The Reason Adults Are Never Visible in Charles Schulz's Peanuts Comic Strips

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Roger Higgins, Library of Congress // Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

Under the stewardship of creator Charles Schulz, the Peanuts comic strip is a kid’s world. The stories of Charlie Brown and his cast of supporting characters are told entirely from their perspectives, with adults very rarely intruding on their adventures or existential conversations. Considering Charlie Brown’s recurrent malaise and social status of "blockhead," a therapist may have been the least Schulz could have done for him.

That never materialized. The reason, according to Schulz, was that grown-ups were simply not needed. Speaking about the kids' lack of parents in 1975, Schulz said:

“I usually say that [adults] do not appear because the daily strip is only an inch and a half high, and they wouldn’t have room to stand up. Actually, they have been left out because they would intrude in a world where they could only be uncomfortable. Adults are not needed in the Peanuts strip. In earlier days I experimented with off-stage voices, but soon abandoned this as it was not only impractical but actually clumsy. Instead, I have developed a cast of off-stage adults who are talked about but never seen or heard.”

In 1997, Schulz elaborated on his no-adults policy, citing concern over ruining the magic of the strip and the jarring juxtaposition of Snoopy and Woodstock behaving like humans around adults:

“Now, we can go [in] any direction with Snoopy. Woodstock, too. It’s absurd to think of this dog and this bird wandering through the woods going on hikes and camping out. So as soon as an adult is in the strip, bang, the whole thing collapses. Because the adults bring everything back to reality. And it just spoils it.”

While not having any adults was the general rule, some still made it into the strip. Aside from occasional off-panel comments in the early 1950s, Schulz drew a pair of adult legs in two 1954 strips set at a golf tournament. In another 1954 strip, two adults can be seen from a distance, though their faces are blurred. Other times, Schulz would depict adults in a more roundabout manner. In a 1964 strip, the reader sees a drawing of an adult composed by Linus. In a 1999 strip, Schulz depicted the Washington Crossing the Delaware painting by artist Emanuel Leutze. Photographs of Dwight D. Eisenhower and World War II correspondent Ernie Pyle have also run in the strip to commemorate D-Day and Veterans Day, respectively.

When Peanuts was adapted for a long-running series of animated specials beginning with 1965’s A Charlie Brown Christmas, adults took on a slightly more prominent role. While they did make occasional appearances, including 2000’s It’s the Pied Piper, Charlie Brown, they’re mostly heard but not seen, communicating in an unintelligible warble. Producer Lee Mendelson asked composer Vince Guaraldi to use a musical instrument as a substitute for their dialogue. Guaraldi used a trombone (“mwa-mwa”) and adults remained relegated to the margins of Peanuts.

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Whether your room needs a little extra warmth or its own heat source, Aikoper’s incredibly precise space heater has got you covered. With a range of 40-95°F, it adjusts by one-degree intervals, giving you the specific level of heat you want. It also has an option for running on an eight-hour timer, ensuring that it will only run when you need it.

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Make outdoor activities like camping and grilling last longer with Mr. Heater’s indoor/outdoor portable heater. This heater can connect to a propane tank or to a disposable cylinder, allowing you to keep it in one place or take it on the go. With such a versatile range of uses, this heater will—true to its name—become your best buddy when the temperature starts to drop.

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The cold’s got nothing on this powerful outdoor heater. Hiland’s patio heater has a whopping 40,000 BTU output, which runs for eight to 10 hours on high heat. Simply open the heater’s bottom door to insert a propane tank, power it on, and sit back to let it warm up your backyard. The bright, contained flame from the propane doubles as an outdoor light.

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This one is a slight cheat since it’s a bonfire pit and not a traditional outdoor heater, but the Solo Stove has a 4.7-star rating on Amazon for a reason. Everything about this portable fire pit is meticulously crafted to maximize airflow while it's lit, from its double-wall construction to its bottom air vents. These features all work together to help the logs burn more completely while emitting far less smoke than other pits. It’s the best choice for anyone who wants both warmth and ambiance on their patio.

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You’ll be able to use your garage or basement workshop all season long with this durable heater from Dr. Infrared. It’s unique in that it includes a built-in fan to keep warm air flowing—something that’s especially handy if you need to work without wearing gloves. The fan is overlaid with heat and finger-protectant grills, keeping you safe while it’s powered on.

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Mr. Heater’s clever propane tank top automatically connects to its fuel source, saving you from having to bring any extra attachments with you on the road. With three heat settings that can get up to 45,000 BTU, the top can rotate 360 degrees to give you the perfect angle of heat you need to stay cozy. According to a reviewer, for a no-fuss outdoor heater, “This baby is super easy to light, comes fully assembled … and man, does it put out the heat.”

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