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Pre-existentialist Peanuts

How the most famous gag in comics originally worked, back in November 1952.

UPDATE, 11:28 pm: The more I look at this, the more surprises I see. Would you have guessed that all along, the football Charlie Brown was trying to kick actually belonged to Lucy? How much does her unheeded "I don't know if this is such a good idea" alter the subtext of the next forty years? It turns out that all along, Lucy was being co-opted into a display of male physical authority that she was never really consulted on or asked to endorse. Is it any wonder that she gradually developed from the rather adorable "fussbudget" of proto-Peanuts into the castrating screamer we're more familiar with?


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More importantly, how much does it affect the Freudian sub text that CB is kicking with the wrong foot? (or Lucy is holding on the wrong side of the ball) Is this a subtle message that women will always lure men to the dark side? Is it a presaging of the coalition - just another attack on the right (foot) doomed to failure?

Crid [cridcridatgmail]:

I love this blog post.


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