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  1. Works with 1957 Peter Pan commercial (sounds like Mason Adams) where it’s spelled P-nuttiest.

  2. As it happens, I wasn’t familiar with that specific Peanuts cartoon. So the joke didn’t work for me.

  3. “Does this comic work if you aren’t immediately familiar with this?”

    Uh, no… but why in the world *should* it?

    Comics are allowed to have “in” references, aren’t they?

    You have to have some familiarity with the strip Peanuts which is utterly reasonable to expect a modern reader of comics to have (I mean just *reading* the medium implies a general entrance into a community of fans of the medium… and if some stray reader doesn’t care for the medium but just reads it because it pops on their screen…. well, who cares…). It helps if you know *that* particular strip (which is one of the most well known of the strips) but it is required if you just get that this resembles a very typical Charlie Brown and Linus conversation.

    Now admittedly my young friends are bearly aware that a strip called Peanuts ever existed and can’t name characters and wouldn’t get this but… they’d be the first to admit, well, it wasn’t written for them.

  4. Can’t say I’d ever heard of or seen that particular Peanuts strip. As woozy noted, this is a fairly typical Charlie Brown, Linus conversation, so the joke works, although it is kind of ho-hum. Having now seen “one of the most well known” of the strips, it adds some depth to the joke, but it’s still pretty weak sauce.

  5. FWIW, it isn’t just a strip reference– it’s a well-known line from “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” which is pretty firmly ensconced in pop culture.

  6. The quote in that longer form appears to have been enhanced for the TV specials. The only strip reference that I could find (11-Feb-1968) is a little more abbreviated:

  7. IMHO, this comic doesn’t work even if you ARE familiar with both Peanuts and “P-nuttiest.”

  8. Annoying trivium: Schulz reportedly hated the name Peanuts — it was imposed by the syndicate. Note that few (none?) of the television shows and movies produced during his lifetime had Peanuts in the title.

  9. @ MinorAnnoyance – Schulz’s dislike for the name “Peanuts” is well documented. For over twenty years (from 20-Nov-66 to 4-Jan-87), he used more than a frame’s worth of space to incorporate a hand-lettered title card with his preferred name on the Sunday strips, stopping only when he replaced the title with a computer font.

  10. I am stunned that there are people who haven’t seen A Charlie Brown Christmas enough to remember that line.

  11. @ dvandom – The lack of clothes doesn’t bother me as much as the lack of a blanket.

  12. Shouldn’t that be Linuts? And the Charlie Brown peanut only has a shirt so nothing covering his …

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