p. 139 (November 19, 1961). The primary reference to Charlie Brown’s unrequited love, The Little Crimson-Haired Lady. Schulz based mostly her on Donna Johnson, a fellow instructor of his on the Artwork Instruction Faculty, whom he dated in 1950. He had needed to marry her, however later that 12 months she married one other man.

Schulz stated in 1997, “I used to be sitting house one evening with my youngsters, and I used to be listening to some Hank Williams songs, and I used to be listening to Joni James singing, ‘Right this moment I met you on the road, my coronary heart fell at your ft,’ you recognize, and people songs have been so miserable. And that was the mindset that acquired me occurring Charlie Brown sitting on the playground, consuming his lunch, and he appears throughout the playground, and he sees the Little Crimson-Haired Lady, and from that, that entire collection got here, one factor after one other.”[7]

  • p. 151 and 154 (December 17 and 24, 1961). Linus’ citation is Matthew 2:17-18.
  • p. 170 (January 31, 1962). Linus refers to a queen snake for the primary time.
  • p. 204 (April 20, 1962). Myopic refers to myopia, or nearsightedness, which is presumably why Linus requires glasses.
  • p. 212 (Might 8, 1962). “A fairly lady is sort of a melody” is the title of a preferred music by Irving Berlin, initially printed in 1919.
  • p. 240 (July 12, 1962). Sam Snead was a legendary skilled golfer from the thirties into the sixties, whereas Don Carter was a well-known skilled bowler in the course of the fifties and early sixties.
  • p. 258 (August 25, 1962). Atmospheric testing refers back to the testing of nuclear weapons throughout the ambiance, versus underground testing. Atmospheric testing was banned beneath the Restricted Take a look at Ban Treaty, signed in August 1963.
  • p. 273 (September 27, 1962). Gargoyles are decorative sculptures of grotesque figures, used to convey rainwater away from a constructing.
  • p. 281 (October 15, 1962). The Sabin oral polio vaccine was a poliomyelitis vaccine developed by Albert Sabin that may very well be taken orally. It changed the sooner Salk vaccine, which wanted to be injected with a syringe.
  • p. 288 (November 2, 1962). Linus is alluding to the expression “Hell hath no fury like a lady scorned”. The unique phrase is “Heaven has no rage like like to hatred turned / Nor hell a fury like a lady scorned.”, taken from “The Mourning Bride” (1697) by William Congreve.
  • p. 290 (November 6, 1962). Linus is referring to the novel The Catcher within the Rye, by J. D. Salinger (1951) which brought about an argument within the early 1960s due to its use by US highschool academics in English lessons.
  • p. 293 (November 12, 1962). Rachel Carson was the writer of the early environmentalist e-book Silent Spring. As a well-known writer and scientist on the time, Carson might be continuously referenced in future strips as a feminine position mannequin.


Annotations to The Full Peanuts: 1963 to 1964 by Charles M. Schulz (Fantagraphics Books, 2007. ISBN 156097723X

  • p. 10 (January 23, 1963). A googol is 10 to the facility 100, or 1 with 100 zeros after it. It was given this identify by 9 12 months previous Milton Sirotta, nephew of mathematician Edward Kasner.
  • p. 19 (February 11, 1963). Divinity is a nougat-like confectionery made primarily with egg white, corn syrup, and sugar.
  • p. 19 (February 13, 1963). In ten pin bowling, 300 represents an ideal rating. As there are 10 frames in a recreation, Violet’s Dad is clearly getting forward of himself.
  • p. 34 – 35 (March 18–23, 1963). An Honor roll is a listing of scholars at a college acknowledged for his or her educational achievements.
  • p. 61 (Might 20, 1963). The “film” Snoopy refers to is the basic Alfred Hitchcock film The Birds, which opened within the spring of 1963. The movie was shot on location in Bodega, California – not removed from Schulz’s residence in Sebastopol.
  • p. 64 (Might 28, 1963). Snoopy is mimicking a set of “rabbit ear” antennae on prime of a recent tv set, which wanted to be adjusted on this style to tune in distant stations; that is nonetheless true for direct-reception even right now.
  • p. 74 (June 21, 1963). Lucy is reciting “Tinker, Tailor…” She recites it once more whereas skipping rope on March 25, 1972.
  • p. 85 – 86 (July 15–20, 1963). A complete photo voltaic eclipse occurred over North America on July 20, 1963.
  • p. 94 (August 5 and 6, 1963). In baseball, a pitcher is restricted within the form of motions he could make whereas pitching. If he makes an unlawful motion, a balk known as and runners on base can advance one base.
  • p. 116 (September 27, 1963). The US Publish Workplace launched the 5-digit ZIP code on July 1, 1963.
  • p. 118 (October 1, 1963). 5’s final identify is his ZIP code (95472), which is the ZIP code for Sebastopol, California.
  • p. 126 (October 20, 1963). Prayer in American public colleges was declared unconstitutional within the case of Abington Faculty District v. Schempp, selected June 23, 1963.
  • p. 150 (December 15, 1963). Albert Schweitzer received the 1952 Nobel Peace Prize for his medical missionary work.
  • p. 164 (January 17, 1964). Schulz has made an error right here – the determine must be “sixty million” and never “sixty billion.”
  • p. 175 (February 10, 1964). The quotations are from the e-book The Gulistan by the 13th century Persian poet Sa-di.
  • p. 177 (February 16, 1964). Physician Horwich refers to Frances Horwich, the educator and youngsters’s TV present hostess also called “Miss Frances.”
  • P. 182 (February 29, 1964). First point out of Snoopy being the proprietor of a portray by Van Gogh.
  • p. 205 (April 22, 1964). “New Math” refers back to the change in how arithmetic was taught in public colleges in america in the course of the 1960s.
  • p. 227 (June 11, 1964. A beanball is a pitch that goals on the batter’s physique.
  • p. 230 (June 18, 1964). “Intellectual is a time period derived from Phrenology, implying that an artwork kind is mental, whereas Lowbrow is supposedly non-intellectual, and Middlebrow is someplace in between.
  • p. 241 (July 14, 1964). Willard Mullin was an American sports activities cartoonist, greatest recognized for his creation of the “Brooklyn Bum”, a characterization of the Brooklyn Dodgers baseball crew.
  • p. 271 (September 23, 1964). The Maccabees have been Jewish rebels who dominated Judea from 164 BCE to 63 BCE. Antiochus Epiphanes was the ruler they have been rebelling towards.
  • p. 274 (September 28, 1964). Willie Mays was one of many best baseball gamers of his time, and certainly, of all time. Linus has thus set his ambitions very excessive.
  • p. 298 (November 25, 1964). Pebble Seashore is a coastal resort city in northern California between Monterey and Carmel. It has a number of well-regarded golf programs.
  • p. 307 (December 14, 1964). Ipanema is a neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. A recording of the music “The Lady From Ipanema” turned a world hit in 1964.
  • p. 310 (December 21, 1964). Luke 2:8


Annotations to The Full Peanuts: 1965 to 1966 by Charles M. Schulz (Fantagraphics Books, 2007. ISBN 1560977248)

  • p. 2 (January 3, 1965). Billiard balls have been constituted of elephant ivory from the 17th century till the early 20th century. English is a time period referring to placing a spin on the cue ball by putting the ball off-center with the cue.
  • p. 4 (January 9, 1965). Annette Funicello was an unique forged member of The Mickey Mouse Membership TV present in 1955, when she was 13 years previous. This strip was printed on the day of her marriage ceremony to Jack Gilardi.
  • p. 28 (March 4, 1965). A cinch discover is an official discover from a instructor that your grades are unsatisfactory.
  • p. 32 (March 14, 1965). The primary reference in Peanuts to the kite-eating tree.
  • p. 47 (April 18, 1965). In baseball, a bean ball is a ball thrown by a pitcher immediately at a participant with the intent of hitting them. The Youngsters’s Campaign was a presumably legendary occasion that occurred in 1212 throughout The Crusades. The incident at Harper’s Ferry was an try by abolitionist John Brown to start out a slave revolt in 1859.
  • p. 52 (April 30, 1965). Within the sixth chapter of Daniel, Daniel is thrown right into a lions’ den for refusing to cease praying to his god. See additionally October 20, 1963.
  • p. 54 (Might 5, 1965). First point out of Snoopy’s siblings. First point out of the “Daisy Hill Pet Farm.”
  • p. 70 (June 11, 1965). Roy’s first look. Roy was greatest recognized for later introducing Peppermint Patty to the remainder of the forged. See August 22, 1966.
  • p. 75 (June 23, 1965). On the time of this strip, the phrase À gogo was alleged to imply fashionable or up-to-date. The precise that means of À gogo is “a lot” or “galore”.
  • p. 84 (July 12, 1965). First occasion of Snoopy writing “It was a darkish and stormy evening.” The sentence is taken from the novel Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton.
  • p. 96 (August 9, 1965). There are a number of meanings claimed for ‘hodad’, however it seems that Schulz is referring to somebody who brings a surfboard to the seashore however by no means surfs, i.e. a poser.
  • p. 97 (August 14, 1965). It’s troublesome to know if it is a reference to the Houston Astrodome, which opened in April 1965 with pure grass because the taking part in floor. The grass quickly died because of painted-over skylights, however synthetic grass was not put in till 1966.
  • p. 98 (August 15, 1965). The telephone quantity given within the final panel was truly the telephone variety of producer Lee Mendelson, who on the time was engaged on the very first animated Peanuts particular, A Charlie Brown Christmas.
  • p. 102 (August 24, 1965). An Australian phrase that means an all-out effort. “Bush” is Australian slang for a sparsely populated space or for wilderness. An equal phrase in American English can be “The Tremendous Bowl or bust!”
  • p. 107 (September 5, 1965). Lucy’s feedback on the connection between sin and private misfortune displays the conception of happiness within the Outdated Testomony. She’s going to usually come again to it once more, for instance within the doghouse hearth collection (see p. 271, September 24, 1966).
  • p. 109 (September 9, 1965). The phrase “It is much better to mild the candle than to curse the darkness” originated in a sermon from a 1907 assortment titled “The Supreme Conquest and Different Sermons Preached in America” by William L. Watkinson. Slight paraphrases are widespread, together with one which was utilized by the founding father of Amnesty Worldwide and which impressed their brand.
  • p. 120 (October 6, 1965). See April 22, 1964.
  • p. 122 (October 10, 1965). Snoopy’s first look in his most well-known persona, the World Warfare I flying ace. The Sopwith Camel was a British single seat fighter plane employed by the allies on the finish of World Warfare I. The Crimson Baron was a nickname for German fighter pilot Manfred von Richthofen, the very best scoring German ace of the First World Warfare.
  • p. 129 (October 26, 1965). Within the final panel, the phrase “ you strive more durable” is a reference to the company motto of Avis Hire a Automobile. On the time, Avis performed an in depth promoting marketing campaign across the phrase “We’re quantity two as a result of we strive more durable” versus the main rental automobile firm, Hertz.
  • p. 135 (November 8, 1965). The start of Mark Antony’s speech in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, Act III scene 2.
  • p. 144 (November 29, 1965). Amblyopia is a visible deficiency in a watch that’s in any other case bodily regular. Schulz calls Sally’s situation Amblyopia ex anopsia, however the signs and therapy sound extra like Stabismic amblyopia. Sally will proceed to put on the attention patch in most strips till Might 1966.
  • p. 147 (December 6, 1965). In 1951, the Hathaway shirt firm ran its first commercial that featured a distinguished man in a shirt and tie and carrying an eyepatch. The advert marketing campaign was extraordinarily profitable and “The Man within the Hathaway Shirt” turned the icon for the corporate.
  • p. 168 (January 24, 1966). Schulz repeats the identical gag on December 20, 1966. See p. 309.
  • p. 175 (February 12, 1966). The citation in panel Three is from Psalm 35, verses 1 and 15.
  • p. 177 (February 15, 1966). See September 28, 1964.
  • p. 192 (March 21, 1966). Fort Zinderneuf is the primary setting of the novel and movie Beau Geste, which is about French Overseas Legionnaires. Different references to Beau Geste seem in April 1966 strips.
  • p. 210 (Might 3, 1966). Commissioner Eckert was Commissioner of Baseball William Eckert, who was commissioner between 1965 and 1968.
  • p. 215 (Might 15, 1966). There may be an attention-grabbing mismatch between the each day strip and the Sunday strip right here—Linus, who has moved away within the each day strip is current for the baseball recreation within the Sunday strip!
  • p. 232 (June 23, 1966). The citation is from Jeremiah 31, verses 16-17. Linus’ speech occurs at a time of rising nervousness in America concerning the sudden escalation of the Vietname Warfare.
  • p. 248 (July 31, 1966). Ok.P. stands for “kitchen patrol” or “kitchen police“, navy slang for kitchen duties.
  • p. 255 (August 16, 1966). Apparently a reference to the German phrase “Kamerad” (comrade) which was used as a time period for give up.
  • p. 262 (September 1, 1966). Leonard Bernstein was a well-known conductor and composer of the time.
  • p. 307 (December 17, 1966). The citation is from Act II, Scene II of Romeo and Juliet.
  • p. 309 (December 20, 1966). Schulz had drawn the identical gag on January 24, 1966. See p. 168.


Annotations to The Full Peanuts: 1967 to 1968 by Charles M. Schulz (Fantagraphics Books, 2008. ISBN 1560978260

  • p. 8 (January 18, 1967). The Fokker D7 (truly Fokker D.VII) was a complicated German biplane that got here into service on the finish of World Warfare I, whereas Nieuports have been French-built biplanes broadly flown by the Allies. The Unter Den Linden is a grand boulevard in Berlin, and is right here getting used as a German substitution for Broadway within the well-known music.
  • p. 14 (February 1, 1967). Barnstorming was an ancestor of the trendy Airshow in the course of the 1920s, the place First World Warfare pilots flying navy surplus plane demonstrated aerobatics and have been paid to take passengers on transient flights.
  • p. 23 (February 22, 1967). Charlie Brown invokes the identify of George Washington on Washington’s birthday, to make Sally really feel responsible about mendacity, as Washington was famous for youthful honesty within the apocryphal story of his childhood habits of, after chopping down a cherry tree, telling his father, “I can’t inform a lie.”
  • p. 46 (April 16, 1967). Sandy Koufax was a well-known pitcher for the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers, who had retired in 1966.
  • p. 69 (June 8, 1967). Common Pershing was the commander of america Military in Europe in the course of the First World Warfare.
  • p. 121 (October 8, 1967). Bobby Hull was one of many best hockey gamers of all time, and on the time was taking part in Left Wing for the Chicago Black Hawks.
  • p. 141 (November 25, 1967). On the time of this strip, the New York Mets have been a current growth Baseball membership with a horrible win-loss document, which is what Linus is referring to right here.
  • p. 146 (December 4, 1967). Sonja Henie was a three-time gold medal successful Olympic determine skater from Norway, who later turned an expert determine skater and movie star.
  • p. 200 (April 9, 1968). “Arnold and Winnie” refers to golfer Arnold Palmer, probably the greatest recognized golfers of the period, and his spouse Winifred.
  • p. 201 (April 9, 1968). “Snoopy‘s Squad” presumably refers back to the many followers of Arnold Palmer, who have been collectively generally known as “Arnie’s Military”.
  • p. 206 (April 22, 1968). Petaluma, Ca., has held the world wrist wrestling championships from 1952 to 2003.
  • p. 226 (June 9, 1968). Schroeder is taking part in the primary motion of Beethoven’s piano sonata No. Eight in c minor, op. 13, the “Pathethique”.
  • p. 227 (June 10, 1968). The phrase within the closing body is a spoof on the then present tv spy present Mission: Inconceivable, through which the chief of the Inconceivable Mission Power is delivered a mission originally of every present within the type of a tape recording. After describing the mission, the recording then warns that it’s going to “self-destruct in 5 seconds” earlier than it disintegrates in a puff of smoke.
  • p. 248 (July 31, 1968). Franklin’s first look within the strip.
  • p. 250 (August 4, 1968). Muscle Seashore is a beachfront space within the Los Angeles, California space, recognized for demonstrations by weightlifters and acrobats.
  • p. 251 (August 6, 1968). “Chloe” is a Jazz commonplace from 1927 with music by Neil Moret and lyrics by Gus Kahn.
  • p. 266 (September 10, 1968). Tiny Tim was the stage identify of Herbert Khaury, a preferred novelty musician of the time.
  • p. 268 (September 15, 1968). Love beads have been a frequent style accent of the time worn by each female and male hippies.
  • p. 273 (September 28, 1968). A holding sample is a circling manoeuvre utilized by plane which might be ready to land at an overcrowded airport.
  • p. 305 (December 11, 1968). Jack Nicklaus was one of many best skilled golfers of all time.
  • p. 308 (December 18, 1968). Rosebud is a reference to the movie Citizen Kane by Orson Welles.
  • p. 310 (December 22, 1968). Linus is taking Lucy’s dictation with shorthand, an abbreviated type of writing that was extra generally used earlier than the large availability of voice recording tools. On this period, secretaries have been nearly inevitably feminine, and a feminine with a male secretary would have been thought of most uncommon.


Annotations to The Full Peanuts: 1969 to 1970 by Charles M. Schulz (Fantagraphics Books, 2008. ISBN 1560978279

  • p. 4 (January 8, 1969). Peggy Fleming was a well-known determine skater, who had received the gold medal for determine skating on the 1968 Winter Olympics in Grenoble, France .
  • p. 8 (January 16, 1969). See December 4, 1967 and October 8, 1967.
  • p. 14 (February 1, 1969). Joe Garagioloa was a former baseball participant who had change into a broadcaster, and right now was a panelist on The Right this moment Present.
  • p. 17 (February 6, 1969). The peak of the pitcher’s mound in Main League Baseball was lowered by 5 inches after the 1968 baseball season. As Charlie Brown relates, this was designed to decrease the dominance of pitching in baseball by lowering the benefit held by the pitcher. See additionally March 25, 1969.
  • p. 22 (February 18, 1969). In Genesis 19:26, Lot’s Spouse appears again as they flee the town of Sodom (defying the angels who instructed them to not look again), and is turned to a pillar of salt.
  • p. 29, 31–32 (March 8–15, 1969). Schulz options Snoopy travelling to the moon in his astronaut persona as the real Apollo program approached its climax. This collection of strips ran in the course of the Apollo 9 mission, with the gown rehearsal Apollo 10 following in Might and the primary moon touchdown on Apollo 11 in July.
  • p. 32 (March 13, 1969). Snoopy is alluding to feedback made by astronauts Invoice Anders and Jim Lovell in the course of the Apollo Eight mission the earlier December.
  • p. 37 (March 24, 1969). Enlargement golf equipment are new groups which have simply been added to a sports activities league, and normally have much less skilled gamers and workers. At the moment, Main League Baseball had simply undergone vital growth, with 4 new groups added in Montreal, San Diego, Kansas Metropolis and Seattle for the 1969 season.
  • p. 37–38 (March 26–29, 1969). Hyponatremia is certainly the time period for the situation Linus describes. The particular balanced electrolyte resolution that Linus prescribes for the situation was already obtainable in business kind as Gatorade.
  • p. 58 (Might 13, 1969). “Play it once more, Sam” is a reference to the basic movement image Casablanca. This line shouldn’t be truly within the movie: the precise citation is “If she will stand it, I can! Play it!”.
  • p. 60 (Might 18, 1969). Kermit Zarley was an expert golfer on the PGA tour. Additionally see February 1, 1969 and October 8, 1967.
  • p. 74 (June 21, 1969). Eddie Rickenbacker was the very best scoring American fighter pilot throughout World Warfare I, after a earlier profession as a racing driver.
  • p. 77 (June 26, 1969). See June 8, 1967.
  • p. 80 (July 4, 1969). Curler Derby is a sport involving groups of 5 gamers curler skating round a monitor. At the moment, Curler Derby was nearer to sports activities leisure (much like skilled wrestling) than an precise aggressive sport, which explains Snoopy’s outfit.
  • p. 93 (August 3, 1969). Babe Ruth was probably the greatest recognized baseball gamers in historical past. See additionally September 28, 1964.
  • p. 112 (September 15, 1969). On the time of this strip, america navy nonetheless practiced conscription, and the navy draft was a priority for all males as their 18th birthday approached. Conscription was subsequently eradicated in favor of an all-volunteer navy in 1973.
  • p. 119 (October 3, 1969). Rod McKuen was greatest generally known as a poet and songwriter. Sally is confused, as ordinary.
  • p. 136 (November 11, 1969). Invoice Mauldin was an American soldier and cartoonist, greatest recognized for creating the characters Willie and Joe for cartoons that appeared in Stars and Stripes throughout World Warfare II.
  • p. 151 (December 16, 1969). Snoopy has confused his terminology considerably; the same old time period for the straightforward ski hill that newbies use is the “bunny hill”, moderately than “rabbit slope”.
  • p. 153 (December 21, 1969). The citation on the descent of Jesus that Linus recites is Matthew 1:1–18.
  • p. 157 (December 31, 1969). Fred Glover was a hockey participant and coach (on the time, coach of the Oakland Seals of the NHL. Hank Aaron was a baseball participant with the Atlanta Braves. Pancho Gonzales was a well-known skilled tennis participant. See additionally January 8, 1969, February 1, 1969, December 11, 1968 and October 11, 1968.
  • p. 190 (March 18, 1970). “I used to be born one shiny spring morning…” But Snoopy’s birthday was celebrated within the strip of August 10, 1968.
  • p. 206 (April 24, 1970). Lucy ought to have appeared up “Arbor Day” as a substitute.
  • p. 246 (July 26, 1970). First point out of “The Six Bunny-wunnies” fictional collection of books.
  • P. 308 (December 17, 1970). Ouija boards loved a bit of recognition among the many normal inhabitants within the late 1960s and early 1970s, after their commercialization as a toy by Parker Brothers in 1966.


Annotations to The Full Peanuts: 1971 to 1972 by Charles M. Schulz (Fantagraphics Books, 2009. ISBN 1606991450

  • p. 49 (April 23, 1971). Herman Hesse was a German-Swiss poet, novelist, and painter, and winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1946. Snoopy’s curiosity on this moderately heavy literary determine is supposed to distinction amusingly along with his former preoccupation with the extra lighthearted subject material of Miss Sweetstory’s Bunny-Wunnie books.
  • p. 57 (Might 10, 1971). It’s nearly not possible to convey how big an influence the film Love Story had on well-liked tradition when it was launched. The e-book, the film itself, its theme music, have been best-sellers. They have been referred to in each media; people would speak about it at each event. It virtually saturated the leisure area.
  • p. 64 (Might 27, 1971). First point out of “Joe Cool”. That persona of Snoopy might have had an extended life outdoors the strip as a merchandising theme (sweaters, posters, and so forth.) than inside it.
  • p. 87 (July 20, 1971). First look of Marcie, with out her being named.
  • p. 97 (August 12, 1971). Though generally despised as a considerably vulgar feat, crushing an empty can of beer was certainly thought of by some an indication of muscular energy. The metal partitions of beer cans have been then thicker and more durable than these of aluminium we’ve right now.
  • p. 107 (September 5, 1971). Most of the first names talked about by Lucy are from Schulz’ personal life: “…Lee, and Invoice, …” in all probability for Lee Mendelson and Invoice Melendez, “…Amy, and Jill, and Meredith, …” are names of Schulz’s kids, “…Donna” for Donna Mae Johnson, and so forth.
  • p. 123 (October 11, 1971). First time Marcie is called.
  • p. 163 (January 15, 1972). First point out of “Peppermint” Patty’s full identify.
  • p. 174 (February 7, 1972). The unique collection of Star Trek, that includes starship “Enterprise”, had disappointing rankings when it first aired between 1966 and 1969. Via syndication, nevertheless, its rankings surged and by 1972 it aired in additional than 100 American cities.
  • p. 180 (February 21, 1972). “One other single marriage counselor…”: 1972 is the 12 months Schulz separated from his spouse. The divorce proceedings accomplished in 1973.
  • p. 186 (March 3, 1972). “Johnny Horizon” was the rugged, outdoorsy mascot of the Bureau of Land Administration within the 1970’s. Much like the extra well-known Woodsy the Owl and Smokey the Bear, Johnny Horizon inspired younger folks to respect and protect the atmosphere.
  • p. 193 (March 25, 1972). Lucy is reciting “Tinker, Tailor…” She recited it whereas skipping rope the primary time on June 21, 1963.


Annotations to The Full Peanuts: 1973 to 1974 by Charles M. Schulz (Fantagraphics Books, 2009. ISBN 1606992864

  • p. 17 (February 8, 1973). One of many uncommon events, if not the one one, the place “Peppermint” Patty doesn’t name Charlie Brown “Chuck.”
  • p. 35 (March 24, 1973). “I am within the alpha state.” The early 1970s noticed a large amount of media consideration and well-liked curiosity within the discipline of electroencephalography. Biofeedback strategies have been believed to have a terrific future serving to folks alleviate their nervousness or obtain higher psychological performances.
  • p. 68 (June 7, 1973). The e-book Jonathan Livingston Seagull achieved its peak recognition in 1972. On the time, it had a substantial influence on well-liked tradition.
  • p. 80 (July 5, 1973). Mad journal, whose mascot is after all Alfred E. Neuman, was at its peak circulation in 1973 and 1974, simply when this strip appeared. Mad had itself featured Peanuts in a Star Trek parody (“Star Blecch”) it printed in December 1967 (difficulty #115). In a single body, Snoopy seems because the WWI flying ace floating in area on his doghouse; in one other body, Charlie Brown, additionally floating in area, is hanging to his kite’s thread.
  • p. 93 (August 5, 1973). “Pleased birthday, Amy!” Amy is the identify of one among Schulz’s daughters.
  • p. 130 (October 30, 1973). “Peppermint” Patty forgets her previous acquaintance with the Nice Pumpkin story. On October 24, 1966, she even declared herself a believer.
  • p. 250 (August 5, 1974). See be aware on web page 93.
  • p. 269 (September 20, 1974). Acupuncture was practically unknown to most of the people earlier than 1970. From then it grew shortly in recognition till, within the mid-1970s, it turned frequent data.


Annotations to The Full Peanuts: 1975 to 1976 by Charles M. Schulz (Fantagraphics Books, 2010. ISBN 1606993453

  • p. 94 (August 4, 1975). Schulz lived along with his household in Needles, Ca., from 1929 to 1931. They went there to affix his mom’s brother Monte Halverson. Her different brother Silas, her sister Ella, and her mom additionally joined them.[8]
  • p. 207 (April 25, 1976). Right this moment not so well-known due to extra superior wi-fi communication programs, Citizen’s Band (CB) radio turned extremely popular within the mid-1970s. Its customers had a infamous means of expressing themselves in coded and slang language. They organized themselves in golf equipment and lots of invested appreciable time and sources of their interest. CB radio fanatics finally fashioned a form of alternate tradition.
  • p. 268 September 13-October 28, 1976 The strip’s longest storyline: nearly seven weeks.
  • p. 268 September 14 Peppermint Patty is complicated George Washington and presentational election to ophthalmologist and sports activities. Bunker Hill was a well-known battle in the course of the American Revolution, a struggle that spotlighted Washington.


Annotations to The Full Peanuts: 1977 to 1978 by Charles M. Schulz (Fantagraphics Books, 2010. ISBN 1606993755

  • p. 117 (September 26, 1977). Plains, Georgia is a small city of round 700 folks. Its declare to fame in 1977 was that it was the birthplace of Jimmy Carter, who was elected President of america a 12 months earlier than.
  • p. 132 (November 1, 1977). “Deprogramming” was usually mentioned within the American media within the mid-1970s. On the time, some nervousness arose within the inhabitants regarding a notion of elevated recruiting by fringe cults. These cults allegedly brainwashed younger and weak people into leaving their households to observe them. Quite a few books and films have been additionally written on the matters of cults and deprogramming.
  • p. 261 (August 28–29, 1978). How Charlie Brown obtained the Little Crimson-Haired Lady’s telephone quantity is a thriller. She had left Charlie Brown’s neighborhood on July 18, 1969, with out him understanding in any respect the place she went (see July 17, 1969 and April 30, 1970). After that, Charlie Brown noticed her solely on a ski journey and at summer time camps. In later strips, she is even again within the neighborhood (December 27, 1978) with out explanations on precisely when and why she returned.


Annotations to The Full Peanuts: 1979 to 1980 by Charles M. Schulz (Fantagraphics Books, 2011. ISBN 1606994387

  • p. 139 (November 20, 1979). Though frequent right now thanks to non-public computer systems, writing in a couple of typeface was not typically doable with typewriters. Solely high-end typewriters would provide that function.
  • p. 230 (June 21, 1980). In america as in lots of different nations, the tip of the 1970s had seen a brand new phenomenon that generated a lot media curiosity: non secular teams and cults supported by robust public relations and advertising and marketing methods. The secular inhabitants, in addition to Christian church buildings and people that have been moderately “mainstream” (like Schulz himself), typically disapproved of these organisations. The feedback supplied in earlier strips respectively by the mental wing and the street-smart wing of the Peanuts gang epitomize that disapproval.


Annotations to The Full Peanuts: 1981 to 1982 by Charles M. Schulz (Fantagraphics Books, 2011. ISBN 1606994719)

  • p. 39 (March 30, 1981). First occasion of Marcie calling Charlie Brown “Charles.” She’s going to persist in that behavior.
  • p. 127 (October 24, 1981). “Psychiatric assist: 34 cents.” Within the late 1970s and early 1980s, value inflation in most western nations surged to peacetime information. In america, it soared to 15% per 12 months in 1980, producing appreciable nervousness within the inhabitants. Lucy’s charges adopted the pattern and elevated dramatically in 1981: they have been 10 cents on March 15, 34 cents on October 24 and 50 cents on December 16. They returned to their historic degree of 5 cents on June 27, 1982.


Annotations to The Full Peanuts: 1983 to 1984 by Charles M. Schulz (Fantagraphics Books, 2011. ISBN 1606995235

  • p. 102 (August 24, 1983) Because the strip signifies, the French time period esprit de l’escalier interprets as “wit of the stairway”. Schulz used French phrases a number of instances in the course of the course of his strip, primarily throughout its later half, and all of them have been genuine.
  • p. 144 (November 29, 1983) The movement image Flashdance was launched in April 1983 in america and loved a big success on the field workplace. Invoice Melendez launched an animated parody of it (and of different dance movies) in April 1984, beneath the title It is Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown.
  • p. 151 (December 16, 1983) Evidently Sally’s script refers back to the Christmas carol “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”, well-known in English talking nations.
  • p. 156 (December 27, 1983) “Snowperson”: political correctness within the early 80s had gone fairly far in its makes an attempt to erase gender-biased expressions from the frequent language. At the moment, many tried to be gender-neutral to the purpose of sacrificing readability, for instance in sentences similar to “Each man/lady shall don his/her life jacket and report back to the steward/stewardess nearest to him/her.” Some frequent nouns disappeared at the moment, for instance, “fireman” was changed by “firefighter.” In a considerably associated gag, Jim Unger in his cartoon Herman had a salesman telling a buyer: “We’re residing in very unusual instances, Martha.” with within the background a banner saying “Grandperson clocks.”[9]
  • p. 193 (March 23, 1984) There’s a “Highland Park” and a “Selby Avenue” in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Schulz lived on the nook of Selby and Snelling, the place his father’s barber store was additionally positioned.
  • p. 220 (Might 25, 1984) “Taking part in trivia”: Trivia video games began within the early 80s, with Isaac Asimov’s Tremendous Quiz presumably being the primary of them in 1982. They turned extremely popular by the mid-80s.
  • p. 240 (July 9, 1984) “Women Simply Wish to Have Enjoyable” was a preferred music in early 1984, sung by Cyndi Lauper.
  • p. 255 (August 14, 1984) “Roy Hobbs”: Though the novel The Pure, by Bernard Malamud, was launched in 1952, the film based mostly on it was produced and launched solely in 1984.


Annotations to The Full Peanuts: 1985 to 1986 by Charles M. Schulz (Fantagraphics Books|Fantagraphics Books, 2011. ISBN 1606995723

  • p. xi (Foreword by Patton Oswald) “Snoopy even provides a brand new make-believe character to his repertoire (…) a bowtie-wearing, bowler-topped lawyer.” That sentence is deceptive, because the lawyer persona of Snoopy actually appeared a few years earlier than 1985/1986.
  • p. 47 (April 19, 1985) It appears Snoopy is cured of the “weed claustrophobia” that plagued him in 1956. See the strips of October 27, November 3, and November 6 to 9 of that 12 months.
  • p. 94 (August 7, 1985). A “punker” is “a punk rock musician or a devotee of punk rock or punk kinds.”. They have been particularly prevalent in the course of the late 70’s and 80’s.
  • p. 94-95 (August 7, 1985 – August 9, 1985) Though the time period “mallies” would not truly exist, the kind of folks Schulz was referring to did. Within the 80’s, and nonetheless right now, there are a number of individuals who might be presumably known as “mallies”.
  • p. 97 (August 12, 1985) YUPpies (from “Younger City Skilled”) outlined the 1980s greater than another social group. Their lifestyle (costly tastes {and professional} ambition) was fueled by the monetary and financial optimism of the period and was the topic of many books, motion pictures, and tv collection (The Bonfire of the Vanities, Household Ties, Wall Road).
  • p. 127-128 (October 23, 1985 – October 25, 1985) “The Lone Eagle”, as the primary strip of this collection explicitly signifies, was Charles Lindbergh, who, as this strip additionally signifies, made the primary nonstop solo flight from New York to Paris. Snoopy’s “Lone Beagle” outfit can be his World Warfare I Flying Ace outfit as nicely.
  • p. 128 (October 26, 1985) Wayne Gretzky is a Canadian former skilled ice hockey participant and former head coach. The joke is that Rerun’s helmet appears like a hockey masks.
  • p. 128 (October 27, 1985) One of many uncommon cases the place an grownup’s speech seems in Peanuts.
  • p. 131 (November 1, 1985) “Beagle Blaster” refers to ghetto blasters, a 1980’s slang time period referring to “a big, highly effective moveable radio, particularly as carried and performed by a pedestrian or used outside in an city space.”.
  • p. 133-134 (November 6, 1985 – November 9, 1985) Halley’s Comet, formally designated 1P/Halley, is the best-known of the short-period comets and is seen from Earth each 75–76 years. Halley is the one short-period comet that’s clearly seen to the bare eye from Earth, and thus the one naked-eye comet that may seem twice in a human lifetime. Different naked-eye comets could also be brighter and extra spectacular, however will seem solely as soon as in hundreds of years. As this strip collection explicitly signifies, Sally has the date at the least a month too early, and the comet’s precise arrival was on February 1986.
  • p. 170 (February 1, 1986) She has what is called a ten-speed. A ten velocity is “a system of gears having ten ahead gear ratios, particularly on a bicycle.” These kind of bikes have been significantly well-liked in the course of the 1970s and 1980s.
  • p. 174 (February 9, 1986) The poems Snoopy writes down are performs on a basic love poem which may be traced at the least way back to to the next strains written in 1590 by Sir Edmund Spenser from his epic The Faerie Queene (Guide Three, Canto 6, Stanza 6):
It was upon a Sommers shynie day,
When Titan faire his beames did show,
In a recent fountaine, farre from all mens vew,
She tub’d her brest, the boyling warmth t’allay;
She tub’d with roses purple, and violets blew,
And all of the sweetest flowres, that within the forrest grew.

The model Snoopy is lampooning is the most well-liked one:

Roses are purple,
Violets are blue,
Sugar is good,
And so are you.
  • p. 175 (February 10, 1986) Concerning the political correctness of the 1980s regarding gender bias in language, see additionally the strip of December 27, 1983.
  • p. 175-176, 178-179 (February 10, 1986 – February 15, 1986, and February 16, 1986 -February 21, 1986) Because the collection explicitly signifies, the flu Snoopy (because the World Warfare I Flying Ace) catches is the good influenza epidemic of 1918-1919. Because it additionally states, earlier than it led to 1919, twenty million folks had died from the illness. The armistice that was to mark the tip of World Warfare I that was talked about February 19, was additionally signed throughout these years of loss of life and illness.
  • p. 178 (February 19, 1986) “The struggle is over!!” Truly, the struggle shouldn’t be over for Snoopy’s pilot persona. He’ll return to combat on October 4, 1986.
  • p. 179 (February 22, 1986) The nationwide anthem of america is “The Star-Spangled Banner,” of which lyrics come from “Defence of Fort McHenry”, a poem written in 1814 by the 35-year-old lawyer and newbie poet, Francis Scott Key, after witnessing the bombardment of Fort McHenry by the British Royal Navy ships in Chesapeake Bay in the course of the Battle of Fort McHenry within the Warfare of 1812. The poem was set to the tune of a preferred British music written by John Stafford Smith for the Anacreontic Society, a males’s social membership in London. “The Anacreontic Track” (or “To Anacreon in Heaven”), with varied lyrics, was already well-liked in america. Set to Key’s poem and renamed “The Star-Spangled Banner”, it might quickly change into a well known American patriotic music. With a spread (tessitura) of 1 and a half octaves, it’s recognized for being troublesome to sing. Though the poem has 4 stanzas, solely the primary is often sung right now. “The Star-Spangled Banner” was acknowledged for official use by the U.S. Navy in 1889 and by President Woodrow Wilson in 1916, and was made the nationwide anthem by a congressional decision on March 3, 1931 (46 Stat. 1508, codified at 36 U.S.C. § 301), which was signed by President Herbert Hoover. Earlier than 1931, different songs served because the hymns of American officialdom. “Hail, Columbia” served this function at official capabilities for a lot of the 19th century. “My Nation, ‘Tis of Thee”, whose melody is similar to “God Save the Queen,” the British nationwide anthem, additionally served as a de facto anthem. Following the Warfare of 1812 and subsequent American wars, different songs would emerge to compete for recognition at public occasions, amongst them “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
  • p. 184 (March 5, 1986) “Child on Bike” is a reference to the rising recognition of “Child on Board” warning indicators within the 1980s.
  • p. 185 (March 7, 1986) This strip is just a little bit complicated, as at first look it seems that Snoopy is speaking within the final panel. Nevertheless, on nearer inspection, it’s revealed that it’s actually the physique of Snoopy speaking. One of many doable trace to that is the scrunched up line directing the thought balloon to its bearer that solely Snoopy’s physique elements have.
  • p. 192 (March 23, 1986) “Medic” is slang for physician.
  • p. 195 (March 30, 1986) The definition of the phrase “ganglion” Linus is referring to is the much less recognized one, that means “a small lump mostly on the hand or foot”.
  • p. 202-203 (April 15, 1986) What have we performed to Fort Zinderneuf?! Fort Zinderneuf is the primary setting of the 1966 movie Beau Geste and the 1924 novel it’s based mostly on.
  • p. 208 (April 28, 1986 – Might 3, 1986) The Maypole Dance that’s celebrated in U.S. in Secondary or Excessive Faculty dances as a part of a Might Day celebration are practically similar to that celebrated in the UK. Typically the Maypole dance might be accompanied by different dances as a part of a presentation to the general public.The earliest use of the Maypole in America occurred in 1628, the place William Bradford, governor of New Plymouth, wrote of an incident the place plenty of servants, along with the help of an agent, broke free from their indentured service to create their very own colony, organising a maypole within the heart of the settlement, and behaving in such a means as to obtain the scorn and disapproval of the close by colonies, in addition to an official officer of the king, bearing patent for the state of Massachusetts. The Might Queen or Queen of Might is a time period which has two distinct however associated meanings, as a legendary determine and as a vacation personification. This collection is referring to the latter, the Might Queen who’s a woman who should trip or stroll on the entrance of a parade for Might Day celebrations. She wears a white robe to represent purity and normally a tiara or crown. Her obligation is to start the Might Day celebrations. She is mostly topped by flowers and makes a speech earlier than the dancing begins. Sure age teams dance spherical a Maypole celebrating youth and the spring time.
  • p. 226 (June 9, 1985) This the primary look of Lydia.
  • p. 247 (July 29, 1986) Maynard is misquoting the Scripture Luke 10:7 (The laborer is worthy of his rent) as Luke 10:4.
  • p. 252 (August 10, 1986) Mozart, Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, Franck, Lehar, Tchaikovsky, Elgar, Schubert, and Gershwin have been all well-known composers.
  • p. 253 (August 12, 1986) Buck Beagle within the 25th century is a parody of the well-known 1930s cartoon “Buck Rogers within the 25th Century,” which additionally was a favourite of Schulz’s as a youth.
  • p. 254 (August 16, 1986) Joe Garagiola is an American former catcher in Main League Baseball who later turned an announcer and tv host, well-liked for his colourful persona. He was well-known for being one of many common panelists of The Right this moment Present on NBC for a few years. He additionally occurred to be a superb buddy of Schulz’s.
  • p. 258 Fort Zinderneuf See annotation on pages 202-203
  • p. 263, 265-266, 268, 289, 292, 301 (September 4, 1986 – September 6, 1986, September 8, 1986, September 13, 1986, September 15, 1986 – September 17, 1986, November 5, 1986, November 10, 1986, and December 3, 1986) Tapioca Pudding is a satirical comment on runaway licensing, and her identify is a possible parody on Strawberry Shortcake, as each of them are named after a dessert merchandise.
  • p. 274 (October 1, 1986) The primary balls have been manufactured from pure supplies, similar to an inflated pig bladder, generally inside a leather-based cowl, which has given rise to the slang time period “pigskin”. Fashionable balls are designed by groups of engineers to exacting specs, with rubber or plastic bladders, and sometimes with plastic covers. Varied leagues and video games use totally different balls, although all of them have one of many following primary shapes:

| a sphere: utilized in Affiliation soccer and Gaelic soccer
| a prolate spheroid
| both with rounded ends: used within the rugby codes and Australian soccer
| or with extra pointed ends: utilized in American soccer and Canadian soccer

The exact form and development of footballs is often specified as a part of the foundations and laws. The oldest soccer nonetheless in existence, which is believed to have been made circa 1540, was found within the roof of Stirling Citadel, Scotland, in 1981. The ball is manufactured from leather-based (presumably from a deer) and a pig’s bladder. It has a diameter of between 14–16 cm (5.5–6.3 in), weighs 125 g (4.4 oz.) and is at the moment on show on the Smith Artwork Gallery and Museum in Stirling.

  • p. 277 (October 8, 1986) A zamboni is an ice resurfacer, which is a car used to wash and clean the floor of an ice sheet, normally in an ice rink. The primary ice resurfacer was developed by Frank Zamboni in 1949 within the metropolis of Paramount, California. Zamboni /zæmˈboʊni/ is an internationally registered trademark, although the time period is commonly used as a generic colloquialism for any ice resurfacer.
  • p. 283 (October 22, 1986) Fog is a 1916 poem by Carl Sandburg that reads:
THE FOG comes
on little cat ft.
It sits trying
over harbor and metropolis
on silent haunches
after which strikes on.
  • p. 293 I will eat first, after which I will name the Humane Society! The Humane Society is a gaggle that goals to cease human or animal struggling because of cruelty or different causes, though in lots of nations, it’s now used largely for societies for the prevention of cruelty to animals (SPCAs).
  • p. 301 (December 3, 1986) This the final look of Tapioca Pudding.
  • p. 308, 310 (December 19, 1986 – December 20, 1986, and December 22, 1986, and December 24, 1986) This unnamed child carefully resembles Shermy, a personality who final appeared within the 12 months 1976.


Annotations to The Full Peanuts: 1987 to 1988 by Charles M. Schulz (Fantagraphics Books, 2013. ISBN 1606996347

  • p. 4 (January 10, 1987) Though it has nearly fully disappeared right now, “Kilroy was right here” was once an ubiquitous graffiti within the North American city panorama. Its unique that means is kind of obscure.
  • p. 13 (January 29, 1987) “I used to be born in October.” This isn’t implausible, as the primary look of Linus is on September 19, 1952, and he then seems a bit youthful than one 12 months previous. In any case, Peanuts characters are recognized to age way more slowly than real-world folks.
  • p. 15 (February 2, 1987) The chosen Valedictorian is normally the coed with the very best rating amongst his or her graduating class. Salutatorian is a tutorial title given in america to the second highest graduate of all the graduating class of a particular self-discipline.
  • p. 34 (March 19, 1987) Mrs. Nelson and Mrs. Bartley are regulars of the golf membership. They used to rent Peppermint Patty and Marcie as caddies (see for instance the strip of July 17, 1983, The Full Peanuts 1983 to 1984, p. 86.)
  • p. 183 (February 29, 1988) First three-panel each day strip.
  • p. 227 (June 12, 1988) 1988 is the 12 months when Fax machines turned recognized at massive to most of the people. They have been then costly and moderately large, in order that they have been thought of as being primarily workplace machines.
  • p. 231 (June 21, 1988) After years of authorized arguments, the property of Margaret Mitchell lastly introduced on February 3, 1987, {that a} sequel to Gone with the wind can be licensed.[10] The information was a sensation, and generated feverish curiosity and hypothesis within the public. On April 26, 1988, the challenge was formally launched when Warner Books bought the rights to the sequel for US$4.94 million.[11] It was lastly printed in September 1991, beneath the title Scarlett, by writer Alexandra Ripley.
  • p. 249 (August 2, 1988) Though practically inescapable right now, answering machines turned reasonably priced to most of the people solely in 1988. Earlier than that, they weren’t even frequent in an workplace atmosphere: moderately, the secretary of a division had the cost of receiving calls and taking messages.
  • p. 291 (November 8, 1988) Tuesday, November 8, 1988, was a Presidential election day in america. George H.W. Bush received towards Michael Dukakis. That Sally rooted for Abraham Lincoln shouldn’t be surprising, as he’s usually referred to with reverence by varied characters in Peanuts. He have to be the favourite president of the gang.


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