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When We First Met – When Did Lucy First Pull the Football Away From Charlie Brown?

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When We First Met – When Did Lucy First Pull the Football Away From Charlie Brown?

Every week we spotlight the various characters, phrases, objects or events that eventually became notable parts of comic lore. Not major stuff like “the first appearance of Superman,” but rather, “the first time someone said, ‘Avengers Assemble!'” or “the first appearance of Batman’s giant penny” or “the first appearance of Alfred Pennyworth” or “the first time Spider-Man’s face was shown half-Spidey/half-Peter.” Stuff like that. Here is an archive of all the When We First Met features so far! Check ’em out!

Today, we do our first spotlight on a comic book STRIP. We start with one of the most acclaimed strips of all-time, Charles Schulz’s Peanuts!

Here is the first strip from October 2, 1950…


The two other characters were major characters in the beginning, but not later on (Shermy and Patty).

In the third strip, we first meet Snoopy…


It was not until March 3, 1952 that we met Lucy…


and on September 19th of that year, her brother Linus…


And on November 16th, we get the first example (of what turned out to be MANY) of Lucy pulling the football away from Charlie Brown…


Thanks to John Harris of Roasted Peanuts for making it a lot easier to find each of these strips. You rock, John!