Wednesday, April 20, 2005

What are you, Peanuts?

As a comic art collector who lives in the home county of the late Charles Schulz, this story made me cry twice:

A woman tore up — and flushed down the toilet — an original Peanuts storyboard drawn by Schulz, valued at $90,000.

My entire comic art collection isn't worth a tenth of that.

Now I'm crying a third time.

My favorite Peanuts strip, incidentally, is a Sunday page in which Charlie Brown and Lucy are walking along together. As they walk, Charlie Brown is winding string onto a spool, and explaining to Lucy — in excruciating detail — the physics of kite flying.

When C.B.'s lecture ends, Lucy says to him, "You know a lot about flying kites, don't you, Charlie Brown?"

"Yes, I think that I can say that I do," replies the ever-modest Chuck.

We now see that the string Charlie Brown has been winding ends in an opening in the curb.

"So why is your kite down the sewer?" Lucy asks.

The story of my life, in a single comic strip.

One of these days, remind me to tell you about my legendary run on the local stage as Snoopy in You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. If you're nice, I might even do my "Suppertime" dance for you.

1 insisted on sticking two cents in:

Blogger Bruce -- Harper Blue offered these pearls of wisdom...

(visited through BlogExplosion)

As concerns the storyboard: OUCH, bordering on BOING!

As concerns Peanuts in general, I used to love it. Something happened to it in the Eighties or so, though....

11:14 AM  

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