Lucy most likely. She’s the only one who’s a big enough asshole to have such things said to her.
He’s just as real as Charlie Brown or Linus van Pelt.
Rod McKuen (1933-2015) was a poet, singer-songwriter, and actor, whose significance to Peanuts was that he wrote and sang the title song for A Boy Named Charlie Brown, which film was probably in the final stages of post-production at the time this strip was published (it premiered on Dec. 4, 1969, two months later). This song of his got an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song, but I suppose McKuen shouldn’t have felt so bad losing the award to the Beatles’ Let it Be. :P
This strip I suppose was a shout-by Schulz to McKuen, just before the rest of the world heard his song to Charlie Brown.
Judging from the size of that cat dish, the cat next door might actually be kind of small, maybe even smaller than Faron had been!
You get it out of the water, and then roast it on the beach. :-)
And speaking of beaches, guess this isn’t the seashore they’re playing on, but rather a lake beach. The west coast is kinda far away I suppose.
A square neighbourhood? Where you have a girl who sits in a booth charging 5¢ for “psychiatric help", a piano-playing prodigy who venerates Beethoven as though he were a deity, a dog who pretends to be a World War I flying ace, a kid who likes to evangelise the Great Pumpkin…?
$10 in 1969 is only $66 in 2017 adjusting for inflation.
That’s one small step for a beagle, one giant leap for caninekind!
Beethoven was indeed somewhat darker-complexioned by northern European standards, such that he was sometimes nicknamed “Spaniard” as a child, because he had a light olive cast, but that’s still a very long way from being black. He just wasn’t the kind of pasty white that looks half-dead under fluorescent light. :P
Looks like another bad scan. Lots of faded lines everywhere.