Date of First Appearance:
October 2, 1950
Schulz on Charlie Brown:
"Charlie Brown is supposed to represent what is sometimes called 'everyman.'
When I was small, I believed that my face was so bland that people would not
recognize me if they saw me some place other than where they normally would. I
was sincerely surprised if I happened to be in the downtown area of Saint Paul
shopping with my mother, and we would bump into a fellow student at school, or a
teacher, and they recognized me. I thought that my ordinary appearance was a
perfect disguise. It was this weird kind of thinking that prompted Charlie
Brown's round, ordinary face."
Charlie Brown never loses hope. His friends may call him "blockhead," but he
faces each day with optimism. He is friendly and polite, although he loses at
baseball games, the football is always pulled away, and his love for the little
red-haired girl is never returned.