Date of First Appearance:
July 13, 1954
Schulz on Pig Pen:
"Pig Pen is kind of a nuisance. Everybody kind of likes Pig Pen. I don't
like to draw him. He's only useful if you have him involved in dust and
being dirty. I don't have many ideas on that; I ran out of these. And I
don't even enjoy them. Now and then I think I ought to draw him, but my
mind doesn't work in that vein, but people are always saying, 'Why don't
you draw Pig Pen?'"
Pig Pen's name was originally an insult, but
describes his perpetually dirty state perfectly. He is a "human soil bank"
who raises a cloud of dust on a perfectly clean street and passes out
gumdrops that are invariably black. The other Peanuts characters
are divided between sarcasm and admiration in their regard for him.
Although he leaves dirt on everything in his path, he is a terrific
baseball player with a cheerful outlook on life.