While most readers might associate Peanuts with the game of baseball, other sports also figured prominently in Charles Schulz’s comic strip. Schulz created over 250 football-themed Peanuts comic strips and his “Fall Classic”—Lucy pulling the ball away from Charlie Brown just as he runs up to kick it—became a rite of autumn in American pop culture.
Schulz’s other football-themed strips are equally memorable forPeanuts aficionados. Who can soon forget the “Mad Punters’” exuberant capers, Woodstock’s valiant gridiron efforts, Marcie’s total ineptitude at the game, or the passion and ferocity which marked Peppermint Patty’s play?
The 50 Sunday and daily strips in this exhibition demonstrate the fun Schulz had with the sport and explore his wonderful world of Pigskin Peanuts. Visitors will also enjoy viewing football themed Peanuts objects and ephemera; dressing up in the team locker room; taking a photo-op on a football trading card; and trying their own hand at “pulling the football” from Charlie Brown.
The exhibit is on display through April 30.
Pigskin Peanutsis organized and toured by the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center, Santa Rosa, California.