Three small children, an average neighborhood, an apparently congenial tone ... and an unexpected little sting in the final panel.
And thus tradition was born.
Fun facts: Although we're immediately introduced to Charlie Brown in this debut cartoon, his two companions — Patty and Shermy — weren't named until (respectively) October 26 and December 18, also in 1950.
(Snoopy debuted in the third strip, on October 4, but wasn't named until November 10.)
As we celebrate this platinum anniversary, let's remember how it all began: with one man, his pen, a blank artist's board ... along with a rich imagination, and an extraordinarily perceptive understanding of the human condition.
To quote the title of the documentary/retrospective that aired January 9, 1976 (and won an Emmy Award, for "Outstanding Informational Children's Special") ...
Happy Anniversary, Charlie Brown!