As I read through the Fantagraphics collections of the Peanuts comic strips, I am often struck by just how perfectly written some of the strips are. Schulz can break your heart with just one panel, and with another show the quiet humanity and pricelessness of family or friendship. I've looked for just those strips to share, but have had little luck.
Specifically, I wanted the October 11, 1980 strip which closes a story arc where Snoopy has been trying to figure out what exact kind bird Woodstock is and, in the end, suggests that maybe Woodstock is a duck. When Woodstock is distraught at Snoopy's bad joke, the final panel is this perfect touching moment of reconciliation and friendship. I could never find the strip online.
Today, I ran into another.
I found this one. It speaks volumes. Still couldn't find the Snoopy / Woodstock strip.
I also ran across a series of blog posts from one Trapper Jenn, MD listing out what she feels the 50 greatest Peanuts strips are. She has good taste, though she doesn't count that Snoopy / Woodstock strip as one of them.
Regardless, I want to share her list. And her commentary.
The Honor Bag