For this continuing feature, case in point No. 4 is almost too easy — it’s good ol’ Charlie Schulz. Everybody knows by now that the late Charles Schulz tried his hand at magazine gag cartooning, with very limited success, before he became a “Peanuts” superstar. These three early cartoons of his appeared in the Saturday Evening Post in the 1940’s or 1950’s, and they are copyrighted by SEP.
There’s nothing much I can say about these early panels that hasn’t already been said. Aren’t they wonderful curtain-raisers for Schulz’s legendary cartoon strip career? Note the appearance of an early version of Snoopy.
Yes, “we all have to start somewhere”.
I’m also adding a photo of Schulz that I came across in a cartoon book that was published in 1966.
If you want to learn more about Charles Schulz, I recommend the recently-published biography written by David Michaelis, “Schulz and Peanuts”.