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Posted at 6:00 AM ET, 10/ 7/2008

The Morning Line: When Pastis Goes for "Peanuts"

By Michael Cavna

Yesterday, "Pearls Before Swine's" Stephan Pastis was on the same wavelength as "Candorville." Today, he is on the same wavelength as Monday's baseball-themed "Peanuts."

Deja-vu all over again. (UFS) Enlarge Comic

Good grief, gnarly Rat. (UFS) Enlarge Comic

Apparently Pastis not only has ESP. Even better, he has ESP-N.

Stephan's nod to Charles Schulz today is all the richer when you realize that Pastis, an attorney, now works for the Charles Schulz Museum in California. And even more so when you know that as a new syndicate signee, Pastis received words of industry wisdom directly from "Sparky" Schulz shortly before Schulz died.

Zebra stripes meet Charlie Brown's zigzag stripe. And we particularly like that Charlie Brown's shirt appears in the third panel -- even though Rat never wears the shirt. Nice touch, Pastis.


It's lonely in the middle. (KFS) Enlarge Comic

So now it's Sarge in "Beetle Bailey" who has few friends? What are King Features's longtime cartoonists trying to tell us? We would recommend that Sarge befriend the formerly buddy-less Ted Forth, but Ted now is singing a different Aria.

So many family members, so few friends. (KFS) Enlarge Comic

By Michael Cavna  | October 7, 2008; 6:00 AM ET
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Yeah, that zigzag shirt is genius.

Posted by: rt | October 7, 2008 9:11 AM | Report abuse

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