"It Was a Dark and Stormy Night, Charlie Brown!" was first published
in the Manhattan College literary magazine, the Manhattanite, in 1988. I've always been a
Peanuts fan, and rooted for good ol' Charlie Brown, the ultimate underdog.
But, with the freedom of fan-fiction, I was not bound by the same self-imposed limitations
of Charles Schulz. I had just read "Batman: The Dark Knight Returns" in the 80's, a graphic
novel masterpiece by Frank Miller, Klaus Jansen, and Lynn Varley. In it, we get to see the
future of Bruce Wayne - what kind of a man does he grow into decades later? Will he still be
as inspired to fight the good fight - or would his soul be corrupted over time? It sparked the notion
in me, "what will happen to Charlie Brown when he grows up?" I knew he might be jaded by years of
bad luck, but I had hoped his decency and core goodness would remain. Still, he may have finally had
enough, and be ready to give up and accept himself as a loser - as the world defines being a loser.
||Like many serialized stories, there's a certain frustration at never
reaching any significant milestones in the characters' lives. The Coyote
would never catch the Roadrunner. Mr. Magoo would never own a pair of glasses.
Sylvester would never have Tweety for dinner. And Charlie Brown would never
kick that football while Lucy was holding it. What writer would want to prematurely
close the book on stories still unfolding (and paying the bills)?
So, with all due respect for the late Charles M. Schulz, I present for you:
It Was a Dark and Stormy Night, Charlie Brown!
-Mike Fichera 10/2002
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