Image via WikipediaOver at Patrick's Place, Patrick is celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Peanuts comic strip with a Saturday Six batch of questions about the beloved comic strip. Peanuts is not my favorite strip of all time, but I would have to put it in my Top 5 with Calvin and Hobbes, Doonesbury, Bloom County, and The Far Side. Peanuts was a bit tamer than my other favorites, but could get pretty deep and philosophical at times.
Anyway, on with Patrick's questions:
1. Who is your favorite Peanuts character?
Jeez! That's like asking what's my favorite Beatles album. All of them. I guess I've always been partial to the level-headed, intelligent, unflappable Linus. Either him or Snoopy and his many alter egos. I'm also a big fan of Pigpen for some reason. And the duo of Peppermint Patty and Marcie is intriguing too.
2. Which Peanuts character is your least favorite?
Patty and Violet, the mean girls who seemed to exist only to make Charlie Brown's life even more miserable.
3. If it were up to you, would Lucy have to let Charlie Brown kick the football?
Yeah, probably just once. I always thought that a good idea for a strip would have been for Lucy to hold the ball in place just once, but for Charlie Brown to flub the kick.
4. When did you last read a Peanuts comic strip?
Today. I get a daily email of comic strips from Comics.com. They rerun old Peanuts strips. Today's edition is a strip that was first published in 1963.
5. Which of the television movies based on Peanuts was your favorite as a kid?
The Halloween show -- It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. I especially love the trick-or-treating. "I got a rock."
6. Should the strip ever be drawn by someone else, even if that person agrees to keep the same values its creator held so dear?
NO! While that has worked out alright for several long-running strips, I'm against it for Peanuts. If Charles Schultz had had a successor in mind and worked with him for a while, it might have worked. Since he didn't -- precisely because he did not want the strip to continue after his death -- I'd say "no." Just keep rerunning the old ones.