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This was the only time Schulz put himself, however indirectly, into one of his strips. By contrast, we have Stephan Pastis…
Kohoutek was originally said to be the big astronomical event of the century, almost, but didn’t live anywhere up to the hype. Through no fault of his own, Schulz jumped the gun on this one.
Does anyone really need to have spelled out the most logical solution for this “problem”? And, BTW, sand can get pretty hot too sometimes.
He was already wearing a retainer. (1/28/73)
This entire story arc was done in animated form for the special “It’s an Adventure, Charlie Brown” (1982), with all the original dialogue and the Alfred E. Newman cameo intact. It was unusual in that, unlike all the other Peanuts specials up to that time, virtually all the material was taken directly from the strips, with really nothing added or subtracted.
So the kid that was hero-worshipping “Mr. Sack” before gets a look at his face, and everything that he admired gets thrown out? Just as well the little twerp never appeared again.
Even when this first appeared, I thought it was stupid. What was supposed to be funny about a childish display of temper over, let’s face it, nothing?
The late comedian George Miller had a funny take on athletes who go on about God before or after an “important” game. I’m paraphrasing but it went something like: “Athletes always like to credit God for a victory, but just once I’d like to hear someone invoke God after a loss. Like, ‘Yeah, I would have made that touchdown…but Jesus made me fumble!’”
Did Lucy really believe that, or was she just messing with him? The latter I’m sure, considering how serious she usually takes him.
They have won before, usually when Linus was pitching.