Proto-Peanuts strip reveals Charles Schulz was still perfecting those punchlines

Via Robot 6, word that Heritage is auctioning off an early strip by Charles Schulz that would appear to be part of a developmental period between Lil’ Folks and Peanuts, which launched in 1950.

The previously unknown strip is being offered for sale by a Schulz family friend who was the inspiration for Frieda in the strip.

While its historical interest is high, this strip does show that Schulz had not yet mastered the art of really snappy punchline, at least for this strip. “Laissez faire” refers to a state of action untouched by government regulation or oversight, while the literal French translation is “leave it alone.” Thus it’s a bit hard to parse exactly what this strip means, but someone from the Tea Party should definitely buy it.

Unless…it’s one of those 3eanuts strips that the last panel has been removed from.


  1. God, I love it. It’s exactly the sort of open-to-interpretation humor I am nuts for.

    Oh Sparky. You were the best.

  2. Is proto-snoopy competing (in the business of dispensing newspapers) with proto-charlie B?

  3. Weekly strips are no picnic. I have no idea how other guys do it once a day, especially the ones who have to work under other people’s (like when their commissioned) rules. Funny is hard. Funny in three panels is miraculous.

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