Monday, August 14, 2006

"Teen-Agers, Unite!" by Charles M. Schulz

"The 'Peanuts' Gang Grows Up! A Great New Collection of Riotous Cartoons by Charles M. Schulz"

This 1967 Bantam paperback collects some of Schulz's teenager strips. This is what Nat Gertler was talking about in Friday's blog entry: a new definitive collection of all teenager panels that Schulz drew. So, here are a few scans from this earlier collection to whet your appetite.

It's fun to see these cartoons -- but these are not "the PEANUTS gang grown up," despite the cover blurb. Well, okay, this girl looks a heckuva lot like Lucy.

Hmm. That guy with the hat looks like Charlie Brown. And that girl; she looks like Frieda sans the naturally curly hair.

OK, so the guy looks and talks like Linus. But these are gags about teenagers that Schulz did for a church publication. The cartoons are not related to the Peanuts gang.

Here's Peanuts authority Nat Gertler from the essential site:

"... the non-Peanuts work of Schulz that has been most reprinted is the series of single-panel gags that he did for the Church Of God, appearing primarily in their magazine Youth. These panels, occasionally referred to by the horrible name Teen-nuts, have been collected in a number of books over the years. I heartily recommend reading any of these you can lay your hands on."

Yeah, she looks a little like Peppermint Patty. What Schulz always is playing on is the lankiness of the teenager -- just like Zits does now. All the teenagers (or "teen-agers" as the title of the book spells it) are tall drinks of water.

Some typical self-deprecating humor. Interesting how easily these couple of horizontal lines read as pews. That's economy!

The little kinds in this panel do not look like Peanuts kids; smaller bodies and large, bulbous heads. Poor little guys. If they had an itch on the top of their hed, they couldn't reach up to scratch it now, could they?

This must've been one of those "fun to draw" gags. One of the things I like to see is detail, and this one has some great details: a shoe (Where is the other one?), the teenager wearing the frilly female apron to run the sweeper, the argyle socks, the string wrapped around the light fixture. And note that all the cartoons are signed "CSM."

I always liked the way Schulz drew rain. Those inky lines really looked like a downpour.

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