The cartoonist, who died in 2000, “had needed to attract an journey strip,” Jean Schulz stated, noting that her husband typically drew adults, together with in his Military sketchbooks from World Warfare II – illustrations that ranged from the grittily life like to the extra humorously rendered. “He was a agency believer that it’s a must to understand how to attract one thing earlier than you possibly can cartoon it,” she stated.
Not lengthy after Peanuts launched, Charles Schulz and a buddy, artist Jim Sasseville, pitched an adventure-story collaboration titled “Joe Cipher”. It was rejected, with an govt at Schulz’s syndicate saying, “Please don’t try it if it cuts into Peanuts, my past love.” But the “Hagemeyer” artwork suggests how decided Schulz was to launch one other function.
Gender and workplace politics reflective of the period are on show, equivalent to when Hagemeyer says, “I simply can’t get used to having a lady for a boss.”
“Hagemeyer” additionally has sparked questions on Schulz’s inventive inspiration – and any Peanuts connection.
“He’s simply making an attempt to faucet into one thing which may work – I feel he’s making an attempt to pitch his smartest thing,” says Schulz Museum curator Benjamin Clark. “He’s considering as a comic-strip connoisseur, and I don’t consider them as grown-up Peanuts.”
One connection that’s concrete is between the real-life Schulz buddy named Hagemeyer and appearances of that title in Schulz comics.
Elmer Roy Hagemeyer and Schulz met whereas posted in Kentucky throughout World Warfare II. The younger Schulz was visibly homesick, so Corporal Hagemeyer, a decade older, “big-brothered” Schulz, he later stated – even bringing his fellow soldier to his St Louis residence to spend time with him and his spouse. “He wanted any person to assist him and make him really feel safer,” Hagemeyer later stated of their time at Camp Campbell.
Almost a decade after the struggle, Schulz would go to Hagemeyer in St Louis. Maybe “he was trying round for an additional thought” in the course of the journey, Clark says.
In Peanuts adventures, “Hagemeyer” would later be the married title of Linus Van Pelt’s trainer, in addition to the surname of Marcie’s music trainer. There additionally was a lonely camper, warmly befriended by Charlie Brown, named Roy.
The workplace strip that by no means launched joins that checklist of real-life references from the pen of Charles “Sparky” Schulz.
Nonetheless, Jean Schulz says, when trying on the “Hagemeyer” artwork: “I don’t see Sparky in it.”
The Washington Submit