PEANUTS AUG. 3, 1952 SUNDAY PAGE ORIGINAL ART BY CHARLES SCHULZ.
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Thursday, January 27, 2005 12:10:00 PM Eastern Standard Time
Auction #182 - Part II
Item numbers 1500-3431 in auction 182
This piece of original art by the creator and lifelong artist of Peanuts, Charles Schulz, is from the very early days of the strip's 50-year run. While the daily strip had been in papers since October 2, 1950, the Peanuts Sunday strip did not appear until January 6, 1952. This one dated August 3, 1952, putting it just about dead center of the first year of Sunday strips. It is a wonderful example of the earliest days of the Peanuts cast, when they hadn't acquired the height and fullness of image that they would eventually possess-and yet they're already distinctly the characters America (and the world) came to know and love. The first panel shows a very small Lucy being pulled by Violet in a wagon. The look in her eyes showcases what made Schulz special as an artist. In that same first panel, take note of the casual way that Charlie Brown is sitting. He is completely at ease in his surroundings, a slightly more confident Charlie Brown than we may remember (That would change of course, as the focus of the strip revealed his insecurities and angst). The second panel has a wonderful reaction shot from Patty. Where the first panel hightlighted Schulz's artistry, this one showcases the creative intellect behind the art and shows us an already great writer. He chose to have Charlie Brown describe the reaction that someone has to eating an ice cream cone, not the taste or appearance of the cone. This is a highly individualistic way to move the scene forward. As the idea takes hold, the girls give Charlie such a hard time, that in panel seven he throws a fit. Patty's answer in the final panel is perfect a punchline as timeless as Vaudeville, but one that somehow seems to mean more than it appears to. The piece measures 17"x23 1/2" and is on thin (Bristol) art board. The image area is 15 1/4"x22 5/8." The piece is sold framed and is signed by Schulz in the last panel.
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