Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Jose Peterson

Jose Peterson was only in "Peanuts" randomly between 1967 and 1969 (though he was apparently a groundbreaker -- one of a very few Hispanic characters in comics). I always remember him though because he later popped up when I was reading the Peanuts Parade collections (these are perhaps the awesomest books collecting comic strips ever)

Anyway, I always remember him. He had kind of Linus hair, but darker and more of it, and more flattered, like he sported a perennial case of hat head. He never spoke. He briefly played on Charlie Brown's baseball team thanks to Peppermint Patty, and was an awesome player. He had lived in both New Mexico (a nod to his Mexican heritage, I guess) and North Dakota (a nod to his Swedish side). And just when Charlie Brown was agonizing that Peppermint Patty had taken over his team, she and Jose bailed for the team in their own neighborhood. And headed off for a meal of Swedish meatballs and tortillas. Which sounded so exotic to me at the time, but now just sounds yummy.

The Peanuts wiki points out the (again, silent) appearance of a kid who has Jose's hair two years after his only real plotline. (Third panel.) After that, it was it. Adios, Jose.

2 comments:

Brian said...

As much of a Peanuts fanatic as I am, I don't clearly recall Jose Peterson, even after reviewing the recent Fantagraphics compilations. Although Peanuts is known for its core characters, Charles Schultz created a whole collection of quirky bit players. Some, like Pig Pen, would stick around, while others, like Charlotte Braun and "5", would be around for a series or two, then vanish. Even Shermy and Patty, who were mainstays of they very early strips, faded away over time (there's a whole theory of how Patty sorta morphed into Peppermint Patty, but I digress...)

Anonymous said...

This sorta reminds me of the multi-cultural, but not very funny "Wee Pals" newspaper strip.