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It's Only A Game

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A book by Charles M. Schulz

Between 1957 and 1959, Schulz created a single-panel sports-themed feature that ran three times a week or in a combined package on Sunday. He relied increasingly on Sasseville, who was writing and drawing thePeanutscomic book, to turn sketches and concepts … see full wiki

Author: Charles M. Schulz
Publisher: About Comics
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A different corner of Sparky's mind

  • Sep 16, 2005
Between November, 1957 and January, 1959, "Peanuts" creator Charles M. Schulz drew -- first by himself and later with collaborator Jim Sasseville -- a one-panel, sports-themed comic strip. For Schulz fans who, whetted by the Fantagraphics "Complete Peanuts" series, are inspired to find and read most everything Schulz ever drew, this little book makes an interesting addition to get hold of.

However, its interest -- to me as I suppose for most readers -- has far more to do with the creator than with the creation. These one-panel strips just aren't as interesting as "Peanuts." There are no recurring characters, no storyline, and no particular topic apart from the sports themes themselves. Of course, just as in "Peanuts," there's an underlying sense of people beset by the human condition, and a few sighs, wails, and cries of despair that will be familiar to any "Peanuts" fan.

What made this collection most interesting to me was to imagine it as a peek into what the "Peanuts" characters would have been like had they ever grown up. And in fact, in the commentary that is interspersed with the art, Sasseville writes that "it's not accidental that some of the adults look like grown-up Peanuts kids. It was harder to emulate Sparky's adults than the kids." And so it's easy to see a middle-aged Charlie Brown seated at a table, looking at a deck of cards and saying (as a young Charlie Brown might have said on his pitcher's mound) "How can a good player like me lose all the time?" (p. 15) or, before his collection of little-bitty trophies, "Oh, I've won my share of tournaments all right, but I'm afraid none of them was very important" (p. 22). The chess-playing grandpa on page 45, however, has to be Linus. There's no other explanation.

This collection has its laughs, but it doesn't have the magic of "Peanuts." It is interesting to see the familiar lettering and drawing style applied to unfamiliar art, and even more interesting to see this corner of Sparky's mind. But I can understand why Schulz tired of "It's Only a Game" -- and more to the point, I can be thankful for the energy and creativity that were invested back into "Peanuts."

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