Lucille “Lucy” van Pelt is a fictional character in the syndicated comic strip Peanuts, written and drawn by Charles Schulz. She is the main bully and the older sister of Linus and Rerun. The Lucy cartoon is a crabby and cynical eight-year-old girl, and often bullies the other characters in the strip, particularly Linus and Charlie Brown. She is often referred to as the world’s greatest fussbudget, mostly by her mother.
The Lucy cartoon was introduced into the strip on March 3, 1952, as a wide-eyed baby who constantly tormented her parents. She soon grew into her familiar persona of a bossy, crabby, manipulative and selfish girl. Very early on, Schulz eliminated the circles around her eyes and allowed her to mature to the age of the other characters; she does have tiny half circles around her eyes (as do the other van Pelt siblings). The Lucy cartoon wears a blue dress with white and black saddle shoes for most of the strip’s original run. However, in later years, towards its end, she was seen more often in T-shirts and pants, until her dress was phased out altogether. Perhaps Lucy’s most famous gimmick in her long existence as a character is the one in which she pulls the football away from Charlie Brown right as he is about to kick it.
The Lucy cartoon is frequently irked by her younger and more passive brother, Linus. In particular, she wants Linus to stop his attachment to his security blanket, and has even gone so far as to cut it up (to make shapes for a “flannelgraph” and later to make squares for Linus to clean his glasses with) and to steal and hide it. The Lucy cartoon once made a kite out of it and “accidentally” let go of it. The blanket flew around the country and people wrote to Linus to let him know they saw it. It was rescued by the Air Force when it flew out over the Pacific Ocean. Another time Lucy buried the blanket, causing a frantic Linus to dig up almost the entire neighborhood before Snoopy found it.
The Lucy cartoon is also the manager of a psychiatric booth, parodying the lemonade stand operated by many young children in the United States. Here, she gives advice for five cents (except in the early 80s when the rising cost of hot chocolate one winter caused Lucy to increase her fee to seven cents) to the other characters in the strip, most frequently an anxious Charlie Brown. The Lucy cartoon asks for “5 cents please” in return for her advice.
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