The history of Lucy’s pulling the football away from Charlie Brown in Peanuts

One of the longest running plot lines in Peanuts was Lucy’s pulling the football away from Charlie Brown as he went to kick it.

It’s no spoiler to tell you that he never does but what I was not aware of was how long this particular plot line went on and how it came about. I didn’t start reading the comics on my own to close to ten years after the first strip of Lucy and Charlie Brown so I assumed it was just a joke that Schulz introduced randomly. It wasn’t, and the history is a good reminder of how dark Peanuts could be.

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