May 24, 2010

"I can't seem to get a strike to save my soul..."

"... but, fortunately, the salvation of my soul doesn't depend on my getting a strike."



Recognize the artist?

23 comments:

TML said...

Charles M Schulz

David said...

I'll bet he was paid peanuts for that cartoon.

Irene said...

Mr. Irene just said, "It looks like Lucy!!"

Eric said...

Those are suspiciously Schulz-looking feet.

Scott M said...

The mouth gives it away. Kind of like Al Sharpton.

Will Cate said...

I have a really cool book (coffee-table type book) called "Peanuts: The Art of Charles M. Schultz" so I had a bit of a hint. His early work is very interesting, & occasionally revealing.

Beth said...

Of course! I don't recall when, but I encountered his early work years ago.

fivewheels said...

Yes, but I'm not sure whether it was because of the art or because of the style of joke. Either is very recognizable. The art's better than the joke.

Seven Machos said...

My kid loves Charlie Brown DVDs so I watch them all the time. We watch the Christmas one year-round. The Christian theme there is obvious but the rest of them have the same stuff running throughout.

Thomas the Train is very religious, too.

Jason (the commenter) said...

You know the woman is going to yank the bowling ball out of his hand at the last second.

Über said...

My first thought was Charles Schultz... In fact when I first saw the image, the Peanuts theme song started playing in my mind.

Fred4Pres said...

Charles M. Schulz was a notorious bad bowler.

edutcher said...

Eric said...

Those are suspiciously Schulz-looking feet.

Not to mention the woman's hairdo - which is kind of what Irene said.

Pogo said...

His stuff is funnier when little kids say it. It's remarkable how well his cartoons have held up over time, especially the first 15 years of Peanuts.

C Black said...

Nah. For me it wasn't the feet or the hairdo on the girl. It was Charley Brown's FACE! On some lanky teenager. See how he's got that bowling ball real close to his chest; holding on with two hands. He's learned his lessons (right?). Man, Charley's gonna have issues with trust and intimacy for a long time... then when he finally does capitulate to Hairdo and agree to go "see someone" for some counseling it turns out that "The Doctor is In". (coming this fall to HBO).

C Black said...

Apparently someone beat me to it. Here's a Flickr illustration of my joke. http://tinyurl.com/ac8xus

EDH said...

There are way too many strikes in Ten Pin Bowling.

Strikes are fairly rare in Candlepin Bowling.

For a casual candlepin bowler, one stike in two or three strings is a big deal.

Beth said...

When I was a kid, every weekend I took 50 cents of my dollar or two allowance, went to the store and bought a Peanuts book off the paperback rack.

Fen said...

For me, the female's eyes and hair gave it away

Jimmy said...

Of course the kid is like a grown-up combination of Charlie Brown and Linus .. a loser, but philosophical about it.

james said...

I didn't know there was a third collection of his teen cartoons. I think one of our kids borrowed ours, so I can't quote any choice ones for you. The characters don't map neatly into Peanuts characters--the setting really is about teens, and teens in church.

LordSomber said...

I always wondered what the grownups looked like in Peanuts Land.

Bruce Hayden said...

I originally thought that this was a comment about the President's inability to bowl. I was listening to Mark Levin yesterday (there is little to listen to in the Reno area) and he claimed he could bowl better than the President facing backwards and rolling the ball between his legs. He also suggested that the reason that the President won't golf with Rush is that the latter has gotten quite good, while the former is, and always was, a klutz.

I have always enjoyed the stereotypes that the press push about our Presidents. I can remember how the best Presidential athlete of our lifetimes was portrayed as uncoordinated because he hit his head getting into a helicopter and fell skiing (never mind that the Secret Service couldn't keep up with him on the ski slopes). This is the guy whose supposed pratfalls made Chevy Chase famous. This was a guy who was an All-American football star in college and coached all 9 sports available when he was in the Navy. At Yale in 1935, among other sports, he coached JV cheerleading,, at which he was apparently very good because he knew how to do several tucks and back handsprings. After leaving office, he came close to being a scratch golfer, and got a hole in one in 1977 in a Pro-Am tournament.

On the other hand, the current President is portrayed as athletic, despite his inability to bowl or throw out pitches.

It is all in the narrative.