Sunday at the Funnies

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Linus and Peppermint Patty enjoying the Sunday Funnies
Join Linus and Peppermint Patty with the Sunday Funnies
Charles M. Schulz Museum

Throughout the last 100 years readers have eagerly turned to their Sunday funnies to be amused, entertained, and even reflective. Audiences can now revisit their weekly Sunday comics rituals at the Charles M. Schulz Museum’s newest exhibition, Sunday at the Funnies, running December 5, 2009 through April 19, 2010.

Guests will view newspaper tear sheets spanning the past century that include favorites such as Little Orphan Annie, Dick Tracy, Prince Valiant, Lil Abner, Peanuts, Pogo, Bloom County, Calvin and Hobbes, Baby Blues, and Pickles. Also on display will be a description of how the Sunday funnies were colored, a hands-on puzzles section, and an table complete with your favorite Sunday funnies from various newspapers.

While newspaper publishers and editors saw comic strips as a way to attract readers to their papers and away from their competitors, comic strips in general and the Sunday funnies in particular both reflected and shaped the culture around them. The Sunday funny pages of the 1930s were stuffed with action-adventure strips like Tarzan, Captain Easy, and Dick Tracy, as people sought to escape the troubled economic times brought on by the Great Depression. The post-World War II years, marked by nearly unheard of economic prosperity wed to a gnawing anxiety over the world’s newly-unleashed nuclear power, saw the rise of innovative intellectual strips exemplified by Pogo, Peanuts, and B.C. During the last two decades cartoonists have created humor, domestic, and satirical strips, many of which reflect the concerns of families of all ages, economic recessions, health care reform, and/or the political discourse of the day.

The Charles M. Schulz Museum opened in August 2002 to fulfill its mission of preserving, displaying, and interpreting the art of Charles M. Schulz. The Museum carries out this mission through changing exhibitions and programming that build an understanding of cartoonists and cartoon art; illustrate the scope of Schulz’s multi-faceted career; communicate the stories, inspirations and influences of Charles Schulz; and celebrate the life of Charles Schulz and the Peanuts characters.

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