“The Middle-class genius of Charles M. Schulz”

The New York Press has a lengthy article about Charles Schulz and his cartooning. If you’re a fan of Peanuts or enjoy reading about comic history, give this article a read.

“Li’l Folks” has a different quality than “Peanuts.” The lines are thicker. Perhaps Schulz was making the best of middling reproduction quality in newspapers, but the lines vary in thickness far more than in “Peanuts.” They have more of a “Family Circus” feel. The characters are deliberately cute, though by the end of the strip, they become sparer and begin to resemble those of early “Peanuts.”

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