Date of First Appearance:
July 31, 1968
Schulz on Franklin:
"When Franklin first appeared in the late '60s, his noticeably darker skin
set some readers in search of a political meaning. However, the remarkable
becomes unremarkable when readers learn that I simply introduced Franklin
as another character, not a political statement."
Franklin met Charlie Brown at the beach and
the two became friends. Franklin goes to school with Peppermint Patty and
Marcie, and plays on Peppermint Patty's baseball team. He is halfway
convinced that Charlie Brown's friends are a collection of lunatics.
However, he is thoughtful and spends quite a bit of time talking with
Charlie Brown about their wise grandfathers.